Campus Updates

Fall classes at MU will start in-person as previously scheduled on Monday, August 24.

University officials will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and be ready to make any adjustments, including moving to remote or other models for delivering instruction, should that become necessary.

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The document provides step-by-step guidance for faculty members who encounter a student who is not wearing a face covering in class.

All MU students are required to complete training that will provide general guidance for our return to campus. Training is located in Canvas, the university’s learning management platform, at this link: https://missouri.instructure.com/courses/39813. The training must be completed by Aug. 24.

UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi and members of Mizzou’s leadership team hosted virtual town halls to give updates on the Show Me Renewal plan and answer questions from faculty, staff, students and families. To see recordings and transcripts of the town halls, visit the Office of the Chancellor’s website.

The City of Columbia City Council adopted a new ordinance requiring broader use of face coverings both outside and indoors, effective July 9. MU will follow the City’s guidance for when and where face coverings should be worn, including when maintaining 6 feet of distance from others is not possible. Exceptions to this ordinance on MU’s campus include the following.

  • When you are alone in a private work space or single-occupancy study rooms.
  • When you are in your residence hall room (single or double).
  • While outdoors when maintaining 6 feet or more physical distance from others.

The campus is embarking on a gradual return that complies with guidance from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and the advice of our experts from MU Health Care. During this time, many members of our community will continue to work remotely in consultation with their supervisor. Throughout the summer, the number of faculty and staff working on campus will steadily increase in preparation for an expected full return in fall 2020.

The UM System has issued enhanced HR policies. To view the revised policies, visit HR-700 Enhanced HR Policies for Employees in Response to COVID-19. Employees of MU Health Care and MU School of Medicine will be provided separate guidance, appropriate for those providing health care for our community.

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The university recognizes the importance of shuttles for necessary student transportation.

The City of Columbia is using its largest buses, has removed seats to comply with social distancing recommendations and is frequently cleaning buses between stops.

Tiger Line, Mizzou’s shuttle, is managed by the City of Columbia and has the same protocols.

    • Buses will travel in a caravan to/from campus perimeter lots because fewer seats will be available per run.
    • Students who take shuttles to or from campus perimeter lots are required to wear face coverings, avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available at each door for riders to use as the enter/exit.
    • Buses will be thoroughly cleaned each evening by GoCoMo staff.

Many of the off-campus apartment shuttles have agreed to similar safety and cleaning procedures.

Optional or recreational travel on public transportation is discouraged.

Education about the ordinance will be the primary tool of enforcement. There will be supplies of disposable face covering available in classrooms if students forget to bring their own.

If you are aware of a student disregarding on-campus safety protocols (e.g., not wearing a face covering in class), you can use the MU COVID Safety Measures Reporting Form. To submit a COVID Safety Reporting form, please log in using your University of Missouri single sign-on information. Your information will be kept confidential and is viewable only by staff working to address your concerns.

Most elevators allow for only one to two riders at a time, but elevators that are more than 7-feet wide can accommodate four people per trip.

Though elevators will be cleaned often — with a special focus on high-touch areas — don’t lean on the walls or touch your face after pushing the buttons.

If the restroom is full, please wait outside until someone leaves, and then you may enter.

No, there is not yet a need to isolate. A close contact is defined as someone who is within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer with or without a face covering.

Yes, faculty have the option to choose face shields or clear face masks or wear both if they want.  If no students require accommodations, opaque face coverings are permitted as well.

Plan has been updated to include examples of acceptable face coverings and information for students, employees and guests who are unable to wear a face covering.

  • Face coverings must cover the individual’s mouth and nose.  You can select the type of face covering that works for you.  Examples of acceptable face coverings include:
    • Cloth ear loop face masks
    • Gaiters
    • Bandanas
    • Clear plastic ear-loop face masks
    • Face shields
  • If you are unable to wear a face covering of any type, you should reach out to the Disability Center (students) or Office of Accessibility and ADA (employees and guests) to identify reasonable accommodations.
  • If you are not wearing a face covering, you may be asked whether you have a disability that prevents you from doing so, but you should not be asked to disclose your disability or provide medical documentation.  If your answer is “yes,” you will be referred to the Disability Center (students) or Office of Accessibility and ADA (employees and guests).
  • If you are not wearing a face covering and do not have an approved accommodation to not wear one, you may be excluded from University programs and activities.

 

Safety and expectations

When possible, lectures and classroom discussions will be recorded. Faculty are asked to be flexible with students facing challenges, and the university will continue to provide the support every member of our community needs to be successful.

Courses may be recorded for the sole purpose of sharing the recording with students who can’t attend class. Instructors will take care not to disclose any personally identifiable information from the student education records during the recorded lesson.

Student FAQ

Given the challenges in the upcoming semester, it will be likely that some class periods will be recorded so that students who are not able to attend can continue their participation in the course.

Courses may be recorded for the sole purpose of sharing the recording with students who can’t attend class. Instructors will take care not to disclose any personally identifiable information from the student education records during the recorded lesson. All instructors should adopt the syllabus statement for Fall 2020.

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New update section includes the latest campus updates from Mizzou, Show Me Renewal Plan and website changelog, and links to MU Alert and messages to the campus community.

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Campus Dining Services will be open with social distancing measures in place. The number of students allowed in a dining location will be limited based on available space. There will be no self-service buffets. Buffet items will be served by staff. Floor markers will be used to show where to stand in line and how to keep a safe distance.

All dining halls, convenience stores and restaurants will no longer accept cash, but they will take payments via your MU Student ID or credit/debit card. Take-out options will also be available.

Other safety measures will include, but are not limited to, face coverings for all campus dining staff, individually wrapped cutlery and frequent sanitation of shared equipment.

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Campus updates and alerts

MU continues to work closely with infection control experts at MU Health Care and local and state public health officials, and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a statewide public hotline, 877-435-8411, for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19.

For on-campus alerts visit: mualert.missouri.edu

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