Campus Updates

Fall classes at MU continue in-person as previously scheduled.

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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Based on your diligent efforts, guidance from our public health officials, and the data we have been tracking, we will continue our in-person and hybrid classes after the Thanksgiving break. Courses that are currently scheduled to meet face-to-face after the Thanksgiving break will continue to do so, and final examinations currently scheduled to be conducted in-person will remain in that format.

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Beginning October 19, the university will begin checking #CampusClear apps with health monitoring stations at Ellis Library and MizzouRec. The university plans to phase in additional screening locations in the coming weeks.

For more information on the app and health screening locations, visit the #CampusClear information page.

University of Missouri officials announced that, due to precautions needed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person commencement ceremony in December 2020 will not be held this fall. Instead, MU will host a virtual celebration for fall graduates. Provost Latha Ramchand said that details of an in-person ceremony for this class would be announced at a later date.

Given the ongoing public health challenges of COVID-19, Provost Latha Ramchand announced that the university will not be able to hold an in-person commencement for May 2020 graduates this year. MU will schedule in-person ceremonies as soon as it is both safe and logistically feasible.

MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine announced the health system’s first employee death due to COVID-19. See more information about the announcement on MU Health Care’s website.

University of Missouri officials announced that they have taken steps to discipline an additional 20 individuals with suspensions, probation and other sanctions for violating policies related to COVID. All of these violations were related to hosting gatherings of more than 20 people, which is a violation of the Boone County Public Health order.

The university has expelled two students and suspended three students for willful and knowing actions that threatened the safety of the campus and community. Additionally, 11 student organizations are currently under investigation for violations of the university’s policies related to COVID. Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, shared information about keeping the community safe in a message to the Mizzou community.

In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of its fans, student-athletes, coaches, officials, staff and students attending 2020 Mizzou home football games, Mizzou Athletics has announced that tailgating will be prohibited in all game-day parking lots and campus spaces.

After further discussions, university leaders decided individuals who are outdoors and alone on campus do not have to wear a face covering. The rest of the new requirements remain without change.

Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, shared two updated resources pages that can help students navigate COVID-19.

The first resource outlines how to get tested for the virus. A second resource offers details on what to do if you test positive or were exposed to the virus.

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University representatives and supervisors may request to see the app screen or verbally confirm a self-check has been completed. Students, faculty and staff will need to share their “cleared for campus” screen to gain access to certain locations on campus.

Current health screening locations include:

  • Ellis Library
  • MizzouRec

In addition, faculty have been encouraged to take a moment at the beginning of class and remind students to complete symptom monitoring with the #CampusClear app. This practice, along with our monitoring stations, will further reinforce valuable habits that help protect the health and safety of our campus community.

#CampusClear is available as a web application and can be completed on any device with internet access. Those without access to the appropriate technology to download, or for other reasons, have the option to complete a manual screening by having their temperature taken and verbally confirming they do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

No. If you have completed self-monitoring using #CampusClear and have been cleared for campus access, you will not be required to have your temperature taken by the staff completing checkpoint screenings. Students, faculty and staff should check their temperature daily as part of their self-monitoring requirement and stay home if their temperature is 100.4 F (38.0 C) or higher.

Yes. Each time you wish to enter a facility on campus that requires screening, you must either show your #CampusClear app screen that indicates you are cleared for campus or complete manual screening.

Page updated with more direct navigation to testing information and resource pages:

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Referrals are required to make sure patients are getting tested at the best time to catch evidence of the virus. And it only takes a phone call to do so. We have the resources to make sure that anyone who needs a test can get one quickly.

University employees should contact their health provider by phone.

All those seeking testing should have their health insurance information available. If you don’t have insurance, there is no charge.

If  students encounter any problems getting a referral or getting a test, please send an email to covidquestions@missouri.edu, use “Covid Test” in the subject line and describe the issue. You will be contacted by a member of the Care Team.

  • Students and employees: Call MU Health Care’s free nurse assessment line at 573-884-0948.
  • Students: Call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
      • 10 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday
      • For after hours, please use Muhealthvideovisits.org

Students and employees: Do a video visit at one of the links below. (These visits may cost up to $59, depending on insurance coverage.)

  • Mizzou Quick Care
    • Hours:
      • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
      • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Cases, reporting and tracing page has been updated to provided additional COVID-19 data points about student cases, and we’ve expanded the information to include three day’s worth of case numbers to better illustrate case trends among our student population. Additionally, we’ve improved the presentation of data so it’s easier to find and understand.

Cases, reporting and tracing

If you have problems with the #CampusClear app or have questions regarding use, please reach out to us at campusclear@missouri.edu. Your feedback will be used to help us improve the #CampusClear experience for our university community. You will not receive a reply from this email address. If you are having technical issues with the mobile app and want to complete screening, #CampusClear is also available as a web application (https://web.ivy.ai/app/campusclear) and can be completed on any device with internet access.

Once you have a provider’s order to be tested, you can go to one of the following locations:

On-campus walk-up (students only):

  • Parking Garage 7 (This garage is just south of the Student Health Center on the corner Hospital Drive and Monk Drive. The testing facility is located on the west side of the parking structure.)
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
      • 1 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday
      • Closed Sundays

Drive-thru location (students and employees):

  • Mizzou North drive-thru testing site, 115 Business Loop 70 W
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
      • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday
      • Closed Sundays

Webpage has been updated with resources available if you test positive or were exposed to the virus.

Page includes:

  • General guidelines and helpful links
  • What to do in the event of a positive test
  • Information on the HR Care Team
  • What to know about isolation/quarantine
  • Guidance on returning to work

New Outdoor Face Covering Requirements:
  • Wear face coverings whenever you are on campus even when you are outside, unless you are alone. This policy means those who share a household (roommates, family members, etc.)  will also wear face coverings when outdoors together on campus. This outdoor requirement will be enforced throughout campus, including the MU Health Care areas.
  • Whenever a face covering is required, indoors and outdoors, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.
  • When individuals eat or drink together outdoors, they must remain at least six feet apart from others and return face coverings immediately after consumption is complete.
New Indoor Workspace Face Covering Requirements:

Employees of MU Health Care will follow different workspace requirements. Other university divisions may employ more restrictive practices for workspaces as needed.

  • WORKING ALONE IN AN OFFICE: You do not need to wear a face covering while you work alone in a private office with the door shut.
  • DURING MEETINGS: Always wear a face covering in any in-person meeting, even if seated or standing 6 feet apart. Also, please arrange seating at a conference table so that chairs are a minimum of 6 feet apart, including across the table.
  • FACE COVERINGS FOR PUBLIC INTERACTION: Those who have direct contact with the public, whether in a shared working space or alone in a public-facing office space, must always wear face coverings, even when behind plexiglass or other barriers. If you have any questions whether this applies to you, consult with your supervisor.
  • WORKING WITHIN SHARED OFFICE SPACE: If you work in a shared office space where you are at least 6 feet away from others, you do not need to wear a face covering while seated at your workspace, but it is highly recommended you do so.  You do need to wear a face covering every time you stand up from your workspace, including when standing and working at an adjustable desk, as well as walking to other locations within the office.  This requirement applies even when the workspace has a partition of any height.
  • WORKSPACES WITHIN SIX FEET: If you work in a shared office space and the distance of your workspace from others is less than 6 feet, even if you have partitions, you must wear a face covering while seated or standing at your desk and at all times while in the shared space. In this case, you will also need to eat in a breakroom or outside. You will not need to wear a mask if you happen to be alone in the shared office for a period.
  • BREAKROOMS: When individuals eat or drink together indoors (like a breakroom), they must remain at least six feet apart from others and return face coverings immediately after consumption is complete.
  • Whenever a face covering is required, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.

These rules will be enforced with sanctions that could include suspension for students and disciplinary action for faculty and staff.

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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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