More than 130 administrators, faculty and staff continue to work together with public health experts to develop safety plans that support our renewal of on-campus activities this semester. We’ve implemented a number of policies and procedures for our UM System employees and our MU students, faculty and staff aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning October 19, the university will begin checking #CampusClear apps with health monitoring stations at Ellis Library and MizzouRec. For more information on the app and screening locations visit the #CampusClear information page.
- Faculty should report a positive diagnosis to their department chair and dean, and staff should report to their supervisor and division leader. COVID-positive faculty and staff should isolate at home.
- Before faculty and staff members can return to campus, they will need to have a statement from a public health case investigator indicating the date they were released from isolation. The case investigator should ask them if they need a note, or they can request one. These letters will be emailed to them as an attachment and should be kept as they may be required to show proof of the release.
- Supervisors, department chairs or division directors must fill out a COVID-19 Tracking Form when a faculty or staff member reports a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. However, beyond this form, deans and supervisors should NOT disclose the identity or any personally identifying information of COVID-19 diagnosed employees. Contact tracers will contact individuals who were possibly exposed.
- There are many creative workplace solutions to balance work and personal needs. HR-700: HR Policies for Employees in Response to COVID-19 includes the option for employees who are at high-risk from COVID-19 — including people 65 years and older — to request reasonable work accommodations. Employees interested in requesting accommodations should reach out to their supervisors. Supervisors can get additional support and next steps from their campus HR representative.
HR Care Team
An HR Care Team has been created to provide enhanced outreach to faculty and staff who have reported a positive diagnosis or have been in close contact with a positive individual. Supervisors, department chairs and department directors must report employees with a positive diagnosis or who are close contacts to a positive individual to HR through the COVID-19 Tracking Form. The HR Care Team will then reach out by e-mail and phone to faculty and staff to ensure that they have information regarding available leave options, community resources, basic guidance related to isolation/quarantine from the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, and what information to gather to provide to their county health department when contacted.
The HR Partner will also work closely with supervisors, chairs and department chairs regarding leave options and any return to work questions.
Mental health resources
Mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being. It may be difficult to avoid mental health challenges right now, but there are things we can do to improve our ability to cope with difficult situations and mental health concerns.
Visit our resources section to find ways to maintain good mental health and to improve your emotional well-being.
Working in the office
Building coordinators, communications staff and other designated department personnel should assess work environments, meeting rooms, breakrooms and other areas to ensure social distancing. Refer to the Preparing Office Spaces for Proper Social Distancing Resource Guide to assist you in planning. Some considerations:
- Keep fire doors closed; do not block open to avoid using door handles.
- Always consider accessibility. Some spaces may be too narrow to allow for floor-mounted physical interventions.
- Account for visitors that come into office suites for contact tracing purposes as needed.
- Please use campus-approved signage when possible. Your division’s communications staff member may email a request for additional signage that currently is not available.
This year, COVID-19 requires all of campus to work together to prepare for students, faculty and staff to be back on campus. Units are expected to pay for their own supplies such as masks, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, plexiglass, etc., however, the university is working to create cost efficiencies by placing bulk orders through The Mizzou Store. If a unit needs additional supplies not offered through bulk purchasing, a special request must be made and approved by the Incident Command Team. Please use this form to place a bulk order and/or a special purchase request.
No university sanctioned travel (includes travel by road and/or air) is permitted until further notice. Exceptions may be made by a dean or vice chancellor and must be supported by a compelling reason (for instance, travel required as part of grant compliance) and accompanied by support documentation. Follow the CDC guidelines for travel and comply with the county regulations of their destination. In all cases, the traveler should monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return and inform their supervisor if they become symptomatic.
Custodial Services has disinfected all campus spaces prior to repopulation, per CDC guidelines. Custodians clean high-touch surfaces such as building entrance door bars and elevator buttons frequently throughout their shift.
- Classrooms, restrooms and common areas are cleaned daily, Monday – Friday.
- Individual offices are the responsibility of the occupants.