Information for faculty

Campus Safety Protocols

As a research institution, Mizzou is well prepared to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible through this pandemic. We have adopted science-based protocols and procedures that will help protect our communities. Please watch this video to better understand how the protocols and policies we have implemented across campus will limit the risk of exposure and help keep all of us safe.


General course-related guidelines for fall 2020

  • All courses that are offered in-person should be prepared to accommodate students who cannot attend class because they are sick, in self-isolation, etc. How this will occur depends upon multiple factors, such as the type of class, the size of the class, and its learning objectives. Strategies for accommodating students might include the opportunity to attend class virtually through software like Zoom and having class lectures recorded and available for download. Class instructors will be expected to have plans for these types of accommodations in place by the beginning of the semester.
  • All course materials including syllabus, readings, assignments, lecture materials and gradebook should exist in digital format and be uploaded to the Canvas course site.
  • Class size and assignments must be able to adapt to comply with risk mitigation and other public health requirements.
  • A contingency plan for alternate methods of course delivery should be developed, in case it becomes necessary for the university to transition to fully remote instruction for a period of time. Such courses should follow best practices for online education.
  • Instructors should offer office hours and other meetings with students online. They may hold face to face office hours and other meetings if appropriate physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Instructors should be flexible on attendance policies considering campus guidance to students regarding staying home if they do not feel well.
  • Students and instructors will follow all campus-related risk mitigation strategies described in the Show Me Renewal Plan.

When you’re in class

No matter the venue, social distancing is expected for all members of our community.

where's my alt?

Changes you will see in classroom locations:

  • There will be fewer students in classrooms to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • We are exploring the possibility of using larger campus locations, such as Jesse Auditorium, for classroom spaces.
Use cloth face coverings

Face coverings required:

  • You are required to wear face coverings 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 apply to the entire campus, including the MU Health Care areas.
  • 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.
  • Exceptions include:
    • When you are alone in a private work space or single-occupancy study room with the door shut.
    • When you are in your residence hall room (single or double).
  • Students will wear face coverings while in class.
  • For students that arrive to class without a face covering, there will be an extra supply available. But students, faculty and staff are expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings.
  • Whenever a face covering is required, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.
  • A face covering can be made of cloth or other soft or permeable material, without holes.
  • If choosing to wear a cloth face covering, it is recommended that they be made with at least 2 layers of fabric.
  • Neither a clear face shield nor a face covering with exhalation valves or vents meet the face covering requirements.
  • Instructors, while in class, are allowed to wear a clear face covering and/or just a clear face shield.  If they wear just a clear face shield, they must remain 10 feet from others.
  • If you are unable to wear a face covering because of a physical or mental health condition, please reach out to the Disability Center for accommodations. If you are unable to wear coverings because of religious beliefs or practice, contact the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX.
  • If you do not wear a face covering and do not have approved accommodations not to wear one, you may be excluded from university programs and activities.
where's my alt?

Entering and exiting:

  • Students will enter the class after the last person has fully exited.
  • When possible, you will see one door to enter, one door to exit, both clearly marked.
People should stay 6 feet apart


  • Seats will be marked as to which ones can be used to ensure you sit at a safe distance.
  • Students will move across to the end of a row to find a seat and not move past a fellow student.