When you’re in class

The university has implemented a number of measures to ensure that face-to-face courses are as safe as possible, including implementing social distancing measures.

If students are hesitant about spending a significant amount of time in the classroom, they are encouraged to register for as many online or blended courses as their schedule allows. We cannot guarantee that students will be able to take all classes in an online or blended format, though many options are available. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to find more online and blended options if that is their preference. You may schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through MU Connect.

Classroom and lab safety

Every morning before classes begin, staff clean and disinfect every classroom and common area. Throughout the day and between classes, staff will again be cleaning and disinfecting classrooms. Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrances of all buildings, and disinfecting wipes will be available in classrooms and throughout campus facilities.

No matter the venue, physical distancing, face coverings and personal health monitoring are expected for all members of our community.

  • You will see fewer than normal students in classrooms to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Students will wear face coverings. While in class and teaching, instructors can choose to wear a clear plastic face mask or clear face shield, or some combination of the two. If an instructor decides to only wear a face shield in class, they must keep a distance of 10 feet from others.
  • If you arrive to class without a face covering, there will be an extra supply available. Students are expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings.
  • You should only enter a class after the last person has fully exited.
  • When possible, you will see one door to enter, one door to exit, both clearly marked.

Laboratory classes will follow the same safety and health guidelines as our teaching classrooms. Specific criteria are also in place for the use and disinfection of shared equipment in laboratory classrooms. Some laboratory and studio classes may require a higher level of face protection. In those cases, academic units will provide the higher-level protective equipment. Many instructors determined that lab learning could be successfully held online. Consideration was also given to the size of the lab, the number of students and the physical constraints of the lab space.

Recorded lectures and discussions

When possible and pedagogically appropriate, lectures and classroom discussions will be recorded. Recordings may be shared 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.


Our faculty have been asked to adopt flexible attendance policies for the spring semester.

Maintaining safety protocols

If you are aware of a student disregarding on-campus safety protocols (e.g., not wearing a face covering in class), you can complete the MU COVID Safety Measures Reporting Form. To submit a COVID Safety Measures 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.

ADA accommodations

The Disability Center remains open and committed to helping students be successful at Mizzou. Resources and contact information are available on the center’s website.