Your health and well-being are our top priority. The university has implemented policies to help protect the Mizzou community and limit the spread of COVID-19. If you have concerns that safety protocols are not being followed, you should report the behavior.
Students, faculty and staff should report behavior within the campus community that does not adhere to COVID-19 health protocols and expectations. Please fill out a form based on the role of the person exhibiting the behavior. Faculty and staff can also report an unsafe incident to their supervisor.
How to intervene if you observe unsafe behavior
One thing we know for certain about COVID-19: it will take all of us working together to defeat it. Even so, we realize the shift to social distancing environments comes with a variety of challenges. There may be individuals who, for a variety of reasons, do not follow certain guidelines.
If you see someone who does not appear to be following the guidelines, you have a number of options. Student Health and Well-Being staff noted the first thing you can do is simply avoid them. This keeps everyone safe and prevents confrontation.
You also may choose to report people who are not following social distancing guidelines using the above form. Supply as much detail as you can.
Alternatively, if you feel comfortable doing so, you may choose to speak to the person or people yourself. Please remember to do so respectfully and without judgment; after all, you don’t know their circumstances.
If you choose to speak to a peer who’s not following guidelines, follow these tips from Student Health and Well-being staff:
- Greet them in a friendly manner and introduce yourself.
- Get right to the point. You can say something like, “I just wanted to let you know that the university requires everyone on campus to wear face coverings/maintain a distance of six feet.”
- Listen actively to anything they have to say. To demonstrate that you’ve heard them, repeat back to them what they’ve said. “I understand that you think … I heard you say that …”
- Offer helpful suggestions. For example, “You know, the university provides free disposable face coverings. You can get one at …”
- Even if they don’t respond positively, remain respectful. “I understand. I know you feel this is an inconvenience for you, but I did want to make sure you understand the university’s policy. So thank you for listening.”
- Leave on a friendly note, even if the conversation didn’t go well. Some version of “Have a great day!” will do.
Demonstrating care for yourself and others is paramount to maintaining a strong sense of well-being and community during these challenging times.
For more resources and strategies visit Student Health and Well-Being.