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Stay 6 feet apart

Wear your face covering

Wash your hands

Monitor symptoms


Our commitment to our community:

Fall classes at MU will start in person as previously scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24. 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.

All students are required to complete training that will provide general guidance for our return to campus. The training must be completed by Aug. 24.

To support any potential contact tracing needs, we encourage all students to verify your contact information, including cell phone numbers, in myZou. Another easy way to access myZou is by visiting MizzouOne and typing “phone update” in the search bar.

Upon returning, all Mizzou students are expected to take proactive steps including social distancing, hand hygiene, use of face coverings, monitoring their personal health and staying home if they are feeling unwell to protect the safety of our entire community.

Read the Show Me Renewal Plan

Student Frequently Asked Questions

Our roles in helping slow COVID-19 transmission

Below are the baseline behaviors we will need from our entire university community to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between individuals on and off campus

Keeping space between you and others is the best tool we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

  • Each person must remain at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others.
  • We need to maintain that distance in classrooms, corridors, laboratories, studios, recreation areas, common spaces, elevators, stairwells and social settings.
Use cloth face coverings

Use face coverings

Face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

  • You are required to wear face coverings on campus in most situations when you are near others such as in class, in hallways or common areas of residence halls.
  • Exceptions include:
    • When you are alone in a private work space or single-occupancy study rooms.
    • When you are in your residence hall room (single or double).
    • While outdoors when maintaining 6 feet or more physical distance from others.
  • Departments will have extra face coverings for students who arrive for class without one, but students are expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings.
  • Instructors will wear face shields and/or face coverings when teaching in-person classes.
  • You will see staff wearing face coverings when working in common areas of residential halls, student rooms and all campus dining facilities.
  • Policies regarding face coverings will adjust according to any changes in local public health requirements and guidance.
  • Face coverings must cover the individual’s mouth and nose. You can select the type of face covering that works for you. Examples of acceptable face coverings include:
    • Cloth ear loop face masks
    • Gaiters
    • Bandanas
    • Clear plastic ear-loop face masks
    • Face shields
  • If you are unable to wear a face covering of any type, you should reach out to the Disability Center to identify reasonable accommodations.
  • If you are not wearing a face covering, you may be asked whether you have a disability that prevents you from doing so, but you should not be asked to disclose your disability or provide medical documentation.  If your answer is “yes,” you will be referred to the Disability Center.
  • If you are not wearing a face covering and do not have an approved accommodation to not wear one, you may be excluded from University programs and activities.
  • Learn more about how to wear, use and launder face coverings.
Practice good health hygiene

Daily symptom check and good hand hygiene

  • Every day, you will need to run through a symptom checklist (see below).
  • If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you need to stay home and call the MU Student Health Center (573-882-7481) or your health care provider.
  • Frequently wash your hands (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds) throughout the day. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
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Across campus, we’ve put in place numerous precautions to support the health and safety of our Mizzou community. To help communicate these measures, we have provided required training to cover social distancing, face coverings, COVID-19 hygiene, symptom monitoring and how different services have been modified to meet public health requirements.

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For students living in campus housing

  • Sign a risk acknowledgement: Even with the steps we have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the exposure risk can never be totally eliminated. Before moving into campus housing, you will need to sign an acknowledgement of the associated risk and precautions.
  • Sign up for a move-in time: If you are living in student housing, you will need to sign up for a time slot during move-in week. You,  plus your two helpers can be in your room setting up items during and after your 90 minutes of move time.
  • Bring required supplies: To move into your fall 2020 housing assignment, you will need to arrive to campus with a face covering, thermometer, hand sanitizer and cleaning products to assist with sanitizing your living area.

Two weeks ahead: We suggest you begin to isolate and closely monitor any changes to your health.

We encourage you to monitor your health using a daily symptom checklist. Make sure your temperature does not exceed 100.3 F (38 C).

If you experience any of the symptoms below, you should reach out to your health care provider before you arrive on campus.

Take you temperature daily
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
  • Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or greater, or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
Daily symptom monitoring

In order to provide the safest possible environment for all Mizzou community members, it is essential that we all follow proper health and safety guidelines and continuously self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

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Daily self-monitoring

Every day, you will need to run through a symptom checklist:

  • Do you have a fever (temperature 100.4 F or greater) without having taken any fever-reducing medications?
  • Before you take your temperature:
    • Wait 30 minutes after eating, drinking or exercising.
    • Wait at least 6 hours after taking medicines that can lower your temperature, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Do you have a loss of smell or taste?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have muscle aches?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have chills?
  • Do you have a headache?
  • Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite?
  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19? Close contact is defined as within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more with or without a face covering.
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you need to stay home and call the MU Student Health Center (573-882-7481) or your health care provider.

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If you are experiencing symptoms

  • Do not attend your classes in person, and do not visit any public areas. Practice good hygiene while distancing from any roommates.
  • Contact the MU Student Health Center (573-882-7481) or your health care provider.
  • See Show Me Renewal Plan for more information on what to do in the event of symptoms or a positive test.

Guidance for fall 2020 incoming international students

We have provided a resource page for international students regarding travel, enrollment, housing and other concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Counseling Center also provides resources for those looking for help coping with the additional stress of the pandemic, discrimination and other impacts of current events.