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Coronavirus and spring break

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Dear Mizzou families,

I hope you’re well. This email contains a few important messages that I have also shared with all Mizzou students. My intention is to help them stay grounded and see them successful through the semester.

Campus announcement

Earlier today, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright announced that in-person classes will be suspended beginning at 5 p.m. today, March 11 through Sunday, March 15. During that time, faculty are instructed to put in place their plans to deliver instruction remotely. Existing online classes will continue as originally scheduled.

During the week of March 16–20, classes will be held remotely. Following spring break, we plan to resume in-person classes on Monday, March 30. Read the chancellor’s announcement.

It’s important to note there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the MU campus. Out of an abundance of caution the university is taking proactive steps to maintain the health of our community.

The university has been working on a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  As you can imagine, these plans have had to change daily, if not hourly, based on the information at hand.

Coronavirus and Travel

I know that spring break is traditionally a time for travel. I’m urging our students to take significant precautions in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The university strongly recommends that no one travel to any country with a CDC warning Level 3 or State Department Travel Advisory of Level 3 or Level 4. Areas with travel restrictions are likely to change as the virus becomes more widespread.

Anyone traveling to a foreign country should consider taking advantage of the free U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

As of now, there have been no confirmed cases in Boone county, this includes Columbia and the Mizzou campus. Visit the university’s dedicated webpage for the most current information and recommendations regarding travel and safety precautions.

Taking Care of Mental Health

The coronavirus is contributing to stress and anxiety for many people. That’s why I’m encouraging students to think about their mental health, too.

We recently introduced our campus to Sanvello, a free app that helps users manage stress, anxiety and depression. All MU students have access to the premium version of the app by signing up with their email.

We are all concerned for our students’ well-being. Rest assured that their safety is our top priority.

Please contact me with any concerns you may have.


Dr. William B. Stackman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
2202 MU Student Center
911 East Rollins Street
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211