March 5, 2020
Dear Mizzou families,
I’m sure you’re following news about the COVID-19 coronavirus. I want you know that there have been no reports of cases involving coronavirus disease COVID-19 on the University of Missouri campus or in the state of Missouri.
Nonetheless, Mizzou is working closely with infection control experts at MU Health Care and local and state public health officials, and we are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As a result, all university-related student travel to China, South Korea and Italy is prohibited at this time. Study abroad programs in China, South Korea and Italy have been cancelled for spring, spring break and summer 2020. The university’s existing ban on university-related travel to Iran remains in place.
MU is asking all community members returning to the United States from mainland China, South Korea, Iran and Italy to stay home and self-monitor for 14 days.
Students who feel sick and think they might have been exposed to the coronavirus or may have been in contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19 should call ahead before visiting the MU Student Health Center. This will help the health care providers take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. We will work with students to minimize disruptions to their academic progress during the isolation period.
Please know that Mizzou is actively monitoring the situation and will be in regular communication with you and your students. We also have reached out to student organizations who have planned university-affiliated travel.
You can visit the university’s dedicated webpage, mualert.missouri.edu/coronavirus, for the most current information.
Dr. William B. Stackman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
2202 MU Student Center
911 East Rollins Street
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211