MSSU Cancels On-ground Classes Over Coronavirus Concerns

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JOPLIN, Mo.– MSSU announces online plan for school in wake of coronavirus:

To our Lion family –

As you are aware, we recently formed a campus task force to monitor the coronavirus and remain in communication with our faculty, staff, students and constituents. To our knowledge, as of today no member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of an abundance of caution – and to prioritize the health of our campus and community – effective immediately, all classes will be moved to a distance learning/online format through the end of April. It is our priority to ensure that our students’ educational requirements continue to be met.

All members of our faculty should prepare to transfer their individual course content to Blackboard for our students to continue pace toward successful completion of their classes. Faculty, staff and essential student workers (e.g. Lion Cub Academy) will continue to report to work as regularly scheduled during this period. This approach will help to limit in-person exposure and comply with best practices on social distancing following spring break.

For our students, watch for a message from your instructors with further information about your courses. Existing online courses will continue as normal. For students with limited Internet access, the computer labs in the Anderson Criminal Justice Center will remain open for student use from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For those who live in the residence halls and wish to return home, you are encouraged to do so. Food service will be made available to those who choose to remain in the residence halls.

To further enhance the safety of our campus community, the following additional actions are being taken:

  •  Campus will be closed to outside visitors effective immediately and continuing through the month of April. All events involving external constituents will be canceled.
  • Beimdiek Recreation Center and Spiva Library will be closed through the end of April. The rec center is effective immediately while the library will close 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15.
  • The MIAA has issued an indefinite suspension of all institutional practice and competition activities in any MIAA sport until further notice. 
  • The Lion Cub Academy will remain open until the situation requires it to close, so that parents can continue to work.
  • No business or university sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students will be allowed through the end of April. Every attempt should be made to recoup any deposits, registration fees or other expenses due to previously scheduled university travel.
  • If you are currently returning from a business trip to an affected area as identified by the Centers for Disease Control or will be traveling to an affected area over spring break, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.
  • Faculty and staff members who either themselves have a compromised medical condition or live with individuals who do should consult with their supervisor so accommodations can be made.
  • Aggressive cleaning of all campus buildings will be a priority between now and April 30.
  • We encourage individuals to practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of six feet from others in order to limit the spread of the virus.

No individual exceptions to these actions will be made through the month of April. If you are a student and require further clarification, please consult with the appropriate faculty member or Student Affairs. Campus employees with questions can contact individual supervisors or Human Resources.

This is a unique challenge to our campus and others nationwide. Please be mindful of your own physical wellbeing, and that of those around you. By working together, we will successfully navigate this unprecedented event.

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