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University responds to Columbia stay-at-home order

Dear Mizzou Community,

Columbia and state leaders continue to take necessary actions to combat the spread of COVID-19, and we are all being asked to do our part. Among those actions is the recent mandatory stay-at-home order in the city of Columbia that takes effect 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25.

We expect our staff and faculty, whether on campus or working and learning remotely, to follow any city, county or state directives. The city’s stay-at-home order asks anyone living in our community to limit all non-essential travel outside of the home. Examples of essential travel might include trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and doctors' offices.

For the very few employees who have exceptions to work on campus, the stay-at-home order allows you to travel to and from campus to perform those duties. Each individual at Mizzou or the UM System identified as an exception has been or will be identified by a supervisor and provided a letter that states that person is needed for on-site duties. This practice will not include employees of MU Heath Care, who are excluded from the city’s order and are following different protocols to ensure operations and service to the community.

If supervisors need to add or remove anyone from the list of those who are permitted to come to campus, please contact Gary Ward.

We are grateful for the continued collaboration among MU, the UM System and city officials. Because of our close coordination, Mizzou also has taken proactive actions in advance of and in alignment with city recommendations and executive orders.

As an example, MU moved quickly last week in following a directive from UM System President Mun Choi to limit the on-campus physical presence of most employees. This was a necessary action, and we appreciate each of you working diligently to transition your efforts to remote work. At this time, President Choi's directive is in effect through April 12. We recognize the city restrictions are set until April 24. In this time of uncertainty, we will be evaluating the situation continually and working to further align university practices with the city, state, federal and CDC expectations as appropriate.

Additionally, in an effort to limit the number of residential students on campus, we have offered a housing bill discount for the semester for any students who can return home or make alternate housing plans by April 3. Through this effort, we have reduced our housing occupancy by more than 95%. We continue to provide housing only for students who do not have other housing options to ensure their safety and ability to continue their education. Residential Life is working with our remaining residential students to ensure access to necessary services, such as food delivery, while also implementing aggressive social distancing practices.

The city’s stay-at-home order provides exceptions, including encouraging people to get outside and walk, run, hike or bike. Physical exercise can be an important factor in maintaining good mental health. We also want to remind everyone of the new Sanvello app, which is free for University of Missouri employees, as well as our Employee Assistance Program that is available to employees and their families. It is important during this time that we support each other as much as possible, and we’re seeing many examples of the kindness Mizzou and Columbia are known for.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we all respond to limit the spread of coronavirus and keep our communities safe. We will continue to provide additional information on our MU Alert website as the situation evolves.

Please take care of yourselves. We appreciate everyone’s hard work from home as well as those who are coming to campus and the system facilities ensuring the university’s physical needs are addressed.


Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for Operations
Patty Haberberger, Vice Chancellor for Human Services

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