Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D., president of the MU System and interim chancellor, University of Missouri, sent an email to all Mizzou families on June 10 announcing the beginning of in-person classes for the fall semester in Columbia on Monday, Aug. 24. On-campus dormitories and dining facilities will be open as well.
He said in his email or In the email he said,” “I’m incredibly grateful to the large team of people that have been working on detailed plans to make this a reality for our campus. Over the past few weeks, we have been slowly moving more people back to campus and preparing for what our new “normal” will look like for faculty, staff and students.”
He also said Mizzou will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and be ready to make adjustments, which could include moving to remote instruction or other models for delivering instruction should that become necessary.
Choi clarified that ensuring the safety of the campus is the No. 1 priority of the school’s administration and faculty. He added, “Everyone coming to campus and our offices this fall should expect to see and participate in changes, which will include new practices for personal health monitoring, social distancing and other precautions. We will be sharing details and training as our plans are formalized.”
In a previous email sent on June 3, Choi had outlined a plan where in-person classwork would end on Nov. 20 (the Friday before Thanksgiving) and finals would be given online from Nov. 30 through Dec. 14. The winter break would be from Dec. 15 through Jan. 18. Spring semester 2021 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Choi said planning for the opening was guided by collaboration with Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services as well as the university’s own medical experts.
He also outlined other steps being taken, including:
- Creating communications, training and other resources that focus on student accountability and safety, including social distancing, face coverings and symptom monitoring, among others.
- Campus facilities personnel are continually deep-cleaning buildings and securing supplies of hand sanitizer.
- With the support of MU Health Care, the university is implementing testing and tracing measures to quickly and effectively respond to new diagnoses or exposures. Additionally, Residential Life is collaborating with campus facilities personnel, campus dining staff and the Dean of Students Office to develop response and care protocols in the event of illness.
On Thursday, June 18, the University of Missouri system with campuses in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla, announced a 2.3% increase in tuition for the 2020 fall semester and beyond. This primarily was due to the financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic and state funding reductions. Choi said the increase is about equal to inflation.