Winter Break

Reduced operations at Mizzou: What you need to know.

Dec. 19, 2017

During the December Board of Curators meeting, the Board approved new and improved CRRs (Collected Rules and Regulations) to support MU faculty and staff. One of the improvements was to establish an annual “reduced operations” period between Christmas Day holiday (or when it is observed if on a weekend) through the day before the New Year’s Day holiday (or when it is observed if on a weekend).

Because of this, many of the offices on campus will be closed. If you need help or support from faculty or staff before the end of the year, please contact them prior to winter break (before December 23) to avoid any unnecessary delays.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why are offices closed?
A: The Board of Curators saw this as an opportunity to reward faculty and staff and that a good work-life balance helps ensure that staff and faculty are working at their best when they are on our campuses. This change also occurs at a time of year when the university’s efficiency will not be adversely compromised.

Q: What about the hospital and police?
A: This CRR does not apply to University of Missouri Health Care due to the nature of its year-round work. MUPD will continue to have officers on patrol.

Q: Is there a cost-savings for this decision?
A: The operations savings for the four UM campuses is approximately $125,000.


Q: The priority deadline has passed? Can I still apply to Mizzou?

Q: When do I need to take myMathTest?
A: myMathTest, the math placement exam used to decide which math course you’ll take first, is due in February.

Q: When do I need to sign up for Summer Welcome?
A: The priority deadline to sign up is March 24.

Q: When is the deadline for applying to the Honors College?
A: March 1.

Q: I left a message (voicemail and/or email) for Mizzou Admissions? When will I hear back?
A: Admissions staff will be monitoring email and voicemail messages for issues that need immediate attention. Admissions will respond to most messages as soon as normal operations resume on January 2.

Campus Dining

Q: Where can I eat on campus?
A: Though all Campus Dining Services restaurants and Mizzou Markets will be closed from Dec. 23, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018, there are still great food options that don’t even require you to leave your room. Several restaurants in Columbia offer delivery service, either directly or through a third party, such as GrubHub, Mr. Delivery and OrderUp. You also can have groceries delivered. Hy-Vee, through its Aisles Online service, will deliver up to $100 of groceries for a $4.95 fee and more than $100 worth for no fee.

Campus Operations

Q: Will the Power Plant close?
A: The power plant will be open and operating. Temperature controls will be set as a regular work day when classes are not in session.

Counseling Center and Behavioral Health at the Student Health Center

Q: Can I still call the Counseling Center and/or Behavioral Health if I need help?
A: Yes. Callers can get assistance any time by calling the Counseling Center at 573-882-6601. They can call Behavioral Health at 573-882-1483.

Financial Aid

Q: What is the new FAFSA priority deadline?
A: February 1, 2018.

Q: When will I be getting my spring aid and refund?
A: Spring aid will disburse January 8. Refunds by direct deposit will show up (depending on your bank) 3-5 business days after and refunds by check with take 5-7 days to receive.

Q: How many hours do I need to be enrolled in to get my aid? (Undergrad and Grad)
A: You need at least 6 credit hours as undergraduate to receive aid and 12 to be considered full-time. You need 4 credit hours as a graduate student to receive aid and 9 credit hours to be considered full time.

Mizzou Online Exams

Q: Will the exam room be open?
A: Yes! The Mizzou Online Exam room will be open but operating on a reduced schedule on Dec. 26, 27 and 28 for proctored exams. Schedule your exam through your online course. Contact us with questions at 882-2491.

Mizzou Rec

Q: Is MizzouRec open?
A: No, MizzouRec is closed for the winter break between December 17 and January 1. It will be open January 2-14.

MU Libraries

Q: Is the Library open?
A: No, Ellis Library will be closed from December 25 to January 2.

MU Stores

Q: I haven’t finished my holiday shopping; where can I purchase Mizzou gear and gifts?
A: Although our campus location will be closed, our online store and both Mizzou Store locations in Chesterfield and Kirkwood will be open and offer the largest selection of Mizzou gear in their areas.

Q: I have an AutoAccess course, how will this be affected?
A: Your AutoAccess materials will be available to you on the first day of class in Blackboard or Canvas. Your AutoAccess fee will be applied automatically to your account during the week campus is closed. Students may opt out of purchasing the AutoAccess materials and will receive an email on Jan. 12 with more details about how to do so.

Q: Will I still be able to pick up my Early Bird Textbook Reservations when campus resumes?
A: Yes! The brick and mortar Mizzou Store will be closed, but our order-fulfillment team will still be working to process reservations to ensure orders are ready for pickup starting Jan. 8. The Mizzou Store will send you its standard order-pickup emails.

Q: Can I still reserve my course materials through The Mizzou Store while campus is closed?
A: Yes. The online store is open 24/7. In addition, our order-fulfillment team will still be working to process orders to ensure orders are ready when campus re-opens. The Mizzou Store will communicate to you as they work through your email with their normal shipping and pickup emails.

Parent Relations

Q: What if my son or daughter earned poor grades and they need to withdraw or repeat a class?
A: A student won’t be able to withdraw from Mizzou during the week campus is closed, but you can make a plan of action during this week.

  • Dropping classes: If a student received below a 1.0 GPA (cumulative), they are automatically withdrawn from classes. If not, classes can simply be dropped on MyZou. If a student drops out by their own choice, they should notify their academic adviser.
  • Moving out: Call Residential Life at 573-882-7275 to schedule a move-out over the winter break. Call before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, to schedule a move-out during the week campus is closed.
  • Collecting tuition refunds: If a student has already made payment for the spring semester and needs a refund, call the Cashiers Office at 573-882-3097.
  • Other helpful links/information:


Q: Is parking enforced during reduced operations?
A: Most parking will not be enforced Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. However, PS7 and Tiger Avenue Parking Structure are 24-hour enforced year-round due to critical hospital employees needing parking.  If you have a valid permit, you can park on the top two floors of Virginia Avenue Parking Structure until January 16.

Q: Is there a shuttle during winter break?
A: There is no shuttle service from December 16 to January 9. Shuttles resume January 10.

  • Limited shuttle service for 401 & 402 Jan. 10-12 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Weekend shuttle service resumes Jan. 13
  • Night service only on Jan. 15
  • Normal Tiger Line service (405 & 406) will resume on Jan. 16

Residential Life

Q: What if I’m moving out of my residence hall?
A: You can still do that. If you have a scheduled, official check-out, there will still be student staff members available to assist you. If you plan to move out of the halls over semester break, please call Residential Life (573-882-7275) before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, to schedule your official check-out.  If you plan to leave the halls for a few days and return at a later date, you do not need to schedule an official check-out.

Q: Will there still be custodian and maintenance service?
A: Yes, custodial and maintenance services will continue, just at reduced levels.

  • For specific custodial needs, call the building services supervisor at 573-673-9705.
  • For emergency maintenance needs, call the Maintenance Center at 573-882-7211.
  • For non-emergencies, fill out an online maintenance request.

Q: Where can I get my mail?
A: Mail will be available at the offices for Residential Academic Programs (RAP) in the lower-level of Pershing, Dec. 27–Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can access this area (which otherwise will be closed and locked) by going to the doors on the south side of Pershing and ringing a temporary doorbell that will notify student staff, who will let you in to collect your mail.

Student Accountability and Support

Q: What if I have a student conduct issue that can’t wait?
A: If you have a conduct-related emergency, call MUPD at 573-882-7201, and they can assist you.

Q: What if I have a student emergency that can’t wait?
A: If you have an emergency situation, call MUPD at 573-882-7201, and they can assist you.

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