MU outlines plan for fall semester

The Show Me Renewal website offers guidance for students, faculty and staff returning to campus.

June 30, 2020

The University of Missouri this week released its Show Me Renewal plan, which details how campus operations will safely resume for the fall 2020 semester. An accompanying website provides guidance to members of the Mizzou community returning for the start of in-person classes on Aug. 24.

The plan emphasizes the importance of maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from others as the best way to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Face coverings will be required in classrooms and are recommended in common areas, as well as spaces where social distancing is difficult, such as bathrooms and elevators. Before arriving to campus, everyone is asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if they are ill.

Included in the Show Me Renewal website is information for students, employees, prospective Mizzou students and campus visitors. These resources cover many detailed aspects of the return, including organizing work spaces to accommodate social distancing and a list of free mental health resources.

All students will receive training that communicates the key changes and requirements. Likewise, Human Resource Services will provide required training for university faculty and staff.

UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Y. Choi shared the Show Me Renewal plan in a June 29 letter to the Mizzou community. In the letter, Choi said that more than 135 people collaborated on the document, including experts from MU Health Care.

Recommendations were compiled by seven work groups tasked with considering different aspects of the return to campus. Teams, including student affairs, academics and research, have provided reports that give more details about fall 2020. The Show Me Renewal plan may be modified in the future to accommodate new developments and updated public health guidance.

Additionally, university administrators are seeking feedback on ways the plan can be strengthened to best serve all members of the Mizzou community.

Visit the Show Me Renewal site to review the plan and other information to help you get ready for the fall semester.

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