Contingency Plans and Guiding Principles

The university is taking steps to reduce the risk of a COVID‑19 outbreak on campus. These steps include:

  • Having testing readily available for students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of COVID‑19.
  • Conducting testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff.
  • Working closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to support their investigation, contact tracing, testing and isolation/quarantine of campus community members who have contracted COVID‑19 or had a close contact with someone with COVID‑19.
  • Having procedures and available space to manage students needing to quarantine/isolate as required.
  • Working closely with local officials to assess the health care/public health systems’ capacity to manage cases on campus.

The university constantly evaluates factors and data relevant to the impact COVID‑19 is having on the university community and operations. The university will move classes to alternative delivery methods, modify and cancel events and activities, and implement other contingency plans as appropriate.

To the extent possible, the university will implement temporary contingency plans that alter delivery methods only for particular classes, events and activities.

If necessary, the university will implement longer-term contingency plans that alter delivery methods for a broader section of classes, events and activities. The university will work to maintain traditional delivery of labs and other hands-on learning modules to the extent possible.

Guiding principles

To successfully navigate this strategy, the university uses following guiding principles as a frame of reference for decision making.

  1. Impact on the health and physical well-being of students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Impact on the university’s mission. Mission considerations include:
    • Academic quality and accreditation.
    • Enrollment.
    • Student success.
    • Student experience.
    • Inclusive excellence.
    • Affordability.
    • Public profile.
  3. Impact on the mental health and morale of students, faculty, and staff.
  4. Impact on university risk and compliance.
  5. Impact on the university’s ability to generate revenue.
  6. Impact on our state, the local community and other external stakeholders.

Missouri State continues to work closely with local and state public health entities for guidance on COVID‑19 protocols.

The university follows all requirements established by the State of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

Missouri State works closely with the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to guide decisions impacting the health and safety of its campus and the broader community.

The university consults the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to develop policies and procedures.

Missouri State has contingency plans for resurgences of COVID‑19 for the duration of the pandemic.