COVID-19 Testing Policy

Updated August 18, 2021

Missouri State University is implementing the following policy in order to detect COVID‑19 infection among students, faculty and staff, and prevent and/or reduce additional exposure and infection.

Type of COVID‑19 testing

All university COVID‑19 testing referenced in this policy is polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Information about PCR testing and other kinds of COVID‑19 testing can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage.

Testing for students, faculty and staff with COVID‑19 symptoms

If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms of COVID‑19, you should be assessed by a physician for possible testing. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Additional information about COVID‑19 symptoms can be found on the CDC symptoms webpage.

Options for assessment by a physician include:

  • Contact Magers Health and Wellness Center at 417-836-4000.
  • After hours, contact the Mercy Nurse on Call at 417-820-6055.
  • Contact your primary care provider.
  • In case of medical emergency, go to a local hospital emergency room or call 911.

Your physician will determine whether you should be tested for COVID‑19 and, if so, the process you should follow to be tested.

Magers offers COVID‑19 testing for students, faculty and staff. A physician's referral is not necessary. The university is covering the cost of COVID‑19 testing provided by Magers for students and employees, including employees that are not covered through the university's health insurance.

Additional information about testing, including information about other testing locations in the Springfield area, can be found on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s webpage.

Mandatory testing required by the university

The COVID‑19 Response Team may require COVID‑19 testing in certain circumstances.

If such students, faculty or staff refuse to undergo mandated COVID‑19 testing, they may be required to quarantine or be prevented from participating in certain activities.

All COVID‑19 tests referenced in this section will be administered at no cost to the student, faculty or staff member being tested.

Other testing

The university may authorize additional COVID‑19 testing in other situations.

Test results and analysis

All individuals will be notified of their test result as soon as possible after the result is available.

All students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID‑19, or who are informed by a physician or public health official that they must quarantine or isolate, must immediately complete the COVID‑19 Reporting Form.

The university will maintain confidentiality of all test results, but will provide limited information about individuals to the COVID‑19 Response Team, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as required by law. Demographic information without personal identifiers will be analyzed for trends and risks to groups in which additional testing may be warranted.

Effective date

This policy goes into effect on August 18, 2021 and supersedes all prior university rules and policies on the subjects covered herein. All provisions of this policy will be in effect through December 31, 2021 unless otherwise set forth herein.