FAQs for Students and Families

The following questions are frequently asked by students and families.

Send additional questions to COVID19@MissouriState.edu.

FAQs for students and families

Do I need to quarantine if one of my friends tests positive for COVID-19?

  • It depends. In most situations, you will not need to quarantine. However, if you have been in close contact with your friend who tested positive for COVID-19, you likely will need to quarantine.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID-19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID-19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
  • If you were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, otherwise, you should not.
  • If you are uncertain, you should contact the COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu or 417-837-3737 so they can advise you and others on whether and how to quarantine.
  • Other than notifying the COVID-19 Response Team and appropriate university officials, you should not share your friend’s health information with others.

If I get tested while I am in quarantine, can I stop quarantine and go back to class?

No. The purpose of quarantine is to see if the virus develops after having been exposed. It takes up to 14 days for the virus to incubate. A negative test only indicates that it has not developed sufficient load to be detected; however, it may still develop up until the last day of quarantine.

The CDC recommends that:

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.

Should I get tested if I am in quarantine?

  • That depends.
  • If you develop any symptoms, you should get in right away to get tested to determine whether you are positive or not.
  • If you have not developed symptoms, it is a personal choice whether to get tested.
  • If you want to get tested, you should wait seven days to give the virus a chance to incubate since it will likely do that within five to seven days after exposure.
  • If you have no symptoms, your quarantine can end after 10 days without testing.
  • However, if the test results come back negative, it may still be incubating. You must quarantine for a full 7 days without symptoms even if you receive a negative test result.
  • If it comes back positive, you will be required to isolate for at least 10 more days from the date the symptoms first appeared or when the test was taken, whichever occurred first.
  • If you decide to get tested, contact Magers Health and Wellness Center by calling 417-836-4000 during their normal office hours.

If I'm vaccinated, do I need to quarantine if it's suspected (or confirmed) that I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Additional FAQs

Review FAQs about masking.

FAQs about masking

Do I still need to wear a face covering if I have been vaccinated?

  • Yes. The CDC still recommends wearing a mask in public settings even after being fully vaccinated and the university follows this guidance.

If the City of Springfield ends their masking requirement, does it supersede MSU’s policy?

  • No. The City ordinance does not apply to Missouri State University. The university establishes its policy based upon discussions with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the specific risks associated with the campus. The university will continue to evaluate the risks on campus to determine when the mandate is no longer required.

Are gaiters allowed as face coverings?

  • Yes. However, university policy encourages everyone to follow the CDC and WHO guidance, and gaiters do not meet the standards set forth in that guidance.

Are masks with exhalation ports allowed?

  • No. Individuals are encouraged to follow the CDC and WHO guidance, and masks with exhalation ports do not meet the standards set forth in that guidance.

Are mesh masks allowed?

  • No. Individuals are encouraged to follow the CDC and WHO guidance, and mesh masks do not meet the standards set forth in that guidance.

Are masks with offensive messages or symbols allowed on campus?

  • Yes. Offensive messages and symbols are considered protected speech under the First Amendment. However, a complaint can be filed with the Bias Response Team.