President Clif Smart.The coronavirus pandemic has created one of the most challenging times many of us have ever experienced.

At Missouri State University, we closed campus in mid-March and moved all classes for the spring 2020 semester to alternate delivery methods. Most students returned to their homes, and faculty and staff members worked from home for the remainder of the semester. We continued classes and campus services through email, phone, Zoom and other creative approaches.

Throughout the summer we slowly reopened campus. By Aug. 9, campus will be fully open and ready for students to move in.

Campus will look and feel a little different this fall. More of our classes will be online. Events and class sizes will be smaller.

But here’s what won’t change. Our faculty members will still offer classes that will educate and challenge students. Our staff members will still do everything they can to help students be successful.

We’ll still have fun events, interesting lectures and inspiring performances.

One thing you can count on is that we’ll follow local, state and federal safety guidelines to make campus as safe as it can be. Our community’s health and safety is our top priority.

This guide outlines our plans to return to campus this fall. I hope it will answer many of your questions.

It is a living document that will change as the government issues new safety guidelines and as the university’s Board of Governors makes decisions.

If you have questions that aren’t answered in this guide, or just want to talk to someone about your concerns, students can contact the Student Success Infoline by emailing or calling or texting 417-250-2033.

Family members can contact family programs at or call 417-836-3060.

We can’t wait to see everyone this fall.

Clif Smart
Missouri State University