Housing, Dining and Campus Life

Move-in

Move-in operations will occur over multiple days in August. Safety measures will be in place, including:

  • Centralized check-in process with COVID‑19 screening.
  • Move-in assistance will be limited to one person for each student.
  • Elevator occupancy will be limited to one student and helper at a time.
  • Bear Crew move-in volunteers are “hibernating” this year in order to increase physical distancing. Each student should plan to move in their belongings on their own.
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing protocols.
  • Programming and amenity limitations.
  • Health and safety information and protocols, including dining.
  • Minimizing gatherings in common areas.

For more information, contact residence life at 417-836-5536.

Housing

Residence life is preparing plans for housing students this fall and will continue to support move-in of residents. The foundation of these plans is based on creating an environment that supports the health and safety of students and the larger campus community.

Key elements include:

  • Implementing physical distancing plans for all residential facilities.
  • Minimizing furniture in common areas.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Providing hand sanitizer and masks for residents.
  • Adding transaction shields at front desks and other locations, as needed.
  • Enhancing education and communication efforts, including appropriate signage and queueing systems.
  • Implementing visitation guidelines to minimize possible exposure. Visitors must remain in the lobby, and overnight guests are prohibited.
  • Requiring card access entry 24/7 in order to minimize the number of people passing through residence hall lobbies and common areas.
  • Preparing for possible quarantine or isolation situations.

For more information, contact residence life at 417-836-5536.

Dining

Dining hall hours will be posted on the Dine on Campus app and will remain consistent throughout the semester. Retail dining hours in Plaster Student Union, Meyer Library, Glass Hall and Strong Hall will also be posted on the Dine on Campus app.

Some of the precautions include:

  • All checkout registers will have customer-facing card swiping devices.
  • The use of ID cards, bank debit and credit cards will be encouraged to minimize cash handling.
  • Blair-Shannon and Garst dining halls will remain cash free for the fall semester.
  • Plexiglass will be installed at each cash register area.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers and stations will be available for increased access for all guests.
  • To-go meal options will also be available at Blair-Shannon and Garst dining halls.
  • Grab & Go will be available at our Market Place located in Meyer Library and Strong Hall.
  • Seating will be reduced to follow guidelines currently recommended by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Social distancing signage will be posted to inform and remind guests.

Contact dining services at 417-836-3057 for more information.

Events and gatherings

All campus events are to be held in accordance with all university, local, state and health department guidance for gatherings, including potential social distancing, capacities and use of face coverings.

Athletics will also adhere to NCAA guidelines as they relate to the conduct of events for all sports.

Each event organizer will be required to input their event request in EMS, the university’s space and event management software. Every event occurring on campus must be listed in EMS.

Review the events guidelines or contact event and meeting services at 417-836-5653 for more information.

Bookstore

To facilitate social distancing, students are encouraged to order course materials online as soon as possible. The bookstore recommends having orders shipped to your residence.

Please allow enough time for processing and shipping. Allow two business days for order processing. Then add estimated shipping times as follows:

  • The next business day for southwest Missouri.
  • Two days for other parts of Missouri, eastern Kansas and western Illinois.
  • Three days for the rest of the Central Time Zone.
  • Four days for states west of the Rockies and states in the Southeast.
  • Five days for the upper Northeast, parts of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii.

The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It will have limited hours on Sunday, Aug. 9 to accommodate students moving into the residence halls.

Contact the bookstore at Bookstore@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-5403 for more information.

University recreation

The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center and the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields are open.

Operation of the fitness center, the climbing wall, the aquatic center and athletic fields is contingent on the department’s ability to meet state requirements for monitoring, distancing and sanitation.

Campus recreation programs such as BearFit, intramural and club sports, and outdoor trips will be available and conducted within local city guidelines and university policy.

Contact campus recreation at 417-836-5334 for more information.

Transportation

The Bear Line shuttles are in operation. The Bear Line is an efficient way to get across campus.

All forms of public transportation can increase the risk of COVID‑19 infection. To help reduce those risks, transportation services is taking the following actions:

  • Face coverings – To reduce the risk to others, face coverings will be required to ride the Bear Line.
  • Hand sanitizer – Hand sanitizer will be available on all Bear Lines. Use it as you get on and as you get off.
  • Disposable disinfecting wipes – Wipes are being provided for use on the Bear Line to wipe off the handrails before you use them during your ride.
  • Increased cleaning – While Bear Line shuttles are normally cleaned daily, frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned more regularly.
  • Shielding – To keep our drivers safe, shielding has been installed between the passengers and the driver.

Learn more about the Bear Line or contact transportation at 417-836-5266.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) at Missouri State has created a plan for face-to-face interactions during recruitment and new membership intake this fall. The plan is based on the health and safety guidelines provided by MJ Insurance and Missouri State to support a safe and responsible way to coordinate these events.

The precautions include:

  • All events must conform to social distancing requirements. FSL is exploring the most appropriate options for different types and sizes of events including in-person, virtual and hybrid approaches.
  • The maximum capacity for all public areas used for recruitment activities will be determined using these social distancing guidelines.
  • Fraternities and sororities will facilitate requests to reserve additional university facilities for small group meetings throughout the campus to accommodate any occupancy restrictions related to the Plaster Student Union and campus classrooms.

Determinations regarding health checks and masks are currently being reviewed and evaluated. Students will be informed as decisions are made.

Contact FSL at 417-836-4386 for more information.