President's Message To Employees (March 25)

The following message was sent from the president to Missouri State employees on March 25, 2020.

Subject: Employment and benefit changes due to stay-at-home order

As you know, the City of Springfield issued a stay-at-home ordinance effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 26. The university had already started transitioning the majority of employees to a work-from-home arrangement and moved many services online. This ordinance will accelerate the process.

Some additional changes include:

  • All classes will be delivered remotely.
  • Many campus services will continue to be available, but through email, phone or other online options.
  • Most buildings will be closed.

This will also mean additional changes for some employees:

  • All employees who are able to work from home must do so immediately.
  • Some employees who cannot work from home will temporarily transition to other duties.

Critical workers (including health care workers, public safety, financial services, maintenance, custodial, and other employees designated by the university) will still be required to be on campus to support critical infrastructure. We’ll do everything we can to ensure their safety.

Employees who need to work on campus to ensure continuity of operations will be notified by their supervisor.

Because of the many changes, some employees will not have work they can complete from home. We will try to find meaningful tasks for as many employees as possible.

For employees who simply don’t have work to complete from home or alternative duties during this time, you will continue to receive 2/3 of your salary and full benefits through May 31. This will be re-evaluated throughout the next 30 days to see whether it can be extended.

Updates to benefits

We have also expanded several employee benefits.

Family and Medical Leave Act can now be used in some cases when an employee can’t work because of lack of childcare.

The Emergency Paid Leave Policy has been expanded to include all full- and part-time employees.

The COVID-19 Work and Compensation Policy includes more details.

I know these are extremely stressful times. We’re doing everything we can as a university to protect the physical and financial health of all of our employees.

Thank you for all you do.

Clifton M. Smart III