Return-to-Campus and Travel Policy

May 15

In an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 throughout the campus community, the university is implementing the following policy governing when employees may return to campus and/or resume university-related travel.

General precautions and employee testing requirements

All employees should take precautions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, including:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Employees may not come to campus if they have experienced any of the following:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Have had close contact within the last 14 days with a known COVID-19 positive person
  • Have had any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days that is unexplained:
    • fever,
    • cough,
    • shortness of breath,
    • chills,
    • repeated shaking with chills,
    • muscle pain,
    • headache,
    • sore throat,
    • new loss of taste or smell.

Such employees will not be permitted to return to campus unless and until they have undergone testing for COVID-19 more than two days after their potential exposure to the virus, received results indicating that they are negative for COVID-19 infection, and provided documentation of such results to their supervisor. Alternatively, an employee may present documentation from a health care provider indicating that they have been approved to return to campus.

Employees may not return to campus within 14 days of international travel unless they have received approval from a health care provider to return to campus or tested negative for COVID-19. The test must be given more than two days after returning to the United States.

Masks and face coverings

Updated July 20

Masks or face coverings are required to be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors in certain areas of campus and during certain events or activities, consistent with the university’s COVID-19 Masking Policy. This policy will remain in effect through December 31, 2020, unless the duration is modified by the university president.


The travel restrictions established in March will expire on June 30, 2020.

Effective July 1, pre-COVID-19 processes will resume for university travel within the state of Missouri.

Cost center heads must establish an approval process for university travel outside the state of Missouri. The Provost will establish the approval process to be followed by all academic cost centers. Such processes will provide an opportunity for cost centers to review the expense and health and safety risks associated with a particular trip or out-of-state event.

Testing requirements for employees returning from international travel are set forth above.

Effective date

This policy goes into effect on May 18, 2020 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, 2020 unless otherwise set forth herein.