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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority at Missouri Southern State University is the health and safety of our Lion family. If you are sick, please stay home. You can find the latest information and answers to questions about our comprehensive response below.

Choice is a powerful thing. Here at Missouri Southern, we recognize the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on our communities.
You – and every member of our Lion family – have the choice to help us ROAR back this fall by getting vaccinated.

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If you are sick, please stay home. The health and safety of our students and employees are extremely important to us, and we will work with you to ensure your academic and employment needs are being met.

Students should reach out to their individual faculty members as well as the Willcoxon Health Center at 417-625-9323 or COVID19HC@mssu.edu. If you are going to be out for an extended period of time, contact Dr. Tamika Harrel, Dean of Students, at 417-625-3032 or Harrel-T@mssu.edu. For students who live on campus, there are a limited number of isolation rooms available.

Faculty and staff members who are ill should notify their immediate supervisor, who will make a determination on work-from-home questions.

Masks are not required (except when visiting the health center) but are welcomed.

The university is no longer conducting contact tracing.

The health center will have rapid COVID test kits for those who might need them through the end of September.


Vaccinations are no longer offered in the health center but are available at the following locations:

City of Joplin

One of the easiest ways to get vaccinated is at local pharmacies. It’s recommended to call for an appointment, but many do offer walk-in opportunities.


The university will also continue to monitor and provide guidance on other viruses such as monkeypox in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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Other Information

MSSU's student service areas have modified their policies and/or procedures. Please refer to the link below for more information on counseling servieces, financial aid (HEERF), and more.

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Your COVID-19 vaccination is the key to our Lion community thriving on campus once again. Get vaccinated and let’s get back to normal. Call the Willcoxon Health Center or any local pharmacy to get the vaccine at no cost. Find out why getting vaccinated was important to these members of our Lion community:

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