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Face Mask/Covering Policy

Effective July 13, 2020, all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors are expected to wear
masks/face coverings while on the MSSU campus, including in classrooms.
Masks/face coverings are also expected to be worn in office spaces and outdoor spaces where physical
distancing is difficult to maintain.
There are some exceptions for face coverings that will be made under the following circumstances:
  • For those who fall under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act; Those individuals seeking accommodations from wearing a mask/face covering, should contact the appropriate representative (Students should contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 417-659-3725, Faculty and staff should contact the Human Resources Office at 417-625-9527).
  • For dining facility patrons while they are dining; or
  • For individuals exercising or while walking with other people from the same household, if social distancing from others who are not your family or household members can be maintained; and engaging in organized group or team sports, or other physical activities where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a mask or socially distance; or
  • In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services, such as the receipt of dental services or medical treatments.

Update from the MSSU COVID-19 Task Force

The spring semester was a challenging time and we are proud of how everyone worked hard to make the best of a difficult situation. There are continued questions about what is happening this fall and our plans going forward with the opening of campus. We are working to answer them as soon as we can.

A COVID-19 task force is meeting weekly to prepare these plans. A new COVID-19 exposure FAQ page has been added to the MSSU COVID-19 website to address some of the concerns.

The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority in this ever-changing landscape. Any guidance will be subject to modification in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines.

We are taking steps to protect your health and safety and ask that you join us in keeping campus safe

  • More than 200 hand sanitizer stations have been installed on campus near building entrances.
  • Our custodial team is continuing to clean and disinfect areas as much as possible. Please be diligent in disinfecting your personal space or shared areas after meetings, etc.
  • Perform a daily personal wellness check before coming to campus and do not come to campus if you feel ill.
  • Please continue to refer to COVID-19 Exposure FAQ and the CDC COVID-19 site on how to protect yourself and what do to if you are sick.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex, challenging and fluid situation which continues to evolve. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Stay up-to-date by checking the university’s COVID-19 website at https://emergency.mssu.edu/.

Stay well, Lions!

MSSU COVID-19 Task Force

Missouri Southern offers update on Fall 2020 semester

While backup plans are in place should the COVID-19 pandemic situation change, Missouri Southern State University is moving forward toward fully opening campus this fall.

“The Fall 2020 semester will be an exciting time – one of renewed energy and focus as Missouri Southern moves forward,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of the university.

The university anticipates offering face-to-face classes and a full slate of campus activities, he said.

Admissions and enrollment are underway, with the Fall 2020 Schedule book available on the university’s website. The enrollment team is ready to answer any questions students may have. More information is available at https://www.mssu.edu/student.

Missouri Southern’s Financial Aid Office is working to ensure students have the resources to successfully complete their education, despite their financial background or current economic situation.

In a typical academic year, the university offers more than $6 million in academic and departmental scholarships, says Becca Diskin, director of financial aid. Federal and state aid – which includes grants, work study and loans – total more than $36 million.

For more information, visit https://www.mssu.edu/financial-aid.


Current Health Considerations


Missouri Southern State University continues to actively monitor the evolving situation regarding the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.

We encourage members of the MSSU community to take precautions against the virus, stay aware of the latest information regarding its spread and follow recommendations regarding travel to infected areas.

A task force has been formed on campus and will provide updates as they become available. Please continue to monitor your campus email, social media channels and our website for the latest information.

In addition, the following resources are available to help prepare or respond to coronavirus:

  • The Centers for Disease Control: guidelines regarding the disease.
  • The World Health Organization: frequently asked questions and tips for international travel.
  • The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University: real-time map tracking the location of confirmed cases of the virus.
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has established a 24-hour hotline for any questions related to the coronavirus – 877.435.8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The most important thing for you to do now is follow the CDC’s everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
    • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
    • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMissouri Department of Health and Senior Services

State of Missouri Fact Sheets