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Modifications to Student Support Areas

In response to the COVID-19 situation, to accommodate our new distance learning approach for the spring 2020 semester, some student service areas have modified their policies and/or procedures. Please refer to the information below for a summary of those modifications. Information provided here is subject to change, depending on this fluid situation. Students with questions should contact Student Affairs at 417-625-9392 or studentaffairs@mssu.edu.


The George A. Spiva Library is closed through May 11th. Online services are available at: https://www.mssu.edu/academics/library/. Employees may still be contacted via telephone and/or email.

Recreation Services

The Beimdiek Recreation Center is closed through April 30th. Employees may still be contacted via telephone and/or email.

Residence Life

MSSU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is regularly reviewing updates of information from the World Health Organization, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention as well as directives from federal, state, and local government agencies. At this time, the MSSU Residence Halls are planning to remain open for students who need housing for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Food service operations in the residence life area are still being conducted for students who must remain in the residence halls. Students who are able to go home for the remainder of the semester are encouraged to do so. MSSU is providing refunds to the students for housing and meals charges. The refunds will be prorated according to the date that the student leaves the residence halls.

Students Returning to Residence Life

Students who wish to remain in the Residence Life facilities after spring break should inform the Residence Life Staff of their plans.

If you traveled to the following locations during spring break, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@mssu.edu and/or the Willcoxon Health Center at 417-625-9323.

These countries and areas of the US have widespread, ongoing transmission. More areas will be added as the situation changes.

In the US:

  • King County/Seattle, Washington
  • Westchester County, New York
  • Santa Clara County, California

Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) as identified by the CDC can be found here.

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Self Enrollment (Priority Registration beginning March 23rd)

During this time of transitioning to distance learning instruction and in an effort to lighten the increased workload that comes with priority registration, the university will allow our current students to self-enroll for fall 2020 through Lionet. This is only an additional option for students. Students who prefer to work together with their advisor to enroll may certainly do so. Also note:

  • Normal registration restrictions, such as enrolling during the student’s class rank, are applicable.
  • Students will be emailed enrollment instructions. Click here to access self-enrollment instructions.
  • Registration overrides will continue through the academic departments.

For questions about self-enrollment, students may contact their advisors, the ACTS Office, the Registrar’s Office, or the Help Desk.

Student Success Center

Disability Services

Students who have questions regarding their accommodation plans made with the Student Disability Services Coordinator in the Student Success Center may call 417-659-3725 or email disabilityservices@mssu.edu. Faculty are working with students to ensure all accommodation plans continue to be met as we switch to the distance learning course delivery format.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services are available online using Blackboard Collaborate. The following instructions have been emailed to students:

To schedule a tutoring appointment:

    • Click the “Student Success Center & Tutoring” link in any Blackboard course.
    • Students can click on “Schedule an Online Tutoring Session,” then follow the instructions to fill out the request form. The Student Success Center will then respond by email to set up an online session when a tutor is available. We are limiting our online hours to our tutors’ regular schedules, which can be found here.
    • For writing help, students can click on “Submit Your Work to the Writing Studio” and follow the instructions.

Testing Services

The Testing Center is open for the proctoring of exams, using a modified schedule. The schedule is subject to change based upon proctor availability. Students must register online at least 24 hours prior to when the exam is desired to be taken. Click here to view detailed instructions for each type of available testing service.

University Police Department

The University Police Department is still fully staffed during the current social distancing, and available to assist with police or service related issues on campus. The front office of the UPD has a poly screen, so no direct contact is required to report an incident or request assistance.

Emergency 911
Report a crime 417-623-3131 (or come to the office)
Service call 417-626-2222 (or come to the office