The campus is open and operational, but masks are required and social distancing guidelines are in place. Most offices are open and accepting walk-in traffic. You also may contact an office to schedule a virtual meeting or get your questions answered by phone or email.
Mental Health Resources: Three counseling sessions are available to students at no cost. Contact Ozark Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare in West Plains, 417-257-6762, or Mountain Grove, 417-926-6563, to schedule a phone appointment. For COVID-19 Stress Help & Resources, call 417-256-1777 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For any immediate counseling intervention, students can call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline number at 1-800-356-5395, or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
In an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 throughout the campus community, the university issued the following guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting campus.
Under these guidelines, public, high-touch spaces will be cleaned more frequently:
- Lounges, auditoriums, kitchens, conference rooms, break rooms, locker rooms and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
- Classrooms will be disinfected up to three times in each 24-hour period, Monday-Friday, dependent on the schedule of each classroom. Classrooms will be closed at certain times to allow for disinfecting. Schedules for classrooms will be posted in each classroom by building coordinators at the beginning of each semester.
- In workout areas and weight rooms, disinfecting products will be available for users to disinfect equipment before and after use. Schedules for workout facilities and spaces will be modified to allow staff members to disinfect the areas.
- In all buildings, custodial teams will focus on high touch surfaces, including push and pull plates, door knobs, hand rails, entrances, push and pull partitions, desks and table tops, light switches, sink faucet handles, soap, toilet paper and towel dispensers, water fountains, elevator buttons, vending machines, etc.
- Hospital grade disinfectants EPA registered for use against COVID-19 will be used.
Custodial teams will continue to monitor and revise the university cleaning plans to meet the needs and support the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests.
We have made a variety of changes on campus to protect everyone’s health.
Reduced communal spaces
While social interactions are essential for a successful college experience, we’ve made changes to limit larger gatherings. While some areas will be restricted, most will remain available for students to work together. We have removed some seating or indicated some seats are not to be used. We ask that you refrain from taking chairs from one area to another unless you can maintain social distancing.
Signs have been posted around campus indicating where masks are required, the appropriate distance for waiting in lines and reminders to not come into areas when having symptoms of COVID-19.
Some areas will limit entrance and exit to specific paths for normal circulation within a building or area. This reduces face-to-face passage. During an emergency, any exit can be used regardless of this recommendation.