Dr. Stephen Roberts, interim provost, sent the following message to S&T students, faculty and staff on July 10:

Dear S&T Community,

We continue with plans to begin S&T’s fall semester on Monday, August 24, with a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and remote instruction. We also continue to assess the public health situation and are prepared to make any necessary adjustments to the fall schedule either before or after classes begin. We are committed to high-quality, experiential education as well as to the health and safety of our S&T community.

In order to help create a campus environment that complies with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the City of Rolla, the UM System, and the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, the class delivery method, or modality, may have changed for some courses. Please check JoeSS, Canvas, or with the course instructor for updated information about how your professors plan to deliver courses this fall. Faculty members are still examining their courses — changes in delivery methods are still being processed, so please check regularly for changes to your scheduled courses and watch for emails that may come from your professors. Additional details are available about S&T’s various delivery methods as listed in JoeSS:

Online Asynchronous – classes are delivered remotely, without a specific meeting time.

Online Synchronous – classes are delivered remotely at regularly scheduled times.

Online Synchronous with in-person testing – lectures will be delivered remotely, but students will take exams on campus in spaces that allow for required physical distancing.

Blended – classes are delivered through a combination of remote instruction and face-to-face instruction in a classroom that allows for physical distancing. Blended courses are also called hybrid courses.

Classroom-based – the course will take place in a classroom that allows for physical distancing (6 feet of space between desks, face coverings required).

Please note that all classes, regardless of delivery method, may have opportunities for in-person components. Please check the course syllabus for details and contact the instructor with any questions. S&T requires students to wear face masks in classrooms, labs, and common areas, and where physical distancing is not possible. Updates on Missouri S&T’s actions to help keep our community safe are available at coronavirus.mst.edu.

All professors are prepared to move classes to entirely remote delivery if mandated by health and/or local, state or federal officials, and are committed to making classes accessible to all students.

Academic Support Services such as LEAD, the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, Testing and Student Disability Services, Care Management, and the Counseling Services remain available to you for Fall 2020. Please check their websites for details and hours.


Stephen Roberts

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Academic Affairs