Coronavirus Information Frequently Asked Questions

This list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is intended to address questions and issues regarding Missouri S&T’s response to the coronavirus.

Please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more detailed medical and public health information and guidance.

General

What is the best way to protect myself from the coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend six simple measures to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Wear a face covering when around others, especially when physical distancing is not possible
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Monitor your health daily and be alert for symptoms

Download Stop the Spread flyer.

For more information, consult the CDC guidance on protecting yourself and others.

Is campus reopening?

Missouri S&T is set to resume on-campus, in-person classes on Aug. 24, 2020, with a mix of in-person, online and hybrid or blended courses (partially in-person and partially online). Many of the staff and faculty who have been working remotely have been returning to on-site work over the summer, with many more to return with the start of the semester. The campus repopulation plan includes more details about this phased approach for returning to campus.

Where can I get updates about Missouri S&T’s response to COVID-19?

The most up-to-date information on Missouri S&T policy and practices regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at coronavirus.mst.edu

What is the process for students who test positive for COVID-19?

Student Health Services will place any student who tests positive for COVID-19 in isolation. A student who lives off campus will isolate at their residence. If a student living in a residence hall tests positive, Student Health Services would prefer to have that student return home. If the student needs to remain on campus, health officials can make alternative arrangements. Email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 for more information.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and be symptom free for at least 24 hours without medication before returning to campus activities. If a student tests positive and is not having symptoms (or is asymptomatic), the student must isolate for 10 days after the day of testing. 

What is the process for employees who test positive for COVID-19?

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and be symptom free for at least 24 hours without medication before returning to work. If the employee is asymptomatic, they need to isolate for 10 days after the day of testing. Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902. This notification allows health officials to monitor the health of the campus. 

What is the process for people who have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19?

“Close contact” occurs if a person has been within six feet of a person who tests positive for the virus for 15 minutes or longer. Close contacts of positive individuals must quarantine for 14 days. Contact covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 to receive additional information. 

If someone is a close contact living in campus housing, Student Health Services prefers to have them return home to quarantine, but the Campus Health Officer can offer alternative arrangements if they need to remain on campus. Email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 for more information.

What is the best source for local, national and international coronavirus updates?

For broader information regarding the coronavirus, there are several good sources; we recommend reviewing updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Phelps-Maries County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

What are the latest travel guidelines?

University-sponsored travel. All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice. Requests for exemptions to the current travel restriction may be made to the Travel, Risk Assessment, and Safety (TRAS) Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing all university-related domestic and international travel requests made by Missouri S&T students, faculty and staff and sponsored by the university. Until further notice, the TRAS Committee will review all travel requests. Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis. 

To request an exemption, email tras@mst.edu. Download the Travel Policy Exemption Request Form.

Externally sponsored travel: Decisions regarding travel sponsored by external organizations (not university-sponsored travel) are made at the departmental, college or division level. Any faculty or staff member requesting permission to engage in externally sponsored travel should request approval from their supervisor, who may in turn require additional approvals. 

How does S&T plan to distribute the resources it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)?

Due to the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 response, criteria and covered expenses may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis as student financial assistance works to assist students navigating unique hardships related to COVID-19. Emergency funds will be awarded to qualifying students based on the eligibility criteria and processed as outlined below. Emergency funds will be awarded in amounts ranging from $100 to $1,200 except in documented cases of extenuating. The application will remain open until funds are expended.

More information, including eligibility criteria, a list of eligible expenses and to apply for funds, please visit sfa.mst.edu/covid_emergency_aid

Fall 2020

How will classes be taught this fall?

Missouri S&T plans to begin the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24. To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus, S&T will offer a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended and remote instruction. Numerous safety precautions will be in place. These precautions include:

  • Health screening of students as they arrive on campus
  • Requiring students to self-monitor for symptoms
  • Limiting the number of helpers for students as they move in to their residence halls or other university-approved housing
  • Maintaining social distancing in our classrooms, residence halls and all buildings on campus
  • Requiring face coverings in classrooms, labs, offices and common areas where social distancing cannot be observed
  • Continuous and regular deep-cleaning of residence halls, classrooms and labs, dining areas, and common areas across campus.

Leading up to and continuing throughout the semester, we will continue to assess the public health situation. We are prepared to make any necessary adjustments to the fall schedule 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. 

What modifications to campus life might be needed?

Campus life will look different in many ways, and we will all need to make adjustments. With the cooperation and care of every member of the S&T community, we’re confident we can all have a successful fall semester.

All S&T buildings –– including residence halls and classrooms –– will receive a thorough cleaning with medical-grade products followed by a fogging system cleanse prior to occupancy this fall. During the semester, all buildings will receive a thorough cleaning once each day.

Everyone, including faculty, staff, students and visitors, will be required to wear face coverings in situations in which it is not possible to maintain six-foot social distancing. Individuals are responsible for providing their own face coverings.

Sneeze guards and plexiglas barrier installations will be used in high-frequency visitor areas, touchless technology will be used where appropriate, and social distancing will be observed.

What is the policy on face coverings?

All Missouri S&T students, staff, faculty and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in situations in which it is not possible to maintain six-foot social distancing including classrooms, lobbies, restrooms, teaching and research laboritories, meeting spaces and common gathering areas. Individuals are responsible for providing their own face coverings. See the full face coverings policy

The face covering requirement is flexible and allows individuals to select the type of face covering that is appropriate for them. This includes cloth face coverings as well as “adaptive” face coverings that meet the needs of individuals who are unable to wear cloth face coverings. Face coverings must cover the individual’s mouth and nose. Examples of acceptable face coverings include:

  • Cloth ear-loop face masks
  • Gaiters
  • Bandanas
  • Clear plastic ear-loop face masks
  • Face shields.

I’m not able to wear a face covering due to a health condition. What should I do?

Students who are unable to wear a face covering of any type should contact student disability services. Employees and visitors who are unable to wear a face covering of any type should contact Equity and Title IX. Reasonable accommodations, which may include remote learning or telework, will be identified. 

Individuals who are not wearing face coverings may be asked whether they have a disability that prevents them from doing so, but they should not be asked to disclose their disability or provide medical documentation. Individuals who indicate they are not wearing a face covering because of a disability should be referred to student disability services (for students) or Equity and Title IX (for employees and visitors). Effort should be made in the moment to identify solutions that allow the individual to participate while observing six-foot social distancing, but individuals who are not wearing face coverings or those with approved accommodations authorizing them to do otherwise may be excluded from university programs and activities. 

What is the policy on visitors to campus?

  • All campus visitors, which includes anyone who is not a current employee or student, will have a sponsor who is responsible for them. This sponsor must be a current employee who will track and monitor their visitor while on campus. 
  • All visitors will provide their name, phone number, address and email address as well as the date and time of their arrival and departure on campus. 
  • All visitors will fill out the Campus Visitor Request Form.
  • While on campus, all visitors will wear face coverings. Please see the CDC guidelines for more information.
  • If a visitor becomes ill within two days of visiting campus, the visitor or sponsor (if aware of the illness) should notify the university by emailing covid@mst.edu
  • Additional information about the visitor process can be found at coronavirus.mst.edu/return-to-campus.

How often will common-use areas be cleaned?

During the semester, all university housing facilities will incorporate daily cleaning in all common areas. Common restrooms will be cleaned twice daily, and a sanitizing mister will be used three times each week. Students should plan to clean their own spaces.

Are you planning to implement COVID-19 testing for all students and employees? 

We will conduct comprehensive screening of students as they arrive on campus for the fall semester, supplemented by targeted testing, including testing within certain student populations. All students, faculty and staff will be required to check their temperatures daily and monitor for symptoms.

Will university housing be open? 

Yes, we plan to have university housing open. Find more information about student housing at reslife.mst.edu.

Will any special parameters be required to live in university housing?

Please recognize that our planning is fluid and based on the best information available at this time. Plans are likely to change as new information becomes available over the summer. We will do our best to update you as regularly as possible. For specific information regarding room assignments, arrival to campus, cleaning and disinfection, visit the residential life COVID-19 communication page. 

Could the decision to provide full-immersion on-campus classes change before the start of the fall 2020 semester?

The decision to proceed with the opening of the fall semester as planned or to alter plans will be based on the best information available at the time. S&T officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation at the local, regional, state and national levels and will adjust our operations as needed. Right now, we intend to resume on-campus operations, including in-person classes as well as hybrid and online classes, for the fall 2020 semester.

Are there any plans to limit class sizes or implement a hybrid course model?

Class sizes for in-person courses will be limited by classroom capacity under the six-foot distancing requirements. Many courses will adopt the hybrid model, in which some material is delivered or activities are conducted online, while others are conducted in person under the social distancing guidelines.  

If a student gets COVID-19, who is required to quarantine? How will class attendance be affected?

Student Health Services will place any student who tests positive for COVID-19 in isolation for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. If the student lives off campus, they can isolate there. If they live in residence halls, Student Health Services prefers that they return home, but health officers can offer alternative options if they need to remain on campus. Any person who has had contact of 15 minutes or more within six feet of a person who tested positive for the virus must quarantine for 14 days.

Faculty have been asked to upload course materials, including readings, assignments and recorded lectures to the Canvas site so students who are ill, need to isolate, are caring for family members that are ill or have attendance challenges during the semester will have online access to all necessary materials. 

Email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 for more information.

Will there be athletic events on S&T campuses?

The GLVC has postponed all of its regular season competition and championships for the 2020 fall semester for the sports of football, volleyball and soccer; competition in those sports and GLVC championship events will be conducted in the 2021 spring semester. The conference will allow competition in the S&T-sponsored sports of cross country, golf, swimming and track & field during the 2020 fall semester.

A decision regarding the start of basketball competition – which is scheduled to be contested on a conference-only basis in the 2020-21 season beginning Nov. 13 – will be made by Oct. 1.

In addition, the baseball and softball teams will be permitted to have only intrasquad competition on campus during the fall semester.

Will there be plans in place for students who may not be able to get back to S&T when the fall semester begins because of international travel? 

Students who were enrolled at Missouri S&T and maintaining their status as of March 9, 2020 will be able to enroll in classes online – both from within the U.S. and outside the U.S. – and maintain their SEVIS status of ACTIVE. Students who are outside the U.S. and enrolled full time will need to send an email to ia@mst.edu  as International Affairs will need to include a note on your SEVIS record that says “Outside the United States due to COVID-19”.

COVID-19 updates specific to international students will be sent by email to your S&T email addresses and posted online at https://international.mst.edu/covid-19/

What about students who may be at an increased risk due to pre-existing conditions?

Pre-existing conditions affect students, staff and faculty. The definition of the group will defer to CDC guidance as it develops: (cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk

Students should consider housing options, academic options and socialization choices. Options to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to study at S&T include distance learning, single rooms, online learning, carry-out dining etc. Students should discuss these options with a health care provider. Student Health Services staff can be contacted at: studenthealth.mst.edu

I’m an employee with an underlying health condition, and I am concerned about returning to campus. What should I do? 

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from making disability-related inquiries of employees. This includes asking an employee if they have a compromised immune system, chronic health condition or a condition that puts them in a high-risk category. Additionally, supervisors should not exclude an employee from the workplace solely because they have a medical condition that places them at a higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19.  

If an employee has been asked to return to campus and indicates that they are unwilling to return due to being high risk, refer the employee to equity.mst.edu to discuss a possible accommodation that may allow them to perform the essential functions of their position. Because the employee’s request may involve information about their health, it is important that you refer the request to equity.mst.edu rather than handling it yourself, so the university can ensure that confidentiality requirements are followed. Approved accommodations may include remote work, changes to the employee’s schedule or work location, or other accommodations. 

Is fall break canceled? 

At this time, fall freak, which is scheduled for Oct. 1-4, has not been canceled. Changes to the academic calendar will be communicated as soon as decisions are made. For S&T’s latest updates regarding COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.mst.edu.

Who should I contact with specific questions about admissions and housing?

If you have specific questions about enrolling this fall, please contact Missouri S&T admissions at admissions@mst.edu or 800-522-0938. You can also visit the Future Students website. For questions about housing, please visit residential life.

Face coverings

Is wearing a face covering in the classroom and workplace mandatory?

Cloth face coverings are required if you are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance and in classrooms, labs and common areas on campus. View face coverings policy.

What should cloth face coverings be made out of?

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings may be made at home from common materials at low cost. The CDC states that cloth face coverings should include multiple layers of fabric. 

Why is a face covering recommended?

The CDC recommends face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and also if someone speaks or sings. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of those nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control indicate these droplets usually travel around six feet or two meters, about two arms’ lengths.

Are face coverings recommended even if distancing can be maintained?

The CDC currently recommends wearing face coverings when distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings are required in public spaces on the S&T campus. 

Face coverings can help prevent pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals from inadvertently spreading the virus to others. They are meant to protect others in case you are sick. Wear a face cover or a face shield in public.

On campus, this could be the situation in many community spaces: classrooms, offices, laboratories, sidewalks, bike racks, elevators, hallways, or when riding in vehicles. Because there is not enough data yet to precisely define the duration of time that constitutes a prolonged exposure, the CDC recommends using 15 minutes of close contact as a benchmark. More information is available on the CDC website

What is a safe way to handle face coverings? Should I take it off to eat?

  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer first
  • Remove the face covering handling by the sides only
  • If the face covering is in good condition and not soiled, it may be reused
  • Carefully place the face covering into a clean bag, labeled with the user’s name 
  • Avoid compressing the face covering, and do not seal the bag
  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer after handling.

How do we address the wearing of face coverings by visitors who may choose not to?

All campus visitors, which includes anyone who is not a current employee or student, will have a sponsor who is responsible for ensuring visitors comply with the regulations. This sponsor must be a current employee who will track and monitor their visitor on campus. 

All visitors must provide their name, phone number, address, email address, and the date and time of their arrival and departure on campus. They must also complete the Campus Visitor Request Form

While on campus, all visitors will wear face coverings. If a visitor becomes ill within two days of coming to campus, please email covid@mst.edu

More information about visitors on campus can be found at coronavirus.mst.edu/return-to-campus/.

What if someone is not wearing a face covering in open campus areas such as the dining hall?

Protocols are already in place, including signs posted throughout spaces, to promote distancing and limit person-to-person interactions. There are efforts to communicate through a continuous educational awareness program to provide the latest safety information and encourage adherence to guidelines. Departments and buildings are also implementing safety plans for their spaces.

Individuals who are not wearing a face covering may be asked if they have a disability that prevents them from doing so, but they should not be asked to disclose their disability or provide medical documentation. Individuals who indicate they are not wearing a face covering because of a disability should be referred to student disability services (for students) or Equity and Title IX (for employees and visitors). Effort should be made in the moment to identify solutions that allow the individual to participate while observing six-foot social distancing, but individuals who are not wearing face coverings or have approved accommodations authorizing them to do otherwise may be excluded from university programs and activities.

Will S&T provide face coverings and hand sanitizers for students and employees?

The university will provide hand sanitizer stations in general areas. Employees are asked to bring their own cloth face coverings to campus as well as single-unit hand sanitizers for their personal use. 

For times when social distancing is not possible – for example, during experiments that require more than one person – would using a face covering plastic shield suffice?

Yes. Please use face-covering plastic shields in laboratory settings in which close physical contact is necessary over a consistent period of time.  

What are the guidelines for cleaning and reusing cloth face coverings used in public settings?

The CDC recommends washing cloth face coverings after each use. Cloth face coverings may be washed by hand or in a washing machine. Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing. Visit the CDC for guidance on how to clean cloth face coverings. 

Is it  recommended to cover one’s eyes, such as with safety glasses or a face shield?

Masks and eye protection must be used whenever splashes or sprays may generate droplets of infectious materials. For additional information on PPE use in laboratory settings, please visit https://ehs.mst.edu/labsafety/

Are there any acceptable alternatives to cloth face coverings?

The requirement calls for face coverings. Face coverings are defined as a cloth or plastic shield that is worn to cover the mouth and nose to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Cloth face coverings are designed to fit snugly on the face. Plastic shield face coverings are designed to fit closely directly in front of the face but not on the face. The purpose of a face covering is to protect public health.

Am I required to wear a face covering if I am alone in a closed room?

No. If you are alone in a closed room, a face covering is not required.

Services

Will building access continue to be restricted this fall?

Current plans are to resume normal building operations and access once campus opens this fall. 

Will people be screened as they enter S&T buildings?

S&T is asking that students, faculty, staff and visitors self-screen daily before coming to campus for any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Diarrhea.

We request that you download the Campus Screen app to screen yourself for these symptoms. 

If you fail the screening, please do not come to campus. Email or call the COVID-19 helpline for guidance at covid@mst.edu or 573-341-4902.

How many students will be allowed in classrooms?

Class sizes for in-person courses will be limited by classroom capacity under the six-foot social distancing requirements. Many courses will adopt the hybrid model, in which some material is delivered or activities are conducted online, while others are done in person under the social distance guidelines. 

How often will common-use areas be cleaned? 

During the semester, all university housing facilities will incorporate daily cleaning in all common areas. Common restrooms will be cleaned twice daily, and a sanitizing mister will be used three times each week. Students living in apartments and suites should plan to clean their own spaces.

Is anything being done to HVAC systems?

S&T campus facilities staff has been closely following the developing guidance from industry resources to adjust building ventilation systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re also researching other techniques under consideration by HVAC and health professionals. We have convened S&T faculty in the area of aerosol exposure and ventilation design for their guidance and expertise.

S&T buildings were designed to meet building code ventilation requirements, which are based on total occupancy, so most, if not all of the time, the building is over ventilated. Different filtering systems such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, like those used in hospitals, cannot be installed in our buildings because the HVAC systems were not designed to include space or achieve pressure-drop required by HEPA-type filters. Upon returning to campus, all HVAC systems including filtration were checked, and they are all in good operating condition. We continue to monitor systems, and preventative maintenance is performed at regular intervals throughout the year to provide the best indoor environment for our faculty, staff and students.

What measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of custodial/janitorial workers?

All employees should follow the guidance and information on safety and sanitation on our coronavirus information website, specifically under the health and safety tab. In addition, we encourage all employees to follow these recommendations from the CDC:

  • 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 and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using 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 they are visibly dirty.

What if we see that items are not being kept clean?

Request custodial services by submitting a work request at custodial.mst.edu.

Where do we report an empty hand sanitizer station?

Please report empty hand sanitizer stations to Facilities Services by calling (573) 341-4252. Hand sanitizer stations are being serviced on a weekly basis.

What disinfectants are recommended?

A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The list can be found on their website here: epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

What are the appropriate disinfectants for labs?

Disinfectants that are used in campus laboratories are provided through Custodial and Landscape Services. The list of appropriate disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The list can be found on their website at epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

Are water fountains considered OK to drink from? 

Water fountains will not be shut off and will continue to operate. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in treated drinking water. Water treatment plants use filters and disinfectants to remove or kill germs, like the virus that causes COVID-19. Currently, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people by drinking treated water.  COVID-19 is spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person.”  The source of this information can be found here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#Water.

Is cold water or hot water better for washing hands?

The temperature of the water does not appear to be a consideration in hand washing, according to the CDC, and the faucet temperatures will remain the same. The key to good hand washing depends on the length of time for each type and amount of soil on the hands. Evidence suggests washing hands for 15 to 30 seconds removes more germs from hands than washing for shorter periods.

For more information on hand washing, please visit the CDC website.

What is the maximum number of people allowed in a lab if everyone is wearing face coverings and observing 6-foot social distancing?

In non-bench-related research space, the personal distance space should be used as a guide and non-bench research spaces should be limited to a maximum of 10 people. The number of people in a lab will be impacted strongly by the square footage of the lab as long as the six-foot personal distance limit can be maintained. 

What if I need to visit parking lot operations for a parking permit?

S&T parking lot operations are located at 1201 N. State St. in Room G10 Campus Support Facility. Operating hours are 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions relating to parking or to request a parking permit, please contact parking operations at police.mst.edu/parking.

Is the Miner Village shuttle still running? If so, what precautions are being taken?

The Miner Village shuttle will still run. Passenger occupancy limits will be in place and all passengers are required to wear a face covering. 

Are there any changes to on-campus mail services and deliveries?

All campus mail and packages – including those delivered by UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground and DHL services – are being delivered to the campus mailroom in Room G8 Campus Support Facility until further notice.

The environmental health and safety (EHS) staff is working with mailroom staff to manage packages that are labeled as hazardous materials. If you know that a package with hazardous materials will be delivered, please contact EHS at 341-4305 and provide information about the item, such as if it requires temperature control.

No mail or packages will be delivered to campus departments at this time. Mailroom staff will make every effort to contact those campus departments and individuals with mail and packages. Departments are responsible for collecting mail and packages in the mailroom, Room G8 Campus Support Facility Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- noon and 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.. Please follow appropriate social distancing when visiting the mailroom to collect mail and packages.

For more information, please contact the mailroom at 341-4448 or environmental health and safety at 341-4305.

I lost my Miner ID card. How do I get a replacement?

The Miner Card ID office is operating on an appointment-only basis. To make an appointment please call 573-341-7045.

Will there be on-campus security?

Missouri S&T University Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year and will continue to provide public safety services to the S&T community. Non-emergency contacts can be made through email or phone at police@mst.edu or 573-341-4300. In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.

Does S&T offer training on the latest safety guidance and how to correctly wear personal protective equipment?

The CDC offers guidelines on the proper use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/using-ppe.html more more information. 

What if I  have more questions about cleaning or building maintenance?

Information about custodial services, including contacts and work requests, can be found at custodial.mst.edu.

Health services

Is Student Health Services open?

Yes. Student Health Services is still seeing patients. All patients must first be screened by phone. To be screened and to schedule an appointment, please call 573-341-4284. For hours of operations and more information please https://studenthealth.mst.edu/.

What self-health checks are recommended?

We request that you download the Campus Screen app to screen yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you fail the screening, please do not come to campus. Email or call the COVID-19 helpline for guidance at covid@mst.edu or 573-341-4902.

Will the university supply face coverings and hand sanitizers?

The university will provide hand sanitizer stations in general areas. Employees are asked to bring their own cloth face coverings to campus as well as single-unit hand sanitizers for personal use. 

How will Student Health Services support students in residence halls?

All S&T students have access to Student Health Services. Student Health Services operates on the student health fee, which allows students to visit the healthcare team with no copay. Some medications, procedures and laboratory tests may be provided at an additional reduced cost.

Will S&T counseling services continue to be available?

At this time, S&T counseling services are operating remotely rather than in-person. To request individual or group counseling, call 573-341-4211. For additional support and tips, check out the counseling services student resources page. 

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, email covid@mst.edu

Events

With campus reopening, will events be held on campus?

While plans will continue to develop, decisions about whether the university will host events on campus will be determined at a later date and will be contingent upon public health circumstances at the time.

Will fall commencement be held?

No decision has yet been made concerning the spring 2020 or fall 2020 in-person commencement ceremonies. Please check registrar.mst.edu/commencement for updates. 

Athletics and recreation

Will there be a fall sports season?

Missouri S&T’s athletic conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), voted July 27 to postpone the sports of football, volleyball and soccer until the spring 2021 semester. At this time, the S&T fall sports of cross country, golf, swimming, and track and field will be allowed for the fall semester. A decision regarding the basketball season will be made by Oct. 1.

What precautions are being taken for student-athletes?

All student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival to campus. Our student-athletes will also be practicing in smaller groups and wearing face coverings whenever social distancing is not possible.

Will the Fitness Center and Student Recreation Center be open?

The S&T Fitness Center will be open to students but with reduced capacity. Anyone using the fitness center will be required to wear face coverings.

The basketball court areas of the Student Recreation Center will not be available this fall, as they are needed for classroom space. The indoor walking/running track, however, will be available for limited usage. Anyone walking or running on the track will be required to wear face coverings.

Will there be student intramural activities during the fall semester?

We plan to have limited intramural sports, but due to the use of the Student Recreation Center for classroom space, we are exploring alternate locations and options. It’s likely there will be fewer intramural activities this fall than usual.

Students: academic

Will students have a choice in class delivery mode?

Missouri S&T continues with plans to begin the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24, with a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended and remote instruction.

In order to help create a campus environment that complies with health and safety guidelines, the class delivery method, or modality, may have changed for some courses. Please check JoeSS or Canvas or contact the course instructor for updated information about how your course will be delivered this fall. S&T’s various delivery methods include:

  • 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 (six 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.

Can I change how I attend class midway through the semester?

A student can make a section change at any time during the semester to change from in-person to online, however they will be charged for the course again. Section changes are processed as a drop of one section and an add of another. In doing this the student will receive a refund, if available, for the dropped course and pay full price for the added course. The exception to this is the first week of the semester. There is no penalty for changes the first week of the semester.  

How do I access my classes online?

All your classes can be accessed through Canvas.

To access live and recorded classes: For on-campus students already enrolled in classes with distance sections, you now have access to live and recorded classes through MediaSpace (mst.mediaspace.kaltura.com). Once inside MediaSpace you will find a list of all your distance courses with access links to Panopto or the Zoom meeting.

All other campus students will be contacted by their professors with details for taking their classes online. Continue to work directly with your instructor(s) regarding tests, labs and classwork. Please check your Canvas account to stay updated on your courses.

Distance students should not experience any changes with their learning modality, unless notified otherwise.

What if a student struggles with online learning and needs to be in a classroom setting?

Students should communicate with their academic adviser to adjust their class schedule to best fit their needs. S&T’s counseling and wellness services are also available. Students should visit wellbeing.mst.edu for more information about available services and support.

Is fall break canceled?

At this time, fall break, which is scheduled for Oct. 1-4, has not been canceled. Changes to the academic calendar will be communicated as soon as decisions are made. For S&T’s latest updates regarding COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.mst.edu

What if I don’t have a computer?

Contact the IT HelpDesk.

What if I don’t have access to the internet?

The UM System is working to help our students secure the resources they need to continue studies during this unprecedented time. For a list of available options, please visit umsystem.edu/ums/is/campus-specific-remote-work-resources#stu.

What if I need textbooks? Can I get digital versions?

The S&T Store is always open online. Learn more about campus store hours, digital and print course material availability, delivery options and rental-return details at thesandtstore.com.

How will the university continue to accommodate students with disabilities?

Testing and student disability services (TSDS)is available for advising 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. They offer online services via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. If you need additional support or information, contact TSDS at dss@mst.edu or 573-341-6655.

What online resources does the Curtis Laws Wilson Library offer?

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library offers a vast number of digital services. Learn more about the library resources that are accessible anywhere by visiting library.mst.edu.

Will attendance requirements be the same online? 

As with all courses, the faculty will establish attendance requirements for each course, and the students are expected to communicate with the instructor regarding any absences. Faculty will communicate with students regarding any changes in the attendance practices. 

Does an S (satisfactory) grade qualify as satisfactory progress for financial aid?

S/U grading may affect the overall GPA calculation for a student and, as a result, they may not meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements. In this case, a student may have to complete an SAP appeal to retain their financial aid eligibility. Consideration of this grading change, and circumstances related to the COVID-19 outbreak, can be the basis for a student’s SAP appeal, and the student financial assistance office will give this considerable weight when evaluating the appeal.

Specific information relating to the S/U grading system can be found at registrar.mst.edu/sugrades

How is an S grade used to meet prerequisite requirements?

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the impact of the S/U grading option. There are a variety of situations where a letter grade is required for accreditation, licensure, to be removed from probation, to move to the next level in a course sequence etc. Specific information relating to the S/U grading system can be found at registrar.mst.edu/sugrades

How does an S grade impact the degree audit/degree requirement? 

An S grade for the spring 2020 spring semester will satisfy a degree requirement and any prerequisites. Please note that this policy was ONLY valid for the 2020 spring semester. 

What measures are in place to prevent cheating in online courses?

Faculty are asked to give students ample warning about what constitutes academic dishonesty in their courses. Not all instructors use the same guidelines for originality, plagiarism, using and citing sources, and use of the internet during assessments. Processes will be in place to allow students to proactively demonstrate academic integrity to avoid committing or appearing to commit acts of dishonesty inadvertently. Learn more about promoting academic integrity in online classes here: Promote academic integrity.

How are advising and course registrations being handled?

The S&T Advising Center is holding online advising sessions until further notice. To meet with your academic advisor, please do so via email, phone or Zoom. To request a meeting, please email the Advising Center at advising@mst.edu.

I’m a future student. Are campus visits and orientations still happening?

Yes. Missouri S&T offers both virtual and in-person visit options. Visit futurestudents.mst.edu to learn more and register. 

To ensure the safety of our students and our staff through adequate spacing between people and events, the schedule for Opening Week 2020 will be different than it has been in the past. For more detailed information, including a schedule for the week, visit pro.mst.edu/openingweek.

What will happen to my admission offer if my final transcript(s) look different because of school closures?

Admissions decisions can be made based on seven-semester transcripts. A student will be required to submit an official transcript that documents the student passed their final semester coursework and met high school graduation requirements. 

How will S&T award Advanced Placement (AP) credits given the changes to the testing format announced by the College Board?

Credit by exam information can be found at  futurestudents.mst.edu/admissions/transfer/credit-by-exam/

Will tuition be the same for students attending on-campus courses, even if they are taking a combination of in-person and online courses?

Yes. Even though it is more costly for us to provide online courses, due to the investment required for infrastructure, IT support and related investments, we are committed to keep the cost online instruction at the same price as in-person or blended instruction.

Will I still have to pay fees for services or activities I can’t use such as the recreation fee and the student athletic fee? 

S&T fees support student activities for the entire student community. Some of these fees, such as the recreation fee, were actually initiated by the students themselves to support improvements in services. Given the unique current public health circumstance, some services are being offered in a modified format but they are all available. It is important to note that these fees, while a helpful and important contribution from students, do not cover the full operating expenses of these services. 

Graduate students

I have been accepted to an S&T graduate program but have been unable to obtain my visa. What options are available?

Students who are outside the U.S. are encouraged to enroll in online classes. If you will remain outside the U.S., a new I-20 will be issued to you for the spring semester. Contact International Affairs at ia@mst.edu to request an updated I-20.

How should I hold my defense during summer 2020?

Defenses may be held via Zoom. Doctoral students must send the details of their defense to their graduate studies advisor at least one week prior to the defense and they must include the zoom link in the email.

Are there best practices to help students and committees as they plan for a remote defense?

Students must work with their advisor/committee to schedule the defense when all are available. Students should make sure they have Zoom capabilities and that there will not be any distractions/interruptions during the time of their defense. All students are required to be enrolled on the date of their defense.

What about the Graduate College requirement to hold a public defense? 

Doctoral students are required to send in the details of their defense to their graduate studies advisor at least one week prior to the defense so the defense can be publicized.The Zoom link must be included with the announcement.

Can I still take my comprehensive exam this fall?

Yes. The comprehensive exam can still be taken during the fall semester. Please work with your advisor to schedule the exam.  

Do I have to hold my defense in person this fall?

No. In person defenses are not required. You may still hold the defense via Zoom during the fall semester.

What if I don’t feel comfortable coming to campus for my defense?

You are not required to come to campus for the defense, you can schedule the defense via Zoom

What should I do if COVID-19 has disrupted my research plan or progress toward graduation?

You should remain in contact with your academic advisor regarding changes to your plan of study and research progress. International students should also make sure they are keeping their international affairs advisor updated to any extensions/changes to their plans. 

I am really stressed due to COVID, and I need more time to work on my thesis/dissertation document. Can I submit my document after the deadline?

Students can hold the defense or submit their thesis/dissertation for format checking at any time.  All students are required to be enrolled on the date of their defense. The posted deadlines are for students that wish to have their degree awarded that semester. If you cannot meet those deadlines you can still complete all the degree requirements during that semester, and then apply for graduation for the following semester. Once all degree requirements have been met the Office of Graduate Studies, upon your request, can provide a degree completion letter to you.

I have been admitted to an S&T graduate program and offered a TA/RA appointment. Is my offer still valid?

Assistantships are offered by the individual departments so you should contact the department for information regarding your offer and details of the assistantship.

When will by TA/RA assignment begin?

Assistantships are offered by the individual departments so you should contact the department for information regarding your offer and details of the assistantship.

Housing, dining and campus life

What is the status of university housing?

The latest information regarding university housing is available on the Residential Life website, reslife.mst.edu.

What will student move-in look like this year?

We will try to make your move-in process as convenient as possible, but for everyone’s well-being, we are implementing some additional COVID-19-related measures, and as a result, our move-in process will look a little different. Our plan at this time is to have all students sign up for a one-hour move-in time slot between Saturday, Aug. 15, and Monday, Aug. 17. This includes both new and returning students. Check-in details include: 

  • Before arriving, download the phone app called Campus Screen and complete the screening to receive a campus pass to show the day of move in. The screening is good for 24 hours. 
  • Each student will be allowed to have two move-in helpers at the residence hall. The university asks that the helpers depart campus within three hours of the student’s check-in appointment time.
    • The helpers also need to download the Campus Screen app and complete it to receive a campus pass to show on the day of move in. 
  • Please bring the following items:
    • Three to five cloth face coverings
    • Disinfectant wipes for cleaning solid surfaces in rooms
    • Hand sanitizer, including a bottle for the student’s room and a smaller size to carry in a backpack or purse
    • Thermometer for frequent checking of the student’s temperature. Students will be asked to do this regularly.
  • Students and helpers (and anyone else in the car) will be asked to show their campus pass on their phones and have their temperature taken as they pull into the parking lot. 
  • Students and helpers will be asked to wear cloth face coverings when they enter the residence halls for move-in. 
  • Elevators in the residence halls will be limited to one student and helper group per elevator.
  • Students will receive additional guidance about moving in. Please monitor the student’s email for this information. Failure to read this information may cause a longer wait time for students on move-in day. 

What are the cleaning protocols for the residence halls?

Summer cleaning and disinfecting of all rooms is underway. Our custodial staff is well trained on the use of appropriate chemicals and cleaning procedures. We follow all CDC guidelines and will continue to monitor the advice of professionals regarding these procedures should they be altered. Your room will be sanitized and disinfected before you arrive. It will then be locked so no one can enter prior to your (or your roommate’s) arrival. We hope to install additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the residence halls over the summer months (subject to availability), however, we encourage you to start preparing to stock up on hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to bring with you in the fall. 

Will there be a price difference for a single room vs. a shared room?

Yes. We have a variety of available living. Single and shared room prices differ by hall. Please visit reslife.mst.edu for the schedule of charges. 

If I have a single private room, do I still share a bathroom?

University housing offers various room configurations. Sharing a bathroom depends on the residence hall and the room configuration. You may view room layouts and configurations for Thomas Jefferson, Residential Commons and University Commons on our residence hall pages.

If I test positive for COVID-19 and I live in a residence hall, Greek house, or Campus Christian House; what happens next?

Student Health Services will place any student who tests positive for COVID-19 into isolation. If a student lives off campus, the student can isolate themselves at their residence. If they live in residence halls, Student Health Services would prefer that they return home, but health officers can provide options for students needing to stay on campus. 

Will campus dining be open? If so, what precautions will be in place? 

Yes. Missouri S&T Dining will be open for campus dining. All dining associates are following strict safety procedures for personal and patron safety. Increased cleaning and sanitizing of preparation, serving and dining areas will be exercised. Menus and serving procedures have been adjusted to speed service and safety. All transactions will be cashless.

Are there any changes to meal plan pricing? Will I still have choices in what I want to eat?

Meal plan pricing has not changed, however there have been adjustments in retail prices and menus. All service units will be open with a wide variety of offerings for patrons, including the Thomas Jefferson all you care to eat facility. 

What precautions is S&T taking with residential areas? 

Summer cleaning and disinfecting of all rooms is underway. Our custodial staff is well trained on the use of appropriate chemicals and cleaning procedures. We follow all CDC guidelines and will continue to monitor the advice of professionals regarding these procedures should they be altered. Your room will be sanitized and disinfected before you arrive. It will then be locked so no one can enter prior to your (or your roommate’s) arrival. We hope to install additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the residence halls over the summer months (subject to availability), however, we encourage you to start preparing to stock up on hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to bring with you in the fall. 

From the time you move in until Labor Day there will be some additional restrictions in place in the residence halls including:

  • No visitors allowed in residence halls
  • No room changes
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Wear a face mask when inside any building on campus other than your residence hall room. 

What are the guidelines for eating on campus? 

All dining locations will be cashless. Meal plans, credit and debit cards will be accepted at all locations. Facilities will be busy. If lines are long, consider a shorter line and/or return at a later time. Preorder and pickup will be available at Mondos, Rustic Range, Au Bon Pain and Thomas Jefferson through the GET App

Outdoor dining is available at the Havener Center and Thomas Jefferson. Information on campus dining, including hours of operation can be found at https://dineoncampus.com/mst/

Will the student fitness center be open, and if so, what will be the cleaning protocols for those facilities?   

Yes. Every morning all equipment will be disinfected with a commercial disinfectant.  Staff will periodically clean all surfaces throughout the day. Additionally, each fitness center patron is required to clean their equipment before and after use.

What, if any, athletic facilities will be available for student use?

While there are no plans for making athletics-only facilities available to general students, the Student Recreation and Intramural staff are currently working on new and alternate recreation and intramural opportunities for students this fall.

Will I be able to participate in extracurricular student opportunities? 

Yes. Making a strong connection to the campus contributes to student success overall. While we are operating in a physically distant environment with gathering limitations, all student organizations and activities are encouraged to continue while taking into account guidance regarding communication, attendance tracking, event set-up and sanitation best practices (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) while planning all meetings and activities.  

What is the plan for Greek life?

The fraternity and sorority community has been working with the campus to develop comprehensive and safe plans for operation for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Each chapter has submitted a plan for managing the health and safety of their houses.  All councils are moving forward with recruitment activities, albeit modified to maintain social distance and to comply with existing local ordinances. 

Will there be mail delivery on S&T campus?

We have not been informed of any change in service by the U.S. Postal Service; private delivery companies operate at their own discretion. 

Student jobs, internships and study abroad

Has S&T canceled any study abroad programs due to COVID-19?

Yes. After evaluating the recommendations and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and guidance from the UM System, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all fall 2020 semester-long study abroad programs.  

What if my employer changed or rescinded my job offer? 

Missouri S&T has been contacted directly by companies actively seeking to recruit students who have had job offers rescinded during the COVID-19 crisis. We are putting together a repository of names and profiles of students that fit this category. If you would like to be included in this repository, you must do the following things:

  • Complete this form: forms.gle/qAL73RCkf8PfoyXB9
  • Update your Handshake profile
  • Upload updated resume to Handshake
  • Make your profile public so that employers can view it
  • Notify us when you have accepted another position so you can be removed from the list.

For questions, contact career@mst.edu.

What career services are available?

Career opportunities and employer relations (COER) is dedicated to helping students and alumni pursue their career dreams. COER offers a variety of professional development services to students and alumni. To learn more about what services are available, please visit career.mst.edu.

Faculty and staff: teaching and working remotely

What resources are available for remote work?

S&T has resources available to guide you through working remotely. Information and links to these resources can be found at keeplearning.mst.edu or coronavirus.mst.edu/academic-planning

Are there any resources for teaching remotely?

The keeplearning.mst.edu/faculty website is a central resource of information and links to various support materials about teaching remotely. 

What is the status of on-campus research?

All graduate students, faculty and staff conducting research should understand and adhere to the following:

  • Conduct all lab meetings, including one-on-one meetings, online or by phone.
  • Disinfect common laboratory areas, including bench tops and shared keyboards and mice, as well as high-traffic touch points, such as doorknobs, sink handles, freezer doors and telephones, with 70% ethanol or disinfectant at least twice daily.
  • Stand at least six feet away from each other.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Keep in mind that using gloves may transfer microorganisms to other surfaces, just as bare hands would do. If you do use gloves in the laboratory, you should remove them as you exit the lab.
  • Know that disposable paper or cloth face coverings will not protect you from viruses.
  • Prohibit undergraduates or external visitors from entering labs.

Each laboratory must have a specific COVID-19 protocol outlining how these procedures will be enacted in their laboratory. You should review this plan with your PI, as well as any other emergency procedures for your group.

I’m supposed to present at a conference. Should I cancel all travel?

All university-related international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice, but requests for exemptions to the current travel restrictions may be made to the Travel, Risk Assessment, and Safety (TRAS) Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing all university-related domestic and international travel requests made by Missouri S&T students, faculty and staff. Until further notice, the TRAS Committee will review all travel requests. Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis. 

To request an exemption, email tras@mst.edu. Download the Travel Policy Exemption Request Form.

How do I secure my Zoom meetings against disruptions from those outside the university?

Recent Zoom updates have helped create a more secure environment for your meetings and classroom. Zoom recently released a guide to securing your classroom. There, you can learn how to lock your virtual classroom, control screen sharing, enable a waiting room, lock down chat sessions, remove participants, and explore security options when scheduling a class. You can also visit Zoom’s post on preventing session crashers.

All UM System students, faculty and staff should create an authenticated account to use Zoom. Visit umsystem.zoom.us to create an authenticated account. Please do not use Zoom as a guest user. To obtain a HIPAA-compliant account for patient privacy, log in at umsystemprotected.zoom.us to authenticate your account. Once you have authenticated your account, you should log in before joining meetings.

How do I set-up a Zoom meeting?

Zoom information and tutorials can be found at it.mst.edu/services/zoom.

Human resources

If I or a member of my household have COVID-19, or if I suspect that I or a household member have the virus, or if I have been asked to self-isolate, should I use sick leave? 

Please refer to HR-700 for policy information regarding COVID-19.

What if I have child care disruptions?

Please refer to HR-700 for policy information regarding COVID-19.

I am a supervisor. What should I do if one of my employees is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and be symptom free for at least three days without medication before returning to work. If they are asymptomatic, they need to isolate for 10 days after the day of testing. 

Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902. This notification allows health officials to monitor the health of the campus. 

I am a supervisor. What should I do if one of my employees is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and is awaiting test results? 

Any employee experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms may NOT come to work. Employees are asked to notify their supervisor of the needed absence and email or call the COVID-19 helpline for guidance at covid@mst.edu or 573-341-4902.

How should I record time in PeopleSoft for an employee who is not working due to COVID-19?

Please refer to HR-700 for policy information regarding COVID-19.

What should I do if one of my employees has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Any employee who comes in contact with a person who tests positive or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately call the COVID-19 help line at 573-341-4902.

What should I do if one of my employees is ill with something other than COVID-19, or if they are ill and are not yet sure what illness they have?

If an employee is sick or has a fever, they should not come to work. Follow your sick leave policies, and direct the employee to contact the health officer by calling 573-341-4902 or emailing covid@mst.edu. The health officer will advise employees about follow up and when to return to work.

What is the process for employees who test positive for COVID-19?

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and be symptom free for at least three days without medication before returning to work. If they are asymptomatic, they need to isolate for 10 days after the day of testing. Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902. This notification allows health officials to monitor the health of the campus. 

Will employee assistance services be available for those who are concerned?

If you are struggling to maintain your well-being during this crisis, we are here to help you through our health and wellness programs and support services. Visit the Health and Well-being web page to find out which services are right for you at wellbeing.mst.edu.

Who do I contact for HR-related questions?

Please contact S&T Human Resources at 573-341-4241 or hrs@mst.edu.