Coronavirus Information Operational Changes

In order to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus and help ensure the health and safety of the S&T community, some operations at S&T have been altered or suspended.

Building access changes

Effective March 26: The exterior doors to buildings listed below will be accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID card during the hours shown below until further notice. The exterior doors to these buildings will be locked during these hours, but one main entry door will be fully accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid campus ID. Individuals who had access outside of these hours prior to today will continue to have access using their university-issued key.

Buildings locked but accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday:

  • Castleman Hall – northwest entry door
  • Fulton Hall – south entry door
  • Norwood Hall – northwest entry door
  • Campus Support Facility – west entry door
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Building – northeast entry door
  • Rolla Building – southwest entry door

Buildings locked but accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

  • General Services Building – south entry door

Signs are placed on building doors directing people to the main entry doors. These steps are taken to ensure the continued safety and security of individuals who remain on campus and in S&T buildings.

Dining Services moves to cashless transactions

In an effort to maintain a healthy dining environment, Missouri S&T Dining Services will move immediately to cashless transactions at all dining units.  University dining plans using a Missouri S&T ID, debit and credit cards will be accepted at all locations.

Enhanced HR policies available for employees

To support employees of Missouri S&T and the other University of Missouri System universities, UM System President Choi has authorized some measures to temporarily enhance leave policies for those unable to work through telework options. UM System also encourages supervisors to review operations and identify employees who can perform their duties through telework arrangements. The announcement was shared yesterday in an email message to staff and faculty. Read the message.

GLVC cancels remaining 2020 athletics season

The Great Lakes Valley Conference’s (GLVC) Council of Presidents voted unanimously on March 20 to cancel the remainder of the 2020 athletics season due to concerns of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The GLVC announced on March 13 that in addition to cancelling the remaining 2020 GLVC Championships, the conference was suspending all countable activities related to intercollegiate athletics. The GLVC had set April 6 as a date to review the status of the league suspension of all countable athletically-related activities, including competition and practices, but no longer felt formal activities could resume on member campuses in light of recent developments in this public health crisis.

Havener Center closed

The Havener Center closed March 29 and will remain closed until further notice.

The Avenue C and Miner Munchies convenience stores on campus will remain open for S&T students. Avenue C is located in the basement of Residential Commons 2. Miner Munchies is in Miner Village.

In-person classes for spring semester suspended at all UM campuses

For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, the following actions will take place beginning Monday, March 16:

  • All coursework for in-person classes will be delivered remotely beginning next week.
  • Libraries, residence halls and dining halls will remain open.
  • Recreational centers and complexes will be closed.

Universities will remain open to ensure students who need access to dining and housing, library resources or broadband are accommodated.

This announcement follows declarations of emergency by U.S. President Donald Trump and Missouri Governor Michael Parson to combat COVID-19, which allows emergency officials to obtain access to resources reserved for emergencies.

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Library closed, remote services available

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library will be closed through Sunday, April 12. Staff members are working from home. Remote services are available via library.mst.edu. Librarians are monitoring a chat service 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To chat, go to library.mst.edu and click the blue “Ask Us” button on the left side. 

Remote services will continue to be available via phone and email in addition to chat. Resource due dates have been extended and the library will work with patrons to accommodate the timely return of items.

Mail services

March 24: All campus mail and packages – including those from 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. The departments are responsible for collecting mail and packages in the mailroom, Room G8 Campus Support Facility. 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. 

Meeting and event size restrictions

For on-campus events scheduled to be held from Friday, March 13, through April 30, all university-hosted or university-sponsored events involving more than 10 people must be canceled, postponed or modified to fall below the threshold number of 10.

Organizers or coordinators of these events should contact participants or liaisons for the groups to either cancel or postpone the events.

Individuals who wish to “meet” virtually can download Zoom Pro, videoconferencing software, for free. Learn more about Zoom or install the software with instructions from the Audio and Web Conferencing webpage.

Recreational facilities closed

As part of his March 13 announcement that the University of Missouri System universities will extend their remote classes for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester, President Mun Choi also announced that all recreation centers and complexes at the four campuses will be closed in the effort to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Missouri S&T’s Student Recreation Center and Miner Fitness Center in the Gale Bullman Building will remain closed until further notice.

Spending limitations and guidelines

March 27: At this time,the severity of economic challenges is not fully known, so Missouri S&T is taking careful actions to ensure that we manage our resources wisely so that we are well-positioned for success once this crisis passes.

These restrictions and guidelines apply to all UM System universities and are in effect for the next 60 days, or essentially until the end of May. They include the following:

  • No new hires and no reclassifications or raises for current employees
  • No large capital purchases or real estate purchases
  • No travel expenses
  • A dramatic reduction in reimbursements, One-Card purchases and Show-me Shop purchases.

For details, read the full message. If you have questions, please speak with your supervisor.

The S&T Store closed, staff working from home

The S&T Store is scheduled to be closed until Sunday, April 12. The store’s staff will work from home and respond to emails, phone calls (leave a message), and social media postings.

The staff will process online orders upon returning to the store. Please contact David Wilson, senior retail sales associate, at wilsonge@mst.edu for summer or fall textbook adoptions, course material questions and MinerTech technology assistance. For all other topics, please contact Mark Gallardo, store manager, at gallardom@mst.edu