April 22, 2020
Dear Mizzou community,
We know that many, if not all of you, are anxious to return to campus – to your offices, your classrooms, your laboratories. We too are eager to get back to all the activity that makes Mizzou a special place.
We have teams working on the planning required to bring our beautiful campus to life once it is possible. While remote classes will continue through the summer, we expect to return to in-person operations and classes this fall. In consultation with public health officials and Mizzou’s own health care experts, we are developing plans for our return to campus within a “new normal” that we expect will be necessary.
Currently, workers practicing social distancing are disinfecting campus buildings and cleaning offices. We expect staff and faculty will return in phases once the pandemic reaches new stages of decline. We are also developing new social distancing procedures that could impact how we teach our classes, run our meetings or conduct our research. With caution and creativity, the traditions and rich experiences at Mizzou will resume.
Of course, the situation demands continued flexibility based on the evolving public health situation and in the best interests of our students, faculty and staff, but we are looking forward to the fall semester. We are very proud of our entire community, as Mizzou has risen to address this public health crisis in many different ways in service to our community and our state.
We look forward to providing you with further updates about our eventual return to campus.
Mun Y. Choi
President, UM System and Interim Chancellor, University of Missouri
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs