From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs

I get so excited when I think how our students will return to campus next month. Mizzou has not been the same without you.

To be honest, campus won’t be the same this fall, either. While we’re doing all we can to maintain the Mizzou experience, the truth is, we’re counting on all our students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — to help make the changes that will ensure a successful semester for our entire community.

Picture of a student wearing a face covering in front of Jesse Hall
To keep campus safe, face coverings will be required in classrooms and other areas where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

First and foremost, take care of yourselves. Pay attention to your physical and mental health. Know that, anytime you’re not feeling 100%, we’re here for you.

Take some time to explore the comprehensive primary care and psychiatry services the Student Health Center offers. Find out how the Counseling Center is prepared to help you.

Second, know that expectations of behavior have changed. All of us will need to take proactive steps to help protect the safety of our campus community. These include:

  • Maintaining social distancing of 6 feet between individuals on and off campus. Keeping space between you and others is the best tool we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Using face coverings. Face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.
  • Checking yourself for symptoms daily and practicing good hand hygiene.

Third, plan to be healthy. One good way to maintain your overall well-being is to include physical activity in your daily life. MizzouRec has tons of resources that can help. You can start right now by trying out the TigerX classes offered this summer.

Get some movement outside by checking out the MU Rec Trail, Stankowski Field or the Outdoor Track. We will be following proper sanitation guidelines and practicing safe social distancing within our facility. Take a virtual tour now so you can get to know our space.

Fourth, get involved with a recognized student organization, or join a fraternity or sorority. Studies have shown that students who get involved not only do better in class, but also feel more connected to campus and are more likely to graduate. If you are looking for employment, you can find on-and-off-campus jobs at the MU Career Center

Last but not least, come to campus prepared. As you start packing, make sure that you bring with you:

  • Reusable, washable face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol-based, 60% or more alcohol)
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g., sanitizing wipes)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Thermometer
  • Extra month supply of prescriptions (if applicable)
  • Any resources you may need to complete your classes remotely

Things will certainly look different this fall. Expect smaller group gatherings, more virtual meetings and face coverings everywhere you go. What won’t change are the opportunities for growth, leadership, involvement and networking outside the classroom.

It’s on all of us, working together, to ensure a successful semester for the Mizzou community. I’m confident we can do it, however. Our shared values — Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence — have prepared us well for these circumstances.

Fight Tiger!