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COVID-19 means major changes on college campuses

The columns on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri.
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The columns on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri.

Colleges and universities in Mid-Missouri are welcoming students back to campus, with in-person classes set to resume in August.

Each has its own plan to keep students, workers and visitors safe. Links to each plan are available below.

University of Missouri

move-in day at mu
A sign marks a loading and unloading zone during move-in at the University of Missouri on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

The University of Missouri's Show Me Renewal plan requires students and employees to observe social distancing and wear masks. The plan also requires faculty and staff to report their temperature before going to work.

Classes will take place in-person and online with the options to move all classes online if circumstances warrant.

Click to visit a website with plan details.

Columbia College

Columbia College campus on July 21, 2020.

Columbia College will require masks of everyone on campus indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Social distancing is also required and everyone on campus -- students and employees -- must be trained in the new protocols. Classes will be offered in-person and online.

Click here for details on the Columbia College plan.

Stephens College

Stephens will offer all of its classes both in-person and online.

Stephens is starting classes early and wrapping them up at the Thanksgiving break. Students will take final exams and give final presentations after the break.

Click here for details on the Stephens plan.

Westminster College

An aerial view of Westminster College in Fulton taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Westminster College is screening students before they return to campus. Westminster students moved back in early August and will wrap up classes on Nov. 21.

Click here for the full Westminster plan.

William Woods University

Students participate in William Woods University's Ivy Ceremony
Students participate in the William Woods University Ivy Ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

William Woods logged several cases of COVID-19 in the spring before in-person classes ended.

The university suggested its students quarantine before coming to campus this summer.

All students will be required to wear masks on campus where social distancing is not possible. Students will sit in the same seats for the whole semester in socially distanced classrooms.

Click here for the full William Woods plan.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University

The Blue Tiger Comeback Plan also asks students to limit contact with others before returning to campus ahead of the Aug. 24 resumption of classes.

Masks and monitoring for symptoms are required.

Click here for the full Blue Tiger Comeback Plan.

Moberly Area Community College

The commuter campus at MACC has moved most of its classes to a virtual format which meet at the same time as the in-person class would.

Some classes will remain in-person because of the nature of the classwork.

Click here to get MACC's COVID-19 information.

Central Methodist University

The Howard County Health Department has reported positive COVID-19 tests in Central Methodist students.

CMU is conducted antigen testing of all students and employees to see who has been exposed to COVID-19. Ionization air cleaners are being installed and masks are required.

Click here for the full CMU reopening plan.

State Technical College

State Technical College in Linn has laid out five tiers that will determine how classes are conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school's website says State Tech is in "Scenario 2." The website also says masks will be required on campus. Classes will operate normally but social distancing might apply.

State Tech also reports positive cases on campus on its website. On Aug. 10, State Tech reported that two students recently on campus tested positive.

Click here for the State Tech plan.

ABC 17 News Team


1 Comment

  1. “COVID-19 means major changes on college campuses.”

    No, it does not. The public acceptance of tyrannical COVID-19 edicts does. This virus, which has never been proven to exist, is LESS dangerous than ordinary influenza for the reasonably healthy. Which I’m sure includes nearly all college students, and the majority of faculty. Those less than reasonably healthy should protect themselves, as they should be doing anyway.

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