January 19, 2021 - Tritons, welcome to the spring semester at UMSL

Dear UMSL Students,

Welcome to the spring semester at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. We’re excited to start our semester with you – and to do so as safely and productively as possible. While we know that the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives and campus operations, please know that our entire UMSL community is firmly with you as you continue your educational journey.

As you know, we have a number of protocols in place to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. These include monitoring your health daily via the Campus Screen app, wearing face coverings within university buildings and campus shuttles, maintaining social distance, and submitting a COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Report if you are experiencing symptoms, have been diagnosed with, or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. And, of course, don’t come to campus if you are sick.

Please stay up to date on safety expectations outlined on our Start Safe, Stay Safe website.

Like the fall, we have carefully scheduled our spring classes to provide a robust schedule of fully online courses as well as blended, in-person courses. Our maintenance and facilities teams are cleaning classrooms between in-person courses in addition to our communal spaces. I applaud those who continue to work tirelessly to ensure not only your individual safety, but that of our entire university community. We must all do our part to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and to ensure that our campus community remains open for learning.

As you begin the semester, I encourage you to remain focused on your academic experience and outcomes. A degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis will prepare you for the future and serve as a foundation for your personal and career growth. While our buildings may not be as fully populated as would typically be during this time, know that our doors are open – our faculty and staff are here to help you be successful.

Stay safe and stay connected,

Kristin Sobolik
Chancellor
University of Missouri–St. Louis