Remote teaching and learning continues throughout the summer semester. All summer courses have transitioned to online instruction for each of our 4-, 8- and 12-week sessions. Additionally, UMSL has waived all online courses fees – currently $62.30 per credit hour – for both the summer and fall semesters. Students are encouraged to contact academic advising at 314-516-5396, as well as Student Academic Support Services / tutoring services at 314-516-5128.

For employees, at the direction of UM System President Mun Choi, working and learning remotely will continue for an indefinite period. During this time, most all employees are restricted from physically working at the university and instead will work remotely to provide continuity in university operations and student support services. Exceptions for on-campus employees – as approved by the chancellor – include limited staffing in Health, Counseling and Disability Access Services, Residential Life and Housing, IT Help Desk, Postal Services, UMSL Police, and Facilities Management. UMSL will begin a phased repopulation of staff and faculty beginning June 1 with the goal of opening the fall semester as near normal for students as possible under appropriate guidelines for health and safety.


University of Missouri–St. Louis officials are actively monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by a new coronavirus first identified in China, in Dec. 2019. UMSL works closely with our UM System campus partners as well as local and state public health officials, and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address infectious disease and other public health concerns on campus. 

Because the situation is rapidly evolving, members of the UMSL community are encouraged to monitor the CDC, U.S. Department of State and St. Louis County Department of Public Health websites for the most up to date information.


please Review the FAQs below to stay informed and access resources for our university community


The 2019 novel coronavirus (known as COVID-19) is a coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus named SARS-CoV-2.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Learn more: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and call your health provider before visiting a hospital, ER or clinic.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Hand washing website. For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. While the above are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, the CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

DOWNLOAD, PRINT, POST: Preventative measures for flu and COVID-19 (PDF):

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Like any illness, if you are feeling sick, you should remain at home. Call ahead to a healthcare professional before visiting a hospital, ER or clinic if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

UMSL students can access UMSL Health Services at 314.516.5671 or visit health.umsl.edu to schedule an appointment.

Faculty and staff members who experience symptoms should contact their primary care provider to discuss symptoms and travel history.

Read more: What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease

All university-related, non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until July 31, including previously approved travel. This includes travel connected to university activities and study abroad/exchange programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether funded by the university, an external grant or any other source. Requests to engage in essential travel must be submitted at the dean, vice chancellor or vice provost level for review by the Office of the Provost in consultation with Human Resources.

Guideline on Student or Other Participant International Travel or Study Abroad

All UMSL students and employees are required to register their university-related domestic and international travel. Please visit the appropriate link to register: student international travel, employee international travel, or employee and student domestic travel.

Although not required, we also recommend that students and employees register their personal domestic and international travel as well. In doing so, we will better be able to contact you should a change in travel health notices affect your stay or return. Whether traveling domestically or internationally, you are encouraged to monitor conditions and weigh the risk of travel to areas where cases have been confirmed.

Anyone traveling to a foreign country should consider taking advantage of the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Important Insurance Information

For individuals engaged in personal/independent international travel, the university does not require or offer health insurance options. Please note: if you are registering personal travel with the university (see above), you should not enroll in insurance through the registry form as that is only for university-related travel. 

For individuals engaged in university-related international travel, the University of Missouri System does have health insurance requirements as outlined below. 

Requirements for students:

  • GeoBlue – required
    • All students and people participating in any UM program (including research) are required to purchase GeoBlue international health insurance.
    • $37 per 30 day enrollment period
    • Enrollment link and instructions are in the Student Travel Registry
  • United Healthcare Global – required
    • Participants on all programs are responsible for enrolling themselves in UHC Global
    • Free to register
    • Instructions about enrollment in the Student Travel Registry
    • Does not cover evacuation for pandemic/epidemic related reasons

Requirements for faculty/staff:

  • GeoBlue – optional
    • Employees are not required to purchase GeoBlue international health insurance; however, they may do so if they wish
    • $37 per 30 day enrollment period
    • Enrollment link and instructions in the Faculty/Staff Travel Registry
  • United Healthcare Global – required
    • Participants on all programs are responsible for enrolling themselves in UHC Global
    • Free to register
    • Link to UM System site for further instructions about registering their travel with UHC Global and other insurance related considerations
    • Does not cover evacuation for pandemic/epidemic related reasons
    • Enrollment link and instructions in the Faculty/Staff Travel Registry

Additional Resources:

All university-sponsored events, on or off campus, are suspended until July 31. Further, no new contracts related to events are to be signed during this period. A decision on external rental events held in campus facilities will be made at a later date when we have a better understanding of local, state and national restrictions on communal activities.

Out of respect for your health as well as the health of our students, faculty and staff, individuals who may have been in contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) should refrain from coming to campus. Instead, individuals should call a health provider for additional guidance, stay home and self-monitor for 14 days.

Yes. The University of Missouri–St. Louis and the University of Missouri System as a whole are facing a period of significant short- and long-term budget constraints due the COVID-19 pandemic. UM System President Mun Choi has requested that each university develop contingency plans for financial reductions to address FY20 deficits and to also work toward a revised FY21 budget by June 7.

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UMSL has actively communicated with our students, parents, faculty and staff about the coronavirus, including using this website as a central location to house important information and updates. We also communicate through campuswide email distributions as targeted email distributions. Additionally, UMSL has posted flyers with preventive measures for flu and COVID-19 throughout campus. 

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There are many online teaching resources available:

UMSL's Keep Teaching website: provides comprehensive resources to launch online courses, Zoom and Canvas supports, as well as information on how to communicate with students and where to get help. 

UM System Quick Start Guide to Remote Teaching: provides general tips for remote teaching and instructions for common applications and tools.

UM System Teaching Tools: allows users to discover academic technology resources including Canvas class set up, lecture and presentation recording tools, assessment options and more. 

As we make the transition to remote learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning has created a Keep Learning resource website to provide you with many great tips and resources to support your education. Here are links to some of those resources:

On April 22, the University of Missouri–St. Louis funding funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act provides federal aid to institutions of higher education to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include areas such as food, housing, utilities, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and moving/transportation expenses.

On May 4, 2020, UMSL became the first university in the state to distribute CARES Act emergency relief funds. In total, UMSL awarded $2,915,113 in emergency financial aid grants to 1,458 students.

HEERF Information for the University of Missouri–St. Louis

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

UMSL signed and returned the CARES Act Funding Certification and Agreement on April 18 and received the Grant Award Summary from the Department of Education on April 22, 2020.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis received $2,915,113 in emergency financial aid grants for students. All of this aid has been received by the institution and awarded to UMSL students.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

The entire $2.9 million allocation was awarded to students in the form of emergency grants in amounts up to $2,000. 

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

We had a total of 5,265 students who were enrolled at UMSL in spring 2020 and eligible to receive Title IV aid. 

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

There were 1,458 students awarded emergency financial aid grants at UMSL through the CARES Act.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The emergency grants were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis at UMSL. The applicants were required to check one or more reasons why they needed emergency financial assistance on the application, and then they had to provide a written explanation for each reason they selected. 

We considered several factors when determining the maximum amount for the emergency grants (average cost for a laptop and high-speed internet, average cost of rent and one month of groceries, and the average outstanding balance that students had at UMSL). Ultimately, we decided to make the maximum amount of the CARES Act Emergency Grant $2,000 (the same as our UMSL Grant).  

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

The guidance and instructions provided by UMSL for the CARES Act emergency grants is outlined below. We informed our student body of this opportunity with a message on our website on April 10th. Then we followed up with email notifications to all of our Pell eligible students on April 29 and the rest of our student body on April 30.  The application for the CARES Act Emergency Grant was active for 48 hours at UMSL and we received 1,896 applications.

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Date/Time Message Email Content

Friday, April 10, 2020

12:00 PM

1st message: This message about the CARES Act Emergency Grant was posted on the SFA website

Education Secretary Betsy Devos has announced the release of emergency funds for colleges and universities to help students in financial distress amid the COVID-19 pandemic. UMSL will start disbursing funds to eligible students once the funds are released to the university.

Detailed information on how to apply for and receive emergency funds through the UMSL Student Financial Aid office will be updated on this website, once the guidelines are made available by the Department of Education

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

12:00 PM

2nd message: This email was sent to 2,094 Pell eligible students enrolled at UMSL with a link to the application

Dear Student,

In response to COVID-19, Congress has passed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial relief to college students. This funding allows higher education institutions to offer emergency grants to students who have experienced financial hardships related to this ongoing pandemic. Below is a link to the CARES Act Emergency Grant application established by University of Missouri – St. Louis. Applications will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis until funding is depleted. So act quickly!

Further instructions and eligibility requirements can be found in the application.

UMSL CARES Act Emergency Grant Application

Regards,

UMSL Student Financial Aid

Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:00 AM

3rd message: This email was sent to all 9,194 students who were enrolled at UMSL in spring 2020 with a link to the application

In response to COVID-19, Congress has passed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial relief to college students. This funding allows higher education institutions to offer emergency grants to students who have experienced financial hardships related to this ongoing pandemic. Below is a link to the CARES Act Emergency Grant application established by University of Missouri – St. Louis. Applications will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis until funding is depleted. So act quickly!

Further instructions and eligibility requirements can be found in the application.

UMSL CARES Act Emergency Grant Application

Regards,

UMSL Student Financial Aid

Thursday, April 30, 2020

1:48 PM

4th message: This message was posted on the SFA website after we exceeded 1,800 applications for CARES Act Emergency Grants

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications for the CARES Act Emergency Grant. We received a limited amount of resources from the Federal Government for this emergency aid, and the funds have been depleted.  We will notify you if we receive another round of financial relief from the Department of Education.

Yes. The University of Missouri–St. Louis is implementing a test-optional admission policy for fall 2020 applicants effective immediately. This change in admission policy is due to the cancelation of the April (ACT) and May (SAT) standardized exams and the uncertainty of testing options this summer. 

All new applicants and pending applicants for fall 2020 will have the option to be evaluated and receive an admission decision from UMSL without submitting an ACT or SAT score. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and have successfully completed UMSL’s required 17 high school core curriculum units to be considered for the new test-optional admission policy.  Students who have previously been denied admission to UMSL for fall 2020 will also have an option to appeal and be re-evaluated under these new guidelines.

Learn more about this and other common questions related to admissions.

Yes. Understanding the need for universities to adapt their procedures and policies to address the public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security recently updated Student and Exchange Visitor Program regulations to allow F-1 and J-1 international students to continue their coursework through remote/online instruction only for the spring 2020 semester.

Therefore, as long as you continue to maintain your current enrollment, you will be able to remain in St. Louis as an UMSL student and maintain your visa status.

If you have questions or concerns about how our move to remote instruction may affect your immigration status, please contact Jason Marquart at jasonmarquart@umsl.edu.

Currently, staff and faculty are still expected to report to work in-person. However, supervisors should begin having discussions with their employees to have plans and technologies in place should it become inadvisable or not possible to report in-person. Further guidance regarding remote work will be shared as necessary.

UMSL Information Technology can assist your academic and administrative units to prepare for this possibility ahead of time.

UMSL IT Remote Work FAQs: provides answers and instructions for frequently asked questions including how to access your desktop, email, Google drive, and other common tools remotely. 

Remote Desktop Gateway: Connect to Windows workstations remotely and securely, without a VPN client, from mostly anywhere that you have access to the Internet.

VPN: Securely connect to campus resources from an off-campus site.

UM System Remote Work/Remote Teaching FAQ: An additional resource with general information for systemwide employees. 

 

The Office of Human Resources has compiled a Coronavirus Q&A with answers to general questions regarding travel, pay, leave and more. In addition, HR colleagues and supervisors can refer to the HR Guidelines for Virus-Related Outbreak Concerns. Employees may require additional support and information that our current policies do not cover or accommodate. If you confront a circumstance not covered in our Q&A or policies, the HR Service Center is available to offer employment-related guidance and support.

Please reach out via phone at (573) 882-2146, toll-free at (800) 488-5288 or by email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu.

Or contact the UMSL Human Resources department at (314) 516-5805.

If you live in an area where Mediacom is available, please contact them at 1-855-904-2225 or visit Mediacom. Mediacom currently offers a $9.95 per month internet connection for residences without internet. To see if you qualify for Mediacom, please check your address.

If you live in an area where Charter/Spectrum is available, please contact them at 1-844-488-8395 or Charter Communications. Charter/Spectrum is currently offering free internet for 60 days for residences without internet. To see if you qualify for Charter/Spectrum, please visit Spectrum.

If you live in an area where Comcast/Internet Essentials is available, please contact them or visit Internet Essentials. They are offering free internet for two months.

Press releases and resources:

UMSL Health Services – 314-516-5671

Academic Advising – 314-516-5396

Student Academic Support Services – 314-516-5128

Student Affairs – 314-516-5211

UMSL Global – 314-516-5753

Questions regarding university-sponsored travel: Faculty: Academic Affairs – 314-516-5371, Staff: Human Resources – 314-516-5805

Human Resources and Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity – 314-516-4538

Guideline on student or other participant international travel or study abroad: CRR 210.070

Faculty and staff insurance for authorized international business travel

Human Resources Manual Virus-Related Outbreak Concerns

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) international travel alert program

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