August 18, 2020 - Start Safe, Stay Safe: Expect classrooms and other parts of campus to have a different look

Tritons embrace change.

Like universities across the country, UMSL's fall semester will look, feel and operate differently as we all do our part to protect the health, safety and well-being of our campus community while continuing to advance the educational pursuits of our students.

Throughout the summer months, our faculty have engaged in resilient course design processes to transition many of our traditionally in-person courses to blended formats as well as to prepare for the potential of a full transition to remote instruction should public health circumstances necessitate a change.

Our fall course schedule includes more than 60 percent of courses offered in an online only format with the remaining courses being offered through blended instruction, which incorporates the strengths of both face-to-face and online learning to create a unique and quality experience. Enrollment for most all blended courses has been limited to no more than 30 students to ensure physical distancing requirements within our classrooms.

UMSL also continues to waive online course fees for the fall semester - currently $62.30 per credit hour - to best allow those students who wish to enroll in fully online courses to do so without the burden of additional financial costs.

While our classrooms, facilities and student support services will be open and available to our community, there will be changes. Limited seating in classroom, study and communal spaces will allow for physical distancing. Instructors will wear clear face shields while teaching in-person courses while all others are required to wear approved face coverings. Classrooms will be cleaned between each in-person course. Facilities will include signage addressing everything from face covering requirements to directional signage and reminders of the need to practice good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It is important for all Tritons follow safety expectations so we can have a safe start to the semester. Learn more by visiting the Start Safe. Stay Safe. website.