COVID-19 Weekly Update (10/14)

Oct. 15, 2020

(This message was originally sent on October 14, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

Our updates for this week are shown below:

Spring Registration

The Registrar’s office will be communicating with students this week about registering for spring classes. One of the messages is that students should pay careful attention to the class details for Spring 2021, including Instruction Mode, Days, Times and Location. Other than temporary accommodations or instructional mode change by the instructor, it is expected that students will attend the class in the mode that is listed when classes start in January. Additional information can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Isolation Release Letter

All students diagnosed with COVID-19 in Boone County receive an email when they are released from isolation. Language on the Show Me Renewal website under the “Release from isolation/quarantine” has been updated to indicate the following: “To document your release from isolation, you will receive an email from Columbia/Boone County Health stating: ‘You have completed your isolation and are able to return to work and to resume normal activities…” You are required to have this dated email on hand to show university faculty or staff, if asked.”

Office of eLearning: Faculty/Instructor Development Opportunities

  • If your faculty/instructors are looking at Designing and Building Your Online Course: The next sessions of this begin in February and June.  In this 10-week online workshop, you will design and build your online course. It’s designed to help you come out with a course that meets our Online Course Quality Standards.
  • Submit a request for Instructional Design support here.  You will need to be signed into Google with your UM System credentials ( and your normal password) to access the form.
  • If your faculty/instructors wish to complete their Online Teaching Certification Seminar, the next session starts in February.

If your faculty/instructors have a question, they can email Check out upcoming trainings/workshops/seminars here.

Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Hiring

We are excited to announce that the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity has updated its search committee training module. This new online module is titled “Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Hiring,” and it replaces the current module, “Academic Hiring at Mizzou,” previously found on The website is no longer active, and the new module can be accessed via MyLearn or the Box site for external members of a search committee.

The “Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Hiring” module offers guidance on how to mitigate bias in faculty recruitment, and strategies to recruit and hire faculty who share our values of diversity and inclusion. The university community benefits from the perspectives of individuals from different backgrounds and experiences, with increased student engagement and retention, and enriched classroom discussions as some of the key outcomes.

Please use the following links to access the updated training module:

 Homecoming Blood Drive

Although the game has been postponed, the blood drive will still be held from October 1-30. Times and locations for the donation are posted on the Homecoming website. Submit your participation by October 31 for your chance to earn a special Mizzou prize.

 Early CAREER Awards Workshop

On Friday, November 6, Carole Read (National Science Foundation) and Lisa Spain (National Institutes of Health) will discuss strategies and tips for submitting successful Early CAREER awards proposals to the NSF and NIH. Please register through the Research Gateway to attend this event. You will be sent a link to the Zoom webinar once you register. For more information:

#CampusClear app

Reminder to use and to ask your faculty, staff, and students to use the #CampusClear app. While use of the app does not directly reduce the spread of the virus, it serves as a reminder to all of us to follow the public health guidelines, and improve general safety.  Please encourage faculty to remind students at the start of class to log in their information each day. Giving students a few minutes to check in and use the app goes a long way in helping us encourage safe behaviors.


Kudos to our 2020 Kemper Fellows who were doubly surprised this year– first, a couple of weeks ago to learn that they had received the award, and yesterday, to know that their award money was 50% larger than they had been told! It was a treat to honor and celebrate their success – watch the video and send them a note.

Kudos also to our colleagues in the 4-H Center for Youth Development. Today we learned that this year’s National Extension Diversity Award, which is jointly sponsored by the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension. This award recognizes the significant contributions of our 4-H Program in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism.

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks as always to all of you – chairs, deans, associate deans, Vice-Chancellors, and colleagues – thanks for all you do for Mizzou.


Latha Ramchand