COVID-19 Weekly Update (7/14)

July 15, 2020

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

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

International students
We are pleased to share that earlier today the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to rescind the guidance released on July 6 barring M-1 and F-1 students from attending fully remote programs this fall. The earlier guidance would have meant risk of deportation for students if classes were to be moved online. Our team led by Dr. Mary Stegmaier was already working to address the challenge so this is great news for our students. We will of course keep you posted on specifics as we learn more.

Upcoming Town Halls
In these times, it is important that the University communicate regularly on the issues that are most pressing, in order to hear your questions and let you know about the plans for the future. To that end, we will be holding a variety of town halls in the coming days. I urge you to attend the ones you are most interested in.

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m

Show Me Renewal Town Halls: Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, July 21 | 4-5 p.m.
Zoom (Will go live on July 21):

Show Me Renewal: Students & Families
Wednesday, July 22 | 4-5 p.m.
To submit a question, please visit

Faculty Teaching Online
It is essential that faculty who are teaching online courses this fall are getting the support and resources they need. It is not too late to sign up for some of the wonderful course offerings from the Office of eLearning. Even if you don’t plan to teach an entirely online course, there are many things to learn in these courses as you prepare for the multiple possibilities the fall semester holds.

Start Here: Online Course Design Basics Workshop: 4-week, asynchronous course
Session 1: August 3 – August 31
Session 2: September 14 – October 12

Start Here: Best Practices in Online Instruction: 4-week, asynchronous course
Session 1: August 3 – August 31
Session 2: September 21 – October 19

Online Teaching Certification Seminar: 6-week, asynchronous course
Session 1: September 14 – October 26
Session 2: October 12 – November 23

Fall Schedule in Myzou
Over the next week, the registrar will complete its revision of the fall schedule in order to accommodate more online and blended courses, and to ensure that face-to-face courses are held in rooms that allow for physical distancing. We have been asking faculty to refrain from checking myzou during this time, and to let students who contact them to know that these revisions will be done soon. Chairs should be in touch with faculty once the schedule is ready to be viewed. Thank you to everyone in the registrar’s office for this amazing work.

As always, thank you for all you do.


Latha Ramchand