Provost Ramchand sent the following email to deans and department chairs on 3/3/20:
Last night we became aware that San Antonio has declared a state of health emergency:
There are 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Antonio:
All university-related travel to San Antonio has been halted until further notice. Last night and this morning, faculty and students who were scheduled to travel to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) conference set to take place in San Antonio from March 4-7, were notified that MU has cancelled travel to San Antonio until further notice.
The Chancellor made this decision based on input from Clark Peters – Chair of Faculty council, Alex Socarides – English Department Chair, and Dean Okker – our gratitude to these leaders who were on call and available to help us think through the decision.
On the one hand this may be overkill – on the other, it seems irresponsible on our part to not halt such travel, knowing that our students could potentially be exposed, given the declaration of a health emergency in San Antonio. I want to emphasize that despite this, there is no cause for alarm. We are trying to be prudent in avoiding known risks so we protect as best we can, the safety and health of our campus community.
Out-of-pocket expenses incurred in cancellations during these events will be paid for by our university. Your fiscal officers are being notified of this, and will be the point of contact for such reimbursements.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please keep us informed about upcoming university travel in your department that we may need to evaluate on a case-by-case basis, as current events are rapidly changing.
Please also share this email with your faculty and please let us know if you have any questions, ideas or comments.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs