As you are likely aware, earlier today MU Chancellor Choi announced that in response to a surge in COVID cases in the Columbia/Boone County community and surrounding areas, MU will shift a majority of in-person undergraduate and graduate courses to remote learning for the last three weeks of instruction and final exams following Thanksgiving break. What this means for the CVM:
VM 1 and VM 2 students in our preclinical curriculum will pivot to online classes.
VM 3 and VM 4 students, Ross and SGU students, and PAVE candidates will continue clinical studies in-person and following current VHC guidelines and policies. Any future changes in VHC guidelines, responsibilities, or scheduling will be communicated to students as they are developed. CVM students who are unable to attend in-person clinical training for medical reasons should contact the instructional leader on their block and Associate Dean for Student Affairs and interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Angela Tennison.
Graduate course instructors will be in contact with students regarding specifics for their courses.
- Over the coming days, a variety of details will be sorted out as we make this adjustment.
- In-person instruction will continue through Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Faculty and instructors will communicate with their classes on how instruction will proceed for the rest of the semester.
- Campus facilities, including the libraries and labs, will remain open in some capacity for those faculty and students who need access to them for independent studies, thesis research and dissertation projects. The Zalk Veterinary Medical Library will remain open and staffed M-F, 8-5. After-hours access is available via card reader.
- Both faculty and staff operations will continue on campus, as we do not anticipate closing the campus. Deans, department chairs and supervisors will work with individuals, including student employees, to determine if any changes in working arrangements or duties are needed.
- Free bags with safety supplies will be made available to students at the University bookstore next week to support safety efforts through the holidays.
We also want to remind the community to seek testing if experiencing even mild symptoms as indicated on the #CampusClear app, particularly before holiday travel or if going to a state that requires a negative test. Free phone visits with medical providers continue to be available through the MU Health Care nurse line, and tests not covered by insurance will be free. Results are currently being provided within 24 hours.