Truman is in continual conversations with the Adair County Health Department and other agencies that will be administering the vaccine. Due to a supply shortage nationwide, the vaccine is being prioritized based on several risk assessments. When it is widely available to the Truman community, that information will be shared on the COVID-19 website and emailed to students, faculty and staff.
There are no pre-determined benchmarks that would lead to a full or partial closure of campus. The situation as it relates to COVID-19 is subject to change with little or no notice. The University works closely with the Adair County Health Department and follows the guidance of the CDC in relation to its approach to COVID-19. A general guideline of key decision points and possible actions can be found here. This information is subject to change based on the situation.
At this time clubs and extracurriculars will be able to operate, meet and host events. Organizational leadership is responsible for ensuring the group is following all of the appropriate CDC guidelines and parameters laid out by the University (i.e. facial coverings, room capacity limits, etc.). Departmental student organizations should work directly with their sponsoring department to ensure appropriate compliance with University protocol. For more information about student organization operations, visit involvement.truman.edu. Specific questions can be addressed here.
If a student cannot complete their required scholarship hours, they should request an exemption through Financial Aid (email@example.com) by explaining their unique situation. Note, additional documentation may be required.
Yes. The goal is for students to work the entire 58 hours. However, due to the ever-changing conditions, Truman will be flexible for students with extenuating circumstances.
Not at this time. Current CDC guidelines do not call for universal testing of all students and employees. Truman has worked with public health officials to develop a strategy for testing symptomatic community members. Students concerned about testing can contact the Student Health Center. Employees should contact their personal medical provider.
At this time, Truman has not deemed it a requirement for students to take a COVID-19 vaccine. The University is in ongoing consultation with medical professionals and health officials about the vaccine. Currently, Truman requires incoming students to have MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Meningitis vaccines. Details can be found here.
There is no pre-established number of cases to warrant a change in plans for the fall semester. Truman will work in consultation with the Adair County Health Department and follow CDC recommendations in regard to deviations from the current plan. As the circumstances relating to COVID-19 are ever-changing, the University will maintain as much flexibility as possible and make any necessary adjustments as needed.
No. Current recommendation is to have everyone develop the daily habit of taking their own temperature prior to coming to work or class.
No. The University does recommend that students living on campus bring a thermometer with them to campus to use. Faculty and staff are encouraged to check their temperature daily as part of the daily COVID-19 wellness check.
For spring 2021 online fees will NOT be assessed for any courses.
No. All spring 2021 study-abroad programs have been canceled due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. Students interested in studying abroad should contact the Center for International Education Abroad for assistance in making these arrangements.
The University will continue to follow CDC guidelines specific to higher education. This includes:
- social distancing practices
- spreading out capacity in the residence halls
- limiting the availability of common spaces
- increased sanitation protocols
- plexiglass dividers in areas where in-person services take place
- the use of cloth face coverings