There will be no more roll call in lecture halls this spring on University of Missouri System campuses.
UM System officials announced Friday night they are suspending in-person classes on their four campuses for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, and moving to entirely remote coursework, beginning next week. The move comes in light of increasing concerns about the coronavirus.
The universities in Columbia, Rolla, Kansas City and St. Louis will stay open for students, including libraries, residence halls and dining halls. Rec centers and similar complexes will be closed.
UM System President Mun Choi said, “Our university communities are working hard to maintain the level of excellence that our students and Missourians expect from their public research university. We are also working with colleagues around the world to develop treatments for COVID-19, sharing our extensive testing capabilities and sustaining our commitment to research and health care as we continue our service to the state.”
System officials say they’ll make decisions about final exams and commencement at a later date, and reach out to students when information is available. Supervisors on campus are being asked to prepare their offices for the possibility of remote work for staff, should it become necessary.