Southeast Missouri State University is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our campus community. We’re working to monitor the coronavirus pandemic as we move forward in providing a quality academic experience and personal support for our students on campus.

At Southeast, we have all had to pitch in together to help minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Our Protect the Nest plan and guidelines have been important to that effort. We are making sure that our students, faculty, and staff have one location for information on expectations and guidance.


Last updated Aug. 3, 2022.

The Protect the Nest (PTN) plan provides guidelines for a safe and productive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors at Southeast. The plan is reviewed and updated as needed under the leadership of the president and in conjunction with the University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT holds regular meetings to monitor, evaluate, coordinate and plan. The University also receives updates and information from local, state and federal institutions.

Additional information, including campus advisories and resources is available on the University’s COVID-19 webpage. Submit questions to

The University will continue planning, updating and taking necessary actions to protect the health and safety of the University community and to ensure the continuity of operations with intentional strategic direction as the University continues navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last updated Aug. 3, 2022.

Vaccination is the most important step to limit and lessen COVID-19 infection. Vaccinations are offered by several local medical facilities and pharmacies. Southeast also works with the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center (CGPHC) to offer a variety of vaccination clinics on campus for the convenience of students, faculty and staff.

Twice a month during the fall semester, the CGPHC will administer clinics on campus.

September 14 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Campus Health Clinic
COVID vaccine clinic

September 21 / 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sexually Transmitted Illness (STI) clinic
Hosted by the State of Missouri through the Butler County health center and the CGPHC.
No COVID or flu vaccine offered.

October 12 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Campus Health Clinic
COVID & flu vaccine clinic

October 19 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Ballroom B of the University Center
COVID & flu vaccine clinic

November 9 / 10 .m. - 2 p.m. / Campus Health Clinic
COVID & flu vaccine clinic

November 16 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Ballroom B of the University Center
COVID & flu vaccine clinic

Find additional vaccination locations through the Missouri’s Vaccine Finder website.

Last updated March 10, 2022. Reviewed Aug. 1, 2022.

For information on COVID-19 testing locations in Cape Girardeau County visit the Keep Cape Strong website. COVID-19 testing is available to symptomatic and asymptomatic faculty, staff and students at the Campus Health Clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, but students, faculty and staff are encouraged to schedule an appointment at (573) 651-2270.

Missouri residents have access to a free at home test, available through a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. To learn more or request a home test kit visit the Self Collection Test Shipped to Home website.

For information on testing sites across the State of Missouri, offered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, visit their Free COVID Testing website.

Last updated June 2, 2022.

Face coverings are not required on campus, with the following exceptions:

  • Health-related spaces, the Autism Center and Campus Health Clinic.

Please continue to be respectful of everyone’s personal decisions and situations. Those who prefer wearing a mask should continue that practice.

Last updated Jan. 11, 2022. Reviewed Aug. 2, 2022.

Members of the Redhawk community are encouraged to self-screen regularly for symptoms to help keep everyone healthy by using the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker. Individuals exhibiting symptoms should contact their physician.

Quarantine and isolation guidance for individuals who have had close contact with COVID-19, exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 are provided by the CDC as well.

Individuals who test positive or exhibit systems of COVID-19 are still encouraged to isolate from others. If you are sick, do not attend class or work.  

Students who cannot attend class should notify their instructors.  

Faculty and staff who cannot work should notify their supervisor and refer to the University COVID19 Paid Sick and Family Leave Benefits at Human Resources for more information.

Residential students who test positive should complete this form. The information on this form will be used to provide the student with housing options during the time they need to isolate. 

Last updated Aug. 1, 2022.

To maintain the highest level of health and safety, we encourage faculty, staff, and students to utilize the disinfecting supplies provided by Facilities Management to disinfect common surfaces (keyboards, phone, mice, desktops, reception counters, door handles, etc.) before and after use. HEPA filter units are installed in every classroom on the Cape Girardeau, River Campus and Regional Campuses.

Last updated Aug. 5, 2022.

Residential students who test positive or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate from others and complete this form to make alternative housing arrangements. Limited rooms for isolation will be made available on-campus. Students in isolation should wear a face covering when leaving their room at all times and will be able to get meals to-go from any campus dining venue. Residents will have access to other University services such as laundry and Wi-Fi while in isolation. 

Last updated Aug. 1, 2022.

University Travel

Faculty, staff and students may participate in education or business-related travel and are expected to follow COVID-19 guidance that may be in place for their destination. For international travel, faculty and staff need prior approval from the division executive of their area.

Study Abroad

Continuing Fall 2022, Southeast students will be permitted to study abroad at partner universities and in programs delivered through approved consortia (e.g., Magellan, MOCON, etc.).  The Office of International Education and Services will coordinate a risk management plan for all participating students. 

Students interested in studying abroad may contact their academic department representative or Dr. Shu-Chuan Wang-McGrath (

For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at or (573) 651-2063. 

Last updated Sept. 29, 2021. Reviewed Aug. 1, 2022.

For information on employee COVID paid leave guidelines, telehealth services and the Employee Assistance Program, visit Human Resources.

For departments to order PPE and cleaning supplies, fill out this online order form.

For the health and safety of Southeast, all University students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are expected to adhere to these business operations guidelines.

Last updated Jan. 11, 2022.

Brady Barke, Director of Athletics

Dr. Debbie Below, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Floyd Davenport, Assistant Vice President of Information Technology

Alissa Davis, Director of Human Resources

Autumn Gentry, Safety Specialist

Beth Glaus, Director of the Department of Public Safety

Dr. Mike Godard, Provost

Dr. Doug Koch, Vice Provost

Dr. Kimberly Louie, Chair Faculty Senate

Chris Martin, Chief of Staff, Assistant to the President for Strategy and Government Relations

Angela Meyer, Director of Facilities Management

Trae Mitten, Dean of Students

Joel Philpott, Student Government Association

Dr. Brad Sheriff, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dr. Bruce Skinner, Associate Vice President for Student Life

Dr. Kendra Skinner, Director of Residence Life

Dr. Carlos Vargas, University President

Tonya Wells, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Under Missouri law any individual entering the premises or engaging the services of the business waives all civil liability against the individual or entity for any damages based on inherent risks associated with an exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19, except for recklessness or willful misconduct. (Section 537.1005 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri)