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.

Brief Updates


As of Oct. 27, Southeast Missouri State University has a 68% vaccination rate. The rate reflects the number of faculty, staff and students that have shared proof of vaccination with the University, including those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Confirmed Cases

Daily data on confirmed reported cases of students and employees.

COVID-19 Testing

Information regarding testing, contact tracing, and what to do if you suspect you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has.

Redhawk Vaccine Incentive Program

To encourage vaccination and improve chances of continuing to do the things members of the Redhawk community enjoy, Southeast has launched The Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program

Submit Your Vaccine Card

 Goal:  Achieve a 70% vaccination rate for students, faculty and staff by Nov. 1, 2021.

The Give Away:

  • A $25 give away to the first 2,000 students receiving either a first or a second dose between Aug. 26 and Oct. 1 at a vaccination clinic on campus.
  • Students who submit proof of full vaccination will also automatically be entered to win one of 200 cash prizes of $500 or $250.

 The Get Away:  If the 70% vaccination rate goal is met, students, faculty and staff will enjoy a weeklong Thanksgiving holiday break. Classes scheduled for Nov. 22-23 will be cancelled and offices will be closed Nov. 22-26.

Get more details about the Give Away, Get Away program.

On-Campus Vaccination Events  

Vaccination opportunities are being planned to give Southeast faculty, staff and students convenient access to protect themselves.

Below are opportunities confirmed so far. Faculty, staff and students can get first or second doses. If you are eligible and interested in getting a Pfizer booster shot, you must have your vaccination card to get it. Unless otherwise noted, these are walk-in clinics and no appointment is necessary:

Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson 

Check back frequently as more vaccination opportunities are finalized.

In addition to campus events, vaccinations are offered by several local medical facilities and pharmacies. Find locations through the Missouri’s Vaccine Finder website.

Latest Campus Advisory

As of Oct. 14, 2021

Dear Redhawk Community,

Today I am announcing that we will be modifying the on-campus face covering requirement and plan to finish the semester with this change in place. Effective Monday, Oct. 18 face coverings will no longer be required in residence halls, the student recreation center, office spaces, dining areas, and common areas on campus such as lobbies, hallways, lounges, etc. More details can be found in the Protect the Nest Plan (PTN).

Face coverings will still be required through the end of the semester in the following areas: indoor instructional spaces during class or labs; campus shuttles pursuant to federal law; the University School for Young Children consistent with current CDC recommended guidance; and health-related spaces, including the Campus Health Clinic, which is operated by SoutheastHEALTH. Guidance for the spring semester will be provided no later than Jan. 10, 2022.

We will be updating existing signage on campus in the coming weeks to reflect the modifications communicated here.

Over the past month regional statistics pertinent to COVID-19 have improved (e.g., ICU bed capacity, hospital inpatient bed capacity, vaccinations rates, etc.), and we have also seen a decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases on campus and in the number of individuals in quarantine or isolation. As such, and after consultation with the University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, I believe adjusting the face covering requirement is appropriate.

At the same time, we have seen our on-campus vaccination rate climb. I’m pleased to say today we are at 64 percent, which is 6 points away from our campus goal of a 70 percent vaccination rate.

Vaccination remains critically important in reducing the spread and risks associated with COVID-19 and we are so close to our 70 percent goal for the Great SEMO Give Away Get Away incentive program. The Nov. 1 deadline to reach our goal is only a few weeks away. Information on weekly vaccination clinics on campus can be found on our COVID informational webpage.

For those of you who have already been vaccinated, make sure to share that with us. You can upload your card here now. If you prefer not to upload your card, present it in person at the Student Recreation Center, Room 413 in the University Center, the River Campus Chart Clinic in Dobbins Center, any of the weekly vaccination clinics or at any of the locations listed here under the second bullet. Recognizing that the first dose is the first step to being fully vaccinated, we are now counting first doses in our incentive program. Therefore, if you have received even just one dose of the vaccine, please be sure to share that information with us.

While we are easing the masking requirement in most areas, please continue to be respectful of everyone’s personal decisions and situations. Those who prefer wearing a mask should continue that practice.

I want to thank each of you for your efforts to keep our Redhawk Community safe and our campus open. It has made a difference and is what makes this modification possible.

Best wishes for the remainder of the semester!

Dr. Carlos Vargas

Monitor Your Health

If you feel sick, stay home. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 provided by the CDC.