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 place to go to in order to be clear on expectations and guidelines.


Last updated Sept. 29, 2021.

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 seeks input and guidance 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 Oct. 13, 2021.

Achieving high rates of vaccination is important for reducing the spread and risks associated with COVID-19. The University is offering on-campus vaccination clinics to provide convenient access to all students, faculty and staff.

Following are opportunities available on campus to receive the vaccine. 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.There is no charge or appointment needed to receive the vaccine at these walk-in clinics.

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  

In addition to campus events, vaccinations are offered by several local medical facilities and pharmacies. The vaccine is free; however, some providers may charge an administration fee. Be aware of that when deciding where to get your vaccination. You can find locations through Missouri’s Vaccine Finder website.

Last updated Aug. 26, 2021.

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. 

 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

Last updated Oct. 14, 2021.

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.

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 and transit services pursuant to federal law. (Under Executive Order 13998 issued Jan. 21, 2021-Sept. 13, 2021, and extended through Jan. 18, 2022, face coverings are required to be worn on all forms of public transportation as defined in section 5302 of title 49, United States Code. Southeast's Transit Services is a subrecipient of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating fund and, as such, must comply with this Executive Order.)
  • The University School for Young Children consistent with current CDC recommended guidance.
  • Health-related spaces, including the Campus Health Clinic, which is operated by SoutheastHEALTH.

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

Room and building capacities are at pre-pandemic levels and in-person events are allowed. Social distancing protocols are no longer be in place, but everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing in group situations whenever possible.

Guidance for the spring semester will be provided no later than Jan. 10, 2022.

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

Food and Drink in the Classroom

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

To minimize risk and to follow the face covering guidelines, there should be no eating in the classrooms or indoor instructional spaces. Drinks are permissible provided face coverings are removed only while drinking and are properly worn when not drinking. If other guidelines regarding no food or drink are posted or conveyed, those guidelines must be followed. Medical necessities for food should be communicated to the instructor and are permissible. Students should minimize the time without a face covering as much as possible.

Notes for Faculty

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

In face-to-face classes, faculty are not obligated to provide Zoom as an alternative if students cannot attend class. Students are expected to attend class, and faculty can determine how work can be made-up if a student is absent. Faculty teaching face-to-face classes are encouraged to state their policy concerning use of Zoom to make up absences in their syllabus to avoid confusion during the semester.

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

Last updated Oct. 8, 2021.

Management will continue to provide cleaning and disinfecting practices. HEPA filter units are installed in every classroom on the Cape Girardeau, River Campus and Regional Campuses.

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. 

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

The Resident Handbook has been updated to include COVID-19 guidance. This handbook is available on Residence Life's site.

Residential students who are being tested for possible COVID-19 exposure and required to quarantine or isolate because of a confirmed COVID-19 test will be provided a room in Dearmont Hall. Students in Dearmont Hall will have their meals delivered to them and will have access to other University services such as laundry, cable and Wi-Fi. 

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

University Travel

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

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

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

Effective Fall 2021, 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 (

Southeast will not offer short-term faculty-led programs through the end of the Spring 2022 semester.  Faculty members interested in leading future programs are encouraged to begin planning and proposing programs with travel in Summer 2022 or beyond.

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


Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

Awareness of Symptoms

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

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.

Students with symptoms should notify their instructors, complete the Person Under Investigation Questionnaire (PUI) and contact:

Faculty and staff with symptoms should notify their supervisor, complete the Person Under Investigation Questionnaire (PUI) and contact:

  • Director of Human Resources Alissa Davis / (573) 651-2081 /

Students, faculty and staff should follow the community health protocols recommended by the University and established by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center (CGCPHC). Once the PUI form is completed, a contact tracer will reach out to each individual to discuss quarantine and isolation protocols.


Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

For information on COVID-19 testing dates and locations in Cape Girardeau County visit the Keep Cape Strong website. COVID-19 testing is available to faculty, staff and students at the Campus Health Clinic. Call (573) 651-2270 to schedule an appointment.

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.

Contact Tracing

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

When a positive case is identified, contact tracings will be performed by both the CGCPHC and the University’s contact tracers. Tracing reports performed by the University will be forwarded to the CGCPHC

Close Contact and Positive Cases

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021.

Unvaccinated individuals that have had a close contact with a positive case or tests positive for COVID-19 need to follow the community health protocols recommended by the CGCPHC and the University on self-isolation and quarantine, which are noted below.

The length of an isolation or quarantine period is determined by the CDC and the CGCPHC and is also reflected in the guidance below.

Quarantine begins when an unvaccinated individual has had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who have had a close contact must spend 10 days watching for symptoms to develop while limiting public and social activity, per CGCPHC guidance. A negative test result does not end a 10-day quarantine.

During quarantine, individuals should stay in their home or living quarters and limit exposure to others. It is important that quarantined individuals:

  • Do not attend public activities.
  • Do not travel.
  • Monitor their health on a daily basis.

If an individual begins exhibiting symptoms, they should contact their physician, get a COVID-19 test and begin following isolation guidelines.

Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine when they have had a close contact with someone who has tested positive if they are not exhibiting any symptoms, per the CGCPHC. If a vaccinated individual begins exhibiting symptoms, they should contact their physician, get a COVID-19 test and begin following isolation guidelines.

Isolation guidelines apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and begins when an individual becomes sick, has tested positive or if they have been diagnosed as presumed positive and have been advised to stay away from others. Isolation guidelines are available on the CDC website quarantine and isolation page.

Isolation ends when the following two conditions are met:  10 days since symptom onset or a positive test result and a 24-hour symptom free period without the use of fever reducing medication.

Students who test positive should notify their instructors immediately, complete the Person Under Investigation Questionnaire (PUI) and notify:

Faculty and staff who test positive should notify their supervisor, complete the Person Under Investigation Questionnaire (PUI) and contact:

  • Director of Human Resources Alissa Davis / (573) 651-2081 /

Last updated Sept. 29, 2021.

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 Aug. 16, 2021.

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

Jeremy Gray, Emergency Management Director

Kathy Harper, Director of University Communications

Dr. Doug Koch, Vice Provost

Dr. Kimberly Louie, Vice Chair Faculty Senate

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

Angela Meyer, Director of Facilities Management

Joel Philpott, Student Government Association

Michelle Queiser, Communications Specialist

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, Director of University Marketing