COVID-19 Information

See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of University contact information at



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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 Update

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.

Spring Classes:

Southeast is holding in-person classes and has made updates to the spring academic calendar. Additional online and flexible course offerings are also available.

Latest News

As of January 22, 2021

Dear Redhawk Community,

I hope everyone enjoyed their winter break. On Monday we begin a new semester, and we will all be back on campus together.

Welcome back! I always look forward to everyone returning to campus. We have such a strong and resilient community and you have demonstrated that day after day over the past year. I am so proud of how we have taken care of each other and protected one another during these challenging times.

As we all return to campus, I want to provide some updates and reminders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Face coverings are required on campus and social distancing guidelines are still in place.

The Protect the Nest plan has been updated. Every section has been updated or reviewed, and we have even added some new sections. Here are some highlights:

  • A vaccine information section was added. It has links to key state and local resources and general information about the vaccination process. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.
  • There is a Spring 2021 checklist for students on things they should do to prepare for the new semester, such as making sure your emergency contact information is up to date.
  • I ask that everyone (faculty, staff and students) become familiar with the Face-to-Face instructional Guidelines for Spring 2021. It is important that all of us know, understand and follow these guidelines so we can continue to have live classes on campus.

Guidance and information about COVID-19 has been voluminous and rapidly changing in the new year. It is a constant challenge trying to determine how much information to share and when in such a dynamic environment. Our approach to dealing with this challenge is to:

  • Have a single source of information available 24/7, which is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information section of our website. The Protect the Next plan, our COVID-19 dashboard, latest news and an archive of communications are just a few of the things found here.
  • Refer to and stay in contact with experts. Many of our communications have links to state and local websites. These sites are constantly updated by the experts and government entities charged with testing, vaccinations and other activities.
  • Balance communications so we do not overwhelm our community. Some of you may want more communication and some of you may want less. Know that I, our University's Emergency Response Team and other representatives from the University are meeting or discussing with state agencies and local entities about the safety and well-being of our campus community on a daily basis.

Thank you again for all that you have done and continue to do to keep the Redhawk community safe. I too have felt what has been referred to as “COVID fatigue.” However, we must remain vigilant. Vaccines are now available and being distributed across the country and within our community. I am hopeful and optimistic for the future. For now, we must stay the course and support each other.

I am so glad to have everyone back on campus and excited for the new Redhawks joining us. Let’s have a great semester.

President Vargas

Staying Healthy

Use healthy practices

Wash your hands for 40-60 seconds with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Maintain a six-foot distance from others and wear a face covering if you can’t. Cover your cough or sneeze.

Monitor your health

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

Stay informed

Southeast has a team working to create plans and guidelines to protect the health and well-being of our community. For more information, contact the task force team or email


Southeast Students, Faculty Support Local Vaccination Clinic

Twenty-five Southeast Missouri State University nursing students and faculty members volunteered to support the Friday, Jan. 29, vaccination clinic at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The clinic was hosted and organized by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and Missouri National Guard. Southeast students and faculty helped administer 1,848 vaccine doses. [...]

Southeast’s Special Collections and Archives to Release New Collection ‘Documenting the Pandemic’

Southeast Missouri State University’s Special Collections and Archives on Tuesday, Nov. 10 will unveil a new digital collection, “Documenting the Pandemic: Stories from Southeast,” which includes campus and community members’ experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To help build a vital historical narrative of what life was like for people in a pandemic world, Southeast students, [...]

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Campus Advisories and Announcements

2-19-21 Letter to Students from Provost
2-19-21 Letter to Faculty from Provost
1-22-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

10-30-20 Video Message to Campus Community from President Vargas

10-27-20 Letter to Faculty from Provost

10-2-20 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

9-26-20 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas
8-21-20 Letter to Students from the Dean of Students
8-20-20 Letter to Faculty, Staff from President Vargas

8-18-20 Letter to Students from President Vargas

8-14-20 OVC Postpones Fall Sport Competitions and Championships

7-20-20 Protect the Nest Guide

7-10-20 Face Coverings Required at Southeast Beginning July 13
6-23-20 Update to Students, Families from President Vargas
6-22-20 Update to Campus Community from President Vargas
5-27-20 Update from President Vargas
5-8-20 Student CARES Act Funding
5-8-20 Update from President Vargas
5-6-20 Spring 2020 Textbook Return Options, Information on Summer Texbooks, Course Materials
4-15-20 Provost's Letter to Students Regarding Grade Options
4-9-20 President Vargas Provides COVID-19 Updates
4-2-20 Letter to Greek Chapter Presidents
4-2-20 President Vargas Delivers Message Regarding Spring 2020 Commencement
3-30-20 Letter to Students from President Vargas
3-30-20 Opportunity to Request a Staff Mentor
3-26-20 Parking, Room and Board Fees Through Remainder of Spring Semester
3-22-20 Campus Update to Alumni from President Vargas
3 20-20  Letter to Illinois Residence Life Students
3-20-20 Transitioning to Telework and Limited On-Site Campus Presence
3-18-20 Greek Life Information
3-18-20 Housing Move-Out Information
3-18-20 Instruction, Campus Services Update
3-16-20 Letter from President Vargas
3-16-20 Employment Leave Guidelines
3-13-20 COVID-19 Campus Update
3-13-20 Letter to Deans, Department Chairs from Provost
3-13-20 Letter to Faculty from Provost
3-12-20 Southeast to Suspend In-Person Classes March 23-27
3-10-20 Preparedness Update
3-4-20: Travel Restrictions
1-29-20: General Coronavirus awareness information


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One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701