COVID-19 Information

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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.

Fall Classes:

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

Latest News

As of Oct. 30, 2020

Video Message to Campus Community from President Vargas

I hope you have been enjoying some of the Spirit Week activities. It is good to see the Redhawk spirit is alive and well.

As we approach our final weeks on campus this semester, I thank you and want to remind you of some important things. Since our in-person activities are limited, I made this video for you.

Thanks again for the daily sacrifices and changes you have made to keep our Redhawk community safe with the Protect the Nest plan. Your efforts are making a difference. Let's work together to remain vigilant.

Carlos Vargas
University President

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’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, [...]

Southeast’s Family Weekend, Homecoming Festivities Canceled; Alternatives Being Explored

Family Weekend and Homecoming Festivities – two of Southeast Missouri State University’s signature fall traditions – are being canceled this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the announcement last week that football games scheduled for both weekends were canceled as a result of the Ohio Valley Conference’s decision to postpone fall competition and [...]

OVC Postpones Fall Sport Competitions and Championships

The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Board of Presidents announced that fall competition and championships in the sports of football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed due to the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision also includes the fall competitive schedules for men’s and women’s golf and [...]


Campus Advisories and Announcements

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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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701