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 Aug. 18, 2020

Letter to Students from President Vargas

Hello Redhawks!

It is good to have you back. We are very excited to have you here and we are looking forward to a great semester.

This semester will require personal responsibility from each of us in ways we have never asked of you before. We know the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to follow standard best practices.

Guidance to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

To guide you on ways to keep each other safe, we developed a comprehensive Protect the Nest Campus Return Plan which was shared with you this summer. If you haven’t yet read that plan, I urge you to do so. As we learn more about the best practices to manage COVID-19, this plan will be updated, so please read all updates as they become available.

In addition, we have developed several informational videos to share with you best practices and expectations, information about campus services, and guidance for hosting student events on and off campus.

Protect the Nest
Campus Service
Student Involvement

Keeping you and our faculty and staff safe means we must all hold one another accountable. Please watch the videos and adhere to the guidance included in the Protect the Nest Plan.

Protect the Nest Kits Available

We are distributing Protect the Nest kits to all students, faculty and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The kits for students are available at the following locations:

  • Residence hall students will receive a kit during the move-in process.
  • Cape Girardeau campus students can pick-up a kit at the Center for Student Involvement, 204 University Center or the Dobbins River Campus Center Information Desk.
  • Students attending the Kennett, Poplar Bluff or Sikeston locations, or the Cape College Center can obtain a kit from the administrative offices at these locations

The Protect the Nest kit includes two cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and guidance for how to complete a daily symptom check. With everyone’s efforts and dedication, we can limit the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our community healthy.

On- and Off-Campus Gatherings

The college experience involves a degree of socialization, so we understand that this guidance is going to be difficult. At this time, there is no federal, state, or local limit on the number of persons who can gather at one time. To date, the University has not established a maximum gathering size, though many events including Redhawks athletics competitions will not be held this fall; and room capacities on campus have been reduced significantly.

We know that COVID-19 spreads when groups gather. Consequently, the same guidelines noted in the Protect the Nest Plan apply to off-campus gatherings:

  • wear a face covering,
  • maintain at least 6’ social distance, and
  • do not attend a gathering if you are symptomatic. Additionally, never share food or drinks.

Code of Student Conduct

Students and/or student organizations who intentionally disregard this guidance will be subject to the conduct process. To maintain campus safety and operations, we will address these behaviors swiftly when we receive reports of student gatherings that do not follow these guidelines.

Please do your part to maintain the health of our community.

Go Redhawks!

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


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Campus Advisories and Announcements

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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