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


15,410 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered through community vaccination events hosted at the Show Me Center and Student Recreation Center on Southeast’s campus.

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.

How To Find A Vaccination Event Near You

There are many online resources for vaccinations. First and foremost, we encourage you to use the Missouri COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator to learn more and to determine your comfort level with receiving the vaccine. This state of Missouri resource includes vaccine information and guidance to sign up for vaccine clinics in your area.

In addition, you can register for a vaccine using one of the websites listed below:

Latest News

As of May 18, 2021

Dear Redhawk Community,

It has been over a year since we began the long journey of implementing and practicing numerous COVID-19 safety protocols. Although it has been challenging, we had a safe, strong, and successful academic year! This is in large part due to the adherence to safety protocols that I am proud to say you embraced wholeheartedly. I thank all of you for your contributions to this effort.

Cape Girardeau County’s positivity rates and active case counts have consistently remained low since early March 2021, resulting in the county recently rescinding its face covering order. On May 13, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a further easing of mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Given the low numbers of positive cases both on campus and in the region, and open access to the COVID-19 vaccine, we will adjust the Protect the Nest guidelines for the summer semester, effective May 19 through August 13, 2021. Guidelines for the fall 2021 semester will be established at a later date. For summer 2021,

  • Social distancing limitations will be reduced from six (6) feet to three (3) feet indoors.
  • Face coverings requirements are suspended for the summer semester, with the following exceptions:
    • Face covering requirements in face-to-face classes during the remainder of the summer sessions will be a classroom management determination of the faculty teaching that specific class. Students are expected to adhere to the classroom guidance provided by the faculty member.
    • Face coverings may be required for some summer camps, conferences, and University events. Please contact the camp or event administrator for details.

Everyone is asked to be respectful and mindful of individuals who may not be comfortable having interactions on campus without the use of face coverings by wearing your mask. The continued use of plexiglass shields, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray is also still strongly encouraged.

In addition to the changes noted above, the following changes will take effect May 19.

  • We will resume accepting reservations from external groups to use campus facilities.
  • Faculty, staff, and students may participate in out-of-state business-related travel, in accordance with COVID-19 travel restriction for your destination. See the Protect the Nest Plan for more information.

We continue to examine the CDC guidelines and coordinate with the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Emergency Response Team will continue to meet this summer to monitor pandemic case numbers and discuss plans for the fall semester.

Additionally, we recognize that the COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the virus’ spread. Consequently, we recommend that students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus consider getting vaccinated for the safety and well-being of our community. See the Protect the Nest Plan for more guidance on how to register for a vaccine.

Best wishes for a great summer, and we look forward to seeing all of you on campus next fall!


Carlos Vargas

Southeast 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


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Campus Advisories and Announcements

5-18-21 Message to Faculty and Staff from Dr. Vargas - PTN Updates
4-9-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas
3-31-21 Vaccination Clinic for Southeast Students on April 7

3-11-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

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


Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701