COVID-19 Information

See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at semo.edu/covid19.

 

CORONAVIRUS (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

Vaccinations:

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.

On-campus Vaccination Events

Vaccination opportunities are being planned to give Southeast faculty, staff and students convenient access to protect themselves.

Below are opportunities confirmed so far. Unless otherwise noted, these are walk-in clinics and no appointment is necessary:

DATE LOCATION AVAILABLE VACCINES
Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge 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  Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge  Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge  Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson 

Check semo.edu/covid frequently as more vaccination opportunities are finalized.

In addition to campus events, vaccinations are offered by several local medical facilities and pharmacies. Find locations through the Missouri’s Vaccine Finder website.

Redhawk Vaccine Incentive Program

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. 

Submit Your Vaccine Card

 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.

Latest News


As of Sept. 17, 2021

Dear Students,

Over the last 18 months the University has been able to provide direct aid to many students who have experienced significant challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance was made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) I and II. Information on new assistance (HEERF III) for students is below.

As you may know, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a federal stimulus package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed into law on March 11, 2021. A portion of the ARP provides funding to support students at institutions of higher education in covering unexpected expenses due to COVID-19. Southeast received $10.4 million in HEERF III funds to distribute directly to students. This amount is based on a formula in the ARP and funds are provided through the U.S. Department of Education.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, funds will be distributed to students, with the exception of dual credit and pre-college, using an institutional formula that takes into account need and enrollment intensity (number of credit hours) as of Sept. 1, 2021. The formula ensures as many students as possible benefit from HEERF III. To view more details about this and other COVID-19 relief funding, visit Student Financial Servies COVID Relief page.

You do not need to do anything to receive these funds. However, a couple of notes:

  • To ensure you receive your funds quickly, make sure you have signed up for direct deposit. You will need to sign-up for direct deposit by Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. to receive your funds in this manner. Please note that once distribution begins, it can take 2-3 days for the funds to show up in your account.
  • If you are not set-up for direct deposit, Student Financial Services will mail a check to the permanent residence address on file for you.
  • International students, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit otherwise a check may be mailed to the permanent address in your home country.
  • HEERF III funds are not like other refunds or financial aid. Funds will not be applied to any outstanding charges on your account.

It is my sincere hope that this aid will help ease some of the stress, burdens, and other challenges many of you have faced during the pandemic.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Good luck in your studies this semester.

Sincerely,

Dr. 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.

News

Southeast to Distribute $10.4 Million in Direct Student Aid from American Rescue Plan

Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Carlos Vargas emailed students today letting them know the University will be distributing $10.4 million in direct aid to them starting on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The American Rescue Plan (ARP), a federal stimulus package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed into law on March 11, 2021. A portion [...]


Southeast Hosting Vaccination Clinics This Fall

Achieving high rates of vaccination is important both for reducing COVID-19 spread as well as making it possible for the university to return to normal campus activities and events. A video message from Dr. Vargas was shared with students earlier this week. If you have questions or are unsure about the vaccine, we encourage you [...]


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. [...]



MORE NEWS

Campus Advisories and Announcements

9-17-21 Message to Students from President Vargas
9-15-21 Message to Campus Community from President Vargas

8-26-21 Message to Students from President Vargas

8-26-21 Message to Faculty and Staff from President Vargas
8-16-21 Message to Campus Community from President Vargas

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

Contact

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