None of us expected to end the semester like this.
The office of student engagement (OSE) knows students need each other to succeed. How we do that will look different in the near future.
As you know, all in-person classes have moved to alternative delivery methods for the rest of the spring semester due to the Coronavirus disease outbreak in the United States and around the world. Additionally, all student organization events on campus are canceled for the semester effective March 17.
What does this mean for your organization?
Student organization events, meetings, alumni events, socials, formals, community service, philanthropic and ceremonial events should be canceled for the rest of the spring semester. This is a requirement to meet social distancing practices by staying 6 feet away from others.
All university-funded student organization travel is also canceled for the rest of the spring semester.
We’ll provide more information and guidance regularly.
Despite this setback, we know students can remain engaged and involved through the semester.
The OSE will be available for virtual meetings during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Tara Benson to schedule a meeting.
Things to do and think about the rest of this semester
Keep yourselves healthy
- Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for how to protect yourself from COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. (The Missouri State Fight Song is longer than 20 seconds.)
- Practice social distancing. You should stay home as much as possible. Do not go out unless you absolutely have to.
Stay in touch with your members
- The CampusLink platform is available for business such as elections or interviews.
- Host virtual group meetings.
- Cancel reservations and send postponed dates to the office of event and meeting services.
- Make cards for local care facilities or hospitals.
Be of service
- Connect with Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services if you or someone you know needs housing.
- Encourage members to connect with the Career Center and the Bear CLAW. Both offer online consultations.
- Continue to give awards and recognitions.
- Keep your social media accounts active with appropriate content. We’re in a new world where a lot of people are hurting. Be extra mindful of what you post.
Help students stay informed
- Share the university’s messages, letters to students and other content.
- Share engagement opportunities offered by:
Get resources from the OSE
Consult with an OSE staff member to determine the best path forward for your organization after spring break.
We will be available online to have meetings and consultations to determine what additional resources may be available for your organization.