Missouri Western President Matthew Wilson sent an email out to faculty and students announcing new plans for how the university will run in the fall semester due to COVID-19.
The university has decided that classes will begin on Monday, August 17 and will conclude for the semester by Thanksgiving. Several other universities across the nation have announced similar plans.
By making this switch, Wilson stated in an email that “this approach offers us the best option to help protect the health and safety of the campus community while providing a quality and accessible education.” Wilson asks that everyone remains flexible and he apologizes for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
New student mmove-iin will now be August 11-12 by appointment. Returning sstudent move-in will be August 13-16 by appointment. Griffon Edge will occur August 13-15. On campus Instruction will end the week of November 16. Finals will take place between Friday, November 20-Wednesday, November 25.
The university plans to follow CDC guidelines as much as possible as everyone returns to campus in the fall. Some of the precautions include changing class sizes, in-person and online classes, wearing face coverings, and more.
In a press release sent out from the university, Wilson said that with the Chiefs canceling training camp, there is more flexibility to make these changes.
“Unfortunately, we realize that the continued spread of COVID-19 will remain unpredictable for many months and that we need to remain flexible for the foreseeable future,” Wilson said in his email. “After considerable discussion with faculty, staff and student leaders, we are joining with other universities that have announced early starts to their fall semesters in an effort to hopefully avoid the unpredictable and best serve our students.”
Members of the MWSU campus community can find Wilson’s email that was sent out this evening with more detailed information.
Griffon News plans to have an updated article soon.