Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

Harris-Stowe State University is actively monitoring the global spread of the novel coronavirus, which has caused outbreaks of respiratory disease (COVID-19) in numerous countries, including the United States. 

The health and well-being of our campus community is our top priority. This webpage is designed to keep members of the Harris-Stowe community informed about the public health situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Questions or feedback regarding the University's COVID-19 policies and procedures should be directed to the COVID-19 Task Force at:

HSSU's Spring 2021 Return-to-Campus Plan

Harris-Stowe State University has released its Spring 2021 Return-to-Campus Plan. Harris-Stowe will start the Spring semester one week later than originally scheduled on January 11, 2021.  In-person study will begin on February 1, 2021. There will be no Spring Break because the students are starting the Spring semester one week later to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Central aspects of the plan include: 

  • Academics: Harris-Stowe will offer three types of classes this spring.
    • Traditional-online:   Distance learning and consists of taking classes via the internet.  Students will attend class sessions remotely and complete assignments at their convenience by the instructor guidelines and assigned deadline.
    • Virtual-online:  With specific time of meeting for at least 50% of instruction.  This will be an expectation of video conference real-time interaction and engagement with instructor and between students.
    • Hybrid/Blended, at least 50% is virtual-online at specific time or traditional online (time not specified) with the remaining sessions at a specific time (in person for some students). Possibly other students would not be physically present on campus, but would be video conferencing with students on campus with the faculty.
  • Mask or Face Coverings:  As of July 1, students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face masks when entering campus buildings and in all public areas. The University will provide reusable face coverings to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Physical Distancing:  All community members are expected to follow recommendations regarding social/physical distancing (both inside and outside) of buildings. Classrooms and common areas have been reconfigured to apply with social distancing.  In addition, plexiglass, rope stanchions, and floor markers have been installed in student services and high traffic areas.
  • Enhanced Cleaning Protocols:  In compliance with guidelines from the CDC, the University has been and will continue to implement enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols across campus. Classrooms, offices, restrooms, residence halls, and common areas will all be cleaned daily. In addition, high-touch surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, railings, and public bathroom fixtures will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • Symptom Monitoring:  Community members are expected to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone (faculty, staff and/or students) who is symptomatic should remain home and should contact their healthcare providers.  The University will conduct daily temperature checks and health surveys for all employees as mandated by the City of St. Louis.
  • Housing:  All housing students will reside in single bed suites, and there will be one student in designated double-bed rooms to ensure social distancing. Four suites on the first floor of Gillespie Hall will serve as isolation rooms.

Click HERE to read the full Spring 2021 Return-to-Campus Plan.

What You Should Do

  • Avoid Travel to the Affected Areas: You should avoid all non-essential personal and business travel to the affected countries (China, South Korea, Japan and Northern Italy).
  • If you must travel to areas where the virus has been identified, be aware of the latest advisories, protocols and re-entry requirements from the U.S. State Department.
  • Anyone who must engage in personal travel to these areas should notify the Division of Student Affairs via email at .
  • Know the Facts: There is misinformation about the virus circulating. Make sure you have the facts by visiting these resources from the CDC: Share the Facts, Stop the Fear and Stigma Related to COVID-19.
  • Always Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of cold, flu and other illnesses.
  • Know the Symptoms: If you have traveled to any of the affected areas and believe you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at (314)340-5053.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following FAQs reflect Harris-Stowe’s current coronavirus policies and resources. We will continue to update our guidance and add to these FAQs as needed.

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