MU to move classes online after Thanksgiving as regional COVID-19 cases rise

The University of Missouri announced Thursday the majority of its in-person classes will go online temporarily after Thanksgiving break in response to rising COVID-19 case counts in mid-Missouri.

Mun Choi, MU chancellor and University of Missouri System president, said in a release that the majority of undergraduate and graduate classes will shift to remote learning for the final three weeks of the semester, including final exams.

The university’s break runs from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. Classes resume Nov. 30.

“We know this is disappointing news. We also know making adjustments to our plans this quickly won’t be easy,” Choi said in the release. “We chose to get this note out as quickly as possible so you could consider your personal plans, even before all specific campus plans are in place.”

Although the campus has faced a decrease of COVID-19 cases — active cases are down 80% since Labor Day, according to the release — the decision was made as cases continue to rise in Boone County.

Other universities across the state have also made adjustments to their teaching plans as case counts hit weekly records in Missouri. Washington University in St. Louis announced students who leave the region during Thanksgiving break will lose access to campus buildings, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, and St. Louis University will finish its classes before the break.

Details of MU’s remote learning plan are still being sorted out, but students who return home for Thanksgiving break are being encouraged not to come back to Columbia until the beginning of the spring semester in January.

Dining and residence halls will remain open for students, and some clinical classes will remain in person.

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