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Feb 02, 2022

Campus Mask Policy: Encouraged, not required

2022-02-18T15:43:38-06:00February 18th, 2022|

Effective immediately, face coverings are encouraged but no longer required in all indoor public spaces.  This University masking policy change reflects several indicators reviewed by the COVID-19 Response Team every week. We’ve seen both the positivity rates and the number of positive cases decline on campus and for Buchanan county. Additionally, we’ve seen the same [...]

May 05, 2021

Campus mask, physical distancing adjustments

2021-05-14T16:40:30-05:00May 14th, 2021|

A message from Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western president: Greetings, As you probably saw in the news, the CDC has updated its guidance regarding face coverings and physical distancing for those who have been fully vaccinated. In accordance with these changes, we are updating our face covering policy and our physical distancing policy. Briefly, effective [...]

Apr 04, 2021

COVID-19 protocol adjustments

2021-04-12T18:44:25-05:00April 12th, 2021|

As promised, the COVID response team met April 9, two weeks following the end of Spring Break, to review the data and consider changes to our COVID-19 safety protocols. We are very encouraged that the number of cases on campus remains low. Thank you for all that you have done to help contain the pandemic. [...]

Apr 04, 2021

Buchanan County COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

2021-04-08T11:22:51-05:00April 8th, 2021|

Courtesy of the City of St. Joseph Health Department. Individuals must fall within the state’s current vaccination priority phases. Visit On April 9th, all remaining Missourians become eligible for vaccine. Please note that these locations are not guaranteed to have vaccines available at all times. Please visit their websites or call for more details. [...]

Mar 03, 2021

Continuation of COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Mask Requirement

2021-03-23T17:24:30-05:00March 23rd, 2021|

A message from Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western president: Campus community, I want to thank all students, faculty and staff for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the Missouri Western community. Because of your concern for others, we have thus far avoided any major outbreaks of COVID-19 and have been able [...]

Mar 03, 2021

Vaccination Eligibility for the MWSU Community

2021-03-22T11:38:10-05:00March 22nd, 2021|

Good news! Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced March 18 that Missouri will activate Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on March 29. Phase 2 includes higher education, so any Missouri Western employees (including student workers) who did not qualify as part of Phase 1 will be eligible by the end of the month.The [...]

Jan 01, 2021

Vaccine Information for Students

2022-01-07T14:25:53-06:00January 22nd, 2021|

Mosaic Life Care and the City of St. Joseph have partnered to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to northwest Missouri residents as supply allows. Online registration for the northwest Missouri COVID-19 vaccine opened today for eligible members of the public at All appointments for this week are currently full, but check back with the website above [...]

Jan 01, 2021

Vaccination Update for Employees

2022-01-07T14:25:53-06:00January 22nd, 2021|

We very much appreciate the quick response from employees to the vaccine survey we sent out this week. As we said in that email, this is an ever-evolving situation. At the time, we thought that we would be coordinating vaccines for our employees as they became available, but Mosaic Life Care and the City of [...]

Oct 10, 2020

How is MWSU making decisions related to COVID-19?

2021-03-02T16:04:20-06:00October 13th, 2020|

Missouri Western State University will be guided by the best available science-based evidence and expert recommendations to make informed decisions about on-campus activities. The incidence of COVID-19 on campus and in our community, the availability of resources for responding to the illness, as well as key resources to continue providing quality education and applied learning [...]

Oct 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update

2020-10-13T09:28:58-05:00October 9th, 2020|

Good afternoon, As we begin our weekend, I wanted to provide you with a brief update on COVID-19. The total number of MWSU students and employees with COVID-19 reported earlier today in our campus community was eight (8) individuals, all are isolating off campus. Although this number may seem lower than last week, I would like [...]