COVID-19 and Studying Abroad

Missouri S&T’s travel guidelines have recently been updated. For more information, visit: https://coronavirus.mst.edu/travel-guidance/.

 

Updates Regarding 2020-2021 Study Abroad Programs

The university is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 developments and consider the health, safety, and security of our students. After evaluating the recommendations and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and guidance from the UM System, the difficult decision was made to cancel fall 2020 and spring 2021 outbound study abroad programs.  

The Missouri S&T Coronavirus Information page includes travel guidance for students, faculty and staff. Missouri S&T policies operate in accordance with the Guidelines for University of Missouri Related International Programs  and UM System Guideline on Student or Other Participant International Travel or Study Abroad.

Students requesting to travel internationally and faculty who accompany them must submit a travel request through the Student International Travel, Risk Assessment and Safety (SITRAS) Committee.

Students wishing to delay their study abroad experience or pursue a virtual study abroad program should contact the Study Abroad Coordinator at studyabroad@mst.edu.

Students Abroad

At this time, students have the option of requesting an exemption to travel internationally from the Travel, Risk Assessment, and Safety (TRAS) committee. If you are requesting an exemption to study abroad, please consider your current situation and, together with your families and support networks, make a decision that best supports your personal and educational goals. 

Should a travel exemption be granted for study abroad, please notify studyabroad@mst.edu of the following:

  • Status of host-university (courses moved online, change in academic calendar, Pass/Fail policies, etc.)
  • Flight itinerary for arrival to host country
  • Flight itineraries for any side trips outside host country
  • Flight itinerary for return trip to U.S. at end of exchange program

You are strongly encouraged to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing the spread of respiratory disease. This information is available on the Missouri S&T Coronavirus website

Students Returning to U.S. from Semester Abroad

All study abroad students returning to the United States from abroad should review the International Affairs COVID-19 Updates webpage for up-to-date requirements for international travelers. 

  • Please notify studyabroad@mst.edu of the following:
    • Planned date of return
    • Flight itinerary
    • After your return to the U.S., where do you plan to stay (town, county, state)
  • For on campus housing assistance upon your return, please notify studyabroad@mst.edu and we will assist with making housing availble while you self-monitor for the required 14-day period.
  • For questions about classes or transfer credit, please contact Phaze Roeder at studyabroad@mst.edu.
  • Email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902 with your plans to return to campus following your semester abroad. They will provide you with the most up-to-date guidance related to COVID-19. 

Steps to Take

Students may request an exemption to travel restrictions by contacting the Travel, Risk Assessment, and Safety Committee (TRAS).  Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students wishing to delay their study abroad experience or pursue a virtual study abroad program should contact the Study Abroad Coordinator at studyabroad@mst.edu.

Notify your local health department ASAP that you have returned to the U.S. and that you are in a self-monitoring status.

If you need assistance in identifying your local health department please contact Student Health Services at mstshs@mst.edu. This step must be completed.

Keep a detailed record of your travel history from the time you left your host country.  This includes flight numbers, times, delays, and any screening that occurred in your route.

Notify Dr. Dennis Goodman, S&T Chief Medical Officer, at dgoodman@mst.eduIMMEDIATELY of your arrival and your location.

Current information is available at coronavirus.mst.edu.

Students should do the following:

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Contact your personal health care provider to set up an appointment for after the 14th day of self-monitoring for medical clearance.
  • Please do not take any visitors.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
    • People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Then immediately wash your hands, as instructed below.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items (cups, dishes, utensils, toothbrush, towels, etc.).
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces such as doorknobs, remote controls, counter tops, bathrooms or any other shared areas at least daily with a disinfectant spray or wipes.
  • Monitor your symptoms, including your temperature, morning and night. Best practice is to record your temperature and symptoms twice daily to see if there are any trends or patterns. Bring this document to your health care provider when seeking clearance.
  • A sample monitoring record is available for you to use.

Please contact your home healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms:

    • Fever greater than 100.4 F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Call ahead before visiting your provider for instructions on how to be treated
  • Wear a facemask when visiting your medical provider and call ahead
  • You will need medical clearance after the 14 day period
  • Testing is valuable if it is available in your area