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Jan. 6, 2022

COVID-19 update for Spring 2022 semester

As we enter into the new year, it’s evident that COVID is not being left behind. Cases across the country and in Boone County are shattering records.

While the Omicron variant does not seem to cause severe illness in most cases, it does spread much more easily. The CDC suggests certain isolation and quarantine periods and Columbia College strives to abide as closely to the guidelines as possible. Large numbers of students in isolation or quarantine will quickly overwhelm the infrastructure we have in place to support students in isolation and quarantine. By limiting the people on campus to those who absolutely must be here, we can mitigate risk while providing necessary educational and co-curricular experiences.

Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to return to a partially virtual environment starting Monday, January 10, through Friday, January 28, 2022. Classes will be held virtually at all locations, with the exception of classes with a required in-seat component such as labs, clinical experiences, student teaching or internships. Students will be required to attend the in-seat component of such classes in person. Student-athletes or residential students enrolled in classes with in-seat requirements are required to move back into the residence halls on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Staff who have responsibilities that require them to be in person will also be required to be on campus.

Residential student move-in for all students will be postponed from Saturday, January 8, to Saturday, January 29. The intention is to allow the post-holiday surge to peak and subside before bringing everyone back to campus.

The COVID-19 Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide regular recommendations to senior leadership, and the college community can expect further updates by Friday, January 21, 2022.

Decisions such as this are difficult to make. Our priority is always the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. It is everyone’s desire to return to normalcy as soon as feasible.

A list of courses with in-seat components is available. If you are enrolled in one of those courses for Spring Semester or Spring 1 Session, you would need to attend those specific courses in-seat. All of the other courses not listed will meet virtually.

Students who are required to attend in-seat, but who no longer wish to be in the course can choose to drop the course prior to the start of classes.

Yes, for those students who will not be moving into to residence halls until January 29, room and board charges will be prorated to reflect the new move-in date. Students who will be living on-campus due to required in-seat attendance will be charged the normal housing rate for moving in on the weekend of January 8.

Yes, please contact Residential Life to request to move in at the later date. Once the decision is made, students are not able to move into the residence halls prior to January 29 if they change their minds later. Likewise, once a student moves in on the weekend of January 8, they will be charged room and board for the full semester.

No, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on-campus, only those students who are required to attend in-seat classes or are otherwise required for a specific affiliation will be allowed to move into the residence halls.

Students should contact their supervisor to discuss further. Residential students will not be able to move into the residence halls solely for the purpose of campus or local employment.

Masks continue to be strongly encouraged, however at this time, they are only required in the classroom and in meeting rooms where 6 feet of distance is not possible. This will be re-evaluated as necessary.

Vaccines continued to be strongly encouraged. Nursing students and faculty have different vaccination requirements; please contact the nursing department if you have any questions. The CDC has recently updated its definition of being fully vaccinated (below). We encourage you to upload your vaccine information and instructions to do so are attached.

  1. A “fully vaccinated” individual is a person who has received the booster shot or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months or completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months.

Currently there is no requirement to show proof of a negative test to return to campus. If this changes, we will notify students in advance.

Visitors who are considered essential, such as prospective students on admissions visits, may be allowed. By not having others on campus, it will mitigate the risk of exposure. Optional visits and events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

As with many things related to this virus, this is a moving target that is dictated partially by the American Midwest Conference and the NAIA. We are monitoring fan attendance and will update that as we know more.

They will share the same restrictions as all students. International students with specific questions should contact International Student Services at (573) 875-2756.

All CC Global locations will hold classes virtually during this timeframe and should continue to follow their local and state health guidelines. Science labs at CC Global locations will continue to meet in-seat.

There will be no impact to classes in our Online Program. Students using proctoring services at CC Global locations and testing centers should contact their location to ensure they will be able to use these services.

Below is a list of several departments who will be able to answer questions you have regarding specific needs. If you are unsure who to contact, please call Student Affairs at (573) 875-7400.

Question Campus resources Phone numbers and email addresses
If you are symptomatic, have been diagnosed with COVID, or are a close contact Student Health Services (573) 875-7423 /
General questions and information Student Affairs (573) 875-7400 /
Questions about housing or meal plan Residential Life (573) 875-7450 /
Questions regarding athletic play or related events Athletics (573) 875-7433 /
Billing and registration questions Enrollment Service Center (573) 875-7252 /
Specific questions regarding International students International Student Services (573) 875-2756 /
Questions regarding academic advising or changing classes Please contact your advisor. Please use CougarTrack to find your advisors contact information.

General Directory Or log in to CougarTrack and use the Directory function in the top right-hand corner to find contact information for other offices or faculty.

We will continue with ongoing evaluation and assessment as more information becomes available. It’s our desire to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience, hard work and flexibility as we navigate this continually changing landscape, and please stay well.

Dave Roberts
Dean of Student Affairs
Columbia College