Message from the Chancellor and the Provost Regarding the Coronavirus

Dear university community,

Due to global concerns about the new coronavirus, the University of Missouri is prohibiting all university-sponsored travel to China, including trips that faculty and staff make with and without students.

No new university-sponsored travel for faculty or staff will be approved to China until further notice. Any already approved faculty or staff trips will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Associate Provost Chris Riley-Tillman about those cases, as needed.

Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we also recommend all members of the university community avoid leisure travel to China until travel restrictions are lifted.

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that was first identified in December in Wuhan, China. To date, there have been no reported cases of the virus that have any connection to Mizzou or the state of Missouri. The immediate health risk to the American public is considered low at this time, but we will remain vigilant and monitor this closely.

Signs and symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you traveled to Wuhan recently or have been in contact with someone who may have traveled there recently and you feel sick, please seek medical care immediately. If you experience symptoms, please contact your primary care provider to discuss your health and travel history. Before visiting a health care provider in person, it is recommended that individuals discuss their concerns over the phone.

The latest health information on the coronavirus can be found here.


Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD, Chancellor

Latha Ramchand, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs