Missouri State University President Clif Smart Previews What Students Can Expect When Moving In For Fall Semester

Move-in week for students at Missouri State University is August 18-21, 2021.

MSU President Clif Smart tells KWTO’s Bonnie Bell even with the surge in COVID-19 cases in the area, he’s expecting about a 90% normal fall semester.

Smart says the big difference between this fall and the fall of 2020? Smart says it’s the vaccine:

Smart says while vaccinations are not required for employees of the university, more than 80% of staff has already had shots.

And what about mandatory masking? Smart says with protocol changing almost daily, leaders remain undecided on requiring students to wear masks.

The university says every student moving into a residence hall must meet one of four COVID-19 related criteria to check in:

  1. Be fully vaccinated at the time of check-in.
  2. Been diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of check-in.
  3. Have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival with a PCR test.
  4. Anyone not meeting the above criteria WILL be tested by the university as part of the move-in process at no cost to the student. Upon arrival, those students will be directed to an area for testing.

To hear Bonnie’s complete interview with MSU President Clif Smart, listen to 93-3 and AM 560 KWTO this Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. for “Watching the Ozarks with Bonnie Bell.”

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