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Jeanie Hofer, associate provost for international affairs, sent the following
message to international students and scholars at S&T on Feb. 17:
As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a significant public health concern worldwide. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus among the S&T population and no confirmed cases in Missouri, our international students and scholars may have friends, family, and colleagues abroad who have been negatively impacted.
We want you to know that we share your concerns and offer our support. There are many resources across campus that can help alleviate the anxiety or stress you may be feeling.
The university administration is closely monitoring the situation. Because it is continually developing, we recommend you stay up to date on the most accurate information through these online resources.
As you start making plans for Spring Break, please keep any travel restrictions in mind and ensure that your I-20 or DS-2019 end date will allow ample time for you to remain in the U.S. until travel restrictions have ceased. Please speak with the Office of International Affairs regarding a request for extension if necessary.
We admire the efforts of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) at Missouri S&T. They have already raised approximately $4,200 to help those impacted in the Hubei Province.
Please know that we care about each and every one of you and value the rich cultural diversity that you bring to our campus and our community. Please feel free to reach out to our office if you need support.
With warmest regards,
Associate Provost for Office of International Affairs