Students return to S&T for final summer session, pre-college program

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On July 14, 2020

Norwood Hall

Norwood Hall on the Missouri S&T campus. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T will welcome about 75 students to campus starting Sunday, July 19, for the final summer session of classes and a summer program for first-year students called Hit the Ground Running (HGR). Missouri S&T also will have new practices in place to reduce the potential impact of COVID-19.

HGR is Missouri S&T’s summer bridge program for incoming first-year students. The program gives students a four-week head start on their college experience with a combination of online and in-person instruction.

The 49 students in HGR will learn about undergraduate research, team building and leadership. They also will receive course credit in chemistry, mathematics, English and student success. HGR runs Sunday, July 19, through Friday, Aug. 14. Several students and staff serve as program instructors, advisors and mentors.

Missouri S&T’s fourth and final summer session runs Monday, July 20, through Friday, Aug. 14. A total of 79 students are enrolled for that session, but only 26 of them will be taking courses on campus. The other 53 will take courses online. Ten faculty will be teaching the courses, either on campus or remotely.

The fall semester will begin Monday, Aug. 24, as planned, but courses may be delivered online, in-person or as hybrid courses that combine in-person and online instruction.

New precautions in place

To prepare for next week’s arrival of students, Missouri S&T officials have adopted several new practices to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. These practices include:

  • Screening all students as they come to campus.
  • Recommending all students self-quarantine at home 14 days prior to coming to campus.
  • Requiring an additional seven-day on-campus quarantine for all students living in residence halls or other university-approved housing, such as fraternities and sororities and the Christian Campus House.
  • Testing for students who may exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever or cough, and isolation if necessary.
  • A requirement for all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings in classrooms, labs, common areas or locations where physical distancing of six feet or more is not possible. Instructors will wear face shields in classrooms to better accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • On-site temperature-taking at high-traffic, high-gathering areas.
  • Reconfigured classrooms and meeting spaces to address physical distancing (social distancing) issues and allow for smaller gatherings.
  • Signage and educational information to help students, faculty, staff and visitors limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of frequently used areas.

All students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to take the Miner Pledge to indicate their commitment to protect themselves, their campus and the community by following best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Further planning for the fall semester

As Missouri S&T moves forward with plans to open campus by Aug. 24, the university is taking additional precautions. They include:

  • Extended time for students to move in to their residence halls, fraternity or sorority houses, or other housing between Saturday, Aug. 15, and Monday, Aug. 17.
  • Adjustments to Opening Week, the one-week orientation for first-year and transfer students, to minimize exposure. This includes moving some activities to an online environment and reducing the number of students involved in projects and programming. Opening Week, or “O Week,” is held the week before the start of the semester.
  • Fourteen days of self-quarantine for returning students from different parts of the country or from abroad.

For more information about the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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