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Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani sent the following message to the campus community on Aug. 28:
Distinguished colleagues and dear friends,
Congratulations and my thanks to all of you for the successful launch of the fall semester. We had over 7,500 students enrolled as of Monday, the first day of classes. As I walk around campus, I’m encouraged to see so many of our students, faculty and staff taking the necessary measures to keep our campus safe. I’m also encouraged by the great energy and excitement among you as we begin this, the most unusual of semesters any of us have ever experienced. Thank you for continuing to follow the safety protocols to slow the spread of the virus.
With the continued rise in cases statewide, nationwide and locally, there’s little doubt that COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while. That’s why we are adjusting our strategy to manage COVID-19. With 21 confirmed cases now reported on campus, this is no time to ease up on our safety measures. Even though our confirmed case number is remarkably small in comparison to many other campuses in the state that have 10 or 20 times as many, I strongly encourage you to heed the advice of Dr. Goodman, our chief medical officer so that we can defeat this dangerous disease.
In addition, here’s what else we are doing to help keep the campus community safe and informed:
Stay here and stay safe
Finally, as we conclude the first week of the semester, I again want to thank and congratulate all of you for your efforts to make this university a safe environment to learn, to live, to teach and to work. As we approach the weekend, which is traditionally a time to unwind a bit, I implore all of us – students, faculty and staff – to stay in Rolla this weekend (or for those of you who live out of town, whichever community you call home) and stay safe. The more we can limit unnecessary travel, the safer we all will be, and the greater our chances of continued success. Help us remain insular; we owe it to ourselves and our families, we owe it to our university and we owe it to our community.