Southeast Missouri State University Officials Scale Back Their Protect the Nest Plan

University officials at Southeast Missouri State recently announced Southeast’s COVID-19 guidelines, called “Protect the Nest” are amended effective today. For the summer semester, indoor social distancing requirements are being reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet. In addition,  the university mandate for face masks  is being suspended with two exceptions.  * If a faculty member in a face-to-face class in the summer semester determines masks are needed, students are expected to abide by the decision of the instructor. The summer semester runs through August 13, 2021.

Face coverings may be required for some summer camps, conferences and university events, as per the decision of the camp or event administrator.

Officials say the university will resume ccepting reservations from outside groups who want to utilize campus facilities.  Such reservations were suspended during the height of COVID 19. In addition, faculty, staff and students can take part in out-of-state business-related travel, in accordance with the COVID guidelines of the destination, officials say. University officials cited local and national guidance for the new decisions on COVID protocols and the counties active case counts have consistently remained low since early March. Officials say COVID guidelines for the upcoming fall semester have not been finalized yet.



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