COVID-19 Information

See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of University contact information at



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Southeast Missouri State University is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our campus community. We’re working to monitor the coronavirus pandemic as we move forward in providing a quality academic experience and personal support for our students on campus.

Brief Update

Confirmed Cases:

Daily data on confirmed reported cases of students and employees.

COVID-19 Testing:

Information regarding testing, contact tracing, and what to do if you suspect you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has.

Spring Classes:

Southeast is holding in-person classes and has made updates to the spring academic calendar. Additional online and flexible course offerings are also available.

Latest News

As of April 9, 2021

Dear Redhawk Community,

Today is an important day for Missouri residents. Anyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That means all Southeast Missouri State University faculty, staff and students can receive the vaccine.

Over the past year, we have worked closely with the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center and other state and local entities to keep our community safe through the Protect the Nest Plan and other efforts. Most recently we have provided information on vaccination clinics and assisted the public health center in coordinating vaccination events at the Show Me Center and Student Recreation Center.

As you know, we are also making plans to return to normal, as much as possible, for the Fall 2021 semester. For example, classroom capacities are now set at pre-pandemic levels, and the course delivery modes offered are the same as before the pandemic. One way to keep this momentum going is to vaccinate as many members of our community as possible.

There are many online resources for vaccinations. First and foremost, we encourage you to use the Missouri COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator website to learn more and to determine your comfort level with receiving the vaccine. This state of Missouri resource includes vaccine information and guidance to sign up for vaccine clinics in your area. For more information, visit

In addition, you can register for a vaccine using one the websites listed below.

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center

Saint Francis Healthcare


VaccineFinder – There are multiple entities hosting vaccine clinics in Southeast Missouri. Enter your zip code to locate a vaccination site near you at

While we will continue to work with vaccine providers to offer additional on-campus clinics, when possible, you may find the community vaccination events listed here to be the most accessible in the next few weeks as the semester winds down.

Thank you again for your efforts over the past year to keep our community safe.


Carlos Vargas

Southeast President

Staying Healthy

Use healthy practices

Wash your hands for 40-60 seconds with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Maintain a six-foot distance from others and wear a face covering if you can’t. Cover your cough or sneeze.

Monitor your health

If you feel sick, stay home. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 provided by the CDC.

Stay informed

Southeast has a team working to create plans and guidelines to protect the health and well-being of our community. For more information, contact the task force team or email


Southeast Students, Faculty Support Local Vaccination Clinic

Twenty-five Southeast Missouri State University nursing students and faculty members volunteered to support the Friday, Jan. 29, vaccination clinic at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The clinic was hosted and organized by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and Missouri National Guard. Southeast students and faculty helped administer 1,848 vaccine doses. [...]

Southeast’s Special Collections and Archives to Release New Collection ‘Documenting the Pandemic’

Southeast Missouri State University’s Special Collections and Archives on Tuesday, Nov. 10 will unveil a new digital collection, “Documenting the Pandemic: Stories from Southeast,” which includes campus and community members’ experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To help build a vital historical narrative of what life was like for people in a pandemic world, Southeast students, [...]

Southeast’s Family Weekend, Homecoming Festivities Canceled; Alternatives Being Explored

Family Weekend and Homecoming Festivities – two of Southeast Missouri State University’s signature fall traditions – are being canceled this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the announcement last week that football games scheduled for both weekends were canceled as a result of the Ohio Valley Conference’s decision to postpone fall competition and [...]


Campus Advisories and Announcements

4-9-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas
3-31-21 Vaccination Clinic for Southeast Students on April 7

3-11-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

2-19-21 Letter to Students from Provost
2-19-21 Letter to Faculty from Provost
1-22-21 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

10-30-20 Video Message to Campus Community from President Vargas

10-27-20 Letter to Faculty from Provost

10-2-20 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas

9-26-20 Letter to Campus Community from President Vargas
8-21-20 Letter to Students from the Dean of Students
8-20-20 Letter to Faculty, Staff from President Vargas

8-18-20 Letter to Students from President Vargas

8-14-20 OVC Postpones Fall Sport Competitions and Championships

7-20-20 Protect the Nest Guide

7-10-20 Face Coverings Required at Southeast Beginning July 13
6-23-20 Update to Students, Families from President Vargas
6-22-20 Update to Campus Community from President Vargas
5-27-20 Update from President Vargas
5-8-20 Student CARES Act Funding
5-8-20 Update from President Vargas
5-6-20 Spring 2020 Textbook Return Options, Information on Summer Texbooks, Course Materials
4-15-20 Provost's Letter to Students Regarding Grade Options
4-9-20 President Vargas Provides COVID-19 Updates
4-2-20 Letter to Greek Chapter Presidents
4-2-20 President Vargas Delivers Message Regarding Spring 2020 Commencement
3-30-20 Letter to Students from President Vargas
3-30-20 Opportunity to Request a Staff Mentor
3-26-20 Parking, Room and Board Fees Through Remainder of Spring Semester
3-22-20 Campus Update to Alumni from President Vargas
3 20-20  Letter to Illinois Residence Life Students
3-20-20 Transitioning to Telework and Limited On-Site Campus Presence
3-18-20 Greek Life Information
3-18-20 Housing Move-Out Information
3-18-20 Instruction, Campus Services Update
3-16-20 Letter from President Vargas
3-16-20 Employment Leave Guidelines
3-13-20 COVID-19 Campus Update
3-13-20 Letter to Deans, Department Chairs from Provost
3-13-20 Letter to Faculty from Provost
3-12-20 Southeast to Suspend In-Person Classes March 23-27
3-10-20 Preparedness Update
3-4-20: Travel Restrictions
1-29-20: General Coronavirus awareness information


Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701