COVID-19: Spring Semester Update

COVID-19: Spring Semester Update

October 29, 2020

Truman to Follow Original Spring Semester Schedule

Truman will begin the spring semester Jan. 11, while continuing to follow the same safety protocols in place since the start of the academic year.

As with the fall semester, classes will be offered in multiple formats, including in person, online, and a hybrid combination. The set-up for classrooms and common spaces will continue to allow for social distancing, and the campus-wide mask policy will remain in effect. The University is prepared to adjust its approach to the spring semester – either by shifting entirely online or relaxing certain protocols – depending on how the situation with COVID-19 unfolds and in consultation with CDC guidelines and the advice of the Adair County Health Department and the Student Health Center.

Students, faculty, and staff were asked to provide feedback on a variety of schedule options for the spring semester. An overwhelming majority of students, and roughly half of faculty and staff, preferred to keep the existing spring schedule, which was a factor in the decision to make no changes. The spring semester will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Jan. 18, as well as Spring Break, March 8-12, and Term Break, April 5.

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to maintain vigilance in helping to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 on campus for the remainder of this semester and next semester. Mass gatherings should be avoided and traveling should be limited.

The pandemic is an ever-changing situation, and the University will make any necessary adjustments as needs arise. All campus-wide messaging related to COVID-19 and the spring semester will be posted at The newly redesigned page also has links for academics, campus life, health and wellness, resources, and frequently asked questions.