Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory

Last updated April 5, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. regarding housing refund

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, in-person courses offered at Missouri Baptist University have transitioned to online courses for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

In addition, MBU personnel, with the exception of essential employees, are working remotely in compliance with the St. Louis County Stay-At-Home Order.

Students should continue to monitor this web page. Additional questions can be directed to Responses will be made within 60 minutes of receipt either by phone or email from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Currently, there are no known cases of Coronavirus at MBU. If MBU were to learn that a student, faculty or staff member has been exposed to the virus the University would require a self-quarantine, along with notification to the St. Louis County Department of Health. If a member of the MBU community tests positive for the virus, notification will be immediately disseminated.

A documented list of all communications to the MBU Community regarding COVID-19 is accessible below.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs About COVID-19

How can I protect myself?

How can I protect myself?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Students & Parents


Will there be classes on campus?

In-person courses that met on MBU’s main campus and at its regional learning centers have resumed online via Canvas for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

Are the offices open?

In light of the St. Louis city and county Stay-At-Home Order, MBU personnel will be working remotely beginning Monday, March 23. MBU employees will make every effort to return voicemails and emails within 24 hours.

View the online directory here.

Will my professor respond?

If you are trying to communicate with your professor and have not heard back within a reasonable time frame, we can help. Please send the following information to: Include your name, course number and course name. We will reach out to your professor.

What about commencement?

After very careful thought and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Commencement scheduled for April 28 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Our decision reflects the restrictions from both St. Charles and St. Louis counties, as well as guidance from the CDC that no mass gatherings with 50 people or more be held for the next eight weeks.

MBU will still confer degrees in April for those who satisfy their academic requirements. We also know how meaningful it is for graduates to walk across the stage at Commencement and for their families to be able to celebrate such a milestone, and we will work diligently to develop alternative plans to extend that opportunity to our graduates at a future time.

Resident Life

When can I move out?

Due to the state-wide Stay at Home order, the University must suspend and reschedule the move-out process to a later date. For any concerns, please contact Dr. Benjamin Lion, Vice President of Student Development.

Will Food Services still be open on main campus?

Food services will be closed. Resident life will coordinate food for residents.

Will there be housing refunds?

Yes. Please visit for details.


Are athletic events cancelled?

In conjunction with the American Midwest Conference (AMC), all MBU athletic activities–including practices, travel and competitions–related to the spring 2020 season have been cancelled. This includes both AMC and non-AMC affiliated programs which include cheer & dance, women’s beach volleyball, football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s volleyball & women’s wrestling.

What about my eligibility?

In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.

Student Employees

What about student employees?

Due to the stay-in-place order, student employees will not be allowed to work on campus. Students should contact their supervisors.

Financial Aid

What about my financial aid?

Please visit this page for financial aid updates and resources related to financial aid questions.


What about my Excel courses?

Please visit this page for updates and resources related to Excel.

Faculty & Staff

Where are online teaching tools?

Resources regarding online instruction and Canvas can be found here:

Is University travel cancelled?

All University-sponsored student and employee travel, both international and domestic, scheduled for April is cancelled unless approved by the President’s Cabinet.

In regards to University sponsored summer study abroad trips, The University will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and WHO regarding international travel. The University will work with faculty trip sponsors and updates for students will come directly from the faculty sponsor.

What about student employees?

Due to the stay-at-home order, employees are not allowed to work on campus.