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The Emergency Information Center for the Stephens College Community 

Welcome to the Stephens College Emergency Information site, which provides up-to-date information about campus alerts during emergencies or unfavorable weather situations. In the event of an emergency, this space will be used to provide timely information to the Stephens community. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. 




Campus will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow, with all classes meeting as scheduled, and all campus offices open as usual. Please check this page in the morning prior to heading to class or campus. Please also thank our Facilities, Food Service, Security, and Stables teams for all of their hard work to ensure the safety of our students and community. 


Alert System

In addition to posting information on this site, we will also release emergency information via the Stephens Alert System (via Rave). Sign up to receive emergency communications via text and email. These alerts and this site are your sources for the most up-to-date information about emergency or similar situations on campus.

Coronavirus Updates and Information 

Jan. 29, 2020:

The state of Missouri continues to report no cases of the virus. However, Kansas has announced that they have one person under investigation. Note that there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Kansas as of now. Information on this announcement and current status is available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment: See also:


Jan. 28, 2020:

As has been widely reported, a new form of the coronavirus was detected in early January in Wuhan City in China, and has since spread beyond the province's borders.  As of this afternoon, there have been five cases of the virus confirmed in the United States – in Washington, Illinois, Arizona and California.  All five of the patients had recently traveled to China.    

There has been widespread misinformation on social media relating to the virus, so I encourage you to check a reputable news source or to review the information being provided by regional and national health care organizations:  

The CDC reports that the likelihood of infection is low among those here in the U.S. who have not recently traveled to China.  Even so, it’s always good to take some simple precautions to help you stay healthy during flu season:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer);
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Visit your health care provider if you develop symptoms of the flu.


Communicating Weather News 

Whenever possible, Stephens College will stay open during inclement weather. However, if a decision is made to change the campus schedule, the College will (typically in this order): 

  • Post an update to this web page This is your first best place to get updates. The alert page often has the most thorough information available. 
  • Release a Rave Alert over phone and text. Make sure you are signed up to receive these announcements, which come out of our Campus Safety & Security team. See the link below. 
  • Send a campus-wide email.
  • Post information to our main official social media channels and on the homepage.
  • Inform local media outlets. (Be advised, these outside services are not updated nearly as quickly as internal channels so their information may lag. Stephens channels are your first best option for rapid updates.)


Additional Information

You'll find below additional information for Students, Parents and Campus that you may find helpful. 


Please know that your safety is always our top priority. Plans are always in place to handle inclement weather and you will be notified of critical information as it becomes available. In the event of an emergency, please contact your parents to assure them that you are safe.

Stephens Health Care Plan (offered through Boone Medical Group)


Safety is a top priority at Stephens College. We encourage you to develop a communication plan with your students in advance. 

Limited healthcare services are provided to students by Boone Medical Group


Campus Security 

Stephens Campus Map (PDF)

Media and Info Outlets 


  • KFRU (AM 1400)- Our primary media outlet for essential information 
  • KBIA (FM 91.3)




2020 Messages 

Feb. 5, 2020:

Campus will be closed on Wednesday, February 5 due to inclement weather. Forecasters are currently expecting an inch an hour, starting at 9 a.m., making travel hazardous. As always, our critical employees will work to ensure that our students (and horses) remain safe, secure and have the services they need while campus is closed. Watch for further updates via this page and your rave alert system as weather continues to develop. 

Jan. 24, 2020:

Stephens is operating under a 10 a.m. delayed start. Classes scheduled to begin prior to 10 a.m. will not meet today; faculty may be in touch with students to assign work that can be completed outside of class.  Facilities, security and dining services will operate as usual, but all other campus offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. 

Jan. 17, 2020:  

Stephens College will be closed on Friday, January 17 due to predicted severe winter weather. 


2019 Messages  

December 15, 2019:

Campus will be closed on Monday, December 16 due to inclement weather. All offices will be closed on Monday. Only employees whose presence on campus is critical to its operations and safety should report to work tomorrow. If you are uncertain about your status as a critical employee, please contact your supervisor. 

We expect campus to reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Please watch this alert page for any additional information.


September 16, 2019:

4:30 p.m. Ameren Gas has stopped the gas leak and has shut off the gas to Wood Hall and Stamper Commons. There is no danger to campus and gas is expected to be restored in approximately two hours. Dinner will be served as scheduled except for the grill. // 3:45 p.m. Please be advised that Ameren electric utility has notified Stephens Security that they struck a gas line near the intersection of Broadway and Willis Avenue. Ameren is on the scene. Please stay clear of the area. We will update you as new information becomes available. 


May 23, 2019: 

Our thoughts are with our neighbors today in Jefferson City, Missouri, who experienced a devastating tornado on the evening of May 22. Many of our alumnae and friends from around the country have contacted us with concern. Please know that Stephens College suffered no damage and all of our students and employees are safe. We are in touch with our alumnae in that community. We are thankful for the residence life and security staff who took care of the situation and our students, and for all of the dedicated first responders in Jeff City who are helping with emergency and recovery efforts. We are evaluating the needs of the community moving forward and how we can best help. In the meantime, know that our campus is operating normally. 


May 11, 2019

Undergraduate Ceremony Updates: Despite the rain, Undergraduate Commencement will be held outside this morning on The Historic Quadrangle (by Historic Senior Hall). This will be an OUTDOOR CEREMONY. Some tips and clarifications... Guests: Umbrellas can be used prior to the ceremony's start by guests as they wait in their seats for the program to begin. During the ceremony, we must ask that you put your umbrellas down in the seating area as a courtesy to other guests. Umbrellas  can also be used outside the seating area by those choosing to stand throughout the ceremony if the umbrellas will not block others’ view. Complimentary emergency rain ponchos will be provided at the ceremony site but they do not provide much warmth so keep that in mind and dress warmly. (The Commencement grounds will be open at 9:30 a.m. as planned.) Students, Faculty and Staff participants: Given the possible strength of the rain, we are allowing umbrellas during the procession. We will have to ask for umbrellas to be put down during the ceremony to ensure our guests can see the ceremony. Complimentary emergency rain ponchos will be provided at the ceremony site but they do not provide warmth so keep that in mind and dress warmly. Everyone: Be sure to dress warmly. While forecasts differ on rainfall all agree it will be chilly. Please check the weather and dress appropriately


Feb. 20, 2019:

REGULAR OPERATIONS WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY A.M. FEB. 20. To ensure the safety of our community, Stephens College campus will delay the start of regular operations until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.   This late start will give all of our employees the opportunity to travel to campus after temperatures rise and the roads are less icy; it will also provide our facilities and security teams the time they need to clear our pathways and salt our sidewalks.

Feb. 15, 2019: 

Due to current winter weather advisories, the Stephens College campus is closing at 1 p.m. Critical employees will (as always) work with their supervisors to be sure our students and our campus remain safe and sound. Dining services will continue to operate on schedule. This Alert page will continue to provide up to date information. 

The Friday evening performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been canceled. Please contact for ticket information. Saturday and Sunday performance tickets are still available. 


Feb. 7, 2019:  

In light of National Weather Service forecasts of an ice storm expected to impact our community between midnight tonight and noon tomorrow, the Stephens College campus will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 7. This includes evening classes. As always, employees critical to campus operations should work with their supervisors to ensure adequate coverage. 

We expect campus will resume full operations on Friday, February 8.  Please continue to check this page for updates. In the meantime, please be cautious. 

Updates: Fresh Ideas Dining Services are operating under normal hours today. 

The 7 p.m. Stars Basketball game has been postponed. See for details. 


Jan. 29, 2019: 

We are expecting severe cold overnight and throughout Wednesday. Please take care and bundle up, limiting exposed skin, as you travel across campus. Avoid events and activities that would leave you exposed to the cold for extended periods of time. 

Our Facilities staff has completed a review of all of our campus systems and all are operating as expected. As temperatures plummet, if any student or employee has an issue with heat, they should immediately call Facilities (4171) during the day and Security after business hours (4299). 


Posted Jan. 14, 2019:

CLASSES RESUME AND ALL OFFICES REOPEN TUESDAY. Stephens College will reopen and resume normal operations including classes tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. Please continue to use caution while traveling on and around campus because of refreezing conditions. 


Posted Jan. 13, 2019:


As Columbia experiences a historic storm this weekend, our priority continues to be the safety of our students, employees and families.
Please be aware — 
On campus: Our Facilities crew has been working hard to clear our campus. However, snow continues and concerns persist for more precipitation. Therefore take care on sidewalks and bridges. Layers of slush and ice may continue to reform. We are coordinating with any students already on campus to ensure safety and services. Security teams are on campus. 
Residential Undergraduate Students: For those moving back to campus after the winter break, residence halls reopen Monday at noon. Take your time to travel safely. Local travel is still difficult. Be cautious. All classes are cancelled for Monday. 
Faculty: We have cancelled classes for Monday including evening classes. Classes resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. 
Staff: Do NOT report to work on Monday. Offices are closed. Expect to return to work Tuesday at 8 a.m. 
(Those who provide essential services will be expected to come to work as assigned by their supervisor. Work with your supervisor if you have any questions about your schedule.) 
Continue to follow the page for more information. 


Posted Jan. 12, 2019:


According to the National Weather Service, the current winter storm is approaching historic levels. The Winter Storm Warning is now in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday.

The safety of our students and our community is our highest priority. Therefore:

  • Residence halls will reopen Monday at noon.
  • CLASSES ARE CANCELLED FOR MONDAY, JAN. 14 to allow time for safe travel.
  • Offices will reopen and all employees will be expected to return to campus at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Those critical employees who are necessary to ensure campus safety will report to work as scheduled. 

We strongly encourage all students to stay where they are and not return to campus until Monday if at all possible. For those who must return Sunday, essential campus services and teams are in place to ensure your safety but services are limited and local travel is difficult and not advised. Please check in with Campus Security upon your arrival. 

Campus teams are in place to serve those students who have already returned to campus; teams are working with those students directly to ensure safety and services. 

Please continue to check the Stephens College Alert page and watch for RAVE announcements and check your Stephens email for any change in scheduling or campus services. We will issue updates as events unfold.   

Posted Jan. 10, 2019: 

CAMPUS WILL CLOSE AT NOON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 11. Those critical employees who are necessary to ensure campus safety will report to work as scheduled. 


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of central, east central, northeast and southeast Missouri. The watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. There is the potential for severe winter weather in the watch area including the possibility of 5 to 7 inches of snow and 1/3 of an inch of sleet. 

For your safety, we ask that you wait out the storm where you are now, prior to traveling back to campus. The wintery weather is expected to be out of the area by Sunday morning making Sunday the safest day for you to travel. Please travel safely, and we will see you back on campus Sunday as planned. Services (such as dining services, facilities) will not be available until your scheduled return. 

Should the situation change, new alerts will be issued. Your safety is our highest priority, and we will consider excusing students from Monday classes if there is a Sunday travel concern. In the meantime, continue to follow the page for updates.  


2018 Announcements 

November 26, 2018:

The weather advisory has expired. Campus crews have been working all night to ensure safe sidewalks and walking paths but we continue to encourage caution. Classes and campus services are operating normally. 

November 25, 2018: 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for mid-Missouri, including Columbia and surrounding areas, in effect from 4 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday. Total snow accumulations of up to three inches are expected, with winds  gusting as high as 50 mph. Those of you traveling back to campus after the holiday should expect slippery road conditions and should take all safety precautions, including allowing ample time for slower travel. Please continue to check the Stephens College Alert page and watch for RAVE announcements for any change in scheduling or campus services.

November 6, 2018 

Due to the expected high voter turnout for next Tuesday’s primary election the 3D1 polling location (Benton Stephens neighborhood) has been moved to the Kimball Ballroom. If you routinely parked in the LRW parking lot, please find alternative parking on that day.  Stephens College Safety and Security appreciates your cooperation.

October 3, 2018:

Please be advised that the Federal Emergency Management, (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the wireless emergency alerts and emergency alert system today. The wireless test will begin at approximately 1:18 PM CDT. The emergency alert test will follow at approximately 1:20 PM CDT. The tests will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message.The emergency alert test message will be sent to cell phones that are serviced by wireless providers participating in the wireless emergency alerts and the test will last for approximately one minute. 

August 30, 2018:

Campus Crime Alert: On August 30, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a Stephens College student reported to campus Security that she was approached by a Hispanic male, driving a tan colored 4-door Ford Taurus. The student reported she was approached while walking on Windsor Street near Searcy Hall parking lot. The driver of the vehicle attempted to persuade the student into getting into his vehicle. After ignoring the driver, the student reported that she was followed for a short distance. The driver of the vehicle is described as a Hispanic male approximately 35 years old, with dark short hair, and dressed in grungy clothing. The Columbia Police Department has been notified and is currently following up on the report.

April 1, 2018:

Stephens College will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, April 2.  All students who live locally and on campus will be expected to attend classes as scheduled.  Students whose return to campus was delayed on Sunday by hazardous travel conditions will be excused from Monday classes and should contact their faculty to make up missed work.

Feb. 1, 2018:

Active assailant training exercise to be held on campus on Wed., Feb. 28. Stephens will be the site of a police, fire and first responder “active assailant” training exercise on Feb. 28. This exercise will be planned and directed by the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department, with support from Stephens’ Office of Safety and Security. The officers in charge of this event are highly experienced and extremely well trained to conduct these simulation exercises. Stephens is proud to be the host of this exercise; it’s a great service to our community, it ensures our local police and fire are very familiar with our campus, and it prepares them to respond effectively should there ever be a real incident here in Columbia. For more information about the event, see Press Release from Joint CommunicationsFrequently asked questionsOffice of Safety & Security Feb. 17 Email UpdateOffice of Safety & Security Feb. 26 Parking Update Campus map of exercise areaStreet closure mapABC17 announcementColumbia Tribune announcement.

Jan. 11, 2018: 

Campus will close on Jan. 11 at noon. In light of current weather advisories, and with an abundance of caution and a commitment to the safety of our Stephens community, we will close campus at noon today, Jan. 11. All classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day. Employees whose function on campus is essential to the safety and security of our students will continue to work and should coordinate with supervisors. As of now, regular operations will resume on Jan. 12. 

Find previous updates in our archive.

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