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Coronavirus communications and resources for the Stephens College community

Stephens College continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and to provide you with the information you need during this unprecedented time for our college and communities. We will communicate any changes to campus operations to this site. As of this time there are no reported cases of coronavirus in our campus community. We recognize that this situation is rapidly changing. We invite you to return to this page often for updates. 


What’s new right now?

Classes continue online starting today. Welcome back from Spring Break! 

Below we recap the announcements made within the last 48 hours --

  • The Office of Academic Affairs has announced that the deadline to withdraw “W” from a course has been moved to Wednesday, April, 8.  (This will be the last day to withdraw with a “W” recorded on your transcript.) This is due to the unusual challenges of moving all courses to online format. The office also announced that the decision to offer a Pass/Fail option is under consideration. A decision by the end of the week. 
  • Current/returning students are reminded to check their email and follow up with the Office of Student Development about mail forwarding, same room sign-up, etc. 
  • Alumnae around the country are invited to virtual meetings hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement. See alumnae section below for more information. 

Please also view -- 

A letter from the President was released today in response to new guidance from the City of Columbia. March 25, 2020.

Dear Stephens Community, 

The City of Columbia announced on Tuesday that it is imposing a “Stay-at-Home” order that will limit all non-essential public activities in our community from this morning at 8 a.m. through April 24. This means that businesses and services in Columbia categorized as non-essential were required to close down as of this morning. It also means that – even in essential businesses like higher education – all employees who are working from home will continue to do so through April 24.

As you are aware, it has been our intention that the College would remain closed until April 13, at which time we had hoped that we would be able to return to regular on-campus operations. Clearly the city’s decision yesterday precludes us from doing so.

After reviewing the academic calendar, we have made the difficult but necessary decision that on-campus operations will remain closed through the end of the spring semester, and classes will continue to be offered online.

We know you have many questions. 

For all graduating students and their families: The most important question is about Commencement: As I assured our seniors (as well as those graduating in our master’s programs), we are not cancelling Commencement ceremonies– but we are going to have to postpone them. You’ll find the details on our Commencement web page.

For all residential undergraduate students and their families: We have put together more questions and answers about academics, housing and financial aid here. Read the Q&A:

These are unprecedented times. But we are Stephens College. We are family. We are strong. And we are here for you – virtually though it may need to be.




Resources You Need 

Find the resources that you need as we work together to respond to this emerging situation. Can't find what you need? Email and we will do our best to help you. 

  • March 30 – Online-only instruction will resume. Online instruction will continue through the end of the semester. 
  • Residence halls will not reopen during spring 2020 semester. 
  • Commencement will be held in August. 

As communities across the nation grapple with the challenges posed by the new coronavirus (COVID-19), our primary concern is the well-being of our students. At this time, we have made the decision to move instruction to online learning and to close our residence halls. We recognize that the situation is changing rapidly and you have many questions. We are gathering notices and resources here to help you with the transition. 

We understand that you have concerns during these extraordinary times. Our campus community is working hard to ensure the most seamless transition to online learning possible for your students.

In addition to student resources above, we are happy to share these with you:

Questions related to the move-out process as well as housing for this year or next year can be directed to:

Office of Student Development 
Phone: (573) 876-7212, Ext. 4212
Fax: (573) 876-7160
Address: Stamper Commons

More contacts

  • The offices of Accounting and Financial Aid will be working with students and families as we move forward to answer individual questions. Adjustments will be considered after the close of the semester.
  • If you have a question that is still not answered for you, please email and we will find the right person for you. 
  • If you are not receiving the Parent E-Newsletter and would like to, please email
  • If you are not receiving RAVE alerts, sign up. This will provide you with quick access to any emergency alerts issue by the College. Note: Follow the sign up link, then select the REGISTER button in the upper right-hand corner of the login page.

Please continue to check your email for important campus updates.

Here are some resources we are sharing with students that you might find helpful as well. Your colleagues in the Library, CCPD and Student Success Center will continue to serve our students online just as you are continuing to teach online 

Please continue to check your email for important campus updates.  

We thank our alumnae for their continued support.

  • Alumnae around the country are invited to virtual meet ups by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Come "zoom" with us! 
  • Stephens College Alumnae Reunion, originally scheduled for April 16-17, has been cancelled. Full refunds will be sent to all registrants. Look for information on future events to be available soon at The Collections Fashion Show has also been canceled and those refunds will be issued as well.
  • You can continue to make gifts online or by mail. See

The Office of Advancement is open for regular business hours. We appreciate your ongoing support:

Office of Institutional Advancement
Phone: (573) 876-7110, Ext. 4110
Fax: (573) 876-7165
Campus Box: 2035
Address: 317 Lela Raney Wood Hall

Stephens announced on March 25 that instruction will continue . Read the full announcement here.

Performing arts performances have been canceled for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Contact the box office at for more information. The Collections Fashion Show has also been canceled.

The Children’s School at Stephens College is closing in-person learning effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. The school is in touch with families. You can also contact them at (573) 876-7260 or email

The Office of Admissions remains open and can answer all of your questions. We're here for you!

Visit information 

  • We are canceling the Accepted Student Day scheduled for April 17. At this time, we plan to hold May and June events but talk to your admissions counselor.
  • Virtual visits and accepted student appointments are available! Virtual tours can be scheduled through the Admissions Office at the Plan a Visit page:

Office of Admissions
Phone: (573) 876-7207, Ext. 4207
Fax: (573) 876-7237
Campus Box: 2121Address: 222 Lela Raney Wood Hall
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F


The best precautions you can take personally are the same as those for the seasonal flu and the common cold. Common sense health and hygiene practices include: 

  • Washing 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);
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Tips for flu prevention


Locally, there are many Community Resources available to help those with questions or who need assistance. 

There are also local  Volunteering and Donation Opportunities.

Nationally and in Missouri 

You can learn more about the virus from these regional and national health care organizations. All organizations are providing frequent updates.

Staying Connected 

If you are not receiving Stephens Emergency alerts (RAVE alerts), sign up. This will provide you with quick access to any emergency alerts issue by the College. Note: Follow the sign up link, then select the REGISTER button in the upper right-hand corner of the login page.

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