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. We invite you to return to this page often for updates.


Where have we been?

Like nearly all colleges around the country, we responded to the national and local calls for self-isolation and social distancing (and state and local public health orders and recommendations) by moving all of our courses to an online format in March. Residence halls closed following Spring Break.

Stephens remained committed to teaching courses at their scheduled time, with classmates, to ensure the optimum educational experience. We also continued to offer remote work study positions to our students and continued to offer all support services including tutoring, library, career services, mental health and counseling services, and equity compliance services remotely.

We finished our spring semester on May 8. The Office of Academic Affairs has issued guidance that students may choose a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option. Those requests will need to be made between May 18-22 and additional information, including the form, will be provided on the student gateway at that time.


What is happening now?

While Missouri has begun to loosen restrictions, Stephens is continuing to focus on the health and safety of employees and is continuing to work remotely and provide remote instruction.

Summer performing arts courses for undergraduate students have moved to an online format. Graduate and online programs are continuing throughout the summer with modifications as needed. The summer theatre schedule has been cancelled.

Most Stephens College employees are working from home while those essential to operations are working on campus and following all advised precautions.

All campus admissions visits have been modified to virtual visits through July 3. See our visit page for details. You can also visit our Youtube channel for virtual open house events for graduate programs.


For our students

On May 7, we sent all current and graduating students who take on-campus classes additional information on the room and board adjustment process and the CARES grant (which includes a Student Emergency Relief Fund). Please see those letters below. The includes important information on the processes for adjustments.

Returning undergraduate students should be working with the Office of Student Development and Residence Life to sign up for 2020-21 housing online and to make arrangements to pick up anything left in their rooms. Students should also contact the Office of Financial Aid if their situation has changed or they have financial concerns.



While we recently honored and celebrated our new graduates, we have also moved Commencement to early fall and continue to plan for an in-person celebration.


What are our plans moving forward?

All of our campus offices are engaged with making plans to reopen our beautiful campus in August. Our preparations include creating the capacity for social distancing in all of our campus environments — from classrooms to residence halls to our dining room. They include new protocols consistent with CDC guidelines that will help to ensure our community’s continued health and safety.

The realization of those plans will, of course, depend upon the state of public health and CDC guidelines as they evolve later this summer. But we look forward to the return of all of our students and the introduction of a new incoming class.

Our promise is to keep you informed. Check this page often and watch your email.


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