Stephens College is among the safest and healthiest colleges in the nation, as 91 percent of Stephens employees and students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, based on campus vaccination records and self-reported data. That compares to a 58 percent vaccination rate in the United States, a 49.5 percent vaccination rate in Missouri, and a 52 percent rate in Boone County.

“We are weathering the storm of COVID as a community with goodwill and grace,” President Dianne Lynch said. “I’m proud of our collective effort to keep our campus and each other safe. Thanks to strong leadership, consistent messaging, well organized public health measures and our collective commitment to immunization, we are successfully navigating the academic year.”

The College will continue to follow its COVID protocols, at least through the end of the fall semester, including providing free testing to unvaccinated individuals. Employees and students must wear masks in classrooms and in meeting rooms where social distancing is not possible. Those who are not vaccinated must continue to remain masked at all times except when eating or drinking, or when they are in their own spaces alone. They must also be tested every week, and quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19.

To celebrate and thank those who contributed to Stephens reaching its campus goal, the College held drawings for students and employees to win gift cards and cash prizes.

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