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Dean’s Message to Students and Families about COVID-19

As many have said, these are unprecedented times. However, we in the College of Human Environmental Sciences are prepared and equipped to support students, families, and our communities. We are lucky to have a mission to improve well-being for individuals, families, and communities and the faculty and staff who can make this happen.

Here are just a few of the actions the College of Human Environmental Sciences is taking to support student well-being:

  • Faculty and instructors are moving traditional face-to-face course materials online and creating new videos and activities so that students can continue learning wherever they are.
  • Program directors are working with accrediting agencies and community partners to develop action plans for practicums and internships. For the most part, we are following the policies and practices of each location.
  • We have canceled all college events, and we are exploring ways to offer future social and educational events virtually.

Dr. J. Sanford Rikoon

Here’s what students can do:

  • Keep checking university email and Canvas for updates from professors and other instructors.
  • Take advantage of university tools and resources for remote learning. Students needing help ensuring their computers have the appropriate software can visit for live chat tech support or call the Division of IT at 573-882-5000.
  • Make sure to use only reliable sources for information. Misinformation can spread rapidly in times like this. Official university updates can be found at
  • Maintain mental health. Take a walk or a run, and make sure to get adequate sleep. Focus on what you can control. Avoid social media if it is causing anxiety. Try Sanvello (it’s free with a Mizzou email address). And take advantage of technology like FaceTime and Hangouts to check in with friends and loved ones.

I know students and their families have many questions right now, and while I do not have all the answers, I want you to know that we are listening. Student health and well-being are most important to us.

For general questions regarding student issues in HES, including questions regarding new and incoming students, please reach out to Alex Embree ( or Carla Jerome Beckman (

Sandy Rikoon, PhD
Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences
University of Missouri
(573) 882-0291

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