Date last modified: 4/12/2021

Please see the following for the College’s response to the COVID-19 virus. This is an evolving situation and these items can be adjusted at any point. The College will continue to update this information as changes become necessary.

Cottey COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard

State of Missouri COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard

Campus COVID-19 Information

Health Services: We continue to work with our partner healthcare provider, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC), to ensure we are informed and have ongoing services for our students. A medical provider from NRMC is available in Health Services 11 a.m.-Noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Thursday. Health Services staff continues to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and talk with local and state health authorities for any adjustments or changes we need to make.

Testing: Prior to the fall semester, Cottey College was one of the first institutions in the country to commit to a COVID-19 testing program for campus. When students return for the spring semester, Cottey will continue to implement a testing program that includes entry testing for all students, as well as free tests for the ongoing needs of students. The testing program is administered by the College’s healthcare provider in conjunction with the institution’s testing program.

As was the case when students arrived for the fall semester, all students will be tested when they return to campus for the spring semester.

Housing: Cottey continues its commitment to provide a clean and safe environment for students. Increased housekeeping and sanitization efforts related to COVID-19 will continue throughout the academic year. The College has prepared comfortable spaces on campus for students who are required to isolate or quarantine. Access for residence halls will be restricted to students with a campus issued ID card. No outside visitors will be permitted to visit the residence halls. Each residence hall has non-touch thermometers available for students to monitor their temperature.

Classroom and Campus Safety: Classroom capacities and furniture have been adjusted to give adequate distancing space for students and faculty. Sanitizing stations are placed around campus for quick and easy access.

Masks are provided for students, faculty, and staff. Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students and employees working on campus in the presence of others and in public settings. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Dining: This academic year, the operations for the Raney Dining Room have been changed to limit the amount of contact while maintaining quality and variety. Meals are served in packaging to allow students meal options without requiring them to touch shared surfaces.

  • Students are able to eat in the Dining Room if they would like, but the capacity of the room has been lowered to limit the size of gatherings.
  • The College purchased a thermal scanner for the entrance of Raney Dining Room. During lunch service, students have their temperatures checked when they enter. Students who are above CDC recommendations for temperature (100.4 degrees) are given a carry-out option to take with them and monitored for further symptoms.
  • There is the option to pick up and carry out food if a student is in a rush or would like to eat in a different location.

Athletics: Cottey College has followed recommendations from the NAIA regarding return to play protocol for its athletic programs. For up-to-date information regarding the schedules of Cottey’s athletic teams, please visit: https://cotteycomets.com/

Vaccination Information

The timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be based both on the overall vaccination phases in Missouri as well as specific vaccination supplies available here in Vernon County. Currently, Missouri is vaccinating Phase 1A, Phase 1B Tier 1, and Phase 1B Tier 2. Higher education faculty and staff are designated in Phase 2, and students fall into Phase 3. Some higher education employees or students may qualify to be vaccinated in prior tiers at which point they would not need to wait until Phase 2 or Phase 3. To stay informed about vaccinations in Missouri, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov.

The College will continue to coordinate with the Vernon County Health Department and share further details on those plans with our entire Cottey College community once those details are available.

As COVID-19 vaccinations begin, Cottey would ask that all employees and students seriously consider receiving a vaccination. However, please note that the College is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations. As each person evaluates receiving the vaccine, please take a moment to review this resource provided by the state that answers many questions about the vaccine: covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts.



  • All students are required to complete a daily health assessment.
  • If students choose to leave campus, they run an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Should it be determined that they represent an exposure risk to campus (due to off-campus travels or due to exposure on campus), they will be required to self-quarantine in predetermined campus housing for a period of 14 days in order to remain on campus.

Faculty and Staff

  • If faculty or staff have symptoms related to COVID-19, they must stay home and not come to work. Information about symptoms from the CDC may be found at symptoms of COVID-19. All employees are required to complete the daily health assessment.
  • The College follows the guidelines set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for employees who need to use COVID-19 related leave.


P.E.O.s, Alumnae, and Friends of the College

Cottey College is always extremely appreciative of the generosity of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, our alumnae, and other friends of the College. If our friends and supporters would like to support Cottey and our students, the best way to do so would be to contribute to the Student Aid Emergency Fund. Information on this fund may be found at http://cottey.edu/emergencyfund.

If you would like to visit Cottey, please contact the Office of P.E.O. Relations at https://cottey.edu/tourCOTTEY.


Question: My family’s income situation has changed and I’m not sure I can afford college anymore. What can I do?

Answer: If your family income has changed due to the Coronavirus, we would like to speak with you regarding possible changes to your FAFSA. Please reach out to Financial Aid at financialaid@cottey.edu or 417-448-1445.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Student Portion) Report- 6/19/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Student Portion) Report- 7/15/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Student Portion) Report- 10/6/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Institutional Portion) Report- 6/19/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Quarterly Report-  10/10/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Quarterly Report-  12/31/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Quarterly Report- 3/31/2021


Question: Are campus offices open?

Answer: Departments and offices are open and available.  Visitors to campus will be required to wear a mask and have their temperature checked upon arrival.

For questions specific to your situation please contact:

Academics- jbangs@cottey.edu

Student Life- ladams@cottey.edu

Spring Semester Information

International Experience

The dates of our international experience have been moved to May 18-25. Currently the plan is to go to Hawaii, but the College is considering other options if needed. Participants may need to undergo COVID-19 testing to meet travel restrictions. Students who plan to travel on the international experience will be required to be on campus for the spring term.

Spring Schedule

The spring semester will begin on Tuesday, January 19, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The last day of classes will be on May 7, final exams will take place May 10-13 and Commencement weekend will be May 14-16.  

In order to allow for breaks during the semester, we will not hold classes on the following dates:

  •         Monday, March 8
  •         Tuesday, March 16
  •         Wednesday, March 24
  •         Thursday, April 1
  •         Friday, April 9

View the academic calendar


Cottey is planning to host in-person commencement festivities for graduates.  The College is working on creative ways to maintain Cottey traditions while ensuring the safety of graduates, guests, faculty and staff. Cottey College is working to accommodate as many guests as possible while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  At this point in time, we expect to be limiting each graduate to 3 guests in attendance for the Yellow and White Dinner, the Blue and White Luncheon and the Commencement ceremonies.  The College plans to set up on-campus options to view a live stream of the Commencement ceremonies for any guests who cannot be accommodated in the Hinkhouse Gymnasium.  All graduates, guests, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks while on campus. More information will be shared online and sent out to students as it becomes available. Below is the tentative schedule of Commencement activities. Please be aware that these are subject to change, but should assist with any planning for the event.

2021 Commencement Schedule

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