Date last modified: 9/24/2020

Please see the following for the College’s response to the COVID-19 virus. Cottey College has gathered the following information. 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

Fall 2020 Planning

We are currently planning to return to campus for fall classes. Below are the preparations we have in place.

Health Services: Over the past few months, we have met extensively with our partner healthcare provider, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC), to ensure we are informed and have extensive services for our students. A medical provider from NRMC will be 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 will continue 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: When students, faculty, and staff return to campus it will be important to identify and mitigate any spread of COVID-19. At this point in time, the College is working with testing providers to implement a testing program for students to be administered at arrival on campus and ongoing testing throughout the semester.

Post-Thanksgiving Learning: All instruction after Thanksgiving break will be conducted online. Students will have the option to 1) stay on campus over the Thanksgiving break, 2) leave for break and remain off campus to finish courses remotely or 3) leave for break and return to campus to finish the fall semester. If students do return to campus, they will be required to take a COVID-19 test. No room and board refunds will be issued for students who decide to finish the final weeks of the semester from home.

Online Classes: If a student has health or safety concerns related to returning to campus this fall, a selection of online classes will be offered. Many of the courses will include a synchronous component along with students engaged in face-to-face instruction. In order to enhance our online teaching, faculty members have been participating in additional training for online instruction. Students will need to reach out to the Academic Affairs office to apply for this option. Contact them at or 417-667-6333 ext. 2128.

Thermal Scanning and Thermometers: The College is purchasing a thermal scanner to be installed at the entrance of Raney Dining Room. During lunch service, students will have their temperatures checked when they enter. Students who are above CDC recommendations for temperature (100.4 degrees) will be given a carry-out option to take with them and monitored for further symptoms.

Each residence hall will also have non-touch thermometers available for students to monitor their temperature.

Housing: We are increasing our housekeeping and sanitization services to ensure the safety of our students living on campus. New cleaning agents have been purchased that are rated to kill COVID-19, and our housekeeping staff will conduct additional cleanings in the residence halls.

The College has also prepared comfortable spaces on campus if there are students who are required to isolate.

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.

Classroom and Campus Safety: We are adjusting classroom capacities and spacing out the furniture to give adequate distancing space for students and faculty. We also are purchasing sanitizing stations to be placed around campus for quick and easy access.

Masks will be provided for students, faculty, and staff. Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all 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. When students arrive on campus, they will be given a personal safety box, which will contain a mask, hand sanitizer, and a no contact door opener.

Dining: This fall, the operations for the Raney Dining Room will be changed to limit the amount of contact while maintaining quality and variety. Meals will now be served in packaging to allow students meal options without requiring them to touch shared surfaces.

Students will still be able to eat in the Dining Room if they would like, but the capacity of the room will be lowered to limit the size of gatherings.

There will also be 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.

Financial Considerations: We know that many people across the country have been affected financially due to COVID-19. If a student has been affected please reach out to the staff in the Financial Aid office as assistance may be available. You can contact them at or 417-448-1445.

Athletics: We continue to wait on guidance from the NAIA on return to play procedures. We will share information as soon as it is made available.

Additional Information


  • 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 for a period of 14 days in order to remain on campus.

Faculty and Staff

  • If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, you must stay home and not come to work. Information about symptoms from the CDC may be found at symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The College will follow 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. During this time, we ask that if you 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

If you would like to visit Cottey, please contact the Office of P.E.O. Relations at


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 or 417-448-1445.

Question: What can I do with my Cottey Cash/Chellie Bucks?

Answer: For students not returning to campus next semester, you are able to purchase items from the bookstore either online or by phone which can then be sent to your home. Contact Lois at and she will be able to assist.

Question: If I take online classes can I still be a student employee?

Answer: If you choose to take online classes for fall 2020, you will not be eligible for student employment at Cottey and you will not be paid.  There will be no guarantee that a position will be available to you if you return to campus for the spring semester.  In addition, your eligibility for financial aid will be recalculated based on the lower cost of attendance.

For students who are returning next semester, we will accept 2019-2020 Cottey Cash through the end of the fall semester.

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 (Institutional Portion) Report- 6/19/2020


Question: What campus services are closed?

Answer:  The following buildings and services on campus are closed over the summer:

  • Chellie Club
  • Fitness Center
  • Library: The library is closed for renovations.  Online services remain available in electronic format.  If you have any questions, email the library at or call 417-667-8181 x2153.
  • Swimming Pool


Question: Are campus offices open?

Answer: Departments and offices are open and available.  If you plan to visit a campus office, we ask that you wear a mask.

For questions specific to your situation please contact:


Student Life-


Cottey and COVID-19