Truman cancels in-person classes for spring semester

All in-person classes and events at Truman State University are suspended for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

A Tru-Alert and email from the University President’s office was sent out Monday afternoon to deliver the news. In the email, University President Sue Thomas ensured the University would work to fulfill degree requirements. 

Thomas wrote that a decision about Commencement will be made at a later date. 

“As was indicated in the March 11 email, this week was designed to be a week of transition,” Thomas wrote. “There will be no penalties for missed connections, assignments, tests or quizzes. With faculty and students working together, we can discover if there are areas for further instruction or training and quickly provide assistance and resources to those who need them.” 

Thomas said there was discussion on whether to make the switch to online with people who are passionate on both sides of the argument. 

Based on all of the information administration has at this time, and with input from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government, Thomas wrote that administration has determined this is the best course of action.

By end-of-day on Thursday, March 19, the University will provide information about the specific processes for students to retrieve their belongings from on-campus residences or stay on campus for the remainder of the semester. 

Thomas suggested the community send questions to