Art and Design Department Reopening Plan

Updated 05/28/2020

The Art and Design Department Reopening Plan operates in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters Reopening Plan and shall be followed as detailed herein. Any changes made to this plan that are necessary due to environmental conditions shall supersede any previous version. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review this information as often as they deem necessary.


The goal of the MSU Art + Design Department Reopening Plan is to facilitate the academic process for faculty, students, staff, and others. The plan is specific to Brick City. Because the University is utilizing a decentralized approach to reopening, other MSU buildings will have different plans. It is incumbent on individuals to learn and follow any and all specific reopening plan(s) for buildings that they may need to utilize.


The MSU Art + Design Department Reopening Plan shall follow guidelines issued by the Springfield - Greene County Health Department or the University in effect at any point in time. This policy is in effect beginning at 12:01 AM on June 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until written notice of its termination is made public.

This policy is necessarily fluid and may be updated at any time to reflect changing environmental conditions.

Building/Office Access and Guidelines

Buildings locked until late July

  • Brick City’s exterior doors will remain locked until July 27, 2020.
  • The hours and office phone number will be posted on exterior doors.

Offices begin reopening June 1

Beginning on June 1, 2020, offices in Brick City will initiate a gradual, incremental reopening process for administrative staff, even while the buildings remain locked.

The Art + Design office will be available via phone: 417-837-2330.

Day(s) Time
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday Noon–5:00 p.m.
  • The expectation is that normal business hours, i.e., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday will be achieved by July 27, 2020.
  • While on Brick City premises, all individuals should practice social distancing, possess and use hand sanitizer as appropriate, and comply with the approved Return-to-Campus plan.
  • In addition, each individual MUST WEAR A FACE MASK unless working alone in an enclosed space. 
    The face mask must be worn properly and cover mouth and nose and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. If an individual has a medical condition or concern that they believe prevents them from wearing a mask or other face covering as required by this policy, they may request an accommodation consistent with university policy. For more information, please refer to the university’s Employee or Student Disability Accommodations Policy and Procedures or contact Julia Holmes, Deputy Compliance Officer, at

  • At no time shall more than three people be present in the lobby portion of the art and design office through August 1, 2020, or until otherwise modified.
  • Individuals entering Brick City must keep track of the dates and times they access those buildings to facilitate contact tracing, should it become necessary.
  • All student access must be approved by the department head.

Any variation in this Art + Design Department Plan will be communicated by the Department Head as soon as possible and include a written rationale for any change. 

Monitor and Follow Local Health and University orders and guidelines

All Springfield-Greene County Health Department orders shall be followed as well as all University guidelines. In addition, whenever the University releases guidelines pertaining to the wearing of masks, those guidelines must be followed, as well as all other University policies that might be developed over time. If you have questions about building access, please contact the Department Head.

Key dates

Art + Design Department

Date Event
June 1, 2020

Departmental Office will open for a limited schedule of hours; exterior doors will remain locked

Some limited preparations for fall semester will be underway

July 1, 2020 Additional preparations for fall semester will continue and more staff will be working on site regularly
July 27, 2020

Office will begin keeping regular hours:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

August 3, 2020

Brick City, Building 1 will be unlocked and open during normal business hours with distancing restrictions

It is anticipated that Brick City 3 and 4 will remain locked until the start of the fall semester

Brick City Gallery (BCG) and Student Exhibition Center (SEC)

Brick City Gallery and Student Exhibition Center will remain closed until further notice.

Date Event
June 1–July 31, 2020 Student workers and Graduate Assistants will be working on projects and preparations for fall semester at BCG and SEC
TBD Brick City Gallery may open in July with a physical exhibition of emeritus work, as originally planned – but with no reception
August 17, 2020 Gallery is open as scheduled with social-distancing guidelines posted

[Note: All guidelines and orders shall be observed at all times.]