Southeast Missouri State University to reopen Thursday, Oct. 6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – All Southeast Missouri State University campuses will reopen and classes held on regular operating hours Thursday, October 6.

Southeast canceled classes for two days and encouraged students to return home if they could after a boil water advisory for the city of Cape Girardeau.

Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and its students are no exception. 

Students who went home may return to campus at any time Wednesday to prepare for classes to begin Thursday.

Water Update

The city of Cape Girardeau remains under a boil water order until further notice. The order means that you should not drink, brush your teeth, wash your hands, use ice machines, drinking fountains/hydration stations, cook, or wash foods using water that comes out of the tap. You should use bottled water or water that has been boiled and cooled for those activities.

Southeast is providing bottled water in the residence halls. Water will be available beginning Thursday, October 6, for the remainder of the campus community at the Show Me Center between 7:30–8:30 a.m. and between noon–1 p.m. Use Rec Center Drive between the Student Recreation Center and the parking garage for drive thru distribution on the north side of the Show Me Center near the loading dock. Limit two bottles per person while supplies last.

Sinks and plumbing may sputter due to air in the lines. This is normal and should not be cause for concern.

Dining Update

SEMO Dining services will return to normal operating hours Thursday, October 6. Starbucks will remain closed.

Southeast thanked students, faculty, and staff for their patience and understanding. The unio

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Southeast President Dr. Vargas said the university canceled classes for its students and to help the city.

“This [is] going to reduce the demand on the system and that has the advantage for the university, but also for the community. The city of Cape wants people to be very mindful of the water that they use,” said Vargas. 

Southeast canceled classes for two days and encouraged students to return home if they can.  

With the rest of the week being up in the air depending on what the city decides, Dr. Vargas says the university will do what’s best for their students.  

“Based on what we’ve heard from the city and our ability to make sure that when the students are here, we’re responding to the needs that they have,” said Vargas. 

Students like Hunter Caldwell say he decided to stay even though he has seen others leave.  

“It is a little weird just not being able to go drink water out of your sink,” Caldwell said, “From whom I’ve talked to its everybody that doesn’t live on campus is like, ‘I’ll find a way,’ but everybody that’s on campus sounds like a reason to go home so I’ll take it. Everybody that I know on campus went home.” 

Caldwell says he thinks the university has done a great job to show they care for their students for heeding the call.  

And although it’s a few extra steps to keep a normal life, he and his friends easily make the adjustments. 

“We actually boiled water last night; we usually have a water filter so we just boiled the water and then put it in the pitcher in the fridge just like we always would. Just add the extra step of boiling the water and then, obviously, I have to use that to brush your teeth and stuff too, so that’s another reason we did it, just to make sure we have a way to actually keep our hygiene up,” said Caldwell. 

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