Return to Campus
UCM is moving forward with plans to begin classes on Aug. 17 as we make adjustments related to COVID-19. The following information is intended to assist in your preparations for the new academic year and applies to both the main campus in Warrensburg and UCM-Lee’s Summit. Given the dynamic nature of the current environment, this information may be updated.
For more information about coronavirus, or view recent campus updates related to the virus, please visit https://www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.
The wearing of face coverings, consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html), will be required in classrooms; inside buildings open to the public and in common areas of all buildings on campus; at group events, gatherings and meetings; and in all areas of campus, including outdoors, where physical distancing is not possible. This face covering requirement will be implemented and in effect regardless of when and if current Jackson County and Johnson County face covering requirements are lifted and until further notice is given to do otherwise.
The required use of face coverings applies to students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors. Face coverings are not required in enclosed and isolated areas assigned to an individual such as individual office spaces and single occupancy residence hall rooms, for individuals five years of age or younger, or when an individual is eating or drinking.
Individuals who have certain health issues may be exempt from this requirement. Faculty and staff who would like to request an exemption should contact Human Resources. Students requesting an exemption should contact the Office of Accessibility Services.
The Office of the Provost and the respective college’s Office of the Dean will work with academic programs to coordinate training for faculty regarding this requirement and classroom procedures.
General Steps and Expectations
- Students, faculty, staff and visitors should engage in physical distancing practices as recommended by the CDC. You can learn more by clicking on the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html. It is up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own health and well-being, including being mindful of the health and well-being of others.
- Special attention has been paid to arranging classrooms and areas throughout campus to facilitate social and physical distancing.
- Events will be capacity controlled to allow for social distancing and will utilize invitation and reservation systems where appropriate.
- We continue to use enhanced cleaning across campus and with special cleaning protocols in high-use locations and deep cleaning protocols when the university is made aware of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Students, faculty and staff should regularly self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on self-isolation and testing if symptomatic. (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html for more information from the CDC.) Students should contact the University Health Center at 660-543-4770 or [email protected] if they believe they are symptomatic, have been notified of exposure through contact tracing, or otherwise have reason to believe they may by infected. Students and employees should stay home if they are sick; students will not be penalized for missing class due to illness.
- Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check their UCM email for important updates related to COVID-19. You can also learn more by checking out UCM’s coronavirus website https://www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.
- Please follow all signs on campus that provide important safety guidance and reminders.
On-campus Residence Hall Changes
- All residence hall rooms will be single occupancy only. Residents will have the option to request a specific suitemate, if mutually agreeable (suites are two rooms joined by a common bathroom). Although each room will be single occupancy, residents are being charged the lower, double occupancy rate.
- Freshmen and sophomores who live within 65 miles of campus (previously 50 miles) can apply for an exemption from living in campus residence halls provided they will live with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Any student who thinks they may be eligible for an exemption and wishes to obtain one can contact University Housing at 660-543-4515, or [email protected].
In an effort to limit crowds and allow for physical distancing, the move-in process for this year has been modified. First-year students who sign up for UCM Kickoff will be required to sign up for a move-in time, and will move-in Thursday, Aug. 13, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All other first-year students and upper class students will move into residence halls on Sunday, Aug.16, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and will receive a direct communication about move-in. Those living in apartments will receive a direct communication regarding move-in, which will begin Friday, Aug. 14.
- To reduce density and provide for physical distancing, there is a limit of two family members/friends to help the student move in.
- Students will need to enter the building alone to pick up keys and paperwork.
- Students should plan to complete the move-in process within two hours.
- Once all possessions have been moved inside the room, guests and students should remain inside the room with the door closed until ready to depart.
University Housing will further communicate with residence hall students through UCM email in mid-July for sign-up instructions, and information will be posted at https://www.ucmo.edu/housing.
If you have specific questions regarding move-in, please contact University Housing at 660-543-4515 or at [email protected].
Campus Dining Updates
The following are some of the steps the University and Sodexo, UCM’s food services provider, are taking to support a safe dining experience.
- Sodexo has company-wide protocols for food preparation and service which are being employed at UCM.
- All dining employees will wear masks.
- Dining areas will be set up to provide for social distancing.
- Carry-out service will be available.
- Self-serve options will be limited, if available.
- Enhanced cleaning in dining facilities will be performed in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Classroom capacity continues to be evaluated, with seating and tables arranged for social distancing.
- In laboratory classes, we are creating rotation schedules between classroom and laboratory times to allow for fewer students in the classroom at a time.
- Course schedules have been and continue to be re-designed to account for CDC guidelines and generally accepted best practices. Students are encouraged to work within the attendance and seating guidelines set forth by their instructors. Where appropriate, in-person class offerings will be supplemented with use of technology and employ hybrid delivery models to reduce classroom-specific density.
- Course offerings are being spread throughout the day to reduce density. We are placing as many previously designated in-person classes as possible in larger capacity classrooms and/or limiting class enrollment capacity to facilitate social distancing.
- If your health permits, refrain from eating and drinking in class.
- If arriving early for class, and when departing, avoid gathering in hallways. Instead, wait outside of buildings or in areas where social distancing is practicable.
- Students also are advised to practice handwashing between classes, and remember to clean and store their cell phones when not in use.
In accordance with federal requirements, all international students will be required to quarantine for 14 days if they are coming from a location outside the United States. Any international students who have been in the United States for more than 14 days will not be required to quarantine. International students will receive direct communication about this process.
Domestic Students Return from Travel Abroad
Per federal requirements, all students who have traveled internationally prior to the start of the academic year will be required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to fall classes on campus. Students who have been in the United States for more than 14 days prior to the start of classes will not be required to quarantine.
Faculty and Staff Travel
All travel should be considered carefully. While travel may be limited due to funding, there is no ban on domestic travel as it may be essential in some positions to conduct university business. International travel is suspended for the fall semester. Under current guidance, anyone who engages in international travel on their own will be required to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.
Testing and Contact Tracing
- Testing for students is available at the University Health Center. Most insurance companies will pay for testing if the patient has COVID-19 symptoms. If you do not have health insurance and want to learn more about UCM’s student health insurance plan, information is available through MyCentral on the Student page under Health Services.
- Johnson County Community Health Services will facilitate contact tracing for individuals who test positive. The University will assist as appropriate and consistent with applicable laws and available resources.
- In partnership with health care providers and the University Health Center, we are increasing our ability for testing and contact tracing.
- Contact your health care provider to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19, or students may use this screening form on the University Health Center website.
Specific questions regarding testing and contact tracing may be directed to Johnson County Community Health Services. Students who have questions about testing may also contact the University Health Center at 660-543-4770 or [email protected].