Classrooms, offices and other physical spaces will look a little different due to safety precautions. Here is our A-to-Z guide to helping prevent the spread of the virus in our campus spaces.


  • Due to capacity restrictions, follow the signage to maintain appropriate social distancing.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be available and employees will be cleaning publicly used areas throughout the day.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to place an online order (use this link for Health Sciences Campus) and select “shipping” or  “in-store pickup” as the delivery option. Once the order has been processed students will be notified via email their order has shipped or is ready to pick-up.
  • Customers that select in-store pick-up as the delivery option and don’t need to make additional purchases will be directed to a designated exit to avoid unnecessary contact.
  • If you elect to shop in-store for your course materials, we suggest printing your “booklist” ahead of your visit. This will reduce your wait time once you’re in the store. Bookstore employees will be available to expedite the process.
  • Face mask/covering will be required while in the Student Union and Bookstore. While there will be PPE for sale, you must have a mask/covering to enter.

Break Rooms and Kitchens

  • Those on campus are encouraged, whenever possible, to take breaks outdoors and eat meals outdoors or in their office area if this is reasonable for your situation.
  • Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
  • Face coverings should be worn until you are ready to eat and then put the face covering back on after the meal.
  • Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in break rooms to support physical distancing practices between individuals.
  • Wipes will be provided by the schools and centers for wiping all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc. after using in common areas.


  • Classrooms have been arranged for physical distancing.
  • Face coverings must be worn in class.
  • Cleaning kits will be available for disinfecting surfaces.

Dental Clinic

  • Scheduling has changed to shorten wait times and reduce patient loads in the waiting area, where easily disinfected and well-spaced plastic chairs have replaced cloth-covered ones.
  • Patients will be called the night before an appointment to make sure they are well, and they will be screened on arrival, including a temperature check.
  • In the clinic, 30 aerosol suctioning units are being added to quickly remove water droplets a patient expels during dental or hygiene work.
  • A bipolar ionization filtration system, which kills viruses, has been added to the heating and air-conditioning system.
  • Patients use one entrance; faculty, staff and students use another, with their swipe cards recorded to aid contact tracing should it be found later that someone in the building tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • The school has been aided in reopening by safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dining Services

  • Service at all locations, both residential and retail dining, will be either directly served or prepackaged. No self-service.
  • Dining Services will offer a combination of pre-order take-out options and modified on-premise dining in the Dining Center and retail locations.
  • On-premise dining will be limited to 50% of seating capacity at all locations.
  • A new app will be introduced that will allow students to place orders, complete secure payment using their dining plan or payment card information, and schedule pick-up times at all locations. “Click and Collect” pre-order pick-up line queues will be separate from on-premise dining queues.
  • Dining Center hours will be modified to allow for more frequent cleaning and disinfection of the dining area between meal periods, while offering longer periods of time for students to access the full breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Breakfast and dinner periods are planned to extend to three hours in length, while the lunch period is planned to extend to four hours in length.
  • All locations will move toward contactless entry and transaction. FreedomPay at all locations currently accepts Apple Pay and Google Pay.


  • Use of elevators should be limited based on size to maintain distance between individuals. In general, there should be a two-person limit on elevators.
  • Please face in one direction.
  • Please use the stairs whenever possible.
  • If you are using the elevator, wear your face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Consider using the cap of a pen, your knuckle, or your elbow to push the elevator button.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon exiting the elevator.


  • For indoor and outdoor UMKC events, follow the health and safety guidelines.
  • No self-serve food or drink options will be available.
  • Plan in space for physical distancing during the event and while guests move into and out of the space.
  • Utilize digital registration, online or contactless QR codes for event check-in.
  • Modify the layout of your meeting space to allow for distancing and one-way flow of traffic.
  • Check out the event policy[PDF] and event best practices[PDF] for more information. 

Front Desks and Welcome Centers

  • Plexi shields will be used as a protective barrier.
  • Lines should allow for six feet of distance between people.


  • The Miller Nichols Library and Health Sciences Library are scheduled to be open during all times when campus is holding in-person classes, with a goal to keep the libraries open safely and to avoid virus-related closures. View hours for each library location. 
  • The Health Sciences Library is open to UMKC users with access to the School of Medicine Building.
  • LaBudde Special CollectionsMarr Sound Archives and University Archives are open by appointment.
  • Guidelines for the library buildings:
    • Wear your mask, and keep it on in the library except when actively eating or drinking.
    • Respect others by maintaining 6 feet of physical distance.
    • Choose your work space in the library and stay there to do your work.
    • Leave the furniture in place, as computers and work spaces are arranged for 6-foot physical distancing.
    • Plan to use the library for individual work. 
    • Follow posted instructions for spaces, technology, and guidelines in the library. 
  • Use the library online 24/7 at No matter what your classes look like this academic year - online, in person, or hybrid - the library's virtual resources and live help will never close.
  • Updates on library spaces and services are always posted to COVID-19 and the Libraries.


  • Wear a face covering unless actively eating.
  • Use virtual meetings and phone calls rather than in-person meetings
  • Physical distancing must be maintained, even with coworkers you see daily.
  • Avoid sharing phones, desks, keyboards, tools and equipment.
  • If sharing of equipment cannot be avoided, the equipment must be cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Cleaning kits are on hand.
  • Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support physical distancing practices between attendees.

Research Laboratories

  • Face coverings need to be worn at all times.
  • Physical distance at six feet.
  • Disinfect lab surfaces after use.
  • More detailed information can be found here: Research [PDF].

Residence Halls

  • For the health of the residential community residents who are determined, in consultation with medical professionals, that they need to quarantine or isolate will be required to do that in a location outside of Residential Life. All students will be required to submit a contingency plan to UMKC Res Life upon move-in in the event they do need to quarantine or isolate.
  • Due to the unique characteristics of residential spaces masks must be worn in all community spaces in Residential Life.
  • Guests will be limited to residents from the same building, caretakers and those assisting with the move-in/out process within the specified parameters.
  • Roommates and suitemates must discuss and establish their own visitation rules for their rooms/apartments, within the University-established guidelines.
  • Room/suitemate(s) are expected to respect each other’s reasonable requests for privacy and must have permission from their room/suitemate(s) before hosting a guest, regardless of visitation length. A resident’s right to privacy takes precedence over the privilege of having guests.
  • Furniture will be arranged to maximize distance between individuals. Additionally, beds may not be bunked to ensure adequate distance is maintained. However, lofting will still be allowed in Oak Street Hall.
  • Kitchen will be locked but available for use by checking out a key at the building’s front desk. Only one resident is permitted in the kitchen at a time and will be expected to clean up after use.
  • Laundry rooms and public restrooms will be available for use by residents. Additional cleanings will be done throughout the day in accordance with CDC recommendations and campus protocol. Study and community lounges will be closed to start the semester.


  • Whenever possible, no more than one person should be in a restroom.
  • Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not spit.
  • Avoid loitering in sink areas and setting down personal items on restroom surfaces.
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Dry hands thoroughly.
  • Use a paper towel to turn off the sink and open the door to exit.

Student Centers (Student Union and Atterbury Student Success Center)

  • Seating in areas where large groups of students have historically congregated will be limited, through both the removal of furniture in heavily concentrated areas and with signage that advises students and others on where and where not to sit.
  • Reconfiguration of furniture in each facility will take place to support physical distancing guidelines.
  • Plexiglas shields will provide a protective barrier for front-line employees.
  • Staff in each facility will monitor spaces to ensure that guidelines are being followed.
  • Microwaves and water fountains with high-touch surfaces won’t be accessible.
  • Hand sanitizer stations, both affixed and free-standing, will continue to be readily available and properly stocked.
  • Areas in which social distancing is not possible will require face coverings by employees.