COVID Notification Process for Students

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus! We understand your health and safety are just as important as your academic success.

The following is the process for students to follow if they suspect they might have COVID-19 or have received a positive test result. Please note – Any student on UMKC’s campus experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

  1. UMKC students who have tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home, and within four hours notify the UMKC HelpLine at 816-235-2222, (or after-hours call the COVID-19 Hotline — (816-235-COVI), and follow the recommendations provided by the healthcare provider who made the diagnosis. Robin Hamilton or her delegate in the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will manage student calls. Robin Hamilton or UMKC HelpLine delegate will contact the following individuals or their delegates. Personal identifying details of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will only be shared on a need-to-know basis.

    • Obie Austin, Health and Wellness Administrator
      • Student Health and Wellness will serve as an important resource for student affairs staff and students who test positive for COVID-19, faculty and staff reporting student testing positive for COVID-19.
      • Student Health and Wellness will cooperate with public health authorities and assist as needed to notify close contacts.
    • Dea Marx, COVID-19 Notification Coordinator
      • The Notification Coordinator will assist the Health and Wellness Administrator to provide follow up; talk with students as well as others to collect specific details needed for assessment; begin to notify close contacts within the UMKC community/campus; assist with assessment of next steps and assist with additional notification following decision point determinations (i.e. spaces to be closed and cleaned, group for notification, etc.).
    • Mike Graves, Campus Facilities Management
      • UMKC Campus Facilities Management will deploy team to clean and disinfect spaces following protocols consistent with CDC and public health guidance. o UMKC Campus Facilities Management will assess and communicate if contractors and/or vendors need to be notified.
    • Anne Hartung Spenner, Strategic Marketing and Communications
      • o MCOM will post notifications on the COVID-19 communications webpage and send targeted communications, as appropriate. Communications would avoid personal identifying details of the individual consistent with University policy. Campus-wide communications may not be sent in situations where the student had not been on campus in the past 14 days.
    • Kristen Temple, Residential Life Director (if student living in residential halls)
    • Todd Wells, Interim Dean of Students (if student living in Greek housing)
    • Bob Simmons, Associate VC (if student living in UMKC Homes)
    • Ursula Gurney, Associate Athletic Director (if student athlete)
    • Joy Stevenson, Senior Internationalization Officer (if international student)
    • Faculty of each course student is enrolled should be notified in order to excuse absence/attendance/exams/etc.
    • Dean’s office of Academic Unit of student
    • Sheri Gormley, Coronavirus Planning Team Lead
    • C. Mauli Agrawal, Chancellor
    • Jennifer Lundgren, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

  2. UMKC students must stay home or return home and notify UMKC Helpline (and should contact their healthcare provider) if any of the following conditions apply:

    • Student has any COVID–19 like symptoms (which are not explained by other known medical conditions) such as:
      • fever of greater than 100.4,
      • new cough,
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
      • congestion, runny nose or sore throat (not relieved by allergy medication),
      • chills,
      • muscle pain,
      • headache,
      • new loss of taste or smell
      • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Student has been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

    Robin Hamilton or delegate will contact the following individuals or their delegates. Personal identifying details of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will only be shared on a need-to-know basis.

    • Obie Austin, Health and Wellness Administrator
      • Student Health and Wellness will serve as an important resource for student affairs staff and students who test positive for COVID-19, faculty and staff reporting student testing positive for COVID-19.
    • Dea Marx, COVID-19 Notification Coordinator
      • The Notification Coordinator will assist the Health and Wellness Administrator to provide follow up; talk with student as well as others to collect specific details needed for assessment; begin to notify close contacts within the UMKC community/campus; assist with assessment of next steps and assist with additional notification following decision point determinations (i.e. spaces to be closed and cleaned, group for notification, etc.)
    • Kristen Temple, Residential Life Director (if student living in residential halls)
    • Todd Wells, Interim Dean of Students (if student living in Greek housing)
    • Bob Simmons, Associate VC (if student living in UMKC Homes)
    • Ursula Gurney, Associate Athletic Director (if student athlete)
    • Joy Stevenson, Senior Internationalization Officer (if international student)
    • Faculty of each course student is enrolled should be notified in order to excuse absence/attendance/exams/etc.
    • Mike Graves, Campus Facilities Management
    • Anne Spenner, Strategic Marketing and Communications
    • Sheri Gormley, Coronavirus Planning Team Lead

  3. UMKC students who have been on campus who tested positive for COVID-19; student who experienced COVID-like symptoms as described above; and student who have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, should follow guidance from their healthcare provider. Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are required to provide a return to campus certification from a healthcare provider to Student Health and Wellness before coming back to campus.