Your health and safety are important to us.

Campus leadership has worked collaboratively with faculty representatives and consulted with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community.

If you test positive, were exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms:

UMKC has a notification process for employees. Start with this step:

  • Employees: Contact your supervisor.
  • After-hours: Call 816-235-COVI.

Do not visit campus or any public areas. Follow the advice of your health-care provider, cooperate with contact tracing with public health officials and continue to practice good health hygiene

If you test positive, stay home. Within four hours of your learning of your positive test, you need to start the process for notifying UMKC so we can notify campus of a positive case and begin necessary sanitization.

Teaching and Research

  • The key element for classroom instruction is flexibility. Be sure to be ready to teach courses in in-person, online and hybrid formats whenever possible.
  • The vital opportunity for students to engage with faculty outside of regularly scheduled instructional hours, either virtually or in person by mutual agreement, must be maintained.
  • Instructors are also strongly encouraged to assign seating in face-to-face classes to facilitate contact tracing should a student or faculty member become ill.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be granted in accordance with Collected Rules and Regulations Section 600.080, Policy Related to Employees with Disabilities, and may include alternative work schedule or location, extension of telework or enhanced safety measures.
  • The overriding guiding principle for research activity is to protect the emotional as well as physical health and safety of our workforce, clinical patients and human research subjects.
  • We will continue to limit the number of researchers permitted to work in rooms and buildings. In some cases, we will limit the duration of time that researchers can work in the same room, even with physical distancing.
  • UM System Human Resources has a list of policies and guidance about Working Through COVID-19.  

Classroom and Office Regulations, Recommendations and Etiquette

Faculty FAQ

You may have many questions that are not addressed in the current set of FAQs. Please send your questions to telltheprovost@umkc.edu, and we will obtain answers and add them to this list as appropriate. 

Based on the latest guidance from local health experts, UMKC requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks in public indoor settings.

The University of Missouri System policy calls for individual campuses to follow local public health requirements for masking, and continues to recommend masking in indoor settings. At UMKC, that means face coverings will continue to be required in all public indoor settings, including our classrooms, labs and other learning spaces. 

For those who are unvaccinated, masks are required in both indoor and outdoor settings on campus. 

Masks are still required in hospitals or other health-care settings, and public transportation settings. 

Learn more on the Health and Safety page.

Our campus attendance policy outlines attendance expectations and excused absences. Although students are generally required to provide documentation for excused absences, flexibility is encouraged this academic year. Students should be encouraged to quarantine and get tested if they have even mild COVID-19 symptoms. Faculty do not need to simultaneously offer a face-to-face and remote course, but should have contingency plans in place for making course material and assessments available to any student who is unable to attend class for an extended period of time with an excused absence.

If a student contacts you with concerns about attending classes and requests accommodations, or they need accommodations in an online course, please direct them to Student Disability Services (816-235-5612). For online course accommodations, the Instructional Design and Technology team can assist you in providing the accommodations needed.

Yes, free rapid testing is available on campus by appointment at go.umkc.edu/covidtesting.


For information regarding on-campus vaccine clinics, visit our Vaccines page.

Vaccines are widely available at drugstores, hospitals, clinics and other sites throughout our community, and we continue to offer vaccinations to members of our campus community through our partners at University Health Truman Medical Center. Register online or call (816) 404-CARE (2273) and press option 1.

UMKC faculty, staff, students and volunteers who have direct patient contact are required to be vaccinated.


Supervisors are encouraged to provide telework options to employees, including non-exempt employees, whose job duties can be performed remotely without hampering operations. UM Human Resources has information and tools available if considering flexible work arrangements.

Paid time off

Benefit-eligible Administrative, Service & Support employees and certain non-regular academic employees may use the following paid time off:

  1. Sick leave, HR-404 Sick Leave
  2. Vacation leave, HR-402 Vacation
  3. Personal days, HR-403 Personal Days 

12-month faculty may use any of their unused four weeks (20 days per year) of annual leave, CRR 320.070 Academic Appointments. Non-benefit eligible employees will be approved for leave without pay.

Please consult your university, hospital or system human resources for additional guidance.

University travel, domestic and international, will resume with people following all guidelines and restrictions according to the CDC. This includes study-abroad programs.

What are the quarantine guidelines for international travel?

Please visit the CDC for the most up-to-date guidelines for quarantine following international travel.

For more information about the university's liability, please see MO Senate Bill 51.

No. The university does not pay for doctor's appointments.

This fall, we anticipate allowing only university-sponsored events to be held on campus. All campus COVID-related policies effective at the time of the event must be followed. For indoor events with food, room capacity should be limited to 50% or otherwise allow for social distancing while masks are removed for eating/drinking. For indoor events without food, there are no room capacity modifications.

Off-campus university events will follow the protocols/policies of the off-campus venue and any municipal ordinances in place at the time of the event.

Please refer to the UMKC Event Policy guidance for more information.

No. There is no reimbursement of home internet or other expenses for business use.

Addressing workplace concerns during a virus-related outbreak are complex and ever-changing. First and foremost, help employees reduce unwarranted fears by focusing on facts provided by the CDC and remain consistent with the messaging provided by the university.

Employees should be supported and provided a safe and inclusive environment. Obtain information about the source of their concerns to consider alternative working arrangements, if feasible. Consult with Human Resources to determine if accommodations are appropriate based on reliable information. 

Under these situations, supervisors are encouraged to provide telework options to employees, including non-exempt employees, whose job duties can be performed remotely without hampering operations. UM Human Resources has information and tools available if considering flexible work arrangements.

Please consult your HR Business Partner for additional guidance