Faculty

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 for COVID-19:

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

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.
  • 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 provost@umkc.edu, and we will obtain answers and add them to this list as appropriate. 

For information regarding the UM System vaccination policy and exemptions, please visit our Vaccines page.

For information regarding on-campus and off-campus vaccine opportunities, visit our Vaccines page.

For information on the latest masking guidance, please visit the Health and Safety page.

To find testing availability on campus, visit go.umkc.edu/covidtesting.

There are several options to receive a free COVID-19 test.

Click here to find testing availability through the Kansas City Health Department.

Click here to find testing availability through the Jackson County Health Department.

Testing can also be found through private pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS.

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.

Telework

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.

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