UMKC leadership have been working with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community. The following are resources to help our UMKC community during COVID-19.

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

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. UMKC has notification processes for both students and employees. Start with this step: 

  • Students: Call the Student Helpline, 816-235-2222.
  • Employees: Contact your supervisor.
  • After-hours: Call 816-235-COVI.

For more information, see Health and Safety

Face coverings or masks are required on campus

Face coverings or masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, except when:

  • You’re alone in a private office with the door closed.
  • You’re alone or with your roommate(s) in a Residential Life housing private space.
  • You're actively eating or drinking.

Face coverings or masks are also required in all outside campus spaces when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, per Kansas City order

Face shields are not allowed as a face covering on campus per CDC guidelines. As a reminder, vented masks are not recommended by the CDC; and recent evidence suggests that gaiters, bandanas and other loose coverings might not provide adequate coverage.

Not wearing a mask is not an option for on-campus learning, working or visiting. Students must contact Student Disability Services for remote-learning accommodations. Faculty and staff must contact Human Resources for remote-working accommodations.

Information and Resources

Health and Safety

  • Monitor your health - please stay home if you are feeling ill
  • What to do if you are experiencing symptoms or test positive
  • How to stay healthy on campus and our commitment to each other


  • Latest COVID-19 cases on campus
  • Updates on COVID-19 from UMKC leadership
  • Additional policies

We care for all Roos during this difficult time

As this situation continues to evolve, we understand that some among us may face unique challenges related to health or caregiving. We ask that you stay in close communication with your professors and/or supervisor regarding any issues that may impact your ability to participate in class or at work.

Each of us should do our part to minimize risk while simultaneously working to promote the UMKC Culture of Care during this time. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination, shunning and bullying that sometimes accompany an outbreak never occur at UMKC.

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Information for Thanksgiving break, return to campus in January

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Safety Modifications for Classrooms and Offices

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