Students

Your health and safety are just as important as your academic success.

It’s the university’s main priority to provide you a meaningful campus experience in the safest environment possible. We continue to work with the public health officials and medical experts to provide guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our campus community.

 

Your Academic Success

  • Academic advisors will be on campus and can meet with you in person or via Zoom.
  • If you need academic access and accommodations, contact UMKC Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • For connectivity issues, help setting up your email account or general technology  concerns, please contact the Information Services Technology Support Center, techsupportcenter@umkc.edu or 816-235-2000.

Your Engagement and Involvement

  • UMKC offices and departments will continue to hold events and provide students opportunities to engage in social activities. However, these activities will be structured to protect all members of the UMKC community.
  • Students will have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations.
  • We recognize that students may have ongoing concerns about the health and safety of our campus. If you have any questions about resources or campus policies, please call the UMKC Student Helpline at 816-235-2222.

Student FAQ

What COVID-19 vaccination resources are available?

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

 

Are masks required for UMKC faculty, staff and students?

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

 Are there free tests available on campus?

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

What other testing resources are available?

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.

Am I required to attend classes in person?

Our campus attendance policy outlines attendance expectations and excused absences. You are expected to attend and participate in courses in their scheduled modality (i.e., in person, online synchronous, online asynchronous). You are encouraged to communicate proactively with your instructors, should you need to miss class for any reason. 

If you have COVID-19 exposure or COVID-19 symptoms, consult the CDC guidance on quarantine, isolation and testing protocols. If you need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19, contact your instructor for instructions on making up missed coursework.

Students can get tested using our free, rapid testing services at student health: go.umkc.edu/covidtesting

 

Will Student Health and Wellness be open? Are Counseling Services at UMKC still available?

Student Health and Wellness
  • Student Health is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Fri.  and offers full in-person services.
  • Additional information can be obtained by calling 816-235-6133 or by visiting our website.

Counseling Services

  • We will continue to offer individual and Mind Over Mood Workshops via HIPAA-compliant Zoom to existing clients.
  • We will offer in-person crisis walk-in consultation at the UMKC Counseling Services office at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • During regular business hours please call the office at 816-235-1635 to arrange an Initial Consultation It is also helpful to call before coming for a Crisis Walk In Consultation so our office can help ensure staff are available.
  • If you are experiencing a crisis after hours or on weekends please contact The Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273, 911, or the UMKC Police at 816-235-1515. 
  • For additional updates and coping resources to deal with the stress and especially those stressors associated with COVID–19 please visit the Counseling Services website umkc.edu/counselingcenter.

How does the Department of Homeland Security rule, requiring international students to take some of their coursework face-to-face rather than online, affect international students at UMKC?

UMKC will offer classes in multiple formats– face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and online – providing our international students with options to meet the requirements set by the U.S. government to remain in the U.S. and continue studying. All new international students on F1 visas are required to have at least one in-person class. We recommend that international students review their current enrollment with their academic advisor to be sure they are taking the right course options to remain in compliance. Please contact the International Student Affairs Office at isao@umkc.edu with any questions.

As an international student, can I stay in my home country and take classes online?

Yes, international students outside the United States may take as many online courses as they wish. If you are maintaining your visa status while outside the US, you will be required to maintain full-time enrollment, so communicate with your academic advisor to determine online course availability to ensure you will be able to meet the enrollment requirement. If you do not yet have F1 status in the U.S. or will be re-entering the U.S. on a new I-20 in the future, you may enroll below full-time.

 

Will guests be permitted in Residential Life?

Residents will be permitted to have guests. Guests must be escorted by their host at all times. Upon arrival residents will need to meet their guest at the Welcome Desk and sign them into the building. The guest will need to leave a photo ID with the desk while they are in the building. When the guest leaves, they will sign out of the building. 

Will community spaces be available in Residential Life?

Kitchens, study rooms, lounges, music practice rooms and classrooms will all be available for resident use. Due to equipment or location, some will require the resident to check a key out from the Welcome Desk.

Dining

Are there capacity limits on the Dining Hall and retail venues?

All retail locations will return to 100% capacity. 

Are there other precautions in place at Dining Services locations?

  • All locations will continue to operate with contactless entry and transaction.

I am a veteran and I have questions about online courses. What should I do?

Please contact Eric Gormly, assistant director of Veteran Student Support Services (VSSS) at gormlyea@umkc.edu.

I am having connectivity and technology issues, which is preventing access to online classes and coursework. Who should I contact?

Please contact the Information Services Technology Support Centertechsupportcenter@umkc.edu, 816-235-2000.

What if I have limited access to the internet?

The University of Missouri system is working to help secure the resources students need. For more information on resources for internet access, check out this page.

What if I need access to software programs but I'm not on campus?

In order to better provide resources to those not on campus or using personal laptops we are introducing Roo Labs Online! This is a new service that will enable students to remotely access physical Windows lab computers from anywhere and from most computing devices. Students will have access to all standard and specialized software currently installed in the computer labs. 

You can find more information about Roo Labs Online here.