Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, spring semester is now online. Please take health and safety precautions. Learn more about the UMKC response and the latest information from the CDC.

Coronavirus

UMKC continues to monitor COVID-19 and how it affects our community.

Latest Updates

Three emergency funds have been established for students. Here's where students can find out more and apply. Here's where you can donate to them.

Summer sessions schedule is announced.

Change in grading policy for spring semester. 

May graduates will have a virtual commencement in May, and can participate in an in-person ceremony in December.

The first coronavirus case on campus was reported March 25, 2020.

Faculty and staff, except designated personnel, are working from home indefinitely.

Classes are online for the rest of the spring semester. 

University-related travel, both international and domestic, is suspended, effective immediately and until further notice.

Events or gatherings of more than 10 people scheduled to take place at UMKC are canceled through at least April 30. 

Information Sections

Academics and Teleworking

Communications

Culture of Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Health on Our Campus

Travel

Academics and Teleworking

UMKC and the three other UM System universities moved to online instruction through the spring semester.

UMKC Zoom Support
UMKC VPN Support
Roo Up Seminar Canvas

We will continue to create more resources and upload them to the files tab of this Canvas page over the next few weeks. This page can be accessed by students, staff and facultyAfter clicking the link, click “enroll in course: option" to join the Canvas page. You can access the videos on the Panopto Recordings tab. You can access any of the resources discussed in the videos in the Files tab.

Note: if accessing videos from an iPhone, students may need to scroll over to the left when opening the Panopto Recordings tab and select the “click here to open this page in a new tab.”

Communications

UMKC and the University of Missouri System proactively created task forces to keep campuses updated and safe. The Student Health and Wellness Center and UMKC Health Sciences District professionals are in regular communication with city, county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact umkcfeedback@umkc.edu.

April 6, 2020 - Interim Provost announces summer schedule and details

April 6, 2020 - UM System President announces HR policy updates

April 3, 2020 - Interim Provost announces change to grade policy

April 2, 2020 - University announces commencement plan

March 30, 2020 - University welcome back to students after spring break with online resources

March 25, 2020 - Chancellor announces first confirmed COVID-19 case

March 19, 2020 - University Libraries goes completely online

March 19, 2020 - UM System President directs that no one work on campus unless directed to do so

March 18, 2020 - Chancellor encourages students who have ability to vacate the residence halls and return home to do so

March 17, 2020 - Chancellor encourages staff to work remotely

March 17, 2020 - UM System President and chancellors encourage staff to work remotely

March 15, 2020 - UM System President and chancellors offer encouragement for first week of online learning

March 14, 2020 - Chancellor offers guidance and resources for online learning through spring semester

March 13, 2020 - UM System President announces online learning will be through the spring semester

March 13, 2020 - Athletics Director announces suspension of all athletics activities

March 12, 2020 - Chancellor announces online learning, study-abroad cancellations, travel cancellations

March 9, 2020 - Chancellor and Interim Provost announce preventive COVID-19 measures

February 27, 2020 - Chancellor announces Level 3 country travel restrictions

January 29, 2020 - UM System President discusses prohibition of university-sponsored travel to China

Culture of Care

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out the FAQ sections below for more specific questions based on your role within the university community. 

Student FAQ

Prospective Student FAQ

Faculty FAQ

Staff FAQ

General FAQ

Health On Our Campus

Most UMKC activities have moved to the virtual realm. No matter where you are, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people who have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms to stay home and call your primary healthcare provider for direction. Calling first is an important guideline so those with the virus do not infect others.

This guidance may change quickly, so please stay informed. For additional information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection, see the CDC website.

Travel

University travel refunds and reimbursements: for guidance, please see this UM System FAQ.

The list of affected locations and the warning level is dynamic. Please monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites.

For more information, see the FAQs below for Students, Faculty and Staff

Student FAQ

UMKC wants to maintain a safe learning environment for all students. This section will be updated as the situation evolves. Here is a list of online resources for students (PDF).

Academic advisors will still be on campus and can meet with you in person or via Zoom.

If you have been working toward establishing Missouri residency during the 2019-2020 academic year, here are some things to know now:

  • For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, students should reside wherever they determine is in their best personal interest. We understand that many might choose to return to family outside Missouri.
  • Any absences from Missouri while courses are being taught remotely for the Spring 2020 semester will not be held against a residency applicant for the Summer 2020, Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters.
  • To gain residency, students must have been enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester and must continue to be enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester.

 In the meantime, if you have questions about your individual situation, please submit them to admissions@umkc.edu.

Residence halls will remain open and available to our students who are unable to move out. 

Smart Market, located in Oak Street Hall, service hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The operation will honor the Roo Express Program, which allows meal-plan holders to utilize a board meal swipe to grab a meal to-go during this time. Students will also be allowed to use Flex Dollars, Roo Bucks, cash or credit card if they choose. Safe social distancing is practiced as no more than three students will be allowed into the space for pick-up.

Yes, UMKC has a food pantry on campus and there are several other food resources through Harvesters and other regional food banks. There is also a list of area restaurants offering carryout and delivery.

The Kangaroo Food Pantry is open, but with limited operations. Orders will need to be placed online and be in by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesdays to be available for pickup on Wednesday afternoons between noon and 5 p.m. Pre-ordered bags will be available for pickup in the front lobby of 4825 Troost Ave. Contact kangaroopantry@umkc.edu with any questions.

The delivery or suspension of clinical experiences will be determined by academic department.

If you are experiencing a need or emergency during this time, please contact the UMKC Financial Aid office via phone at 816-235-1154 or email at finaid@umkc.edu. Each situation is different, and our staff will want to talk through any options that might be available to address your unique circumstances.
  • Three New Funds to Help Students

    The virus has drastically disrupted life on campus. In particular, many students find themselves struggling to cover unexpected expenses related to returning home, food, housing, access to technology and other unplanned and unbudgeted circumstances.

    University programs and services that support students in need are more important than ever. We have established three new funds that can make a huge impact on students quickly and ask that you please consider offering your support during this challenging time. These funds address the immediate needs of UMKC students and will help them overcome difficult setbacks stemming from COVID-19. 

    Student Emergency Fund

    The Student Emergency Fund provides micro-grants to students to address unforeseen financial emergencies.

    UMKC Foundation-Unrestricted

    Another way to support our students is by making an unrestricted gift. These gifts are vital for the university to respond to the most immediate and highest priority needs.

    UMKC Kangaroo Food Pantry

    UMKC strives to provide food assistance for Roos in need, and we rely on volunteers and donations from within the UMKC community.

Additional Support

  • The on-campus Kangaroo Food Pantry is open, but with limited operations. Orders will need to be placed online and be in by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesdays to be available for pickup on Wednesday afternoons between noon and 5 p.m. Pre-ordered bags will be available for pickup in the front lobby of 4825 Troost Ave. Contact kangaroopantry@umkc.edu with any questions.
  • FindHelp.org
  • Kansas City-area resources
  • UMKC-compiled list (PDF)
  • In addition, the Missouri Department of Social Services administers the federal SNAP (food stamps) program.  If you have questions about your eligibility for SNAP, please contact Harvesters.
  • If you are employed off-campus and have questions about possible unemployment benefits, please contact the MO Department of Labor or the KS Department of Labor.
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City wants to remind you of the referral services available through 211, a one-stop resource for community relief – food, financial help, utility assistance, tax services and more. Through 211, callers are connected to more than 8,000 programs run by nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the 23-county United Way 211 service area. For assistance, visit 211kc.org or dial 211.

 

UMKC, along with the other three universities in the UM System, will provide discounts for students.

3-27-2020 - Letter about discounts [pdf]

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Discounts
Covid Discounts FAQ [pdf]

Since it is imperative for students and their supervisors to engage in protective practices that limit the spread of the coronavirus, we are asking that remote work options be implemented. To align with President Choi’s directive, starting Monday, March 23, no one will physically work on campus unless requested to do so by an appropriate supervisor. 

Federal Work Study (FWS) Positions

Under supervisor guidance, Federal Work Study (FWS) student employees may work from their home/apartment/dorm room, etc., with appropriate documentation. Unit work assignments can include all regular duties that can be performed electronically/remotely. Supervisors may also assign projects outside of the regular duties that student employees were originally hired for, as long as projects can be completed remotely. Supervisors and student employees are encouraged to communicate intensely and consistently to create a new working environment that will support the unit’s needs for the next three weeks, while aligning with the Presidential Directive to move all university business into the remote environment.

PRO Roos programmatic assignments and professional development is to be counted as work hours if approved by student employees’ direct supervisor. This includes all assignments on Levels 1 and 2 and all professional development found on Lynda.comStudents must submit hours spent on Canvas/Lynda.com in the same manner they would if they were working in-person at their unit/department. While some assignments in Level 2 ask for peer mentoring and working with a team, these can be completed using Zoom or Skype so students do not need to meet in-person.

Non-Work-Study Student Employees

For non-work-study student employees, please work directly with your supervisor for all options of continued remote employment. Each supervisor is aware of the importance of our students’ employment and can address the options individually with each student. President Choi and Chancellor Agrawal have asked all of us to move to working remotely, so please let your direct supervisor know of your concerns and your plans so that they are aware of your current situation and your desire to continue, or discontinue, work. Please know that the UM System and UMKC leadership are working diligently to find the unique solutions that our current situation requires. President Choi assures us that updates will be provided as quickly as possible as they work through each set of challenges, prioritizing the health of our communities.

For now, try to remain calm and flexible and keep in contact with your direct supervisor. PRO Roos is always here and available for questions and concerns, but we too are remaining flexible as the situation seems to change on a daily basis.

For any questions, please reach out to Dea Marx, PRO Roos Program Director, at 816-235-8955, marxd@umkc.edu or Carla Wilson Sr. Director PRO Roos Program, at 816-235-1493, wilsonca@umkc.edu.

In most cases, this will not impact your financial aid, however we recommend that you reach out to the Financial Aid Office to determine the potential impact, if any, to your award package. If you are dropping a 2nd 8-week course prior to the course beginning, your aid may be impacted.

In response to the university moving classes and services to remote/electronic delivery, the Registrar’s Office will now accept electronic and/or digital signatures in place of ink signatures as long as the documents are submitted with an email from the signing party(ies)’s UMKC email account. Students should consult with their academic advisor and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office prior to making adjustments to their schedule in order to understand the impacts to their academic record and aid package if applicable.

Online instruction began March 16 and will last through the spring semester. As UMKC moves your courses to online instruction, your eligibility for aid should not be impacted.

At this time, final exams will still be held. As we learn more information, the Registrar's Office will keep faculty and students updated regarding any changes to the final exams schedule.

The last day for graduate students to withdraw from a 16-week session course without assessment has been moved from Friday, March 13 to Monday, March 30.

There are no plans at this time to adjust the Spring 2020 due-date for grades which is Tuesday, May 19.

In most cases, this will not impact your financial aid, however we recommend that you reach out to the Financial Aid Office to determine the potential impact, if any, to your award package. If you are dropping a 2nd 8-week course prior to the course beginning, your aid may be impacted.

If a student totally withdraws from all coursework, the Financial Aid Office must determine the amount of federal aid a student has earned up to the point when they totally withdrew.  Please review the Return to Title IV and Total Withdrawal Policy.

Generally, scholarships are not reduced after a student has started a semester. However, students may need to appeal their scholarship eligibility when renewing an award for the next year.

Yes. Although the VA typically recognizes No Credit (NC) grades as non-punitive and will not pay for non-punitive grades, due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding COVID-19, for students who elect to switch their grade to Credit (CR)/No Credit (NC) grading option and fail to earn credit for the course, the grade can be reported with a mitigating circumstance, citing COVID-19 and the VA will pay for the course.

Please note:  If a student-veteran elects to take a course on a Credit/No Credit basis and does not earn the grade necessary to advance in their program, or, if the course is required for graduation but they do not earn the grade necessary to graduate, then the course may be repeated until successfully completed. Please keep in mind that repeating the course will deduct from your remaining entitlement.

 

Yes, there will be a virtual commencement ceremony in May. Graduates also will have the opportunity to walk in an in-person ceremony in December.

Stay calm. Do not walk into a hospital or clinic; call first so you don’t unnecessarily put others at risk. If you have any concerns about exposure, please contact the UMKC Student Health and Wellness Center at 816-235-6133 or the Kansas City Health Department at 816-513-6008. 

Student Health and Wellness

  • A full array of services but with adjusted hours. We remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday virtually to answer phone calls and address patient needs.
  • We will continue to offer face-to-face visits in the office during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Additional information can be obtained by calling 816-235-6133 or by visiting our website. Please call the office before coming in.

Counseling Services

  • We will continue to offer individual and some modified group services via HIPAA-compliant Zoom to existing clients. 
  • We will offer in-person crisis walk-in consultation at the UMKC Counseling Services office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Please call the office at 816-235-1635 before coming in.
  • Please visit our website for up-to-date information regarding our services, and for tools and tips for coping with the COVID-19 situation.

 

 

Students, faculty and staff are reminded to utilize the free Sanvello app available to anyone with a UMKC email address and which can be downloaded from your cell phone. For additional updates and coping resources to deal with the stress associated with COVID–19 please visit the Counseling Services website

Students are encouraged to engage in healthy self-care. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy, hydration, exercise and utilizing your social-support system are helpful suggestions. Monitor your exposure to the news and social media, and set a boundary with information overload. Engage in activities you enjoy and that help you relax (music, art activities, meditation, mindfulness, nature, pets, games, laughter/humor). Remember to download and use the Sanvello app that is free and available to all students, staff and faculty using your UMKC email address. Maintain an attitude that is positive, flexible, supportive and hopeful.

The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP; part of the US Department of Homeland Security) issued guidance to schools stating:

SEVP will allow F-1 and/or M-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the limits stated in 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) and 8 CFR 214.2(m)(9)(v), even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes from elsewhere. This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency and in accordance with the procedural change documents filed in a timely manner to SEVP.”

ISAO will be reporting UMKC’s procedural changes to SEVP as required; as long as you are still actively participating in your coursework for the rest of this semester, your F-1 status will be unaffected by UMKC’s move to online coursework.

F-1 students are not required to maintain physical presence in Kansas City to maintain visa status; however, we do not encourage travel at this time. Due to the nature of this virus, the best way to stop its spread is to limit your contact with others. Travel puts you at close contact with others and also increases the risk of you becoming a carrier of the virus from one location to another.

Additionally, online courses are being delivered synchronously, meaning going home to a different time zone and potential internet restrictions may make it difficult to participate in your coursework. You will still be expected to make positive progress towards your degree and failure to properly attend online lectures would negatively impact your ability to do so.

Should you still choose to travel home you are advised to:

  • Get an updated travel endorsement on your I-20
  • Check your F-1 visa expiration date – we expect consular difficulties due to closures and a backlog of appointments which could make it difficult for you to return to the US for the fall semester if you require a new visa. For information about US Embassy/Consulate closings, please check NAFSA’s page tracking these updates here.
  • Know your country’s quarantine policies. There is a chance you will be required to quarantine upon return to your home country, which could also disrupt your ability to continue in your online classes at UMKC.

All nonessential university events are canceled until further notice, including student organization-led campus events. Student leaders are still allowed to meet but are advised to do so virtually. 

All university offices and services will remain open to help you via phone or email. This includes the Financial Aid Office, which can assist your questions related to accepting loans.

The UMKC shuttle bus has suspended service. For more information, check the shuttle page.

Student Health and Wellness is open, and continues to see patients for health care needs. And, you can always contact us through the Make An Appointment link for your secure patient portal on our website at https://info.umkc.edu/studenthealth/

If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please call first before going, 816-235-6133. We are conducting screening questions upon arrival, so that any symptomatic patient who arrives can be properly masked and immediately isolated to protect our staff and patients

During this time, we ask that you limit accompanying visitors and attend your appointment alone. The only permitted exceptions will be a single caregiver for a minor patient, a patient with a disability or impairment warranting assistance, or a patient requiring language assistance.  

UMKC Counseling Services will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with limited staffing. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Counseling Services is largely providing remote services.

Counselors will be doing email or telephone check-ins with existing clients to determine their needs and provide options for services.

Because of state licensure regulations, the option of doing Zoom sessions with a therapist will be available starting next week only to current clients of UMKC Counseling Services living in Missouri and Kansas.

At this time we have discontinued new client initial consultations and are providing resources to the community for individuals needing mental health services. UMKC students that are experiencing a crisis can still come in person to Counseling Services at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for urgent critical needs.

Counseling will be offering at least one series of Mind Over Mood Workshops using Zoom at a time to be determined. A recorded ADA accessible version will be posted in the near future on our website that can be accessed at any time.

Faculty, staff and students are reminded to utilize the free Sanvello app available to anyone with a UMKC email address and which can be downloaded from your cell phone. For additional updates and coping resources to deal with the stress associated with COVID–19 please visit the Counseling Services website

Yes, UMKC Tutoring has tutors available to help with your classes by appointment and drop-ins via Zoom only. You can schedule an appointment and see times for drop-ins for your course at www.tutortrac.umkc.edu. If you need help scheduling an appointment or have questions, you may email umkctutoring@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1179 during business hours. Please see our Online Tutoring Page for more information about using Zoom for tutoring sessions. 

Yes, Supplemental Instruction sessions will be offered as soon as Monday, March 16 in an online format using Zoom. SI leaders will reach out to all enrolled students in each SI-supported course by email with instructions for participating in SI sessions. SI leaders will also offer their regularly scheduled office hours via Zoom. If you have any questions, feel free to email umkcsi@umkc.edu.

Yes, the Writing Studio will continue to offer individual writing consultations by Zoom and email. UMKC students can schedule an appointment for a writing consultation at www.tutortrac.umkc.edu or request an email session here. If you need help scheduling an appointment or have questions you may email writingstudio@umkc.edu or call 816.235.5010 or 816.235.1146 during business hours. 

Starting Saturday, March 21, UMKC Libraries will provide all services online only. This includes the UMKC Leon E. Bloch Law Library. All physical facilities will be closed. The library will continue to provide online resources and services during this very challenging coronavirus situation. More details about these changes are provided below. You can reach UMKC Libraries via phone, chat, text or email for additional assistance. 

  • The entire Miller Nichols Library facility will be closed indefinitely starting Saturday, March 21.
  • The UMKC Health Sciences Library is currently closed and will remain so indefinitely. 
  • The UMKC Writing Studio is now online only
  • LaBudde Special Collections, Marr Sound Archives and University Archives are closed to visitors. 
  • Patrons are asked to keep all checked-out books and the library will suspend any billing and fines for overdue materials. Any returned items will be held for five days prior to processing and re-shelving.
  • Interlibrary Loan is suspending borrowing physical materials from other libraries but will be providing online availability of materials when possible.
  • Scanning from the general library collections will not be available.

We encourage patrons to take advantage of the online collections and services, and to contact UMKC Libraries through phone, email, text or chat for assistance. Additional information about the virus can be found on our Coronavirus Information page. You can also check this list of providers making online books and other materials freely available during this time. 

Computer Labs: https://www.umkc.edu/is/labs/hourslocations/

  • Yes - Disability Services' office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All accommodation processes will remain the same, but intake meetings will be scheduled by Zoom or phone.
  • If you already receive exam accommodations, speak with your professor about upcoming exams. Many of these accommodations will be handled online.
  • If your accommodations require a face-to-face exam, i.e. exams that require reader scribes, they will be proctored in the Office of Student Disability Services. If you have a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath please contact your professor and our office to reschedule your face-to-face exam.

  • Students who are scheduled for HEIghten or major field exam (biology, psychology, physics) testing the week of March 16, will be contacted by a Testing Services team member.

  • Students who must complete an exam to graduate this semester should contact Testing Services to arrange to take the exam online.

Yes – The Bloch Career Center and UMKC Career Services will continue to offer appointments to students and alumni. To schedule a meeting via phone, Skype or Zoom, go to umkc.joinhandshake.com.

Handshake also has thousands of internships and jobs available to UMKC students, resources available 24/7 to assist in all aspects of your job search and upcoming virtual workshops and networking events. Handshake can be accessed by all UMKC students – sign in with your SSO.

Recreation centers at all UM System universities are temporarily closed, and intramural sports are postponed.

In most cases, this will not impact your financial aid, however we recommend that you reach out to the Financial Aid Office to determine the potential impact, if any, to your award package. If you are dropping a 2nd 8-week course prior to the course beginning, your aid may be impacted.

UMKC students are not approved to study abroad for spring break or summer 2020, regardless of program or location. This cancellation includes programs offered by affiliates IFSA, ISA, DIS, AMIDEAST and all other providers as well as UMKC faculty-led options. Looking to a better future, approvals for study during Academic Year 2020-21 Fall 2020 remain in place. Applications for Spring 2021 are welcome with a deadline of October 15, 2020.

Please contact the Financial Aid and Study Abroad offices to address your circumstances individually.

Contact Eric Gormly, assistant director of Veteran Student Support Services (VSSS), at gormlyea@umkc.edu with the projected dates of activation, Student ID number and signed orders if you have them. VSSS will work with the Dean of Students office to notify your professors of your absences. It is your responsibility to let VSSS and your professors know when you have returned, and talk through options on returning to class.

We’ve received confirmation from our VA representative in St. Louis, as well as our liaison with the State Approving Agency, that all of the programs offered at UMKC are approved for delivery through an online modality. All benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) will remain unchanged for the remainder of the term.

The VA has extended their exception for residential/online courses through the upcoming summer semester. If you enroll in a summer course that would have been classroom based but is now being taught online the VA still considers this course as residential and it will not impact your monthly housing allowance.

Yes. Although the VA typically recognizes No Credit (NC) grades as non-punitive and will not pay for non-punitive grades, due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding COVID-19, for students who elect to switch their grade to Credit (CR)/No Credit (NC) grading option and fail to earn credit for the course, the grade can be reported with a mitigating circumstance, citing COVID-19 and the VA will pay for the course.

Please note:  If a student-veteran elects to take a course on a Credit/No Credit basis and does not earn the grade necessary to advance in their program, or, if the course is required for graduation but they do not earn the grade necessary to graduate, then the course may be repeated until successfully completed. Please keep in mind that repeating the course will deduct from your remaining entitlement.

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.

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. Information about final exams and grading issues will be provided as we get closer to finals week.

Please see President Choi's letter and Interim Provost Lundgren's letter of March 19, 2020.

For additional updates, please check out the other content sections of this coronavirus web page. You will find the most up-to-date, relevant information there as the situation evolves.

Here are some UMKC-specific tools for working from home:

VPN direct link:  https://www.umkc.edu/is/support/services/VPN/

Zoom Support direct link:  https://idt.umkc.edu/support/zoom-support/

Yes. For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, all in-person classes are being taught online. Faculty needing assistance in transitioning their courses to the online format, should review the numerous resources available through UMKC Instructional Design and Technology and the UM System eLearning website.

If a student contacts you with concerns about attending classes and requests accommodations, please direct them to Student Disability Services (816-235-5612) and then work closely with that office and with our Instructional Design and Technology team to provide the accommodations needed.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that all public spaces must be accessible to all users. This includes digital spaces. As an online instructor, you must make every effort to ensure your course materials can be used by all students, including those who might have disabilities. Here is a resource guide from UM System.

If you are a faculty member with a disability, and are concerned about access to technology to support your online teaching, you are encouraged to reach out to Lacie Fox (l.j.mcclellan-fox@umkc.edu), our Employee ADA Specialist to discuss option. Also consider consulting with our Instructional Design and Technology team to discuss your concerns. Special equipment needs can be submitted to accommodations2020@umkc.edu.

Instructors of students in off-campus placements such as internships and service-learning should evaluate those placements. If a student’s placement is in a public environment in which social distancing would be challenging or impossible, then the student should be instructed to stop attending and the instructor should create alternative assignments to meet the learning objectives of the placement.

There are multiple options for administering exams online that minimize the potential for academic dishonesty. Please contact UMKC Instructional Design and Technology to explore options that make the most sense given your specific course.

You should be actively preparing to be able to teach from an off-campus location starting March 30, after spring break. If you have so far been teaching from on-campus, please use the upcoming week to seek whatever assistance and accommodations may be needed to be able to teach off-campus after spring break ends. If you are facing specific challenges to teaching remotely please consult with our Instructional Design and Technology team to discuss your concerns. Special equipment needs can be submitted to accommodations2020@umkc.edu. If you are a faculty member with a disability, and are concerned about access to technology to support your online teaching, you are encouraged to reach out to Lacie Fox (l.j.mcclellan-fox@umkc.edu), our Employee ADA Specialist to discuss option.

Online courses can be delivered in two modes: synchronous and asynchronous. Delivering a course synchronously means the course has required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students, usually through the use of online conferencing tools (e.g., Zoom). The course is characterized by regular and substantive online interactions between course instructor and course participants which occur both synchronously and asynchronously.

Delivering a course asynchronously means the course has no required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students. The course is characterized by regular and substantive asynchronous online interactions between course instructor and course participants (e.g., short pre-recorded video clips, readings, discussion boards, etc.).

In an ideal situation, a course would be designed from the outset as synchronous or asynchronous, and that decision would guide your course design.  In our current context, the decision as to whether your course is best delivered synchronously or asynchronously for the remainder of the semester depends on the nature of the course and is left to your discretion*. However, within the current context of COVID-19, even you choose to deliver your class synchronously, student attendance should not be required. There should be no penalties for students who are unable to be online/participating at the time the class is meeting and all students should have the option of accessing your class content asynchronously (e.g., recorded Zoom meetings) to provide as much flexibility as possible to support students who may managing childcare or other personal situations during this time.

*Based on feedback and the ever-changing COVID instructional landscape, the current guidance varies from the original FAQs.  It is meant to be more flexible and realistic within the context of our evolving day-to-day lives, yet maintain the expectation that faculty are fully engaged with students through online teaching for the remainder of the semester.

If you are choosing to deliver your class synchronously, student attendance should not be required. There should be no penalties for students who are unable to be online/participating at the time the class is meeting and all students should have the option of accessing your class content asynchronously to provide as much flexibility as possible to support students who may managing childcare or other personal situations during this time.

Starting Saturday March 21, UMKC Libraries will provide all services online only. This includes the UMKC Leon E. Bloch Law Library. All physical facilities will be closed. The library will continue to provide online resources and services. You can reach UMKC Libraries via phone, chat, text or email for additional assistance.

Although you may need to modify assignments to accommodate the online format and make modifications to your syllabus accordingly, we expect that faculty will make every attempt to keep the course assignments and assessments as close to the original syllabus as possible, and to continue teaching to the end of the spring semester.

Proactively discuss with your GTA how their support of your class might change as your class moves from in-person to online. Do your best to keep your GTA's responsibilities similar and within the same hourly expectations as prior to this change. Keep in mind that your graduate students will also be facing adjustments in their own classes with this transition. Please be as flexible as possible with your expectations and deadlines.

See this UM System FAQs for guidance.

Staff FAQ

We recognize that there may be times when employees require additional support that our current policies do not contemplate or accommodate. If you confront a particularly difficult circumstance, Human Resources is available to offer employment-related guidance and support.

 

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.

FMLA Leave

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a designated 12-month leave year for specified family and medical reasons which may include COVID-19 where complications arise that create a “serious health condition” as defined by the FMLA.

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

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.

The following does not apply to University of Missouri Health Care employees. Per HR-217 Emergency Closure and Suspension of Operations:

Pay Procedures for Campus Closure

  1. The following pay procedures will be in effect for benefit-eligible administrative, service and support staff and benefit-eligible non-exempt academic employees:
    1. Employees who are not required to work during a closure will be granted administrative leave to continue their regular pay for up to 5 work days per closure. Pay is based on their normal work schedule and regular full-time equivalency (FTE).
    2. Employees who are required to work during closure will receive time and a half for all hours actually worked. Those hours actually worked will count toward the calculation of weekly overtime pay.
    3. If employees are required to work less than their regular schedule, they will receive administrative leave for those hours they are not required to work up to their regular FTE.
    4. Employees who are not scheduled to work but are called in, during a closure are entitled to call pay consistent with HR 212 in addition to the premium pay for working during the closure.
    5. Employees who are on Standby, pursuant to HR-212 Call-in/Call-Back, Standby will receive both standby pay and administrative leave. Neither administrative leave nor standby pay counts toward the calculation of weekly overtime pay.
    6. Should a closure extend beyond 5 days, employees may use available accrued vacation, personal days, sick leave (as appropriate), compensatory time or take leave without pay.

  2. Benefit-Eligible Exempt Employees
    1. Employees who are not required to work during a closure will be granted administrative leave to continue their regular pay for up to 5 work days per closure. Pay is based on their normal work schedule and regular FTE.
    2. Employees who are required to work during closure will receive their regular pay (based on their normal schedule). Exempt employees are not eligible for premium pay or compensatory time off for hours worked during a closure.
    3. Should a closure extend beyond 5 days, employees may use available accrued vacation, personal days, sick leave (as appropriate) or take leave without pay.

  3. Variable Hour and Student Employees
    1. Variable hour and student employees who do not work during a closure will not be paid. Supervisors should work with those employees to make up the time if possible.
    2. Such employees may be requested to work and will be paid under normal pay procedures for hours worked.
In the event a closure is anticipated to last longer than 5 consecutive work days, employees may use their Paid Time Off benefits as appropriate, request to work remotely from home (if appropriate), or be given the opportunity to make up lost work time when possible.

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

For all our supervisors of student employees funded through Federal Work-Study (FWS):

In light of President Choi’s directive to move our work to the remote option, many students are concerned as they depend on the money they earn from campus positions as financial support. While we know many positions were created to service on-campus needs (front-desk coverage, information desks, etc.), we are asking you to think about other possible work students could do remotely should they desire to continue working.

Options to Consider

Easy options that fall within the PRO Roos program would be for students to log onto Canvas and complete assignments, projects, or professional development through Lynda.com. Anything that is listed on Canvas can be done remotely (with supervisor’s approval), and therefore is acceptable for students to do as work hours, as long as the students have computer and internet access. Some assignments are collaborative in nature (Level 2) but those “meetings” can be completed through Zoom or Skype so students do not meet in-person.

We are encouraging students to use this time to complete much of their PRO Roos expectations, but to have their planned activities approved by their direct supervisor first. So please be prepared to have a virtual conversation with each of your students (individually or as an online group) to convey what your expectations will be the next several weeks.

Ideas for engaging student employees with remote/electronic options for work during this time requires some creativity and thinking outside the box. While some positions may be challenging to revamp as students need to be physically present, other options for these students may be available but outside of the normal expectations for the position that the student was originally hired.

PRO Roos staff will remain available (virtually) and vigilant in supporting you as you support student employees who are depending on their FWS money to provide for their needs. Here is a list of resources for telework

For any questions, please reach out to Dea Marx, PRO Roos Program Director, at 816-235-8955, marxd@umkc.edu or Carla Wilson Sr. Director PRO Roos Program, at 816-235-1493, wilsonca@umkc.edu.

 

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

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. 

While safety precautions must be taken during a public health concern, supervisors should also be aware of the potential of individuals being treated unfairly and respond accordingly.Be aware of the risk that individuals who come from places where the virus outbreak is occurring may experience discrimination as a result of virus-related fear.      

University supervisors are encouraged to review the HR Manual Virus-Related Outbreak Concerns guidelines.

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.

Yes. A health care provider’s statement may be required for return to work from the employee’s own serious health condition.

Employees shall continue to follow department established guidelines for attendance and requesting approval for time off. Departments are encouraged to support employees to stay home if they are sick, thereby minimizing the spread of potential viruses. Paid Time Off benefits are available in accordance with policy.

An employee who is sick or whose family members are sick may be entitled to job-protected leave under the FMLA under certain circumstances.  

University supervisors are encouraged to review the HR Manual Virus-Related Outbreak Concerns guidelines.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a designated 12-month leave year for specified family and medical reasons which may include COVID-19 where complications arise that create a “serious health condition” as defined by the FMLA. 

Eligible employees may include part-time and full-time employees, depending on the definitions as outlined in HR-407 Family and Medical Leave:

“An eligible employee is one who has been employed by the university for a total of at least twelve (12) months at the time of the leave of absence, and has actually worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave, regardless of the employee’s place of employment by the university.”

Prospective Student FAQ

Although the university is open, we are not offering campus visits or tours at this time. We are hosting several virtual events, including webcasts and chats. Please check our event page for more information or contact us at 816-235-8652 or admissions@umkc.edu. We are here to help answer any questions you have about becoming a Roo!

Although the university is open, we are canceling all on-campus visits through the beginning of April. In their place, we will be hosting virtual events and you can get more information on these by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Admissions counselors will be hosting virtual office hours, as well as the Office of Admissions live chat, which is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Please visit the Admissions All admissions team members are here to connect with you!

At this time, summer orientation programs will continue as scheduled. As we have more information, the university will keep students and parents updated regarding any changes to this summer’s orientation programs.

General FAQ

Because the situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily, members of the university community are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites for the most up to date information.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses common throughout the world that can cause illness in both animals and people. This is a virus with symptoms similar to an upper respiratory infection. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

For updated information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) communicates up-to-date information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

Symptoms of coronavirus may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, follow instructions provided by your local health department. You can contact the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department online or by phone at 816-513-6008.

If you feel sick and have reason to believe you were exposed to the coronavirus, call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Your provider's office will take steps to keep other people from potentially getting infected or exposed. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention, and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

If you are experiencing a non-emergency health condition and would like to call or video-chat with a doctor from the comfort of your own home, virtual visits are available to those covered by a UM System health insurance plan.

There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respiratory infections. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Stay home when you are sick until you are free from symptoms including fever, cough, and respiratory ailments
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as phones and computers
  • Wipe down workspaces regularly including door handles, desktops, tables, and anywhere commonly touched by hands
It is also important for people to stay at home away from others if they are sick.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. The CDC reports that treatment focuses on supportive care. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health orders.

Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, rideshare), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. If social distancing is recommended, presence in congregate settings or use of local public transportation should only occur with the approval of local or state health authorities.

Quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Here are other frequently asked questions and answers from the CDC.