We are #RooReady for fall semester classes. Learn more about the UMKC response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and get the latest updates and safety information from the CDC.

How COVID-19 is Affecting Campus

The latest university updates

Keep Every Roo Safe

Tested positive for COVID-19?

You should stay home and follow the recommendations provided by the healthcare provider who made the diagnosis. Also:

  • Students: Call Student Health and Wellness, 816-235-6133
  • Employees: Contact your supervisor 

Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

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.

Campus preparations and protocols

Masks Required: Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear face coverings, per Kansas City order.

Communicating COVID-19 Cases: UMKC protocol on sharing information with our campus community.

Campus Vending Machines Sell Personal Protective Equipment: All details considered.

7 Changes to Housing and Dining: New measures are being taken this fall.

Cleaning on Campus: Precautions the university is taking during the pandemic.

Scheduling Solutions for Fall: Rising to the challenge of physically distancing for in-person courses.

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Information Sections

Communications

Culture of Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Communications

UMKC proactively created a task force 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.

We communicate COVID-19 cases to our campus. Here is our protocol and cases. Below are campus communications about Fall 2020 semester.

June 26, 2020 - Chancellor and Provost announce face-covering policy

June 15, 2020 - Provost announces academic, residential hall and dining services plans

May 18, 2020 - Chancellor and Provost announce Roos Return Plan

April 20, 2020 - Provost announces UMKC is ready for fall semester

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

 

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.

During the fall semester, students will be able to take the exam remotely from their own computer, or from a computer lab. All they need to do is send an email from their UMKC email account to testingservices@umkc.edu asking for the instructions.

The School of Education is currently in discussions regarding how practicums will be delivered in Fall 2020. At this point in time, school districts are planning that PK-12 students will return to school, in-person, in August. Therefore, UMKC Block 3 and student teaching practicums are set to begin the week of August 10. At this point, Block 1 practicums will begin via Zoom the week of August 24 (during the course time set in Pathway) and practicum students will be physically in PK-12 schools the week of September 7. Practicum students and student teachers are expected to follow the health and safety procedures of practicing teachers. Specific information about these procedures will be communicated to UMKC students closer to the start dates.

Students whose entire class schedule has moved online may cancel their contract and receive a waiver for their cancellation fee. All other students will be changed a cancellation fee according to the schedule in your contract.

Housing assignments were made on June 22. If you have questions, please email umkchousing@umkc.edu.

Main lounges and floor lounges will be locked at the start of the fall semester. Kitchens will be locked, but can be accessed by checking out a key at the front desk.

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.

Campus Recreation and the Swinney Center:

Q:  Will the Swinney Center (gym) be open in August?

A:  At this time the University is planning to open the gym with social distancing guidelines and protocols in place.  Please visit the Campus Recreation and the Swinney Center website up to date information.

 

At this time, UMKC is planning to open the gym with social distancing guidelines and protocols in place. Please visit the Campus Recreation and the Swinney Center website for up-to-date information.

 

The university is working to thoroughly clean each building through the day and evenings. Furniture will be limited in high-traffic areas like the library in an effort to minimize group gatherings and to promote social distancing.

At this time, the university plans to have all libraries open with social distancing guidelines and protocols in place.

 

Q:  If I am enrolled in a face-to-faceclass, but I cannot attend due to being immune compromised will I be charged the online fees?

A:  You will be charged on campus fees which are less than that online fees associated with an online class.

 

 

 

Classroom Scheduling & Fall Academic Calendar:

Q:  Do I have to attend a class if the class has a hybrid scheduling component where the lecture and materials are recorded

A:  Attendance in a class helps students fully engage and successfully complete a class.  Please check with your instructor regarding attendance requirements or scheduling requirements implemented by the Registration and Records Office.

 

Q:  On pathway, all of my classes are currently listed as internet classes.  Will the schedule continue to change?

A:  The schedule you have developed in Pathway is becoming more stable.  You should not see a lot of changes.  If you do not want to be in all online, please consult with your academic advisor who can help you select on face-to-face classes.

 

Q:  Why are class sizes being limited to 25% of a room’s capacity?

A:  Classes are being scheduled to allow for social distancing and to ensure fellow students have six feet between each other in a lecture or lab.

 

Q:  How do I know which classes are online?

A:  Please log in to Pathway and check the location of your class to determine if the class is online, hybrid or face-to-face.

 

Q:  Will UMKC have classes after Thanksgiving?

A:  UMKC is not making any changes to the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar.  At this time, classes and finals will still be held after Thanksgiving.  If the regional COVID situation changes, we will adjust this schedule based on guidance from local health and government officials.

 

Q:  If some classes are scheduled face-to-face do I have to attend if I am immune compromised?

A:  We will make every reasonable effort to provide accommodations for those in high risk categories.  We will do our best to work with you and your faculty to make sure you are safe and can move forward in your program.  Please contact Student Disability Services, Scott Laurent at 816-235-5696 or by email at laurentr@umkc.edu.

 

Q:  If I am enrolled in a face-to-faceclass, but I cannot attend due to being immune compromised will I be charged the online fees?

A:  You will be charged on campus fees which are less than that online fees associated with an online class.

 

 

 

Attendance in a class helps students fully engage and successfully complete a class. Please check with your instructor regarding attendance requirements or scheduling requirements implemented by the Registration and Records Office.

The schedule you have developed in Pathway is becoming more stable.  You should not see a lot of changes.  If you do not want to be in all online, please consult with your academic advisor who can help you select on face-to-face classes.

Classes are being scheduled to allow for social distancing and to ensure fellow students have six feet between each other in a lecture or lab.

Please log in to Pathway and check the location of your class to determine if the class is online, hybrid or face-to-face.

UMKC is not making any changes to the Fall 2020 academic calendar. At this time, classes and finals will still be held after Thanksgiving. If the regional COVID situation changes, we will adjust this schedule based on guidance from local health and government officials.

We will make every reasonable effort to provide accommodations for those in high-risk categories. We will do our best to work with you and your faculty to make sure you are safe and can move forward in your program. Please contact Student Disability Services, Scott Laurent at 816-235-5696 or by email at laurentr@umkc.edu.

You will be charged on campus fees which are less than that online fees associated with an online class.

 

Health professional schools are regulated by state and national accrediting bodies, and during the pandemic are in communication with these bodies as well as professional organizations.   Clinical experiences will vary by clinical clerkship.  Please contact your Academic Unit to learn more about guidelines, policies and safety measures for enrollments in these classes.

 

Conservatory leadership is currently planning for safe and engaging fall classes and performances.  Modifications to ensure social distancing will vary based on the course (e.g., individual less vs. ensemble). Please contact your program director or the Conservatory for information about specific courses.

Yes, federally funded work studies will be working on campus via social distancing.

Yes, you will still be offered scholarships if the COVID-19 disrupts performances or events tied to a specific award.  In many cases, the Academic Unit will find alternative technology methods like Zoom to allow for these types of interactions.

Due to unprecedented budget cuts as the result of COVID, some academic units have had to reduce the number of reduced graduate assistantships they offer. Please contact your department for more information.

Mid-year commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. We are currently in the process of planning different contingency scenarios, based on the guidance we will receive from local heath and government officials during the fall.

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

We will make every reasonable effort to provide accommodations for those in high-risk categories. We will do our best to work with you and our faculty to make sure you are safe and can move forward in your program. Please contact Student Disability Services, Scott Laurent at 816-235-5696 or by email at laurentr@umkc.edu.we will work with students on a case-by-case basis.

 

Q:  How will the University manage cleaning classrooms, bathrooms and other public spaces?

A:  The Campus facilities management team will use the highest industrial cleaning supplies to keep the campus community clean to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

 

Q:  What if a Roo Family member tests positive for COVID-19

A:  If a faculty, staff or student tests positive and has been on campus, we will implement our COVID management and notification procedures.

 

 

Campus Facilities Management follows all CDC guidelines for cleaning and uses a hospital-grade disinfectant that is approved by the EPA as effective against COVID-19 and many other viruses.

UMKC will offer classes in multiple formats in the fall semester – 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. We recommend that international students review their current fall enrollment with their academic advisor to be sure they are taking the right course options to remain in compliance with the rule.

Homeland Security has always limited international students to counting three credit hours each semester toward their full course load of 12 hours as an undergraduate or 9 hours as a graduate student.  An exception was officially made to that policy for Spring 2020.  We are awaiting an official announcement of whether such a 3 credit hour limit will be reestablished for Fall 2020 and beyond.

 

 

Yes, International students outside the United States may take as many online courses as they wish.

International students are not eligible to apply for CARES Act funding, but they may apply for the COVID Emergency Fund created through 2020 donations.

UMKC does not have funding available to cover the costs of the mandatory international student insurance, but assistance may be available in the COVID Emergency Fund.  The cost of the mandatory health insurance is negotiated by the UM System annually to ensure the best rates possible for premiums that also meet visa requirements.

As of Monday, June 29, wearing face coverings or masks will be required inside all areas of public accommodation. This means UMKC will require this of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, including our classrooms.

The newest Kansas City emergency order was enacted to keep all of us safe as COVID-19 cases continue to spread here and nationwide. It is something we all must do to respect our own health and the health of each other. 

Kansas City has a Frequently Asked Questions page about the newest emergency order, including more about the face-covering requirement. The order also reinforces other guidelines that our university has been following since the pandemic began:

  • Don’t come to campus if you’re feeling ill, and seek medical attention if needed.
  • Physically distance at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash hands often, for more than 20 seconds each time.
  • Frequently clean high-touch areas.

We will continue to review this new order as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for our campus, and will keep you updated with the newest information

At this time, travel is not allowed (any mode) for any outside conferences or meetings. Please check back with the Office of Student Involvement for more information as these policies may change as the semester begins.

At this time the Greek life houses will be open with recommended social distancing guidelines in place.

 

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. 

  • Yes - Disability Services' office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.

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.

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.

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.

For the Fall 2020 semester students in 100% online degree programs will be charged the normal approved Tuition rate per credit hour and the Online Course Fee, the Information Technology Fee and the Library Fee.  Students in traditional degree programs will be charged the normal approved Tuition rate per credit hour plus all ancillary fees except for the Online Course Fee. To be clear, the assessment of the fees is based on your academic program (online degree or traditional degree) and not necessarily how the class is being delivered. The ancillary fees are used to pay the year round cost of the services and units which they support—even if virtual. 

Yes, parking rates remain unchanged.

UMKC works hard to minimize tuition and fee increases and is increasing undergraduate and graduate tuition by 2.3%, the adjusted Consumer Price Indez (CPI). This follows statutory guidelines. Most other fees such as activity and ancillary fees and supplemental course fees were also increased only by CPI while other fees were held flat. The increase is needed to help support the university deliver on its mission of teaching, research and service. We are working hard to find ways to be more efficient, reduce costs and streamline processes so we can continue offering quality programs that are accessible to students, all within the context of reduced state funding.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. All admissions team members are here to connect with you!

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.