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Information and Resources - COVID-19

UCM continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation. We remain in regular contact with state and county officials and CDC communications are reviewed daily. UCM has long had policies in place to deal with emergent situations such as this. A COVID-19 planning task force consisting of staff across multiple departments has been for some time assessing the risks based on information from the CDC, the State Department and from local, state and national experts. This group will continue to monitor the situation and meet regularly to ensure campus preparedness and responsiveness.


COVID-19 Case Reporting: 7/30/2021

(Known Active Cases)
(Known Active Cases)
Total Number of Cases No Longer Active *Year-to Date Cases
0 1 974 975


"Known Active Cases" reflects the report as of 7/30/2021 at 10:49 a.m. CDT

*"Year To Date" numbers reflect all active and no longer active cases reported to the university since March 16, 2020

UCM Covid-19 statistics include self-reported cases that may have also been recorded in Johnson County, Jackson County and other locations.

Note: As of February 12, 2021, the process for calculating "Total Number of Cases No Longer Active," and "Year-to-Date Cases," has changed. A review of the faculty and staff data revealed that the total number of positive cases included those who provided medical documentation as well as those who simply self-isolated for possible Covid-19 exposure. The number has been corrected to reflect confirmed positive cases.

COVID-19 numbers related to the University of Central Missouri are coordinated by the University Student Health Center and UCM Human Resources in cooperation with Local Public Health Agencies. Many UCM students and some employees are residents of other counties, so numbers on this website could differ slightly from Johnson County (MO) data. New data will be shared every Friday by 2 p.m. and will reflect updated weekly numbers as of 5:00 p.m. Thursday.


Vaccination Opportunities

As of April 9, all Missourians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all UCM students, regardless of where they may live or whether or not they are taking in-person or online courses.

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What to do if you are experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19

The well-being of our UCM family is our utmost priority. Students may contact the University Health Center using the UCM Student COVID Communication Form if they believe they are symptomatic, have been notified of exposure through contact tracing, or otherwise have reason to believe they may be infected. This will help us coordinate support and communication with your faculty. If you are a faculty or staff member, please contact the Office of Human Resources.


Student COVID Communication Form


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Recent Updates

(7/21/21) Masks required for the University Health and Counseling Centers and the Central Missouri Clinic

In accordance with CDC guidance for healthcare facilities, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in the Health Center (UHC building 2nd floor), the Counseling Center (Humphreys 131), and the Central Missouri Clinic (UHC 1st floor). Although CDC guidance allows fully vaccinated individuals to not wear masks in most situations, the CDC emphasizes that this guidance does not apply in healthcare facilities. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information:
Contact Amy Kiger at or call 660-543-4770


(6/16/21) COVID-19 Update for Students: Preparations for the Fall Semester

As we prepare for the first day of classes on Aug. 16, we want to keep you updated on efforts and current information related to the upcoming year at the University of Central Missouri.


Face Masks/Coverings

  • After considering Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and consulting with health experts, we plan to continue to not require masks/face coverings on campus for those individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

  • Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated should follow CDC guidance, and those who desire to wear masks/face coverings may continue wearing them and are not discouraged from doing so. The CDC’s complete recommendations related to wearing face coverings can be found here.


  • Students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before returning to the university, keeping in mind it takes at least two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccine and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine for the vaccine to be effective.

  • Vaccine is available for students at the University Health Center and may be obtained through local health agencies.

  • Students who wish to establish a COVID-19 immunization record can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Go to

  • Log in using your MyCentral username and password. 

  • Click the "Immunization" tab.

  • Click on “COVID Vaccine.”

  • Enter the date(s) you received the vaccine.

  • Click “Submit.”

  • Click on the "Upload" tab at the top right side of the screen.

  • Follow the instructions to upload a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

General Steps and Expectations

  • We encourage all campus community members to check for symptoms that could indicate they have coronavirus, and take steps accordingly to self-quarantine and seek testing. If you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should follow CDC guidelines related to self-quarantine. Students should complete the COVID communication form available through the University Health Center if they believe they are symptomatic or have been exposed. 
  • Students are encouraged to engage in self-health practices recommended by the CDC as this guidance will contribute to a healthy campus environment. You can learn more by clicking here. It is up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own health and well-being, including being mindful of the health and well-being of others. 
  • Per CDC guidance, individuals who are vaccinated will not need to quarantine, if exposed, as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated students will be required to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. Accommodations will be made on campus for isolation space for unvaccinated individuals who reside in the residence hall system who may have been exposed or who believe they are symptomatic, and allowances for meal deliveries will be made. 
  • All campus community members are encouraged to check their UCM email for important updates related to COVID-19. You can also learn more by checking out UCM’s coronavirus website coronavirus. Please keep in mind that the pandemic continues to be an evolving situation, and the university will need to adjust its prevention protocols as necessary.
  • Normal student attendance policies are being reinstated.

On-campus Residence Hall Changes

  • All residence hall rooms will return to double occupancy, however, we are allowing for a limited number of paid single occupancy rooms. 

  • Freshmen and sophomores who live within 65 miles of campus can apply for an exemption from living in campus residence halls provided they will live with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Any student who believes they may be eligible for an exemption and wishes to obtain one can contact University Housing at 660-543-4515, or

Move-in Process

First-year students who sign up for UCM Kickoff will be required to sign up for a move-in time, and will move in Thursday, Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other first-year students and upper-class students will move into residence halls on Sunday, Aug.16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will receive direct communication about move-in. Those living in apartments will receive a direct communication regarding move-in, which will begin Aug. 12. Residence hall move-in information can be found at and apartment move-in information can be found at

  • There will not be a limit to the number of guests who assist a student with move-in.
  • Students will enter the building alone to pick up their keys and paperwork.
  • Students should plan to complete the move-in process within two hours.
  • We ask that students, families, and guests be respectful of other families by moving vehicles to parking lots when items are unloaded. 

University Housing will further communicate with residence hall students through UCM email in mid-July for sign-up instructions, and information will be posted on residence hall and apartment move-in pages.

If you have specific questions regarding move in, please contact University Housing at 660-543-4515 or at


Campus Dining Updates

There are many steps the University and Sodexo, UCM’s food services provider, are taking to support the dining experience.

  • Sodexo has company-wide protocols for food preparation and service.

  • While local regulations no longer require social distancing, UCM will offer a dining space that has socially distanced tables.

  • Carry-out service will be available.

  • Self-service options will be expanded.

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures will continue.

Classroom Updates

  • Currently, it is anticipated that classrooms will at least be at 75% capacity with some seats available for social distancing. 

  • The university will continue to flex and synchronous course types in addition to our regular face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. Students desiring class in a specific delivery mode should visit with their academic advisor.

Special Events

  • At this time, we do not anticipate social distancing to be in place for most events and activities for fall semester. Sponsors and organizers may provide to participants alternatives such as virtual options or reduced capacity, especially for events and activities that have required attendance. 

International Student

Study Abroad Students

  • At this time, UCM is not imposing additional restrictions on study abroad programs other than what is required by the host country. Please refer to CDC guidance as UCM continues to monitor this situation.

  • Students planning to study abroad should be aware that the university is following CDC guidance. It recommends that institutions planning study abroad programs check with CDC’s destination-specific Travel Health Notices for information about the COVID-19 situation in the destination or host country. Institutions of higher education should postpone programs in destinations with very high COVID-19 levels (Level 4 Travel Health Notice), and should have plans to take action if situations in the destination change and COVID-19 levels become very high during the program. 

Testing and Contact Tracing

  • Free rapid testing for students is available at the University Health Center. Students who want to be tested may schedule their appointment now at under the "Appts." tab. 

  • The University Health Center will work in cooperation with Johnson County Community Health Services to conduct contact tracing for individuals who test positive. If you have specific questions regarding testing and contact tracing, please contact the University Health Center at 660-543-4770 or

  • If you have possible COVID-19 symptoms, have possible exposure to COVID, or have tested positive, please sign into the patient portal and complete the COVID communication form

Additional Accommodations

Students who need accommodations due to medical or learning needs should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 660-543-4421 or Students who have concerns about their current schedule should contact the Success Advising Center to discuss their options at
660-543-4721 or


Student Recreation and Wellness Center

If you are planning to use the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, here is some information that will help you maximize your visit:

  • Running and walking on the indoor track is allowed.

  • Capacity of the free weight room has increased from 10 this spring to 15 for fall semester.

  • The rock wall limit is 10 individuals at a time. 

  • Basketball is permitted.

  • Individuals may check out equipment.

UCM Kick-off

UCM Kick-off is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12. For more information, please visit for registration information.


Other Information

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve and the impact on UCM is being monitored continually by the university. The well-being of all UCM faculty, staff, students and visitors is a priority and the institution will make any adjustments as necessary to respond to evolving circumstances. We will continue to keep you informed of any new developments. If you have questions about coronavirus, or are interested in seeing recent campus updates related to the virus, please visit coronavirus.


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Academic Modifications

The University of Central Missouri continues to maintain its effort to provide for a safe and healthy campus for students, employees and visitors alike. UCM is committed to providing our students with the best possible experience while also safeguarding their well-being against the backdrop of the global pandemic. Therefore, classes have been modified for the 2020-21 academic year, and details of these modifications will vary by course. Click Here to view the complete list of campus modifications.

Campus Communications

The university will communicate updates through the UCM News Bureau and UCM Daily, as well as UCM's website,, TextCaster text message service, UCM social media, your UCM email account, and traditional media. If you do not have TextCaster, we encourage you to sign up at

Updates from the CDC may be found at and the state's website at

Specific questions regarding our COVID-19 measures and procedures can be sent directly to our COVID-19 strategic team via email at or by filling out our inquiry form.


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