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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

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The UCM main campus in Warrensburg and the Lee’s Summit campus offices have returned to full operations as of June 8, 2020, and begin the fall semester with face-to-face and online classes August 17, 2020.

Our COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly regarding campus preparedness and responsiveness at a time when many unexpected challenges may emerge.

General Steps and Expectations

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors should engage in acceptable social distancing practices as recommended by the CDC. You can learn more by clicking on the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html. It is up to each of us to take responsibility for our own health and well-being, including being mindful of the health and well-being of others.
  • Special attention has been paid to arranging classrooms and areas throughout campus to facilitate social and physical distancing.
  • Events will be capacity controlled to allow for social distancing and will utilize invitation and reservation systems where appropriate.
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at main entrances of campus academic buildings and are being installed at the main entrances of the residence halls.
  • We continue to use enhanced cleaning across campus and with special cleaning protocols in high-use locations and deep cleaning protocols when the university is made aware of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Students, faculty and staff should regularly self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on self-isolation and testing if symptomatic, in consultation with their treating physician or Local Public Health Agency. (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html for more information from the CDC.)
  • Students may contact the University Health Center using this 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.
  • Students and employees should stay home if they are sick; students will not be penalized for missing class due to illness, isolation, or quarantine. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-543-4255 or at humanresources@ucmo.edu if they have been instructed by a Local Public Health Agency to quarantine or isolate, or if they believe they are symptomatic or have been notified of a positive result so that the university may initiate proper and timely response protocols.
  • Students, faculty and staff 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 https://www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.
  • Please follow all signs on campus that provide important safety guidance and reminders. These include signs related to pedestrian traffic flow, good health practice in elevators, wearing face coverings and more.
  • Contingency plans have been developed and continue to be evaluated for any additional modification which may need to be made to current modes of classroom instruction. Check Blackboard and your email regularly for communication from your faculty members.

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Face Masks/Coverings

  • Wearing face coverings, consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html, is required in classrooms; inside buildings open to the public and in common areas of all buildings on campus; at group events, gatherings and meetings; and in all areas of campus, including outdoors, where physical distancing is not possible. This applies to both the Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses. This face covering requirement is in effect regardless of when or if Jackson County and/or Johnson County face covering requirements are lifted, and will remain in effect until further notice is given by the university president.
  • When properly worn, face coverings should completely cover the mouth and nose.
  • The required use of face coverings applies to students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors. Face coverings are not required in enclosed and isolated areas assigned to an individual such as individual office spaces and single occupancy residence hall rooms, for individuals five years of age or younger, or when an individual is eating or drinking.
  • Face coverings should be worn when accessing dining areas for food and drink. Individuals are not required to wear a face cover while actively eating or drinking. When two or more people are in a room designed for individual occupancy, or are seated closer than six feet apart, face coverings should be worn by all present.
  • Individuals are required to bring their own face coverings, although there may be situations where an office can provide one, if available.
  • Individuals who have certain health issues may be exempt from the face mask/covering requirement. Faculty and staff who seek an exemption should contact Human Resources. Students requesting an exemption should contact the Office of Accessibility Services.

How do I receive an exemption from the face mask requirement?

Students seeking an exemption to the University's face covering/mask requirement due to health or disability reasons must contact the Office of Accessibility Services. Students will need to provide OAS documentation from their healthcare provider that indicates a medical or mental health condition that prevents wearing a face covering or a medical recommendation of exemption to the face covering requirement. Students may contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 660-543-4421 or access@ucmo.edu.

Faculty and staff who would like to request an exemption due to health or disability reasons should contact Human Resources at 660-543-4255 or hrpay@ucmo.edu.

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Classroom Safety

What steps are being taken to create a safer classroom space? Will there be any academic adjustments?

  • Classroom capacity continues to be evaluated, with seating and tables arranged for social distancing.
  • In laboratory classes, we are creating rotation schedules between classroom and laboratory times to allow for fewer students in the classroom at a time.
  • Course schedules have been and continue to be re-designed to account for CDC guidelines and suggestions from Local Public Health Authorities. Students are encouraged to work within the attendance and seating guidelines set forth by their instructors. Where appropriate, in-person class offerings will be supplemented with use of technology and employ hybrid delivery models to reduce classroom-specific density.
  • Course offerings are being spread throughout the day to reduce density. We are placing many previously designated in-person classes in larger capacity classrooms and/or limiting class enrollment capacity to facilitate social distancing.
  • If health permits, individuals should refrain from eating and drinking in class.
  • If arriving early for class, and when departing, individuals should avoid gathering in hallways. Instead, individuals should wait outside of buildings or in areas where social distancing is practicable.
  • Students also are advised to practice hand washing between classes, and remember to clean and store their cell phones when not in use.
  • Students will be notified of individual course modifications by their course instructor.

 

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Health and Wellness

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The following symptoms are associated with COVID. However, the CDC continues to update the symptoms list as they learn more about the virus. For the most up-to-date symptoms, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

I'm experiencing anxiety about the coronavirus. What can I do?

  • Seek assistance from a health care provider if your anxiety is interfering with your activities of daily living.
  • Fighting against anxiety can make it worse. Instead, accept that it is normal to feel worried or anxious about things that are uncertain or threatening. One way to accept anxiety is to observe and describe it. For example, you might notice: “my heart is racing, and I keep thinking about 'what if' scenarios.” Normalizing and accepting the anxiety can have the paradoxical effect of reducing the anxiety; while trying to ignore or deny it can make the anxiety stronger.
  • Get the facts and then move on. Rather than spending extended time reading social media posts about the risks of COVID-19, review a fact sheet from the CDC or another trusted source. Limit the amount of time you spend daily focused on COVID-19 information.
  • Human beings tend to overestimate risks related to unfamiliar and uncertain threats. Challenge your worrisome thoughts with facts and remind yourself to focus on what is actually happening.
  • Anxiety can lead us to forget that we possess strengths and coping skills. Remind yourself that even if you are impacted by this situation, you have skills to cope, and there are systems in place to help you. This includes focusing on what you can control (washing your hands, which events to attend, practicing self-care, knowing the facts) and letting go of what you cannot.
  • Don’t forget about the importance of self care. Be deliberate about getting enough rest, proper nutrition, intentional movement, time outdoors, and support from your friends and family. Self care can help us be resilient in the face of stress.
  • Visit the UCM Counseling Center page for a robust list of free supportive resources.
  • Visit the HR page to learn more about the Employee Assistance Program.

How long does isolation last?

If applicable, instruction to isolate will be given to you by your Local Public Health Agency, and will be detailed. You will be given their contact information to ask any follow up questions. According to the CDC, patients who test positive for COVID-19 may come off isolation:

  • An individual’s medical provider will determine this based on an individual’s circumstances
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

In all instances, you should follow the requirements of your Local Public Health Agency and the recommendations of your health care provider. For the latest CDC recommendations regarding isolation, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html.

Based on my recent travel, I believe I need to be quarantined. What do I do?

  • Acting on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, UCM asks that you remain at home and not return to campus if you meet any of these “stay-at-home” guidelines:
    • Have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
    • Have had close contact with an individual who has a known positive case of COVID-19 (See below for definition of “close contact”.)
    • Have traveled to an area where there are a high number of known cases of coronavirus. (See https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html)
  • If you meet any of the above criteria, call your medical provider immediately, and follow self quarantine instructions.
  • If you are a student and meet any of the above criteria, but you are unable to safely remain at home off campus, contact the University Health Center at uhc@ucmo.edu. A member of the COVID-19 Medical Team will consult with you to make an individualized plan for monitoring your symptoms and for safe housing.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and social distancing

Will a flu shot help protect me from COVID-19?

A flu shot will help protect you against the influenza virus. UCM’s Health Center advocates getting a flu shot if your primary health care provider recommends it. If recommended by your primary health care provider, it is important to get a flu shot every year, and especially this year, to help prevent the flu, which takes a toll on your immune system and decreases your ability to fight other illnesses such as COVID-19.

The University Health Center will be offering students flu shots in October.

How can I try to keep myself healthy?

  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces
  • Wash your hands often
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
  • Avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Distance yourself 6 feet away from others when in public
  • Wear a mask when out in public or around others outside your household
  • Support your immune system:
    • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily
    • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
    • Drink plenty of water daily
    • Get regular exercise
    • Decrease stress
  • More information is on the CDC’s prevention page.
  • For updates and information, follow:

Will students or employees be required to be tested for COVID before coming to campus?

No. UCM will not require anyone to be tested for COVID-19 before coming to campus. There will be testing available at the University Health Center for students who may need to be tested after seeing a medical professional.

Some other institutions are altering their fall schedules such as removing Thanksgiving break or changing finals schedules, citing an effort to reduce the spread of COVID in their communities. Is this option being considered at UCM?

The University is continually monitoring guidance and governmental directives and plans may change accordingly. If it is determined a change to the schedule is appropriate, it will be communicated through university channels.

If this outbreak worsens in the fall, will the university close again?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is an evolving situation that is continually being monitored by the university. As the safety and well-being of all university members and campus visitors is a priority, institutional leadership will make any adjustments that it believes are appropriate. It is always good to be personally prepared for a quick changing environment, which may mean switching from in-person operations to remote operations without much advance notice, if the University deems it necessary.

What should I do if I observe or experience COVID-19-related stigma at UCM?

If you are a student, please contact the Student Experience and Engagement Office at 660-543-4114 for assistance. If you’re an employee or visitor, please contact HR. People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma. You may also find helpful information at the CDC webpage about reducing stigma. See: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/reducing-stigma.html#:~:text=Correcting%20negative%20language%20that%20can,and%20do%20not%20reinforce%20stereotypes.

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Students

What resources does the University Health Center offer?

The University Health Center is the first stop for UCM students who are sick or injured, need well woman care, or need clinical prevention services such as immunizations or medications. It's staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacy and lab technicians, and friendly office personnel.

Wellness Support and Community Engagement is also housed in the University Health Center. Through a wide variety of support programs and services focused on education, engagement, and prevention, staff help students stay safe, healthy, and connected to community resources.

The University Health Center is located near the Elliott Student Union at, 600 S College Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093. You may contact the Health Center at 660-543-4770 or at uhc@ucmo.edu.

How will testing and contact tracing be handled?

  • Testing for students is available at the University Health Center. Most insurance companies will pay for testing if the patient has COVID-19 symptoms. If you do not have health insurance and want to learn more about UCM's student health insurance plan, information is available through MyCentral on the Student page under Health Services.
  • Johnson County Community Health Services and other applicable Local Public Health Authorities will facilitate initial contact tracing for individuals who test positive. The University will assist as appropriate and consistent with applicable laws and available resources.
  • In partnership with health care providers and the University Health Center, we are increasing our ability for testing and contact tracing for students.
  • Contact your health care provider to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19, or students may choose to use this screening form on the University Health Center website.
  • The University Health Center does not see, nor can it provide guidance to, employees.
  • Specific questions regarding testing and contact tracing may also be directed to Johnson County Community Health Services. Students who have questions about testing may contact the University Health Center at 660-543-4770 or uhc@ucmo.edu.

How is close contact defined?

The Local Public Health Agency where a positive individual resides will implement tracing of close contacts. Each LPHA is responsible for establishing criteria. Johnson County Community Health Services refers to CDC guidelines, and defines close contact as

  • Within 6 feet of a known COVID-positive individual for 15 minutes or more without a mask
  • Provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Direct physical contact with a COVID-positive individual (hugged or kissed)
  • Shared eating or drinking utensils with COVID-positive individual
  • The COVID-positive individual sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

If I do not want to return to campus for in-person classes, are online options available? Whom should I contact?

As always, students who have concerns about their current schedule should contact the Success Advising Center to discuss their options at 660-543-4721 or success@ucmo.edu.

How is the University accommodating individuals who are high risk or who have been instructed by a medical professional to stay home?

Students who need accommodations due to disability or mental or physical health should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 660-543-4421 or access@ucmo.edu. Employees should contact HR.

If I feel sick or experience COVID-19 symptoms, what should I do?

Please follow CDC guidelines. Stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Students may choose to complete the University Health Center’s student COVID communication form. This will help us coordinate support and communication with your faculty.

How should I notify my instructors about being absent due to illness, quarantine or self-isolation? What documentation do I have to provide?

Students may complete the University Health Center’s student COVID communication form. This will help us coordinate support and communication with your faculty.

What if I need to withdraw from classes, drop a class, or get an incomplete grade? What if I miss the drop deadline?

Are students allowed to study abroad in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021?

Fall 2020 Study Abroad:

Since the CDC maintains a global Level 3 advisory (Avoid non-essential travel) and the State Department maintains a global Level 4 advisory (Do not travel), UCM is not conducting UCM-sponsored or UCM-approved study abroad for the Fall 2020 Semester.

You may contact intlprog@ucmo.edu or view ucmo.edu/studyabroad to set up an advising appointment to address your questions and discuss options.

I have recently traveled to a different state or country. Are there any requirements when I return to UCM?

Information regarding international travel and CDC guidelines can be found here, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html. UCM is monitoring and applying applicable CDC guidance in an effort to help keep our campus community safe. Students who are required to quarantine due to recent travel and will miss classes, are asked to contact Student Experience & Engagement as soon as possible at 660-543-4114.

Are there resources for international students?

  • International students and those looking for resources or information for international students are asked to visit the following UCM webpage for information related to maintaining valid visa status during the recent COVID-19 changes: COVID-19 Resources for International Students.
  • F1 students should be in contact with their international student adviser (DSO) for guidance pertaining to their individual needs/questions: isss@ucmo.edu
  • Sponsored and exchange student organizations have been in contact with GISS and have provided guidance. This information has been disseminated to students, and GISS staff are working to accommodate student needs.
  • GISS is closely monitoring the location of our currently enrolled students and those on OPT outside of the local area.
  • International students living on campus are in close contact with GISS and the Housing Office for guidance.
  • NAFSA: Coronavirus Critical Resources
  • For specific questions and individual circumstances, including future enrollment and visa statuses, please contact GISS at giss@ucmo.edu or at 660-543-4621.
  • Students with the university-facilitated health insurance plan with United Health Care, can access a medical provider 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free at www.telehealth4students.com.
  • University Student Health Center will be open between 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. We ask that students call for an appointment and not walk in for an appointment at this time. Call the clinic at 660-543-4770. The health center is providing some telephone care and actively working on setting up telehealth.
  • International students who need assistance with insurance questions are being referred to the Health Center and to the insurance provider based on their question.

Please contact the Office of Graduate and International Student Services for further assistance.

I am an international student coming to UCM for the fall semester. Do I need to quarantine?

In accordance with federal guidelines, all international students will be required to quarantine for 14 days if they are coming from a location outside the United States. Any international students who have been in the United States for more than 14 days will not be required to quarantine. International students will receive direct communication about this process.

How is the University addressing student concerns of feeling isolated?

The University will host activities and events in which students are encouraged to attend. The University encourages interactions outside of a residence hall room to engage in the college experience.

Also, the Counseling Center is available for students and is providing virtual services primarily by Telemental Health (TMH). Individuals can access services by calling 660-543-4060 to participate in a brief screening for TMH and to schedule appointments. Mental Fitness workshops are offered live via Zoom and on-demand via Blackboard. Please see the Counseling Center’s website (ucmo.edu/cc) for more information about services and for additional resources, or call 660-543-4060 with any questions.

Does UCM offer health insurance for students?

UCM offers affordable health care insurance for students and their eligible dependents through UnitedHealthCare Student Resources. Visit the University Health Center page for more information, or to learn more about coverage and rates or to enroll in the insurance, login to MyCentral, select "Student" on the left side of the page, then "Health Services" and look for the "Health Insurance" section. Links in that section will redirect you to the UCM-specific UnitedHealthCare Student Resources plan.

Note: You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours currently or in the fall to enroll in the health insurance.

International students are required to have the student health insurance unless a waiver is approved. More details about requesting a waiver are available through MyCentral.

If you have more specific questions about the insurance plan, contact UnitedHealthCare Customer Service at 1-877-944-6767 or customerservice@uhcsr.com.

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University Employees

What Human Resources guidance do you have for employees regarding isolation and leave?

Employees should follow the directives of their Local Public Health Agency and treating physician regarding isolation and self-care. If an employee is instructed by their LPHA or treatment provider to be quarantined or isolated, FMLA, leaves of absence, and/or reasonable accommodations may apply. Please contact Ranea Taylor in HR for assistance with available options related to COVID-19 at 660-543-4255.

What is the proper protocol for staff members who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Should that person contact HR?

If an employee is at work and finds that they were exposed, they should follow CDC Guidelines. They should contact their care provider, urgent care or the emergency room, and ensure that they are having their needs addressed as it pertains to their individual medical history. Their provider will recommend testing, and/or quarantine as appropriate. If they are advised to quarantine, they should immediately request documentation from their physician and contact HR for further assistance.

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the state and local health department will work together to ensure the individual who is positive gets the care they need and their contact with others is limited (i.e. isolation at home if well, hospitalized if sick), AND the health department will work with that individual to determine anyone with whom they have been in close contact. The health department will reach out to those contacts to inform them how to stay at home and monitor their symptoms. In other words, if a person is positive for COVID-19, local health officials will know about it and work to protect the person and the greater community. See above for the definition of “close contact.”

Should an employee notify co-workers they've been in close contact with or should HR provide guidance to the co-workers?

An employee should follow the advice of the County Health Department and their care providers. The Local Public Health Agency will facilitate contact tracing as appropriate and will notify and instruct close contacts of next steps; employees need not do this themselves. HR will provide guidance to impacted co-workers regarding leave and other needs.

Isn't my medical information confidential?

Yes. The University follows applicable laws and best practices as it relates to the records and distribution of medical and health information. Confidential information is shared by the University only with those who have a need to know. For that reason, it is critical that the Office of Human Resources be the only office to collect medical documentation on employees. Those records, when obtained for federally regulated processes, such as FMLA, are maintained in a confidential manner and not shared with anyone outside of the HR team dealing with the issue at hand.

I am a UCM employee and I do not feel comfortable being at work due to my own situation or a household member’s. What do I do?

UCM is a comprehensive regional institution whose campuses located in Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit, Missouri are the standard worksites unless the university president declares otherwise. Most of our work is best done onsite at one of these two locations.

Leaves of absence or telecommuting may be appropriate in very limited circumstances. Please contact your direct supervisor regarding any of your concerns. Work assignments will be decided on a case-by-case basis with your supervisor and Human Resources.

What training or guidance is appropriate to assist supervisors in documenting, reporting and shift scheduling during high absenteeism?

Consult with your individual supervisor in your area. As always, the UCM policy library and Human Resources are available for assistance. Every situation is going to be unique.

Are there any tools / supplies / support systems offered to employees to assist with anxiety?

Information from BlueKC is available online, as well as the EAP. Helpful resources and UCM employee benefit and log-in information for BlueKC and EAP is accessible here, https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/human-resources/benefits-information/. You may also access BlueKC directly for resources at bluekc.com

Please contact Human Resources at 660-543-4255 or in Administration 101 for assistance with employee support.

If I am a faculty or staff member, are there any restrictions on work-related travel?

All travel should be considered carefully. While travel may be limited due to funding, there is no ban on domestic travel as it may be essential in some positions to conduct university business. International travel is suspended for the fall semester.

Whom should I contact with questions about university employee travel?

Contact Becky Landkamer by telephone at (660) 543-4540 or 4797, or by e-mail at ap_cr_bpc@ucmo.edu.

For all grant funded travel, please contact your Program Administrator at the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity or directly call (660) 543-4264 or email osp@ucmo.edu.

What can I do about travel-related expenses incurred for a conference or other work event that has been cancelled?

You should cancel all reservations and request refunds for all expenses paid that will no longer be utilized. Contact conference/event organizers for registration and deposit refunds. Contact hotels for deposit refunds. Contact the airline for airfare credit or refund.

If I made my purchase on the university credit card and will not get a refund from the vendor, do I need to reimburse the university for the cost of the air travel or other travel expenses?

  • No, you will not need to reimburse the university for these expenses. An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refund, transfer tickets, or otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using standard travel processes. If you receive a future benefit (voucher, registration for next year), please provide Accounts Payable with all documentation as that benefit is subject to special accounting procedures.
  • If paid for by a grant, and you cannot receive a refund, or a credit for the travel is related to the project scope of work, contact your Program Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity. They will work with you to make necessary revisions with the funder and move any unallowable expenditures from the project budget.

What should be done with a refund for cancelled travel plans?

  • If the expense was paid for by the university or reimbursed to you by the university, then the funds should be deposited back to the university to the FOAPAL where the expense was charged. If the money was deposited into your account or is in the form of a check with your name, you will need to write a check payable to "University of Central Missouri" and give it to your department budget manager for deposit to the university.
  • If paid for on a grant, the credit will be made to the charged grant FOAP.

What are the university guidelines for documenting COVID-19 budget expenditures?

  • Org code 600240 - Emergency Operations, has been established to track expenses related to COVID-19 and any future EOC expenses.
  • All expenses related to COVID-19 must use this Org as part of their FOAPAL when coding requisitions in Jaggaer and on Payment Requests.
  • Requisitions and payment requests must include all documentation related to the expense and clearly indicate that it is related to COVID-19.
  • If your Org has been charged directly for a COVID-19 expense, prepare an IDT to move the expense to Org 600240, with all documentation to support the reclassification of the expense.
  • If you have non-refundable travel expenses for cancellations due to COVID-19, use an IDT to transfer those costs to Org 600240.
  • Please attach all cancellation documentation in ChromeRiver and with the IDT.
  • Document, Document, Document is the name of the game. More is better than not enough in reporting COVID-19 expenses.
  • For additional questions, contact Lisa Miller at 660-543-4406, or lamiller@ucmo.edu or accountingservices@ucmo.edu.

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Housing and Dining

What is Housing changing this school year?

  • Freshmen and sophomores who live within 65 miles of campus (previously 50 miles) can apply for an exemption from living in campus residence halls providing 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 housing@ucmo.edu.
  • All residence hall rooms will be single occupancy only. Residents will have the option to request a specific suitemate, if mutually agreeable (suites are two rooms joined by a common bathroom). Although each room will be single occupancy, residents will be charged the lower double occupancy rate.

How is the University enforcing physical distancing, especially in the residence halls/rooms? Are students allowed to spend time in groups?

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to engage in physical distancing practices recommended by the CDC. University staff will not “police” or prohibit private gatherings for distancing measures in residence halls. 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. The University encourages all persons to follow applicable recommendations from the CDC.

What are steps that will be taken in the dining centers to foster a safe environment?

The following are some of the steps the university and Sodexo, UCM’s food services provider, are taking to support a safe dining experience.

  • Sodexo has company-wide protocols for food preparation and service which are being employed at UCM.
  • All dining employees will wear masks.
  • There will be adjustments in seating availability consistent with local government regulations, and set capacity of the space.
  • Dining areas will be set up to allow for social distancing.
  • Carry-out service will be available. Students may opt for carry-out meals at any point during the meal time. However, a 30-minute window for carry-out only meals will be provided at the beginning of meal times for those who want to get their take-out meal before sit-down dining is available, which may enhance social distancing.
  • Traffic patterns will be implemented that allow diners to efficiently move from the cashier stand to their selected stations. Floor decals and consistent signage will reinforce traffic patterns and social distancing.
  • Traffic patterns will also lead from the seating area to the exit with designated instructions along the way for returning dishes or disposing of packaging or waste into marked receptacles.
  • Efficient station designs for each meal period will ensure quality selection and service and optimal sanitation standards.
  • All stations will be attended by uniformed staff.
  • Staff will frequently sanitize serving stations to ensure safety.
  • No personal refillable containers will be utilized in the dining room, to ensure safety for our staff and guests.
  • Menu toppings and condiments will be portioned by attendants.
  • Enhanced cleaning in dining facilities will be performed in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Enhanced sanitation and cleaning will be performed by uniformed staff.
  • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each use and free of any items, such as salt/pepper shakers or napkin dispensers.

What if my roommate or suitemate gets sick?

Your roommate or suitemate should contact their medical provider or may choose to complete the University Health Center’s student COVID communication form. If it is determined that they may have COVID-19, arrangements will be made to evaluate and test the individual. If you and your roommate have been living together, you will be placed in quarantine and you will also need to be evaluated by your medical provider or the health center.

What directions should students be given about cleaning?

Disinfect touch points such as door knobs, light switches, desk tops, table tops, hard surface furniture, keyboards, phones, remote controls, faucets, toilet seats, etc. with common household disinfectants. Wash hands often.

Please view this video for proper bathroom cleaning procedures.

What cleaning is Facilities, Planning and Operations doing and what do others need to do?

  • Facilities, Planning and Operations is sanitizing touch points of all public areas daily such as: doors, door knobs, handles, panic bars, glass doors, vending machines, light switches, electrical outlet covers, furniture, tables, chairs, elevator doors and buttons, elevator walls, floors, water fountains, kitchens, public bathrooms, laundry rooms, stairways, and handrails.
  • It would be beneficial if others would assist with monitoring public spaces, clean behind use in kitchens, laundry rooms and public spaces in between daily custodial service.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to clean their residence hall room and bathroom.

Will the same housing standards apply to Greek Life housing, for occupancy and cleaning?

All sorority chapters are housed on campus, where the same University Housing standards apply. For fraternity chapters on campus, the same standards apply as any other residence hall. The University does not exercise control over how off campus fraternity housing is set up or cleaned. Since there is no UCM authority over these housing units for social distancing and cleaning, it will be the responsibility of the house residents and guests to maintain a safe environment.

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University Events, Athletics and Services

What event guidelines are in place?

We have reconfigured, re-imagined, and realigned events consistent with CDC guidelines. We will utilize social distancing measures where feasible, and implement ticketing to help promote social distancing at large gatherings. Here are a few items worth noting regarding events as we begin the fall 2020 semester:

  • Requests for event space will be made through the 25Live online system. If you do not have access please complete the online training and take the quiz. https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/meeting-and- conference-services/schedule-an-event/
  • All room capacities have been updated in 25Live to account for social distancing.
  • Please select a room that is appropriate for the number of attendees you plan to have at your event.
  • Please do not move the tables and chairs, as they will be set to allow for social distancing. No tables and chairs will be added to academic classrooms and auditoriums.
  • If a room in the Union is set to the new capacity, no additional tables or chairs will be added.
  • Event sponsors must supply hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for their events, especially if items will be shared by participants.
  • If participants want to sit closer than six feet apart, the event must be ticketed and inform ticket purchasers that attendees are encouraged to social distance from those outside their household.

Are Athletics and other events being held in the fall?

Events may look different than previous events and may have adjustments in order to facilitate a safe event, and will follow the above event guidelines.

The MIAA CEO Council announced all MIAA fall sport competitions will be suspended until January 1, 2021. The Association will continue to explore the possibility of a limited number of competitions in football, volleyball, men's soccer, and women's soccer in the spring, as permitted by the NCAA. Please visit ucmathletics.com for the most up to date athletic information.

At this time, other university events are scheduled as planned but may be adjusted as necessary. UCM will communicate about events, such as Family Weekend and Homecoming, as adjustments are made.

Will services be available, such as movies, bowling, tutoring, etc?

Most UCM services will be available which includes, but is not limited to, movies, bowling, intramurals, computer labs, study rooms, tutoring services, childcare, Lee’s Summit bus service, etc. Services may implement different protocols in their respective area, differing from previous operations, based on the needs of the service.

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Campus Cupboard

Located on the lower level of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Campus Cupboard is a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to alleviating hunger and financial burdens in the UCM community. Food and personal care items are provided to students and UCM employees in need. It will resume regular service on Wednesday, Aug. 19. For more information about Campus Cupboard visit https://www.ucmo.edu/current-students/student-services/campus-cupboard/.

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Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is taking many steps to provide an environment that encourages social distancing and follows guidelines prescribed by the CDC and local health officials.

Among those efforts, in the atrium area, cloth coverings have been removed from furniture, and the remaining furniture has a leather and hospital grade fabric to facilitate easy cleaning.

Here is a list of several changes/updates in which SRWC patrons will want to be aware (Please note, this list is not comprehensive):

  • The rock climbing wall will remain closed during the fall 2020 semester.
  • Fitness classes will be limited to 10-12 individuals, but there will be YouTube classes available for individuals’ convenience.
  • The indoor walking track will not be open for running, but will be available for walking.
  • Intramural sport offerings may be limited..
  • Personal training will still be available. Clients may request virtual sessions if they prefer.
  • In the fitness areas, attendants will be stationed throughout to regularly clean machines during hours of operation; however, patrons are encouraged to follow the rule: “You Touch It, You Clean It Before and After.”
  • Fitness machines have been separated to provide a 10-foot distance between them.
  • The free weight room will be limited to 10 people.
  • Cardio Deck machines have been moved to allow the circuitry machines to be utilized for optimal social distancing.
  • In the mezzanine area, boxing gloves and ropes are no longer being checked out, but individuals can use punching bags if they bring their own gloves.

 

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The University will continue to communicate updates through the UCM News Bureau, as well as our website, social media, your UCM email account, and traditional media.

If you have specific questions, please contact one of the offices below:

For all other offices, please visit https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/ to locate the office that matches your needs.

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