Fall 2022 COVID-19 Policies

Students wearing masks

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Policies

Vaccinations 

The University recommends that all individuals be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Students who live in University housing are required to be up to date on vaccinations with some exceptions allowed. Requirements for students who live on campus are communicated to them in more detail via residential life.

Masks

  • There is no campus-wide mask mandate. However, masks will be required in some areas, such as when an instructor notifies students that masks are required in their individual classrooms or laboratories, when an office or center requires masks, or when an event organizer notifies participants that masks are required during the event. Off-campus activities such as clinicals, service learning, and field experiences may require masks.
  • The University recommends that individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations wear a mask indoors and outdoors within 6 feet of people.
  • In the interest of “cura personalis,” our core value that means “care for the whole person,” always carry a mask and respect others’ masking preferences when meeting in faculty and staff offices or student organization meetings. 

​Reporting Your Illness

  • If you test positive for COVID, you are required to complete the COVID-19 positive reporting form. You do not need to complete a report for being symptomatic or in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Employees: Please note that if you test positive, you must complete the report regardless of whether you are working on campus or remotely, or are on break. 
  • Individuals who have illness symptoms that prevent attending class, clinicals, or work must notify their instructor or supervisor. 

Quarantine and Isolation

The university follows CDC guidelines with respect to isolation and quarantine requirements. If you have tested positive, the University will provide specific guidance to students and employees after you complete your COVID-19 positive reporting form. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, but you have tested negative and you are not symptomatic (or you have confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days), you are not required to quarantine. However, you should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public – and you should get tested five days after your last close contact with the COVID positive individual (testing resources noted below). If you experience symptoms after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you should isolate immediately and get tested.

Testing

If you experience COVID symptoms, it is important to be tested. There are a number of options for free testing available.

  • Free at-home COVID tests are available in Massman 1, Massman 3, Athletics, Human Resources and Security.
  • Free testing is available for all community members at UMKC in a mobile testing site located in the parking lot at 5050 Oak St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Make an appointment here
  • Visit covid.gov/tests to order free tests from the federal government or to learn more about free testing sites.