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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. As always, the well-being of our UCM family is our utmost priority.

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Recent Updates

(6/1/20) Presidential Forum: Fall 2020 Outlook

With preparations underway for the fall 2020 semester at UCM, President Best will answer questions about the upcoming semester in a virtual forum on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. Students, parents and the entire campus community are invited to submit questions about the university’s plans via our online form.

All questions must be submitted via our online form by June 7 in order to be considered. Dr. Best will answer as many questions as possible, but due to volume, it may not be possible to respond to every submission. Dr. Best hopes to hear from you, and appreciates you staying informed about the fall semester. [Submit a Question] 


(5/28/20) Fall Planning

We are back on campus planning for your arrival this fall. Much work is being done across the University of Central Missouri to plan and adjust as proactively as possible to this new environment while prioritizing your safety and educational needs and those of all of our students.  [more]


(5/7/20) Return to Work and Reopening Guidelines

We are currently on track to end the mandatory “work remote” requirement and procedures for full-time employees who are currently designated as nonessential. This will occur by having groups of employees return to campus (including UCM-Lee’s Summit) on two different dates. One group will return on Monday, May 18, while all remaining (previously designated) nonessential employees will return Monday, June 1.  [more]

(4/22/20) “Work Remote” Extended through May 17

The University of Central Missouri’s “work remote” status is being extended through Sunday, May 17, 11:59 p.m. This requirement applies to all employees with the exception of those designated as “essential employees.” Additional information about the transition back to campus-based operations on May 18 will be provided in the near future.  [more]


(4/15/20) New Commencement Date Announced

Commencement is an exciting time to honor the achievements of University of Central Missouri graduates, as well as their families and friends who have supported them during their time at UCM. While we traditionally celebrate our spring and summer graduates in ceremonies that take place in May, the impact of COVID-19 necessitated the postponement of this event to protect the safety and health of our graduating students and everyone involved in commencement exercises. We are rescheduling commencement for Aug. 1, 2020.  [more]


(4/14/20) Update on University Travel

We continue to monitor developments associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and modify university operating procedures when necessary. Currently, all university sponsored travel is restricted through May 10. This restriction is being extended through May 31, and any exception to this must be approved by the area Vice President. All other changes remain in place as previously announced.  [more]


(4/13/20) Pass/Fail Policies for Spring 2020 Semester

To assist with the abrupt transition to virtual delivery of coursework, adjustments are being made to the pass/fail grading deadlines and policies for the spring 2020 semester. These modifications pertain to the spring 2020 semester only.  [more]

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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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