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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

(7/1/20) Mandatory Face Mask Orders Implemented in Johnson and Jackson Counties

With Johnson County, Missouri, experiencing a 32.8 percent increase in confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 over a 10-day period, a face covering mandate has been ordered. Jackson County, home to UCM’s Lee’s Summit Campus, has implemented a similar order. UCM asks that all persons on our campuses act in accordance with these mandates. This 21-day order is initiated by Johnson County Community Health Services (JCCHS), and is effective at 12:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, through Tuesday, July 28. Jackson County’s mandate has no set end date at this time.

The orders require individuals to wear a face covering, such as a cloth face mask, over their nose and mouth, in any indoor building open to the public, including but not limited to retail stores, grocery stores, office buildings, places of worship and restaurants/bars. Additionally, face coverings are required in outdoor public gathering places when social distancing (maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others outside your household) is not an option. Individuals should provide their own face coverings.

[View the entire JCCHS order]

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(6/25/20) Employee COVID-19 Update

The University is aware that an employee has publicly announced they have tested positive for COVID-19. We have completed our area-specific deep cleaning procedures in compliance with CDC guidelines. 

UCM does not make health diagnoses or give medical advice. Out of respect for individuals’ privacy, UCM will not release an individual’s confidential health information even if that person chooses to share their own information publicly. After any community diagnosis, local health authorities conduct contact tracing and reach out to individuals who, in their opinion, should quarantine or monitor symptoms based on contact with the individual testing positive. If you are contacted during this process and instructed to stay home, please contact HR at 660.543.4255 so they can coordinate your leave, which qualifies for certain pay and benefit coverage under the CARES Act. [more]


(6/5/20) UCM Buildings Open June 8

In keeping with previously announced plans to return to normal operations at the University of Central Missouri, campus buildings will be open beginning on Monday, June 8. The buildings have been locked throughout the spring as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but will now be accessible to the public.

Our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy campus are continuing, and include an enhanced commitment to cleaning and sanitization measures and setting up facilities to help promote social distancing. [more]


(6/2/20) Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing for UCM Employees June 4

Western Missouri Medical Center is working with the University of Central Missouri to provide COVID-19 Antibody testing for UCM employees. Testing will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in Parking Lot 11, located between the James. C. Kirkpatrick Library and the University Health Center.  [more]


(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]


(5/1/20) Message from the President to the Campus Community

As individuals, we all have observed the uncertainty and disagreement regarding the question of when everything will return to "normal". Internally, we have had extensive discussion regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary operating responses, as well as the current recovery plans distributed by local, state and federal governments.  [more]


All Statements

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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