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All summer classes have moved to a virtual environment. Campus is closed to the public until June 8. Please contact offices by phone or email. Visit ucmo.edu/coronavirus for more information.

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All Statements - COVID-19

Status of UCM Classes and Events

Effective March 30, all face-to-face classes, and in-person components of hybrid courses will be delivered virtually through the end of the spring semester. All summer 2020 courses, with the exception of practicum, internships, clinicals and flight hours will be offered online only. All university-sponsored and hosted events through May 10 are cancelled. Commencement exercises scheduled for May 8-9, 2020, are postponed and will be scheduled for a later date.

University of Central Missouri Statements:

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.

We plan to conduct in-person classes this fall. Listed below are some preliminary steps we are taking as a University within the academic, residence and food service areas. In addition to these plans, our COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly to ensure campus preparedness and responsiveness at a time when many unexpected challenges may emerge.

Here are some steps we are taking as a University to help create a safe and healthy environment:

  • Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, we recommend and encourage the wearing of masks/face coverings, particularly when unable to social distance.
  • We are setting up facilities to foster social distancing.
  • Events will be capacity controlled and utilize invitation and reservation systems where appropriate.
  • In partnership with health care providers and the UCM Health Center, we are increasing our ability for testing and contact tracing.
  • We continue to use enhanced cleaning across campus and with special cleaning protocols in high-use buildings.

Academic adjustments:

  • Classroom capacity will be examined with seating and tables arranged for social distancing.
  • In laboratory classes, we are creating rotation schedules between classroom and laboratory times to increase social distancing.
  • We are supporting and encouraging use of technology and hybrid delivery models to support in-person class offerings.
  • Spring course offerings are being spread throughout the day to reduce density and allow for appropriate cleaning between class periods.
  • We are placing as many classes as possible in larger capacity classrooms where appropriate to facilitate social distancing.

Housing:

  • Freshmen and sophomores who live within 65 miles of campus (previously 50 miles) can apply for an exemption from living in campus residence halls provided they will live with a parent or grandparent.
  • 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.

Dining:

  • Sodexo, our food services provider, has company-wide protocols for food preparation and service.
  • Dining areas will be set up to provide for social distancing.
  • Carry-out service will be available.
  • Enhanced cleaning in dining facilities will be performed.

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

As a member of our UCM family, your safety and well-being is our top priority. For the latest information, visit ucmo.edu/coronavirus.

 

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. Employees will be notified by supervisors of their respective date of return, and we will be operating using our traditional summer hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nonessential employees who are not identified to return on May 18 are expected to continue to perform duties under the “work remote” requirement and procedures and not return to campus until June 1.

Although all full-time employees will be returning to UCM no later than June 1, we will not allow public access into university buildings nor provide face-to-face, student-oriented or public services until June 8. With the exception of the Kirkpatrick Library and select retail outlets that are already open for residential students and/or the public, services will continue to be provided virtually until June 8. Also, a limited number of facilities will be used for summer camps, some of which are tentatively scheduled to start the week of June 1. Designated university staff will provide information to individuals sponsoring summer camps regarding access, social distancing and other precautions that will be taken during these special activities.

Your personal safety and well-being remains a priority, and we continue to rely upon the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as well as county and state guidelines. In that regard, I ask that all employees note the following:

  • On campus and within individual work spaces, employees should continue to observe social distancing and other best practices as recommended by the CDC;
  • Meetings if necessary should be held in locations which permit sufficient social distancing; virtual meetings should be considered and utilized even when the participants are working on campus;
  • Members of UCM’s custodial staff continue to follow enhanced cleaning protocols and pay additional attention to higher traffic areas; please assist by not unnecessarily touching surfaces;
  • Employees may wear face masks in the workplace if desired; please note, however, that employees will need to bring their own face masks except in those areas such as the University Health Center where the university has done so historically for work purposes;
  • Students and members of the public should observe social distancing guidelines when utilizing services or while engaged in business activities on the UCM campus; some work spaces are being modified to account for the typical volume of traffic received in those spaces.

This has been a challenging spring for you, and your response to dealing with sudden change has been exceptional and a model for others. I appreciate your continued use of good judgement, patience and cooperation as we all work together to navigate and manage through this time in our history.

- Roger

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.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we encourage you to continue to follow guidance provided by the CDC and local health authorities to maintain your personal well-being and the well-being of those around you. Thanks for all you do for UCM, particularly at this extraordinary time.

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. Individuals who cannot participate Aug. 1 will be allowed to participate in the December 2020 commencement ceremony.

The UCM Commencement Committee is currently working on additional details, including a number of ceremonies and start times for each. We will provide these details in the near future. Additional information, when available, will be posted on the UCM commencement website at https://www.ucmo.edu/commencement.

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.
Please keep in mind our continued commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and employees at this unprecedented time. We ask that you please follow these tips to help protect your health and the safety and health of others as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Follow government mandates around travel, work, and leaving your home.
  • Engage in social distancing. Keep a distance of six feet from others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Watch for cough, trouble breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C.) Those who develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing should call their health service/hospital for further instructions.

4/13/20: Pass/Fail Policies for Spring 2020 Semester

To assist with the abrupt transition to virtual delivery of coursework, the following 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.

Any undergraduate student may designate any course as pass/fail.

The deadline for designating a full spring term or second eight (8) week course to pass/fail is April 24th.

Any pass/fail designations during the spring 2020 semester will not count towards the nine hour limit in order to allow for future utilization of the pass fail option in subsequent semesters.

Students must consult with their advisor to assist with designating a course as pass/fail. Advisors will email the Registrar, registrar@ucmo.edu, to request a pass/fail designation for students in order to maintain a proper record for documentation. Pass/fail designations should be considered for their possible relationship to financial aid, g.p.a., prerequisites, and admission to graduate or professional school.

These changes temporarily removes both the current policy cap (9 hours) and courses pass/fail pertains (electives only).

The new pass/fail policy for Spring 2020 applies only to undergraduate students taking undergraduate courses OR graduate students who are enrolled in undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate students must consult with their success advisor to designate a course as pass/fail.

3/27/20: UCM Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

The University of Central Missouri has learned that a student, who is currently residing on campus, tested positive for novel Coronavirus COVID-19 but is no longer considered contagious. 

The student self-quarantined after believing that they were exposed by someone with whom they visited outside of Johnson County, Missouri. We are working with Johnson County Community Health Services to follow all appropriate protocols. Local health officials are reaching out to people who may have been in close contact with the student, and will provide guidance to those individuals.

As we continue to monitor evolving issues related to COVID-19, we have been actively engaged in activities to help protect members of the campus community. These include implementation of enhanced cleaning protocols; measures such as social distancing; moving from face-to-face to all online courses; meeting via online tools such as Zoom; canceling all public events including sports activities, and postponing spring 2020 commencement. Additionally, we announced March 26 that we have initiated a mandated “work remote” procedure effective at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29 through
May 1 for all “non-essential” employees.

We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and employees at this unprecedented time. To assist in this effort, we ask that you please take this opportunity to consider ways you can help decrease spread the virus to protect your safety and the health and safety of others. Please observe the following:

  • Follow government mandates around travel, work, and leaving your home.
  • Engage in social distancing. Keep a distance of six feet from others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Watch for cough, trouble breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C.)  Those who develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing should call their health service/hospital for further instructions.

This is not a time for alarm, but a time to be attentive, flexible, serious and engaged regarding the steps we need to take as a community to care for ourselves and for each other. Please be attentive to UCM communications addressing COVID-19 and additional steps we will be taking to address this rapidly evolving situation. Visit our website ucmo.edu.coronavirus for updates.

Thank you for your assistance as we continue to work together in the fight against COVID-19.

3/26/20: "Work Remote" Procedures Announced for UCM

With multiple cases of COVID-19 now confirmed in Johnson County, Missouri, the University of Central Missouri is moving to a mandatory “work remote” procedure effective 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, and lasting through 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 1. This requirement applies to all employees with the exception of those designated as “essential employees.” Essential employees were notified by email of their status on Thursday, March 26, and are considered employees whose presence may be required on campus as directed by their supervisor to carry out the operations of the University.

 

As of Friday, March 27,  5:00 p.m., all University buildings with limited exceptions will be accessible only by keyed entry. The James C. Kirkpatrick Library will remain open under modified hours for students who need access to complete online coursework.  Mules National Golf Club remains open with modified operations to allow for social distancing and with enhanced cleaning protocols. Also open are Westside Market at Todd Hall “to-go” for students, the Campus Store in the Crossing (convenience store only), Foster Knox Childcare Center and the Student Health Center. 

 

Although Johnson County, Missouri, is not currently under a stay at home order, this “work remote” requirement will allow for modification to workloads and enhanced spatial distancing for employees who must be on campus. And, while this change in work routine may create inconveniences, we are committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together to navigate through this serious health issue. Individuals who have concerns about their ability to work at home should discuss them with their supervisor.

 

We ask that you continue to monitor your campus email and the university website ucmo.edu/coronavirus for future updates.

3/22/20: First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Missouri

It has been confirmed by Johnson County Community Health Services that a county resident residing near Knob Noster has tested positive for COVID-19, and is now isolated at their residence in accordance with CDC protocols.

This is the first case of the virus to be confirmed in this county. The local agency is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to locate individuals who may have been in close contact with this individual and may be infectious. They will monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. Based on information provided by county health officials in a press conference last night, the individual affected previously was in contact with a person in another county who tested positive for COVID-19. No further information was provided about the individual.

This new development reminds us that we all have a role in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. As such, we want to take this opportunity to remind our community of some important information regarding COVID-19. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, we are requesting your immediate attention to and compliance with the following health-authority-recommended practices – not only to ensure your own well-being, but the well-being of others:

  • Engage in social distancing.
  • Keep distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

If you develop a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, you should stay home and call your primary care provider. UCM students living on campus or in the local community may use this COVID-19 screening form to expedite a response from the University Health Center or may call 660-543-4770.

The CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19) and UCM’s COVID-19 information page (https://www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus/) contains all current recommendations for this evolving situation.

Know that we continue to monitor updated guidance and information and take action as necessary. We encourage the campus community to be attentive, flexible, serious, and engaged regarding any and all steps we take as a community to care for ourselves and for one another. Please be attentive to all email communications addressing COVID-19, which provide up-to-date information specific to the University of Central Missouri.

3/19/20: Important Update: Campus/Course Activities, Res. Halls, Travel

We continue to monitor federal and state guidance and actions pertaining to COVID-19 and are adjusting operations accordingly. The information below regarding campus operations supersedes the guidance distributed to you on Monday, March 16.


Courses and Campus Activities

  • Effective March 30, all face-to-face classes and in-person components of hybrid courses, previously announced to be virtual through April 24, will be delivered virtually through the end of the spring semester.
  • Commencement exercises scheduled for May 8-9, 2020, are postponed and will be scheduled for a later date.
  • All other university sponsored and hosted events are cancelled through May 10.
  • All summer 2020 courses, with the exception of practicum, internships, clinicals and flight hours will be offered online only.
  • All spring 2020 online, hybrid and face-to-face classes, with the exception of practicum, internships, clinicals, student teaching and flight hours, remain paused until March 30 with no instruction and no assignments due.
  • Practicum, internships, student teaching, clinicals and flight hours will continue. Students impacted by cancellations by sponsoring agencies or businesses should contact their respective School Chair for assistance.
  • Campus remains open although with reduced services. The following locations are open but with potentially modified hours: Elliott Student Union, J.C. Kirkpatrick Library, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, University Bookstore, Pertle Springs, Mules National Golf Club, Multipurpose Building, Max B. Swisher – Skyhaven Airport.
  • Students without access to the Warrensburg campus and who do not have access to a computer and/or the internet should contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services at 660-543-8059 or academicprograms@ucmo.edu for assistance.

Residence Halls

  • Residence Halls will remain open. Students who are in a safe environment and who do not desire to return to campus during this time are encouraged to remain where they are best served and practice CDC guidelines for social distancing. Students electing to return to live in University Housing will be allowed to do so. Limited food service “to go” will be provided through current meal plans.
  • Residents who do not plan to live in University Housing for the remainder of the semester will receive additional information from UCM Housing regarding how to schedule property pick up and check out procedures.

Travel

  • All university-sponsored travel remains suspended through May 10. Exceptions must be approved by the area Vice President.
  • The university’s bus service between Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit is suspended through May 10.

Questions may be directed to COVID19@ucmo.edu.


We encourage you to continue to monitor your email and www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus for updates regarding UCM operations and the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) for national guidance.

3/17/20: UCM Lee's Summit Update (press release)

UCM Lee’s Summit to close for deep cleaning Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18

All UCM courses are paused until March 30 when all courses will be delivered virtually

The University of Central Missouri’s Lee’s Summit campus will close on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, to allow custodial staff members to complete a deep cleaning of the entire Missouri Innovation Campus facility. The building will reopen on Thursday, March 18.

UCM is currently on spring break through March 22, and all online, hybrid and face-to-face classes are paused until March 30 with no instruction and no assignments during this period. Beginning March 30 and through April 24, all face-to-face classes and in-person components of hybrid courses will be delivered virtually. Practicum, internships, student teaching, clinicals and flight hours will continue. Students impacted by cancellations by sponsoring agencies or businesses should contact their respective school chair for further guidance and assistance.

Both the UCM Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses will remain open (with the exception of the Lee’s Summit campus scheduled closing for deep cleaning on March 17 and 18). The university’s bus service between the Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses is suspended through April 24. In addition, all university-sponsored and hosted events through April 24 are cancelled.

No later than April 13, UCM will provide further guidance regarding class sessions and finals occurring after April 24.

Students wanting to contact an advisor on Tuesday and Wednesday are encouraged to contact Brenda Fuhr at fuhr@ucmo.edu. Students who would like career or resume assistance may contact Clarinda Dir at dir@ucmo.edu.

Please visit the UCM Update on Coronavirus webpage for information regarding this evolving situation. Anyone with questions regarding this situation and UCM may send them to COVID19@ucmo.edu.

3/16/20: Important Update: COVID-19

Effective today, March 16, the University of Central Missouri is enacting the following measures in alignment with our COVID-19 planning and response protocols.

  • All online, hybrid and face-to-face classes, with the exception of practicum, internships, clinicals, student teaching and flight hours, are paused until March 30 with no instruction and no assignments due during this period.
  • Effective March 30, and through April 24, all face-to-face classes, and in-person components of hybrid courses will be delivered virtually. Faculty members will receive a separate email detailing resources, training sessions, assistance and expectations for transitioning courses to a virtual environment. Students will receive more information regarding virtual coursework in the coming week.
  • Practicum, internships, student teaching, clinicals and flight hours will continue. Students impacted by cancellations by sponsoring agencies or businesses should contact their respective School Chair for further guidance and assistance.
  • No later than April 13, the university will provide further guidance regarding class sessions and finals occurring after April 24.
  • Residence Halls will remain open. Students who are in a safe environment and who do not desire to return to campus during this time frame are encouraged to remain where they are best served and practice CDC guidelines for social distancing. Residence hall students will receive a separate email with additional information and instructions on how to notify UCM Housing of your housing plans. Food service will be available for students remaining in residence halls.
  • The UCM campus in Warrensburg and UCM offices at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee's Summit will remain open with faculty and staff present. Computer labs, the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, the Student Wellness and Recreation Center, and other services will be available on the Warrensburg campus for continued access by students who live in residence halls or who come to campus.
  • Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants will continue their work as normal. Student employees will receive a separate email regarding their appointments no later than noon Wednesday, March 18.
  • Students without access to the Warrensburg campus and who do not have access to a computer and/or the internet should contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services for assistance at 660-543-8059 or academicprograms@ucmo.edu. Students requesting reasonable accommodations related to disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services, 660-543-4421, access@ucmo.edu, for assistance.
  • All university-sponsored and hosted events through April 24 are cancelled. Decisions on events April 25-May 10, including the university's commencement activities, will be made and announced no later than April 13.
  • The university's bus service between the Warrensburg and Lee's Summit campuses is suspended through April 24.
  • The previously announced travel restriction have been expanded. All university-sponsored travel, regardless of mode of transport, is suspended through May 10. Exceptions must be approved by the area Vice President.
  • Questions may also be directed to COVID19@ucmo.edu for assistance.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor CDC communications (www.cdc.gov), the UCM COVID-19 website www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus, and UCM email messages for further updates.

3/13/20: Intercollegiate Athletics Update

UCM was notified late yesterday, March 12, that all MIAA intercollegiate sports activities, both practices and competition, are being suspended indefinitely. This follows a decision by NCAA President Mark Emmert and its Board of Governors to cancel all winter and spring championships for all three divisions.

These decisions are being made amid among growing health concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19), and are part of the NCAA and MIAA’s efforts to help ensure the health and safety of student athletes, coaches, administrators and the community of fans that enjoy collegiate sports. Learn more about the MIAA suspension of collegiate sports here. An update on the NCAA decision can be found here.

3/12/20: Update from the President

Members of the UCM Community:

As of March 11, there were no reported cases of COVID-19 on either of UCM's primary campuses. We continue to monitor the fluid nature of guidance and requirements for dealing with Novel Coronavirus, including CDC and Missouri DHHS guidelines.

No decision has been made regarding changing the format of class offerings. I recognize other universities in the state have announced short-term changes. Most of these institutions are on spring break this week and are extending their break by an additional week. With spring break for us next week, we will have an opportunity to more fully evaluate numerous scenarios, including the significant impact on faculty and students should class structure be changed.

If you are a student, as you prepare for what is hoped to be a relaxing spring break, please don't forget to pack your textbooks, computer and other essentials. Although we have made no decision regarding any changes to class format, we are continually monitoring the situation and will keep you updated on any new decisions. In addition, individual circumstances may change, and if you find yourself staying at home or another location following spring break, it will be helpful to have your books and technology with you in case you need to participate remotely.

Also, because of the heightened concern individuals have regarding this virus, I am modifying our travel provisions.

Effective Monday, March 16, all nonessential university-sponsored travel on public transport is suspended for the remainder of spring 2020 semester. Exceptions and determination of essential will be made by the respective area Vice President. A determination about travel planned for May 11 or later will be made no later than April 13.

University-sponsored travel in private carriage should be limited in scope and purpose.

All study abroad is hereby canceled for the remainder of spring 2020 semester. Students, faculty and staff who are already abroad have been or are in the process of being recalled. A decision regarding summer 2020 study abroad will be made no later than April 1.

Currently, per NCAA and MIAA conference guidance, travel for intercollegiate competitions will continue. On March 11, the NCAA announced limited attendance for the Division I and Division II basketball tournaments (Division III had already been impacted). We continue to monitor guidance from the NCAA and MIAA regarding spring competitions.

As noted above, we are experiencing a unique and fluid environment. No administrative-level decisions have been made yet which would alter university-sponsored or university-hosted events, although some meetings/conferences, including the Children's Literature Festival, have been canceled by organizers.

The COVID-19 preparations team continues to meet and remains vigilant for further developments regarding this virus. I urge you to continue to follow CDC guidelines for personal and community well-being, including frequent hand washing, avoiding others if you are sick, and social distancing where possible.

As a reminder, updates and other pertinent information are being posted to www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.

3/12/20: Study Abroad Update

All UCM study abroad is hereby canceled for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Students, faculty and staff who are already abroad have been or are in the process of being recalled. A decision regarding summer 2020 study abroad will be made no later than April 1. UCM is asking all study abroad students to make arrangements to return to the United States as soon as possible and communicate these arrangements both to the UCM Study Abroad Office as well as their host university. Students can reach the UCM Study Abroad Office by phone at 660-543-4195, or by email at chiesi@ucmo.edu.

Students should continue to monitor UCM emails for the most updated information from UCM and from the UCM Study Abroad Office, and be familiar with UCM's dedicated page for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

3/10/20: Update to Students from the President

Yesterday, I distributed a message regarding COVID-19. With spring break coming up next week, it is critical that you consider your personal well-being as you travel. I ask that you reconsider traveling to areas where the number of outbreaks has been increasing, areas which have a Center for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Assessment of Level 2, and areas where states of emergency have been declared.

You should likely avoid areas where the CDC Travel Assessment is at Level 3 (www.cdc.gov)--the CDC advises that individuals returning from a Level 3 country stay home for 14 days after returning. Regardless of your travel plans, please follow all CDC and medical professional guidance, including frequent hand washing, maintaining adequate distance from others (particularly for anyone exhibiting symptoms), and avoiding others if you are sick.

If you live on campus and desire or need to change your travel plans, UCM Housing will work with you to provide a place to stay over spring break. Please contact Brenda Moeder (moeder@ucmo.edu) for assistance.

We will continue to provide updates on UCM plans regarding this virus. All updates will be posted to www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus, and I encourage you to check this site before returning to campus following spring break to determine whether there have been any new developments. Please continue to consider your health and safety during the break.

3/9/20: Update from the President

We continue to monitor closely developments related to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. As you are likely aware, individuals have been diagnosed with this particular virus in both Missouri and Kansas. Both states are currently at a low level of reported cases.

As a continuation of our preparations and plans regarding COVID-19, we are implementing immediately the following measures:

  • All university-sponsored travel to countries listed by the CDC as Level 2 and above is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes students, faculty and staff. University-sponsored travel to other countries and domestic travel are not currently restricted; however, travelers should use personal judgement regarding whether to schedule or complete any planned travel.
  • The university will work with individuals regarding expenses already incurred for impacted university-sponsored travel. Employees should contact the immediate supervisor, and supervisors should report cancellations to the area Vice President's office via email. Study abroad students whose travel has been impacted should contact Mr. Matthew Chiesi, Study Abroad Coordinator for assistance. The student's respective dean's office will assist in creating an individualized plan regarding course credit for any student whose study abroad experience is impacted. For any other university-sponsored student travel that is impacted, the affected student should contact his/her/their respective faculty/staff advisor.
  • The university is not currently imposing restrictions on university-sponsored travel occurring on or after May 11. We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus, CDC guidance and Missouri Department of Health and Human Services requirements, and provide further guidance no later than Monday, April 13, for travel planned to occur May 11 - August 1.
  • Although personal travel cannot be restricted by the university, individuals should apply good judgement when traveling, including monitoring conditions in local areas and following CDC guidelines for maintaining personal health and preventing the spread of this or any other virus.

We have developed and will enact additional measures if necessary and appropriate for the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors. I encourage you to visit UCM's dedicated webpage for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 at www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus to stay informed. We will update this site with additional information as it becomes available.

3/9/20: International and Study Abroad Students

UCM staff have been working closely with current international students, returning students and their families on travel, academic resources, and other issues. Students or families with questions should contact Matt Chiesi in the Study Abroad office at chiesi@ucmo.edu or Shellie Hewitt in Graduate and International Student Services at hewitt@ucmo.edu.

UCM is asking students currently studying abroad in countries with a CDC Travel Advisory Level 2 or 3 to return to the United States and complete their semester here. UCM will accommodate these students in their completion of credits as needed on a case-by-case basis, whether through collaboration with our international partners for remote completion or other means. For upcoming faculty-led study tours at locations with a CDC Travel Advisory Level 2 or 3, UCM will not allow groups to travel to these locations, and will work closely with leaders to determine whether other locations can be substituted or if programs should cancel. These will be determined on a group-by-group basis.

3/9/20: Academic Update

An academic-focused taskforce is meeting to ensure continuity of academic operations in the case that COVID-19 impacts the campus community. Additional details will be shared as needed on this site as the plan evolves.

3/9/20: Travel Abroad Update

For the remainder of spring 2020 semester, travel to countries with a CDC Travel Advisory Level of 2 or higher is restricted for faculty, staff, and students. An update will be posted no later than April 13 for travel expected to occur May 11 or after.

UCM is asking students currently studying abroad in countries with a CDC Travel Advisory Level 2 or 3 to return to the United States and complete their semester here. UCM will accommodate these students in their completion of credits as needed on a case-by-case basis, whether through collaboration with our international partners for remote completion or other means. For upcoming faculty-led study tours at locations with a CDC Travel Advisory Level 2 or 3, UCM will not allow groups to travel to these locations, and will work closely with leaders to determine whether other locations can be substituted or if programs should cancel. These will be determined on a group-by-group basis.

3/9/20: Domestic Travel Update

At this time, the university has not limited travel domestically. Those traveling to conferences, meetings or other events should carefully review their travel plans to avoid, if possible, states or municipalities with declared states of emergency. We are asking everyone to carefully consider all university-related travel, and if you travel, to take appropriate precautions when you travel and upon return as needed.

3/2/20: Campus Message Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There have been no cases of COVID-19 reported in Missouri. UCM has been and will continue to be in regular contact with state and county officials and reviews CDC communications daily. As of March 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the virus is not currently spreading widely in the United States.

At this time, UCM will not be imposing travel restrictions for study abroad or any other international travel beyond those issued by state and federal authorities. We are communicating with our study abroad students and our international partners. We will also work with our international partners on issues arising from any host-imposed cancellations or restrictions.

 

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