Health and Wellness
I'm experiencing anxiety about the coronavirus. What can I do?
- 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
- 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, 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, and support from your friends and family.
Self care can help us be resilient in the face of stress.
How long does isolation last?
Patients who test positive may come off isolation 7 days after onset of symptoms AND
- No fever for the past 3 days without using fever reducers AND
- Improved respiratory symptoms for the past 3 days, they may still have some mild symptoms.
Are there health resources for international students?
- Students with the university-sponsored health insurance, 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. 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
My roommate is coming back from a level 3 country. Can you keep my roommate out of
our room for 14 days upon their return?
- If a person is returning to campus from travel to a level 3 risk country but does
not have a roommate or suitemate, the person will be able to stay in their assigned
room with their belongings.
- If a person is returning to campus from travel to a level 3 risk country AND has a
roommate or suitemate, the person who traveled will be relocated.
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
- have traveled to an area where there are 30 or more known cases of coronavirus. (See
- If you meet any of the above criteria you should stay at home for 14 days, call your
medical provider, and follow self quarantine instructions.
- If you meet any of the above criteria, but you are unable to safely remain at home,
contact the University Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Can I get hand sanitizer or masks from the Health Center?
The University Health Center typically keeps a small supply of hand sanitizer in stock
at the dispensary for sale, however, this item has been backordered and is not currently
available. Masks are not available for sale at the Health Center at this time. We
are trying to order more personal protective equipment supplies.
Will a flu shot help protect me from COVID-19?
No, a flu shot will help protect you against the influenza virus but not the COVID-19
virus. We advocate getting 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.
I keep hearing that most people who get this have mild symptoms, and that the flu
kills thousands of people yearly, so why are UCM and other groups reacting so strongly
- Even when symptoms are mild, people are still contagious. If high-risk individuals,
such as elderly or those with underlying health conditions, get sick from COVID-19
they often become critically ill, requiring hospitalization.
- There aren’t enough hospital and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds or health care workers
for the expected increase in demand.
- Currently, there is no vaccine or medicine to treat this virus. Because it is a new
virus no one has immunity.
- Research has shown that the death rate for COVID-19 is higher than influenza.
How do I keep myself healthy?
- Practice good basic hygiene:
- stay home as much as possible
- stay home if you are sick (except to get necessary medical care)
- clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces often throughout the day
- wash your hands often
- use hand sanitizer often
- cover your cough with your elbow (not your hand)
- avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
- drink plenty of water
- eat healthy foods (avoid junk foods)
- practice social distancing (if you need to go where other people are
- try to stay six feet away from others)
- 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:
What Human Resources guidance do you have for employees regarding isolation and leave?
The Office of Human Resources suggests that employees follow CDC guidelines regarding
isolation and self-care. If an employee needs to be quarantined or isolated, FMLA,
leaves of absence, or reasonable accommodations may apply. Please contact Ranea Taylor
for assistance with available options under COVID-19 at 660-543-4255.
If this outbreak continues, will the university close?
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 necessary to meet this goal.
I am hosting an event on campus, should I cancel it?
Yes. All university-sponsored and hosted events are canceled through May 10. Please
refer to www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information. Decisions for events on campus after May 10
will be communicated at a later date.
Will UCM cancel classes or close campus? And, upon closing of campus, what services
will be offered on campus, if any?
- At this time, the university remains open with services including computer labs, the
James C. Kirkpatrick Library, and other services remain available on the Warrensburg
campus for continued access by students who live in residence halls or who come to
campus. This situation is fluid and could change rapidly as deemed necessary. Please
follow the most recent information posted online at www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.
- In the event of a complete university closure, the university will identify services
available at that time and communicate that information to the campus community through
email and at www.ucmo.edu/coronavirus.
Who are “essential personnel” and what are “essential operations” during a community
health concern / emergency?
- Essential personnel are generally defined as faculty and staff members who are required to report to their designated work location to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency
or when the university has suspended operations. If an employee can perform essential
tasks remotely- they are not designated as essential personnel.
- Essential personnel will be communicated that they are essential through position descriptions and a designation letter that has been sent to them.
Would we recommend any changes or updates to sick leave documentation requirements
during a public health crisis?
Employees who are sick should stay home and contact Human Resources. Employees sick
for any reason may be required by the university to not report to work. Accrued leave
will be utilized. Employees utilizing sick leave between now and May 10 will not be
required to provide a doctor’s note. Anyone staying home from work for reasons related
to COVID-19 are encouraged to provide Human Resources with that information.
I am a UCM employee and I do not feel comfortable being at work. What do I do?
Please contact your direct supervisor regarding any of your concerns. Work assignments
will be decided on a case-by-case basis with your supervisor.
Are there any contractual requirements that could potentially prevent or restrict
transition to online or hybrid teaching environments?
Not from an employment perspective. However, we must adhere to ADA accommodations
for faculty and staff.
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 staff to assist with anxiety?
Information from BlueKC is available online, as well as the EAP.
Excluding emergencies, under what circumstances, if any, would we direct employees
to seek immediate access to the health center on campus?
Employees should seek assistance from their personal medical provider, even in emergencies.
Employees are not allowed to use the health center under our health insurance plan.
We also have been advised that the health center lacks the resources to absorb employee
How will I receive updates about any actions I need to take?
Email communication from the President and/or Provost will contain directives regarding
action to be taken by UCM faculty. Additional information will be found on UCM’s coronavirus
When can/must I move my class to remote teaching?
As of March 30, 2020 all faculty should be prepared to have content in Blackboard
e.g. discussion posting, lectures, etc. There will be face-to-face and online training
sessions offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for those needing
assistance in basic Blackboard use and function. College deans will inform you of
the training session you will be attending.
What are my options for remote teaching?
If you are currently a faculty member teaching an online course, your course will
resume March 30. If you are a faculty member who has little to no experience teaching
online, training opportunities will be available the week of March 23 from CTL. College
deans will work with school chairs to identify faculty for training based on level
How should I hold office hours?
Faculty members should hold office hours based on the office hours in your current
syllabi. You may schedule phone appointments or host office hours virtually in multiple
ways. Video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts are good tools to use.
For access and information about these tools, consult the faculty resources listed
on the ucmo.edu/coronavirus webpage.
How can I teach a lab, studio workshop or similar course remotely?
- Information is available on the COVID-19 webpage regarding resources for labs and
- Face-to-face and online training sessions will be offered for all teaching faculty
the week of March 23, 2020 through the Center for Teaching and Learning. This training
is for those desiring assistance in basic Blackboard use and function, if you are
not already teaching online or teaching a hybrid course.
- The Blackboard Community is called UCM Faculty Training (log into BB -> go to the
My Community tab on the upper right and click on it -> look for the My Organizations
section and click on the hyperlink for UCM Faculty Training). This Blackboard Community
offers a variety of information resources and videos on utilizing Blackboard effectively
in the teaching environment.
- The Faculty Online Resources document is linked in the COVID-19 webpage, and provides
resources for faculty teaching alternate structure courses. https://www.ucmo.edu/news/media-resources/corona-virus-covid-19/online-course-delivery-resources-faculty
How can I maintain the substance, quality and rigor of my course if I teach it remotely?
This is an unprecedented situation with unique challenges. A number of quick tools
are available for you to post content (PowerPoint, Medial, Panopto, etc.). Training
and support are available through CTL. CTL is also providing links to resources that
offer suggestions for creating content, using virtual labs and simulations, collaborative
work, etc. While we will be doing things differently in the coming weeks, the training
resources available through CTL will help maintain our standards of academic excellence.
How will I give exams and grades if I am teaching remotely?
Blackboard has a test-building tool you can use, and you can create assignments directly
in Blackboard. They will both feed directly into the Grade Center. You can grade from
the Grade Center as well. Training on this will be provided. For test security, we
have unlimited seats for Respondus Monitor and Lockdown Browser. Students will need
a webcam to use these tools. You can also load exams from Word or PDF format using
Respondus 4.0 (which also requires a download onto your computer).
How do I mentor graduate students remotely?
A free Zoom account will allow 1-1 video conferencing in 40-minute increments.
How should I work with students who tell me they are unable to attend class virtually?
- Students who are asymptomatic with COVID-19 should be able to continue their course
virtually. Students who are symptomatic should notify their instructors and be directed
to the Office of Student Experience and Engagement for short-term absences and the
Office of Accessibility Services for ongoing accommodations. Students should follow
CDC guidance about when to visit their healthcare provider.
- If a student is unable to attend class virtually because of a lack of personal device,
they may be eligible to receive one through Academic Programs and Services, pending
- 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 email@example.com for assistance.
Won't requiring remote teaching undermine academic freedom for faculty?
Academic freedom refers to the freedom of research and the discussion of subjects
or the content of your course. Academic freedom does not refer to the delivery method
determined by the university.
If I have been asked to self-quarantine, how should I handle canceling classes?
If you are asymptomatic you would continue teaching virtually, if you are symptomatic
you should contact your school chair for guidance.
What is considered University-sponsored travel?
What responsibility do I have to ensure my classroom/office is cleaned regularly?
- Custodial staff will need our help, they can’t possibly keep up with all the increased
cleaning required during an infectious disease outbreak. It would be a good idea to
clean frequent touch surfaces every few hours or after every class. Frequent touch
surfaces are desk tops, arm rests, door knobs, light switches, shared keyboards. Cleaning
supplies will be provided by the university. Custodial staff will be responsible for
drinking fountains, bannisters and bathrooms. Also, think of personal items like phones,
computers and purses.
- Western Missouri Medical Center is promoting a “Team Up To Clean Up” challenge to
encourage everybody to take responsibility for keeping their work space clean and
prevent the spread of disease.
- Please refrain from bringing in outside cleaning supplies and chemicals. Some university
faculty, staff, and students may have chemical and scent allergies. So that we can
ensure everyone has a safe work environment, UCM uses approved chemicals that have
low volatile organic compounds and chemical interactions.
How should I prepare for possible disruptions to classes I'm taking?
Pay close attention to your UCM email for communications and updates from the university
and from your instructor.
How should I notify my instructors about being absent due to illness, quarantine or
self-isolation? What documentation do I have to provide?
Individual student accommodations will be facilitated by Student Experience and Engagement
(short-term absences) at 660-543-4114 and Office of Accessibility Services (ongoing
accommodations) at 660-543-4421. You do not need to provide any documentation to your
instructor - any necessary documentation will be requested by Student Experience and
Engagement or the Office of Accessibility Services.
What about courses that involve work off campus, such as practicums, internships,
student teaching or other off-campus courses?
Contact your faculty advisor, program coordinator or school chair to determine the
requirements of your program.
How will exams and grading work if I'm taking class remotely?
Exams and assignments can be presented and graded online in Blackboard. Faculty will
be able to post both so there is no lag once course work resumes.
How will I work on my research project?
Please look for guidance from your faculty member or project coordinator for completing
projects or assignments.
What if I need to withdraw from classes, drop a class or get an incomplete grade?
What if I miss the drop deadline?
I'm in a UCM Dual Credit Class. Where do I go for information regarding taking the
What if I have a complaint or grievance about my class?
Please contact your school chair. Additional information can be found in the Guide
to Good Decision making, found at https://issuu.com/ucentralmo/docs/ucmguidetogooddecisionmaking?e=9595811/51394453
If I am self-quarantining at home, how do I get my belongings from my residence hall
If you have reason to self-quarantine and cannot return, you can identify someone
to return to pick up your academic materials. You will need to coordinate with the
Housing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-543-4515.
I am an international student and my visa limits the number of online courses I can
take. What do I do if my courses move online?
SEVP has created special guidelines allowing international students to take online
courses during this time. Please contact GISS for specific information at email@example.com and refer to the latest email sent to you by your DSO.
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 advisor (DSO) for
guidance pertaining to their individual needs/questions: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- 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 staff have implemented extended advising hours virtually and via phone so that
all students' questions and concerns are addressed.
- Several emails have already been sent out to the different international student populations
from the GISS office. Additional communication will be forthcoming as this situation
- GISS is closely monitoring the location of our currently enrolled students and those
on OPT outside of the local area.
- International students who need assistance with insurance questions are being referred
to the Health Center and to the insurance provider based on their question.
- International students living on campus are in close contact with GISS and the Housing
Office for guidance.
- NAFSA: Coronavirus Critical Resources
What if my roommate gets sick?
Your roommate should call the health center at 660-543-4770 and arrange to be evaluated.
If it is determined that they are at high risk for COVID-19, arrangements will be
made to evaluate and test your roommate. If you and your roommate have been living
together you will also need to be evaluated.
What directions should students be given about cleaning?
Frequently disinfect touch points such as door knobs, light swithces, desk tops, table
tops, hard surface furniture, etc. Plus, practice the following steps:
- Hands - wash them often.
- Elbows - cough into them.
- Face - don't touch it.
- Feet - stay more than 6 feet apart.
- Feel sick? - Stay in.
What cleaning is Facilities, Planning and Operations doing and what do others need
- 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
Are you still allowing tours of campus?
- Graduate student campus tours have been suspended until further notice.
- Undergraduate campus tours have moved to a virtual format, as most of our individual
tour groups are larger than 10 people.
Do you plan on cancelling on-campus events?
- All campus events associated with GISS and ISO have been cancelled for the remainder
of the spring 2020 semester.
- All recruitment and yield events for the spring semester have been moved to a virtual
format. The Honors NSO has been cancelled and will move those students to another
Will you provide any virtual events?
Yes, our recruitment/yield events for this spring have been moved to a virtual format.
Communication to those registered has already gone out.
Why is UCM’s response different from other universities around the state?
UCM takes very seriously its role in providing a safe learning and working environment.
Planning related to the worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an issue all
U.S. colleges and universities are dealing with for the first time, and there is no
one-size-fits-all solution to institutional responses. We continue to monitor this
situation every day and make decisions based on CDC recommendations, as well as state
and national guidelines that we believe are in the best interest of our students,
faculty and staff.
Is UCM canceling athletic events and other events held at UCM venues?
The NCAA has announced the cancellation of 2020 spring sport championships and the
MIAA has indefinitely suspended play for all spring sports. All sporting events scheduled
to take place at university facilities are canceled until further notice.
Travel and Study Abroad
Are students returning from abroad being asked to quarantine?
- All students currently studying abroad have been asked to return to the United States.
- All returning students from abroad have been asked to return to their homes and follow
the CDC guidelines for social distance.
- If students are facing a hardship due to these circumstances, they are encouraged
to reach out to UCM Study Abroad at 660-543-4195 or email@example.com to inquire about ways that UCM can offer support.
- Follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and social distancing
I have a study abroad trip planned. Will it be cancelled?
- Study Abroad programs through August 2020 have been cancelled. For up-to-date details,
see UCM’s COVID-19 update page, or contact the Study Abroad office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-543-4195.
- Students enrolled in a faculty-led program should contact their instructor to verify
the status of their upcoming trip.
Has UCM cancelled any class trips?
- All Study Abroad programs for spring and summer 2020 have been cancelled and all students
have been asked to return to the U.S.
- Short term faculty-led study tours and study abroad programs departing after May 11
have been cancelled.
I want to plan my study abroad experience for the fall, or next spring. What do I
need to know?
Contact email@example.com or view ucmo.edu/studyabroad to set up a remote advising appointment to address your questions and plans.
Are there restrictions on people entering the United States?
United States citizens and permanent residents currently abroad are not affected by
travel bans to the U.S. However, availability of flights to the U.S. may be limited.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to confirm flight details with their airlines. International
students should refer to the Coronavirus travel bans by Presidential Proclamation
on this website:
If I am a faculty or staff member, are there any restrictions on work-related travel?
All university-sponsored travel, regardless of mode of transport, is suspended. Exceptions
must be approved by the area vice president.
What can I do about travel-related expenses incurred for a conference or other 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.
What should I do if the conference or other event has not yet been cancelled?
Contact the conference/event coordinator to cancel your registration and ask for a
full refund, then you should cancel all reservations and request refunds for any expenses
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
If I made my purchase with personal funds and will not get a refund from the vendor,
will the university reimburse me for the cost of the air travel or other travel expenses?
- Travel and other expenses related to conferences that have been cancelled due to concerns
with the Coronavirus, which were previously scheduled/paid for, will be reimbursable.
- An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refunds, transfer tickets, or
otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using
standard travel processes. Please note you will need to provide documentation that the expense is not refundable
to receive reimbursement. 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
- If paid for on a grant, and you cannot receive a refund, a credit or 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
- If paid for on a grant, the credit will be made to the charged grant FOAP.
What if I receive a voucher or future credit from a cancellation?
All vouchers and future credits, for travel paid or reimbursed by the university,
are the property of the university and are not owned by the individual. All documentation
must be provided to the Accounts Payable office to be used for future university approved
travel. Please call 660-543-4700 for more information.
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.
Who should I contact with additional questions about university employee travel?
Contact Vickie Howery or Becky Landkamer by telephone at (660) 543-4540 or 4797, or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
What guidance is UCM following related to travel for study abroad programs?
- In particular, UCM is paying close attention to CDC and US State Department travel
- UCM Study Abroad is also in close contact with our partners abroad.
Are students able to continue their studies and academic progress?
- Most students who have returned from abroad have been able to make arrangements to
complete credits remotely through our partners abroad.
- If students need credits they would have otherwise gained through their cancelled
study abroad programs, they should contact the UCM Study Abroad office.
Are students able to study abroad at all this summer?
UCM students do not have approval to travel for study abroad for May or Summer 2020
up to and including August 2020.
Are students allowed to study abroad in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021?
UCM is looking forward to the future with hope. All Fall 2020 UCM Sponsored programs
are scheduled to continue as planned.
How will a cancelled program affect students' financial aid for Spring or Summer semester?
Each program and student situation can vary widely. Students should contact Student
Financial Services or the Study Abroad office to inquire about specific circumstances.
How will I know if an on-campus event I am planning to attend is cancelled?
All university-sponsored and hosted events through May 10 are cancelled. Please contact
Meeting and Conference Services for event cancelations. Meeting and Conference Services
is currently working with event coordinators/primary contacts of events.
Should I cancel my on-campus conference, event or meeting that will bring visitors
from outside Missouri?
Yes. All university-sponsored and hosted events through May 10 are cancelled.
Should I cancel my on-campus conference, event or meeting that will bring visitors
from outside the United States?
Yes. All university-sponsored and hosted events through May 10 are cancelled.
Will my organization be allowed to have our weekly meetings and events?
No. All university-sponsored and hosted events through May 10 are cancelled, which
includes university organizational meetings and events. Groups may have organization
meetings but these must be done online.
Will external clients be allowed to continue to hold events on the UCM campus this
No. All university-sponsored and hosted events through Math 10 are cancelled, which
includes external client events.
What do I do if I am worried someone has COVID-19?
- Encourage the individual you are concerned about to call their medical provider. If
they are a student, they can call UCM’s student health center at 660-543-4770 or their
primary care provider.
- People with a fever of 100.4 with a cough or trouble breathing should stay home and
isolate themselves from others and call a health provider.
- Avoid being around anyone who is coughing, distance yourself at least six feet.
- 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.
If I feel I'm being treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed based on my
race or ethnicity, what should I do?
- Students, staff and faculty contact HUMAN RESOURCES: UCM takes matters of discrimination
and harassment very seriously. Any employees who have concerns about discrimination
or harassment shoud immediately contact Ranea Taylor, Associate Vice President for
Human Resources, at 660-543-4255, or email email@example.com in accordance with university policy. Anyone who has student concerns should contact
Student Experience and Engagement at 660-543-4114.
- The UCM Green Dot page has helpful information as well.
What should I do if I observe or experience COVID-19-related stigma at UCM?
- Please contact the Student Experience and Engagement Office at 660-543-4114 for assistance.
- 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
Why might someone blame or avoid individuals or groups because of COVID-19?
- People in our community may be worried or anxious about friends and relatives who
are living in or visiting areas where COVID-19 is spreading. Some people are worried
about contracting the disease themselves. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma,
for example, towards someone who has been in quarantine. Stigma is associated with
a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about
disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.
- Lack of information can lead to enhanced fears and anxiety. Please visit the CDC website
to view accurate and up-to-date information at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Other General Questions
What is COVID-19?
COVID19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is the name that the World Health Organization
(WHO) designated for a new respiratory disease caused by a novel (new, had not been
previously identified) coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Disease),
that emerged in China late in 2019. The virus causes respiratory disease but is not
the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild
illness, like the common cold.
Can someone who has COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
Yes, the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from person-to-person. Someone who
has COVID-19 can spread the illness to others mainly through saliva via coughing or
sneezing. Droplets of the virus can fall on surfaces and be touched by another human
who then touches their face/nose/eyes and obtains the virus. That is why CDC recommends
that COVID-19 patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on
how sick they are) until they are better and no longer able to spread the virus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe
respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
- 88% have a fever
- 68% have a dry cough
- 38% have fatigue
- 33% cough up phlegm
- 19% have shortness of breath
- 15% have joint or muscle pain
- 14% have sore throat
- 14% have headache
- 11% have chills
- 5% have nausea or vomiting
- 5% have nasal congestion
- 4% have diarrhea
What happens if someone is diagnosed with COVID19?
- Persons diagnosed with COVID-19 will already be under the care of a medical provider
who tested them. If they are stable and do not need hospitalization they will be placed
in medical isolation. Medical isolation entails having a separate bedroom and bathroom
from others in the household, being restricted to their room and wearing a mask when
someone comes to their door. They will be monitored by health care providers. Persons
exhibiting distress will be hospitalized.
- Every positive test for COVID-19 is reported to county health and county health officials
ensure the patient is isolated and investigates all contacts. Contacts are notified
by county health and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
- Quarantine separates people who may have possibly been exposed to a disease or who
are having symptoms of possible disease, from others who are healthy. This is done
to prevent the possible spread of disease. Quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure
usually lasts for 14 days.
- Isolation separates people with known disease or a positive test, from healthy people,
to prevent exposure to disease.
- Social distancing means keeping a safe distance (approximately six feet) from others and avoiding gathering
spaces such as schools, churches, concert halls and public transportation. Social
distancing needs to be practiced by all of us at this time to decrease the rate of
exposure/numbers infected. By decreasing the rate, we decrease the number of people
needing hospitalization at the same time. Our hospital and healthcare systems normally
work close to capacity. Seeing an expected 10% increase in people needing help will
overburden the system, making it less effective and causing increased deaths.
If someone has contracted COVID-19, how long will they be isolated?
- Current CDC guidance for when it is okay to release someone from isolation is made
on a case-by-case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
- The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
- The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens
collected at least 24 hours apart.
- Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection
What about service or emotional support animals? Can I take my animal with me if I
have to be quarantined?
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading
from person-to-person. There is no reason to believe that any animals including pets
in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To
date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with
COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets
can spread COVID-19.
Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID19?
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19.
Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather
months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during
other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease
when weather becomes warmer.
I am planning to travel, should I cancel my trip?
- UCM encourages our students, staff, and community to refrain from travelling abroad,
in accordance with the U.S. State Department and CDC travel advisories. Travelling abroad may increase the possibility of exposure. Additionally, the U.S.
and other countries abroad may impose travel restrictions with little warning.
- Domestic travel is also discouraged due to the possibility of local travel restrictions,
and in order to comply with CDC recommendations for social distance.
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