UMKC COVID Safety

We’re excited for you to join us on campus! UMKC understands your health and safety are just as important as your academic success. Continue reading to learn about how UMKC has prepared to keep students, faculty, and staff safe on campus.

COVID-19 Notification Policy

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*For campus COVID-19 case counts, please visit UMKC’s Coronavirus Communications webpage.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can visit the UMKC Student Health Center. For help finding a doctor or pharmacy off campus, click here.


Quarantine

Requirements:

Currently, all international students are encouraged to be vaccinated at least 14 days before travel to the U.S. Many airlines will require negative COVID test results before flying. All international students coming from outside the U.S. are required to be tested for COVID 3-5 days after their arrival in the U.S.

Unvaccinated international students can (1) be tested for 3-5 after arrival in the U.S. and quarantine for 7 days after travel, or (2) quarantine for 10 days after arrival.

Many campus offices are available virtually, so that you can still communicate with advisors, faculty, and staff members while not on campus.

Housing:

Limited on-campus housing will be available for students who need to quarantine. Quarantine housing will be “first come, first serve”. This means that the first people who ask for it, will be the ones who get it. Priority is given to students with housing contracts.

Student who need quarantine housing should contact ISAO. Their phone number is (816) 235-1113. Please leave a detailed voicemail message including your name, UMKC student ID number, and phone number. If you cannot call, please email ISAO at isao@umkc.edu. In your email, include your name and UMKC student ID number.

The UMKC and the ALI recommend that students arrive 14 days prior to the first day of classes. This way, you are able to start class on time.


COVID-19 Testing

In the U.S., COVID-19 testing is free.

The testing location may ask you about insurance information, but not having insurance will not prevent you from being tested.

You can get a COVID-19 test on campus at the UMKC Health & Wellness Center, or another clinic in the Kansas City area. Many pharmacies are now offering walk-in testing – no appointment needed.

For information about UMKC free COVID-10 testing, click here.

See the map below for testing locations in the Kansas City area.

For more information about UMKC’s International Health Insurance, including how to get your Insurance card, click here.


COVID-19 Vaccination

In the U.S., it is free to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

You can be vaccinated through UMKC’s partners Truman Medical Centers/ University Health, or another clinic in the Kansas City area. To sign up for a vaccination appointment, click here.

Many clinics and pharmacies in Kansas City now offer walk-in vaccinations – no appointment needed. One local clinic that offers walk-in vaccinations is the public library. Click here for more information.

UMKC has a voluntary system for students, faculty, and staff to upload their vaccination status to a university database. Vaccinated individuals who participate will not be required to quarantine after exposure to an infected individual. Contact the ALI at ali@umkc.edu for more information.


Campus Preparedness

Masking:

  • Kansas City, Missouri (where UMKC is located) has an indoor mask order in effect until Sunday, November 7, 2021. At that time, the city will reevaluate the order and decide if it should be continued longer. At this time, the state of Kansas – which is the state next to Missouri where many UMKC students live – does not have a mask order, but they may have one soon. I will keep you updated.
    • If you are confused about the difference between Kansas, Missouri, and Kansas City, please look up the two stated: Kansas and Missouri.
  • UMKC has an indoor mask order in effect until Friday, October 15, 2021. At that time, the university will reevaluate the order and decide if it should be continued longer. This means that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the university must wear a mask in classrooms, laboratories, libraries, meeting rooms, community spaces, and all other indoor settings.

Facilities:

Classrooms, offices, and other physical spaces will look a little different than normal to safety precautions. We re-arranged furniture, posted signs, and put up barriers to keep you safe. Take a look below at the pictures of campus to see what to look for.

When you enter the library, there will be a sign telling you which side to enter on. You will be required to sign a form stating that you understand the rules of the library and will follow them. A library staff member will tell you the rules before you enter.

Masks are required. The library is for individual study. Keep a physical distance of 6 feet (1.83 meters).

The computers and workspaces are arranged for 6-foot physical distancing. Only one person can work at each table and in each study room. Do not move the tables or chairs.

Services at all dining locations will be either directly served or prepackaged. There will be no self-service. Dining services will offer pre-order take-out and modified on-site dining. On-site dining will be limited to 50% of seating capacity. Look for signs on tables telling you if a table is clean or not.

Dining Center hours will be changed to allow for more frequent cleaning between meal period. All locations are encouraging contactless entry and transaction. They accept Apply Pay and Google Pay.

When you enter the Recreation Center, look for arrows on the floor to show you where to go. Someone will take your temperature when you enter.

After they take your temperature, you can go to the welcome desk and show them your UMKC ID card.

Inside the Recreation Center, look for signs to tell you the rules and which equipment you can use. Masks are required in the Recreation Center. Students should work out individually, not in groups. Not all the machines will be available for use, and some of the lockers will be unavailable too.

Face masks are required in the bookstore.

The UMKC Bookstore encourages students to order their books online and select “shipping” or “in-store pickup” as the delivery. When their order is ready for pickup, students will be notified by email.

There will be a separate exit for students who only need to pick up their textbooks at the bookstore. When purchasing books and other items at the bookstore, pay attention to signs telling you where to go.

Students who choose to purchase their books in the store should print their booklist before going to the bookstore. This will reduce the amount of time spent in the store.

You will see many different signs all over campus. Look below to learn where to look for them and what they mean.

Some offices and desks may label pens for you to use so that you know which ones are clean. Make sure you put your used pen in the “dirty” basket when you finish using it.

Look for signs on the floor telling you where to stand for physical distancing.

Masks are required inside all buildings on campus. There will be signs on the doors of the buildings to remind you.

Some buildings will have “enter” and “exit” signs. This helps prevent too many people from being in one place.

Look for signs telling you where lines begin.

You’ll see “Sanitation Stations” and Hand Sanitizer in many places on campus. You can use the sanitation supplies to clean off workspaces and tables before and after you use them.

There is a vending machine on campus (in Royall Hall) that sell face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. You will also see that many of the front desks in offices have plexi-glass shields on them to protect students and staff.

When possible, no more than one person should be in a restroom at one time. Masks are required. Avoid setting down personal items on restroom surfaces like counters and floors. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the door to exit. Look for signs to tell you if the restroom is clean.

Classrooms are arranged for physical distancing. Masks must be worn in class. Classrooms will be cleaned between classes. Look for signs telling you if a classroom has been cleaned.

Computers on campus will have signs telling you if you can use them. Some computers are off in order to promote physical distancing.

Pay attention to signs on tables, chairs, and other furniture. Some furniture has been placed specifically to allow physical distancing. Other furniture has been marked for cleaning before use.

Drinking fountains have been removed or made inaccessible. There are water bottle filling stations on campus. You can use these to fill up personal water bottles.

Limit your use of elevators. When you use the elevator, there should be no more than 2 people in it at one time. People should face in the same direction, wear face masks, and avoid touching the buttons with hands and fingers.


Resources

For more information about UMKC’s COVID-19 safety measures, click here.

Click here to learn about recent Kansas City area COVID regulations.

To learn about COVID-19 safety in the counties surrounding UMKC, check out the links below: