“Did You Know? Your Role as a Mandated Reporter”

As an employee of UMKC, your mandated reporting requirements were expanded as of August 14, 2020, and in addition to all instances of sexual misconduct, you are required to report all mistreatment involving a student, employee, visitor, or volunteer that may be related to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, and protected veteran status to the Office of Affirmative Action. You should also consult OAA when you become aware of an employee who may need accommodations for a medical condition, as well as any student or employee who may need accommodations for pregnancy or related conditions or a religious purpose. Exceptions to mandated reporting are rare; if you have been operating as confidential in the past, please contact OAA to determine how this policy update may apply to you. To make a report, we encourage the use of our online reporting form, or you may reach our on-call team member at x1771 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on your obligations as a Mandated Reporter, we encourage you to attend an upcoming 50-minute interactive training session held via Zoom:

  • February 23 at 12:00 p.m.
  • March 10 at 3:00 p.m.
  • March 25 at 10:00 a.m.
  • April 9 at 9:00 a.m.
  • April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
  • May 19 at 12:00 p.m.

To enroll, visit myLearn; contact Christi Roeder at roederc@umkc.edu with questions on enrollment.

RISE – Upcoming Events!

RISE will be hosting events in January and February. Information about the events are listed below. There will be several Green Dot bystander intervention trainings coming up this semester. Please invite any fellow colleagues who would be interested in attending a training.

Social Media Campaign for Stalking Awareness Month. Tues, Jan. 19 – Fri, Jan 29. https://www.facebook.com/umkcrise. Like the UMKC RISE Office on Facebook to see and share our daily updates during Stalking Awareness Month. Also check us out on Instagram @umkcrise.

“YOU” Season 1 & 2 Discussion. Wed, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Stalking is a serious issue that affects over 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men in the United States. In the show “YOU”, the main character Joe engages in many stalking behaviors to track and monitor individuals in the show by following, waiting, and watching. Join us for an in-depth discussion about the show “YOU,” the various aspects of stalking, and how to identify stalking behaviors. Register at https://bit.ly/YouDiscussion

What Do I Do?: Survivor Support & Responding to Disclosures. Wed, Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Would you like to learn more about how to support friends or loved-ones who have experienced or been impacted by violence? This presentation will provide information about how to provide support and thoughtfully respond to disclosures of victimization. Register at https://bit.ly/339Jd4R

#RooLove Healthy Relationships Presentation. Thurs, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join the RISE Peer Educators to learn about the differences between what would be considered a healthy relationship and what would be considered an unhealthy relationship. Relationships of all types are addressed but identifying red flags specifically in intimate relationships is included in the program. Learn ways to address conflicts and conflict types. Register at https://bit.ly/2J7Loz2

Green Dot Jeopardy. Tues, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Green Dots are small, intentional actions anyone can take to influence culture change on our campus. Some Green Dots are reactive – actions you can take if you witness a potentially violent situation – and some Green Dots are proactive – actions you can take at any time to educate yourself, your friends and make your commitment to ending violence clear. Come play Green Dot jeopardy! Learn about green dots, red dots, and bystander intervention strategies for a chance to win prizes from the RISE office. Co-sponsored by MSA and LGBTQIA Programs and Services. Meeting ID: 990 1342 8695; Password: greendot

If you have any questions about these events or prevention programming and trainings, please contact Maya Burtin at 816-235-5560 or email at mburtin@umkc.edu.

Benefits Updates!

Benefit Process Change

Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, there will be a new process in place for employees to make Benefit Changes to their insurance plans.

If you experience a change in family or employment status during the year, you may be eligible to make changes to your benefit elections. Instead of submitting a paper form, you will now submit these Life Events directly online. You will login to myHR and go to the myBenefits Icon, then select “Life Events” from the left hand menu. The page will walk you through the steps and completing the action, and you will also be able to upload any required documentation.

Benefit Tax forms

As tax season is beginning, we wanted to remind employees about related tax forms that they may need.

The 1095-c should be available around March 1st. These are the forms that you receive from the employer that verify that you, and your dependents, were eligible for health insurance coverage as well as confirms enrollment. If you submitted your consent to receive them electronically to print through myHR, you will receive an email notifying you when they are ready. If you did not consent to receive electronically, they will be mailed to the home address on file. You are able to file your taxes without this form.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

For those that have been enrolled in the Health Savings account, you recently received an email from Optum Bank notifying you that your tax forms are ready. The forms are the 1099-SA, which shows your distribution from the HSA for that tax year, and the 5498-SA, which shows the contributions made to your account and the fair market value of your account for that tax year. You can access these forms by:

  1. Sign in at myuhc.com
  2. Scroll down and click on the dollar sign ($) icon to access your account.
  3. Click “Manage your Optum Bank HSA.”
  4. Select “Statements and Docs” from the “I want to…” section.

Should you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Ted Stahl with UMKC HR at 816.235.1625 or the UM System HR Service Center at 800.488.5288.

Deceptive Financial Advising Email!

There is an email that has been going out to employees at UMKC as well as the whole UM System. It is titled “Retirement Support for University of Missouri System-Kansas City Personnel” for those at UMKC. It is from an email address for District-Advisor and the wording would lead you to believe that they are partnering with us to provide this to employees.

*This company nor their services are in any way sponsored or affiliated with UMKC or the UM System. The only retirement vendor that we currently work with is Fidelity for any services.*

If you have any questions, please contact either Ted Stahl at 816.235.1625 or the UM HR Service Center at 800.488.5288.


Below is sample of the email

From: “Name” <name@youretiring.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:54 PM
Subject: Retirement Support for University of Missouri System-Kansas City Personnel


WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.

Employee xxxxx,

Each year, as an employee of University of Missouri System-Kansas City you are eligible to schedule a phone call, teleconference, or in-person meeting off campus with a representative for answers to your specific state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions.

At your consultation, you will be provided with information that will tell you what your potential income can be when you retire, and how much longer you may have to work. That, along with advice on the best ways to utilize your 401(a)/403(b) options with your state retirement and/or Social Security benefits.

Please be sure to indicate which type of appointment you prefer (off-campus, phone call, or teleconference) in the notes section while scheduling. Please also include your direct cell phone number.

Appointments fill up quickly. If you’d like to secure your spot, click on the link below, or simply reply “yes” to this email.


Licensed representatives are not employees of the college or state retirement system. All representatives are independent and licensed by the state department of insurance.


2020 University Annual Compliance Training—Due December 22, 2020

The deadline to complete mandatory trainings is quickly approaching! Review the list below and make sure you are setting aside time to complete your trainings by December 22.

All courses are online in myLearn. The courses you are required to take are on your myLearn Learning Plan page. Click the puzzle piece icon at the top of the page to access your assigned courses.

Annual compliance training requirements include:

  • Building a Foundation: Discrimination Prevention and Title IX  40 minutes
  • UM System Campus Emergency Alert Training  15 minutes
  • Global Cybersecurity Basics 15 minutes
  • Return to Campus 15 minutes

If you need support as you complete training, contact The UM HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146, (800) 488-5288 or via email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu or contact Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu.