Health and Safety

UMKC supports the well-being of our campus community by providing resources to help students maximize and maintain their personal health and safety.  Below are descriptions of these resources and links to more information.

Campus Safety

The University of Missouri–Kansas City reports very low crime statistics, with most crimes reported being burglaries.Read More

UMKC has a professional police force that is fully accredited and provides campus security, crime prevention outreach information, and personal escort services.

UMKC complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, a federal law that requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by October 1 that includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the university, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, fire safety, and other matters.

Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report (Clery Report)

Counseling Services

Feeling puzzled?  The mission of UMKC Counseling Services is to foster the psychological well-being, personal development, and educational potential of our diverse campus community.  In addition to individual counseling, staff also provide outreach, group therapy, crisis intervention, and learning assessments.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University of Missouri is required to establish a drug-and-alcohol-prevention program for its students and employees.Read More

The University of Missouri program includes education and information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace and within the campus community; programs that address unlawful controlled substance and alcohol use and high-risk use, including personnel actions that may result from such violations; self-referrals, as well as supervisory referrals, to drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs available through the Employee Assistance Program, the UMKC Counseling Center, and/or community agencies.

Find out more about the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program.


Hazing is strictly prohibited in the State of Missouri and by the University. Hazing is defined as any willful act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization. Acts of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • Any activity that recklessly endangers the physical health or safety of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to physical brutality, whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance.
  • Any activity that endangers the mental health of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to sleep deprivation, physical confinement, or other extreme stress inducing activity
  • Any activity that requires the student or prospective member to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the criminal laws of this state or any political subdivision in this state.

Hazing is a class C Felony.


In order to adequately protect students at risk for communicable disease, UMKC requires a variety of immunizations for students identified as high-risk (i.e., residence hall students, international students, and those enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing)Read More

These students will be notified by the appropriate campus office of specific immunization requirements pertaining to them; however, UMKC recommends that all incoming students follow the immunization recommendations of the American College Health Association.

Students living on campus must submit record of meningitis and MMR vaccinations. Exemptions are permitted for health and religious reasons. Students who exempt themselves from immunization for either reason must sign a University of Missouri waiver form (parents must sign for students under 18). For medical exemptions, the form must be completed by a physician.  For their own protection, students who have not received the meningitis or MMR vaccinations may be required to leave campus in the event of an outbreak.  Please note that students who do not have the required immunizations may not be placed in a clinical setting.

Immunizations, antibody titers, and TB testing are available at UMKC Student Health and Wellness

Kangaroo Pantry

Anyone in our campus community who is experiencing food insecurities is welcome to utilize the Kangaroo Pantry.  No Roo goes without!

Medical Marijauna

Amendment 2 to the Missouri Constitution allows Missouri licensed physicians to certify that patients residing in Missouri have a qualifying medical condition that allows the patients to apply for medical marijuana identification cards that may be used to purchase and possess marijuana. The Amendment also allows certain licensed companies in the state to cultivate, manufacture, test and dispense marijuana products.

However, it remains a violation of federal laws to use, possess, cultivate, or sell marijuana.

The University of Missouri System receives federal funding for financial aid, grants and contracts for research and is subject to compliance with the Drug Free Communities and Schools Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act. These federal laws prohibit universities receiving federal funding from allowing any form of marijuana use or possession on their premises. Therefore, the University will continue to enforce its policies which prohibit students, employees and members of the general public from possessing, using or distributing marijuana in any form on all University owned or controlled property and at University sponsored or supervised activities.

MindBody Connection

UMKC students report that stress is the number one barrier to their academic success.  The MindBody Connection is a unique space where students can learn to identify strengths and stressors and to learn how to best manage stress.  Stop by for a break with the Relaxation Station, do an assessment with HeartMath, or jump in on Wii hours of the day. 

Service Animals and Pets

Pet Animal Policy
For reasons of safety, health and sanitation, no dogs or any other pet animals are permitted in University buildings. Read More

This policy does not prohibit the presence of:
• Service Animals as permitted in the Service Animal Policy that follows.
• Animals used in instructional, research or clinical activities.
• Animals controlled by fire or law enforcement officers in the course of their duties.
• Animals essential to a specific University program or activity, e.g., performing animals employed in an entertainment production.
University properties rented or maintained as places of abode are subject to this policy unless the manager of those properties has provided and approved contractual agreement affirming otherwise.

The animal must be under the control of the person with direct responsibility for the animal’s activities, it must be housebroken and must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal must meet all state and local, health, vaccination and licensing requirements. At a minimum, animals must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. All vaccinations must be current. Dogs must wear a rabies vaccination tag.
The person with direct responsibility is responsible for any damage the service animal causes and is responsible for cleaning up all animal waste.

This policy supersedes all previous animal pet policies.

Service Animal Policy
It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are permitted in all UMKC facilities and programs that the individual with a disability is entitled to access with some exceptions. It is recommended that students have their service animal registered with the UMKC Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Faculty and staff members who require the use of a service animal as a reasonable accommodation must contact the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Affirmative Action to make an individualized request for an accommodation. The ADA Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to approve the faculty or staff member’s request.

The determination of whether or not an animal is a service animal is made by asking only the following two questions when the answers are not readily apparent:
1) Is this service animal required because of a disability?
2) What work or tasks has this animal been trained to perform?

Service animal: A service animal is an animal as designated by federal or state law, which is specifically trained to perform a service to a person with a disability.
Individuals with a service animal are welcome to bring the animal anywhere on campus they are entitled to access except: 1) where the service animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable accommodation, or, 2) where a service animal in question would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.

The animal must be under the control of the person with a disability, it must be housebroken and must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal must meet all state and local, health, vaccination and licensing requirements. At a minimum, animals must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. All vaccinations must be current. Dogs must wear a rabies vaccination tag. The person with the disability is responsible for any damage the service animal causes and is responsible for cleaning up all animal waste.

Questions related to the use of service animals on the campus should be directed to Scott Laurent, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at (816) 235-5696.

This policy supersedes all previous service animal policies.

Smoke-Free Campus

Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited throughout UMKC properties.Read More

“Smoking,” as defined herein, means the act of drawing smoke or a vaporized substance into one’s mouth that has been ignited, combusted, or vaporized.

“Smoking Products” include, but are not limited to, tobacco, cloves, all cigarette products (cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, e-cigarettes, etc.) and all smoke-producing devices (cigars, pipes, hookahs, etc.).

“University of Missouri-Kansas City properties” include, but are not limited to:
• All outdoor common and educational areas
• Inside all university owned or leased buildings
• Campus sidewalks
• Campus parking lots
• Recreational areas
• Outdoor stadiums
• University-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location)

This smoking ban does not apply to public rights-of-way (sidewalks/streets) within the campus boundaries, as these are governed by City of Kansas City ordinance.

Student Health and Wellness

UMKC’s Student Health and Wellness offers primary care services and wellness outreach.  There is no charge for an office visit,  but there may be a charge for some services and laboratory tests.

Student Health Insurance

UMKC encourages all students to maintain adequate health insurance coverage (international students are required to purchase student health insurance).  The University of Missouri has partnered with Aetna Student Health to offer its students health insurance coverage.  No matter what insurance provider you utilize, it is very important to have adequate coverage.  Be sure to review and compare plans to help you make the best decision on what kind of coverage you need and which insurance provider offers you the best plan for your needs. 

Suicide Prevention Policy

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 52 (2017) amending Chapter 173 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, the University of Missouri is required to develop and implement a policy to advise students and employees on suicide prevention programs available on- and off-campus.  The policy shall also advise students and employees of the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of students exhibiting suicidal tendencies or behavior, and shall provide for training, where appropriate.  This information, as well as mental health and support services, shall be provided to all incoming students and posted on the Institution’s website.

Swinney Recreation Center

Regular exercise helps keep your mind and body alert, active, and healthy. Staying fit is an important way to support your academic success, and Swinney Recreation Center can help!  Featuring indoor and outdoor tracks, outdoor recreational field and soccer stadium, five basketball courts, squash and racquetball courts, fitness center, aerobics, fitness classes, 6-lane indoor pool, intramural sports, massage therapy, and an annex at Hospital Hill, Swinney has all you need to stay on a fun and beneficial exercise routine. 

UMKC Alert!

UMKC Alert! provides the campus community with timely notification of campus-wide emergencies or closures due to inclement weather.  Students can sign up for UMKC Alert! via Pathway.

Violence Prevention and Response

The mission of the Violence Prevention and Response Project at UMKC is to strengthen the University and community response to gender-based and sexual violence through victim support services, advocacy, training, education, and outreach to the campus and communityRead More

It is the policy of the University of Missouri, in accord with providing a positive discrimination-free environment, that sexual harassment in the work place or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct.  Sexual harassment is subject to discipline, up to and including separation from the institution.

University of Missouri’s Equal Employment/Education Opportunity policy

Title IX Compliance