Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a plan to keep students safe when they return to campus?

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is still our highest priority as CMU plans for the return for the Spring 2021 semester. Each mitigation measure will be evaluated to ensure we maintain a healthy environment, including requiring face coverings, continued cleaning protocols , following CDC guidelines on physical distancing and limiting the number of people in spaces. It is imperative that we all see this as a shared responsibility to adopt these new behaviors for the health and safety of the entire university community.

Will residence halls be open Spring 2021 ?

Yes, residence halls will be open for general move at 12:00pm on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Will students be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus for Spring 2021 ?

Yes. Each student will be tested upon arrival and prior to entering campus buildings, including residence halls. The testing center will be set up in the Phillips-Robb Recreational Center from 12:00pm -5:00pm , Sunday, January 17, 2021. Students are asked to park and enter the building for testing. After testing, student may return t o their car and await results. Results will be available in less than one hour. 

Will my insurance be billed for student testing?

Yes, in order to offset the rising healthcare costs, Central Methodist University will be billing primary insurance carriers for services rendered in our facilities.  This will facilitate a continuation of improving healthcare services without putting the financial burden on you or your student. Please note that NO DIRECT EXTRA COST will be assessed to our student for services provided within our facilities.  In essence, we are only collecting money that the primary insurance would normally pay to a medical provider for services rendered.  As a result, this will help offset our costs and allow the Central Methodist University to provide better support for student s , therefore improving the student experience.

Will face coverings be required?  

Yes. Students, Faculty and Staff will be required to wear face coverings in public areas. The face covering policy is available here . Students are asked to have multiple masks so that they may sanitize used masks.

CMU will continue to require facemasks for individuals that have previously tested positive within 90 days, or have received the vaccine.

Will CMU use Temperature scanners?

Temperature scanners will be available at several places on campus including the entry to the dining hall and residence hall exits.

How will meals in the Dining Center be served?

The Dining Center will continue to be expanded into an adjacent area and tables are 6 feet apart. Additional serving areas have been created and distanced to ensure students can easily and quickly obtain meals and move to a physically distanced area to eat.

How will classrooms be set up?

Classes will be in-seat. Additional class sessions have been added to reduce the number of students in each class. A set number of students per classroom has been identified allowing for six feet around each student. A small percentage of classes will meet via a Zoom-hybrid model. Each classroom will be equipped to simultaneously Zoom a live class and teach for those who are unable to attend due to illness.

Will students have access to all campus services?

Yes, all campus services will be available including the Library, Center for Learning and Teaching, Bookstore, Business Office, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Academic Counseling, Mail Room, Registrar's Office, Information Technologies, and athletic facilities. 

How will CMU enforce health and safety protocols?

There will be expectations of all members of our university communities, including all visitors and vendors, for all health and safety standards. Physical distancing, face coverings and surface disinfection protocols will be in effect. The primary goal remains to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities; this is both an individual and a collective responsibility.

How does CMU plan to enhance cleaning of public surfaces and spaces?

Public spaces and dining facilities will see additional rounds of cleaning and disinfecting with emphasis on high-touch surfaces. Changes to cleaning schedules will be administered to insure cleaning is done at the most effective time of day. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be installed across campus. Additional pandemic equipment has been purchased and is on hand for more efficient and effective sanitizing. 

How will suspected COVID-19 cases be handled?

CMU will maintain two campus clinics, one for suspected COVID cases and another clinic for non-COVID needs. Students with a fever and/or COVID symptoms will be asked to stay in their own room and call the campus health center for an appointment to be seen at the clinic for suspected COVID cases.  Local testing will be used if symptoms suggest a possibility of COVID-19 and results will be available in less than an hour. If a student tests positive, he or she will be asked to wait in the quarantine area until he/she can return home or their parents can pick them up. Contact tracing will be completed following state and local guidelines.

Will CMU have a recovery area for Covid-19 positive cases ?

Yes, CMU will have a recovery area to ensure any identified COVID-19 cases do not come in contact with other students. Upon positive diagnosis of COVID-19, students are encouraged to recuperate at home.  In the rare case where students cannot travel home to recuperate, recovery accommodations will be available. Students in the recovery area will be provided meals and other essentials as well as checked on daily while they are recovering

Will sports teams be able to practice and have games?

Yes. CMU is working with the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the NAIA and will adhere to health officials’ recommendations and guidelines as well as state and local regulations regarding athletic events.  Student athletes should contact their coach for additional details regarding their sport and any special guidelines pertaining to the sport.

Will student-athletes be screened prior to games and practices?

Yes, all student-athletes will be screened prior to practices and games. CMU will follow NAIA and Heart of America screening guidelines, which include a temperature and a symptom check.


What is the definition of exposure to an individual that has tested positive:

The CDC defines exposure as Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

What if I may have been exposed?

Possible Virus Exposure – from the last day of exposure: 10 -day quarantine + negative test on day 10 w/o symptoms (Student stays home or quarantined; employee stays home and takes vacation/sick leave)  

Guidelines developed with CMU Health Clinic Director, CDC and Mo Health Department information. Requirements subject to change as situations develop.

How Do I Return My Textbooks?

Instructions for online by back can be found here .

Instructions for returning your rentals can be found here.

Event Cancellation

All non-essential events on campus have been cancelled until further notice.  Organizers of events should contact participants or liaisons to either cancel or postpone the events.


Effective immediately, all university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice. This includes any travel supported through university funds, grants or gift funds. We strongly discourage personal travel, particularly to or through a location under a travel restriction.


Whether or not you are exhibiting symptoms, visitors who have been in locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit campus. In addition, visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have suspected exposure are not allowed to visit campus. The Fayette campus remains open for prospective student visits, please contact the Admission office for further details.

What will happen regarding my athletic eligibility?

The NAIA has provided the following relief for student-athletes:  

  • Fall and winter sport student-athletes will not be charged a season of competition for any competition from May 16, 2020, to May 15, 2021.  
  • Fall and winter sport student-athletes will not be charged a term of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Spring sport athletes will not be charged a term of attendance for winter or spring terms in the 2019-2020 academic year and will not be charged any terms for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Spring sport athletes will only be charged SOC for the 2020-2021 academic year if they play in more than 50% of the frequency of play limits for their sport OR by competing in postseason competition.  

More information can be found on the NAIA’s website through at this link .  

Will there be a Graduation Ceremony?

Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for May 8, 2021. Planning is underway for multiple ceremonies at the Davis Football Field. More information will be distributed to potential graduate during the Spring 2021 semester.