Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start for the Fall 2022 semester?

In-person classes at the Fayette campus will now begin on Monday, August 22.

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 Fall 2022 semester. Each mitigation measure will be evaluated to ensure we maintain a healthy environment, continued cleaning protocols, and following CDC guidelines. 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.

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 2022 semester. Each mitigation measure will be evaluated to ensure we maintain a healthy environment, including requiring face coverings, continued cleaning protocols, and following CDC guidelines. 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.

Are residence halls open Fall 2022?

Yes, residence halls will be open for new students on Friday, August 19th and returning students on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Will students be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus and during the semester?

No. Students will not be tested upon arrival to campus. Students may request a test at anytime by contacting the CMU Health Clinic at healthservices@centralmethodist.edu. Students who have proof of vaccination should be submitted on the myCMU portal

CMU will monitor local, state, and national Covid-19 infection rates to determine best course of action during the school year.

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 students for services provided within our facilities. You may receive an EOB (estimation of benefits) from your insurance provider. This is not a bill, CMU will not bill any uncovered cost to the student. 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?  

Currently CMU has lifted its mask requirement for all Fayette non-classroom related areas. Additionally, we ask that all students, employees and visitors respect those who wear masks and the wishes of those who ask you to wear a mask in their offices or rooms. If the CDC guidance changes, CMU will update campus policies.

Effective March 3, 2022

Classroom mask mandates are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

Each faculty member will notify students at the beginning of the class period their expectations for the class.

Effective February 11, 2022

CMU is lifting the mask requirement for all Fayette non-classroom related areas effective Monday, February 14, 2022.

Fayette campus classrooms will continue to have a mandatory mask requirement.

Additionally, we ask that all students, employees and visitors respect those who wear masks and the wishes of those who ask you to wear a mask in their offices or rooms.

Effective January 3, 2022

 

Masks continue to be required indoors on campus.

CMU will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic infection rates, Federal and OSHA mandates and adjust the mask and testing policy as needed.

Effective March 2, 2022

Masks in classrooms are now up to the individual faculty instructor for the course. Masks are not required inside offices, the cafeteria, and other indoor facilities.

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 Bergsten Dining Center be served?

The Dining Center will serve meals in Bergsten Dining Hall. To go options will be available for students and employees using the appropriate green box option at the front counter.

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 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. 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 will suspected COVID-19 cases be handled?

Students with a fever and/or COVID symptoms will be asked to stay in their own room and contact the campus health center for an appointment to be seen at the clinic, healthservices@centralmethodist.edu.  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. Currently, isolation guidelines for positive COVID-19 cases are outlined as isolating away from others for 5 days from the start of symptoms (day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started). The individual may return to campus/classes/activities on day 5 if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications. A mask is required for any individuals returning from isolation through day 10.

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?

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. 

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

CMU will follow NAIA and Heart of America screening guidelines for athletes.

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

The CDC defines exposure as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date).

What if I may have been exposed?

Possible Virus Exposure – 10 full days from the last day of exposure: Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N5) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public. Get tested at day 6, unless symptoms begin sooner, then contact the Student Health Center for guidance. If you test negative, continue taking precautions through day 10 and test is symptoms begin. If you test positive, you will be instructed to isolate in a recovery area or at home.

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 buy back can be found here.

Instructions for returning your rentals can be found here.