Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start for the SPRING 2022 semester?

Given the surge in COVID cases nationally, the rapid spread of the omicron variant, and warnings from public health officials that the first three weeks of January will be the most challenging of this surge, the University will delay the start of the spring semester at the Fayette campus by one week. In-person classes at the Fayette campus will now begin on Monday, January 24. If you are a Fayette campus student enrolled in an online class, please note online classes will begin on January 18 as scheduled.

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 SPRING 2022?

Yes, residence halls will be open for general move-in after 12:00 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

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

Yes. Each student NOT fully vaccinated will be tested upon arrival and prior to entering campus buildings, including residence halls. Proof of vaccination should be submitted on the myCMU portal. The testing center will be set up in the Phillips-Robb Recreational Center Students are asked to park and enter the building for testing. After testing, student may return to their car and await results. Results will be available in less than a half hour.  Click HERE to see testing schedule.

Mandatory antigen testing will continue on campus on a regular basis throughout the SPRING 2022 semester for all students and employees not fully vaccinated.

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?  

Yes. Visitors to campus, students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face coverings indoors on campus whether they are vaccinated or not. The face covering policy is available here. Students are asked to have multiple masks so that they may sanitize used masks. CMU follows CDC guidelines for the wearing of masks.

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 Dining Center be served?

The Dining Center will continue to be expanded into an adjacent area and tables are distanced 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 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 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 call the campus health center for an appointment to be seen at the clinic.  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 for athletes.

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: 5-day quarantine (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 buy 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.


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.