Coronavirus Updates

What is Central doing in response to COVID-19?

As communities across the nation deal with the challenges posed by the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the primary concern at Central Methodist University remains the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. 

Face Covering Policy

Central Methodist Back This Fall With COVID-19 Testing

Updates by day:

  • August 3
    • • Student testing begins with launch of Drop-N-Go alternative move-in process
  • July 20
    • • Faculty and staff testing underway
  • July 15
  • July 10
  • June 1 
  • May 18
  • May 12
  • May 5
    • CMU Student CARES Act Grant announced
  • April 29
  • April 28
    • • Per the lifting of the Governor's stay at home order, Central employees are planning to return to work on May 4th.
  • April 17
    • • Per the Governor's extended stay at home order, Central Methodist employees will be working from home/remotely through May 3.
  • April 15
    • • SUMMER CLASSES – All summer classes (Graduate, CGES Term 5 and Undergraduate Summer) will be taught on-line. No in person seated classes are scheduled at this time.
    • • SUMMER CAMPS/CONFERENCES – All camps and conferences on the main campus have been canceled or postponed (May 1 – August 1, 2020)
  • April 11
    • • As of April 11, there have been two confirmed cases in Howard County. No cases have been reported on the campus of Central Methodist.
  • April 10
  • April 7
    • • Howard County Pulic Health Department has confirm the first case of COVID-19. No cases have been reported in Fayette.
  • April 5
    • • Central Methodist University employees will continue working remotely through April 24 in light of Governor Parson's stay-at-home order.
  • April 3
    • • The Central Methodist University Commencement ceremony in May has been postponed. Read more.
  • March 23
    • • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020: CMU employees will work remotely. Tuesday, March 24 through Friday March 27 will continue as the spring break holiday. We anticipate working remotely until April 5, 2020.
  • March 20
    • • As of 10:50 a.m., there are no known cases of coronavirus on the campus or in Howard County.  
  • March 19
    • • An employee of Central Methodist University who had been exposed to COVID-19 has tested negative. That employee had been exposed to an out-of-state relative who had tested positive.
  • March 17
    • • The university is moving up its decision to switch to online coursework for students in seated classes. The move becomes effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. 
  • March 13
    • • CMU will transition entirely to online coursework for all locations beginning Monday, March 30. More information here.
    • • A total of two cases have been confirmed in Missouri, per Governor Parsons' statement made during the evening of March 12.
  • March 11
    • • Leaders at CMU are actively monitoring the international concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To date, there have been no confirmed cases at CMU. Updates will be shared with the campus community as warranted.
    • • We are preparing to use our Digital University online learning platform if the need arises.
    • • On March 7, 2020, Missouri officials announced the first case to test presumptive positive for COVID-19 in Missouri. The test result must be confirmed by the US CDC. Officials report the individual recently traveled to Italy and is at home in St. Louis County.
    • • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline opened March 11th and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

President's message to students concerning graduation / commencement

Future Graduates:

With great sadness, I must inform you that your commencement ceremony is postponed. Among all the sacrifices made during this international crisis, the postponement of your graduation is the most difficult for me to accept. You have worked extremely hard and deserve this moment of celebration. It pains me to defer it to a later date; however, it must be done in the interest of health and safety.

In consultation with your faculty, SGA, and other student organizations, a new date will be set when it becomes safe to do so. I hope that when the new date is determined, you will return to campus and let us show you our appreciation for your academic achievement.

Roger D. Drake
Central Methodist University

How you can help:

  • • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • • Stay home when you are sick.
  • • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on an assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here. Knowing that many of you may have travel plans, particularly as spring break draws near, we urge you to check the CDC guidelines for the latest developments.

If you develop symptoms associated with the COVID-19 (fever, cough and other respiratory illness) you should be evaluated by the campus nurse or local health resources.

We will continue to update our community as needed.