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 our highest priority as CMU plans for the fall 2020 semester. A variety of mitigation measures will be implemented to maintain a healthy environment, including requiring face coverings, enhancing cleaning protocols and 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 students be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus?

Yes. Each student will be tested upon arrival and prior to entering campus buildings, including residence halls. CMU has access to a local testing facility that will allow for rapid testing for COVID-19.  Results will be available in less than one hour. 

Will face coverings be required?  Who will provide face coverings?

Yes. Students, Faculty and Staff will be required to wear face coverings in public areas. The face covering policy is available here. CMU will provide three masks to each student. Students are encouraged to have additional masks to accommodate personal usage needs and face covering cleaning.

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 has been 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. 

Will residence halls be open?

Yes, residence halls will be open for general move in on August 15.

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 their parents can pick them up. If students are unable to return to their home, a local quarantine room will be available for them to use as they recover. Students in quarantine will be provided meals and other essentials as well as checked on daily while they are recovering. Contact tracing will be completed following state and local guidelines.

Will CMU have a quarantine area?

Yes, CMU will have a quarantine 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, quarantine accommodations will be available.

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 symptoms check.

How will classes be handled after Thanksgiving?

After Thanksgiving, one week of classes followed by finals will be conducted virtually. Residence halls and dining services will be open and students may utilize their rooms and campus resources during this time.

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

The CDC defines exposure as close contact within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.

What if I may have been exposed?

Possible Virus Exposure – from the last day of exposure: 14-day self 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.

Student Housing – Fall 2020

Students will be allowed to remain on campus through December 11, 2020. Regularly scheduled meals will continue to be provided for on-campus residents through this date. The schedule for Thanksgiving week meals will be determined in early November. Students leaving the halls at Thanksgiving break may leave their belongings in their room if they plan to return to classes in January.

Student Housing – Spring 2020

Students who were asked to move out of University housing in March 2020 received a prorated credit for housing and dining fees they paid. These credits were applied to eligible student accounts. The credit can be viewed in the myCMU account under the “Billing and Payments” section, then select “My Account Balances” and view your “Current Session” billing information. If this credit resulted in a credit balance on your student account, you will be due a refund. CMU began processing refunds on April 20, 2020.

What are my options:

  • Direct Deposit: We encourage you to enroll in ACH Student Refunds, if you are not already enrolled. This can be done through “Billing and Payments” on the Student Tab of myCMU. Select “Sign Up For A Payment Plan”, then “Manage Refunds”, you will then edit your refund method to ACH so that funds are deposited directly into your bank account.
  • Check Mailed: If you are not enrolled in ACH Student Refunds, a check will be mailed to the address on file with CMU. Please verify that you have the correct address on file with CMU, by selecting “Convenience Center” along the top of your myCMU account. If you need your address updated, please update your address with the office of the Registrar.
  • Hold for future semesters: You also have the option to request that we hold this credit balance to pay for future charges - Summer 2020 Tuition & Fees and/or Fall 2020 Tuition, Fees, Room or Board. If you would like for your credit to be applied to future charges, please let the Business Office know no later than April 13th.
  • Reduces previous balance: If you had an outstanding balance due on your student account, this credit has reduced the balance on your student account. If you are set up on a payment plan, this credit will reduce future payments.

How Do I Return My Textbooks?

Instructions for online byback 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.

Work Study

All work study positions will end on March 20, 2020. Please make sure to submit your timesheet before you leave campus.

What will happen regarding my athletic eligibility?

The NAIA has provided relief by declaring no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

Will there be a Graduation Ceremony?

Commencement ceremonies in May were postponed due to COVID-19, however spring and summer graduates will now have their graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 13.

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