Student Information

Updated July 24, 2020 | Questions? Email

All KCU students are asked to be located in their campus communities (Kansas City or Joplin) by July 13, 2020. The University will adhere to the published academic calendar for 2020-2021, including the start dates. 

Campus Access and Events

Have a life off campus, but remember your choices impact the entire KCU community.*

  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6’ apart from others.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in public, especially indoor spaces.
  • Avoid large groups of people (more than 10) when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Avoid situations where people are not wearing masks.
  • Finally, in everything you do, stop and think: “If I do this, will I pass the KCU Daily Health Screening?”

* See Dr. Kristine Stevens' email dated 7/22/20

Access to campus buildings is strictly limited until such time as it is determined that campus access is safe. The library and other study areas will be closed until that time, however library resources are always available through the Library website. In addition, there are virtual fitness classes available through the myKCU website.

Certain classrooms and other learning and meeting spaces are being reconfigured to ensure adequate physical distancing for faculty, staff and students. There will be certain areas of the campus that will be closed at various stages of Reawakening. During Stage 3, you can expect the following areas to be inaccessible until further notice:

Kansas City:

  • Cafeteria
  • Gym and lockers
  • Smith Hall
  • Library
  • SAC
  • Some SEP spaces
    (old OMM Lab, unused 3rd floor, 1st floor wing, and Micro Labs)
  • Kesselheim
  • Butterworth
  • Fourth floor of ADB study space outside the board room
  • Small meeting rooms


  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Student lounges
  • YMCA and student lockers
  • Refreshment bar
  • Study rooms
  • Small meeting rooms

KCU has suspended all in-person, face-to-face university activities until it is safe to re-engage in group fashion. Unfortunately, this includes community facing programs that are desperately needed. Our hope is to reconnect with these vital experiences as soon as it is safe and healthy for all participants and providers.

The significance and importance of these signature events remain a treasured tradition at KCU. We want to maintain the symbolic and sentimental nature of the events rather than conduct them virtually as many schools may do. Therefore we will delay the White Coating Ceremony and Pinning Ceremony until such time as we can safely gather in a single venue to celebrate this milestone in your journey toward becoming a physician.

COVID-19 and Testing Related

Please call Score 1 for Health, 1-877-425-0251, to report your symptoms and receive instructions.

If you do not receive a text message notification from CRL Corp within 48 hours of your test, please either:

KCU is voluntarily extending certain reasonable accommodations beyond those which are required by ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

KCU is doing so on a case-by-case basis and provided that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a risk to the campus communities. If you have a need for accommodations, please fill out the COVID-19 Accommodations Request Form.

KCU is voluntarily extending certain reasonable accommodations beyond those which are required by ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

KCU is doing so on a case-by-case basis and provided that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a risk to the campus communities. If you have a need for accommodations, please fill out the COVID-19 Accommodations Request Form.

We strongly discourage you from leaving the country as it may put your studies at risk. If you do travel and are able to return to the U.S., you will be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

If you plan to travel from state-to-state during the next few months, please be cognizant of the fact that you need to be in place at your respective city (Kansas City or Joplin) for at least a 14-day quarantine period prior to your return to campus.

REMINDER: During this phase of reawakening, all university-sponsored travel is prohibited other than essential travel between campuses. 

Protective Measures on Campus

Students must comply with at all times protective protocols that include, but are not limited to:

  • Not congregating in groups or forming lines with fewer than 6 feet between each person;
  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using the alcohol-based sanitizers available throughout the workplace;
  • Covering your sneezes and coughs with tissues, off to the side, or with crook of elbow, and disposing of all tissue properly after one use;
  • Wearing a face mask or face covering unless alone in a private office or work space that is enclosed;
  • Maintaining physical distancing (at least 6 feet between you and others), including on elevators, on stairs and in stairwells, in common areas, in file rooms, in break areas, etc.;
  • Staggering breaks, do not congregate in the break room or in lines for vending machines, and do not share cups, food or utensils;
  • All campus members are expected to participate in the simple steps of Advance Contact Tracing (“ACT”).

Face Masks or Coverings

Donning of face covering is required for all students when in common spaces or areas where physical distance cannot be achieved (i.e. certain cubical areas, etc.). We recognize that people generally find more comfort in choosing their own face coverings, thus, students and employees will use their own masks, whether cloth or surgical.

According to the CDC, there are five criteria for cloth face coverings which should

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Note that other types of improvised coverings, such as scarfs or bandanas, do not meet the above criteria. Also, face coverings are just one protective measure and should not be construed as a substitute for social distancing, personal hygiene and routine cleaning processes. 

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout campus spaces.

Viral Testing

KCU will require that all students submit to COVID-19 saliva testing prior to returning to campus. Until further notice, these tests will be coordinated and directly observed by health professionals on the KCU campuses and will be offered for employees weekly beginning July 27. Earlier testing will be administered for faculty and staff who are required to be on campus on or before July 27. Students will be tested on their respective assigned dates.


Beginning July 13, prior to coming to campus each day, every student must conduct a COVID-19 Health Screening Self-assessment which will include taking your temperature and answering COVID-19 related questions about yourself and those with whom you have been in contact. This assessment will be available through the KCU Safety App. The Office of the Registrar will provide details regarding the access and use of the app.

On Campus Clinical Labs 

For hands on labs with first- and second-year COM students participating in hands-on labs:

  • At a minimum, surgical masks donned at all times with hand sanitizer for all students and teaching clinical faculty. Masks will be made available by KCU.
  • Gloves (non-latex, non-powdered) S, M, L available will be made available in labs for those who desire use, but use will not be required.
  • Safety glasses for students and teaching faculty will be made available at the onset of the fall semester and are required at all times while in lab. Visit the PPE page.

Clinical Rotations & Practicum Rotations

For students participating in clinical rotations or practicums, guidelines of the respective site should be followed relative to protective measures and personal protective equipment (“PPE”). If a shortage of supplies exists at a site or there are concerns about the guidelines in place, students should reach out to the clinical coordinator to discuss a resolution. Additional information is available via Clinical Education and Score 1 for Health.

Research Labs

For students participating in research labs, standard laboratory PPE requirements must be complied with and, where a mask would not normally be required, employees and students must don their personal face mask or covering as described above.

Screening Questionnaire

The safety of our students, employees, families and visitors remain KCU's overriding priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, KCU is monitoring the situation closely and will periodically update any guidance and recommendations based on current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Only approved campus members (faculty, staff, students) are permitted on either the KC or Joplin campus at this time and all who can conduct their work from home, should. In order to reduce the potential risk of exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19, every day prior to entering campus, campus members must conduct a self-screen. Get started by opening the KCU Safety App on your phone, then tap the Health Screen button.

  • Is your temp greater than or equal to 100.0 F today?

  • Have you returned from any interstate or international travel (except KS, AR, OK) within the last 14 days? 

  • Have you had close contact with, or cared for someone with a presumed case of, or been diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days? (Outside of clinical faculty member exemption.)

  • Have you attended a large group gathering of 50 or more people within the last 14 days where other participants were not in masks and that did not allow opportunities for social distancing?

  • Are you currently or have you experienced any of the following new symptoms, not attributable to another medical condition: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, respiratory illness, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, decreased or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/diarrheal illness?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions, you have a Positive Screening. Instructions are below.

Screening Outcomes

The following process will be followed for screening outcomes:

  1. Campus members with all negatives on the questionnaire will be cleared to proceed onto campus. Approval will come in the form of an approval screen (green checkmark and a date/time stamp - see image on right) upon the successful completion of the questionnaire; this is considered a Go screening outcome.
    • The approval screen should be screenshot by campus members prior to arriving on campus.
    • Students will need to display their approval screen on their mobile device when they arrive to the classroom or lab to be checked by faculty or fellows in that classroom or lab space.
    • Employees may be asked to display their approval screen on their mobile device at any time when they are on campus.
    • Being physically on campus without having evidence of a Go screening outcome may result in a conduct policy violation for employees and/or students and may be subject to disciplinary measures.
    • If approved for on-campus activities all campus members should continue to practice social distancing, proper hand washing and sanitizing exercises, and wear appropriate protective measures and PPE as directed.

  2. Campus members with any positives on the questionnaire will not be cleared to enter campus and will be required to stay home; this is considered a No-Go screening outcome.

  3. Individuals who receive a No-Go screening outcome will be directed to contact Score 1 for Health (1-877-425-0251) for additional dialogue and next steps.


What to Do if You Are Sick

Who is my KCU contact?

Score 1 For Health (1-877-425-0251) will be the initial point of contact for all KCU students. Score 1 will assist in the communication to the appropriate college and programmatic contacts to ensure that status of individuals is known while providing a single point of contact and repository for health matter intake and also maintaining a level of confidentiality relative to specific health issues. Score 1 will assist with follow-ups for positive screenings, expanded contact tracing, and general questions.

What if I have a Positive Screening?

Students with any positives on the screening questionnaire, exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100.0 will be required to stay home and make contact with Score 1 at 1-877-425-0251.

Return to campus after a positive screening can be accomplished by passing the self-screen, or clearance from a healthcare provider (i.e. reported symptom that resulted in positive screening was evaluated and attributed to another medical condition).

What if I have a positive COVID-19 viral test?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 during the KCU testing events will be notified by KCU’s Score 1 for Health and will receive instructions for proceeding. Students who do not have a health-care provider within your campus community will be referred to one of KCU’s clinical partners. Return to campus can be accomplished only after receiving clearance from your health-care provider with the criteria of having no fever, improved symptoms, and receiving two negative COVID-19 viral tests in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart.