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Health and Wellness

Keeping CMU safe is our shared responsibility. We can all take simple precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community. Learn more about ways you can protect yourself and others.

What you need to know

  • Masks are optional in all outdoor and most indoor spaces at CMU, except those mandated by state or federal guidelines; this may include health clinics, public transportation and more.
  • CMU does not require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated; however, we strongly encourage everyone to receive their vaccine and boosters. You can find information about vaccines on the vaccine webpage.
  • Any employee or student who has symptoms related to or has tested positive for COVID-19 — or who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 — can notify CMU using the CMU health screening app. You will be contacted with guidance on testing and next steps.
  • The CDC continues to recommend good personal hygiene. Visit their website for information on proper handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and other personal care best practices.

Mask guidelines

The following guidelines are effective for the fall 2022 semester:

  • Masks are optional in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus, except in those mandated by state or federal guidelines.
  • Individuals may choose to wear, or not wear, a mask based on their personal preference.
  • Every member of the CMU community should respect an individual’s choice to wear or not wear a mask.
  • Masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in areas mandated by state and federal regulations, such as health clinics and patient care areas.
  • Masks must also be worn in these circumstances:
    -- Symptomatic individuals should not come to campus. Symptomatic individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test should wear a mask for at least five (5) days after completing isolation.
    -- Individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask indoors for at least ten (10) days following exposure.

Prevention and personal responsibility

Personal responsibility remains critical to keeping our community safe. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Here are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

  • Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
  • If you choose to wear a mask, choose one that covers both your mouth and nose. Visit the CDC's Use and Care of Masks webpage for guidance on choosing a mask,
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Learn what factors to consider before you go out, which varies based on your vaccination status. Remember: Your activities can directly impact the safety and well-being of your friends, neighbors and colleagues.

COVID-19 isolation guidelines

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do?

Regardless of your vaccination status, you should isolate:

  • If you have symptoms: Isolation may end after five days if: 
    • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND 
    • Symptoms are improving AND
    • You wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
  • If you have no symptoms: You must isolate for at least five (5) days.
  • CMU recommends individuals complete a COVID-19 antigen test before returning to campus.
    • Antigen test kits will be provided to residential students who are isolating on campus.
    • Individuals who live off-campus may complete an antigen test at Foust Hall before returning to campus for normal activities. Call 989-774-6599 to make an appointment.
Guidance for students who live on campus and
are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or become symptomatic should report their status via the CMU Health Screening App.  Regardless of vaccination status, students should self-isolate for five days from the onset of symptoms or the date of their test. Residential students should isolate themselves in their living unit or at their permanent address and not go to class or any social event. 

Students who share a bedroom will need to relocate to a different living unit or return home with permission for the Central Michigan District Health Department. A Residence Life staff member will reach out to residential students and provide direction after the student reports via the CMU Health Screening App Monday – Friday during business hours.

 Positive and symptomatic students should wear a mask in their living unit if they leave their bedroom.

I’ve been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, what do I do?

The CDC has changed its guidance for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, and quarantine is no longer required. However, CMU still recommends that you take the following precautions:

  • Report your close contact via the Healthscreen app or website.
  • Wear a mask for 10 days when you are indoors or around others.
  • Carefully monitor your health. Immediately report any symptoms of COVID-19 using the health screening app.
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have any symptoms. Do not come to campus, class or work.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 five days after you were exposed to the virus.

I have COVID-19 symptoms, what do I do?

  • Visit the CDC website for a  list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Report your symptoms via the health screening app or website. Instructions will follow for COVID-19 testing based on your Healthscreen responses.
  • If you test positive, see “I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do? ” above.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

Faculty, Staff or Student Employee

If you feel unwell while on campus or at another CMU location and show any symptoms related to COVID-19 not due to an underlying chronic health condition, your supervisor may direct you to go home. If your symptoms suggest COVID-19, the supervisor must immediately email to report a possible case of infection in their area.

Report symptoms, positive test results and close contacts with CMU's Healthscreen app

Members of the university community, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, should use the CMU health screening app or website to report symptoms of COVID-19, positive COVID-19 test results and close contacts with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

How to complete a health screen:

CMU's Healthscreen mobile app, is available for iPhone and Android.

  • Download the iPhone CMICH Healthscreen app
  • Download the Android CMICH Healthscreen app
  • Web browser on any device by visiting

    Your mental health

    Resources for students

    • The CMU Counseling Center offers free, confidential support for students in individual appointments, as well as group activities. To make an appointment, call 989-774-3371.
    • If you need health care, you may contact  CMU Student Health Services, located in Foust Hall. Call 989-774-6599 before visiting the clinic.
    • Visit the CMU Student Activity Center and learn about wellness programs available through CMU University Recreation.

    Resources for faculty and staff

    • Health Advocate, CMU's Employee Assistance Program provider, has several resources for health and wellness information, counseling, coaching and more.
    • Contact CMU Primary Specialty Services clinic for health questions by calling 989-774-7585.