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Health and Wellness

What you need to know

  • Masks are now 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. You can find information about vaccines on the vaccine webpage.
  • All students, faculty and staff who will visit a CMU campus or satellite location are encouraged to complete the daily health screening app.
  • 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 — must notify CMU using the CMU health screening app.
  • 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 in the summer 2022 semester:

  • Masks are now 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. According to the CDC, in general, the more closely you interact with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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.

  • Masks should cover both your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
  • 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 and quarantine guidelines

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

  • Report your positive test result via the Healthscreen app or website.
  • 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.

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

  • Report your close contact via the Healthscreen app or website.
  • If your vaccination status is up to date and you’re asymptomatic: You are not required to quarantine but you should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if you don't have symptoms. Wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure.
  • If you’re asymptomatic and not vaccinated or have not yet updated your vaccination status with a booster: You must quarantine for at least five (5) days. Wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure.

Quarantine for unvaccinated students living in residence halls or on-campus apartments

  • Visit the CDC website for a  list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Report your symptoms via the Healthscreen 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.
  • Only return to class/work if test is negative and symptoms have improved. Wear a mask if you must be around others.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

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 Healthscreen 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 covidtracking@cmich.edu to report a possible case of infection in their area.

If a faculty member, staff member or student employee believes they have contracted COVID-19 after exposure to a known COVID-positive person while working on campus, they must report the exposure to the CMU Workers' Compensation office at 989-774-7177 as soon as possible.

Daily self-screening with CMU's Healthscreen app

CMU recommends that every member of the university community, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 daily before coming to CMU's main campus or a satellite location or participating in CMU-sponsored activities.

How to complete the daily self-screening

Each day you come to campus or to any CMU satellite location, please first answer a few brief questions using one of the following options:

  • CMU's Healthscreen mobile app, available for iPhone and Android.
  • Download the iPhone CMICH Healthscreen app
  • Phone by calling 989-774-1044.
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    You must be free of any symptoms before you come to any CMU location.

    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

    • Encompass, 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.