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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

  • CMU students and employees are no longer required to report symptoms or positive test results to CMU using the health screening app. 
    • Do not come to campus, class or work if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Notify your instructors and/or supervisor if you are unable to attend class or work.
    • If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please contact your preferred health care provider and visit the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage for additional guidance. 
  • CMU will no longer offer isolation or quarantine housing for on-campus students. Students should make a plan for isolation in the event they become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.

Mask guidelines

The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • 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?

  • Do not come to campus, class or work. Notify your instructors and/or supervisor that you are unable to attend class or work.
  • Contact your preferred health care provider and follow the CDC guidelines for isolation and masking.
CMU recommends individuals complete a COVID-19 antigen test before returning to 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 follow CDC guidance for isolation and contact their preferred health care provider if symptoms do not improve or worsen. 

CMU will no longer offer quarantine or isolation housing for on-campus residents. Students should make a plan for what to do if they test positive or become symptomatic. 

CMU expectations for residential students who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask outside your living unit. 
  • Limit non-essential contact with others.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or activities while in quarantine or isolation.
  • Use take-out or grab-and-go dining options.

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 students, faculty and staff follow the CDC’s recommendations for individuals who were exposed to COVID-19, which includes:

  • Wear a mask any time you are around others indoors for 10 days.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.

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

  • Contact your preferred health care provider and visit the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage for additional guidance. 
  • 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.

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.