Health & Wellness

Students studying in indoor space
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 requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask or face covering in classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces, as well as many other public areas on campus, through the end of September. See full guidelines below.
  • The "Protect Yourself. Protect Others." program requires every member of the CMU community to be fully vaccinated or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • 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 must 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 contact the CMU COVID Tracking Team via the CMU health screening app or covidtracking@cmich.edu.
  • 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, which are effective through at least the end of September, are subject to change as guidance from our state and local leaders changes:

  • Outdoors on campus: Individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors on campus, regardless of their vaccination status. We recommend individuals continue to practice physical distancing when possible.
  • Indoors in closed offices and residence hall rooms: Individuals are not required to wear a mask while in their own offices or workspaces — which may include private offices or cubicles with tall walls or with appropriate Plexiglas partitions — or living spaces.
  • Indoors in public and/or open areas: While in communal areas, such as hallways, lobbies, large gathering spaces and facilities such as the Bovee University Center and Park Library, masks must be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Classroom/instructional spaces: While in classrooms, labs or other instructional space, all individuals must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Health clinical spaces: As required in the current MIOSHA emergency rules, masks are required for all individuals in our health clinic areas.
  • Indoor meetings and events of fewer than 25: If fewer than 25 individuals are gathering indoors in a well-ventilated space, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear their masks. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distance from others.
  • Larger capacity indoor gatherings: If more than 25 individuals are gathered indoors in a single room or enclosed space, everyone must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

Contact CMU Health

If you have questions or concerns about your health, or if you need a health care provider, please contact CMU Health by calling 989-774-6599.

COVID-19 symptoms, testing and contact tracing

Individuals without symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive, potentially spreading the virus to contacts. Please remember to adhere to all other health and safety measures, including social distancing, wearing a face covering or mask, and washing your hands.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

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.

Information for close contacts

  • Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who are identified as close contacts will not be required to quarantine, unless they have symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days, per CDC guidance. Please see quarantine instructions below.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, must isolate per CDC guidance. Please see "If you test positive for COVID-19" instructions below. Supervisors have discretion to allow remote work, when possible, or to require employees to use sick/vacation time.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you should not come to campus. If you are already on campus, you must leave campus immediately, even if you are not showing symptoms.
  • Faculty, staff and student employees: Notify your supervisor if you have been identified as a close contact, and keep your supervisor informed of your return-to-campus status. A medical clearance to return to work might be required.
  • Self-quarantine in Wheeler Hall or return home to self-quarantine with permission from the Central Michigan District Health Department.
  • Students living in on-campus apartments are allowed to self-quarantine in their apartment, because they have their own bedroom and access to a kitchen.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must report their test result to the CMU COVID Tracking Team using either the CMU Healthscreen app or by emailing covidtracking@cmich.edu. You will be contacted with instruction on when and how to isolate.

Students, faculty and staff who test positive and have symptoms must isolate until:

  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved.

*Depending on your health care provider's advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms must isolate until 10 days have passed since a positive test, if they continue to not have symptoms. In addition, they must report this positive test through the CMU health screening app or by email to covidtracking@cmich.edu.

Depending on your health care provider's advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19.

  • If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for "Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms."

Employees and students NOT living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 must leave campus immediately and isolate.

Students living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been named a close contact have two options:

  • Quarantine/self-isolate in Wheeler Hall.
  • Return home to quarantine/self-isolate with permission from the health department.
  • Students living in on-campus apartments are allowed to quarantine/self-isolate in their apartment, because they have their own bedroom and access to a kitchen.

Mandatory Daily Self-Screening

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

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

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