The following guidelines, effective May 26, 2021, are subject to change as guidance from our state and local leaders changes.
A face shield is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. At this time, it is not known what
level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer.
There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore,
CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks.
Thus, CMU does not require individuals to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. All
faculty, staff and students are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and should avoid touching their faces.
However, wearing a mask may not be feasible in every situation for some people — for example, people who are deaf
hard of hearing — or those who care for or interact with a person who is hearing impaired. Here are some
considerations for individuals who must wear a face shield instead of a mask:
CMU does not require individuals to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. All faculty,
staff and students are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and should avoid touching their faces.
Frequent handwashing is one of the most important actions you can take in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Handwashing should occur after touching anything in a public area, after using the restroom, prior to eating,
after touching your face or blowing your nose.
Correct handwashing technique:
If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub into your hands until
If you are alone and not wearing a face mask or covering, always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue away.
If you do not have tissues, the CDC recommends you cough or sneeze
into the inside
elbow, not into your hands. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol.
CMU requires all faculty, staff and students to self-screen each day for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to
CMU's main campus or other satellite location or participating in CMU-sponsored activities.
Each day you come to campus or to any other CMU satellite location, you must first answer a few brief
using one of the following options:
You must be free of any symptoms before you come to any CMU location.
Every member of the university community, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, is required to monitor
their symptoms daily before coming to campus. Remember, people can spread the virus before they even know they
sick, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself and others.
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
mask, and washing your hands.
We all must take responsibility to protect ourselves and others.
Travel for university purposes remains suspended until further notice, unless it is deemed essential by the appropriate division vice president. CMU travel permissions, when granted, will follow federal and state restrictions and the advice of CMU Health, as informed by recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, particularly when travel includes visiting any identified high-risk location.
All travelers should carefully review and adhere to the CDC guidelines and recommendations related to travel, which can be found at the CDC travel website.
Before traveling, students, faculty and staff should carefully consider how their trip may impact the health and safety of their classmates, colleagues, friends and families. Please refrain from participating in high-risk activities and remember to wear a mask, wash your hands often and practice social distancing.
CMU does not require travelers to quarantine following domestic; however, travelers are encouraged to get tested before and after traveling outside of Michigan.
For those traveling internationally, follow CDC guidelines found here.
Personal responsibility is 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.
Learn what factors to consider before you go out. Remember: Your activities can directly impact the safety and wellbeing of your friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Any faculty, staff or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms related to COVID-19,
must contact the CMU COVID Tracking Team (via the CMU health screening app or email@example.com). In addition, you may also contact your
preferred health care provider for treatment, and you should self-isolate or quarantine until you reach the
designated released date.
Additional information for CMU employees, including student employees
If you feel unwell while on campus or at another CMU location and show any
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
at 989-774-7177 as soon as possible.
If you are identified through contact tracing as
having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will be contacted by the Central Michigan District Health
Department and instructed to quarantine.
Employees and students NOT living on campus: If you have been identified as having been in
contact with 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 students who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms must isolate
*Depending on your health care provider's advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if
still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms
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
have passed since a test, if they continue to not have symptoms. In addition, they must report this positive
test by email to email@example.com or
Student Health Services at 989-774-6599.
* Depending on your health care provider's advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if
still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results
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
contact have two options:
According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those
Employees are not required to disclose if they are in a higher-risk category based upon a preexisting medical
condition; however, if an employee voluntarily self-identifies as being at higher risk for COVID-19 and has
with returning to campus, they may request accommodations by contacting Faculty Personnel Services at
or Human Resources at 989-774-2010. Student employees who wish to seek accommodations related to returning to
should contact their supervisor at 989-774-3018 to request accommodation.
Encompass, the Employee Assistance Program provider for CMU, has several options for you: webinars and
counseling, coaching, and more.
If you feel physically ill — particularly with fever, cough or difficulty breathing — call your health care
immediately, and tell them you think it's possible you have COVID-19. Visit the CMU Health website, or call
989-774-6599. Call before visiting.
Students who need health care may contact
CMU Student Health Services, located in
Hall. Call 989-774-6599 before visiting the clinic. CMU Health also provides psychiatry services.
Students also may contact the
CMU Counseling Center for free, confidential counseling
Call 989-774-3371 to schedule an appointment.
Not sure where to start? Whether you need help or are concerned for a student or colleague, the CMU Care Team
provides confidential assistance.
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases