Health and Safety Protocols

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Personal Safety Practices

Everyone has a personal responsibility to practice social distancing, frequent handwashing, cough/sneeze etiquette, proper tissue usage and disposal, avoidance of touching their face, and respecting others.

Social Distancing

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Maintaining space between yourself and others is a best practice and is required on CMU's main campus and in satellite locations to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus and slow its spread.

People can spread the virus without being sick or knowing they are sick, so it is important to maintain social distance from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who may have higher risk. Everyone on campus should follow these social distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet, or about 2 arms' length, from others.
  • Do not gather in groups larger than the size allowable by the current Michigan executive order.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Handshaking and other forms of physical contact are discouraged. All members of the CMU community should enforce social distancing protocols in common areas and where individuals are likely to interact. Supervisors are expected to ensure employees self-enforce social distancing protocols in all areas.

Face Masks and Coverings

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The university requires everyone to wear a face covering or face shield over their nose and mouth as directed below. If you are unable to wear a face covering, you will need to access classes and services remotely. You should speak to your instructors about being able to attend remotely. If that is not possible due to the nature of the course, contact your academic advisor to adjust your schedule. Most services on campus are generally available by phone or online.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their own workplace-appropriate personal face coverings — such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief.

Employees in need of an employer-provided face covering should contact their supervisor, and a face covering will be provided. Supervisors shall elevate requests for such face coverings through their supervisory chain to their vice president, associate vice president or dean. Requests for face coverings must be approved by the appropriate vice president, associate vice president or dean and submitted to University Stores.

Face coverings must be worn in every indoor area of the university. However, face coverings are NOT required to be worn by individuals who are:

  • Alone in their workplace space, which may include private offices or cubicles with tall walls or with appropriate Plexiglas partitions.
  • Alone in their residence hall room.
  • Outdoors, unless working near others where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Faculty delivering on-campus instruction are required to wear face coverings at all times, even when socially distanced from others in their classrooms. For classes that require lip reading or musical instruction, faculty can substitute a face covering with a plexiglass shield.

The use of face masks or coverings helps to minimize risks to the wearer and to those around them. Face masks and coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and are required to help protect the CMU community, our families and the general public. This applies to all satellite, off-site and leased building spaces, and the main CMU campus.

Employees are required to wear face coverings at the direction of their employer. It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with this requirement. This requirement will be enforced by supervisors for employees and by units providing services to students and guests.

If you are on campus and need a mask, you can purchase them for $2 at vending machines in the following locations:

  • Anspach Hall
  • Biosciences Building
  • Bovee University Center
  • Combined Services Building
  • Dow Science Complex
  • EHS Building
  • Grawn Hall
  • Health Professions Building
  • McGuirk Arena
  • Moore Hall
  • Pearce Hall
  • Rowe Hall
  • Sloan Hall
  • Warriner Hall

For more information about masks and face coverings, including instructions to appropriately wear and clean face coverings, please visit this page of CDC instructions for making cloth face coverings. You also may wish to explore the State of Michigan information and resources website.

Face Shields

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.

However, wearing a mask may not be feasible in every situation for some people for example, people who are deaf or 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:

  • Although evidence on face shields is limited, the available data suggest that the following face shields may provide better source control than others:
    • Face shields that wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin.
    • Hooded face shields.
  • Face shield wearers should wash their hands before and after removing the face shield and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth when removing it.
  • Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single use and disposed of according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use according to manufacturer instructions or by following CDC face shield cleaning instructions.


Gloves are not considered necessary unless you are a health care worker or in other high-risk areas. Hand hygiene is considered the best everyday practice in prevention of disease.

Goggles and Face Shields

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.

Personal Disinfection

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Per CDC guidelines, routine cleaning and disinfecting are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Normal routine cleaning can reduce risk of exposure and is a necessary step before disinfecting surfaces.

CMU custodial staff routinely clean workspaces, classrooms and public spaces.  Additionally, surfaces frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles, handrails, light switches and faucets, will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently.

The CDC also recommends individuals wipe down all living, studying, working and eating areas before you leave any room in which you have been working or eating. This includes a private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment (for example, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, copiers, desks and tables, chair arms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.). To the best of your ability, you should clear desk and table surfaces in personal offices and workstations to aid in thorough cleaning. Using a hand sanitizer also is effective after contact with commonly used surfaces.

Cleaning Instructional Spaces

CMU custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect classroom areas, and cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom so faculty and students may clean chairs and desks between classes should they wish to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at main building entrances.

Hand Hygiene

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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, and after touching your face or blowing your nose.

Correct handwashing technique:

  • Wet your hands, apply soap and thoroughly rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to sing the lyrics to "Happy Birthday" twice or to sing the CMU fight song. Be sure to clean under your fingernails and in between all of your fingers.
  • After thorough rinsing, use a paper towel when available to dry your hands. Use the same paper towel to turn off the faucet and to turn the door handle in public restrooms upon exiting. If a paper towel is not available, you can use your elbow to turn off the faucet and to activate the accessible door to exit the restroom.

If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub into your hands until dry.

Coughing and Sneezing

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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 of your elbow, not into your hands. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Mandatory Daily Self-Screening

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.

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All employees and students who will be on the main campus, at a CMU satellite location or participating in CMU-sponsored activities are required to self-screen for symptoms before coming to CMU each day. Each day you come to campus or to any other 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.

Some of the symptoms related to COVID-19, as identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:

  • Fever above 100 degrees.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Coughing.
  • Chills.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat.
  • Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell.
  • Congestion or runny nose.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

If you have any of these symptoms and they are not due to a preexisting underlying chronic health condition, please see guidelines below under “COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing.”

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 are 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 or mask, and washing your hands.

We all must take responsibility to protect ourselves and others.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing


Any faculty, staff or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms related to COVID-19, must contact CMU Health. In addition, you may also contact your preferred health care provider for treatment, and you should self-quarantine until you have consulted with an appropriate health care provider.

  • Students, including student employees, who are on or who plan to be on campus and who have symptoms unrelated to any other preexisting condition must call Student Health Services at 989-774-6599. In addition, students may also contact their health care provider for evaluation and screening for COVID-19.
  • Employees may call CMU Health at 989-774-6599 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
  • CMU Health will coordinate with the Central Michigan District Health Department to determine the appropriate course of action and follow-up based on CDC guidance. CMU Health will provide timely notice to reporting individuals as well as follow-up information as appropriate to ensure safe working, academic and residential environments.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

Additional information for CMU employees, including student employees

If you feel unwell while on campus or at another CMU location and show any of these symptoms not due to an underlying chronic health condition, your supervisor may direct you to go home. If your symptoms are suggestive of COVID-19, the supervisor must immediately call CMU Health at 989-774-6599 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-19 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.


Individuals on campus who are not symptomatic but would like to be tested can find testing sites at the Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder. If you test positive for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, immediately notify CMU Health by emailing

When to Quarantine or Isolate

Close Contact (Known Exposure to Someone With COVID-19)

If you are identified through contact tracing as having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 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.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Learn more about quarantine and what to do if you might be sick with COVID-19.

Employees and students NOT living on campus: If you have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should not come to campus, or if you are already on campus you must leave campus immediately, even if you are not showing symptoms.

  • Faculty, staff and student employees: Please 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.

Students living in residence halls: If you have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you have two options:

  • You can quarantine in a dedicated residence hall on campus for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. CMU Health will provide details.
  • You may choose to return home to quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected.
Learn more about isolation and what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms must isolate until:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours 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 test, if they continue to not have symptoms. In addition, they must report this positive test to CMU Health at 989-774-6599 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 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. At the direction of their supervisor, employees who test positive for COVID-19 may be required to provide documentation from their health care provider before returning to work.

Students living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 have two options:

  1. You can self-isolate in a dedicated residence hall on campus. CMU Health will provide details.
  2. You may choose to return home to self-isolate.

For Individuals at Higher Risk for COVID-19

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions include:

  • Age of 65 and older.
  • HIV.
  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
  • Serious heart condition.
  • Severe obesity, diabetes or liver disease.
  • Chronic kidney disease treated with dialysis.
  • Being immunocompromised.
  • Pregnancy.

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 they have concerns with returning to campus, they may request accommodations by contacting Faculty Personnel Services at 989-774-3368 or Human Resources at 989-774-2010. Students who wish to seek accommodations related to returning to campus should contact their supervisor at 989-774-3018 to request accommodation.

Your Health and Emotional Well-Being

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Employee Assistance Program

Encompass, the Employee Assistance Program provider for CMU, has several options for you: webinars and information, counseling, coaching, and more. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click the green "Sign Up" button on the right side of the page.
  3. Enter cmuni as the company code, and follow the instructions to create your secure and confidential personal account.
  4. Click on the "Chat & Video" link for live chat support.

Health Services

If you feel physically ill — particularly with fever, cough or difficulty breathing — please call your health care provider immediately, and tell them you think it's possible you have COVID-19. Visit the CMU Health website or call 989-774-6599. Please call before visiting.

Students who need health care may contact CMU Student Health Services, located in Foust Hall. Please 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 services. Call 989-774-3381 to schedule an appointment.

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CMU Care Team

Not sure where to start? Whether you need help or are concerned for a student or colleague, the CMU Care Team provides confidential assistance.

  • Find resources for physical and mental health, safety and well-being, food, and housing at the Find Help website.
  • Concerned about a colleague or student? Leave a confidential message at 989-774-2273 or submit a Care Report.