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 able to medically tolerate a face covering to wear a covering over their nose and mouth as directed below.

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 may remove their face mask to teach provided they are able to do so while maintaining the requirements for social distancing.

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.

Employees who cannot wear a face mask or covering due to medical or other reasons should contact Faculty Personnel Services or Human Resources for possible accommodation measures.  Students should contact Student Disability Services for possible accommodation measures.

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.


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.

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 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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Through July 13, 2020
All employees and students who are on campus or participating in student activities are required to self-screen for symptoms before coming to work each day. You must:

  • Download and print this symptom monitoring checklist.
  • Complete the checklist every day before coming to work.
  • Keep the checklist with you while you are on campus.

You must be free of any symptoms to report to work on campus.

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

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

All employees, including student employees, are 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.

Information about a CMU symptom monitoring application will be shared soon.

If you have any of these symptoms and they are not due to a preexisting underlying chronic health condition, do not come to campus. Employees should stay home and call your supervisor. Students should notify their instructors.

If you feel unwell while at work and show any of these symptoms not due to an underlying chronic health condition, your supervisor may direct you to go home. The supervisor must immediately call CMU Health 989-774-6599 to report a possible case of infection in their area.

It is your responsibility to contact CMU Health or your health care provider for treatment.

  • Employees can call CMU Health at 989-774-6599 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays– Fridays.
  • Students 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 or their health care provider for evaluation and screening for COVID-19. They are advised to self-quarantine until consulting with an appropriate provider.

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.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate until receiving test results. If the results are negative for an acute infection, the person may return to campus without any formal clearance. Individuals who are not symptomatic and have been authorized to return to campus must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before coming to campus to work.

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 and wearing a face covering or mask.

We all must take responsibility to protect ourselves and others.

COVID-19 exposure and testing

Individuals with symptoms related to COVID-19 or who believe they need to be tested based on potential exposure are encouraged to contact their primary care physician or CMU Health at 989-774-6599.

If you require emergency care, please call 911 for immediate help.

Individuals who have symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are off campus may contact their local health department or primary care provider to locate COVID-19 testing sites in their area. They also may contact CMU Health Mondays-Fridays during business hours at 989-774-6599.

When there is a confirmed or suspected direct COVID-19 exposure on campus, supervisors are to immediately contact CMU Health at 989-774-6599 for notification and guidance.

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.

If you have been directly exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, you must leave campus immediately, even if you are not showing symptoms.

Faculty, staff and student employees: Please notify your supervisor that you are leaving. Your supervisor will notify CMU Health that you have been potentially exposed and/or have developed symptoms. You must remain at home in self-isolation while you await test results, and you must keep your supervisor informed of your return-to-campus status. A medical clearance to return to work might be required.

Positive case and contact tracing

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have fully recovered and have been fever-free for at least three days.

CMU Health or public health officials will conduct a phone interview with the individual who has tested positive to help determine the risk of potential exposure to co-workers and others on campus. CMU staff will coordinate contact tracing with the local health department. Once completed, a timely communication will be released depending on the situation.

The local public health department may contact an employee's supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result and all other protected health information will not be disclosed.

Permission to return to campus will be given when these three conditions are met:

  • The individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 72 hours.
  • The individual shows improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
  • It has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.

At the direction of their supervisor, employees may be required to provide documentation from their health care provider before returning to work.

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 989-774-3371 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.