Public Safety Alert

CLERY Warning COVID-19

March 25, 2020

To All UCM Faculty, Staff and Students;

We are issuing an emergency notification to members of the University of Central Missouri campus in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and in accordance with UCM policy regarding this act.

To all UCM Students, Faculty and Staff:

As the University of Central Missouri considers the health and safety of the university community its top priority, we want to make you aware of ongoing events related to COVID-19. In recent weeks, a team of university leaders has been working in cooperation with the administration to plan and guide our response to the nationwide spread of this serious health concern in consideration of the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal, state and local government officials. Communications related to this continued effort have been distributed via campus email, social media, and the University’s website, which maintains daily updates and an archive of the campus-wide communications. This one-time communication provides the required Clery notification related to COVID-19 in our community.

We have been informed by Johnson County Community Health Services that five presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Johnson County. While no cases have been reported on the UCM campus, we are alerting the campus community to the possibility that the disease may be spreading within the local community. State and local health officials are continuing to trace activity and will attempt to notify those who have been identified through their investigation as someone who may have been exposed.

The University continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, and we request student and employee assistance with our ongoing efforts to help follow the recommended practices of health officials to ensure your personal safety and well-being and the good health and safety of others. Here are just a few suggestions that we ask that you follow:

● Practice social distancing of six feet or more

● Discontinue in-person meetings. Use virtual options such as Zoom, if available.

● If you or other family members are ill, stay home.

● Avoid close contact with others who are sick

● Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.

● Do not touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

● Always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

● Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

● Watch for cough, trouble with breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.

● Monitor your temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

To learn more about safety measures to assist in this effort, visit the CDC website:

Ongoing updates related to COVID-19 will be posted on the University’s website at Your cooperation in helping UCM to prevent the spread of this evolving national and statewide health concern is deeply appreciated.

Chief Scott Rhoad
UCM Department of Public Safety


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