KCU's Reawakening Plan

Updated July 13, 2020 | Questions? Email reawakening@kcumb.edu


The Ad Hoc Committee for the Reawakening of the Campus has been working to prepare plans and protocols for the return of faculty and staff.

KCU's operations will be performed with one goal in mind: the safe and healthy performance of work and handling of responsibilities by all KCU employees, no matter where located.

In the long term, our hope is to return to a work environment as it existed before the pandemic. 

However, we must do this through a careful, thoughtful and staged approach which offers a gradual transition, as allowed by local orders coupled with employee-centric planning.

The KCU Campus Reawakening Plan is focused and rooted in your willingness, ability and reasonable comfort level in returning back to campus. Access the Frequently Asked Questions on the myKCU intranet.

KCU Campus Reawakening Plan Highlights

  • The majority of KCU employees will continue to work remotely from home through at least Labor Day.
  • Return to work back on campus will happen over several gradual and incremental stages.
  • The plan allows for those who are not willing or able to return to campus, or reasonably comfortable with returning to campus, to work from home for an extended period of time to the extent possible based on their jobs and after discussion with their supervisor.
  • Individuals who are not able to perform their jobs from home will be asked to return to work sooner than later.
  • KCU will implement proper social distancing, disinfection and safety procedures in the workplace as the norm for the foreseeable future.

Review the KCU Campus Reawakening Plan PDF

As this situation continues to be fluid, we must remain cautious and flexible. Please accordingly note that our approach and plan are subject to change as our re-opening experience, and state, local, and federal guidelines improve our judgment.

KCU Campus Reawakening Stages 1-5

Stage One – Restrict Access

Timeframe: Through July 13

Who This Affects: Essential employees only allowed, otherwise work from home

Health and Safety Practices:

  • Prior to arriving on campus, employee goes through a screening process.
  • Maintain physical distance - 6 feet between people in the social environment.
  • Masks required in public spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and work spaces.

Stage Two - Revisit Access

Timeframe: Begins July 13

Who This Affects: Broader group of essential employees allowed, otherwise work from home

Health and Safety Practices:

  • Prior to arriving on campus, employee goes through a screening process.
  • Maintain physical distance - 6 feet between people in the social environment.
  • Masks required in public spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and work spaces.

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Current Status:
Stage Three - Reawaken Campus

Timeframe: Begins July 27

Who This Affects: WILLING, ABLE, COMFORTABLE allowed in staged capacity, otherwise work from home

Health and Safety Practices:

  • Prior to arriving on campus each day, all campus members go through a health screening process.
  • Maintain physical distance - 6 feet between people in the social environment.
  • Masks required in public spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and work spaces.
  • Campus access is limited.
  • Essential in-person meetings and events only at the appropriate capacity - 10%
  • No food served on campus. Campus members may bring their own pre-packaged or closed-container food items only.

Stage Four - Restore Access

Timeframe: Not Before Sept. 8

Who This Affects: Broader group of WILLING, ABLE, COMFORTABLE allowed in staged capacity, otherwise work from home

Health and Safety Practices:

  • Prior to arriving on campus, employee goes through a screening process.
  • Maintain physical distance - 6 feet between people in the social environment.
  • Masks required in public spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and work spaces.
  • Campus access through each stage.
  • Essential in-person meetings and events only at the appropriate capacity - 25%
  • TO BE DECIDED:
    • Food served on campus - pre-packaged or closed container food items only.
    • External visitors allowed on campus without EVP approval.
    • Intra-campus travel.

Stage Five - Reimagine Campus

Timeframe: TBD

Who This Affects: All employees

Health and Safety Practices:

  • Prior to arriving on campus, employee goes through a screening process.
  • Maintain physical distance - 6 feet between people in the social environment.
  • Masks required in public spaces.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and work spaces.
  • Campus access through each stage.
  • Essential in-person meetings and events only at the appropriate capacity - 50% +
  • TO BE DECIDED:
    • Food served on campus - pre-packaged or closed container food items only.
    • Non-essential travel.
    • External visitors allowed on campus without EVP approval.
    • Intra-campus travel.

Readiness to Return

Willing

Employees who are ready and prepared to return to work on campus, and feel they can be more productive in their role if they are performing their duties on campus.

Comfortable

Employees who feel safe and secure leaving their home to work in their office on campus.

Employees who are reasonably uncomfortable returning to work are not required to do so at this time.

Able

Employees who are NOT restricted/advised to stay home.

Individuals who may not be able to return right away: those who are sick in any way, those at high-risk or living with someone that is high-risk, those who have been exposed to COVID-19, those who are caring for others (including child-care).

Essential Employees

Critical personnel include the following:

  • Faculty members who require access to technology for the recording of lectures;
  • Campus safety and emergency management personnel;
  • Housekeeping, facilities and grounds; and
  • A limited number of other approved employees.

Message from the President

August 21, 2020
Reawakening Plan Update

As you may know, this past week the Joplin City Council rescinded its mandate for wearing masks in public along with loosening limitations on the size of gatherings. The city’s new policies are not in alignment with the public health and safety guidelines adopted by KCU. Even though you will see people out in the community following different guidelines, I strongly encourage everyone to maintain KCU’s standards for behavior both on and off campus in Joplin and Kansas City in order to help us get through this semester.

Updates on our reawakening moving forward:

Due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19 in our region, we have adjusted our timeline to reflect a more conservative move to Stage 4 of our campus reawakening plan at the start of the Spring Semester.

  • We had hoped move to Stage 4 of our reawakening plan on Sept. 8, with a broader reopening of our campuses in a staged manner. However, our current gating criteria, based upon science, will not allow us to move from Stage 3 at this time, and it is unlikely we will be able to do so before the end of this semester.
  • KCU will continue to take the most conservative approach, erring on the side of safety in order to: protect our faculty, staff and students; maintain curricula for all programs that meet specific accreditation standards; keep our students on track to graduate on time; and maintain current levels of faculty and staff employment.
  • If we observe a decrease in new COVID-19 cases, we may consider moving to Stage 4 sooner. If you have any questions about the return to campus, please speak with your work unit manager, department chair or deans’ office.

Lastly, an important reminder that it’s not too early to begin planning for the election on November 3. In the midst of all of the challenges we’re facing from a global pandemic and continued civil unrest, we all must exercise our civic responsibility to vote! Make sure you’re registered to vote and understand your options in either Kansas or Missouri or other states.

Yours truly,

Marc B. Hahn, DO
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Message from the President: Minimizing Our Risk of COVID-19

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7/04

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6/26

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5/29

KCU Campus Reawakening Plan

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5/15

Message from the President: Kansas City University Reawakening Plans

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