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

July 10, 2020
Our Campus Reawakening Begins

Orientation activities begin Monday for our incoming COM Class of 2024. Third- and fourth-year medical students have already begun their clerkships, many of whom are joining the frontlines to fight the battle against COVID-19. Later this month, we'll welcome our PsyD and Biomed classes back to campus.

I am very proud of all of our students for their commitment during these challenging times, and I thank our faculty, staff and administration for their dedication and hard work to transition back to campus and begin our new academic year under extraordinary circumstances.

Our university remains cautious as we move forward. As I have mentioned previously, we will tighten and loosen restrictions as needed based upon the current public health landscape in order to keep our community safe.

We therefore continue to reinforce the need for shared responsibility to protect ourselves and our fellow citizens. We all must do the right thing by committing to follow public health best practices - on campus and in our personal lives - if we are going to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control and move toward a more fully open society. As a reminder, please be sure to sign the required shared commitment document found in Workday.

In the spirit of shared commitment, I was pleased to author an opinion-editorial in The Joplin Globe last weekend reinforcing the importance of our collective responsibility for wearing a mask to protect one another. This column is reprinted on our website as well.

Also this past week, I joined leaders in the community in signing an open letter from Comeback KC encouraging other organizations to join in implementing consistent, metro-wide mask-wearing policies for all their employees. Comeback KC is a private/public collaboration dedicated to helping the entire Kansas City region make a comeback from COVID-19.

Dr. Darrin D'Agostino, executive dean, was interviewed Wednesday for a story on KOAM-TV in Joplin that highlighted KCU's thoughtful and safe approach for reopening. I'm grateful to Darrin for his active role as a media spokesperson for KCU during this public health crisis.

An additional reminder that all KCU employees are required to take a COVID-19 saliva test prior to returning to campus. These tests will be coordinated and directly observed by health professionals on both campuses. Details of the testing schedule and other reawakening information can be found on our website reawakening page.

I look forward to beginning our "next normal" on KCU's campuses, recognizing that our strategies will evolve and our course will change as we navigate the uncharted waters that lie ahead in health sciences education.

However, if we stay laser-focused on our core purpose of educating students and remain committed to our mission of improving the well-being of the communities we serve, this time will serve as an opportunity to learn, grow and become an even more resilient institution for the future.

Yours truly,

Marc B. Hahn, DO
President and Chief Executive Officer

Messages From Leadership

7/04

Protecting Public Health Is Our Shared Responsibility

An editorial written by Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, was published in The Joplin Globe on July 4, 2020.

 

6/26

Reawakening Campuses Guidelines and Protocols

Update from Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, about Campuses Health Guidelines and Safety Protocols for the reawakening of our campuses and students' return to KCU.

 

5/29

KCU Campus Reawakening Plan

Dr. Edward O'Connor, provost and vice president for Academic, Research and Student Affairs, and Joe Massman, executive vice president for Finance and Operations and CFO/COO, outline the plan for KCU employees to return to a work environment as it existed before the pandemic.

 

5/22

Reawakening the KCU Campuses

Update from Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, on the initial plans for the reawakening of our campuses and students' return to KCU.

 

5/15

Kansas City University Reawakening Plans

Message to the KCU community from Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, on the initial plans for the reawakening of our campuses and some key decisions about the students' return to KCU.