Current University Status - 2/25/21

  • As of March 1, 2021, the KCU campuses in Kansas City and Joplin will enter Phase Four of the Reawakening.
  • As of Feb. 1, 2021, two questions in the self-screening app will change. Prior to going on campus, students and employees should conduct the screening self-assessment.
  • Vaccinations are becoming more available to the public through Missouri's phasing program. Even if you have been vaccinated, we are all asked to continue using the tools of virus mitigation: wear masks, keep 6 feet of physical distance, avoid gatherings and wash hands frequently.
  • KCU leadership is asking students, faculty and staff to adhere to the risky activities guidelines. Please strictly limit activities within the Medium Risk group, and stay away from activities in the High Risk group.

Reawakening the KCU Campuses

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What's My Risk?

As part of our continued efforts to provide the information needed for us all to help Protect Each Other, new guidelines regarding the risk associated with places and activities are now available here.

These new guidelines have been created in partnership with the KCU Student Government Association (SGA) and represent the University's current stance on what is considered acceptable and risky behavior both on and off campus.

Please familiarize yourself with this information and reach out to if you have any questions.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for each activity outlined in blue in the bubbles above:

Public Transportation 
Pools & Beaches
Restaurants & Bars

Gyms/Fitness Centers
Playing Sports

Large Gatherings
Living in Shared Housing
Living with a Roommate

Protect Each Other

As Kansas City University (KCU) continues the process of gradually reawakening our campuses for the 2020-2021 academic year, we do so with a request: Protect Each Other.

COVID-19 and the current global pandemic have reshaped higher education as a whole, but KCU remains dedicated to providing high-quality education even in unprecedented times. While the University will continue to implement virtual learning and remote work whenever possible, there are aspects of advanced health sciences education (for both academic and administrative activities) that necessitate physical attendance. As some members of the KCU family return to campus, we must – above all else – make the health and safety of our fellow students, faculty, staff and their respective families the driving factor behind our daily choices.

Follow all guidelines -- wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid inside gatherings.

Keep in mind how your choices impact those around you.
Protect Each Other.

Reawakening Current Status: Stage 3

As we chart the path forward for the 2020-2021 academic year, Kansas City University’s prime concern is for the safety and well-being of students and employees.

The Ad Hoc Committee for the Reawakening for the Campus continues to prepare plans and protocols for safe return to our campuses in a staged approach. The timing is and will continue to be based on guidance by local, state and federal orders and an ongoing monitoring and assessment of our surrounding communities. We will be prepared to change course as needed based upon the public health environment with possible tightening and loosening of restrictions to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

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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Messages From Leadership


Message from the Provost: Student Campus Access Update

Dr. Ed O'Connor, KCU provost and Executive Vice President for Academic, Research and Student Affairs, provides the KCU Community with a campus access update.



Message from the President: Pandemic Response Progress

Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, explains that our pandemic response efforts are dedicated to the highest standards for ensuring smooth processes, the health and safety of our KCU community and the continued viability of our institution.



Message from the Provost: Fall and Spring Calendar & Randomized COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Ed O'Connor, KCU provost and Executive Vice President for Academic, Research and Student Affairs, provides the KCU Community with a student and employee testing update.



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

Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, reminds KCU campus members to follow COVID-19 health guidelines, minimize risky activities and continue to protect each other.



Message from the President: Protect Each Other

Update from Dr. Marc Hahn, KCU president and CEO, welcomes students back to campus, and outlines what we can do to protect each other from COVID-19.



Message from the President: Our Campus Reawakening Begins

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



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.



Message from the President: 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.



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.



Message from the President: 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.



Message from the President: 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.