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COVID-19 tests required for students, faculty, staff in Lawrence

An important part of a successful fall semester is helping to keep our KU and Lawrence community safe by minimizing exposures to the COVID-19 virus. One way to do this is to identify those among us who have the infection, even without symptoms, as we all return to campus. We will accomplish this…

2020 Commencement rescheduled for spring 2021

I am writing to let you know we have ruled out the possibility of hosting a Commencement ceremony during the fall semester. Instead, we will target spring 2021 to celebrate the 2020 graduates with a Commencement ceremony on Mount Oread.

Our opposition to new federal guidance on international students

Yesterday, Provost Bichelmeyer shared with you a new federal policy regarding fall enrollment for F-1 students in the Student and Visitor Exchange Program. I write today to assure you that the University of Kansas joins peer institutions nationwide in strongly condemning this new federal policy.…

Introducing the Protect KU plan and two new planning teams to inform Lawrence campus reopening

Today I write to share two new components of our reopening plan. First, we have published the first iteration of what we are calling the Protect KU plan, which will serve as our roadmap for a thoughtful, science-based return to campus. Additionally, we are creating two new planning teams – which…

KU to implement temporary salary savings plan, additional measures to address budget shortfall

Today we are announcing our latest steps to address this unprecedented budget challenge. Our decisions continue to prioritize equity and reflect our commitment to protecting KU’s most vulnerable populations. As a result, we believe these are the appropriate next steps to ensure KU’s health, limit…

Our plans to return campus this fall

Last month, we shared with you a document titled Guidance on Reopening Campus, which detailed our guiding principles for reopening campus in a measured, stepwise fashion. Today we write to share the newest components of our plans for the fall semester on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

Tune in for the Chancellor’s Weekly COVID-19 Update series

For the rest of the summer I will host weekly Zoom updates during which I will share the latest news regarding our work to reopen campus for the fall semester. These weekly discussions will be pre-recorded and shared with campus each Wednesday via email and posted on our Chancellor’s Weekly COVID-…

A message to the KU community regarding racism in America

We are emerging from a week of heart-wrenching conversations about the toxic impact that racism has on all of our communities.

Reaffirming our commitment to our university's values of inclusivity and respect

We join many across the country today as we recognize and reflect on many issues in our society that result in challenging and difficult times for our underserved and marginalized populations.

Announcing the retirement of a senior leadership team member

Diane Goddard, our chief financial officer and vice provost for finance, will be leaving KU after a 36-year career in various roles across the institution.

Media Contacts

Joe Monaco
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
785-864-7100
jmonaco@ku.edu

Andy Hyland
Assistant Director of Communications
785-864-7100
ahyland@ku.edu

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
Director of KU News
785-864-8858
ebp@ku.edu