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Nine sorority, fraternity houses issued quarantine orders by county health officials

Today I am writing to inform you that Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has issued 14-day quarantine orders for residents of nine of our sorority and fraternity houses, and is in the process of issuing an order for a tenth house.

Latest results of COVID-19 entry testing

We have posted the latest results from our community COVID-19 saliva testing. As of Monday evening, 222 people have tested positive out of 19,452 entry test results received, for a positivity rate of 1.14%.

Commitment and responsibility

As we embark on a fall semester unlike any in history, I write to reiterate a straightforward reality: We cannot do this without you.

Pandemic Medical Advisory Team shares decision-making framework

Earlier this summer, we created the Pandemic Medical Advisory Team – comprising nine of the region’s top medical doctors and public health officials – to help inform our decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the primary tasks of this team is to develop a data-driven decision-making…

Updating our community on COVID-19 testing results

I want to share some information and updates with you now that we’ve reviewed some initial results from our testing efforts as our community returns to campus. We have posted initial results from our community COVID-19 saliva testing. The results show the total tests administered and positive…

KU creates Task Force on Community-Responsive Public Safety

We are creating the Task Force on Community-Responsive Public Safety. This new task force will be charged with reviewing KU Public Safety policies, practices and procedures; examining best practices and proposals for change; and making recommendations regarding potential improvements to ensure…

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…

Media Contacts

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

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