Wed, 08/05/2020

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 by using a simple, non-invasive, saliva-based test for students, faculty and staff on re-entry to campus.
Wed, 07/29/2020

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.
Wed, 07/08/2020

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. Moreover, I want you to know we are coordinating with our peers in both the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to encourage federal lawmakers to reconsider this truly mean-spirited and unworkable policy.
Mon, 06/29/2020

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 will include faculty, staff and students – to help inform decision-making in the weeks ahead.
Fri, 06/19/2020

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 drastic impacts to employees, and allow KU to continue its mission well into the future.
Mon, 06/15/2020

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.
Wed, 06/10/2020

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-19 Update page.
Tue, 06/02/2020

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.
Fri, 05/29/2020

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.
Tue, 05/26/2020

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.
Thu, 05/21/2020

An update on Lawrence and Edwards financial challenges

In recent weeks, Provost Bichelmeyer and I have communicated with you regularly, and we have appreciated your feedback. With your help, we continue to plan for various scenarios that position KU to resume on-campus operations in some capacity this fall. Today, I write to share additional updates regarding KU’s situation and the challenges we face.
Wed, 05/20/2020

Guidance and next steps on reopening campus in the era of COVID-19

We have created a new document titled "Reopening of KU campuses in the era of COVID-19." This document summarizes steps we’ve taken so far and explains guiding principles and next steps for reopening campus for the fall semester.
Mon, 04/27/2020

Next steps toward addressing the impact of the pandemic

Today I write to share updates about KU’s situation and the financial challenges we face.
Thu, 04/23/2020

KU to distribute nearly $7.6 million in CARES Act funding to students

The University of Kansas will distribute $7,594,823 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding directly to students who have significant need and are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tue, 04/14/2020

Chancellor to host second virtual University Update on April 16

I write today to invite you to join me and other KU leaders for our next virtual University Update on Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. This discussion will focus on healthcare in our region, including the work our KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital are doing as part of the regional response.
Tue, 04/07/2020

Dave Cook named vice chancellor for public affairs and economic development

I am pleased to announce Dave Cook, vice chancellor of the Edwards campus and dean of the School of Professional Studies, will become our new vice chancellor for public affairs and economic development.
Wed, 03/25/2020

Carl Lejuez named provost at UConn

I am writing to let you know that one of our leaders will be departing the University of Kansas for a new opportunity. Earlier today, Carl Lejuez was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. Carl will begin his new role at UConn later this spring.
Tue, 03/24/2020

An update related to student safety and well-being

Today I join Director of Athletics Jeff Long to provide you an update on a matter related to student health and well-being.
Wed, 03/11/2020

A very important note regarding COVID-19

KU leaders have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. We know that some members of the Jayhawk community have been in areas with reported cases, and we don’t expect to be immune from this virus.
Thu, 03/05/2020

News regarding student safety and wellbeing

The safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff is our paramount responsibility as university leaders. With this in mind, we write you today to share troubling developments involving a contracted massage therapist and some of our student-athletes.
Mon, 03/02/2020

Update on coronavirus

As the circumstances surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve, I would like to update you on how the university is working to keep our community healthy. For updates, visit the university's dedicated coronavirus webpage.
Mon, 02/17/2020

Your work inspires our supporters

This week, on Thursday, February 20, we’re again bringing together supporters of our university for our third 24-hour giving campaign, "One Day. One KU." In addition to being an important event for our university, this occasion also provides an opportunity to thank each of you.
Thu, 02/06/2020

Join us for the first University Research Awards event April 22

Few of us need reminding of the grand challenges facing our society today. As one of our nation’s leading public research universities, KU has a special role in fostering a culture of research that addresses these challenges. As part of this effort, we’re hosting a new event this year that will celebrate the recipients of our university’s top research awards.
Fri, 01/31/2020

University of Kansas issues China travel restriction

Following actions from U.S. government agencies concerned about coronavirus, the University of Kansas has issued a travel restriction to China for all university faculty, staff, and students, effective immediately. No institution-related travel to China will be authorized or approved by the university.
Tue, 01/21/2020

The semester ahead

I hope you had a joyful holiday season and that you’re ready to start another productive year as a member of our university community. With classes beginning today, I would like to use this message to preview highlights for the spring semester and update you on key initiatives.
Fri, 01/10/2020

Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force recommendations

I am pleased to share the Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force's initial recommendations and applaud the task force for its outstanding work to develop these strategies during the past year.
Wed, 12/18/2019

Chancellor Gray-Little to have building named in her honor, receives Chancellor Emerita status

Today is a special day for our university as we have the occasion to celebrate a former chancellor’s many contributions to the University of Kansas and to our society.
Mon, 12/09/2019

Julie Murray named interim vice chancellor for public affairs

I am pleased to announce that Julie Murray, my chief of staff, will serve as interim vice chancellor for public affairs, effective today, while we work to identify a new permanent vice chancellor. Julie will continue to serve as chief of staff while serving as interim vice chancellor.
Fri, 12/06/2019

Barbara Bichelmeyer named provost and executive vice chancellor

It is my pleasure to announce Barbara Bichelmeyer as the next provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus. She will begin her new role in late February.
Fri, 11/15/2019

Thank you for helping to launch KU Strategic Planning 2020

Thank you for participating in Visioning Day, the kickoff to our strategic planning process, last week in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs


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Director of KU News