Campus updates


Chancellor's weekly update Oct. 14, 2020

Chancellor Girod hosts weekly Zoom updates to discuss how KU is managing the pandemic and working to reopen campus for the fall semester. Updates are approximately 15 minutes and shared on this page and via email every Wednesday.

Check back to this page frequently for updates on campus operations and KU’s COVID-19 response, as well as the latest messages from the offices of Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara A. Bichelmeyer.




Preparing for the Spring 2021 Semester 
Message from Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer
October 16 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


An Update on Attendance at Kansas Athletics Events 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
September 25 | Audience: Faculty and Staff


Introducing our weekly short-term forecast of COVID-19 cases 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
September 18 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


What to do if you need a COVID-19 test 
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer and Watkins Health Services Medical Director Pavika Saripalli, M.D.
September 16 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


A reminder of our expectations for you in the age of COVID-19 
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Tammara Durham
September 15 | Audience: Students


Updating our COVID-19 testing results 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
September 2 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


COVID-19 Information from Watkins Health Services 
Message from Watkins Healthcare Providers
September 1 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Message An update on attendance at Kansas Athletics competitions 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 31 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Updating our COVID-19 test results 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 28 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


County health department removes two Greek houses from quarantine list, adds one 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 27 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Nine sorority, fraternity houses issued quarantine orders by county health officials 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 26 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Latest results of COVID-19 entry testing 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 25 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Course Adaptions Update 
Message from Vice Provost for Academic Success Susan M. Klusmeier
August 24 | Audience: Instructors


Commitment and responsibility 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 23 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Pandemic Medical Advisory Team shares decision-making framework 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 21 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Confirming you have completed COVID-19 testing 
Message from Protect KU
August 21 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


We Can Do This, But We Have to Commit 
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
August 21 | Audience: Students


Course Withdrawal-100% Refund Period Extended 
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
August 21 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Updating our community on COVID-19 testing results 
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
August 20 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Relief Options for Faculty Facing Difficulties in Fulfilling Job Duties During the Pandemic 
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer and Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 20 | Audience: Faculty


Additional Course Logistics Info -- New Student Dashboard and more... 
Message from Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 20 | Audience: Instructors


KU IT is working to prepare the campus tech environment for your arrival 
Message from CIO Mary Walsh and Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 18 | Audience: Instructors


COVID-19 testing updates and reminders
Message from Protect KU
August 12 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


PLS communicate distance learning platform information to students
Message from Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 12 | Audience: Instructors


Health and Safety On Campus
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer 
August 11 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Event registration and approval process for fall semester
Message from Event Management and Protocol
August 11 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Start-of-term syllabus tactics and mask guidance
Message from Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 10 | Audience: Instructors

Action Needed: Download the CVKey app for access to campus buildings
Message from Vice Provost for Operations Mike Rounds
August 10 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff



Guidance on Grading Attendance for Fall 2020
Message from Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
August 5 | Audience: Instructors


Process for Receiving Student Requests for Online Course Adaptions
Message from Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown
July 30 | Audience: Instructors


About your fall schedule
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer 
July 29 | Audience: Students


Details on our $120 million fiscal year shortfall
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer and CFO Diane Goddard
July 23 | Audience: Faculty, Staff, GTAs, GRAs, GAs


How we are preparing for fall
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
July 21 | Audience: Faculty and Staff


International student status and course designations
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
July 7 | Audience: Faculty, Staff, GTAs, GRAs, GAs


Fall Semester - Protect KU and you
Message from Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
July 2 | Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff


Introducing the Protect KU plan and two new planning teams to inform Lawrence campus reopening
Message from Chancellor Doug Girod
June 29 | Audience: Faculty and Staff


KU to implement temporary salary savings plan, additional measures to address budget shortfall
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
June 19


Interim Policy: Requirement to wear face covering
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
June 18


Provost shares guidance for instructors preparing fall courses
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
June 15


Chancellor, Provost share latest components of fall reopening plan
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
June 15


New partnership to assist with updated protocol for accessing KU buildings
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
June 4


Retrieving work materials and belongings
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer and Vice Provost Rounds
May 29


Engaging together to design the future of KU
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
May 22


An update on Lawrence and Edwards financial challenges
Message from Chancellor Girod
May 21


Travel restrictions update
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
May 20


4 points clarifying KU's effort to resume in-person activity
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
May 18


Re-issuing phase II of on-campus research with updated opening schedule
Message from Vice Chancellor Atkinson and Vice Provost Rounds
May 13


Positioning KU for the long haul
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
May 8


Reawakening KU research
Message from VC Atkinson
May 5


Restoring the KU community
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
May 1


Update on graduate education
Message from Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts
May 1


Transition to remote learning: What we learned and tips for success
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 29


Applying for CARES Act financial support due to COVID-19
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 29


Financial challenges and next steps for KU
Message from Chancellor Girod
April 27


University to distribute federal CARES Act support to students
Message from Chancellor Girod, Provost Bichelmeyer
April 23


Update to grading and withdrawal options
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 21


Grading and Withdrawal Options
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 17


Summer youth programs and events to be canceled or moved online
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 17


Remote lessons learned and help moving forward
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 16


Updated security best practices for Zoom users
Message from CIO Mary Walsh and VP Chris Brown
April 10


Federal legislation provides new “emergency leave” categories
Message from VP Mike Rounds
April 10


Guidance on hiring freeze
Message from Vice Provosts Mike Rounds and Chris Brown
April 10


Graduate education and COVID-19
Message from Vice Provost for Graduate Education Jennifer A. Roberts
April 3


Parking refunds
Message from Vice Provost Mike Rounds
April 3


Hiring freeze, changes to Commencement, travel restrictions
Message from Chancellor Girod, Provost Bichelmeyer
April 2


Chancellor, Provost to livestream University Update on April 2 (VIDEO)
Message from Chancellor Girod
April 1


Spring 2020 grading for Lawrence, Edwards
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
April 1


Changes to academic policies and procedures
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
March 30


Resources for reporting concerns
Message from Vice Provost Mike Rounds
March 27


How Jayhawks can help
Message from Alumni Association President Peterson and Endowment President Seuferling
March 26


New links for town hall sessions + COVID-19 research funding
Message from Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research
March 26


Virtual town hall sessions for research
Message from Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research
March 24


Health order implications for Lawrence and Edwards
Message from Chancellor Girod, Provost Bichelmeyer, VC Cook
March 24


Resources for learning and life
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer, VP Durham
March 23


Suspension of non-essential research for Lawrence and Edwards
Message from Chancellor Girod, Provost Bichelmeyer, VC Atkinson
March 20


Building security
Message from Police Chief Keary
March 20


Maintaining community in a time of social distancing
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
March 19


A note to the KU community
Message from Senate Presidents
March 19


Working remotely and managing stress
Message from Vice Provost Mike Rounds
March 19


Classes to remain online, campus to decrease in-person presence
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
March 17


Financial policy changes for COVID-19
Message from VC for Research Simon Atkinson
March 17


Guidelines for travelers
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
March 15


Health planning updates
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
March 14


Health planning updates
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
March 13


Resources and support for moving classes online
Message from Faculty Development
March 13


Graduate education and COVID-19
Message from VP Jennifer Roberts
March 13


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on research
Message from Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research
March 12


A very important message regarding COVID-19
Message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer
March 11


Health, wellness, preparation and prevention
Message from Provost Bichelmeyer
March 6


Spring Break guidance
Message from Diana Malott
March 5


Update on coronavirus
Message from Chancellor Girod
March 2