Update to Mask Requirement (5/27/21)


Consistent with new federal, state and county guidelines, the University of Kansas is rescinding its mask policy and will now make masks optional – not required – for all individuals on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, effective May 27, 2021. Exceptions include public transportation (in accordance with a CDC order) and campus healthcare facilities, which will still require masks.

In addition, the Lawrence and Edwards campuses will move to Level 2 on our continuum of operational states, which means shifting from “low density” to “moderate density” for the first time since the pandemic began. In practical terms, this means you can expect to see larger events – such as student orientation – and more employees returning to campus in the days ahead.

Since the pandemic began, KU has had no known COVID-19 transmissions within our classroom or research settings, and no outbreaks stemming from university events. This success is the result of our responsiveness to science-based guidelines set forth by the CDC, local health organizations, and our Pandemic Medical Advisory Team. We will continue to make decisions based on the guidance of these entities.

Read the related message from Chancellor Doug Girod and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer.