The University of Kansas formed 10 work groups to help address challenges ahead of its anticipated fall reopening. The groups are chaired by various KU administrators.
KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said there are a number of still unknowns, but anticipates nearly 26% of the general use operating budget will be gone.
Chancellor Douglas Girod told members of the Kansas Board of Regents the University of Kansas anticipates a nearly 10% decrease in enrollment for the fall 2020 semester.
Many notable faculty members, such as Chancellor Douglas Girod, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer and coaches Les Miles and Bill Self, are taking a 10% pay cut to help lessen the financial impact of COVID-19.
The University of Kansas will receive over $15 million from the CARES Act. $7.6 million will go to students, but the remaining money has yet to be allocated.
After a shocking report ranked the University of Kansas fourth to last in social mobility out of 381 schools, a Student Senate ad hoc committee recently released a report with 12 recommendations for the University to retain and recruit Pell Grant eligible students.
The deadline for KU students to decide whether they would like to take their spring classes credit/no-credit has been extended to December 18, according to an email from Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer.
Chancellor Douglas Girod announced in a message to faculty that Dave Cook will leave his role as vice chancellor at the University of Kansas' Edwards campus to be the new vice chancellor of public affairs at the Lawrence campus.
The University of Kansas announced in an email that it will postpone commencement until late summer or early fall in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
University of Kansas students have until April 17 to opt for credit/no credit for the spring 2020 term. However, the University suggests students wait to make the change as the online system currently can't handle an influx of requests.
The University of Kansas donated around 20,000 RNA test kits, essential to the process of testing for COVID-19. The University acted after Gov. Laura Kelly requested the kits.
Carl Lejuez, who served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and was the former interim provost, announced on Twitter that he will leave the University of Kansas to be provost at the University of Connecticut.
Chancellor Douglas Girod and Athletics Director Jeff Long sent out a campus-wide email with updates regarding the ongoing investigation of former Kansas Athletics massage therapist, Shawn O'Brien. Earlier this year, O'Brien was arrested and charged on aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
The University of Kansas transit system, KU on Wheels, has modified its bus schedules and routes as classes have been moved online due to coronavirus concerns.