KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Kansas announced Monday changes to its academic calendar and class offerings in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a message to the university, Chancellor Douglas Girod said classes would start as planned on Aug. 24, but then all in-person classes would conclude before Thanksgiving.
Finals and a study week would be held remotely after Thanksgiving, with Labor Day and Fall Break removed from the schedule.
Girod also said that while the university is prioritizing the “in-person classroom experience to the greatest extent possible,” the school will also offer other forms of instruction for students and faculty seeking alternatives.
Additionally, on-campus housing and dining will be offered in the fall, though the move-in process will be staggered for increased social distancing. The university anticipates on-campus housing will operate near their capacities.
“While no one can ever promise complete safety to another – this was true prior to COVID-19 and will be true after – we are so appreciative of all the people who are giving tireless effort in campus workgroups to explore options that support greater safety for our campus,” Girod wrote.