On Wednesday, March 11, the Kansas Board of Regents voted to allow state university chief executive officers to make changes to their academic calendars in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and asked each institution's CEO to make a determination about the best method for delivering courses as part of their response.
All state universities have now announced decisions to suspend face-to-face instruction until further notice, moving classes to a virtual format. Kansas State University has announced that in-person instruction will be suspended for the duration of the semester.
Each institution is taking additional action to respond to COVID-19. Students and employees at any of the state universities can find updates about these steps on each institution's page.
Emporia State University COVID-19 Information
Fort Hays State University COVID-19 Information
Kansas State University COVID-19 Information
Pittsburg State University COVID-19 Information
University of Kansas COVID-19 Information
Wichita State University COVID-19 Information
Washburn University has also announced that it is suspending face-to-face instruction. For more information, please visit Washburn's COVID-19 webpage.
Community and Technical College Information
For more information about actions technical colleges are taking in response to COVID-19, please visit the Kansas Technical Colleges website
Institutions' websites may also provide information for students and employees about the impacts of COVID-19.
March Board Meeting Information
The Board will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. However, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be held in a virtual format, with Regents and most presenters joining the meeting remotely.
As with in-person meetings in Topeka, the virtual meeting will be live streamed on the Regents’ website. While the current plan is to have an option for the public to listen to the meeting at the Board office, all are encouraged to use the live stream.
The Board’s live stream will be available at https://www.kansasregents.org/board_meeting_live_stream.
The agenda for the March meeting will be available at https://www.kansasregents.org/about/regent_meetings_agendas_and_minutes.
The Regents will no longer conduct a campus visit at the Medical Center on March 19.
Board Chair Statement
KBOR Chair Shane Bangerter issued the following statement in response to COVID-19:
The Kansas Board of Regents is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 public health challenge. The health and safety of students and employees is of the utmost importance, and we are working with state universities to support them in their response to COVID-19.
At this time, the Board is asking each CEO to decide the educational delivery system for their university. Because geography and circumstances are different, these decisions are weighty ones that must prioritize health on campuses, while also taking into account the academic success of students and possible consequences for students with limited financial resources.
Leadership at state universities will evaluate their situations, carefully consider guidance provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and other public health agencies, and ultimately take all appropriate measures to protect the health of students, faculty and staff.
I encourage all students and employees to listen to the instructions provided by public health experts, including proper hygiene and staying home if you are sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for administrators at higher education institutions to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For public health information and updates on COVID-19, please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 page.