FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020
Statement from Regents Chair Shane Bangerter on COVID-19 impact
(Topeka, Kan.) - Today, the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) chair released the following statement about the impacts of COVID-19 on the state universities:
“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.”
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.