Dear Graduate Students, Professional Students, Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff:
We are living in a challenging time for our country, for the University of Kansas, and for each of us individually. The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way we live and work, prompting feelings of fear and uncertainty and distancing us from one another. In some cases, these fears have perpetuated xenophobic rhetoric and prompted anti-Asian discrimination. The appalling violence against the Black community, including the recent murder of George Floyd as well as countless other instances of racial injustice, have also made us starkly aware of the biases that continue to taint our society.
The University of Kansas is not immune to the virus, xenophobic rhetoric, or the effects of systemic racism. The Office of Graduate Studies is committed to listening, growing, and taking action to combat the institutional inequities faced by Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. Discriminating against others because of their race, ethnicity, or national origin is antithetical to the inclusive learning community that we aspire to be. Should you witness or experience discrimination or harassment, please use these resources to report the behavior. We are fully dedicated to undertaking the critical, ongoing work of creating a more diverse and inclusive experience for our graduate community.
As we together navigate the challenges of the pandemic, the Office of Graduate Studies is also working to protect the health and wellbeing of all of our graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff. KU will operate in-person this fall while taking the full measure of precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible in addition to offering extensive remote options for students at all levels. You can read about how Jayhawks are taking a proactive, science-based approach to reopening campus and curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Protect KU online guide, where you will also find numerous resources and the latest updates about campus procedures. The Office of Graduate Studies has also created a COVID-19 resource hub specific to the graduate student community on this webpage.
Transformative change is rarely easy. Working toward a more just society, and reconfiguring the campus environment to ensure the safety of the KU community during the pandemic, will require collaboration, cooperation, creativity, and hard work. The graduate community at KU routinely exhibits these strengths, and I feel confident in our ability to support one another through this time of change and emerge all the stronger and more connected on the other side.
Please know that the Office of Graduate Studies is here to support you, and we are listening—if there are resources and/or information that you’re currently missing, if you have concerns or unmet needs, or if you simply have feedback for our office, please let us know.
With great gratitude,
Jennifer A. Roberts
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
For an archive of additional communications related to COVID-19 sent by the Office of Graduate Studies, please click here
University of Kansas students, faculty and staff will use the CVKey symptom checker app
this fall for entry into campus buildings. If you will be attending classes or working on campus during the fall semester, download the CVKey symptom checker at an Apple App Store
or on Google Play
If you downloaded the CVKey app to participate in the pilot this summer, you must delete the beta version and add the public version of the app (see instructons
The CVKey app asks questions regarding your current state of health and your travel history. You will be required to complete the health assessment each day you plan to be on campus. If your answers meet the required health status, the app will generate a QR code for you to scan at building entrances. If your answers indicate a possible risk for COVID-19 infection, the app will direct you to contact a health care provider. If you choose not to use the CVKey app, you will be required to print off and complete a paper health assessment
form each day and carry it with you while on campus.
The CVKey app was built with privacy in mind. The self-assessment and health-related information is strictly confined to your mobile device. No personal health data is shared or stored outside the mobile device. The only information the QR code provides when scanned is a simple yes or no indication of whether your health assessment meets the criteria to enter the building that day. The app cannot be used for other functions, such as location tracking or contact tracing.
The CVKey symptom checker app was created by the CVKey Project, a nonprofit initiative co-founded by KU alumnus and former Google vice president Brian McClendon. KU was the first community to test the CVKey app in a two-month pilot project earlier this summer. Dozens of KU researchers, faculty and staff used the app this summer to access select research buildings.
COVID-19 has no nationality, no ethnicity, no race, no gender. If you believe you have been the target of racism or some other form of discrimination and harassment, please report the incident to Institutional Opportunity and Access at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 785-864-6414. For additional support, you can also contact the Office of Diversity and Equity at email@example.com
or 785-864-4904. A full list of reporting resources can be found here
For an archive of communications related to COVID-19 sent to KU graduate students by the Office of Graduate Studies, please click here
Prospective and current graduate students can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding academic degree progress and graduate school applications on our COVID-19 FAQ page
. If you don't find the answers or resources you need, please contact us directly. Prospective students should e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
; current students should e-mail email@example.com
. In addition to this list of FAQ, graduate students are encouraged to explore the COVID-19 resource hub on this website (see tiles below), to view the latest information on KU’s COVID-19 website
, and to review KU's resources related to remote learning