Suspension of All Non-Essential Research
Learn more: COVID-19 Research-Related FAQs
Student Research Activities and Time to Degree
In some cases, the research closures taking place to ensure the health and safety of our campus community may substantially limit the progress students are able to make toward their degree requirements this semester. We are actively advising faculty that student performance in coursework and research hours should be evaluated within the context of what is possible to achieve amidst our current public health crisis. Some considerations for units moving forward include:
- Do travel or lab restrictions prevent students from completing their thesis/dissertation?
- Are there alternate ways to complete study?
- Can another activity be added (instead of restricted activity) that meets the intellectual rigor of the degree?
- At what point will continued restrictions significantly delay your students?
- What is the extent of the delays?
- What is the nature of the delays?
- How will the delays impact student support (GRA/Fellowship/GTA)?
Extension of Maximum Time to Degree
We are relaxing the University-level policies concerning maximum allowable tenure to complete graduate degrees for all who are affected by the COVID-19 developments. If a graduate student is enrolled in a Lawrence- or Edwards-campus program during the spring 2020 semester, they are eligible to opt for a one-year extension of their maximum allowable time to degree. They will be able to elect this extension at any point prior to the end of the final semester for their current program. This COVID-19 extension is available to students even if they have already been granted a one-time extension according to the established University petition processes, but it is not additive to COVID-19 extensions already in place at the students' School or College.
Departments and Schools may have more stringent time limits and expectations concerning time to degree. Students must also maintain good standing in their program to be eligible for this extension. Graduate coursework can also expire after ten years, requiring students to repeat it. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor and their research supervisor to discuss the specifics of their situation and determine how they are best able to continue making progress during these unprecedented circumstances. Please also note that an extension of the maximum allowable tenure to complete a degree does not imply any extension or availability of funding during the extension period.
Security Tips for Remote Research
When learning and working remotely, it's important to know how to safeguard your devices and data. This can be especially important with research. The on-campus computing environment is more structured and KU Information Technology has security measures in place to protect you and the information you access. When you’re at home or another off-campus location, more of the responsibility for security and privacy falls on you.
The following information provides the basics to help you learn and work remotely while staying safe. Each section below has a “Learn more…” link to more detailed information on KU's IT Security website.
Make sure your home network is secure and provides connection speeds necessary to support your work.
- Important: Make sure your home network is password protected. Change the default password on your router and any other equipment.
- During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some internet providers are offering free connections or upgraded service.
Zoom recently made a change to its default screen sharing settings for Education accounts to increase security and privacy. This update changed the default sharing setting to “Host Only,” which means hosts must choose to allow others to share content in a meeting. Still, it’s important to be aware and take steps to safeguard your meetings.
- Follow the steps in this Knowledge Base article to control who can join your meeting and what they can share.
- Don’t post meeting links on publicly available websites. Post meeting links only in Blackboard or send through email, Blackboard email or in an Outlook invitation.
- Keep your video conferencing apps up-to-date.
- Be on the lookout for emails and meeting invitations from unknown senders or look-a-like domains (kansas.zoom.info).
Guard Your Privacy and Devices
Always protect your computer and what you’re doing on it.
- Lock your computer when you step away—every time.
- Be aware of who is around you, and what they can see and hear. Consider a privacy filter for your monitor to limit the viewable angle.
- Move to a private location for calls where confidential or sensitive information might be discussed.
- If sharing a home computer, make sure family members or roommates can’t access confidential information. Consider setting up a separate work profile and log in password on your home computer.
- Store your laptop and bags out of sight in your vehicle, preferably in the trunk.
Thank you for your efforts to protect yourself and the KU community while teaching, learning and working off campus. We encourage you to explore KU's IT Security website to learn about other ways you can protect yourself both on and off campus.