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Graduate Education & COVID-19

The information on this page is tailored to graduatuate students, graduate faculty, and graduate staff administrators. If you have questions related to how COVID-19 is affecting services at the University of Kansas, please visit CORONAVIRUS.KU.EDU. If you have questions about how to access and navigate online learning resources, please visit REMOTE.KU.EDU.

Note: If you're not finding the resources or answers you need, please let us know by contacting us directly at or by submitting to our KU Graduate Studies Suggestion Box.

A Message from the Vice Provost

Dear Graduate Students, Graduate Faculty, and Graduate Staff Administrators:

The COVID-19 crisis has required us all to change how we live and work. It has altered academic plans, interrupted research, and required the rapid implementation of polices and systems that would normally undergo months of vetting. In the interest of protecting our communities, we are staying physically isolated. Yet what the pandemic underscores is that no matter how far apart we are, or how alone we might feel, we are all in this together. The Office of Graduate Studies is grateful for your contributions and the innovative spirit with which you are tackling these unprecedented challenges. We are also heartened by your care and encouragement of one another as you move into remote learning and teaching. Know that our Office is here to support you—if there are resources and/or information you’re currently missing that we can help provide, please let us know. Together, we will get through this crisis and hopefully emerge all the stronger and more connected on the other side.

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.

Communications Archive

For an archive of communications related to COVID-19 sent to KU graduate students by the Office of Graduate Studies, please click here.

FAQ for Current & Prospective Graduate Students

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; current students should e-mail 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.

Virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The University of Kansas hosted a Virtural Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 16, 2020. A recording of the ceremony is available below.

Prospective Student Campus Visits

As circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve, university officials are monitoring the spread of the disease and taking steps to keep our community healthy. Programs must follow the same guidelines for domestic and international travel, which means that university-sponsored visits of graduate students are not allowed. Departments are encouraged to host virtual events so that students can receive pertinent information in a timely manner. Please email if you'd like assistance hosting a virtual event.

Prospective students who reach out to our office will be encouraged to contact their program of interest for information about virtual options.

Please continue to visit for additional details about campus plans.

Student Travel

Lawrence and Edwards Campus scholars who need to travel domestically for essential work-related purposes may take part in selected inbound and outbound travel, provided individuals follow certain guidelines. Please coordinate with your department chair to request travel authorization in addition to filing a travel request authorization through your SSC. Please note that at this time international travel and all conference travel is not essential.

The Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund will resume accepting applications July 1, 2020. If you will incur costs by attending and presenting at a virtual conference, please apply through this link.  

A Guide for Using Zoom

Advising staff in the College have developed instructions (PDF) for graduating students to present their final defense utilizing Zoom. Additional Zoom resources are available for committee meetings, comprehensive exams, etc. on the KU Zoom website.

CTE Help for Rapid Remote Teaching

First Steps
Please check information about rapid remote teaching at, under the tab “Teaching.” It includes many helpful suggestions, from first steps to class discussions to modifying assessments.
Individual Consultations
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will have remote office hours for GTAs throughout the first two weeks of April. Office hours will be daily from 11AM–1PM and can be used to discuss any questions or concerns GTAs may have about transitioning their GTA duties online. Sign up for office hours here, check out the resources that have been made available about teaching remotely, and contact with any questions.

To support graduate students facing financial hardship during this crisis, please donate to the Graduate Student Emergency Fund.

If you are a graduate student in need of emergency funding, please learn more and apply here


Donate to the Graduate Student Emergency Fund
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Find additional resources regarding online teaching & learning during the COVID-19 outbreak at REMOTE.KU.EDU.

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