Frequently Asked Questions
K Week is UK's fall welcome week for new students and is an opportunity for the entire University community to celebrate the start of a new school year. K Week 2012 begins on Friday, August 17, and continues through Saturday, August 25.
Do I have to attend K Week?
All new students are expected to attend K Week. Attending K Week events is the best way to meet people and become better acquainted with campus and University resources before the start of fall semester classes. K Week offers a range of activities designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of UK students. Each day features one K Team Meeting and one or two K Week Key Events. These events are the best of the best and should not be missed! All new students are expected to attend Key Events and are encouraged to attend as many other K Week events as possible. Taking full advantage of K Week will help you get the best start at the University of Kentucky!
What if I cannot attend a K Week Key Event?
Although there is no penalty for missing Key Events, it is to your detriment to do so. K Week activities are designed to meet the needs of new students. Students who do not take full advantage of the activities and resources available to them will be at a disadvantage compared to other new students. While you may be upset about skipping a vacation or family event to attend K Week, you should remember that you only begin college once and should devote your time and attention to getting a good start.
Why are all new students expected to attend K Week?
Orientation at the University of Kentucky is a two-step process. The first step is Merit Weekend or Summer Advising Conferences, and K Week is the second step. K Week is not a repeat of the information that was presented at Merit Weekend or Summer Advising Conferences. Each of the two steps is vitally important to getting off on the right foot at UK.
Will I receive information about K Week in the mail?
All new students will be mailed a reminder about K Week over the summer. Students will receive a complete schedule of events when they arrive on campus on Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18. The K Week schedule is also available online.
What is the K Book, and when will I get a copy of it?
The K Book is UK's comprehensive student life handbook. It is written for new students by current UK students and is full of information that new students need to know to start their first year at UK. All new students should read it from cover to cover and keep it with them throughout their time on campus. You will receive a copy of the K Book in the mail late this summer. If you do not receive a copy of the K Book by the time you arrive on campus, please send an email to KWeek@lsv.uky.edu. You may also want to make sure your contact information is up-to-date on myUK (https://myUK.uky.edu).
What is a K Team?
A K Team is a small group of 10-15 new students led by a member of the K Crew. K Teams kick off during K Week and are designed to immediately introduce new students to a group of friends that they can attend events with. K Teams will also stay in contact throughout your entire first year on campus, with your K Crew leader serving as a resource to answer questions and help connect you to the University and community. All freshmen will be assigned a K Team when they move into their dorm. Off-Campus and Transfer students will be assigned K Teams at the K Week kick- off event on Friday August 17. More information can be found here.
Which K Week events can my parents and family attend?
Parents, families, and guests of UK students are invited to a number of activities on Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 20, including information sessions, the New Student Induction Ceremony, and Parents and Families Reception. More information will be mailed to families of new students over the summer. Student-only K Week programming begins at 7pm on Saturday, August 20. If parents and families have not already registered with the UK Parent Association they are encouraged to do so online at www.uky.edu/Parents. The UK Parent Association will also be communicating with parents about K Week events.
When can I move into my residence hall?
New students can move into their residence halls on Friday, August 17 (the University's Official Move-in Day), and Saturday, August 18, during times designated by the Housing Office. New UK students participating in sorority recruitment, orientation for international students, and/or marching band camp will move in at earlier designated times. More information can be found here.
Do students living off campus have to check in for K Week?
Yes, all freshmen NOT living in University housing should check-in for K Week in order to receive a copy of the K Week schedule of events as well as their K Team assignment. Off-campus Student Check-in will take place on Friday, August 17 from 7:30PM - 8PM on Johnson Center Fields. Transfer students wishing to opt-in to a K Team may also check in during this time.
Who should I contact with questions about move-in or housing assignments?
Contact the Housing Office at (859) 257-1866.
Do I have to participate in K Week if I moved in early as part of sorority recruitment, orientation for international students, marching band camp, or an athletic team?
Yes, all new students are expected to attend K Week.
What is UK FUSION (UK For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods)?
UK FUSION is one of the most popular events on the K Week schedule! Teams of 15-20 members of the University community (new students, upperclassmen, faculty and staff) will spend approximately 3 hours on Monday, August 20, working on community service projects throughout Lexington and Fayette County. During last year's FUSION, over 1,200 members of the University community gave their time to more than 80 community service agencies and neighborhoods making FUSION the largest community service event in the state of Kentucky. UK FUSION is a wonderful way to meet people and make a difference in the community.
What is the Common Reading Experience?
The purpose of the Common Reading Experience (CRE) is to engage the entire UK community in a common intellectual experience. Each year students, faculty, and staff read a common book and participate in year-long programming which focuses on the book's themes and issues. For more information, visit About the Common Reading Experience.
Do I have to read The Unforgiving Minute ?
It is expected that you read The Unforgiving Minute and attend your K Week Discussion Group. Not only will you enjoy a common academic experience with your K Team and the rest of your class, but you'll get to experience a collegiate-level academic discussion with other students - all before classes even start. The program will prepare you for what to expect in some collegiate classes, while allowing you to learn from your peers. You do not want to be the one to miss out on this great introductory experience.
How do I get a copy of The Unforgiving Minute ?
New students will receive a FREE copy of The Unforgiving Minute during Merit Weekend and Summer Advising Conferences. If you did not pick up a copy of the book, please e-mail CommonReading@lsv.uky.edu.
How do I find out my CRE discussion group assignment?
You will participate in your CRE discussion with your K Team and K Crew leader. The location of your discussion session will be determined by your K Crew leader and communicated to you prior to Tuesday. If for some reason you are not in touch with your K Crew leader prior to Tuesday contact KWeek@lsv.uky.edu to receive contact information for him/her and to find out where your discussion session will be held.
When will the CRE discussion groups be held??
Small group discussions about The Unforgiving Minute will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 3:45PM-4:45PM at a location to be determined by your K Crew leader. For more information, visit K Week Discussion Group Assignment.
What do I need to bring to the CRE discussion group?
Bring your copy of the book and your QLC. It's always great to remember a pen, just in case you want to jot down some notes!
What are the college meetings on Tuesday, August 21?
All colleges will be holding meetings with their new undergraduate students on Tuesday, August 23. All new students are expected to attend their designated meeting, including those students who have not yet declared a major. Specific times and locations will be provided in the complete K Week schedule. If you have specific questions, please contact your college.
Do I have to attend a college meeting if I have not declared a major yet?
Yes, students who have not yet declared a major will be meeting with Undergraduate Studies and should refer to the complete K Week schedule for information on the time and location of that meeting.
What is We Are UK?
We Are UK is a street festival celebrating the unique talents, interests, and cultures found within the UK community. We Are UK includes a variety of free food, live performances, and fun activities and will take place on Tuesday, August 21, behind Memorial Hall from 5PM - 8PM.
I still have questions about K Week. Where can I get answers?
Send an email to Alexa Ackermann at KWeek@lsv.uky.edu or call (859) 257-6597 Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.