The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, with patients reporting cases of fever and acute respiratory illness. Since that time, other countries, including the U.S., have seen cases of the illness.
As a diverse and globally engaged research institution with a world-class academic medical center, the University of Kentucky has been closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and their potential impacts on the university community. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students is our highest priority. Visit our FAQ page to stay updated as we know more.
In a symbol of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered the Governor’s Mansion be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who has died in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In solidarity with that action, University of Kentucky buildings will also be lit green.
Recently, the university began notifying students who may be eligible for emergency funding assistance under provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Under the CARES Act guidelines, UK is eligible for $17.8 million. Half of that amount – more than $8.9 million – is to be directed toward aid to students, whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus.
More information can be found here.
Student eligibility information can be found through our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships here.
- Instruction has moved to online or other alternative learning formats through the summer term.
- Until further notice, all public buildings on campus will be locked for the safety of our community. We will continue communicating hours of operation for those buildings that must remain open to support students or other vital services. More information can be found here.
- UK Commencement Ceremonies will be postponed to ensure the safety of our students and their families, as well as our staff and faculty who participate. There will be a Commencement to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our Spring 2020 graduating class; we will schedule it for a time when we are able to do so in a healthy and safe environment. This does not change the semester completion date for our students, nor does it affect the timeline for students earning their degrees. We are only postponing the graduation ceremony and public celebration.
- All information regarding the university budget, as well as employee leave policies, benefits, health insurance and financial well-being as it relates to COVID-19 can be found here.
- Supervisors and department chairs should provide maximum flexibility to our employees who need to work remotely in the short-term and in the weeks to come so they can manage personal, family, and health needs in response to the spread of the virus and the closures of schools and businesses across the Commonwealth.
For a full list of campus services and their hours of operations, including housing, dining, libraries and more, visit this page.
University Health Services
For medical attention, please contact University Health Service at 859-323-4636.