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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, lights on 21 of UK’s buildings will burn green from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for four nights in remembrance of the 45 people who have died from the coronavirus in Kentucky.

Instruction and University Operations

Instruction has moved to online or other alternative learning formats, effective March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. All summer courses will also be moved to online or remote learning formats.

  • Students should make plans to return to their residences away from campus to continue their studies remotely through the end of the semester. All information regarding moving out of residence halls can be found here. 
  • Please note: residents living in graduate and family housing in Greg Page, Rose Lane, Roselle, Shawneetown, University Flats – Graduate Wing and LTS apartments are not being asked to move out.
  • We are requiring students to return to their homes unless they receive approval to remain on campus. Any students who believe they should qualify for an exemption for move-out should email or call 859-257-1866.
  • Students who moved from UK Housing by March 27 will receive a prorated credit for housing and meal plan costs for the rest of the semester. More information can be found here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Travel Suspended

All University-sponsored or endorsed international travel is suspended indefinitely. There is an appeals process. All University-sponsored or endorsed domestic travel is strongly discouraged. 

On Monday, March 30, Governor Beshear also asked Kentuckians not to travel out of state unless it’s for essential business or activities. Those who travel to another state for nonessential business or activities will be asked to quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Due to the U.S. Department of State's travel advisory and UK's suspension on international travel, UK Education Abroad & Exchanges (EA) is not offering summer 2020 education abroad programs. Students who planned to participate in a summer education abroad program have been contacted by EA with this decision and further updates.

EA is working with its overseas partners and providers to ensure consistency in messaging and support. If a student’s partner provider (e.g., Arcadia, ISA, KIIS, etc.) cancels a program unilaterally, students will need to contact the partner directly to determine refunds; however, all UK-related education abroad fees will be refunded to summer participants because of the international travel suspension.

Students with questions about summer education abroad programs should e-mail or call 859-257-4067.

International Center

For questions related to travel restrictions, please contact UK's International Center at 859-218-4961.

Counseling Center

If you're feeling anxious or have concerns, you're not alone. We encourage students to reach out to our Counseling Center at 859-257-8701. Employees can contact UK's Work+Life Counseling at 859-257-8763. 

University Health Services

For medical attention, please contact University Health Service at 859-323-4636.