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We plan to open in August for our fall semester. 

The distinctive residential educational experience we provide at UK has attracted thousands of students from across Kentucky, the country and the globe. That experience is critical for the future. This differentiated education will be more necessary than ever to help us and our students meet the ongoing and daunting new challenges our world must now confront.

To reach our goal, we must act quickly over the next month-and-half to reinvent or reimagine what is normal in the wake of this public health crisis. To that end, we want to share with you the process we will undertake and the guiding principles to be followed.

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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.

Who We Are

Our playbook to return to a reinvented and reimagined campus this fall is the culmination of the work of more than 500 people across our campus over the course of more than three months.

In an important sense, it underscores the deep commitment of an entire campus – a campus community committed to the mission of the University of Kentucky to educate, to serve, to conduct research and to provide care.

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How to Help

Looking for a way to get involved? Visit the page below to read more information on our Basic Needs and Persistence Fund, how to donate blood and how to submit a note through Expressions of Gratitude.

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