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What is the likelihood of continued changes to formats for classes?

The university plans to freeze course changes for existing course sections with any exceptions granted only on a case-by-case basis. We urge students to check the student portal regularly for any updates. We expect that room assignments will be final by the end of July.  As with any academic semester, sections may be added, or some sections dropped based on student enrollment changes during the add-drop period.   

What is the last day to add a class?

Course registration remains open through 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, August 21.  

Will changes continue after payments are due?

We have frozen any further changes in class format unless an exception is approved on a case-by-case basis. Student account statements will be generated on August 1 and emailed to the student’s UKY email address the first week in August. The payment due date is Saturday, August 22, 2020. 

If the majority or all of my classes are online, why am I paying out of state tuition?

A non-resident student will be billed the online tuition rate, which is the same for resident and non-resident students, for fully online courses. The University recently capped tuition and mandatory fees so that a student under no circumstances will pay above the approved tuition rate, irrespective of the mix of online, hybrid or in-person classes. That means most non-resident students enrolled in fully online courses will pay less than the cap because of the differential rate in tuition.  

If I have a housing assignment and cancel my housing and dining contract after July 15, am I responsible to pay the cancellation fees?

Yes. The Housing and Dining contract is set for the full academic year, and the cancellation fees apply when a student is enrolled full-time and if some or all the student’s academic instruction is either online, hybrid or in person. The student can submit an appeal of cancellation fees at this link: uky.edu/hdac, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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A “robust residential experience” includes more than just a place to sleep – it includes the value of our Living Learning Programs with resident assistants at a 1:40 ratio and a professional hall director in every residence hall. The LLPs provide co-curricular courses and in-building support systems for tutoring (e.g. The Study North at Jewell Hall; The Study South at Woodland Glen III, and The Study Central at the Boone Center). These are foundational in creating a high-impact learning environment. 

It was important in the development of a residential experience for students to live in the residence halls where students can take their classes online or face-to-face with instructors with the on-campus experience as their backdrop. Students who live in the residence halls will have access to resources that students who live off campus will not have such as resident directors, residence advisors, 24/7 desk coverage and state-of-the-art life safety amenities in beautiful facilities. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to engage in many social, cultural and academic experiences in face-to-face venues while staying physically distanced, six feet apart. 

Student health and safety were the guiding principles in the University of Kentucky’s restart plan. When developing the residential living on-campus program during COVID 19, we designed a place where students can live and learn safely while still receiving the best college experience as possible during the pandemic. When professors were asked to develop their curriculum and their instructional platform, they did so with the goal of being able to deliver the highest quality education amid evolving circumstances..  Many instructors have designed online instruction, while others have designed in-class instruction, and some are developing hybrid platforms. Regardless, students living on campus will be surrounded by other students, in a residential educational experience.  

Please know we are working hard now to develop and implement a robust experience for students beyond the classroom that keeps students safe and healthy, but also creates spaces for interactions and socialization that are so valuable to the residential experience. We will be unveiling details of that programming - such as a revamped K Week - in the coming days 

Why did you tell us you were going to return to normal and yet move so many classes online?

Our goal has always been to restart operations and provide a robust residential experience for our students. During a still fluid pandemic, we must be flexible to ensure both that residential experience and the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. A mix of class formats—in-person, online and a blend of those formats in hybrid courses—gives us the opportunity to provide an outstanding educational experience while keeping everyone involved safe. We are working to ensure that every new first-year student will have the opportunity for at least some in-person instruction this fall. At the same time, the residential experience offers value that goes beyond the classroom, from living learning communities to tutoring and other resources.

Can you explain the various class instruction delivery descriptions?

Traditional

myUK Course Catalog Description - In-Person

In-person courses are primarily held face-to-face on the main University of Kentucky campus.

Distance Learning - Internet, web-based

myUK Course Catalog Description - Fully Online

Online meetings are held fully online and do not require any in-person attendance.

Distance Learning - Hybrid

myUK Course Catalog Description - Hybrid

Hybrid courses have a blend of in-person and online instruction. They may include “alternating attendance” models (where different subsets of students attend in-person on different days), “flipped classrooms” (where students meet for working problems or discussions) and other models mixing in-person and online instruction.

Distance Learning - Compressed Video

myUK Course Catalog Description - Simulcast

Simulcast meetings are broadcast live to and from an in-person meeting to designated remote locations.

Off-Campus Course

myUK Course Catalog Description - Off-Campus

Off-Campus meetings are primarily held in-person at a designated off-campus location.

I understand that faculty have received additional training to improve online course teaching. But what is the accountability by the university that faculty will deliver a quality course?

Courses that are scheduled as entirely online (i.e., no in-person elements) may use a mix of live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) elements: in other words, live interaction and self-paced activities. In some cases, lectures will be “recorded” so that students can review them outside of class meetings and take advantage of “live” interaction to work through questions, problems, case studies and other applications. In other cases, online courses may conduct most class meetings live (in real time). Or, they could involve recorded (asynchronous, self-paced) activities with peer and instructor feedback. Faculty will choose a blend of these strategies that best aligns with their experience and expertise and the course content and goals, and that supports students’ learning. In addition, all first-year students have been provided an Apple iPad, which includes a specially designed app that provides direct links to additional resources and support. The university also has hired extra academic coaches and support to foster student success.

The university developed a quality design checklist that has been widely adopted by our faculty for the fall semester that can be found here.

What is the university doing to build community and belonging among students?

We have a group of student and academic life professionals solely devoted to reimagining opportunities for campus engagement, including hosting a K Week that still abides by our federal and state health guidelines. Beyond K Week, our team is working across many campus partners, including residence life and student organizations and activities, to devise ways for students to connect in meaningful ways through leadership opportunities, service projects, live music events and much more.

What is the university doing to help support students learning in an online format/modality?

The university provided comprehensive tools for both faculty and staff to help with online learning and instruction. Students can visit https://learnanywhere.uky.edu/ or faculty can visit https://teachanywhere.uky.edu/ for more information. The university prepared for increased utilization of online resources by significantly expanding its internet bandwidth.

Can you clarify how you quantified the percentage of courses with some in-person instruction and so many core courses for first-year students appear to be online?

The majority of class sections involve some in-person instruction. These can include traditional face-to-face sections as well as hybrid sections with a blend of in-person and online instruction. Given health and safety guidelines, we are trying to achieve the proper balance between in-person and online instruction. So, in this environment, that means for most students, they will have some combination of traditional, hybrid and online sections; this is true forabout 90% of our total student population and almost 97% of our freshman students.

Will a student lose scholarship money if he/she defers their semester or academic year?

The student can apply for a deferral, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the office of undergraduate admissions for more information at admissions@uky.edu.

My major is highly hands-on and does not lend itself to online learning. How will we be expected to learn when it may not be feasible or optimal?

Faculty have designed courses this fall using a variety of instructional strategies that best match the course goals and content, as well as their experience and expertise. These strategies range from self-paced activities with instructor and peer feedback, to live interaction in-person or via video conference. All student support resources and tutoring services will be available to students this fall either in person, remotely or both. Those services can be found at this Tutoring Resources Link.

What if I want to take all online courses?

Students should contact their academic advisor to change their schedule for sections with different learning instructional formats. If students have a documented need relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act, they should contact UK’s Disability Resource Center to discuss potential accommodations.

I saw the that Governor Beshear issued a travel advisory. How does that impact the University:

Governor Beshear has issued travel guidelines – not a mandate – asking people coming to Kentucky from states with high infection rates to quarantine. We are reviewing that advisory and take seriously its recommendations as we do all federal and state health guidance. As students return to campus next month, we will work with them – and everyone in our community – to ensure their health, safety and well-being. We have designed our residence halls to maximize health with one student per bedroom. And we have designed learning and course instruction this fall to ensure physical distancing and make provisions for alternative delivery if students need to isolate or quarantine for a period of time. Over the next several days, the university will be announcing further measures related to comprehensive efforts around testing, screening and contact tracing that underscore our commitment to safe and healthy campus community.