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Reinventing Normal

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.

View the Emergency Operations Center Return to Safe and Normal Operations Contingency Plan here.
View the START (Screening, Testing and Tracing to Accelerate Restart and Transition) Charge here.

Our Restart Process

A campus operational plan will outline four different scenarios for the fall 2020 semester:

  1. "Normal" start
  2. Delayed start
  3. Hybrid semester
  4. Fully online semester

View Our Concept Plans and Process

Latest Updates

Between April 26 and April 28, teams were formed and asked to draft parallel concept papers for four different restart options. Teams were then asked to present their concept papers May 11-12. The university consolidated the ideas and circulated them for campus-wide input. Currently, workstream leaders are incorporating the input from our community to build out within the 19 workstreams.

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Guiding Principles

As always, we start with guiding principles:

  • We will plan for a reinvented sense of normal operations on the first day of classes.
  • We will, in everything that we do, work to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community.
  • We will incorporate other mission-critical areas into our overall plan. Health care, research and facilities management are working through detailed re-start plans. Athletics also is working on an operations plan in coordination with the Southeastern Conference.
  • We will think through issues that may alter our plans, create planning scenarios and communicate clearly at each step.

Our Teams

We’ve asked four groups to work independently from each other to encourage creative thinking and distinct ideas. The teams already have begun meeting and brainstorming and made initial reports mid-May. They are comprised of students, faculty and staff from across campus and are led by:

  • Associate Dean Anna Bosch (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Assistant Provost Katie Cardarelli (Office of Faculty Advancement)
  • Associate Provost Sue Roberts (UK International Center)
  • Dean Robert DiPaola (College of Medicine) is leading the START Workgroup – Screening, Testing and Tracing to Accelerate Restart and Transition

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Restart Teams and Organizational Structure