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New Campus COVID-19 Policies Begin June 14

Starting June 14, we will implement new COVID-19 policies on campus. These policies reflect current recommendations of the CDC, direction from state government, guidance from health department officials and the counsel of our own START team of health scientists and clinicians.

Investing in Our People: Our Budget Priorities For FY 2021-22

Next month, we will present our FY 2021-22 operating and capital budget proposal to our Board of Trustees. This budget proposal reflects our values and underscores our mission to advance Kentucky through education, research, service and health care. We reflect those values in how we allocate the resources entrusted to us.  

Returning to On-Campus Operations

I’m pleased to announce additional steps – and some details – regarding our plan to return to normal operations, beginning with our policies for employees transitioning from remote or hybrid work, back to our physical spaces on campus.  

Vaccinated Individuals No Longer Required to Screen

Starting next week, we will shift our requirements related to the daily attestation, or daily screener, for members of the campus community (non-healthcare faculty, staff and students) who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have submitted proof of vaccination to the university.  

Kroger Field Vaccine Clinic Demobilizes, Vaccine Operations Transition to UK HealthCare Pharmacies

The University of Kentucky Kroger Field COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will transition its operations after May 14, following decreasing levels of COVID-19 vaccine demand. Beginning Wednesday, May 19, on-campus vaccine operations will move to clinical and pharmaceutical settings operated by UK HealthCare.

Reflecting on What We Have Done; Looking to the Future

Over the last year, we have honored our values and mission more deeply than ever before in our history. That commitment to our values is so important because our state has never needed us more. In the budget I will propose to our board in June, we will put forward investments that will help us continue our progress.

UK Housing & Residence Life

Because of declining rates of COVID-19 in our community and increasing rates of student COVID-19 vaccinations on campus, residence halls will operate at normal capacity during the fall 2021 semester.

Our Commitment to Students

We’ve recently worked to significantly hold down annual tuition increases, while investing more in scholarships and grants that don’t have to be repaid and that are particularly targeted to students with the most need. We plan to strengthen that commitment to students even more in the coming year.

UK will temporarily pause J&J vaccines; continue administering Pfizer

We are now administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines to our UK community. Doing so will continue to help keep communities across the state and country safer and promote broader immunity more quickly.

Vaccinations: Our Progress and Next Steps

Late yesterday, we met another important milestone in our efforts to make our community safer: We administered our 200,000th vaccine dose in the fight against COVID-19. Over the last year, we have stepped up to meet every challenge, no matter how daunting. I am proud to be part of a community so committed to its people.