The following message was sent to the KU campus community Monday, March 30.
Dear KU Campus Community,
The State System presidents received direction from the chancellor this morning regarding 2020 summer sessions and other planned summer activities at our universities.
In keeping with the strategy being pursued by the governor to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and in the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the chancellor is directing:
Continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.
That university presidents cancel, postpone or move to a remote delivery modality all face-to-face events (both academic and non-academic) that have been or would have been scheduled during the summer 2020 months. Presidents may grant exceptions where programs can be managed to ensure the health and safety of the participants and broader community.
That no in-person experiential learning occur, including but not limited to clinical rotations, student teaching, internships, field experiences, and other types of academically-related placements. Classroom faculty and experiential learning supervisors shall continue to provide remote-learning opportunities for students to achieve appropriate learning outcomes. Presidents may grant exceptions to students in extraordinary circumstances.
At this time, summer is defined as any event or activity prior to our August 22nd move-in weekend for fall 2020. However, we will evaluate this timeline regularly, and depending on the status of the pandemic, will adjust accordingly.
While we do not have all of the answers as to how these changes will impact our campus at this time, please know that we will work to do what is necessary to ensure the long-term success of our university.
Thank you all for your understanding, patience and cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and please stay healthy.
Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson