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Protect KU Edwards Campus: Reopening safety precautions and resources

This page was last updated on Oct. 7, 2020.

Jayhawks are taking a proactive, science-based approach to reopening campus and curbing the spread of COVID-19. As we welcome you back to campus, we are focused on keeping you safe while continuing to provide a world-renowned education. 

Visit protect.ku.edu for an outline of Protect KU, the full University of Kansas return-to-campus plan. The KU Edwards Campus is part of this plan. Please make sure you review it. The information on this page shows how Protect KU is being applied to the specific spaces and operations of the Edwards Campus and a few adaptations based on what is unique to this campus.

COVID-19 testing at the KU Edwards Campus 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider. Testing is available from numerous providers in the Kansas City metro area. One option is the KU Health System Swab Clinic; learn more and schedule a testing appointment by calling 913-588-1600. If you call the KU Health System Swab Clinic, be sure to communicate your location and discuss costs and payment. For more information about receiving testing, please review this memo from KU’s provost and note the unique options for KU Edwards Campus students, faculty and staff. Keep checking Protect KU for the latest testing information.

Mandatory entry testing is complete. KU is now performing randomized prevalence testing and testing of close contacts – someone who comes within six feet of a confirmed positive individual for 10 minutes or more. Close contacts of positive individuals are required to self-quarantine. As part of the randomized sampling, you may receive an email inviting you to participate in a test, and we encourage you to participate. Find more information in this letter from Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. This approach allows the university to continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and provide insights that the Pandemic Medical Advisory Team can use as it makes decisions and provides guidance regarding campus operations. 

Please visit Protect KU for instructions on how to prepare for a test and answers to frequently asked questions.

CVKey: KU’s health monitoring app

Please refer to the Health & Wellness section of Protect KU for information on CVKey, KU's health monitoring app.

CVKey kiosks will be available at the following entrances at the KU Edwards Campus: BEST Building west entrance, BEST Building east entrance, Regents Center east entrance, Regnier Hall west entrance, Regnier Hall east entrance (hallway between Regnier Hall and Regents Center). 

Student services and advising 
All student services remain available virtually.

Make a virtual advising appointment.

The KU Edwards Campus Psychological Clinic is offering virual appointments.

The mothering room remains open.

The prayer room remains open and is limited to one person at a time.

On-site printing is available for KUEC students in the East Lobby of the BEST Building.

Outdoor socially distanced seating space is available for breaks and studying.

If you need anything while on campus or have questions before you arrive, please call (913) 897-8400.

For more information on KU's overall Protect KU plan for students, visit protect.ku.edu/students.
What if I, as a student, do not feel comfortable with my course format (online or in-person)?
If you need to change your course format (online or in-person), you will need to complete a course adaptation request

Learn more about course adaptations here

If you have additional questions or concerns, call the Welcome Center at (913) 897-8400.
Health and wellness protocols

We are taking extra steps to provide for our community’s health and wellness including the following:

  • Requiring all students and employees to wear masks on campus. You are expected to bring your own mask. 
  • Posting hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes around campus.
  • Reducing classroom density: Seats will be labeled as unavailable and left empty to physically distance students.
  • Campus is only open to students and essential campus staff. It is not open to the public. 
  • Building hours of operation will be restricted to allow more time for enhanced cleaning and to reduce density.
  • Some restroom doors will be equipped with a mechanism that allows you to open them using your foot, if you are able. Trash cans will be placed outside of restrooms for disposing of papers towels you can use to open the doors as you exit.
  • Water fountains will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
  • No food or drink in buildings. Students can request an accommodation if needed.
  • Stairwells, hallways and corridors will be clearly marked to control traffic flow and will be equipped with hand sanitizer and directional signs.
  • Furniture has been removed from lobbies and common areas, and furniture in rooms is set to meet social distancing requirements. Please do not adjust the spacing of any furniture.
Closed areas of campus
  • All vending and food services, including refrigerators and communal coffee machines, are unavailable
  • Conference rooms are closed
  • Hawk’s Nest is closed
  • In-person appointments are not available - students may schedule virtual advising appointments
  • Indoor lounges/common areas are unavailable and furniture was removed
  • Water fountains are unavailable
Updated campus hours
Refer to the campus hours page for the latest hours for the KU Edwards Campus.
Available personnel and services

In an effort to reduce the density of people on campus, many staff members are working remotely.

The mothering room remains open.

The prayer room remains open and is limited to one person at a time.

All student services remain available virtually.

If you need anything while on campus or have questions before you arrive, please call (913) 897-8400.

Helpful links
Virtual suggestion box 
Are you wondering about something specific to the KU Edwards Campus that you don’t see here nor on the university’s Protect KU website? Or do you have a suggestion you would like leadership to hear? Please sign in to the virtual suggestion box to send your inquiry, suggestion or concern to the dean.