Information and Resources regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The University of Kansas community extends worldwide, and many Jayhawks no doubt are coping with personal and professional challenges. We extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.
The University of Kansas has set up a homepage of resources, including statements from Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, at coronavirus.ku.edu.
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Thursday, March 26: Leaders from the University of Kansas, the KU Alumni Association and KU Endowment shared the following message
Dear KU Alumni,
Our thoughts are with the worldwide Jayhawk family as we all navigate these uncertain weeks. Thankfully, our sadness, loss and fear are tempered by compassion, dedication and hope. In the midst of crisis, alumni and donors have reached out asking how they can help. We’ve seen students volunteer to help our most vulnerable citizens, and Jayhawks everywhere are connecting with and supporting one another and their larger communities as we all rapidly adjust our daily lives. We are grateful for your genuine concern and spirit. In response, we’ve identified three meaningful ways to help in the short term:
Nationally, regionally, and locally there is a shortage of N95 respirators, isolation gowns, isolation masks, surgical masks, and eye protection. If you or someone you know lives near KU and has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) or manufacturing expertise in plastics, textiles and/or 3D printing, please contact: COVID19supplies@kumc.edu. Your contribution and assistance during this critical time will help keep our healthcare workers safe and decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Also, a COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund has been established by KU Endowment to help meet the University’s most pressing needs during this crisis. As with all donations to KU Endowment, 100% of funds raised will go to support KU.
Finally, we’ve been humbled and heartened by stories of hope and resilience from throughout our KU family. We want to hear what you and others are doing to make a difference in the lives of those affected. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, we hope you’ll enjoy the video message that was shared with the University community today at coronavirus.ku.edu, and please remember: As we come together to lift our communities, we show the world what it means to be a Jayhawk.
Chancellor, University of Kansas
President, KU Endowment
President, KU Alumni Association
Friday, March 20: KU Endowment shared the following statement.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the Jayhawk community, many people are wondering what they can do to help. In response, KU Endowment is establishing a COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund.
“From the student senate to alumni to faculty and staff, we’ve heard from many who want to help,” said Dale Seuferling, KU Endowment president. “The fact that people are thinking about how they can help others in their time of need assures me that we will get through this. I’m encouraged and inspired.”
Anyone can give to the fund by visiting https://www.kuendowment.org/Your-Gift/COVID-19-Relief-Fund. As with all donations to KU Endowment, 100% of funds raised will go to support KU. KU Endowment will work closely with Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and others to determine areas of greatest need that the fund will support.
KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.
Tuesday, March 24: KU Alumni sent the following message to alumni and friends registered for the 2020 Rock Chalk Ball.
Unfortunately, the KU Alumni Association must cancel the 25th annual Rock Chalk Ball scheduled for Saturday, May 2 in downtown Kansas City. As I shared in my March 13 message to all alumni, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic prevents us from gathering as a Jayhawk family. The Association has canceled all in-person events through May 12, in coordination with the University of Kansas and following the guidance of public health officials.
In addition to gathering Jayhawks to celebrate KU, proceeds from the Rock Chalk Ball allow us to make investments to strengthen the University of Kansas, connect a global network of Jayhawks, and sustain a strong, vibrant alumni association.
As the Association’s senior staff team continues to work with the national Board of Directors and the Kansas City Network Board to determine next steps, we will post new information here and on our social media channels.
Monday, March 16: KU Alumni shared the following.
Amid the challenges and uncertainty related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in keeping with the evolving recommendations issued by the University and public health agencies, the KU Alumni Association is operating with a minimal staff. We also are limiting physical access to the Association’s headquarters in the Adams Alumni Center in Lawrence.
If you have an urgent need, please call 785-864-4760 to leave a message, or email email@example.com. Someone will respond as soon as possible.
Friday, March 13: KU Alumni shared the following letter from President Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide, our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by the pandemic. Unfortunately, these uncertain times require us to forgo opportunities to gather as a Jayhawk family in order to protect the health and safety of all. In coordination with the University of Kansas, and following the guidance of public health officials, the KU Alumni Association will cancel in-person events, including:
- all official alumni network activities nationwide
- Student Alumni Network events
- Adams Alumni Center activities
In addition, Alumni Association staff members have canceled all business-related travel outside Kansas and Missouri.
Thursday, March 12: KU Athletics shared the following statements from Jeff Long, Bill Self and Brandon Schneider.
Statement from Director of Athletics Jeff Long:
“Our highest priority at Kansas Athletics is to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Based on the recommendation of our medical professionals, we have canceled all athletic travel indefinitely. In addition, all home and away athletics events have been suspended indefinitely. We will continue to monitor the situation and determine the next appropriate steps based on advice from our medical team.”
Statement from men’s basketball head coach Bill Self:
“While we are disappointed for the players, it was the right and necessary thing to do. As I said yesterday, this is bigger than a sport or championship. I know our medical staff and the NCAA will research all avenues to determine the appropriate steps moving forward.”
Statement from women’s basketball head coach Brandon Schneider:
“Our players were excited about the opportunity to compete in the Big 12 Tournament. However, in light of all the information that has become available in the past 24 hours, we understand canceling was the appropriate response. The health and safety of our players will always be priority number one.”
Thursday, March 12: The Student Alumni Network shared the following with SAN members.
Our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). In coordination with the University’s decision to conduct classes online, we will cancel all Student Alumni Network events for the next 60 days to further protect our Jayhawk community. These include the Mocktails & Mingle for Architecture on March 18, Wine & Wax on March 19, and Big Jay’s Recess on April 2.
In addition to continuing your classes online, you can stay connected to Jayhawk alumni through KU Mentoring.
Please do all you can to remain healthy and safe. Watkins Health Services offers helpful guidance for reducing your risks and taking steps if you experience symptoms.
Your well-being remains our top priority during this challenging time.
Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
KU Alumni Association President
Assistant Director of Student Programs
For more information, consider visiting the following websites.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- U.S. Department of State
- Watkins Health Services at KU
In addition, you can receive text message and email updates on coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.