COVID-19 Information

KU Operations is taking additional steps outside its normal routine to help provide a safer campus environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Along with many departments across campus, the Operations teams are working on many fronts to limit potential environmental exposure to COVID-19 and make the campus as safe as possible. You can help protect yourself and others by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.  

If you have questions, concerns or ideas about the buildings or the physical campus environment, contact KU Operations at

How we are protecting the campus community:

KU’s custodial staff are on the front lines of the fight to protect environmental exposure to COVID-19. The custodial team has taken a number of proactive steps, including:

Increased disinfection activities:


  • Restrooms (including doors, latches, light switches, flushers, dispensers, floors, walls, mirrors, trash)
  • Door handles
  • Common areas
  • Smooth surface flooring
  • Light switches
  • Interior stairway railings


  • Classroom floors
  • Trash cans were either moved or placed outside restrooms where possible so that paper towels can be used to open doors and then be thrown away in the trash can outside the door.
  • Foot pull plates were installed on non-latching, high-use restroom doors so that users can open doors with minimal hand contact.
  • Hand sanitizing stations with sanitizer were installed in building hallways and/or common areas.

The Facilities Services team continues working to make our buildings as safe as possible, including:

  • Air filters and systems will be checked weekly to ensure proper air flow.
  • The team increased air exchanges with outside air to increase circulation where it would be effective.
  • The team installed no-touch toilet flushing mechanisms and sink faucet, as well as automatic door openers and light switches, to reduce required contact.

Return to Campus

A cross-functional campus team in close collaboration with KU leaders developed detailed plans for returning to campus for the 2020-21 school year.

KU Efforts to Protect the Campus Community

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced KU to fully remote teaching, learning and working remotely in spring 2020, a cross-functional campus team in close collaboration with KU leaders developed detailed plans for returning to campus for the 2020-21 academic year. Their planning included a Protect KU website, which provides the latest information regarding COVID-19 and summarizes the decisions, readiness efforts, protocols, and procedures KU implemented to reopen campus. The website covers a range of topics such as health and safety, working on campus, and working remotely in a way that will help employees know what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

The policies, guidelines and responsibilities included in the document are based on the most current information and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state, county, and local health organizations. If individually and together we follow the measures set forth in the guide, our combined effort will enable us continue to provide our students the KU experience they expect while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Please note: The Protect KU website website is a living resource that continues to evolve based on your feedback, our continued planning efforts, and ever-changing circumstances in our community and across the state and nation. As the Chancellor and Provost have said many times, our goal is to welcome back as many students as we can each semester while continuing to prioritize the health of our community above all else.

We will continue to provide updates via email to the campus community and on the Protect KU website.