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covid-19-information from KU Engineering

Due to Covid-19 concerns, all KU class will be online for the spring semester and campus presence will be reduced. The School of Engineering is committed to ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are supported during this time. Please visit coronavirus.ku.edu for the latest information available from the university. The webpage is being updated frequently and includes links to many resources. 

Engineering Recognition and KU Commencement

KU Engineering faculty and staff know how hard you worked to earn your degree and we are proud of your achievements. We are all disappointed that we could not celebrate your accomplishments together at our traditional recognition ceremony. We plan honor the class of 2020 – including student and faculty award winners – during a formal ceremony at a later date. We will communicate those details leading up to those events once we have clearer picture of when they will take place. 

On May 16, 2020, the School of Engineering published a video tribute to commemorate the class of 2020. On Sunday, May 17, the University of Kansas held an online event commemorating the graduating Class of 2020. An in-person


Instructors will let students know specific details about each course and how they will transition to remote learning. Please check blackboard and email often and visit remote.ku.edu for information on accessing relevant tools and content. Click here for success tips available to students available.

The School of Engineering is temporarily suspending the current credit/no credit (CR/NC) policy for Spring 2020. Undergraduate students in the School of Engineering can choose to have courses, including those taught in the School of Engineering, graded CR/NC. There will be no limit on the number of courses an undergraduate student can opt to receive CR/NC. The courses for undergraduate students graded CR/NC will be counted toward degree requirements, if credit is earned. Courses taken credit/no credit are neutral in a student's GPA—they are not counted either way. More information on the credit/no credit policy is availalble here.

Remote Access to Engineering Computers

KU IT staff have developed a way for students to virtually access School of Engineering and departmental computer labs without having to use the VPN. Students should be able to log into virtuallab.ku.edu and select the lab they want to access. This will essentially work the same way as the VPN and remote desktop process. As part of this process, students will be prompted to download the Citrix receiver. Instructions on installing the Citrix receiver and remotely accessing the computer labs can be found at https://engr.ku.edu/sites/engr.ku.edu/files/docs/VirtuaLabSetup.pdf.

Building Access

There is no physical access to any of the departmental, teaching, or common computing labs in the School of Engineering until further notice.  Engineering IT is working to provide remote access to computer labs and software for students in each department. Instructors will let students know the expectations for each course. Any student facing challenges with technology or accessing course materials should reach out to their instructor. The School of Engineering staff and faculty will do everything they can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.


Enrollment advising for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 will be done virtually. Departmental advisors will work with students to approve course selections and remove advising holds. 

Virtual Office Hours for the School of Engineering

Director of Undergraduate Academic Services Dawn Shew hosts virtual office hours on Zoom each weekday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students can "drop in" to ask questions, get information, or just say hello. Engineering students should check their email for details.

Graduate Students

Graduate students that have questions about degree completion or advising should communicate with their faculty advisor or their departmental graduate coordinator. Existing rules requiring in-person attendance at milestone exams are temporarily suspended. Graduate students and their committee members may participate using mediated means (videoconferencing) through May 14, 2020. Click here to see a message from Jen Roberts, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, with more information for graduate students.

Engineering Career Center  

The Engineering Career Center (ECC) has set up a webpage to share career-related resources to help students adapt their job or internship search during this time. For all additional ECC questions or assistance email ecc@ku.edu or call 785-864-3891 and watch the ECC social media accounts (@KUEngrCareers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) for more ways to utilize Career Center tools.

Office of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

Check out a virtual tour of the University of Kansas

For more information, email studyengineering@ku.edu or call  785-864-3622

Human Resources




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