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COVID-19 frequently asked questions

See the CDC's FAQ website for more answers to frequently asked questions and the most recent details of this constantly changing situation. Also, Kansas Department of Health and Environment has established a hotline number 866-534-3463 for general questions.

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General questions

Basics about COVID-19 disease
What is the source of COVID-19?

Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the original animal source of the virus that causes COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Analysis of the genetic tree of this virus indicates it originated in bats, but whether the virus jumped directly from bats or whether there was an intermediary animal host is not, yet, known. SARS-CoV, another bat-origin coronavirus jumped to infect people via civets, while MERS-CoV, another bat-origin coronavirus jumped to people via camels.

What is the difference between SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19?

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, is the official name of the new coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan City. That virus causes COVID-19, the official name of the disease.

What do the terms "quarantine" and "isolation" mean?

Quarantine and isolation both help protect the public from contagious diseases but the two terms are not interchangeable.

  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Read more about the CDC's definitions.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

According to the CDC, current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Any faculty, staff or student who has a fever — 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius — cough, or difficulty breathing AND has had close contact with an individual diagnosed with or screened for novel coronavirus in the last 14 days, should first call Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544 and ask to speak with the nursing coordinator or the communicable disease nurse to discuss your symptoms.

How does the virus spread?

The new coronavirus seems to be spreading from person-to-person. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. If droplets come in contact with hands, it can be transferred to eyes, mouth and nose if those areas are touched before hand washing.

What is Kansas State University doing to prevent coronavirus from reaching campuses?

The health and safety of the university community is Kansas State University's primary concern. The university has taken the following actions:

  • The university's Lafene Health Center is working with the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to monitor the situation and prevent the spread of diseases.
  • The university is using K‐State Today, social media and the K‐State website to educate and communicate with the university community about the situation.
  • Lafene Health Center offers health services to ALL K-Staters — including faculty, staff and students.
Can coronavirus affect my pet?

For any information regarding pets and COVID-19, please read the CDC's FAQ about animals and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Protecting yourself and those around you
How can I help protect myself?

CDC always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory viruses, including

  • Avoid sharing drinks, eating utensils and other practices that could transfer saliva.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick and encourage others to do the same.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC recommendations if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

Visit the CDC Prevention and Treatment page to learn more.

If I feel sick, what should I do?

K-Staters with symptoms should immediately call Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544 and ask for a nurse before they visit the health center. The Office of Student Life can answer questions about class absences. Contact the office at 785-532-6432 or stulife@k-state.edu.

Salina students with symptoms should immediately call their local doctor or StatCare, Salina Urgent Care, Mowery Urgent Care, or MedExpress and ask for a nurse  before  they visit a health center. Julie Rowe can assist with instructor notifications and answer questions about class absences. Contact Julie in the office at 785-826-2971 or jarowe@k-state.edu.

What if I recently traveled to an area with a high number of cases and got sick?

If you were in a country with a high number of cases and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to Lafene Health Center, a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve — not your hands — when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
How can I help combat anxiety?

We understand that members of the K-State community may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety during this time. Human Capital Services encourages employees who feel anxious or worried about friends and family because of the coronavirus to contact our Employee Assistance Plan, or EAP, who is available to help. K-State's EAP may be reached available 24/7 at 888-275-1205, press option 1.

Events, conferences and campus visits
What is the status of future student events and visits on campus?

Campus tours and in-person admission event days will not be held for the remainder of the semester. Guests who have registered in advance will be notified by email, as alternative virtual options may be made available. K-State regrets any inconvenience. After detailed and thoughtful discussions with health officials, this is the best decision for students, employees and guests.

Student questions

Classes and academics
As a student, what can I do to prepare for my in-person classes moving to online?

Visit the Keep Learning website for resources, tips and information about remote learning. Additionally, review and follow the appropriate student checklist for remote learning.

If I cannot get to my textbooks, what options do I have?

During this time of change, K-State is committed to making the transition from on-campus to remote course delivery as seamless as possible.

The K-State Campus Store is offering:

  • Access to eBook versions of textbooks at no additional charge. Visit the campus store website to see if your textbook is available as an eBook and access it at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to seven eBooks for the designated period.

Additionally, K-State Libraries can assist:

  • K-State Libraries can scan chapters from its textbook collection and request chapters from other libraries as well. The ability to fill requests is heavily dependent on the operations of other libraries, many of which are also reducing their operations. To maximize your chance of success, please request only those portions of books that you need.
    • To place a request for a chapter of a textbook, use the Interlibrary Loan request form. The library will work to get you a scanned copy either from our collection or another library.

Please also don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor during this time. Your instructors will help you find appropriate alternative solutions if needed.

I use K-State OER textbooks. Will those still work?

OER materials should still be available with no change from before. If students have questions about access to these materials, they should contact their instructors. 

What about returning my rental textbooks?

The K-State Campus Store is offering free shipping return labels. Students should sign into their rental account, print the label and return ship for free. 

Can I sell my textbooks back to the K-State Campus Store?

While the store is closed, students can sell back books online through “Sell Your Textbooks”.

How do I access student services?

Many student services have adopted email, telephone and Zoom connections for students instead of in-person meetings or appointments. Please call or consult the website to determine how to contact the office and schedule services.

I am a student who needs accommodations to support my learning. Who should I contact?
  • Manhattan: For students with accommodation needs, please work with your instructor to discuss solutions. If further assistance is needed, please contact the appropriate office:
    • Student Access Center (785-532-6441)
    • Office of Student Life (785-532-6432)
    • IT Help Desk (785-532-7722 or toll-free 800-865-6143)
  • Polytechnic: Students with accommodation needs should contact their instructor to discuss solutions. If further assistance is needed, please contact Julie Rowe at 785-826-2971 or jarowe@k-state.edu.
  • Olathe: Students with accommodation needs should contact their instructor to discuss solutions. If further assistance is needed, please contact K-State Olathe Student Services at 913-307-7373 or olatheapp@k-state.edu.
Will enrollment for summer and fall courses be impacted by the suspension of in-person courses?

Enrollment for summer and fall has been delayed one week. The enrollment period for returning students will now begin March 30 and end April 24. Students’ scheduled enrollment times in KSIS have been changed to one week later from the original time.

The delay in the start of the enrollment period is intended to provide some relief from time pressures felt by everyone as they adjust to teaching, learning and advising remotely. This schedule is not unlike previous spring terms where the enrollment period is one week after the resumption of classes following spring break. 

  • Students should contact their academic advisor to schedule a time for advising.
  • If students are unsure how to reach their advisor, they should use the academic advising point of contact list available on the academic advising website.
I have questions in general about registration/enrollment, obtaining transcripts and degree/enrollment verification, and graduation/diplomas. Where should I go?

Please visit the Office of the Registrar's website and review the frequently asked questions.

Will there be any changes to the course withdrawal dates, grading policies or other academic procedures?

The Office of the Registrar is maintaining a list of frequently asked questions that addresses course withdrawal dates, grading policies, and other academic procedure changes. Students, faculty and staff should visit the Office of Registrar website for the most up-to-date information.

Will there be any changes to grading for spring 2020 classes?

The default option is for student to receive a letter grade. Students may elect to have a course graded A/Pass/Fail by consulting with their academic advisor for undergraduate students and the advisor/major professor and program director for graduate students and submitting a form to the Registrar’s Office. For all students, undergraduate and graduate, the deadline for selecting to have a course graded A/Pass/Fail has been extended to Friday, May 8.

The decision to relax current catalog policies and to change our universitywide grading policy for the spring 2020 semester is meant to support the well-being and success of our students and was made in consultation with students, faculty and academic administrators. Additional information is available at the Office of the Registrar website.

International students
Graduate student questions
I am a student who has a thesis or dissertation defense scheduled for this spring. What should I do?

You can still defend using Zoom. Contact your major professor or gradinfo@k-state.edu for more guidance.

I have a travel grant and already paid fees. Will I be reimbursed for fees for cancelled conferences or other expenses I have already incurred?

Graduate students who have received funds from the Graduate Student Council will be receiving an email with new guidance. For other cases, please check with your faculty advisor.

 

I have been utilizing Cats’ Cupboard for food. Where can I now access food?

Cats’ Cupboard has launched an online order service!

 Graduate student employees/researchers
As a GTA or GRA, how am I to proceed with my work and/or research?

With the university moving to a limited operations model and classes moving to remote instruction starting March 23, it is important for GTAs and GRAs to communicate with their supervisor about the status of their work and/or research.

  • If you are supported on a Teaching Assistantship, please check with your teaching supervisor about her/his needs to prepare the class for remote instruction.
  • If you are a Graduate/Research Assistant, you should discuss remote work options with your advisor or PI, discuss the issues with your Director of Graduate Studies, or consult with your department/lab's administrators.

Please know that the Office of the Vice President for Research has made plans for continuity of operations in support of research and continues to provide updated guidance for researchers as the situation evolves.

I am under quarantine but not sick, can I work from home?

Contact your supervisor or major professor about what you can do remotely related to research. Refer to additional general guidance for researchers.

Graduate assistants
I am a graduate assistant in Housing and Dining Services or another unit and the residence halls are closed, how will I work? Will I be assigned to a different position?

Contact your supervisor. If you live in the residence hall, speak with Housing and Dining Services and/or your supervisor to identify alternate work or living options.

Graduate teaching assistants
How I can best assist my faculty with their courses?

Discuss with your supervisor. Additional resources are available on the Keep Teaching website.

What resources are available for me to teach online?

Resources are regularly added on the Keep Teaching website.

What training is available to me?

Trainings are available via the Keep Teaching website.

How should I communicate with students in the class(es) I teach now that the course is online?

If the course is currently on Canvas, there are communication tools available. If you course is not currently on Canvas, contact your class supervisor/instructor or the department head to discuss options.

What should I do if my assignments are unrealistic and I cannot complete them in my 20 hours per week?

Contact your supervisor and contact the department head if necessary.

I am a GTA for a lab course only. If the course is now being conducted online, what should I do if there is no role for me?

Discuss options for work that can be completed remotely with your supervisor or if necessary, the department head. Your duties may change due to the remote teaching that is being deployed at K-State.

I teach a lab or course that requires specific software that is not accessible off of the K-State campus.

Contact your supervisor for the course or the department head to determine how to best address this. ITS is working with university faculty and staff to provide software solutions.

How do I find out what my responsibilities are?

Contact your supervisor for the course or the department head.

What do I do if I have a student who has no computer/internet access?

Contact the class supervisor/instructor. You may also refer students to the internet resources listed on the students page.

Graduate research assistants
I need to access specific software offsite/working remotely for my research what should I do?

Speak with your supervisor and/or major professor and Information Technology Services. Remote desktop software or an Azure cloud solution may be an option.

ITS is working with university faculty and staff to provide software solutions.

Can I continue to work in the lab?

No, most laboratories will function on limited operations only. Contact your supervisor and/or major professor to identify work that can be done remotely.

Am I required to continue to work in the lab if my supervisor requires me to do so?

Contact your supervisor and/or major professor about tasks that may be completed remotely. If you need additional guidance about working remotely, contact your department head directly.

Will I continue to be compensated if I am not able to work in the lab?

Yes. Contact your supervisor and/or major professor about what can done remotely, such as working on publications, literature reviews, grant proposals, or your dissertation/thesis writing. There may also be new software programs that you can learn, which might help your future research.

I am assigned to literature reviews for grants, papers, or my dissertation/thesis. Do I have access to library resources?

Yes. Electronic databases are accessible online from K-State Libraries through the university access portal.

Will I receive credit for research hours this semester if my research team is not able to meet our goals or if the research is shut down?

Yes. Contact your supervisor and/or major professor about your project and what may be continued remotely. Contact the department head if additional guidance is needed.

Am I classified as mission-critical personnel related to research?

Contact your supervisor and/or major professor to determine if your position is deemed mission-critical and whether you should report in person, or work remotely.

How can I access my computer remotely if I cannot access my lab?

Refer to guidance from Information Technology Services for more information on virtual private network (VPN) and remote access. Some data may not leave campus or your office/lab area. Contact your supervisor and/or major professor clarify what data you are allowed to bring to another location.

What data can leave campus, be taken to another location in the U.S., or can be accessed internationally?

Contact your supervisor and/or major professor about what research can be done remotely and what data may leave campus or be accessed off campus. If the supervisor recommends remote work that can be done and remote data accessed, contact Rose Ndegwa in the University Research and Compliance Office if that work is being done at an international site at rndegwa@k-state.edu.

If my lab is open, and I cannot work because I am under quarantine, will I still get paid and receive credit for my research?

Yes. Contact your supervisor or major professor to clarify what work might be accomplished remotely.

Undergraduate student employees/researchers
I am a student employee. Do I report to my on-campus job?

All employees are expected to work remotely or not report to work. Please contact your direct supervisor to discuss needs and options available.

I have an undergraduate research appointment – if I am unable to come to campus due to limited operations, will I still receive credit?

Yes. Contact your project supervisor or research mentor to discuss alternate work activities/assignments to complete requirements remotely. If you have further concerns, speak with your academic advisor or department head.

Can my supervisor require me to complete work to get my hours/credit?

Yes. Contact your project supervisor or research mentor to discuss alternate work activities/assignments to complete requirements remotely. If you have further concerns, speak with your academic advisor or department head.

On-campus housing
What is the process for getting my personal possessions and moving out of the residence halls?

Given the move to remote instruction for the remainder of spring semester, Housing and Dining Services will close residence halls and dining centers beginning March 20; the closing process will extend through a 10-day period. An email was sent to residence hall residents with details on an orderly and structured move-out process

Will refunds occur?

Due to the university's move to remote course instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, Housing and Dining Services will suspend all resident services in the residence halls and dining centers.

Students who have not lived in the residence halls at any time after spring break will receive a prorated credit of their spring 2020 semester room and meal plan charge. The credit will be applied to any balances in the student’s KSIS account before being refunded to the student. To ensure refunds are processed correctly, all students must make sure their permanent address in KSIS is up to date.

Student finances
Will my financial aid be affected if my class changed to a remote teaching option?

The Office of Student Financial Assistance has confirmed that the change to remote teaching will not negatively affect a student's financial aid. It is important for students to remain enrolled in courses and participate as defined by the faculty. The university is committed to ensuring that students receive their education, credit and grades. Students dropping classes and/or completely withdrawing from their entire spring course schedule may have their financial aid negatively impacted.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 785-532-6420 or finaid@k-state.edu to inform them of any potential changes to their existing Spring 2020 course load.

I am concerned about financing my education during this time. What options are available to me?

K-State's Office of Student Financial Assistance has developed a one-stop web page of resources available for students with a financial emergency including information about Student Emergency Grants, Student Emergency Loans, K-State Proud Student Opportunity Award and Cats' Cupboard. Students should also reach out directly to their financial aid counselor to ask about resources.

Will the spring 2020 privilege fee be refunded in any way?

Spring 2020 privilege fees will not be refunded. The reasons for this decision include bond payment obligations for facilities such as the Kansas State Student Union and the Peters Recreation Center, equipment and facilities repair and replacement still occurring, performance contracts rescheduled for fall 2020 semester that must be paid, and student employees and full-time staff associated with fee-entities remaining on payroll. Retaining spring 2020 privilege fee dollars helps ensure these programs and facilities are available to students next academic year and beyond.

Please also note that some services are now available virtually, such as Recreational Services' Zoom fitness classes.

Travel and education abroad

Faculty/staff questions

Classes and academics
What resources are available to faculty and other academic personnel to teach remotely?

The Keep Teaching website is a resource designed to help faculty during this time of change. It is updated frequently with resources, practical tools, advice and a collection of frequently asked questions specific to teaching and advising remotely.

Virtual meetings are also scheduled to provide overall guidance, and these will be recorded and made available on the Keep Teaching website. We also encourage you to use the online community created by Global Campus staff called Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Ed to network with K-State and other educators across the globe.

Please also note that you can direct your students to the Keep Learning website as an equivalent resource for them.

Given the transition to remote teaching and limited on-campus operations, will there be a change in the tenure clock for probationary faculty in tenure-track positions?

Yes.  A one-year delay in the tenure clock for all probationary faculty in tenure-track positions who have been reappointed for fall 2020 was announced on March 20. For those who have not yet reached their mid-tenure review, the one-year extension should be added prior to that process. Faculty personnel records will be adjusted to reflect this extension. While the extension has been provided to all probationary faculty, those who feel that they are prepared to apply for promotion and tenure on their original clock, or earlier, are welcomed to do so.

This decision will not affect any faculty member’s ability to make up to two requests for a delay in their tenure clock in the future, as set in the University Handbook (Sections C83.1 - C83.6). Nor will this decision change any of those policies. 

This extension of the tenure clock does not affect or change departments’ standards of promotion and tenure, or reappointment. Those decisions are guided by current department documents.

How will TEVAL evaluations be administered during Spring 2020?

All TEVALs will be administered online for Spring 2020. K-State values student voices in all that we do, especially in the classroom. In addition, in this time of rapid change, faculty will find value in hearing from students regarding the changes they have made to their classes in moving them to remote delivery. For additional details, please see the announcement from Provost Taber.

Will enrollment for summer and fall courses be impacted by the suspension of in-person courses?

Enrollment for summer and fall has been delayed one week. The enrollment period for returning students will now begin March 30 and end April 24. Students’ scheduled enrollment times in KSIS have been changed to one week later from the original time.

The delay in the start of the enrollment period is intended to provide some relief from time pressures felt by everyone as they adjust to teaching, learning and advising remotely. This schedule is not unlike previous spring terms where the enrollment period is one week after the resumption of classes following spring break. 

  • Students should contact their academic advisor to schedule a time for advising.
  • If students are unsure how to reach their advisor, they should use the academic advising point of contact list available on the academic advising website.
My students have general questions about registration/enrollment, obtaining transcripts and degree/enrollment verification, and graduation/diplomas. Where should they go?

Students can visit the Office of the Registrar's website and review the frequently asked questions.

Will there be any changes to the course withdrawal dates, grading policies or other academic procedures?

The Office of the Registrar is maintaining a list of frequently asked questions that addresses course withdrawal dates, grading policies, and other academic procedure changes. Students, faculty and staff should visit the Office of Registrar website for the most up-to-date information.

Will there be any changes to grading for spring 2020 classes?

The default option is for student to receive a letter grade. Students may elect to have a course graded A/Pass/Fail by consulting with their academic advisor for undergraduate students and the advisor/major professor and program director for graduate students and submitting a form to the Registrar’s Office. For all students, undergraduate and graduate, the deadline for selecting to have a course graded A/Pass/Fail has been extended to Friday, May 8.

The decision to relax current catalog policies and to change our universitywide grading policy for the spring 2020 semester is meant to support the well-being and success of our students and was made in consultation with students, faculty and academic administrators. Additional information is available at the Office of the Registrar website.

Advising
I am an academic advisor. Should I work with my advisees remotely?

Yes. Academic advisors should work with their advisees remotely. Resources regarding remote advising are available on the Academic Advising website.

Working remotely
How is the university continuing operations?

Faculty and staff are to work remotely until further notice. Employees who serve essential functions and need to be on campus will be expected to report to their worksite. If employees are unaware if they need to report to campus or work remotely, they should speak with their supervisor. Employees that are not able to work remotely and do not have duties during this time that are mission critical on campus will be paid to remain home.

What options do I have if I am concerned about reporting to work due to the coronavirus?

Contact your supervisor for options related to your specific position.

What do I do if I am returning from a location that the CDC advises self-isolation and not returning to work, or I have an employee I supervise who is in this situation?

Employees and supervisors should follow CDC travel health guidance when self-isolation is advised. Faculty and staff are to work remotely. If you are in a position that is expected to work on campus during this time, please discuss with your supervisor regarding self-isolation.

If an employee is unable to return to the U.S. from a location due to travel restrictions or because they are unable to get their visa stamped by the U.S. Embassy in that country, can they work?

Any supervisor requesting that an employee perform work in that country should contact Human Capital Services at hr@ksu.edu and the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@k-state.edu with any information security, compliance or risk concerns. Any employee who plans to work from a location outside the U.S. must contact the University Research Compliance Office, or URCO, for specific export controls compliance guidance applicable to the country in which they are located. URCO can be reached at comply@ksu.edu.

Am I required to have a dedicated home office for telecommuting?

Employees can work from any approved alternative work site that allows them to fully perform the duties of their position.

What software is available now that we are teaching and working remotely?

Please access software license information for those affiliated with the university, which is updated regularly.

How do I keep confidential data secure?

Confidential or proprietary data should be secured at all times. We cannot ensure security if data is removed from campus by staff for remote work purposes. Please do not take any documents or electronic files containing confidential or proprietary data to a remote work location. Employees should consult with their supervisors regarding work requiring use of confidential or proprietary data. Loss or sharing of confidential or proprietary data is considered a security breach. For more information, see https://www.k-state.edu/policies/ppm/3400/3433.html.

All imaging of documents should happen on campus. If you feel you have to image documents as a part of your duties, please ask your supervisor to work with your Dean or Cabinet member to have your work identified as mission critical.

How can I protect myself from a cybersecurity standpoint?

As always, remember to be vigilant online to avoid phishing scams. K-State will never ask for credentials via email or phone. When in doubt, don't give it out.

What if I still have questions regarding leave and work options?

If you have questions regarding the use of leave, please contact Human Capital Services' benefits and resource center teams at hr@ksu.edu and benefits@ksu.edu.

If you have questions about telecommuting or other employment concerns, please contact Human Capital Services’ employee relations and engagement team at charlott@ksu.edu or call 785-341-3214.

I am a business officer. What changes have been implemented to help maintain business operations (e.g. purchasing, expenditure tracking, depository practices)?

Guidance has been provided on the Division of Financial Services business continuity planning website. If you have questions, information is provided on the contact page.

Travel
Are there restrictions on travel by Kansas State University employees?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to rapidly spread, Kansas State University is restricting all university-affiliated or sponsored travel, effective immediately. This includes domestic and international business-related travel for both employees and students. This does not apply to those currently returning from trips, who should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Business-related travel in and around Kansas is excluded from this restriction. Please do not make new plans for out-of-state business travel until further notice.

Check the university's COVID-19 travel advisories page for updates.

What if I would like to request an exemption to the K-State travel ban?

Travelers who would like an exemption to the K-State travel ban are requested to complete the Travel Exemption Request Form and submit it to IRAWG@k-state.edu. The K-State International Risk Advisory Working Group will review the information and will make a recommendation to the provost, who will make the final decision on behalf of the university for the travel approval or disapproval.

Do I need to register any personal or professional travel?

Kansas State University has restricted all university-affiliated or sponsored travel. This includes domestic and international business-related travel for both employees and students. This does not apply to those currently returning from trips, who should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The U.S. Department of State has a website that provides travel advisories, as well as safety and security information, for every country in the world.

Research

General guidance and GRAs
Postdoctoral researchers
Am I considered staff or another classification?

For the purposes of research, Postdocs are considered university employees/staff.

Do I have to work if the university says that it is on limited operations?

Yes. Contact your supervisor regarding what work should be done.

Can I work if the university says most offices are on limited operations?

Yes. Contact your supervisor regarding what work should be done.

Will I be compensated if I cannot work or access on-campus resources?

Yes. Contact your supervisor regarding what work should be done.

How can I access my computer remotely if I cannot access my lab?

Refer to guidance from ITS for more information on virtual private network (VPN) and remote access. Contact your supervisor and/or major professor to see what data you can bring home, as some data may not be allowed to leave campus or your office/lab area.

What about reports that are due to federal agencies?

Contact Paul Lowe in PreAward Services at plowe@k-state.edu for guidance if needed. The supervisor/principal investigator should communicate with their program officer if a delay is expected in their reporting. If a delay in the report will affect funding, work with PAS for an exception.

What library resources can I access during this time period?

Electronic databases will be accessible from K-State Libraries online through the university access portal.

Visiting research scholars
Will I be able to access research labs or computers since the university is on limited operations?

Access to facilities will be impacted. Refer to guidance from Information Technology Services for more information on virtual private network (VPN) and remote access. Contact your host to see what data you may bring home, because some data may not be allowed to leave campus or your office/lab area.

Since the university is on limited operations, and aspects of the research enterprise are suspended, and I can no longer access information or lab, as a visiting scholar what should I do?

Follow university guidance for employees and consult with your host.

What if I am hosting a visiting scholar and they aren’t able to enter the U.S. because of the travel ban?

Contact ISSS for additional information at caldasma@k-state.edu.

Questions?

Read COVID-19 FAQ

If experiencing symptoms
and in Manhattan:
Call 785-532-6544 

Available 24 hours

Email lafene@k-state.edu

Lafene Health Center hours:

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

If care is needed when Lafene Health Center is closed, contact the local hospital emergency department:

Ascension Hospital
1823 College Avenue
(west of K-State football stadium)
785-776-3322