Academics

K-State is providing students with in-person, online and blended/hybrid course options during spring and summer 2021. The university is implementing a variety of health and safety measures to continue to support our students, faculty, GTAs, staff and our communities and to maintain high quality learning environments.

Health and safety in the classroom

Promoting health and wellness in the classroom is a priority, with face coverings, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning required.

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Academic instruction

The university is making a number of adjustments to academic instruction during the pandemic. Students will be offered robust and innovative teaching and learning experiences that include courses offered in person, online or in a blended/hybrid format during spring and summer 2021. The fall 2021 semester will be largely in person.

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Academic calendar

The spring semester academic calendar has been adjusted. Classes for the spring semester at K-State will begin on Jan. 25. The altered spring schedule eliminates spring break. A non-instructional well-being day is scheduled for April 16. Commencement ceremonies are scheduled on May 8 for the Polytechnic campus and May 14-16 for the Manhattan campus.

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Commencement

Spring 2021 ceremonies are scheduled on May 8 for the Polytechnic campus and May 14-16 for the Manhattan campus. Information regarding ceremony schedules, location and details for participation are available on the commencement website.

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Keep Teaching/Keep Learning

As K-State makes classroom adjustments, there are multiple resources to help with instruction. Some resources and partnerships include the Keep Teaching and Keep Learning websites; the Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Ed online community; and partnerships with rural internet providers.

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Graduate and professional students

Contact your supervisor for specific guidance relevant to your position.

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Education abroad

K-State will have limited virtual education abroad opportunities for the spring 2021 semester. Individuals who are planning faculty-led, affiliate or third-party provider education abroad programs may now request an exemption to the Kansas State University travel restriction policy.

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Research

From safety precautions, federal guidance on grants and contracts and more, K-State offers a variety of research and information to help faculty reopen their research programs.

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K-State Libraries

Libraries on the Manhattan campus will be open with reduced hours so staff have time for additional cleaning and sanitizing. Highly touched surfaces will be frequently cleaned and sanitized. Adjustments to public seating areas have been made to encourage social distancing.

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The library at the Polytechnic campus continues to provide many library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety measures are in place and online access to research materials and assistance is available.

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Tuition and fees

Kansas State University is keeping tuition flat for the 2020-2021 academic year. The campus privilege fee, academic infrastructure fee and specific college fees also will remain flat. Online fees are being reduced.

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