Student digest for fall 2020
Fall 2020 K-State experience
As you navigate your fall 2020 semester at K-State, we have you covered with a one-stop shop to find all of the answers to your key questions about university guidance this fall.
Choose a common question below to find a quick digest of related guidance.
- Wear a face covering: Everyone – students, faculty, staff and visitors – must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on K-State campuses. Face coverings include cloth face masks, disposable face masks and bammies/neck gaiters.
- Take the Every Wildcat A Wellcat pledge: Show your commitment to putting others first by pledging to protect yourself, your fellow wildcats and our communities.
- Complete the required face covering training: Students are required to complete a face covering training as soon as it becomes available. Watch your K-State email for more information soon.
Practice good health and wellness habits: Small acts of prevention can reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition to wearing face coverings, build healthful habits like hand-washing and physical distancing.
Check your temperature: Keep that thermometer handy, as you'll need to check your temperature before coming onto campus.
Follow the exposure protocol: Stay aware of how you're feeling and track any symptoms. If you become suspicious of or aware of exposure, make sure to following K-State's exposure protocol.
Isolate and quarantine if needed: If you are traveling to or returning from a high-risk area, you must self-quarantine for 14 days as mandated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE.
- View all health and wellness guidance
What additional measures is the university putting into place to help with physical distancing and disinfecting common spaces?
- Physical distancing: We're rearranging classrooms and gathering spaces, adding directional signage inside buildings and creating space to accommodate the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.
- Cleaning and disinfecting: We're taking cleaning and disinfecting common spaces to the next level in accordance with CDC guidelines.
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- Academic calendar: Under the adjusted fall 2020 semester academic calendar (pdf), the first day of classes will be Monday, Aug. 17.
- The last day for in-person, on-campus instruction will be on Nov. 20, right before the student Thanksgiving break.
- Following the break, the last two weeks of the semester, including final exams, will be completed using distance methods.
- The last day of classes will be Friday, Dec. 4, with finals week from Dec. 7-11.
- Course modalities: To aid in health and wellness protocols, the university is hosting classes through three main methods: face-to-face/in-person, hybrid/blended, and distance/online. The Academic Achievement Center has created a video to help you identify the modality of each of your courses in KSIS.
- Tuition and fees: Find tuition and fee rates by course modality on the K-State Cashier's Office website and match them up with your course schedule. We also have a list of fall 2020 frequently asked questions to help you work through the details.
- View the Keep Learning website to help you prepare for the semester
- Residence halls in Manhattan will be open for the fall 2020 semester. There will be reduced housing density, a staggered move-in schedule, enhanced sanitation, and additional resident standards and protocols.
- The Polytechnic campus residence halls will be open for the fall 2020 semester and the campus is incorporating extra health and safety measures.
- On-campus dining centers at the Manhattan campus will be modified for the fall 2020 semester. This includes policies and procedures that follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Kansas and university health professionals.
- While Polytechnic campus dining services will be open for the fall 2020 semester, services will be adjusted to incorporate extra health and safety measures.
- K-State Student Union: The K-State Student Union will open Aug. 3 with modified building hours to allow staff time to deep clean the facility. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings and gatherings are limited based on university, local and state guidelines.
- Recreational Services:
- Manhattan: Recreational Services at the Manhattan campus plans to reopen in three different phases to help keep the K-State community healthy. Recreational Services facilities, including the administration office and Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, reopened on Monday, Aug. 3, when Phase 1 began. Phase 2 will begin Aug. 17 pending the COVID-19 situation and changes.
- Salina: The Student Life Center at the Polytechnic campus will be open seven days a week. Hours will be re-evaluated if the Saline County Health Department, State of Kansas or K-State administration determine it necessary to keep students healthy.
- Student organizations: We understand that student organizations, events, activities and sports clubs are an important part of campus life. So is your health and the health of your fellow Wildcats. That’s why K-State has outlined guidance for on- and off-campus events, meeting and activities.