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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Information for students

Please watch K-State Today and the k-state.edu/COVID-19 webpage for updates on this fluid situation. In addition, read a list of frequently asked questions and guidance specifically for graduate students.

View the March 31, 2020 virtual town hall for students

To bring K-State students together virtually and answer their questions, Student Body President Jansen Penny moderated a panel including President Richard Myers, Provost Charles Taber and Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Thomas Lane during a virtual town hall meeting on March 31. You can view the event recording on the President's website.

Spring 2020 Commencement Update: Graduates invited to participate in fall commencement ceremonies

Because commencement ceremonies are a treasured tradition at Kansas State University, the university will combine its postponed spring 2020 ceremonies with the fall 2020 ceremonies, which will be Dec. 11 and 12 on the Polytechnic and Manhattan campuses.

Additional details will be released as they become available on the commencement website.

K-State's spring 2020 ceremonies, previously set for May 9, 15 and 16, were postponed when the university moved to limited operations for the rest of the spring semester.

Classes will be taught remotely starting March 23 for the remainder of the spring semester

Please watch for communications from instructors for specific information pertaining to each class. 

Veterinary medicine students who are involved in clinical rotations or clinical work will receive further guidance from the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Polytechnic students who are involved in flight training will receive further guidance from the College of Technology and Aviation.

Preparing for remote learning
  • Visit the Keep Learning website for practical tips and information about learning remotely.
  • Download the appropriate student checklist to help you get prepared for remote learning.
  • Review frequently asked questions for helpful information, including what to do if you cannot access your textbooks.
  • If you are looking to set up connectivity at home, the Federal Communications Commission has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, urging internet service providers to make special accommodations in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. What follows is a list of links to several companies' responses. This list does not imply endorsement, nor is it exhaustive. We're listing companies available across many geographic locations, so please make sure the service provider is available in your area.  
  • 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.

Operation of student services will be limited

University operations are strictly limited. Only essential personnel remain on campus. All in-person meetings and events have been canceled. If you need assistance, contact via phone or email the appropriate campus service:

Office of Student Life
See more information about how to reach the Division of Student Life

K-State Polytechnic Office of Student Life

K-State Olathe Student Services

Educational Supportive Services

Center for Advocacy, Response and Education

On-campus housing
  • 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.
  • Housing and Dining Services will work with students who do not have a permanent residence or who cannot return to their permanent residence. Residents at Jardine Apartments will be allowed to remain at their apartments.  
  • Refund information: 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. Visit the Housing and Dining website for the most up-to-date information.

Graduate student guidance

We have developed specific guidance for our graduate students on the FAQ page. You can access specific collections of questions for:

Registration/enrollment, transcripts and graduation/diplomas

For more information on registration/enrollment, obtaining transcripts or degree/enrollment verification, and graduation/diplomas, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.

Guidance on A/Pass/Fail grade option for spring 2020

Specific guidance has also been compiled regarding the A/Pass/Fail grade option by Provost Taber on April 1. Additional information is available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Financial assistance for students in need

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.

See the full March 31, 2020 K-State Today announcement

Protect yourself, your family and the community

Students are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and good hygiene techniques: 

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
    • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • Touching public surfaces

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.



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

Available 24 hours

Email lafene@k-state.edu

Lafene Health Center hours:

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)