KU Response Guide – Response Outcomes

The University’s response must address the following specific outcomes:


The University’s pandemic response will be guided by the members of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Management Group and KU Emergency Policy Management Group. Large scale policy decisions will be made and implemented during the evolving and extended timeframe of the pandemic.

Community Support/Service

The University’s pandemic response efforts will be well coordinated externally with all relevant external partners.

Essential Services/Operations

The identification of essential services/operations and supplies/resources that must be maintained in order to:
  • Facilitate the University’s responses
  • Protect and serve the human populations on campus
  • Assure the security of the campus
  • Protect the assets of the organization
  • Protect research projects
  • Care for the animal populations on campus

Fatality Management

The University will work with relevant community partners (Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical and Coroner) in order to appropriately dispose of human remains in association with DMORT (federally coordinated effort of forensic experts and mortuary personnel) guidelines.

Healthcare Delivery

The utilization of all available resources to meet the outpatient healthcare needs of the students.

Infection Control/Social Distancing

  • Travel—provide information, health screening and support to students and staff traveling to/from pandemic area
  • Social Distancing—provide information to students and staff regarding the need to limit social contact during the pandemic, limit opportunities for group events/activities—for example, cancel classes (see Appendix B).
  • Isolation of symptomatic students who are residing in University housing and are unable to leave campus.
  • Housing of a-symptomatic students who are residing in University housing and are unable to leave campus.
  • Promote the receipt of the influenza vaccine.
  • Delivery of public health messages regarding hygiene, etc (see Appendix K).
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment to essential/emergency staff plus symptomatic patients (Appendix I)..

Learning Continuity

The clarification and communication of:
  • Decision makers and communication systems regarding the cancellation of classes, events and research associated with the University’s mission.
  • Identification and implementation of systems and processes to support distance learning during the pandemic stage.
  • Identification of existing research activity efforts that should be sustained during the pandemic and the appropriate actions to be taken regarding those that are not sustained.

Operational Communications

Use available campus media channels to ensure that all stakeholders have access to consistent, accurate and timely information.

Public Information/Media

Provide accurate and timely information regarding the University’s plan and response (see Appendix G).

Vaccination/Prophylaxis Distribution

The mass distribution of vaccine/medications to members (as prioritized by the Center for Disease Control) of the University and citizens of Douglas County (see Appendix H).

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