Social Distancing Policy

The University’s response must address the following specific:


Reducing the frequency, proximity and duration of contact between people to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. For example:
  • Cancellation of classes/special events such as athletic events
  • Elimination of services delivered to groups – such as public dining
  • Encourage individuals to limit contact with others by remaining in their homes

Best Practice

Social distancing is the best practice recommendation of public health professionals.

Preliminary Determinations

  • Identify essential and emergency departments and necessary support systems
  • Clarify policies for workplace closure or reduction
  • Determine feasibility and methodology for continuation of the learning experience
  • Determine criteria for continuation of research

Campus Impact

  • Loss of academic progress
  • Loss of revenue
  • Loss of time for research
  • Loss of revenue for KU employees


  • Encroaching pandemic
  • Public Health Information/Directive
  • Pandemic Severity Index/Community Mitigation Strategy
  • Reduced attendance of students and staff

Decision Makers/Collaborators

  • Executive Policy Council
  • Public Health Department
  • Board of Regents

Communication Systems

  • Email-staff, students, parents
  • Text messaging
  • Public media (newspaper, radio)
  • Emergency Response website

Steps to be taken in anticipation of 8-12 week pandemic wave

  • Notification of cancellation of classes, events, group gatherings
  • Reduction of workplaces to essential services
  • Closure of campus
  • Reduction of workplaces to emergency services

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