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KU Chemistry COVID-19 Resources

The purpose of this page is to give all KU Chemistry faculty, staff and students a resource page for information related to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We hope to relay online teaching methods and support, updated policies, and any other relevant information in response to the novel coronavirus.  Please keep this page bookedmarked (chem.ku.edu/covid) for easy access, and continue to check back often as updates will be made daily. If you have any information to add, please email Liz Coleman (elizabethm@ku.edu).



  • Oral Comprehensive Exams - update from Prof. Tim Jackson on March 18, 2020
  • Zoom Guide for Final Defenses
  • GTAs:  At this point, GTAs are considered essential paid staff and should be working with their Instructors to prepare for the on-line classes.  The instructors should be providing guidance, but lecture GTAs should be preparing to transition their normal duties to an on-line format.  Laboratory GTAs should be working closely with support staff and Instructors to help get the laboratories ready for the new format.
  • GRAs: We are relying on PIs to set a reasonable approach for maintaining essential duties in the research labs and communicating these to the GRAs.  The University is strongly encouraging those that can work from home to do so.  Obviously, GRAs are expected to follow the same guidelines governing self-quarantining associated with travel and sickness.   If anyone is uncomfortable with the on-site expectations of their PI or is unclear about their responsibilities or rights during this time, please send a note to Liz Coleman (elizabethm@ku.edu). She will make sure it gets forwarded to the appropriate parties to help.




  • The Chemistry Department's annual Graduation Recognition and Awards Ceremony is cancelled for May 9, 2020.  At this time, we still plan to provide deserving students with scholarships and awards for 2020.  More information will be provided at a later date.

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