• Commencement will be postponed until late summer or early fall.
  • A strategic hiring-freeze and salary increase freeze will help the university prepare for recovery.
  • Business travel in Kansas and Missouri is discontinued.
  • Summer semester courses will be presented in an online format.
  • A team of staff are working on plans to offer redress for certain services such as housing, parking and dining.
  • Issues surrounding finals are still being reviewed. 

More information on commencement, travel, and the hiring freeze can be found here.


  • Students will be able to pursue a credit/no credit grading option in many cases.
  • If faculty for the College or a professional school elect to move all courses in their unit to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading system, students (except for Law School students) will have the option to receive a letter grade.
  • The period to withdraw from a regular 16-week course has been extended to May 4.
  • Considering your best interest, meet with an advisor before you make any changes to your grades or your academic plan.

More information about Spring 2020 Grading Policies can be found here


  • All instruction will be online for the remainder of the spring semester
  • There will be a significantly reduced on-campus presence for students, staff and faculty
  • KU Housing will be limited only to residents who need to maintain a physical presence on the Lawrence campus

More information is available at: https://coronavirus.ku.edu/

In the meantime, prospective students may take a virtual tour of the KU Geology Department here



The KU Department of Geology is a vibrant and diverse program that educates future geoscientists and drives cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing some of Earth’s most pressing issues impacting humanity. With world class facilities, award-winning faculty, and a strong sense of community, our program is ideally situated to support you through your degree and your professional career.


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