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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information


On March 17, the University of Kansas issued the following updates for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, effective immediately:

  • 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

For details, see the March 17 campus message from Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer.


Messages from silc

We are OPEN and here to support you as we all navigate COVID-19 and social distancing. Your health and well-being is a priority, therefore, we will be working remotely to practice social distancing. We are just a phone call (785-864-4861) and email (silcfront@ku.edu) away from addressing your needs and answering any questions. Stay tuned for updates on all of our spring events as we move programming online! We will provide regular updates in our weekly Rock Chalk Central Newsletter.

Student Organization Recommendations

  • Stay informed. Communication is being updated on the coronavirus.ku.edu page regularly, and on our SILC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.
  • ​​Map out what is upcoming for your organization the rest of this semester (meetings, elections, interviews, programs) with your organization leadership and advisors.
  • Communicate with your organization members and share the university’s message. Send regular reminders and communications so your membership stays informed.
  • Begin working now to develop plans for upcoming programs and events that will be impacted. Re-evaluate the necessity of meetings or events.
  • While some events will simply have to be cancelled, you should think creatively about how you can leverage social media platforms and video-conferencing technology like Zoom and Skype to meet some of your programmatic needs and keep your group meetings scheduled.
  • Since all travel is suspended, events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—should be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely.
  • Look at your attendance policies. Set out appropriate expectations for participation and respect individual’s decisions regarding their specific situations.
  • Stay healthy by washing your hands for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, stay home if you are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing. Follow the guidelines on self-care. Stay connected, virtually, with your student organization members.
  • Remember that staff in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and your advisor(s) are here to help you navigate these unique considerations and conversations.

SILC Program Updates 

Nontraditional Student Scholarships
SILC is still accepting applications for our Nontraditional Student Scholarships – Deadline is March 27th. You might be asking yourself, am I a non-traditional student? Well, if you commute 10 or more miles to campus, have any dependents (child or adult), are a veteran, or three years older than your classmates (i.e. 21 year old freshman), then yes, you are! Go to http://silc.ku.edu/non-traditional-scholarships for information about these scholarships and how to apply!!

Jayhawk Impact Awards
Here at SILC, we know that Jayhawks can’t stop being awesome, so we won’t stop recognizing their work. Therefore, we are still accepting nominations for the 2020 Jayhawk Impact Awards! Click here for information about each award and links to the nomination forms. While there will not be an in-person ceremony this year, winners of their respective awards will still receive a trophy, recognition on the SILC webpage, and a shout-out on our social media platforms.

Toolbox Series: Resume Building
Join us virtually on April 14th from 12-1pm for our last Toolbox Series of the semester, co-hosted by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the University Career Center! More information to come about how this event will be hosted online!

Additional Resources 

Below you will find a few additional resources with updated information about COVID-19 disease activity and recommendations:


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