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Graduate Studies

Covid-19 Important Updates

On-line delivery of lectures | Dissertations and Thesis Defenses |

On-line delivery of lectures

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all in-person graduate courses will be delivered using online technology. The preferred mode of delivery will be using BlackBoard Collaborate. Please contact your school TLT contact for assistance in activating the BlackBoard Collaborate. For SOM contact Doug Adams ( For SON contact Nellie Modaress ( For SHP contact Sonny Painter (

Clearly the intent of our actions is to allow for social distancing at all times. With many clinical experiences, this may not be possible. If social distancing cannot be achieved then proper hygiene and protection must be provided. This will include exams. If an exam cannot be moved to an online version then steps must be taken to allow for proper social distancing during the exam. This is of extreme importance for those who are of greater risk to the effects of Covid-19 (for example co-morbidities or immunosuppression). It is imperative that there be strong communication between faculty and students to identify a proper solution to any issue. If there are any questions or unmet needs, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Dissertation and Thesis Defenses

Dissertation and Thesis defenses are mission-critical. Whenever possible Dissertation and Thesis defenses will continue as scheduled. However, we must be mindful of individuals at greater risk for Covid-19 and allow for safe attendance and social distancing for the defense. The public offering of a dissertation and thesis defense is one of the most important features of higher education. Effective immediately, all dissertations and thesis defenses must have a televideo option available for the public portion of the defense. The public portion link should be advertised and open to all graduate faculty and the public. The office of Graduate Studies can assist you in setting up the televideo format using BlackBoard Collaborate. The closed portion of the defense should also be held using BlackBoard Collaborate. Participation in the closed portion of the defense will only be available to the student, Chair, Co-Chair and committee members.

The information on this page is specific for KUMC graduate students, faculty and staff. Specific institutional information can be found on the KUMC Covid-19 intranet site. Please go to the KUMC Intranet


Graduate Studies

The office, located within the Office of Academic Affairs, provides the University level administrative oversight to ensure the quality and integrity of these diverse programs. The academic policies for all programs and information for completing a specific degree program are detailed in the Academic Catalog which serves all campuses of the University.

The University of Kansas is one of six state institutions of higher education governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The Office of Graduate Studies on the Medical Center campus along with the Office of Graduate Studies on the Lawrence campus is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools which is an organization of institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, and across the globe engaged in graduate education, research.

*For information regarding specific degree programs, please contact the department directly.

Contact Information:

1005 Dykes Library
Mail Stop 1040
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-1238

Last modified: Apr 02, 2020