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Additional School of Health Professions Coronavirus Updates

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In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus. The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.

As a unique blend of eight departments spread across various areas of campus, the School of Health Professions faces a unique challenge in developing contingency plans that will effectively address each department's concerns. Each department prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

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For the latest updates, please see the KU Medical Center coronavirus information page.

KU Medical Center Student Health Services has provided a helpful COVID-19 resource library that includes information from the Centers for Disease Control, assistance with coping and self-care during the pandemic, healthy eating and nutrition tips, and more.

Visitors: many on-campus activities for 2021 remain suspended or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates on visiting student experiences are available from the Office of Community Engagement. Others, including trainees, prospective students, visiting clinicians, and researchers should verify in-person attendance is allowed prior to making travel plans.

Vaccine Status Impact on Student Activities

KU Medical Center encourages all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. KU programs will assign students to clinical or other programmatic activities without regard to their COVID-19 vaccine immunization status unless it is a requirement of the third-party site.

Students may not decline an assignment due to being unvaccinated unless specific accommodations have been requested and granted pursuant to the Students with Disabilities Policies and Procedures Manual or the Religious Accommodations Process. If a third-party site requires students be vaccinated to participate in a clinical or programmatic activity, unvaccinated KU students would be precluded from participating.

Please direct questions related to this policy to Jeff Radel, Ph.D., associate dean for academic and student affairs.

For department-specific information in addition to the above, please check the links to the department updates below.

The School of Health Professions wishes to reiterate that although some employees will continue to work remotely as much as possible during this period of campus depopulation, all units of the school remain open.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via university broadcast email messages.

Faculty, staff, and students that may have come into contact with a person suspected of having coronavirus are strongly encouraged to remain at home. Individuals with symptoms should isolate themselves for at least 14 days and contact their health care provider.

Please know the school is monitoring this situation closely. As the information received is changing rapidly, changes to these plans will be made as deemed necessary with updates posted to this page as they become available.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FASAHP
Dean, School of Health Professions
University of Kansas Medical Center

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Last modified: Apr 24, 2021

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