Susan Klusmeier, Vice Provost for Academic Success; Vice Provost for Faculty Development Chris Brown; Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Jen Roberts; Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs Charles Bankart
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:14 p.m.
KU Lawrence staff, faculty and affiliates KU Graduate Teaching Assistants

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare for the return to an on-campus presence for the 2021-22 academic year, we will begin to phase out the course adaptations process. We recognize that there are undergraduate and graduate students who will need online courses due to various complications related to COVID-19. Our goal is to move to a process where students can work directly with their home academic unit to identify options and solutions specific to the student’s needs and area of study.

Our collective priority continues to be focused on helping students identify and enroll in courses that keep them on track with their degree and program requirements.

Below you will find information outlining our plan to continue to support undergraduate and graduate students while transitioning away from the course adaptations process:

  • Students needing online courses should discuss course options with their academic advisor or graduate program. Students will be advised to enroll in courses already offered in an online format.
  • As a reminder, students can also search specifically for online and hybrid course options on classes.ku.edu.
  • If there are no viable degree-appropriate online course options for a graduate student, the student’s home academic department should determine if there are alternative options in the form of a course substitution or other arrangement.
  • If there are no viable degree-appropriate online course options for an undergraduate student, the advising unit is asked to reach out to the student’s home department to determine if there are alternative options in the form of a course substitution or other arrangement.
  • Instructors and departments are not required to offer course adaptions.  
  • Some courses, including labs and field work, will continue to be unavailable online.
  • If a department is unable to identify a viable alternative option for a student, then the advising director, assistant dean, or appropriate faculty/staff member is asked to work with their associate dean or dean to discuss options. The Vice Provost for Academic Success and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies are available for consult and support as well.

Recognizing that there are international students who may be unable to travel to the U.S., there is a team from International Support Services (ISS) and academic advising working together to help these students identify online course options and potential substitutions. If an international undergraduate or graduate student is concerned about their course options or requirements for their visa, please encourage them to reach out to ISS at iss@ku.edu or (785) 864-3617.

Undergraduate or graduate students seeking a disability accommodation or who have questions about their accommodation(s) should reach out to the Student Access Center at access@ku.edu or (785) 864-4064.

Current students will also be notified of the change to the course adaptations process via email. Additionally, the course adaptations website through Student Affairs will be updated to reflect these changes.

We thank you for your continued flexibility and patience. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!

Sincerely,
 
Susan M. Klusmeier, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Success

Charles A. S. Bankart, Ph.D., MPA
Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs

J. Christopher Brown, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Jennifer A. Roberts, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies