Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2003

Chancellor says war will not stop classes from resuming at KU

March 20, 2003


Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Thursday that KU classes will continue on schedule Monday, following spring break.

The following is a statement released Thursday by the chancellor about the war with Iraq:

With the outbreak of war in Iraq, our thoughts are with the coalition military forces - some of whom are KU students, staff or alumni - as well as the innocent civilians affected by this conflict. Compared with their sacrifices at this time, any inconveniences we may suffer due to heightened security precautions are insignificant.

We are aware of the possibility of terrorist attacks against the United States and are monitoring the situation in cooperation with state, county and city officials. However, there is no reason to believe that KU, its students or its staff are under any immediate threat. Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 24, at all campuses of the university.

To help our students, staff and family members stay current on the status of the University during this crisis, we have created a website ( that contains useful information about the nation's emergency alert status, campus emergency procedures and related news releases. KU Info is another source of up-to-date information. (785-864-3506,, and

I would remind everyone that the University has no official "position" regarding the present conflict. KU shall remain a place of academic freedom for those who hold a wide range of views. We shall also remain a community that supports the many international students and staff who are a vital part of the university.

Let me add, in the words of a recent AAU statement, that each of us has "the obligation to maintain a campus environment conducive to serious study and reflection."

We are hopeful that this war will be brief and that the outcome will be a safer world for everyone.

Robert E. Hemenway
The University of Kansas

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