KU news

Man charged with Hashinger Hall rape remains enrolled at KU
01:08 p.m., October 22, 2014 Updated 04:42 p.m.
A Kansas University student who is free on bond after being charged with rape at a residence hall remains enrolled at KU. University officials confirmed the man’s student status this week, adding that his residence is not a campus address. They would not say whether KU had taken any disciplinary action against him. By Sara Shepherd
KU Medical Center hires new communications director
October 21, 2014
The Kansas University Medical Center has hired a new director of communications, KU announced today.
KU common book author Laura Moriarty to speak this week
October 20, 2014
Laura Moriarty, author of this year’s Kansas University Common Book, “The Center of Everything,” will make appearances this week in Lawrence.
40-year volunteer one of 54 honored by KU Audio-Reader
October 20, 2014
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network honored its second longest-serving volunteer, along with many others, Thursday during the organization’s annual banquet. Chuck Fisher was honored for 40 years as an Audio-Reader volunteer. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas anthropology researchers waiting for test results from site
October 20, 2014
Researchers are waiting to hear if evidence found at a Pottawatomie County site this summer can be tied to the early populations of the Americas.
85-year-old professor accused of sexual harassment battling KU and its policies in court
October 19, 2014
Three and a half years after a student accused him of groping her during a study session, a longtime Kansas University professor is still fighting KU in court. By Sara Shepherd
KU researcher takes real look at fake wrestling
October 18, 2014
Jordan Bass learned a secret when he was 12: Professional wrestling is fake. “I was crushed,” he said. “I didn’t watch again for years.” He came back to it this year - this time armed with a doctorate. And now he has completed a scientific research study at Kansas University. On wrestling.
New Marvin Hall addition inspires architects-in-training, opens for first lecture
October 17, 2014
After years of architecture lecture classes all across campus, Stephen McEnery was happy to sit in an inspiring space Friday, when the Forum at Marvin Hall hosted its first lecture. “We’ve had lectures in other, dungeon-like spaces,” said McEnery, an architecture student. “It’s exciting to be in a lecture somewhere that reminds me why I’m studying architecture.” By Sara Shepherd
KU Theatre to stage comedic tale of manners, disguise in ‘Tovarich’
October 15, 2014
Kansas University Theatre will stage “Tovarich,” a riches-to-rags story set in the turbulent period after the Russian Revolution, beginning Friday evening at Murphy Hall’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
KU names honorary degree recipients for 2015
October 15, 2014
Kansas University has announced its next honorary degree recipients: a civil rights attorney, a nursing research leader and a best-selling mystery author.
University chiefs say halting sexual violence is top priority
October 15, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other university presidents told the Kansas Board of Regents they are improving their efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assaults against students. Three universities in Kansas, including KU, are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for their handling of sexual assault complaints. By Peter Hancock
As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response
October 14, 2014
A day after Kansas University Hospital confirmed that it was testing a patient for Ebola, local health officials say Lawrence is adequately prepared to handle the virus. By Giles Bruce
Fraternity is first KU organization sanctioned for sexual misconduct, though alcohol and hazing are regular complaints
October 12, 2014
Kansas University disciplines several organizations a year for alcohol and hazing, but the recent sanction of a fraternity for sexual misconduct is a first. Allegations of sexual assault at the Kappa Sigma house over homecoming weekend mark the first formal complaint and disciplinary action against an organization for sexual misconduct, according to KU. By Sara Shepherd
Retiring special-education professors’ impact went far beyond KU
October 12, 2014
Ann and Rud Turnbull just wanted other people with disabilities to have the same type of life their son had. By Giles Bruce
KU sex assault task force sets schedule for year
October 10, 2014
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force outlined its schedule for the rest of the school year Friday, including a goal to present recommendations to the chancellor in April. By Sara Shepherd
KU police investigate knife-wielding incident at Allen Fieldhouse parking garage
October 9, 2014
An Olathe man had a knife pulled on him inside the parking garage next door to the Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday evening.
KU to host conference on Obamacare
October 8, 2014
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will be the subject of this year’s Kansas Economic Policy Conference at Kansas University.
KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences hires new director of undergraduate service office
October 8, 2014
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has hired Susan Rufledt as the new director of its undergraduate services office.
Adults can party in KU’s Panorama exhibit Oct. 18
October 7, 2014
Kansas University’s Natural History Museum will hold a “Party in the Panorama: A Science Soiree” for adults from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18.
KU behavioral health program receives $1.2 million grant
October 7, 2014
Kansas University’s School of Social Welfare has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to recruit and fund students for a master’s-level program in health care.
KU launches monthlong campuswide food drive
October 7, 2014
Kansas University will host Hunger Awareness Month throughout October to battle hunger in Douglas County.
KU Youth Chorus to open new season Oct. 16
October 6, 2014
The KU Youth Chorus will begin its 10th season at Kansas University with an initial meeting and rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. Oct 16 in room 328 of Murphy Hall.
After first confirmed case of Ebola in U.S., area hospitals prepared in case virus reaches Kansas
October 6, 2014
With the confirmation last week of the first case of Ebola in the United States since the recent outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa, area hospitals say they’re ready if an Ebola patient shows up in this region.
KU sets up new School of Languages, Literature and Cultures
October 2, 2014
The School of Languages, Literature and Cultures will encompass the nearly 40 languages taught at KU and will be part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Graduates from KU’s aerospace design team win numerous awards
October 2, 2014
Each member of Kansas University’s aerospace engineering department class of 2014 won one or more international aerospace awards in a recent competition.
KU libraries dean to leave in December
October 2, 2014
Dean of Libraries for Kansas University Lorraine Haricombe will be leaving the school on Dec. 12 for a new position of vice provost and director of the University of Texas Libraries, KU officials announced Thursday.
Acclaimed opera singer to give free concert Monday at Lied Center
October 2, 2014
Acclaimed opera singer Joyce Castle will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
KU researchers make new discoveries in glaciers
October 2, 2014
Kansas University researchers say they have discovered new details below two glaciers that will help provide more accurate predictions about rising sea levels caused by climate change.
KU Theatre’s ‘Proof’ tackles themes of loss, mental illness
October 1, 2014
Kansas University Theatre’s production of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning “Proof” will open Friday at the William Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.
Number of reported sexual offenses at KU increased four-fold in 2013
October 1, 2014
The number of sexual offenses reported on campus at Kansas University more than quadrupled in 2013 from the previous year, according to a new report. By Scott Rothschild