WRITER: Conner Mitchell

Faculty leaders say KU's proposed conduct guidelines are overly vague, were developed without employees' input

University of Kansas faculty leaders say a proposed set of employee conduct guidelines was developed without their input and is so vague that it could threaten their free expression rights. The guidelines seek to outline KU’s core institutional values for its employees — such as integrity, professional civility, and multicultural and intellectual diversity. They also provide a list of "unacceptable ...

Decision to close KU's Oliver Hall came down to enrollment trends, chancellor says

The decision not to reopen a decades-old residence hall at the University of Kansas was based on enrollment projections and current occupancy rates at the campus' other nine residence halls, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Monday. The university confirmed on Friday that the hall, which had been closed since the end of the 2018-2019 school year and was slated for renovations, would not be reopening. Girod ...

Girod testifies before Kansas Legislature on KU’s economic impact, need for funding increase

TOPEKA — KU Chancellor Douglas Girod used testimony before the Kansas House and Senate Higher Education Budget Committees on Monday to tout the impact the flagship university has on the Kansas economy in the hopes of spurring more funding in the state fiscal year 2021 budget. The committees are preparing to issue recommendations at the end of this week on how much funding to provide to the six Kansas Board ...

KU's Oliver Hall to close permanently

A University of Kansas residence hall that closed for renovations after the 2018-19 school year will not be reopened, a KU official said Friday. KU spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson confirmed Oliver Hall's permanent closure to the Lawrence Journal-World. She did not answer questions as to why the hall would not reopen. The building, located at 1815 Naismith Drive, is still listed on the university's ...

Local, state leaders hold panel at KU to dispel myths about coronavirus

Local and state officials held a public forum Friday at the University of Kansas hoping to dispel myths associated with the coronavirus disease that caused a scare in Lawrence recently. The virus, which can cause severe respiratory illness, has infected nearly 50,000 people and killed nearly 1,400 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It hit home briefly at the end of January when ...

Kelly, Girod discuss efforts to bolster Kansas workforce amid budget concerns

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday stressed the importance of a collaborative effort to improve the state’s workforce after what the two called a “lost decade.” During that decade, a majority of which was governed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, the state of Kansas fell off the map in a number of key economic categories. Now, agencies are struggling to catch ...