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Big 12 football teams to play 10-game season

Following the lead of college football’s other Power Five conferences, the Big 12 will implement a trimmed down schedule for the upcoming season. The Big 12’s Board of Directors approved a plan Monday evening for the league’s teams to play a 10-game season, the conference ...

Kansas Athletics reports zero positive results in latest round of COVID-19 testing

Kansas Athletics on Tuesday night released the results of its most recent round of COVID-19 testing, which yielded zero positives in 156 tests. The testing, which included 136 athletes, took place last Saturday. KU did not provide a sport-by-sport breakdown of the athletes who were tested. ...

Union representing graduate teaching assistants accuses KU of labor law violations

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Coalition is accusing the University of Kansas of violating several aspects of state labor law, alleging that KU forced graduate teaching assistants to work without pay, implemented changes without consulting the union and threatened nonrenewal of teaching ...

KU slashes spending by $60 million in FY 2021 budget as COVID-19 strains finances

The University of Kansas over the next fiscal year has budgeted for base tuition losses totaling more than $41.7 million as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the landscape of higher education. A Journal-World analysis of the university’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which runs through ...

Here’s where KU expects to lose $120 million in the coming fiscal year

Three weeks after the new fiscal year began, the University of Kansas has released new details on the projected $120 million budget shortfall it faces as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the coming year, KU has projected an $87 million hit to its core operations, which includes ...

Massage therapist who worked with KU women’s sports teams faces more charges

A man who provided massages for female athletes at the University of Kansas for more than four years was charged this month with six more counts of allegedly sexually assaulting four people between 2016 and 2019. Lawrence massage therapist Shawn O’Brien, 49, was charged in February with ...

In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo students walks in front of Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Weeks before reopening, plan to test KU community for COVID-19 not finalized

UPDATED STORY (July 15): Everyone returning to KU’s campus in the fall will be tested for COVID-19, Girod says; masks will be required • • • Original story: Five weeks before thousands of students, faculty and staff members at the University of Kansas are scheduled to return to some ...

Kansas Athletics settles dispute with now-former employee for $600,000

The athletics department at the University of Kansas at the end of June settled a dispute involving the now-former assistant athletic director for alumni engagement for $600,000, a settlement agreement shows. Allegations regarding events that took place in 2014 were brought forward by Jen ...

KU Alumni Association received $600,000 COVID-19 stimulus loan, records show

The University of Kansas’ Alumni Association applied for and received a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan of $606,200 in early April, just before the COVID-19 pandemic was at its initial peak in Kansas, records show. Like small businesses and nonprofits across the country, the Alumni ...

Kansas football suspends voluntary workouts after 12 positive COVID-19 tests

An uptick in positive COVID-19 tests has led the Kansas football program to suspend its voluntary summer workouts, KU officials announced Friday morning. Twelve football players have now tested positive for COVID-19, and KU is requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for all football players and ...