Coronavirus (COVID-19) information


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  • Pursuant to the guidance of our state and federal leaders, Kentucky State will continue to operate under restricted access. Classes will continue under remote, modified instruction for the remainder of the semester as approved by SACSCOC. Again, there will be no face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 academic semester.
  • Presently, students’ access to campus and residence halls is restricted. Please do not return to campus. All students will be notified via their official email accounts and via University communication channels when it is safe to return to campus to retrieve belongings and vacate campus housing.
  • The dining center is closed in order to prevent crowds larger than recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Meals will be provided twice per day from the Underwood Cafeteria in the Carl M. Hill Student Center. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Students can pick up a meal during those times and return to their rooms to eat; no meals may be eaten inside the cafeteria.
  • Employees, please do not return to campus and continue to work with your supervisors as you telework. As recommended by health professionals, Kentucky State has been sanitized and only essential, credentialed employees can access campus.
  • The campus will not host any formal on-campus assemblies and convocations for the remainder of the spring 2020 academic semester. Regarding Spring 2020 Commencement Convocation, the University remains optimistic that the curve will flatten, and we will welcome students and families back to campus to celebrate this hard-earned achievement. The campus community will be notified via official University channels should changes to commencement occur.
  • Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, access to Kentucky State University buildings are closed to the public. Only essential staff with a valid Kentucky State ID may enter University buildings. This decision by Kentucky State University aligns with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect and care for the well-being of our campus community.
  • The campus will also suspend participation in spring intercollegiate and/or intramural athletic competitions for the remainder of the spring 2020 academic semester.

Report travel information on our COVID-19 self-reporting travel form


This virus, which has caused an outbreak of respiratory disease, was first detected in China and is rapidly spreading worldwide. In the United States, most states have reported cases. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold or more severe illnesses. The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China had not been previously detected in humans or animals and much is still unknown about it. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. Individuals who have these symptoms and who have traveled to places with community spread of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to onset of their symptoms, or who have been exposed to an individual with known COVID-19 in the 14 days before developing symptoms should contact their health care provider prior to seeking care. If you are a student and you believe you have been exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19, please call Health Services (502) 597-6271 or your primary health care provider in advance of your appointment.