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Healthy Restart FAQs Answered Sept. 14 for UK Faculty, Staff and Students

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2020) — With University of Kentucky now offering in-session classes again, the university continues to field questions related to specific elements of the campus restart plan. Listed below are answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by university faculty and staff.

Q: What back-up provisions are being made for faculty who become ill with the virus or must quarantine due to virus exposure?

A: Each chair/director, in consultation with the course instructor, should develop a contingency plan for continuation of the course should the instructor become ill or need to quarantine. If quarantining without illness, a shift to virtual delivery is a preferred approach.

Q: Does the administration have any guidance for small departments that may hit instructional capacity constraints should faculty members become ill?

A: It is good practice for all academic units to have a plan for continuity of business and instructional operations in the event of faculty illness or quarantine. These plans may involve, for example, team teaching or back-up instruction for courses, including PTIs- or TAs-on-call.


Phase I and II testing of students by Wild Health ended Aug. 30. As of Sept. 13, UK is reporting 383 current active cases and 826 recovered cases among students. As of Sept. 10, 28,903 tests have been conducted with students, including 900 positive tests and 27,992 negative tests. For information on testing results, visit:

For more information related to University of Kentucky's COVID-19 response and restart plan, visit, including more FAQs at

Each day UK will be providing some of the most frequently asked questions from students, faculty and staff and answering them as we start the new semester. If you have questions you would like to see answered, please email We will continue to answer those on an individual basis, but may also include them in UKNow. Thanks and stay safe and healthy.