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Help Students Find Safe In-between Class Locations to Study

student in foreground on laptop at flex desk area on campus; students in background talking.
Flex space in the basement of William T. Young Library provides students a space to study or join online classes or meetings. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2021) University of Kentucky faculty and staff members can help guide students to “flex desks” — newly established flex spaces in buildings across campus. These spaces provide students a quiet place to drop in while on campus to catch up on email, jump on a Zoom call or study between classes.

During warm weather of the Fall 2020 semester, the outdoor Campus Canopies served the same purpose. Like those canopies, these indoor spaces are equipped with cleaning stations to sanitize tables and chairs before use, and personal hand sanitizer is available. A certificate of occupancy for each space is clearly displayed along with other important "Healthy Campus" messages about how to "protect, respect and do your part."

Flex desk spaces are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Locations and room capacities can be accessed on the coronavirus website:

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