Campus News

Making It as Easy as Possible to be Safe

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2020) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent an email message to the UK community on Tuesday, July 28. Please see below and watch the video above.

The university recently announced plans to test up to 30,000 students in preparation for the start of the fall semester, August 17.

In this video, we discuss how our campus community is working every day to make it as easy as possible to be safe.

In addition to testing, UK is also preparing for the following:

  • Screening and contact tracing
  • Providing personal protective equipment for all students, faculty and staff
  • Deep cleaning of classrooms and other spaces and reconfiguration of instructional spaces to accommodate physical distancing

You can read more about UK’s restart plans and playbook for a reinvented campus at

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.