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

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.