NewsBack to School


UK students learning in uncharted territory on first day back to class

thumbnail_image0 (1).jpg
Posted at 4:16 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 18:09:58-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky has made a lot of changes to keep students and staff safe In anticipation of students returning to campus.

Since students left campus in March, UK Vice President of Facilities Mary Vosevich said the university has been reconfiguring campus to allow students to practice social distancing while learning.

"On campus, we have 365 general classrooms. Some of the colleges have their own spaces also, but those 365 required us to go in and remove almost 10,000 seats," Vosevich said.

UK has removed most seating in its dining halls, making its on-campus restaurants serve only to-go food. Outside seating has also been added.

There are normally 300 seats in the auditoriums, which now seat just 58. With less seating, most students are taking classes that have a split schedule.

"I have one that's full-on zoom, then there's some where we watch the lectures and then come in and do work and talk to the teachers," UK sophomore Tony Dietrich said.

UK has posted 35,000 signs reminding people to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The university has also increased its cleaning.

"Our custodians though, this semester are focusing on all the touches you have,” Vosevich said. “So the restrooms, seating, desks, all those types of things."

This semester has no break, and class on Labor Day.

Finals will be completely online.