Course Adaptations

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On Monday, August 24th, with the start of classes the form was taken offline, but we are working to process all existing requests. Beginning now and throughout the first week of classes please reach out directly to your professor(s) or instructor(s) if you need a course adaptation. 

  • Reach out to your instructor right away - the last day to add/change course sections online and without written permission is August 28, 2020. Please see the academic calendar for additional important deadlines.
  • Not all courses or sections can be adapted for online due to the nature of the curriculum.
  • An instructor may ask you to switch into a different section, which is being offered online or already adapted for students.
  • If a course adaptation is not possible, please reach out to your academic advisor or department to see if there are other sections or courses that are available in the format you need that also keep you on track with degree requirements.

If there is an extenuating circumstance that arises any time after August 31, 2020 that requires you to need to switch your courses to online instruction for the remainder of the semester, you should contact Student Support and Case Management at course-adapt@ku.edu. They will work with you to understand your specific needs, discuss options, and communicate with instructors.

What is a Course Adaptation

The course adaptation process helps students who need adaptations to instructional modes either before the start of fall 2020 or during the semester. Instructional modes include in-person, hybrid, or fully online.

This process is for long-term adaptations that need to continue for the remainder of the semester. It is meant to be used after all other options have been explored with your academic advisor or department, including switching courses or sections to one that already meets your instructional needs.

Please note, submission of a request does not guarantee that an adaptation will be made for a particular course. The instructor and department may offer an alternate solution that still keeps you on track with degree requirements while meeting your need for a particular instructional mode.

Some courses cannot be adapted to fully online including but not limited to:

  • ABSC 678
  • CHEM 331
  • EECS 660
  • JOUR 150
  • MATH 290-17057
  • MATH 290-18033


Short-Term Accomodations

If you need a short-term solution during the course of the semester (e.g. two weeks, a few days), because you need to isolate or quarantine, you should contact your instructor directly.

If you need to be absent from courses at the start of the semester because you need to quarantine after traveling from a location on the KDHE travel list, you should contact your instructor directly to notify them of your absence and to make arrangements to complete coursework during your quarantine.

Four Common Reasons You May Need a Course Adaptation

  1. You are a student with disabilities who is registered with Student Access Center (SAC)
  2. You have a chronic health condition, which places you at high risk of contracting COVID-19 and now need to register with SAC
  3. You live with or closely associate with people who are in high-risk categories and are unable to return to campus but want to continue at KU
  4. You are unable to return to KU but want to continue at KU

This is not a complete list, but should help give you an idea for the types of reasons you might want to pursue a course adaptation. 

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