Course Adaptations

Helping Keep Jayhawks on Track to Graduate

Guidence for Fall 2021 Course Adaptations

As the university course schedule returns to more in-person courses for the fall 2021 semester, the course adaptation process will change significantly from the previous academic year and phase out.

We recognize that there are students who will need online courses due to various complications related to COVID-19 and our goal is to move from a centrally coordinated process to an individual process where students can work directly with their home academic unit to identify options and solutions specific to the student’s needs and area of study. Our collective priority continues to be focused on helping students enroll in courses that keep them on track with their degree requirements.


The process for students needing online courses as we prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year is as follows:

  • Students needing online courses should discuss options with their academic advisor. For information about KU advising units, visit: https://academicsuccess.ku.edu/academic-advising-areas
  • Advisors will help students explore online course options that meet degree requirements.
  • As a reminder, students can also search specifically for online and hybrid course options on classes.ku.edu.
  • If there are no viable degree-application online course options, the advising unit is asked to reach out to the student’s home department to determine if there are alternative options in the form of a course substitution.
  • Instructor and departments are not required to offer course adaptions.
  • Some courses, especially labs and field work will continue to be unavailable online.
  • If a department is unable to identify a viable option for a student, then the advising director, assistant dean, or appropriate individual is asked to work with their associate dean or dean to discuss options. The Vice Provost for Academic Success is available for consultation or support as needed.



Recognizing that there are international students who may be unable to travel to the U.S., there is a team from International Support Services (ISS) and the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) working together to help these students identify online course options and potential substitutions. International students with concerns or needing assistance regarding their course options or requirements for their visa are encouraged to contact ISS at iss@ku.edu or (785) 864-3617.



Recognizing that some students with disabilities may be unable to return to campus, the SAC will assist students in working with their advisor(s) to help identify online course options and potential substitutions. SAC will continue to provide reasonable accommodations to students whether their classes are online or in-person. Please reach out to the Student Access Center  at access@ku.edu or (785) 864-4064.

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