May 21, 2020 Update on Summer Semester at Koç University

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

In our Faculty and Staff Meeting on May 8, you were informed that we have activated a new Task Force, ‘Return to Campus Task Force’ the primary responsibility of which is to ensure and execute the effective and safe transition of all university operations back to normal. The Task Force is currently working with various schools, colleges and other units to draft detailed and planned roadmaps for gradual, phased transitions from our current state.

The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off our campuses, is always our top priority. Thus, our decisions and actions are driven by our responsibility towards our community.

We have already made a decision for Summer Semester 2020 to conduct all classes via remote online instruction, except for School of Medicine Intern Program and School of Nursing Summer Clinical Courses.

The next step in our plan is limited and controlled resumption of experimental research and scientific efforts in our research laboratories. Koç University faculty, students and staff have been doing amazing work on multiple research efforts, so far 42 projects and counting, directly targeting the COVID-19 problems and we need to continue these accelerated efforts as well as many other experimentally based scientific research projects in order to ensure the continuity of our primary educational and research mission. Our Task Force continues to evaluate and assess the current situation regarding the COVID-19 and our plans to reopen laboratories remain dependent upon changes in the COVID-19 situation and guidance we may receive from the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Ministry of Health and other governmental bodies.

Concerning return to our Rumelifeneri campus of other activities, our evaluation of the return to Rumelifeneri campus of academic and administrative personnel will be made after June 15th, 2020 and upon evaluation of the developments in the country and guidance received from governmental bodies. All faculty and staff are thus expected to continue to work from home until further notice. No decisions have been made about a definitive date for returning to the Rumelifeneri campus, but alternative scenarios for a phased return are currently being worked on. Further details and decisions shall be shared with all relevant parties in due time.

Our Task Force is also working towards and making plans for the Fall Semester in line with the Academic Calendar for normalization and shall continue to communicate with you concerning developments in the coming days.

We all know that these difficult days too shall pass and I am confident that with the help of all of you, we shall in fact emerge out of this difficult period as a stronger institution.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran
Umran S. Inan
PRESIDENT

Grading of Koç University Courses for the Spring 2020 Semester

Dear Students and Faculty,

As we are nearing the end of Week 1 of online/remote learning and teaching, we are now fully prepared for the rest of the Spring Semester to be executed completely online/remotely. Details of the procedures and methods used have long been shared with you from your Colleges, Schools, Graduate INstitutes Koç University Office of Learning & Teaching (KOLT), IT Directorate and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

We are pleased to see that we are surely finding our way through this new model of education and feel confident that we shall be able to complete the Semester, including all Exams and other requirements,  so that all students can receive proper grading and credit for the courses they are registered for.

Nevertheless, having reached this point does not take away from the stress of our current circumstances for all of us or lessen the challenges of teaching and learning, definitely interrupted and disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has completely overtaken our planet.

Taking these unusual circumstances into consideration, our Academic Council has unanimously decided to offer a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (i.e., ‘Pass/Fail’) grading option for this Semester, effective immediately. Myself and my colleagues believe that it is important to provide our students this flexibility so that, for each class they are enrolled in, they can choose to receive a letter grade or a Pass/Fail grade.

Students shall be able to decide if they would like to switch any of their classes to Pass/Fail grading after their final letter grades are posted.

Undergraduate Students shall be able to either/or

• keep the final letter grade in their transcripts
• instead receive a grade of “S” – Başarılı (Satisfactory) if their final letter grade is “D” or above

Graduate Students shall be able to either/or

• keep the final letter grade in their transcripts
• instead receive a grade of  “S” –  Başarılı (Satisfactory) if their final letter grade is “C” or above

Please note that for students who choose letter grades (such as A, A-, B), their Grade Point Averages (GPA) shall continue to be affected by the numerical equivalent of the grade, as is the case currently.   Courses with Pass (‘Satisfactory’) grades shall still count toward degree requirements, with students still receiving credit for Pass, but the grade shall not affect the student GPA.

Please also note that this new regulation applies to students who are on Exchange Programs. Our ELC Directorate is currently working to finalize our regulations regarding ELC students and KUEPE Exams, to be communicated in a separate notice.

Please contact your Colleges, Schools and VPAA for any questions on the above decision of the Academic Council.

As I stated earlier in my March newsletter, we all know that these days too shall pass and I am confident that with the help of all of you, we shall prevail to ensure the continuity of our primary educational and research mission and that we shall in fact emerge out of this difficult period as a stronger institution.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. İnan
PRESIDENT

March 26, 2020 Update on Coronavirus

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to update our current guidance regarding students, faculty and staff, campus operations and related topics.

Students & Researchers

Online/remote learning, which started at our Medical School this week and which is due to start at the rest of our departments on Monday, March 30, 2020, is to continue until further notice, pending any new decisions of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).

Details on teaching and learning have already been shared with you from KOLT, IT and VPAA and I urge all of our students and faculty to reach out to one another and find ways to best facilitate classes. Please refer to our newly created resources webpage for all questions regarding online/remote learning and teaching.

This guidance applies to all students, including all undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students, and all researchers including postgraduate researchers and research assistants.

Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are expected to continue to work from home until further notice, pending any new decisions of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).  However, those who have been required to be physically present on campus due to their essential responsibilities and duties will continue as usual.

For work-from-home principles and requirements, please refer to the announcement from our Human Resources Directorate dated March 14, 2020.

Campus Operations

Rumelifeneri Campus continues to be closed to all students, their families and guests and campus operations continue to be strictly limited as per our announcement on March 17, 2020. Our guidance on campus operations remains the same until further notice.

Please check your emails and follow our website regularly.

I would also like to reiterate our previous guidances on prevention from COVID-19 and social distancing.

I thank each and every one of you for your understanding and patience as we are still facing a lot of unknowns and cannot foresee what the next few weeks may have in store for us. Nevertheless, I am confident that with the help of all of you we shall prevail to ensure the continuity of our primary educational and research mission and that we shall in fact emerge out of this difficult period as a stronger institution.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan
PRESIDENT

19 Mart 2020 Our Courses in “Online” format

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

Now that we have received more definitive guidance from the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), we have decided to start online/remote instruction for all classes on Monday, March 30, 2020 (except for our School of Medicine, where online/remote instruction shall start on March 23, 2020) and continue until further notice.

We are working diligently on finalizing the changes in the Academic Calendar and developing plans for the timing of any final assignments and exams that were scheduled for the week of May 8, 2020. We shall inform you of further details on a timely basis.

KOLT is preparing instructions on remote teaching and learning that you shall receive as a separate announcement on how to teach/follow courses online.

These steps obviously disrupt our academic activities for all of our community. However, we are living through unprecedented times and we need to adapt to continue and complete the Spring Semester.

I am confident that with the coordination of KOLT, Suna Kıraç Library, VPAA and IT, we can successfully deliver/follow our classes.

We realize that many of you shall naturally have many questions. This announcement offers our initial guidance that shall be followed up as quickly as possible with more detailed announcements from VPAA, your Deans, KOLT, Suna Kıraç Library and IT on further steps as needed. Please check your emails and follow our website regularly.

I would also like to reiterate our previous guidances on prevention from COVID-19 and social distancing.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan
PRESIDENT

Message on March 16, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to follow up on my previous message from March 13, 2020 and to share additional updates on our current guidance regarding students, faculty and staff, campus operations and related topics.

I would like to strongly emphasize that you read the entire text of every announcement so that you can capture the full details of each of our regulations, recommendations and updates.

Students and Researchers

This section describes our revised guidance, pending further notice from the Council of Higher Education.

The decision of no academic classes for a duration of 3 weeks, issued by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), now applies to all students, including all undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students, and all researchers including postgraduate researchers and research assistants.

Students who are not presently on campus should not return to campus until the conclusion of this period.

Students whose homes are in Turkey and who live on campus must go home and return to campus after this period.

International students and/or exchange students who are unable to return to their homes and need to stay on campus, should know that campus operations shall continue with strict modifications and on a limited basis. Further details on campus operations are to be shared with you shortly.

For international students who may travel abroad to go home during this break, please be advised that you shall still be subject to our guidance on self-isolation (please see below) and/or subject to other measures taken by the Turkish Government on travel restrictions at the time of your return to Turkey.

Faculty and Staff

This section describes our revised guidance on working-from-home.

All faculty and staff are now expected to work from home for the two-week period (12 days) as of March 17, 2020. However, the names of those who should be physically present on campus due to their essential responsibilities and duties must be reported by the Deans and Directors to the Human Resources Directorate at covid19uzaktancalisma@ku.edu.tr.

For work-from-home principles and requirements, please refer to the announcement from our Human Resources Directorate dated March 14, 2020.

Campus Operations

Effective March 17,2020, campus operations shall continue with strict modifications and on a limited basis. Further detailed information on campus operations are to be shared with you shortly.

Prevention Measures

Please see the new guidance on COVID-19 from our world-renowned expert on infectious diseases, Prof. Önder Ergönül of Koç University School of Medicine.

Please also see our earlier guidance on prevention measures.

Social Distancing

We strongly urge our community to practice social distancing measures. Social distancing means remaining out of group settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (at least one meter) from others whenever possible.

To reiterate our earlier guidance:

  • All university events scheduled to be held between March 10 and April 30 are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health has issued guidance on minimizing risk, particularly through the use of social distancing. Please review these recommendations and follow accordingly.

Self-isolation

To reiterate our earlier guidance, we request all faculty, staff and students who have travelled (university-sponsored or personal) to any country outside of Turkey in the last 14 days (effective March 9, 2020) or who may travel to any country in the near future, to complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately upon arrival in Turkey based on measures proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health.

If you fall into this category and need to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days.

If you were staying at Koç University dormitories, either on our main campus or the west campus, you will need to go to the Health Center immediately and stay indoors for the self-isolation period of 14 days. If you need to go home, University will assist you with your travel arrangements. Please contact the Office of the Dean of your College or your Graduate School for further assistance.

Continued evaluation

Koç University emergency operations task force is constantly evaluating and assessing the current situation regarding the COVID-19 and following the guidance Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health and other government bodies. We shall continue to be in touch with you as more updates become available.

Please continue to send your questions and feedback to koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr for any issues. We are working as fast as possible to respond to all inquiries and provide updated information to our community.

I thank each and every one of you for your understanding and patience as we have to change our guidance and prevention measures almost on a daily basis.

I am deeply grateful to all of you for your cooperation, and especially to the many people across our community who are working around the clock on our Covid-19 response.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan
PRESIDENT

Second Message on March 13, 2020

Second Message on March 13, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to follow up on my previous message from this morning (March 13, 2020) and to share critical updates on academic courses, campus operations and related topics in accordance with the guidance provided by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).

All academic courses

No academic classes shall be held at any of the Koç University campuses starting from Monday, March 16, 2020 for 3 weeks and until further notice.

This decision means that there shall be no classes, including online, for a duration of 3 weeks.

The Spring Break for the Academic Year 2019-2020, originally planned between April 6th through April 10 th, has now been included in this 3-week time period. We are working diligently on finalizing the changes in the Academic Calendar and shall inform you of further details on a timely basis.

Please also note that following our earlier messages, all university events scheduled to be held between March 10 and April 30 are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Students

The decision of the Council of Higher Education applies to all students, including all undergraduate students, interns and all graduate students except medicine, dentistry and pharmacy specialists.

Students who are not presently on campus should not return to campus until the conclusion of this 3-week period. However, if you are on campus and are unable to return home, please contact the Office of the Dean of your College or your Graduate School for further assistance.

We encourage students who live on campus to consider going home, if possible, and to return to campus after this 3-week period.

Students who choose to stay on campus or are unable to return to their homes should know that campus operations continue as usual.

For international students who may travel abroad to go home during this break, please be advised that you shall still be subject to our guidance on self-isolation (please see guidance below) and/or subject to other measures taken by the Turkish Government on travel restrictions at the time of your return to Turkey.

Faculty and Staff

The decision of the Council of Higher Education to close all universities only applies to students and classes at this time.

The Council of Higher Education issued a decision on how faculty and staff are expected to work during this period. Our Human Resources Directorate is currently working to finalize our rules and recommendations for appropriate work-from-home and other policy accommodations for faculty and staff. We expect to provide this information over the weekend in a separate notice.

All campus operations shall continue as scheduled until further notice.

Self-isolation

This section describes our revised guidance on self-isolation. We request all faculty, staff and students who have travelled (university-sponsored or personal) to any country outside of Turkey in the last 14 days (effective March 9, 2020) or who may travel to any country in the near future, to complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately upon arrival in Turkey based on measures proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health.

If you fall into this category and need to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days.

If you were staying at Koç University dormitories, either on our main campus or the west campus, you will need to go to the Health Center immediately and stay indoors for the self-isolation period of 14 days. If you need to go home, University will assist you with your travel arrangements. Please contact the Office of the Dean of your College or your Graduate School for further assistance.

Continued evaluation

Koç University emergency operations task force is constantly evaluating and assessing the current situation regarding the COVID-19 and following the guidance Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health and other government bodies. We shall continue to be in touch with you as more updates become available.

Questions about any of these issues can be sent to koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

I am well aware of all the difficulties and challenges that these new conditions impose on our community. However, we expect that these precautions may hopefully help alleviate the impact of this serious pandemic on Turkey.

I am deeply grateful to all of you for your cooperation, and especially to the many people across our community who are working around the clock on our Covid-19 response.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran 

Umran S. Inan

PRESIDENT

First Message on March 13, 2020

First Message on March 13, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to inform you of the significant steps we have taken in light of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK)’s decision to close all universities in Turkey to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus.

All academic courses

No academic classes will be held at any of the Koç University campuses starting  from Monday, March 16, 2020 for 3 weeks and until further notice.

This decision means that there will be no classes, including online for 3 weeks.

Koç University emergency operations task force is constantly evaluating and assessing the current situation regarding the COVID-19 and following the guidance from Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health and other government bodies.

We shall continue our communication with you with more updates later today (March 13, 2020). 

With best wishes and regards, 

—Umran 

Umran S. Inan

PRESIDENT

Message on March 11, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to clarify some of the questions we have been receiving from our community in the light of our previous messages of guidance.

Please note that according to the announcement by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health on March 11, 2020, a Turkish citizen travelling from Europe has tested positive with corona virus; however, please be assured that there is no indication that our campus is affected at this time.

Please see below our updated guidance on campus operations, events and related topics.

Continuation of all academic courses

Contrary to what has been reported at some media outlets today (March 11, 2020) about classes being converted to online, our regularly scheduled academic courses, including all UNIV 101 seminars, shall continue in their scheduled class rooms until further notice. Our goal and hope is to be able to continue to conduct our regular undergraduate and graduate classes as core component of our primary educational and research mission.

Please also be reminded that all events (including conferences, symposiums, workshops, seminars, activities including local and international speakers and audience from outside our university community, career events, student club events and concerts, performances and similar events held at Sevgi Gönül Auditorium) between March 10 and April 30 are either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Self-isolation

In my previous message from March 9,2020, we had requested all faculty, staff and students who have travelled (university-sponsored or personal) to any country outside of Turkey in the last 14 days (effective March 9, 2020) or who will travel to any country in the near future, to complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately upon arrival in Turkey based on measures proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health. This isolation includes all individuals, including children, with or without symptoms. It also applies to external visitors to Koç University.

If you fall into this category and need to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days.

If you are staying at Koç University dormitories, either on our main campus or the west campus, you will need to go home immediately and stay there for the self-isolation period of 14 days. University will assist you with your travel arrangements. Please contact the Office of the Dean of your College for further assistance.

For prevention measures, please do follow our guidance and what has been proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health.

Continued evaluation

Koç University emergency operations task force is now holding daily meetings to evaluate and assess the current situation regarding the COVID-19. We shall continue to be in touch with you as more updates become available.

Questions about any of these issues can be sent to koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

I would like to thank you for your constant feedback and reiterate that we very much appreciate your full and constructive cooperation during these challenging times.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan

PRESIDENT

Message on March 9, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to update you on some of the guidance we shared with you in my previous message from March 7, 2020. Firstly, please do note that all regulations and recommendations mentioned in my previous message are also applicable to all students of Koç University effective immediately.

Please see below our updated guidance on travel, events and related topics.

Travel

In addition to our previous guidance being still effective immediately through April 30, 2020, we now request all faculty, staff and students who have travelled (university-sponsored or personal) to any country outside of Turkey in the last 14 days (effective March 9, 2020) or who will travel to any country in the near future, to complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately upon arrival in Turkey based on measures proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health. This isolation includes all individuals, including children, with or without symptoms. It also applies to external visitors to Koç University.

Please also be advised that you will need to contact our Health Center for necessary checkups within and/or at the end of the 14-day isolation period.

Cancellation of all events

At this time, we are asking all university units to cancel or postpone events they are hosting between March 10 and April 30 until further notice. Such events include all conferences, symposiums, workshops, seminars, activities including local and international speakers and audience from outside our university community, career events, student club events and concerts, performances and similar events held at Sevgi Gönül Auditorium.

The university events subject to the provision above do not include regularly scheduled academic courses. Our goal and hope is to be able to continue to conduct our regular undergraduate and graduate classes as an integral part of our primary educational and research mission.

If you have questions about any of these issues, please contact koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19

Please see below updated prevention measures for respiratory diseases like COVID-19 based on measures proposed by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health.

  • Stay home when sick.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Closed spaces should be frequently aired.
  • Close contact with elderly and chronic patients should be avoided.

Please also see further facts about COVID-19, including a video from Koç University School of Medicine Prof. Önder Ergönül.

Continued evaluation

Koç University emergency operations task force shall hold weekly meetings to evaluate and assess the current situation regarding the COVID-19. We shall continue to be in touch with you as more updates become available.

Questions about issues related to COVID-19 can be sent to koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

I would like to reiterate that we very much appreciate your full and constructive cooperation during these challenging times.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan

PRESIDENT

Message on March 7, 2020

Dear Members of the Koç University Community,

I am writing to inform you about certain precautions the university is undertaking in response to the global events surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. At this time, there is no indication that our campus is affected; however, as Koç University Management, we have activated an emergency operations task force focused on coordinating the actions of the university and our response to possible emergency circumstances.

Please see below our guidance on travel, events and related topics.

Travel

The following guidance is effective immediately through April 30, 2020:

  • International travel – university-sponsored: We are restricting university-sponsored international travel for faculty members and administrative staff, to any country until the specified time above. We realize the resultant impacts may include cancelled trips, the window of time that research can be done, and for some researchers, the contractual obligation to complete projects involving international travel. In addition to the spread of the virus itself, travel restrictions in and out of countries can change at any time, and you may encounter difficulties returning to Turkey.
  • International travel – personal: We strongly recommend against personal travel out of the country until the specified time above. If you do undertake such travel, you must understand there is a chance that there may be a self-isolation requirement for 14 days upon return as well as the fact that there may be airline or governmental restrictions on return that are beyond our control.

International travel restrictions

We are asking everyone who is planning international travel to register it with the university. Such registration allows the university to contact you in the event of a major emergency or changing circumstances related to your travel destination.

We are also asking everyone who has travelled internationally (university-sponsored or personal) since February 17, 2020 to register your travel details with the university.

No one traveling from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or any other country with a CDC Level 3 travel health restriction is allowed to be present on campus unless they complete a 14-day self-isolation immediately upon arrival in Turkey. This isolation includes all individuals, including children, with or without symptoms. It also applies to external visitors to Koç University. Please also be advised that you will need to reach our Health Center for necessary checkups within and/or at the end of the 14-day isolation period.

Please be aware that due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, there might be 14-day self-isolation periods applicable to these countries also in the foreseeable future.

Postponement or adjustment of all events

At this time, we are asking all university units to cancel or postpone events they are hosting between March 9 and April 30 until further notice.

The university events subject to the provision above do not include regularly scheduled academic courses. However, to promote the safest possible conditions on our campus, we also are undertaking heightened sanitary functions, including more frequent cleaning, and are strongly encouraging preventive hygiene practices, as described further below.

Enhanced cleaning and preventive hygiene

We will be conducting more frequent cleaning in common areas and on commonly touched surfaces.

  • We have increased the number of cleaning staff responsible for crowded areas with high number of users in the academic, dining and housing spaces.
  • Hand sanitizers have been distributed to commonly used spaces including meeting rooms, offices, classrooms etc. and will continue to be distributed.

Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19

Prevention measures for respiratory diseases like COVID-19 are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu.

  • Stay home when sick.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Please also see further facts about COVID-19, including a video from Koç University School of Medicine Prof. Önder Ergönül.

If you have questions about any of these issues, please contact koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

Continuity of classes and campus operations 

  • We currently expect regularly scheduled University operations including classes to continue through the remainder of the semester, and for final exams to be administered according to the existing schedule.
  • We ask students, staff and faculty who are sick, or who have suppressed immune systems, to not attend class or come to work.
  • Instructors are encouraged to be flexible with attendance and exam policies to help students who may not be able to attend class for the reasons described above.
  • In situations where work can temporarily be performed from home or an alternate location, we encourage all to work together to identify those instances as possible telecommuting opportunities. In situations where telecommuting is not possible, we encourage you all to adhere to preventive hygiene measures, such as those listed above.

Discrimination

Students, faculty and staff who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 such as China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not more likely to get infected, carry or transmit the disease than Turkish or other nationals. It is extremely important that we pay utmost attention so that fear and anxiety about the disease do not cause panic, that people from a certain community or nation are not considered as the source and carrier of the disease, and that our foreign students, faculty and staff, especially those of Asian descent, are not discriminated against.

Continued evaluation

We are continuing to evaluate additional issues and will be in touch with you as updates become available.

Please also see Council of Higher Education (YÖK)’s proposed measures against COVID-19.

Questions about issues related to COVID-19 can be sent to koronavirusyonetimmerkezi@ku.edu.tr.

We know that there are many questions regarding how this virus may be impacting various dimensions of campus operations. The university will be making decisions on these matters, and we are committed to communicating regularly with the campus community.

I deeply appreciate your understanding as we sift through these challenging times and ask for your full and constructive cooperation.

My best wishes and regards to you all,

—Umran

Umran S. Inan

PRESIDENT