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KU Memorial Union Operational Status Updates: COVID-19

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Visit the official University of Kansas COVID-19 Information page for official updates from the University. 

The health of the Jayhawk community is a top priority at the Union and at the University of Kansas. For that reason, this webpage is updated regularly with information pertinent to operations for the KU Memorial Union. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will offer additional guidance to the university community as soon as it is available. 


Updated 3/19/2020

KU Memorial Unions department operational hours have been updated to reflect the most recent changes. We recommend checking departmental websites to determine whether services are operating virtually. While some offices remain "open," their services may be limited to virtual communication. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

What are the current building hours at the KU Memorial Union?

Our goal is to keep the KU Memorial Union operations open so we can provide services to the fullest extent possible given unprecedented circumstances. We will provide updates to this page as soon as it is available. 

March 23 - May 15

The Burge Union and Debruce Center are closed to the public until May 15, 2020. The Kansas Union remains open with the operating hours below.

Kansas Union


Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19:

- Kansas Union: 7 am - 5:30 pm

- Burge Union: CLOSED (Virtual services are still available for SAPEC, Legal Services, Emily Taylor Center)

- DeBruce Center: 7 am - 7 pm

Friday, March 20:

- Kansas Union: 7 am - 5:30 pm

- Burge Union: CLOSED

- DeBruce Center: 7 am - 5 pm

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22:

- All buildings closed


What are KU Dining Services hours and COVID-19 updates?

See this page for anticipated dining operational hours and news regarding COVID-19? We will keep this page updated as the situation continues to evolve.

What is the status of my event at the KU Memorial Union?

Effective immediately, university-sponsored events will be limited to no more than 10 participants based on the most recent University communication. Mission-critical exemptions to the attendance limit must be approved by the provost or her designee. Appeals should be sent in advance to provost@ku.edu.

Today's Union Event Schedule can be found here

The Event Services team has heard from many event partners regarding the status of their current events and they are working tirelessly to reschedule as groups prefer. For registered student organizations who reserve space by semester - please contact the Event Services team if you would like to book space for Fall 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the KU Memorial Union's Event Services office by email (eventservices@ku.edu), phone (785-864-1170). 

How are the KU Memorial Union facilities cleaned and disinfected? 

The KU Memorial Union custodial cleaning program uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touchpoints, public and common area restrooms and kitchens daily. There are also dispenser stations adjacent to large event spaces containing hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.

Our crews have also implemented extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently. This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. An increased cleaning of these “touchpoints” has been in place since October to reduce health risks during flu season. But we have stepped up these preventative measures to further mitigate risks of the novel coronavirus. It is also recommended that all departments purchase single-use disinfectant wipes for human touchpoints within their workspaces such as keyboards, public counters, credit card readers, phones, and shared surfaces and items. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus. 

Please be sure to take care of yourself. Each of us plays an important role in maintaining our personal health, which in turn helps protect our broader community. Please continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent spread of COVID-19 shared earlier by Watkins Health Services

What are KU Bookstore hours?

See this page for most up to date KU Bookstore hours.


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The Notary Public service at Commerce Bank in the Kansas Union is free to Commerce Bank customers or Absentee Ballots. There is a $2.00 charge for non-customers. Commerce Bank is open 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, located on Level 4 of the Kansas Union.