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Purpose: 

To ensure that current students know jury duty is a civic responsibility, the University will not ask that students as a class of citizens be excused from jury duty. However, when such service will work a personal hardship or jeopardize a student's academic work, the student may wish to seek a release through the procedures of the appropriate judicial district.

Applies to: 

The policy applies to students, schools, departments, and administrative offices.

Campus: 
Lawrence
Edwards
Parsons
Juniper Gardens
Yoder
Policy Statement: 

Students should expect that they may be called for jury duty. Because jury duty is a civic responsibility, the University will not ask that students as a class of citizens be excused from jury duty. However, when such service will work a personal hardship or jeopardize a student's academic work, the student may wish to seek a release through the procedures of the appropriate judicial district.

The Douglas County District Court has indicated that a student will be excused from jury duty in the Seventh Judicial District when:

  • The student is or will be in academic jeopardy as a result of jury duty.
  • The student has served on one jury case.
  • The University is in official recess.
  • The student is not enrolled for the summer session.

If a student is unable to obtain a release from jury duty, the following University procedures will apply:

  • The student must present to the Dean's office of the school in which the student is enrolled written verification of the call to jury duty.
  • When the student is called for short-term jury duty (five or fewer class days), the student's instructors will make arrangements to accommodate missed assignments or examinations.
  • When the student is called for longer duty, the Dean's office will make the arrangements to accommodate the student's completion of academic work. If necessary, the student will be allowed to withdraw from all or part of the student's coursework without penalty.
  • A student withdrawing for the above reason will be authorized a full refund of the tuition and any applicable fees for all credit hours from which the student withdraws
Contact: 

151 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-4423

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Wednesday, March 1, 1989
Effective on: 
Wednesday, March 1, 1989
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Background: 

Recommended by the University Council on March 9, 1989

Keywords: 
Student Jury Duty, Jury Duty, Civic Duty
Review, Approval & Change History: 

07/12/2016: Updated to remove gendered pronouns.

Approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor in March 1989; updated by the Office of the Provost in September 1997.

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