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LEXINGTON, Ky (Aug. 13, 2021) — Campus Ruckus, the kickoff event for K Week, will take place 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Aug. 19, at William H. Pieratt Intramural Fields.

Campus Ruckus is a unique event hosted by students, for the benefit of students. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are encouraged to showcase their organization by creating an activity that will engage incoming students during K Week. RSOs can table, chat with students and explain why being involved at the University of Kentucky is so important.

Usually, Campus Ruckus hosts anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 first-year and transfer students. It is a great way for students to start getting involved on campus as they are introduced to organizations that might interest them. In return, organizations can recruit members and share their experiences on campus.

“Campus Ruckus is such a vital part of kicking off the school year and welcoming new students to campus because of the atmosphere it creates for the entire community,” said Lexi Greer, director of traditions for UK’s Student Activities Board. “After such a hard and confusing year, it is so important for incoming students to feel a sense of belonging and find a place where they can flourish on campus.”

Campus Ruckus tabling is open to registered student organizations at the UK. Student organizations can sign up to table by visiting the forms section under the Student Activities Board BBNvolved page. For questions about your registration status, click here or email

All students are invited to Campus Ruckus. Students wanting to attend the event should check Student Activities Board’s BBNvolved page closer to Aug. 19, as information continues to be upated related to COVID-19 policies.

Because of Campus Ruckus activities, 165 spaces in the Kroger Field Periphery (K) Blue Lot will be reserved beginning on Friday, Aug. 13. This 200 by 200 square foot area is located in the middle section of the Blue Lot, adjacent to Alumni Drive.

The Blue Lot area is being blocked early to ensure that it remains clear of vehicles for Campus Ruckus. Students will begin arriving on campus Monday, Aug. 16, and no vehicles will be allowed to park in this cordoned-off area. 

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