KU Constitution Day Celebration

Snapshot of the consitution

A Message from the Chancellor

"We the People of the United States." What powerful words those are. With that simple beginning, the U.S. Constitution sets forth the rights and privileges of American citizenship and establishes in writing the democratic principles that have guided our country for more than two hundred years.

In 2004, the Congress enacted a law requiring all educational institutions receiving federal funding to educate its students about the Constitution each year on September 17, which has been declared Constitution Day. Although we celebrate Constitution Day once a year, at the University of Kansas we educate our students about the democracy in which we live every day.

When I became Chancellor of KU in 1995, I distributed a document university-wide called "The 10 Characteristics of a Great University." The first characteristic is that a great university welcomes all peoples, respecting their differences, while teaching tolerance for each human being; a great American university demonstrates the value of a democratic way of life, thereby ensuring a democratic future. This point underlies every value that the University of Kansas holds dear.

This website will provide you with an overview of the U.S. Constitution, its history, its signers, its debaters, and its principles. It will lead you to other links to learn even more. I encourage you to study the Constitution and to understand how critical it is to our way of life and our government today.


Robert Hemenway

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).