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Frequently Asked Questions

for Students Moving to Alternative Instruction


Q: Can faculty require students to participate online in synchronous class sessions (attending online at a specific time)?

A: Instructors can ask students to be present synchronously but must provide accommodation for students with limitations, technological or otherwise. These accommodations may include recording and archiving lectures.


Q: How will practical classes like labs be carried out and how will exercises be assessed?

A: Professors will be in contact about adaptations to class work and assignments, including labs, applied courses, and ensembles. In many cases, things like lab work will be independent projects or experiments you can carry out on your own. The good news is that NKU has been preparing for this and many professors have already been teaching applied and practical courses online.


Q: Can I meet with my professor or advisor on campus?

A: Faculty and advisors may meet with students one-on-one as long as social distancing is respected and only if the student and faculty member agree. Students should not be required to come on campus or meet in person. Remote meetings are encouraged. All instruction for the remainder of the semester should take place in the online environment.


Q: If spring break is extended for a week, does this mean classes will run an additional week?

A: No, all spring semester courses will end on their usual date. The last day of classes for 16-week and 7-week courses is May 1st.


Q: What is the last day that a student may drop a course?

A: The drop date has been adjusted to April 6th to accommodate the move to alternative instruction. This is the last day to drop a 16-week course with a grade of W and the last day to drop a 7-week course without a grade appearing on a student’s transcript.


Q: Will attendance of online classes be relevant?

A: Attendance will be different because students are not required to be attending synchronously. However, your professor will probably require an assignment for participation which will show you are engaged in the class.


Q: Will commencement or finals week be affected?

A: These important questions have not been decided and will continue to be considered as the situation evolves and we learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on our region.


Q: Are there resources for students who don’t have access to computers in their home?

A: The Norse Tech Bar can provide students with laptops or tablets on a first come, first served basis. Computers will also remain open on campus, particularly at Steely Library.


Q: What campus resources will be open and available to students?

A: Most student success offices will remain open and available for students remotely. Tutoring and supplemental instruction will be available online. The Testing Center will be closed, but Disability Services will still be open and available to help students with needed accommodations. Please see the page for Student Services during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Q: Is NKU still accepting new students?

A: Yes! We are preparing to receive new students for summer and fall 2020. Go to for more information.


Q: How can NKU help me if I’ve lost my job?

A: Career Services has compiled some resources specifically related to job loss as well as helpful tools for searching for employment. Please visit the Career Services page related to the Coronavirus at


Q: What will happen to my Spring 2020 Internship/Co-op?

A: If you will be unable to complete your internship/co-op due to the impact of the Coronavirus, please contact Career Services. Their staff would be glad to help you work with your faculty coordinator/instructor to find a solution. You can find additional information at