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Latest News & Updates

updated March 27, 2020 at 3 p.m.


Dear Students:

We are halfway through the first week back from spring break, and the environment is completely different from when you embarked on break. Just a few weeks ago, none of us could have imagined how COVID-19 would impact our campus. We know you are facing dramatic changes in your daily lives while continuing your educational journey through online instruction.

This week, with the latest Ohio and Kentucky orders for social distancing, we have moved up the date to begin NKU’s virtual campus operations to March 26, 2020. In this rapidly changing situation, we are all learning to be flexible. I want to thank you for having such patience and resilience while adapting with us, and please know your success remains at the forefront of what we do each day—even when we are supporting you virtually.

NKU’s faculty and staff are committed to providing the same level of services in our virtual operations. We created a Student Resources webpage designed to answer many of your questions and connect you with resources, like our Student Emergency Fund. To follow the orders for social distancing, we will transition to a fully virtual campus (effective tomorrow), but there are many student services maintaining a limited but regular presence for you.

  • Health Services will remain open on the fourth floor of the University Center for face-to-face visits by appointment only. Starting on March 26, the clinic will have limited hours with appointments available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. If you need to be seen, please call 859-572-5650 to schedule an appointment. University Center will be locked, and walk-in patients will NOT be accepted. Please also call the clinic to talk to a nurse about symptoms, refill a prescription or ask any other questions.
  • Counseling Services will be available by phone. In the event of a crisis/urgent matter, a clinician will be available by phone between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 859-572-5650.  For after hour psychological emergencies, please contact 859-572-7777. 
  • Norse Commons will provide to-go meals for those living in University Housing during virtual campus operations. These meals are available to anyone living in University Housing, regardless if they have a meal plan or not. To-go meals will be available every day in the lobby for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please note, the Norse Commons Dining Room will not be open.
  • FUEL NKU will continue to support all students during virtual campus operations. Bags packed with food and personal supplies are available for students in the FUEL lobby of Albright Health Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm. The FUEL NKU team can also connect students with available resources in the community. Please contact them at fuel@nku.edu.
  • University Police will continue their work of maintaining safety and security on campus.

Many of you have emailed asking about refunds and credits due to our campus transitions.

  • Parking, dining and housings fees already paid will be pro-rated and refunded to students. Refunds will be applied to outstanding balances first. We will share more details on when students will receive their refunds. 
  • Campus Recreation fees are mandatory based on a 2011 Student Government Association resolution, so they cannot be refunded. However if we are given the clearance to open in the summer, students will have access to the Rec Center this in the summer, as a credit for their spring fees.
  • With May Commencement canceled, the NKU Bookstore will refund cap and gown orders. Please contact them for instructions.
  • Until further notice, student past due accounts will not be sent to collections and will not have account maintenance fees charged on outstanding balances.
  • We are honoring student workers employed directly by the University, and students will be paid based on their previously established work schedule— regardless of whether they are able to work or not.

Another topic that has sparked a number of emails is moving to pass/fail for this semester. We appreciate your input, and a work group is discussing this topic. We should have an update for you soon. Even in our virtual environment, academic advisers are available to support you via phone, through email and online. A few other things to keep in mind:

  • The deadline to drop and receive a “W” grade in a spring 2020 full-semester course has been moved to Monday, April 6
  • All May intersession courses and all summer courses are moved to online instruction.
  • The summer and fall 2020 Priority Registration Schedule will be released as planned tomorrow. The Priority Registration Schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

As NKU adjusts to being a virtual campus, please note most buildings will be locked starting tomorrow morning. However, the mail room, the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center and the Health Innovation Center/Founders Hall, including the Vivarium, will provide limited access to faculty and staff. Only visit campus if it is absolutely necessary, and if you must, do so as quickly as possible and leave to prevent the need for custodial services.

Once again, thank you for your patience as we all abide by the recommendations to stay healthy at home and ensure social distancing. I admire your courage and commitment to reaching your goals through it all. We are in this together, and NKU will continue to support you in every way we can. I wish you success in your classes and good health for you and your loved ones.

 

Sincerely,

President Vaidya

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President Vaidya Video - March 27, 2020

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Stay home if you feel sick or have a fever.
If you are sick and are in need of medical care, call your health care provider for their instruction before leaving home. NKU’s Health Services has set up a telephone triage at (859) 572-5650 for those who are sick and need a consultation.
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It’s important to note that testing for COVID-19 is being routed through Health Departments, and there is a process to follow if you need to get tested.

The Kentucky Department of Health

If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, you should:

  • Isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.
  • If you want advice about your illness, call the hotline at (800) 722-5725.
  • If you are sick and feel you have an emergency, please call your doctor and seek medical care. 
Chart showing when to seek care if think have COVID-19
image courtesy of Kentucky Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:

  • Call your doctor immediately (before seeking care­) if you feel like you are developing fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. In adults, these can include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
  • Have severe, acute lower respiratory illness requiring hospitalization and no other diagnosis to explain the symptoms. 
  • For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)
  • Top recommendations if you get sick
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If you are feeling sick...

Please call and do not come into the Student Health Center. A trained medical professional will guide you on next steps.

For employees with specific health concerns, please contact your primary care provider. Additional information is also available on the Kentucky and Ohio Health Department websites.

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Managing Mental Health and Relieving Anxiety

Kentucky Department of Health Tips Dealing with anxiety and stress
From the Kentucky Department of Health website: Uncertainty leads to anxiety. Follow these tips to maintain your mental health & reduce anxiety. Please seek professional help if needed. For more information, visit the CDC guidance for managing anxiety and stress.
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