updated March 27, 2020 at 3 p.m.
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.
Many of you have emailed asking about refunds and credits due to our campus transitions.
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:
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.
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:
The Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:
Please call and do not come into the Student Health Center. A trained medical professional will guide you on next steps.