Dear NKU Campus Community:
My Coronavirus update email yesterday has sparked many questions, with most focused on whether NKU will move to an alternative form of course delivery, such as online classes. This topic has been a discussion point since I convened NKU’s Coronavirus Preparedness Team in late February, and now we are actively planning for the eventuality. As you are aware, many universities have already taken this step.
As you can imagine, this is no small undertaking, and many factors must be considered. The Coronavirus Preparedness Team is a cross-divisional group working through the details of continuity of operations, including the delivery of our curriculum. While moving courses to an online format is a dramatic step, it is one that we are considering as Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana have declared states of emergency due to Coronavirus.
The health and wellbeing of our campus and the community are our top priorities. At this time, there are still zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 at NKU or in Northern Kentucky. As a regional leader, we must do our part to ensure we are following the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for social distancing to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
This communication will likely generate even more questions, and anticipating this, we have created an email address for questions about NKU’s response to Coronavirus: firstname.lastname@example.org. These emails go directly to me and key members of the preparedness team. You can also visit our Coronavirus Preparedness web page to find the best and latest information about the virus and our campus communications. The Kentucky Department of Health also has created a hotline for Coronavirus questions: 1-800-722-5725.
With an evolving situation, it may become necessary to share frequent updates. This is to ensure our campus community is informed as we navigate NKU’s response to the Coronavirus, not to cause anxiety or stress. If you do feel overwhelmed and need to talk with someone, support is available through our Health, Counseling & Student Wellness.
Thank you for your vigilance and partnership to keep our campus and the region healthy.
Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs