Dear Campus Community,
In light of the latest Coronavirus developments, NKU will shift to alternative instruction beginning March 23, moving from face-to-face classes to online delivery. We made this decision with health and safety of our campus in mind, as well as for our entire community.
To give faculty and staff time to prepare, we are extending spring break for students through Saturday, March 21. Residence halls still will be open to students who were planning to return to campus on March 15. When classes resume on Monday, March 23, they will proceed through our alternative platforms. Students should watch for emails with details about the transition to the online format and adjustments to clinicals, labs or other necessary requirements for course completion.
At this time, we still have zero confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region and at NKU. That notwithstanding, Coronavirus is a growing concern, and Kentucky is under a state of emergency. 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.
What does this mean for the campus?
We understand this announcement will generate questions. Please be assured we are here to support our students, faculty and staff. Many aspects of the Coronavirus are out of our hands, but we are committed to ensuring our students stay on track toward their planned graduation dates.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and NKU’s Coronavirus Preparedness Team, led by Provost Sue Ott Rowlands, is monitoring the latest developments around the international and national outbreak of the Coronavirus. Work groups are reviewing NKU’s policies and plans if other administrative and business functions are impacted. The preparedness team will also join the President’s Cabinet for Coronavirus tabletop exercise next week to walk through scenarios and understand the university’s response. Regular updates are being provided via email and posted on NKU’s Coronavirus preparedness website.
Being vigilant helps us protect our community as a whole, and we are still in the regular cold and flu season. With this in mind, please stay home if you feel sick or have a fever. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has these recommendations if you are sick:
Finally, we will continue to emphasize proper habits for good health:
As your President, I assure you that NKU is committed to the health and wellbeing of our campus constituents and the community beyond. Please know that there are resources available if you need to talk with someone. Faculty and staff can access NKU’s Employee Assistance Program resources, and ourHealth, Counseling & Student Wellness staff is on hand to help students. Send your questions to our email@example.com email that is monitored by key members of the preparedness team.
Thank you for being flexible and partnering with us to keep our campus and community healthy.
Ashish K. Vaidya