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Dear Faculty and Staff,

With President Vaidya’s announcement yesterday that NKU face-to-face classes will move to alternative instruction, our work groups have been busy outlining the details of this transition. Since the Coronavirus began impacting our region, the university has received countless emails and calls. We know our shift to alternative instruction impacts faculty and staff in unique ways, and we have tried to address some of the outstanding concerns we have heard.

Below are some points of clarification:

  • Seven-week accelerated online classes will begin as usual on March 16.
  • Seven-week face to face courses will now be taught online and will begin on March 23.
  • Sixteen-week courses, whether originally taught face to face or online, will have an extra week of Spring Break and will resume instruction online on March 23. This was announced yesterday.

For our faculty:

We realize this is a curve ball no one anticipated. In the coming days, I will share more details on trainings and outline the plan to assist you in transitioning to online delivery. While you work to prepare your courses, I ask that you reach out to your students and let them know we are committed to:

  • Being creative to find ways they can participate in online courses and to complete their coursework;
  • Communicating regularly with any updates, news or announcements and responding to feedback and questions;
  • Adapting advising to support them remotely when needed and guide them through the changing environment; and most importantly:
  • Ensuring they stay on track toward their planned graduation dates.

Please keep in mind that as disruptive as this is for you, it’s also greatly impacting our students. Staying engaged with them during this period will be essential, so students know the university is here to serve them. 

During this time, please remember the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines to stay home if you feel sick or have a fever and the Northern Kentucky Health Department’srecommendations if you are sick can be found there. And always, continue to practice proper habits for good health.

It’s also important to consider your own wellbeing during this time. There are resources available if you need to talk with someone. Faculty and staff can access NKU’s Employee Assistance Program resources. Please send student to our Health, Counseling & Student Wellness if they need support.

We will continue to share regular updates as this is an evolving situation. NKU’s Coronavirus preparedness website is the best place for our communications and information on the virus. You can also email; that account is monitored by key members of the preparedness team.

Thank you for all you are doing to help our university navigate this challenge,


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs