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Dear NKU Campus Community:

The cross-divisional team announced by President Vaidya last week is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and working proactively as we learn more about the virus each day.

Again, please note that there are zero reported cases of Covid-19 virus at NKU or in the region.

Yet with worldwide developments in mind, the university has made several decisions in the interest of the health and safety of our students:

  • Spring Break education abroad programs to the Czech Republic and Spain scheduled for next week have been cancelled, and students will be reimbursed for program fees.
  • A Spring Break education abroad trip to Guatemala will procced as planned, but each individual going has the option to cancel with a refund of program fees.
  • NKU students currently studying abroad in South Korea and Japan will remain there for now.
  • Our cross-divisional team will join the President’s Cabinet for Coronavirus tabletop exercise in the coming days in order to heighten preparedness on campus.

Our top priority is the health, safety and security of our students, faculty and staff. In addition to the coronavirus, we must also be mindful that it is still flu season. The CDC recommends that people who have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours. For the benefit of our community, I ask you to be flexible in case a student, staff member or fellow faculty member is sick. If you are feeling sick or have a fever, please stay home and contact Health, Counseling & Student Wellness or your own healthcare provider.

Each of us should continue to practice good health habits such as washing our hands or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes and frequently disinfecting our work areas. Finally, we will continue to update our coronavirus preparedness website with any new information as we learn it.

Be well, and I thank you partnering with us to keep our campus and region healthy.


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs