In the Spring Forum address on April 21, 2020, President Vaidya outlined two scenarios to be considered for NKU for Fall 2020. The NKU COVID-19 Preparedness Team was tasked with providing a recommendation.
The COVID-19 Preparedness Team recommends that NKU undertake a hybrid approach to “Scenario A: Campus Opens with Restrictions,” that is flexible and adjustable based on constant monitoring of the local, regional, national, and international COVID-19 situation. Under this approach, NKU would open in stages as follows:
The blended environment will involve several elements, including the following:
The recommendations of the COVID-19 Preparedness Team are based on the following guiding principles:
These recommendations are designed to be flexible and subject to change as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
We hope this outline gives a solid picture of our recommendations for NKU’s approach to the Fall 2020 semester. We strive to plan as much as possible but also be prepared to be flexible to adapt and respond to situations as they arise.
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The following criteria will be used as part of NKU’s plan to reopen on the recommended dates:
Facial coverings are required for faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors.
The following plans are being made for a return to campus.
Under the recommended approach, some level of in-person class meetings with substantial mandatory health and safety accommodations will resume in Fall 2020. Flexible approaches to instruction will be required.
A variety of class formats will be offered. Faculty will work with their department chairs/school directors and deans to determine the format that best suits their classes:
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is currently making plans and preparations for both the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. The NCAA has instituted a recruiting dead period, which severely limits the recruiting activities for coaches. NKU Athletics summer workouts and countable athletically related activities could potentially begin as early as July 6, 2020, based on university permission and guidelines provided by health officials and the state of Kentucky. The safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, and staff will be at the forefront of these decisions.
The Department of Athletics has created an Athletics Preparedness Team, led by team physician Dr. Matt DesJardins, to formulate a plan for reopening athletic-related activities under the guidance set forth by government and health agencies, NCAA/Horizon League, and the University.
The Athletics Preparedness Team’s plan is being formulated with considerations for the following topics:
Norse coaches, staff, and student-athletes will adhere to campus guidelines set forth for all students, visitors, and staff while on campus.
Additionally, all Fall 2020 athletic competition is subject to decisions pending by the NCAA and Horizon League. Four possible scenarios being considered for the Fall 2020 semester include the following:
Mental health of all employees is an important consideration in the changing and stressful environment caused by COVID-19. Therefore, we will establish new resources and emphasize existing resources for employee mental health, including the following:
Human Resources will work with employees to ensure that they understand and utilize the following resources if relevant to their particular needs:
Human Resources will establish easily accessible answers to frequently asked questions such as, but not limited to, the following:
Human Resources will increase the availability of its staff to accommodate increased need for employee/supervisor assistance in areas such as the following:
As needed, more information on these accommodations will be presented in supervisor transition training or added to the FAQs or Returning to Work webpages.
Human Resources will be prepared to address and establish guidelines regarding compensation issues that arise, such as the following:
As needed, Human Resources will help address questions needed to implement the various health and safety issues that will need specific guidance from a Human Resources standpoint:
Human Resources will continually monitor the issues below.
Four possible scenarios. In order to maintain flexibility, Human Resources will continue to evaluate whether it is necessary to scale up or down to various scenarios.
Human Resources will provide guidelines for establishing plans to facilitate a phased/staggered return.
From the perspective of the university as a whole and in working with individual employees, it is essential for everyone to remain flexible and responsive to all issues that arise.
2. Confirmed COVID-19 Case Protocol (from Kentucky Healthy at Work)
3. Preparation of Worksites for Reopening
4. Employee Self-Screening for those Working On-Site
Several modifications and additions to NKU policies and procedures will be necessary. These changes will be reviewed by the COVID-19 Preparedness Team and approved by the President’s Cabinet. Examples of such changes include the following:
IT is planning a flexible approach to the Fall 2020 semester with regard to classroom technology, tech support, equipment loan program, Norse Tech Bar, system support and administrative support. IT’s goal is to support the university’s administrative and academic needs independent of decisions made with regard to mode of learning. IT will execute plans this summer to be prepared for in-person classes, flexible hybrid, and fully online instruction. These plans include the following:
Below are key elements of the plans of Student Affairs for the summer and Fall 2020.