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Message from Provost Rowlands: August 11

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  8/11/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

We look forward to the start of classes on August 17 as the final touches are being put into place for next week. Our NKU Moving Forward plan centers on creating an environment with many measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Norse Nine principles that encourage proper health habits provide an easy to read outline of those measures including facial coverings and social distancing. We appreciate Gov. Beshear’s recommendations for K-12 schools to delay their in-person classes to reduce the spread of the virus in their classrooms. Please know our COVID-19 Preparedness Team continues to meet multiple times a week to monitor the environment and discuss any impacts to our campus.

A large part of the Moving Forward plan focuses on cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting campus spaces. In addition to the daily cleaning and recommended sanitizing of your own workspace, the crews will be deep cleaning areas on a rotating basis. This may lead to temporary closure of a campus office or service. Please also keep in mind that offices might be closed if an employee needs to step away or if a non-scheduled absence occurs. This can be due to COVID-19 or non-COVID related issues or when an employee is informed by the Healthy@NKU app not report to work and back-up coverage has not arrived. We know a temporary closure of an office may create an inconvenience; however, in an effort to minimize risk, there are times when it will be unavoidable. 

As we gear up for next week, there are few additional things to mention:

 

Outstanding Balances:

For students, NKU will continue to hold off on processing any payment plan fees or account maintenance fees charged on outstanding balances. Also, any student’s past due accounts will not be sent to collections. This continues the decision from the spring through the fall semester.

Mail and Distribution Services/ Central Receiving:

Faculty and staff should note that the mail room and central receiving will operate under normal hours: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting August 17.

  • Mail: Regular mail can be picked up when the office is open. Outgoing mail can be dropped off any time during office hours to be processed through the USPS daily.  
  • Packages: Incoming packages will continue to be accepted and processed through Central Receiving. Departments are expected to retrieve packages, at least weekly, to be transported back to the office. If you have an oversized package, you need to make an appointment to coordinate the delivery of your package. Please contact Kevin Rossell at x5211.
  • Other Items: Copy paper will be delivered as normal to your suite. For perishables, chemicals or combustible items that are received from or delivered to academic departments, the mailroom will work with that group to ensure the items are safely transported.
  • Please direct any questions to Andy Meeks at x5575 or Kevin Rossell at x5211.

 

And we close this message with our reminders before coming to campus:

  • Faculty, staff and student workers must complete the mandatory re-entry training before they come to campus. The course can be accessed on Safe Colleges or faculty and staff and on Canvasfor student workers. It only takes about 35 minutes to complete.
  • Check-in with the COVID-19 self-screen when coming to campus. Before leaving your home, use the Healthy@NKU app, which is available through myNKU for both standard platforms and mobile devices. 
  • Remember your facial covering. You are required to wear a facial covering when on campus. Due to shipping delays, we have had to adjust the facial covering pick-ups to begin on August 13. All current faculty, staff and students are eligible for free facial coverings by showing their All Card. Please see schedule below for distribution.
  • Aug. 13- Aug. 28: 
    • 8:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union 101 (game room)           
    • 4:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Student Union Information Desk (2nd Floor)
  • Aug. 31- Sept. 3:
    • 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Student Union Information Desk (2nd Floor)
  • Please be patient and share feedback. As we have mentioned, this is a new environment for all of us, and we are doing our best to anticipate issues, concerns and questions in advance. Please share feedback with covid19@nku.edu. Continue to check the NKU COVID-19 Preparedness website for the latest university communications.

The summer has flown by, and we are set to begin our fall semester in a few short days. We appreciate the hard work of all of you over the past few months, and let’s continue work together to make this a successful academic year. Please stay safe and well, and we will see you for the start of the semester next week.

Sincerely,

Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University
859.572.5788
sottrowlands@nku.edu