To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
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:
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.
And we close this message with our reminders before coming to campus:
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.
Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University