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Message from Provost Rowlands: Nov 10

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  11/10/20
Subject: NKU COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

The number of COVID-19 cases in Campbell County continues to be at a critical level, and it appears we will remain a “red zone” county for a while. In order to follow Kentucky’s guidelines and recommendationsNKU will continue in our current mode until Thanksgiving, with primarily virtual instruction and limited face-to-face classes.

This morning, the President’s Cabinet approved the COVID-19 Preparedness Team’s recommendation to continue our primarily virtual mode through Thanksgiving break. Our Fall Moving Forward plan always included the transition to remote status in the final week of the semester and finals week. We feel extending the remote operations and learning as much as we can before Thanksgiving is the best way to help curb the alarming spread of the virus in our region. 

 

However, many areas around campus remain open during this primarily virtual mode. There are classes that must be held in person, and offices that support students will do so with limited capacity. 

  • University Housing and Dining Services will remain open for students living on campus. 
  • Steely Library and the Student Union will continue to provide a place for students to study, while practicing social distancing and our Norse Nine measures.  
  • NKU’s Health, Counseling and Student Wellness remains open for students to answer questions, perform COVID 19 testing and provide emotional support. Health Services requires appointments to maintain physical distancing in the waiting room. 
  • Faculty and staff can take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program through Aetna for support during this stressful time. It offers online resources and counselors available anytime.

 

We are taking these heightened measures because our regional counties are at the highest level in the Commonwealth’s COVID incidence rate. All ages groups are currently being impacted by COVID-19, and most transmissions are now occurring through smaller gatherings of friends or families. If think you might have been exposed to the virus or are sick, please remember:

  • To review our flow charts for students or for faculty and staff to understand the next steps you should take. If you are sick, contact Health Services or your healthcare provider.
  • To self-report your positive COVID-19 case, visit this online form for faculty, staff and students. This form assures uniform reporting and record keeping, while also protecting people’s privacy.

We know people are growing weary of all the precautions and measures, but we are facing a devastating phase of the virus’ spread. We must all work together to help our county and region make a turn in the right direction. With your help, we can do this together, because Norse Protects Norse!

 

Sincerely,

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