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COVID-19 Information

Message from Provost Rowlands: Nov 17

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  11/17/20
Subject: Thanksgiving Break COVID-19 Reminders

Dear Campus Community,

As we approach Thanksgiving break, we ask that you remain mindful of the critical level of COVID cases in the region. It’s due to the alarming spread that we decided to continue in a primarily virtual mode, with exceptions for the classes that must be held in person and the student support services that are necessary. There’s also new research from the CDC that shows wearing a facial covering not only protects others, but it also reduces the exposure of the individual wearing the mask from inhaling infectious droplets. This is yet another reason to follow our facial covering guidelines and our Norse Nine principles.

Even in our primarily virtual mode, NKU is committed to supporting student employment opportunities. Federal Work Study (FWS) and Institutional Work Study (IWS) students are not required to work but may continue working. Those choosing to not work and have been continuously working since the onset of COVID-19 during spring semester, including the summer, will be paid based on the previously established work schedule. For further information, contact Leah Stewart at

We have a few other reminders heading into the Thanksgiving Holiday:

  • The NKU Shuttle will operate until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, and service will resume for the evening dinner period on Sunday, November 29. 
  • Residential Dining will close for the Thanksgiving holiday after dinner on November 24 and will reopen on Sunday evening, November 29.
  • Starbucks will be open on November 24 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Campus retail operations will be closed from November 26-29. 
  • Starting on Monday, November 30, retail operations hours are below. This schedule lasts until Friday, December 11.

§  STARBUCKS: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

§  STUDENT UNION CONVENIENCE STORE: 7:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

If you do plan to travel over the holiday, please take a moment to review the university’s COVID-19 travel requirements. Knowing the CDC’s travel recommendations before you go and following health guidelines when you’re away from campus will help reduce your exposure. After Thanksgiving, NKU will move to fully remote classes in the final weeks of the semester and finals week. This all in an effort to curb the alarming spread of the virus, and we know you all have been doing your part to help keep our campus community healthy.


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University