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Message from Provost Rowlands: Nov 24

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  11/24/20
Subject: New KY COVID-19 Restrictions

Dear Campus Community,

Gov. Beshear announced new restrictions last week to slow the rampant spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. A few of the measures impact our campus:

  • Beginning Monday, November 30, all dining will move to carry out only. This includes the Student Union and Residential Dining facilities. The hours of service will remain the same. Visit NKU’s Dining Services website for more information.
  • NKU’s Campus Recreation Center already is operating under the 33% capacity that the Governor outlined, so it is compliant with the new restrictions. However, the CRC will require facial coverings. This includes wearing a mask while exercising.

These new measures are in place because Kentucky’s positive COVID-19 rate continues to increase at an alarming rate. The Commonwealth also released a Guidance for Celebrating Thanksgiving that is attached to this message. This PDF outlines low, moderate and high risk activities during this holiday week. As we have mentioned many times, continuing to follow our Norse Nine principles can help reduce your exposure. The CDC released new research that shows wearing a facial covering not only protects others, but it also reduces the exposure of the individual wearing the mask.

NKU will be in remote operations when we return from Thanksgiving break for the last weeks of the semester and finals week. We have heard from a number of students requesting the university to allow a pass/fail option, like we did in the spring. However, the COVID-19 Academic Affairs working group discussed this, and the results from the spring semester did not meet our student success rates. Therefore, we will not offer the pass/fail option for the fall semester. We know this will be a disappointment to some, but we feel traditional grading structure is the option that best leads to student success. Please keep in mind, the Office of Student Financial Assistance has waived the GPA and credit hour requirements for the 2020-21 academic year for institutional merit scholarship renewal due to the continuation of COVID.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be safe. Please remember our “Know Before You Go” guidelines if you do travel and no matter how you celebrate the holiday– maintain social distance, wear facial coverings and follow our Norse Nine.


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