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Message from Provost Rowlands: October 13

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  10/13/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

I hope our faculty and students are having a relaxing, fulfilling and safe Fall Break. These two days offer a much-needed break from the rigors of the fall semester each year and I know it has been a welcome respite this year especially. Of course, our staff has remained hard at work this week and we are thankful for all you do for our campus and our students.

Our next extended time away will be during the Thanksgiving holiday, when the campus will be closed from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 30. As a reminder, in-person and hybrid classes will move to fully online delivery following Thanksgiving break, including finals week. Buildings and offices will remain open, but students will complete the last week of the semester and final exam week remotely. Again, this decision was made with the health and safety of all top of mind. We will share more information about dining and other on-campus services in the coming weeks.

As we all return to campus for these final few weeks of Fall 2020, it’s worth noting again that facial coverings are required while on campus and that they should be worn correctly both indoors and outdoors at all times. If you choose to eat on campus with friends or colleagues, please remain at least six feet or more apart and put your mask back on as soon as you finish eating. These facial coverings are only effective for protection if they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly.  

Facial coverings are an important part of our fight to limit and end COVID-19, along with physical distancing, good hand hygiene, surface disinfecting, and immediate quarantine if you develop symptoms of this virus. Please see our Facial Coverings FAQ page for more information on proper use. And please remember to keep following all of our Norse Nine principles for proper health habits and continue to do your part to keep our campus community healthy.

Finally, this is just a reminder about the adjustments to the spring semester calendar we announced last week, replacing spring break week with a series of shorter breaks:

  • University holidays on February 15, March 12 and April 2 will be days off for faculty, staff and students. The university will be closed on these days.
  • We are also adding two academic holidays for faculty and students on Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, April 1. The university will be open for business during these two days.

Again, thank you for all you do to keep the community safe.

Sincerely,

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