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Message from Provost Rowlands: October 20

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

Dear Campus Community,

With fall break behind us, we now are heading into the second half of the fall semester, and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. In anticipation of this well-known travel holiday, the university has reviewed its COVID-19 travel requirements. The protocol has been updated to align with the CDC’s recommendation to avoid any non-essential travel. We ask that everyone take time to review these guidelines and keep them in mind as they make holiday plans. The recommendation to avoid non-essential travel is in place to keep the campus and our regional community healthy.  

We are also moving forward with spring semester planning. Because the Spring 2021 semester will be similar to our fall plan, we have decided to continue to waive many of the fees for the spring semester. The usual online fee for Spring 2021 will not be charged, however we anticipate it returning for the Summer 2021 courses. We are also delaying the mandatory commuter meal plan until the Fall 2021 semester. This will keep campus traffic to those who need to be on site to access essential services and activities, like our in-person classes, library services and student support centers.

There is one difference from prior semesters to note. From April 2020 through the Fall 2020 semester, NKU had temporarily suspended charging the semester payment plan fee, monthly account maintenance fees and all collection agency activity on past due balances. Starting in January 2021, these fees, as well as both internal and external collection activity/agency actions, will resume on all existing outstanding student account balances. To avoid the fees and any collection activity, please ensure you make payment in full before December 31, 2020.

Please also remember that the university has resources available to support our campus during these stressful times. Health, Counseling and Student Wellness is available for students to answer questions, perform COVID 19 testing and provide emotional support. Faculty and staff can take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program through Aetna. It offers online resources and counselors available anytime. 

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our campus community safe. We will continue to share updates through these emails and NKU’s COVID-19 Preparedness website. And as always, continue to follow our Norse Nine principles for good health. 


Sincerely,

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