To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Subject: Campbell County Designated a Red Zone
Dear Campus Community,
Campbell and Kenton County have been added to the list of “red” counties in Kentucky, which means that the COVID-19 cases have reached a critical level. Red is the highest level in the Commonwealth’s COVID incidence rate.
What does this mean for our campus community? Following Governor Beshear’s guidelines and recommendations, NKU will move to remote operations and learning, with exceptions for the classes that absolutely must be held in person. Students who have in-person elements to their courses will hear from their instructors with additional instructions. All offices that can offer services remotely will be temporarily stopping on-campus office hours. Offices that must be on-campus to provide services will be on-campus in limited capacity. Division and college leaders will follow up with their teams with more details regarding operations.
These new regulations will start on Monday; however, it is critical to take precautions this weekend if you were intending on celebrating Halloween. It is recommended that you neither host nor attend any gatherings or events. Please follow the NORSE NINE principles and protect yourself by wearing a mask over your mouth and nose and maintaining social distance.
The Commonwealth evaluates the incidence rate on a weekly basis, and we are hopeful that Campbell County will move back to orange next week, if everyone follows the new guidelines. If our county numbers improve to that point, NKU can return to our Moving Forward plan that had been in place this semester. We are counting on our campus community to help protect each other, and I know our faculty, staff and students will once again rise to the occasion. Remember, Norse protects Norse!
Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University