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Message from Provost Rowlands: September 22

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  9/22/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

We have a few reminders to share everyone this week. NKU students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear facial coverings and observe social distancing criteria on campus for as long as CDC and Kentucky health guidelines advise. For additional information, including qualifications for limited accommodations, please see NKU’s facial coverings FAQ webpage. Through the end of the semester, reusable facial coverings provided by NKU may be picked up from the Student Union Information Desk located on the 2nd floor. Faculty and staff are eligible to receive two facial coverings and students are eligible to receive one facial covering.

We encourage you to wear the facial coverings provided by NKU. However, if you wear a facial covering not provided by NKU, please assure the following:

  • The facial covering should be cloth, fabric or other permeable material without holes that covers only the nose, mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face.
  • Facial coverings should not have logos, pictures, or wording, except for the NKU logo. As NKU’s healthcare provider, Humana facial coverings are acceptable.
  • NKU faculty and staff must also ensure they are continuing to follow university policies; specifically, the dress code policy. That policy states, “We recognize the importance and value of having an environment where employees represent the University in a professional manner and dress appropriately for conducting business in their departments as well as on and off campus.” View the dress code policy here: https://inside.nku.edu/content/dam/policy/docs/Policies/Dress%20Code.pdf
  • The Student Union Information Desk is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am-9:00 pm to pick up your facial coverings. You just need to show your All Card to pick them up.

As the weather begins to change, we are reinforcing the message from public health officials to get your flu shot. Heading into the influenza season, this is very important because evidence shows vaccination can reduce flu severity and prevent hospitalizations. NKU’s Health Services hopes to receive their supply soon. Once the vaccine is available on campus, they will send out an announcement.

Please remember the Norse Nine principals that reinforce good health habits and keep an eye on your email for our weekly updates. In the coming week, we will share updates about plans for Commencement and the Spring Semester.Sincerely,

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