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Message from Provost Rowlands: September 8

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  9/8/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

I hope you enjoyed your long Labor Day weekend and are ready to dive back into the fall semester. One thing to note– Starbucks will close at 7 p.m. starting this week. The decision to adjust hours is based on reviewing traffic in the Student Union during the evening hours. We will continue to monitor customer traffic and can adjust as necessary. 

We know there’s a lot of information on when to quarantine and what to do if you’re sick. In addition to the flowcharts on our protocols page, we created a document to help demonstrate the timeline of COVID-19 infections and how it spreads. This educational material is designed to help you understand the risks associated with coming to campus and other activities.

Human Resources has extended the deadline to complete the mandatory re-entry training to Sept. 14. This is required for all faculty, staff and student workers before coming to campus. The course can be accessed on Safe Colleges or faculty and staff and on Canvas for student workers. It takes about 35 minutes to complete and will prepare you for our expectations when on campus this semester. You also need to check into the Healthy@NKU COVID self-screen before you coming to NKU. This ensures everyone who comes to campus is well.

As we head into the influenza season, public health authorities are stressing the importance of getting your flu shot. Evidence clearly shows that vaccination can reduce flu severity and prevent hospitalizations—critical considerations at a time when the health care system is burdened by COVID-19. NKU’s Health Services will be offering flu shots again this year. Once the vaccines become available on campus, there will be additional communications providing more information. Kroger will also hold drive through flu shot clinics this month, so keep an eye out for more information on them.

We have a great fall semester ahead of us. Let’s continue to focus on our academic and professional goals while following our Norse Nine principles. We are all doing our part to keep our campus healthy, and Cabinet and the COVID-19 Preparedness Team appreciates your efforts.

Sincerely,

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