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Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


To provide guidance on how to acquire required personal protective equipment for your personal and/or departmental use. In an effort to provide quality and effective PPE the University has decided to purchase and distribute PPE through a centralized location. Quantities may be limited based upon the overall University requirements and availability. For requests and questions please contact



Northern Kentucky University is providing reusable and disposable masks to all faculty, staff, and students. Reusable and disposable masks will be available at the Student Union Information Desk (2nd Floor) during normal building hours using your NKU All Card.

Limited quantities of reusable and disposable masks are available at the Welcome Center, Student Union and University Center Information Desks, Steely Library Distribution Desk, and Campus Recreation during normal business hours.



While regular cleaning will be conducted by our Facilities Team, EPA approved cleaning disinfectant and cloths will be provided in all classrooms and office suites for discretionary use by room occupants. If additional bottles of disinfectant and/or cloths are needed please contact Work Control at (859) 572-5660.


Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus in wall mounted hand sanitizing pumps. If additional hand sanitizing dispensers are needed in your area please submit a request to Work Control at (859) 572-5660.

Departments may request bulk hand sanitizer by emailing Hand sanitizer will not be distributed for individual use, but may be purchased with departmental funds.



Departments may request gloves, but they will only be provided to departments whose duties require gloves to be worn as recommended by the CDC.

For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, like running errands, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol) and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.



A COVID-19 campus signage program will provide consistent messaging and graphic presentation throughout campus. Where appropriate, signs will be installed on floors and walls. To ensure consistency, individual purchase of signage is discouraged and inquiries related to specific needs should be directed to Ali Greer at  


Plexiglass Barriers

Plexiglass barriers have been installed throughout campus in transactional spaces where face-to-face interaction is high and where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Additional plexiglass barriers may be requested in office suites and academic spaces. Barriers are not intended to be installed in personal office spaces. Requests for plexiglass barrier installation can be made through Work Control at (859) 572-5660.  


Additional Items

NOTE: Before purchasing N95 respirators with departmental funds please ensure the purchasing department is a current participant Respiratory Protection Program as required by OSHA (29 CFR 1910.134). Contact Safety and Emergency Management at (859) 572-6528 with any questions.

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