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Latest Updates for Student Success

updated April 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.


How to order your course-required textbooks

View this step-by-step guide:

  1. Use the textbook wizard on and enter term, department, course and section of your class to search for the books required.
    (The screenshot of the textbook wizard interface with drop-down buttons for the term, and text entry boxes for the department, course, and section fields.)
  2. Following the prompt on each required textbook, choose your text format: rent or buy and new, used, digital (the screenshot shows an example of a textbook and a list of options available for that textbook: buy new; buy used; buy digital; rent new; rent used; rent digital.)
  3. Check out, choose your shipping method and add any last-minute items to your cart.

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Read Provost Rowlands latest message commencement, reimbursements and other timely updates. (May 12, 2020 and April 6, 2020)
Do you have questions or concerns about navigating college online? We now have a live online chat with experienced NKU students who are here to support you. Visit and click the “Live Help” icon to chat with an NKU Student Pilot today!

Information Technology Resources Available

In order to facilitate student success given the shift to alternate Instruction, additional IT related resources are being made available:

  • Loaner Technology
    1. laptops (windows and Mac) are available
    2. Ipads are available
    3. Wifi Hotspots are available for internet access
    4. webcams class participation (note currently out of stock but we have ordered more)
    5. Headsets with microphone for class participation
  • Norse Tech Bar remains open in the University Center to serve students that are on campus
  • Our virtual labs have been updated to provide additional access to academic specific software licenses allowing remote access
  • All students now have access to a Zoom Pro license and can connect via Zoom directly from their Canvas course.

For any of the above items, students can stop by the Norse Tech Bar, contact the IT help desk (572-6911) or email


NKU COVID-19 Travel Reimbursement Procedures for Faculty, Staff and Students

Please see the following communication from Provost Sue Ott Rowlands for the latest NKU COVID-19 travel reimbursement procedures for faculty, staff and students.


NKU Creates Emergency Fund for Students Impacted by COVID-19

As the region navigates the impacts of COVID-19, Northern Kentucky University launches a new Student Emergency Fund to support student success during this challenging time.

NKU’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund focuses supporting our students’ needs during the global pandemic—whether educational or personal. Any student can use the resource to reduce a financial barrier associated with life circumstances during the COVID-19 outbreak, including:

  • Providing food, toiletries and funding necessary medications;
  • Aiding in any educational-related expenses as NKU moves to online classes;
  • Assisting students who may need to travel home or to and from work;
  • Helping cover unmet financial costs due to loss of employment; and
  • Supplementing student wages unable to be earned due to closures.

NKU will begin raising funds immediately, and students can apply for funding now. To learn more about the Student Emergency Fund, visit its website.


Message from President Vaidya: March 11, 2020

Alternative Instruction Beginning March 23

In light of the latest Coronavirus developments, NKU will shift to alternative instruction beginning March 23, moving from face-to-face classes to online delivery. We made this decision with health and safety of our campus in mind, as well as for our entire community.

To give faculty and staff time to prepare, we are extending spring break for students through Saturday, March 21. Residence halls still will be open to students who were planning to return to campus on March 15. When classes resume on Monday, March 23, they will proceed through our alternative platforms. Students should watch for emails with details about the transition to the online format and adjustments to clinicals, labs or other necessary requirements for course completion.

At this time, we still have zero confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region and at NKU. That notwithstanding, Coronavirus is a growing concern, and Kentucky is under a state of emergency. As a regional leader, we must do our part to ensure we are following the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for social distancing to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

What does this mean for the campus?

  • NKU remains open and will continue normal university operations. All residence halls, dining halls and campus buildings will remain open.
  • All non-essential university sponsored events with more than 150 attendees will be canceled through the end of the semester. Other events will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Finals Week and Spring Commencement will remain as scheduled, but we will monitor the situation to determine if this should change.
  • All university-sponsored international travel is suspended through the end of the semester, and all travelers arriving from Level 3 countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival in the U.S. before being allowed back on campus. University sponsored domestic travel is being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

We understand this announcement will generate questions. Please be assured we are here to support our students, faculty and staff. Many aspects of the Coronavirus are out of our hands, but we are committed to ensuring our students stay on track toward their planned graduation dates.


NKU Education Abroad

If you have questions about Education Abroad trips and/or opportunities, please contact the Office of Education Abroad at 859-572-6908.


NKU Health, Counseling & Student Wellness

The Health, Counseling & Student Wellness office provides services that help NKU students, faculty and staff achieve and maintain optimal levels of physical and emotional functioning. Learn more.


Student Employment

NKU is committed to honoring your continued student employment. If you are an Independent Work Study (IWS) or Federal Work Study (FWS) student you are not required to work but may continue working. If you choose to not work, you will be paid based on your previously established work schedule. The time submission process will remain the same (submit time in MyNKU for supervisor approval). Please keep in mind, students are prohibited from working during a scheduled course time as listed on their spring class schedule. The course schedules will remain the same throughout the spring semester, even though we have switched to online delivery. Work directly with your immediate supervisor to discuss work arrangements. (excludes grant funded positions).


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