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NKU students react to campus changes from coronavirus outbreak

Students spent the day voicing their opinions on social media

March 12, 2020

NKU campus officials announced on Wednesday that spring break would be extended an extra week and nearly all classes will shift to online instruction beginning March 23. Currently, it has not been announced whether class will resume in-person by the end of the semester. This decision came in the wake of several other local universities closing and Governor Andy Beshear advising all Kentuckians to avoid crowds and large gatherings.

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Throughout the day, students took to social media to voice their thoughts and concerns about not coming back to classes for quite some time.

Student body president Jarett Lopez praised NKU for its choice:

Several students were concerned about the switch:

Some SOTA students were confused on how their classes (and their upcoming shows) will continue as a result of the switch:

A few students cracked jokes about NKU’s upcoming bid for the NCAA tournament, which will now be played in empty arenas with no fans allowed:

Most, however, went straight for what college students do best: cracking jokes about an unfortunate situation that no one wants to be in:

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A few students addressed the large amounts of free time everyone will now have because of the change:

And finally, this tweet that dragged every single one of us:


The Northerner is currently investigating the impact of the switch to online learning, including but not limited to how housing, dining, student workers, labs, studios and the office of Health, Counseling and Student Wellness will be affected. For any questions you’d like to know about the decision, contact us anytime on Twitter or Instagram. For questions or concerns about how the virus could potentially affect campus, email Keep checking The Northerner for all updates on NKU’s switch to alternative instruction.


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