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Jasmine Cummins

The James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

All student organizations to cancel remaining semester events

Student events, whether on or off campus, will no longer take place

March 13, 2020

All student organizations have been asked to cancel all remaining events for the semester—whether on- or off-campus—according to an email from Sarah Aikman, director of the Student Union and University Center.

This announcement comes in the wake of Wednesday’s campus-wide email that announced classes will move online for the remainder of the semester due to the coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus was recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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For any organizations that already had contracts with vendors for future events, work with the vendor to figure out your options on either canceling or postponing the event until next semester. For help on this, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at

“We understand the importance of meeting with your student organizations to discuss plans for the future and to check in with your members. With that being said, we are encouraging all student organization executive boards to come up with innovative ways to “meet” with their members,” Aikman said in an email to all campus organization leaders. “Check in with them over social media or have a scheduled phone call. There are even several options available for you in regards to digital meetings (Skype, Google Hangout, etc).”

Aikman asked students to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines by staying home if you feel sick or have a fever, to follow the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s recommendations if you are sick and to continue practicing proper habits for good health.

We ask for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this period. We want to do what is best for the entire NKU community. The health and safety of all is our main priority,” Aikman said.


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, contact us at or email the University at Keep checking The Northerner for all updates on NKU’s switch to alternative instruction.


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