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Summer courses moved online, campus buildings locked

Priority registration will proceed as planned

March 24, 2020


Billy Keeney

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In response to the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands announced Tuesday that NKU has moved all May intersession and summer courses to online instruction.

Priority registration for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will proceed as planned on March 26, and the schedule can be viewed here.

Academic advisors are still available for assistance through other methods like phone calls and emails.

NKU’s transition to a virtual campus has also been moved up to March 26 by President Vaidya as well, to align with Ohio and Kentucky’s new guidelines for social distancing. All NKU employees—except the few who will continue to work on campus—have until Wednesday, March 25 to gather all personal items from campus that are needed to work remotely. 

Buildings will be locked starting March 26, although those with swipe access will still be able to use it. 

“Only visit the campus if it is absolutely necessary,” Vaidya said.

For any questions on NKU’s shift to a virtual campus, please email or contact The Northerner on Twitter or Facebook.


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 or email Keep checking The Northerner for all updates on NKU’s switch to alternative instruction.


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