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Message from President David T. McFaddin - Nov. 18, 2020

Coates Building

Dear Campus Community,

The state of Kentucky is experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, attributable to the increase in indoor activities and individual choices to disregard basic health recommendations. Our EKU community has done a remarkable job of wearing masks, maintaining distance, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when ill. These measures have allowed us to sustain in-person instruction, permit limited and carefully planned events, and enjoy healthy interactions with each other.

Despite your responsible behavior, conditions off campus affect our ability to keep our community healthy. For that reason, the Governor has asked us to move to remote courses beginning Monday of next week. Students should expect to participate in classes remotely, starting on Monday, November 23, until Thanksgiving break. Exams will be administered remotely following the Colonels Comeback Plan. Faculty should make a shift to remote instruction (synchronous if possible and where appropriate). Staff should seek guidance from their supervisors about preparing for any changes in the schedule. We will continue to follow our COVID-19 protocols for remote work.

A staged and orderly move-out process will be offered for residential students next week as initially planned. The Housing Office will reach out with any updates to the move out process. Housing will work with students who require year-round housing or who have no alternatives.

Thank you for helping us operate this semester and for making our mission a priority, even at the cost of personal preferences and important activities. That discipline and commitment will allow us to re-open in Spring and ensure that we continue serving our students and providing a meaningful campus experience.

One Eastern

David T. McFaddin
President, EKU

Published on November 19, 2020

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