UPDATE (March 12):
Bob Brown, executive director of housing and residence life, informed students in an email on Wednesday, March 11 that residence halls will be temporarily closed and announced dates and times for students to be able to retrieve necessary items from their rooms.
Students may retrieve necessary items during the following designated times by checking in at the front desk of their residence hall:
Sunday, March 15, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Tuesday – Friday, March 17-20: Contact the RHC staff for your building to schedule a time.
Brown stated in the email that RHC information may be found at the Residence Hall staff page on the Housing website at https://housing.eku.edu/people/residence_hall_staff. South Hall residents should contact Casey Allen at email@example.com.
“Decisions relative to reopening residence halls will be communicated directly to residential students once these are made,” said Brown in the email.
“National and local health agencies have advised that we all practice social distancing and to avoid crowds or large groups of people. For these reasons, residential students cannot yet return to campus housing; and as announced earlier the University is temporarily transitioning to online instructional formats. Exceptions will be made for students without alternative housing options,” Brown said in the email.
Brown said that alternative housing is available on a limited basis and students who do not have anywhere else to live can complete the form to request housing. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Housing Application can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGB_WNxdrTaAE_ldvX5orKPeh1gqrgWyQa6H_cbX1f9REpQw/viewform.
For answers to frequently asked questions visit www.housing.eku.edu and https://prepare4flu.eku.edu/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.
Interim President David McFaddin sent an email to the Eastern Kentucky University community and announced that EKU will restructure the spring semester for the week of March 16 through March 20 due to the spread and concern of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Spring break will be extended for an extra week from March 16 to March 20. Residence halls will be temporarily closed according to the email.
“Exceptions will be made for students without alternative housing options. Additional information will be provided through direct communication from EKU Housing about access to your belongings and requests for continued housing,” said McFaddin.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, all courses will be delivered online or through other established alternative learning options. Instructors will be contacting students prior to March 23 pertaining to class structuring for the following weeks.
Students will not be meeting in class until April 3.
“As noted in a prior communication, EKU is closely monitoring the developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus in the world, the nation and Kentucky. University leadership is meeting regularly to develop responses to a rapidly changing situation,” McFaddin said in an email to the campus community.
“We are hopeful that the aforementioned precautions will allow the University to observe regular commencement exercises in May,” said McFaddin.
“Our great University has met many challenges in the past. I do not doubt that, together, we will meet this one with courage and resolve. Whether remotely, online, or face to face, EKU will always be the school of opportunity and our sense of community will continue,” said McFaddin.
McFaddin stated the importance of proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth,
Avoid close contact with people who are sick,
Practice social distancing and/or isolation when you are sick,
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash,
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
According to the email, “We will communicate any updates and adjustments to EKU schedules or procedures as soon as possible and this website will be continually updated. The RAVE notification system will also be used to communicate any changes to University operations and class schedules.”
“Information about Model Laboratory School will be shared later this week in a separate communication from the superintendent. Burrier Child Development Center will follow the Model Laboratory School schedule,” said McFaddin.
According to the email, beginning Monday, March 16, there will be an adjustment to several campus services. More information will be available on the EKU website soon.
For up-to-date information on the status of Kentucky cases and health information, visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.