Expectations of a Huskie

At NIU, we value and appreciate that every Huskie contributes different experiences, perspectives and beliefs to our community. Simultaneously, we must acknowledge that the seriousness of this pandemic, especially with the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, poses a threat to the health and well-being of many. Huskies are called to come together and unite in our effort to protect one another. In this extraordinary time, being a Huskie means committing to the following:
  • Strongly Consider Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

    Vaccine iconAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 12 and older receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Students must submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption by Aug. 20.
  • Participate in Surveillance Testing If Unvaccinated

    Surveillance iconUnvaccinated employees must participate in regular testing for COVID-19 unless they work exclusively from home. Unvaccinated students must participate if they live on campus or attend class in person.

  • Self-monitor and Self-report

    Self-reporting iconNotify the university and follow instructed guidelines if you test positive, are exposed or experience symptoms.

  • Use Proper Hand Hygiene

    Hand washing iconWash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if a hand-washing station isn’t available.

  • Follow Face Mask and Other Guidelines

    Face mask iconKeep current with health and safety guidance, including wearing face masks. We'll keep you informed through email and this website. Read more about safety protocols and guidelines.

  • Consider Getting a Flu Shot

    Flu shot iconWhile getting a flu (influenza) vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it can reduce your risk from flu and help conserve health care resources. Having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can be dangerous for high-risk patients.

Upcoming Events

Latest Protocols and Guidelines

Face Coverings

All employees, students and guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors while on campus. Read more information. (as of 7/28/21)

Spring 2022 Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students taking in-person classes or living in NIU Housing must have an approved vaccine card or a medical or religious exemption in MyNIU by 11:59 p.m. January, 6, 2022. If you do not have an approved vaccine card or exemption in MyNIU by the deadline, you will be dropped from your in-person classes on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. You will be able to re-enroll in the class (as long as there is capacity) once your meet the vaccination or exemption. Learn more about this requirement.

Surveillance Testing 

Mandatory fall surveillance testing ends for students on Friday, Dec. 10, and for employees on Friday, Dec. 17. Testing is available for voluntary testers through Wednesday, Dec. 22. Hours and locations >

All students on the DeKalb campus with an approved exemption from the student vaccine requirement are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing

Any employees who have not provided proof of vaccination or are not working entirely remotely for the fall semester are also required to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing

Any fully-vaccinated student or employee is welcome to particpate in surveillance testing on a voluntary basis

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