Protecting the Pack is about protecting ourselves, protecting each other and protecting our community.

This website details NIU’s response and plan for supporting the health and safety of our community as we return to campus this fall.

Recent Protecting the Pack Updates

Plans for the Remainder of the Semester (student message) - 11/16/20
Plans for the Remainder of the Semester (employee message) - 11/16/20
The persistent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois requires that we take additional steps to help protect our university community. These steps include changes in course delivery, residence hall plans, in-person activities, working remotely and more.

A message from President Freeman re: Thanksgiving Travel and Testing - 11/5/20
President Freeman shares an update on plans for the coming weeks and to share new measures to help protect our university community at this time.

University Response to new Region 1 Requirements - 10/23/20
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 25, events can proceed with no more than ten people.

Plans for Spring Semester from Provost Ingram - 10/8/20
Provost shares plans for the spring semester and changes being made to continue supporting the health and well-being of our university community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

University Response to new Region 1 Requirements - 10/2/20
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, the Illinois Department of Public Health is instituting new COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Region 1, which includes DeKalb County, to address the region’s increasing positivity rate.

COVID-19 Screening Checklist Replaces Helpline - 9/30/20
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to or experience symptoms of COVID-19 must complete the checklist at Login to the checklist using your NIU credentials. After completing the checklist, you will receive immediate guidance via email with important next steps.

COVID-19 Concerns Form - 9/2/20
NIU launches new resource for sharing concerns related to COVID-19. 

Surveillance Testing Information - 8/31/20
NIU begins COVID-19 surveillance tests with specific populations of students.

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