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 and the threats it poses to our health and well-being call us to come together and unite in our effort to protect one another. In this extraordinary time, being a Huskie means committing to the following:

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    Self-check iconSelf-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 daily using the #CampusClear App. 

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    Self-reporting iconNotify the university and follow instructed guidelines in the event of testing positive, being exposed or experiencing symptoms.

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    Proper Hand Hygiene

    Hand washing iconHuskies will wash 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.

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    Physical Distance

    Physical distance iconHuskies will maintain 6 feet of distance from others and avoid gathering in groups.

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    Face Masks

    Face mask iconHuskies will wear face masks over their nose and mouth and secured under their chin whenever inside (unless alone in a private office, workspace or residence hall room) or outdoors when physical distancing cannot be achieved.  

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    Consider Getting a Flu Shot

    Flu shot iconWhile getting a flu (influenza) vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it will reduce your risk from flu and help also conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Additionally, some research suggests that influenza and COVID-19 co-infections can result in more severe disease in high-risk patients.

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    Complete Training Prior to Coming to Campus

    Training iconEmployees and students will need to complete their respective training modules on important health and safety measures prior to coming to campus.

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    Demonstrate Patience, Grace and Respect

    Patience, Grace and Respect iconWe all benefit from acknowledging that this is a stressful time period and that the impacts of COVID-19 on each Huskie are unique and could be significant. By continuing to support one another and holding firm to NIU’s values, our community will be strengthened and sustained.

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    Pledge to Protect the Pack

    Pledge to Protect the Pack iconHuskies will acknowledge their important role in keeping our university community safe and healthy by taking the Protecting the Pack Pledge.

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