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From the Desk of the Dean of Students
Updates regarding Surveillance Testing, Indoor Dining and Guests
Jan. 26, 2021


Hello Huskie!

As a student living in NIU Housing, you play a vital role in the health of our Huskie community.  We recognize that this has been a very challenging time, and have been working on ways to help our community return to the social activities you all desire.

The following are important updates on changes to our hall safety protocols, which will increase both your ability for face-to-face interactions and your responsibilities in
Protecting the Pack. 

Surveillance Testing Increases to Once a Week
Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, you will be required to participate in COVID-19
surveillance testing once a week. By testing our on-campus population more frequently, NIU can reduce potential for the virus to spread and stay on track to provide more opportunities for in-person togetherness.

Please monitor your emails and make these mandatory appointments a top priority! You will receive instructions specific to you about reporting for testing in the Holmes Student Center.

Indoor Dining and Residence Hall Guests Return
Residential Dining units in Neptune, New Hall and Stevenson will reopen seating areas starting Monday. You can also eat indoors in the seating areas at campus retail dining locations.

All campus dining locations are limited to 50 seats. Masks are still required when students are not eating. Food will be provided in to-go containers with utensils for your convenience.   

Additionally, NIU Housing and Residential Services is bringing back guest registrations in February so you have the option to host a Huskie from another residence hall in your room. You must escort your guest into the building and register them at the reception desk, after which they will be permitted to stay up to 24 hours.

Please keep in mind that one guest is allowed at a time, and you are required to follow physical-distancing practices and wear masks. The halls remain closed to visitors who live off campus. 

As always, students will be held accountable for completing their surveillance testing and following the residence hall safety protocols, with consequences up to and including removal from campus. Thank you for doing your part to Protect the Pack! Huskies take care of Huskies.

Forward Together,

Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students

Dan Pedersen
Senior Director of NIU Housing and Residential Services

Daniel Koenen
Executive Director for Campus Dining Services

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