Plans for the Remainder of the Semester
Nov. 16, 2020
The persistent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois requires that we take additional steps to help protect our university community. Our goal is to continue to provide you with the resources you need for success while also further limiting the opportunity for the virus to spread.
Changes in Course Delivery
The majority of NIU classes that don’t need to be face-to-face are already being delivered online. At this time, wherever possible, we want to transition those remaining undergraduate and graduate classes and class activities to online delivery beginning Monday, Nov. 30, through the remainder of the semester. The provost’s office has asked faculty to clarify necessary exceptions and a list is being developed. Faculty will update their students of any changes to their course modality and/or finals via Blackboard by Friday, Nov. 20.
All residence halls and dining will remain open under current operations for our students. Students who have the ability to not return to campus after Thanksgiving break are strongly encouraged to remain home for the remainder of the semester. It’s imperative that students follow the instructions from Housing on how to notify the university of their plans for the semester and make appropriate arrangements.
As previously communicated, surveillance testing will pause for the week of Nov. 23 for all required students who have been participating in the testing program this semester. Testing will resume the week of Monday, Nov. 30, through Tuesday, Dec. 8. Students who will not be returning to campus for the semester will need to request exemptions.
In-Person Activities, Resources and Student Employment
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently issued a stay-at-home advisory for the state. While not mandatory at this time, we encourage all Huskies to greatly limit their in-person activities and interactions. Please be advised of the following:
Self-reporting COVID-19 Infections or Exposure
It’s critical to the health of our community and that you let the university know if you have COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. If you meet any of those criteria from now until the end of the semester, we expect you to complete the NIU Self-Reporting Checklist immediately so we can support you and take the necessary precautions to help reduce transmission of the virus.
This has been an immensely difficult semester for you, and I know it’s particularly stressful as finals and the holidays approach. I want to commend you for your hard work, perseverance and everything you’ve done to help protect your pack. Without your assistance and sacrifice, our case numbers would be higher and even more challenging to manage. Should you need support or access to resources, contact the Center for Student Assistance. Please continue to take of yourselves and others.
Lisa C. Freeman