A message from President Freeman re: Election Day and COVID-19
November 2, 2020

Dear Huskies,


Tomorrow – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – NIU will be closed so that we can exercise our right to vote. I encourage all who are eligible and who have not yet voted to make it a point to go to your local polling places and make sure your voices are heard. The non-partisan, non-profit gives a very clear overview on how and where to register and to cast your ballot in person.


Many would agree that this election season has been contentious, and we’re looking forward to its conclusion. It’s important that we remember in these times and situations that Huskies value civility and diverse perspectives as we share ideas in pursuit of improving our society. The outcomes of some races are expected to be finalized after election night, and people will undoubtedly be anxious while uncertainty persists. Demonstrating patience in the coming days would serve us all well.


It’s also critical that we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our entire community. DeKalb County continues to see a multi-day, sharp rise in cases of COVID-19. Please remember that indoor social gatherings, even small in size, put Huskies and our loved ones at risk, particularly when masks are not worn continuously and physical distancing is not practiced. We’re monitoring the situation carefully and will adjust our protocols and operations as necessary should this trend continue.


Please take seriously the role you play in helping fight this virus and our ability to return to the activities we need and desire. Wear your masks, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands and limit your interactions with others. 


Thank you for being a part of this community and helping to keep it safe.


Together Forward,


Lisa C. Freeman


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