Urgent alert on COVID-19 testing compliance
Feb. 5, 2021

Hello Huskie!

As we’ve previously communicated, you are REQUIRED to participate in NIU’s COVID-19 surveillance testing.

from the residence halls, classes and campus.

Please read the following carefully and take seriously your responsibilities to avoid a penalty.

Mandatory surveillance testing info

Huskies who have in-person classes and/or on-campus jobs are required to test every four weeks.

  • The NIU testing center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Appointments are required, and you can pick the day and time of your choice.
  • Results are available in 36 to 48 hours.
  • Testing is free.


If you miss your testing appointment for a week, the following will happen:

  • You will receive an email to your NIU student email account and a text (if you have a provided a mobile phone number to NIU) notifying you that you have missed the mandatory appointment. You will have two business days to both reschedule and come in for testing.
  • Failure to reschedule and be tested within the two business days will result in your access to campus, including in-person classes, being revoked until you test. 
  • If you are a student employee, your NIU supervisor will be notified that you are not allowed to work on campus until you have completed your test and are deemed compliant in the following week.
  • Missing two or more tests will result in permanent removal from campus and in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.
  • If your classes have been moved online for the remainder of the semester, please don’t ignore these warnings. Submit an exemption request to be removed from the testing pool.
  • Please note that you are still required to participate in surveillance testing even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine.


This easy and free testing is a benefit of being a student who comes to campus frequently, and is critical to both your personal health and well-being and for fellow Huskies. Please be cooperative and compliant.


Forward Together,

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

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