Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 13, 2020
Student Services and Campus Operations

Dear Students,


We’re doing our very best to support your normal daily activities during this time of uncertainty related to the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re working hard to keep you and NIU’s coronavirus (COVID19) site updated with relevant information.


Most importantly, campus remains open. We will have plenty of services available to you during our extended Spring Break and beyond. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of information and hours of operation for many services, including dining, housing, recreation, childcare, counseling, our cultural resource centers, the Student Health Center, the Huskie Bus Line and more.


Some important items to know:


  • For those living in residence halls:
    • If you’re currently living on campus or planning to return to the residence halls, please complete our online check-in only if and when you are physically back in campus housing. We want to make sure you have door access to residential buildings and activated dining plans. To mitigate spread of the virus, we’ve suspended guest privileges in residence halls and Northern View apartments. We’ll update you when those privileges are restored.
    • Wondering about getting books, clothes and other items from your residence hall? Feel free to do so, but please use our online check-in when you are physically on campus. Again, we want to make sure you have door access.

  • An extension of Northwestern Medicine, our Student Health Center will remain open during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you’re concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, we ask that you call the Health Center first to schedule appointments instead of walking in. A Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 Hotline at 312-472-6843 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Center for Student Assistance will serve as a call center. Students are encouraged to call 815-753-8300 with any questions about services.

  • The Huskie Bus Line will remain available on the current Spring Break schedule, and the Huskie Safe Line will operate on a reduced schedule through April 5. Students, faculty and staff can request a pickup and drop-off at any of the regular route stops between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. by calling the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212.

  • Our Recreation Center remains open with modified Spring Break hours, while our satellite fitness rooms will remain closed.

  • The Holmes Student Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. the next three weeks with dining venues open. (The center will open at 6 a.m. on March 17 for polling.)


I hope you’re finding ways to relieve stress and remain centered during this challenging time. Please know campus resources remain available to you, and do not hesitate to reach out with questions.


Forward, Together Forward

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

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