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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Members of the Huskie Family,

NIU leadership begins each day of this rapidly evolving situation with the question, “What is best for our faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve?” Through this lens, we have been making the decisions necessary to protect the public health and support student success by using the most currently available information from public health experts, our collective expertise and the NIU values we all embrace.

Like other colleges and universities across the country, we have discontinued all face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester and will replace them with virtual instruction. Our faculty and staff are working conscientiously to build their virtual classrooms as they establish the ever-important pathways for course and degree completion for our students.  NIU has also launched a robust
Keep Learning website for our students to give them added academic support during this time of transition.

Our goal is to help each and every student succeed this semester, including our seniors. They’ve worked incredibly hard, and while we have decided to postpone commencement to August, we are committed to celebrating their amazing accomplishments in a way all can participate under better circumstances and be proud.  As Huskies are prone to do during challenging times, many of you have reached out to us asking how you can help.

While we will be postponing the 2020 Day of Giving originally planned for April, we have established a
Student Emergency Fund to provide assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an emergency or critical incident such as the current COVID-19 situation.  You can support this fund by making a gift here.

As you know, the very heart of a college experience is connectivity, and while that connectivity at NIU will look different this semester, the care and passion we pour into our students each day will not waver. Knowing the Huskie family as I do, I anticipate that these challenges will strengthen us in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a few weeks ago.

There are no truer words at NIU today than HUSKIES NEVER QUIT.

Please continue to take proper care of yourselves and know how grateful we are to have you as part of our Huskie family.

Lisa C. Freeman
President

We are committed to continuing to update you about how we as a university community are responding to these ever-changing circumstances. Details about our response are available at
NIU’s COVID-19 site.

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