Travel and Quarantine Guidance
July 6, 2020

NIU remains committed to taking reasonable measures that protect the health and well-being of our community. Accordingly, in response to the dynamic nature of the pandemic, we are issuing additional travel guidance:

All employees and students who have traveled to the
states identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health as experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases should quarantine for 14 days and not return to any of the NIU campuses before the quarantine period is completed.

As background, the Chicago Department of Public Health issued an
Emergency Travel Order that directs travelers arriving in Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days. The order went into effect July 6 and will continue until further notice. The intent is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago as a result of people entering Chicago from high-incidence states.


Although NIU is not technically located in the area affected by the travel order, many of our employees and students live in or near the Chicago area. We expect members of the NIU community to follow local, state and federal guidelines that pertain to them, and we will support them in doing so.

Members of the NIU community are reminded to build in as much flexibility as possible when making travel plans this academic year. Please remember that state- and local-based quarantine orders are likely to evolve over the next few months, and that you will be required to follow any regulations or orders that pertain to you. The university will continue to closely monitor changes in public health guidance and will communicate with our community about the effect of those changes.

Please direct any questions to the Office of the Executive Vice President/Provost (

Beth Ingram
Executive Vice President and Provost

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