Plans for the 2021 Fall Semester
Aug. 19, 2021
I’m excited for the start of this new academic year and being together on campus. As we prepare for Monday, I want to make sure you have the latest information for how we are proceeding with in-person classes and activities while continuing to monitor for any COVID-19 developments.
NIU is taking a robust, multi-layered approach to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at NIU and in our community. These efforts include wearing masks indoors, student vaccination requirements, mandatory surveillance testing, the installation of HEPA air purifiers in classrooms and a rigorous cleaning protocol. Through the combination of these efforts and Huskies adhering to our Protecting the Pack protocols, we aim to avoid any disruption to our in-person plans.
One metric we will track closely on our NIU COVID-19 Dashboard is our on-campus surveillance positivity rate. As a reminder, any student, faculty or staff member who is not vaccinated and plans to be on campus is required to participate in surveillance testing. Each week, we will review the total number of surveillance tests taken and the number of positive cases found to determine that week’s “positivity rate.” If that positivity rate, currently at 1% and which averaged 1% - 2% each week throughout most of 2020-2021, climbs to 8% or higher, our faculty will have the option to assess their individual classes and determine how to proceed. Some may elect to move their classes online for a time, while others may wish to continue meeting in person. Again, our aim is to avoid this type of scenario by having all Huskies doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus.
I am happy to have you as part of our Huskie family and wish you the best this fall semester.
Executive Vice President and Provost