Mpox Student Frequently Asked Questions

Is Housing providing isolation accommodations for those who contract mpox?

Students with mpox are encouraged to return to their permanent residence when possible to receive the appropriate care and support during what will be a prolonged period of isolation. The university will work to find safe and alternative accommodations for students unable to return to their permanent residences.

Where should students go to get tested?

Students should schedule appointments at the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU by calling 815-306-2777 or can contact their personal providers. Please do not arrive to the Health Center without an appointment. Students must notify the university if they have tested and are awaiting results, or if they have received positive results, in order to receive academic accommodations and/or housing support. Students can do this by completing NIU’s Mpox Notification Form on the Protecting the Pack site.

Are monkeypox vaccines available to students?

At this time, there is limited access to the mpox vaccine across the nation. If someone is determined to be a close contact to an mpox patient, the local health department will provide that person with information about accessing the vaccine.

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