Research, scholarship and artistry (collectively, scholarly activity) are fundamental to the mission of NIU. Further, the talent and expertise of faculty, staff and students are critical to address the complex challenges faced by society today. The following guidance supports the safe resumption of scholarly activity.
Scholarly activities must comply with four principles that university personnel must ensure are enforced and respected:
The multi-phase reopening of scholarly facilities and spaces began in May, and is detailed in the Guidance and Reopening of Facilities and Spaces for Research, Scholarship and Artistry Plan. NIU is currently is in the fourth and final phase. At this time, all facilities and spaces can remain in operation with appropriate precautions and safety requirements as listed below:
Should public health guidance and orders require stricter safety measures, we will revert to earlier phases in the Guidance on Reopening. As a reminder, these phases are:
Scholarship Phase 1: Remote and essential research and scholarly activity.
This phase follows stay-at-home orders. Most research and scholarly activity is conducted remotely; exceptions for essential activity, as defined and approved as required in the coordinated guidance for responding to the Executive Order can proceed.
Scholarship Phase 2: Preparation of shared facilities for operations.
Facilities such as stock rooms, shops, archives, museums and instrumentation cores will be permitted to prepare to resume operations. These preparations will require full physical distancing and strict hygiene protocols.
Scholarship Phase 3: Operation of individually used facilities.
Research and artistic facilities, such as dedicated laboratories or studios used by single individuals or single groups, can return to operations. These preparations will require full physical distancing and strict hygiene protocols.
Scholarship Phase 4: Operation at NIU field sites or third-party field sites.
In this final phase for return to scholarship, activities will require full physical distancing and strict hygiene protocols; some protocols could be specific to remote sites. Third-party guidance must also be followed. Except for essential exceptions, this work cannot occur if stay-at-home orders are in place.