A successful fall semester requires every member of the NIU community to take timely and definitive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Based on the latest guidance from public health officials, these protocols are designed to help us quickly identify individuals who might be infected and to immediately take steps to prevent the spread of the disease. The protocols apply to any member of the campus community who meets any of the following criteria:
You have COVID-19.
You have been tested for COVID-19.
You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
You are showing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
If you are an employee who meets any of those criteria, you should immediately contact your health care provider and self-quarantine until further guidance is provided by their health care provider or the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD). You must also call NIU’s COVID-19 helpline (815-753-0444) and answer a series of screening questions. Until cleared to return, you will be prohibited from entering the workplace or physically interacting with coworkers or students. Those who refuse to answer questions about whether they have COVID-19 symptoms and whether they have been tested will also be barred from campus.
If you are a student who meets any of the above criteria, you must call the COVID-19 helpline (815-753-0444) immediately and answer a series of screening questions. You also should contact your health care provider. If the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU is your health care provider, do not go to the health center without first calling (815-306-2777). After taking those steps, you should self-quarantineuntil receiving further guidance from your doctor or DCHD. If you fail to follow these guidelines, you might be referred to the university conduct process.