NMU Students, welcome to the 2020 Fall Semester
Usually when I write this letter to welcome you to Northern or welcome you back to campus, I have a pretty good idea of what the semester has in store for you and for the University. Today, in the midst of this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, things are less clear. I think patience, flexibility and a good dash of “sisu” may be required of us all.
However, here are a few things of which I am certain:
- Like every year, the NMU faculty and staff are committed to doing all they can to give you the best learning experience they can. You cannot imagine the work the faculty and staff have put in this summer to prepare for this unique semester.
- In the midst of this pandemic, there will be great learning and growing opportunities available to you at Northern and I hope you take advantage of them. At the start of a new academic year, I like to challenge students (and faculty and staff) to get out of their comfort zones and try new experiences. Despite COVID-19, when we close the books on 2020-21, I hope you are excited about what you’ve learned about yourself and the world we live in through the adventures you will have taken this year.
- Right now, we have an opportunity – actually an obligation – as a university community to address the hard topic of social injustice and how we can individually and collectively promote change at the local, national and global levels.
- Northern has gone to extraordinary measures to make campus as safe as possible for those of you who are attending classes in Marquette. We cannot guarantee that COVID-19 will not come to our campus, but we have taken many preventative steps to slow the spread of the virus and keep our community as safe as we can.
Students like to remind me that they are adults, and you are. You may never have a better opportunity than this year to take on adult responsibilities, the top ones being taking care of yourself, taking care of others and protecting our Northern and Upper Peninsula communities. Your actions, on and off campus, will directly affect the safety of our environment here. I know what Northern has done to protect you from COVID-19 this year. What are each of you going to do to protect Northern and the communities in which you live?
We are navigating unprecedented times, but the good news is pandemics don’t last forever. Just because we must social distance and wear face coverings this semester, does not mean that we shouldn’t find creative ways to interact, connect and support each other. That’s part of what makes Northern Wildcats special.
Best wishes for a strong and safe semester.
Fritz Erickson, NMU President
P.S. Please enjoy magnificent Lake Superior, but remember to respect the lake’s power. Do not put yourself or your friends in dangerous water-related situations. Learn more at nmu.edu/swimsafe.
Tuition and Fee Billing Statements
The due date for tuition, fees, room and board is Fri., Aug. 7. Log into MyNMU, go to the Student Services tab and go to the eBill Payment System link. For questions about tuition and fees, financial aid or general “start of the semester” matters, contact the Student Service Center.
Tuition and Fee Payment Plans
NMU offers three options for the payment of tuition and fees and housing charges. The options are designed to assist students and their families to meet their financial obligations to the university. More information is posted on the web at nmu.edu/paymentplans or the Student Service Center.
Passport to Campus Event
The return to campus for most of you will begin with the Passport to Campus event. You will register for a time slot to participate in a COVID-19 screening test, receive your NMU face masks, pickup your parking pass, student ID, textbooks, and room key (if applicable).
Student Services Offices Open Saturday, Aug. 15
The following offices will be open Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to provide student services prior to the beginning of the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 17.
- Academic and Career Advisement Center
- Dean of Students (Including First Generation Program)
- Disability Services
- Financial Aid
- First Year Experience
- Housing and Residence Life
- Multicultural Education and Resource Center
- NMU Police Department
- Student Service Center
- Student Support Services
- Veteran Services
Northern Today is NMU's news blog, designed to keep the campus, including students, informed about the University's decision-making, changes in policies and procedures, events on campus, student/faculty/staff accomplishments and upcoming deadlines.
The blog is delivered to student NMU email addresses twice a week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays, during the fall and winter semesters. The blog includes links to news reports, special features and periodic updates from the president and vice presidents and links to the NMU calendar events.
Parking Decal Required to Park on Campus
Students wishing to park on campus during the school year must purchase a parking permit. Students must register through their MyNMU account. Once signed in, choose the student services tab and under Police Department Services click on Vehicle Registration and Citation Appeals. You will be required to sign into the parting portal with your MyNmu credentials. Permits will be distributed at the Covid testing site. Please register your vehicle at least two days prior to your testing date. Permits not picked up will be mailed to your local address after the testing dates. Permits will not be sold in the office.
All tickets are valid citations including those written the first week of school. Tickets issued for failure to register a motor vehicle will not be excused after the registration deadline, which is Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Students who need to park on campus after this date and do not have a valid permit must obtain a daily permit through their MyNMU account. Temporary permits are available through the portal for up to 5 days a semester at no charge. Four-week temporary permits are available for $30.
The fee for commuters, residents and university apartment residents is $140 for the year. Second vehicle permits are half the price of the first vehicle permit. Motorcycle permits are $22.50.
Parking Decal Application
Current Students - If you have already registered for classes, please purchase your parking decal(s) through your MyNMU account. The Parking Services Portal can be accessed under the Student Services Tab and under Police Department Services click on Vehicle Registration and Citation Appeals. You will be required to sign into the Parking Portal.
Visitors and Guests - Visitors to campus can obtain temporary permits free of charge through the Parking Portal by creating a guest account at: https://nmu.t2hosted.com/Account/Portal. Please be aware that visitors outside of Region 8 are not permitted on campus for the fall semester. Region 8 visitors are not permitted in residence hall living spaces, although visitors can meet with students outdoors or at the Northern Center.
This year’s NMU notebook distribution will be coordinated with the Welcome Back to NMU events in the Northern Center. The pickup/exchange of your NMU issued notebook will be scheduled along with the COVID-19 testing and other pickups (residence hall keys, parking passes, etc.) being done at the Northern Center. Please watch for your Welcome Back to NMU information. If you need to be issued or exchange a notebook, the process to do that will be included in the Welcome Back event information.
NMU Uses Email as the Official Way of Communicating with Students
Northern Michigan University uses a student’s NMU email account as its primary means of communicating official university business, including legally required information. As a condition of enrollment, all NMU students are required to use their assigned NMU email accounts to receive communication from the university.
Graduating this Semester? Don't Miss the Registration Deadline!
If you are planning to graduate at the end of the fall semester, you must register for graduation so a final degree audit can be completed to verify your eligibility. Register online the same way you would for a class or contact the Student Service Center at 906-227-1221. The deadline for registering online is Thurs., Aug. 20. After Aug. 20, those students who plan to graduate at the end of the Fall semester (and did not register), will be required to complete a Request to Add Graduation form available from the Registrar's Office.
Order Transcripts from MyNMU
Northern Michigan University has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide transcript ordering online through your MyNMU account. Students can order official transcripts from anywhere with an internet connection and receive an electronic PDF delivered to an email address in about 30 minutes. This service also uses ETX (Electronic Exchange) technology to securely transfer official transcripts between institutions. For institutions set up with the exchange, there is no need to provide an email address. This service also sends email and text notifications of order status to the student throughout the process which provides assurance that the transcript was delivered.
More information about requesting a transcript can be found on the How to Request a Transcript webpage.
Occasionally an error is made in the calculation or recording of a grade. If you feel that a clerical error has been made in a winter or summer grade, contact your instructor immediately. Faculty must submit grade changes for clerical errors to the Registrar's Office by the 15th working day of the semester. Students formally appealing a grade issued in winter or summer must submit a grade appeal to the respective academic department within 30 calendar days of the start of the fall semester. More details regarding the grade appeal process can be found in the Student Handbook.
Changing or Declaring Your Major
All changes to majors, except for education majors, are made by the staff in the Academic and Career Advisement Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 3302, or students may submit their request on the web. Students wishing to declare a major in education must go through the School of Education.
Sign Up Your Parents
All parents of Northern students can sign up to join the NMU Parent Partnership. This program features periodic email newsletters from President Fritz Erickson to parents that highlight activities taking place on campus, discuss higher education issues, and answer questions sent to the president from parents about how and why Northern operates the way it does. Parents also receive Northern’s news blog, Northern Today, sent to them. There is no cost to join the Parent Partnership.
So, ask your mom and dad if they’ve already signed up. If they haven't, encourage them to do so. To subscribe to the newsletter, they can go to nmu.edu/parentpartnership, click on the newsletter link at the bottom of the page and fill out the brief sign-up questionnaire. If your parents have signed up for the NMU Parent Partnership newsletter but haven’t received any of the issues, there may be a firewall or browser issue. Suggest that they put the Parent Partnership email address, NMUPres@nmu.edu, in their email address book, which sometimes enables newsletter delivery to work around such problems. If the problems continue, they should email NMUPres@nmu.edu or call 906-227-2242.
Every Student Needs to File a Local Address and Phone Number
Even though NMU uses email as a primary way to communicate with students, the university still needs an updated address and phone number. NMU faculty and staff or classmates may try to reach students by phone or important documents may be sent by mail.
If you have not given the university your local address, information will be sent to your permanent address. This could possibly result in a delay in receiving information that is time-sensitive.
Access to Records - Proxy Access
Students have the option of sharing certain aspects of their academic record with others through our Proxy Access system. Granting access is done easily through the student's MyNMU account. All they need is the email address of the person they want to give access to. Click here for more information and instructions on how to grant someone access.
Taking a Web Course?
All students taking a web course will be required to complete an on-line tutorial prior to being able to access the course. This tutorial is a one-time requirement; once you have completed it, you will not need to complete it again in the future. The tutorial is available under your list of courses in EduCat. It can be completed any time, but must be done before you can log into a web course(s). The tutorial itself is estimated to take two or three hours to fully complete, although your progress is saved along the way if you want or need to take it in smaller intervals of time.
Network User ID and Password
Wondering how to find your network user ID and password used to access NMU network and email services?
MyUser is a web server that enables students, faculty and staff to check the status of their NMU accounts. You can also change your account password and personalize settings such as your password recovery options. MyUser also offers the ability for users to check the status of login, email, web and personal information. For more information contact the Help Desk, email@example.com, 227-2468, 116 Learning Resource Center.
If you are originally from another state, but have made Michigan your permanent residence (living here year round and cut all ties with your previous domicile), you may apply for in-state residency status. If you are active in the military, a veteran, or the spouse or dependent of a veteran, you are automatically eligible for in-state residency status, but you will need to notify us so we may update your record. Students whose parents or grand parents are graduates of NMU are also eligible. Contact the Admissions (new students) or the Registrar's Office (continuing students) for more information.
Semester Deletion Policy
This policy allows students who qualify to delete an entire semester of NMU grades. Students must return to the university after an extended period of time, not have attended any college for at least three years before reentry, and meet certain GPA requirements. For information, contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Federal law requires all students who receive financial aid to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degrees. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal financial aid for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time. This policy affects federal, state and NMU institutional aid. The policy is available on the Financial Aid website at: nmu.edu/finaidsap.
Athletic Program Participation Rates Notification
A full report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data can be found at: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/recruits/faqs_and_general_info. A paper copy is available upon request at the Financial Aid Office or the Intercollegiate Athletics Office.
Consumer and Safety Information
Federal regulations require that institutions provide enrolled and prospective students specific consumer information about financial aid, campus, facilities, student athletes, important resources and disclosures, as well as information to promote campus security and fire safety, and to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Because of the nature of federal, state and institution guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this website is subject to change.
State Consumer Protection Violation Contact
Northern Michigan University works diligently to maintain the highest level of integrity in all areas of its mission and daily operations. However, it is important that students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and other consumers of NMU's services know what to do in the event of a situation that involves suspected fraud, illegal, or unethical behaviors regarding consumer protection. In addition to the university's internal policy for reporting fraud and other consumer protection violations, NMU follows the federal guideline of providing a state contact where complaints can be filed. For information on filing a complaint, go to nmu.edu/consumer protection.
Electronic Financial Aid Notifications
The Financial Aid Office uses students' NMU email accounts for communicating important information. Notifications regarding missing information, financial aid awards and award adjustments are sent to students' NMU email addresses.
Students are prompted to go to MyNMU to access their financial aid account information. Reminders about important dates such as those for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, finalizing enrollment for financial aid purposes, turning in requested documents, and availability of summer applications will also be sent to students electronically. In addition, most required forms can be printed from nmu.edu/financialaid/printableforms.
Students should check their NMU email regularly. Additional information about the Financial Aid Office can be found at nmu.edu/finaid. The site also contains financial aid rights and responsibilities information, resources for finding scholarships and alternative loan contacts.
Moving Into a Residence Hall?
Move-in begins Saturday, August 8th and continues through August 15. This semester we have combined move-in with the process to get your laptop, books, university ID, and COVID-19 test. To sign-up for your move-in time and date, use the Passport to Campus app at https://nmu.edu/safe-on-campus/passport. We have staggered the testing / move-in schedule so that only five residence hall students per house will move in during every three-hour window. This helps us manage proper social distancing in the halls.
When you arrive in Marquette, you will report to the NMU Northern Center for your COVID test. After your test, you will walk through the stations at the Northern Center including housing (to get your room key), and other stations for your university ID, your laptop and parking pass (if applicable). You can then begin moving into your assigned residence hall. Beginning Thursday, August 13th, you will report to the Northern Center for testing and then proceed to the desk at your assigned residence hall to check in and get your room key. Please make sure that you have your university ID or another picture ID with you when you arrive at the residence hall.
To facilitate move-in, several unloading areas have been designated in the parking lots as close to the residence halls as possible. Note that only those individuals unloading vehicles for move-in will be permitted to park in these areas. A map indicating the unloading zones will be issued at your residence hall check in, as well as other information pertaining to move-in. Look for the yellow signs indicating unloading zones. You can also find a campus parking map at https://www.nmu.edu/policedepartment/parking-map. As a reminder, only students will be allowed in the actual residence halls. Your parents and others who travel with you move in will not be allowed into the living areas of the residence halls, although they can enter public areas of the facilities such as lobbies and the Lodge.
Housing and Residence Life will have several wheeled moving bins available for check out under the tented areas outside of the buildings. We allow a maximum time limit of 45 minutes for each student to use these carts. You can also choose to bring a handcart in case a moving bin is not available immediately when you want to check in.
Due to the current circumstances, Housing and Residence Life recommends that you consider bringing just enough of your things to feel comfortable. Once you and your roommate see what you have together and how it all fits in your room, the two of you can either shop at local Marquette stores or have other items you want or need sent to you. For more information on what to bring and not to bring, check out Housing and Residence Life's site at nmu.edu/housing.
To assist students living off-campus, a full range of services are available from the Dean of Students Office.
Off-Campus Housing List
Landlords list available rental units on the Dean of Students website. Listings may include rooms in houses, apartments, special situations and "roommates needed."
You may seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office for roommate conflict resolution, housing code violations, and tenant/landlord relation matters.
Renters' Rights Information
The Dean of Students website includes resources to help you deal with your rental situation. There is information available on the following topics: eviction, illegal eviction and utility access, security deposits and property maintenance, a brief guide to resolving maintenance hassles and noise and other disturbances. Also available are sample leases and form letters related to maintenance and security deposits.
Commuter Student Frequently Asked Questions:
Everything from parking information to where someone can warm up a meal can be found on the commuter students FAQ.
A list of child care resources is available on the Dean of Students website.
It includes links to Head Start, Community Coordinated Child Care (4 C's of the U.P.), Child and Family Services and NMU Career Services part-time off campus list for child care.
Handshake is an online, career and professional development platform that allows you to manage your job search more efficiently, both as a current student and as you plan for long term employment post-graduation. Search and apply for jobs, check out career related events, and build your professional network on Handshake.
To utilize this system, activate your account by logging in through MyNMU clicking on the Student Services tab, and clicking on "Handshake" under "Additional Student Resources". To learn more about Handshake, click here.
Log in today to view available job openings, both on and off-campus. Both work-study and regular employment positions are posted here, as well as graduate assistant positions, internships, fellowships and more! For on-on-one assistance, please schedule an appointment through Career Services.
On-campus applications and other resources (resume building, job search help, etc.) are available in the Resource Library under "Career Center" in Handshake and also on the Career Services website. For a complete list of all services offered, contact Career Services.
NMU Offers Emergency Text-Message Alerts
Northern Michigan University offers an instant text-messaging program to alert students, faculty and staff to on-campus emergencies.
While the service is free – aside from any text messaging fee associated with the cell phone carrier – it isn't automatic. Individuals must opt in by registering at nmu.edu/alerts. You must have an NMU email account and a phone that accepts text messages. You can also sign up family members to receive the same alerts sent to the campus community.
"There is talk of making this type of service a requirement for all universities," said Jeff Mincheff of the NMU Police Department. "A driving force behind this is the Clery Act and its emphasis on timely notification. It's estimated 95 percent or more of the campus population has cell phones with text-messaging capability, so it's an easy way to contact a majority of the people you're trying to reach in an urgent situation."
The program is designed to enable all types of text messaging, but NMU uses the system only for emergency notifications and announcement of inclement weather related closures.
"We already have a variety of tools that we can use to try to contact members of the NMU community in times of an emergency, such as email, voice mail, large monitors in some facilities, websites, announcements to media outlets and person-to-person communication. This is another tool that affords us one more way to try to get information out as quickly as possible," said Mincheff.
To learn more about NMU's emergency text messaging program, go to nmu.edu/alerts.
Graduate Student News
Non-Degree Students-If you plan on obtaining a graduate degree or certificate, you must complete a new application or request a curriculum change. You will need to meet the admission requirements and be admitted to the desired program in order to receive a graduate degree or certificate. There is no assurance that courses taken as a non-degree student will apply to your degree.
Plan of Study/CAPP-Online Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) is now available through MyNMU for most graduate students. CAPP is an advising tool used by both students and advisers to evaluate coursework against degree requirements and is used as a graduate program plan of study. An adviser hold will be placed on your record after the completion of eight credit hours. Note: CAPP degree evaluations are unofficial unless verified by the graduate office. Students are responsible for meeting all of the requirements specified in their graduate bulletin. If a CAPP audit is not available for your bulletin year/program, you will need to develop a paper plan of study with your adviser.
The 7-Year Rule-There is a seven year time limit on credits for graduate degrees. If you do not complete your degree within seven years, you will lose credits taken more than seven years ago unless you are granted an extension by the graduate office. Extensions may be granted in rare cases where unforeseen circumstances keeps the student from graduating on time and must be supported by the academic department. In no cases will courses more than ten years old by the time of graduation be counted towards the degree.
R Grades-Students may receive a research in progress "R" grade in a course where the primary focus is research, such as a thesis. The student has a maximum of three years from when the "R" grade is issued to complete the course requirements. Faculty may designate a deadline of less than three years if deemed appropriate. Failure to complete the specified work within the designated time frame may result in an "U" or "F" grade for the course.
Master's Capstone Project-A capstone project is required for all master's degrees and is typically identified as a thesis, a graduate research project, portfolio or file papers. For more information on this requirement, contact your adviser or the Office of Graduate Education and Research.
Electronic Thesis Submission-All theses must be submitted electronically at least 30 calendar days prior to graduation to the NMU Commons. See nmu.edu/thesis for complete instructions on how to submit your thesis.
Graduation-If you plan to graduate with any degree or certificate, you MUST register for graduation by the 4th day of the semester of graduation. Register online the same way as you would for a class (subject-Graduation) or contact the graduate office at 906-227-2300. Failure to register may result in not being awarded your degree.
Course Repeat Policy
If you are repeating a course this semester, please notify the Registrar's Office, C.B. Hedgcock, room 2202, 906-227-2278, or email firstname.lastname@example.org so your record can be properly adjusted. NMU counts the most recent grade in a course even if that grade is lower than the previous one.
Repeating courses may also affect your long-term financial aid eligibility. Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Students attempting a course for the third time should also review how these repeats may affect their federal financial aid. See Financial Aid Repeat Policy.
While the university allows almost any course to be repeated, if you have failed a course two times at NMU, you must wait for one semester during the academic year before taking the course for the third time. Additionally, you must demonstrate to the head of the department offering the course that the factors that contributed to poor performance have been addressed and resolved.
Zero Tolerance on Copyright Infringement
Northern Michigan University has always maintained a zero tolerance policy for copyright infringement; it is an integral part of the university's Acceptable Use Policy that all users of the NMU community must read and agree to before being granted access to the university network.
NMU purchased a software tool to monitor the network for illegal sharing of copyrighted materials (audio, video, and software), and has been using the software since August 2007.
A first infraction will result in a pop-up screen and warning email that will be sent to the offending network user informing them to stop the illegal activity; this will include a listing of the copyrighted material that was detected. In addition, the user will lose Internet access for a period of 48 hours from the time the infraction is recorded. Once the 48 hours has passed, the user will need to re-register their computer for access to the NMU network.
A second infraction will result in a pop-up screen and warning email that will be sent to the offending network user informing them to stop the illegal activity; this will include a listing of the copyrighted material that was detected. In addition, the user will lose Internet access for a minimum of 48 hours, and until the user resolves all infractions with the NMU HelpDesk. Once the infractions are resolved and a minimum of 48 hours have elapsed, the user will need to re-register their computer for access to the NMU network.
A third infraction will result in a pop-up screen and warning email that will be sent to the offending network user informing them to stop the illegal activity; this will include a listing of the copyrighted material that was detected. In addition, the user will lose Internet access for a 60-day period. Third infractions by students will result in Student Code charges and will be processed through the Dean of Students Office. Once the 60-day period has passed, the user will need to re-register their computer for access to the NMU network. Human Resources will handle third infractions for faculty and staff.
Policy Regarding Sexual Offender Registration
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, Northern Michigan University is providing a link to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registration Website: mipsor.state.mi.us. A link to this registry is also available on NMU's Police Department Website: nmu.edu/police.
This act requires Northern Michigan University to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by the state of Michigan concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in the state to provide notice to each institution of higher education in the state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.
Annual notification required by law Restricting Directory Information
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the university may release—without your authorization—certain information about you. This information is called "directory information."
However, you have the right to restrict the release of all directory information by completing a form available from the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201. This may be done at any time during the semester.
You may also request to withhold directory information from the university online directory.
See related articles- Implications of Restricting Your Information and Restricting Information from the NMU Telephone Directory.
The following information may be released unless you specifically request otherwise:
- local address, local telephone number, permanent address, permanent telephone number
- NMU email address
- dates of attendance at the university, enrollment status, degrees earned, honors, awards, participation in officially recognized university activities and sports(includes height and weight of student athletes), current term candidacy for degrees and/or teaching certification
- program level, class standing, major/minor
Requesting a restriction of any of the above categories of information will result in a confidentiality indicator being set on your record. If your name is restricted, this means that you must transact all business in person or via the web. NMU staff will not be able to assist you over the phone, nor will the university acknowledge your presence as a student to outside agencies or in university publications.
Implications of Restricting Your Information
Exercising your right under FERPA to restrict your information has implications university-wide. If you restrict your name, you are telling the university that you do not want NMU to acknowledge your presence as a student to any outside agency in any way. This means that you will have to conduct all business either in person with proper photo identification or on your computer at MyNMU. Staff members cannot assist you over the telephone.
Restricting all directory information results in several issues students don't often realize. It means that your enrollment cannot be verified to any outside source such as potential employers, colleges or universities or medical insurance companies. Your name will not appear in any official university publication distributed to the public, such as the Dean's List, a theater or commencement program, and no information concerning your accomplishments can be provided to the media including academic, extra curricular, or athletic recognition.
A restriction that you place on your information lasts until you remove it, even though you may no longer be a student. If you leave the university with the restrictions in place, the university may not be able to verify to a future employer or anyone else that you had attended or graduated from NMU.
Restricting Information from the NMU Directory
The following information is published each year in the Northern Michigan University online directory:
- e-mail address
- local telephone number
- class standing
All students who are enrolled for the fall semester are listed in the directory unless they request non-disclosure of directory information. Students who have previously requested non-disclosure of directory information will not have their name and address published in the online campus directory.
Students may request to have their information omitted from the directory by restricting the release of directory information. Restricting directory information sets a confidentiality flag. See related article, Restricting Directory Information, for more information.
To restrict directory information, bring your picture I.D. to the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201.
Voter Registration Information
Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, including a copy of the Michigan voter registration application form, may be accessed at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter.
You only need to register to vote once. Registration is geographical, so register at the address where you plan to vote. If you move, you can update your registration.
If you are registered at your home address, you will likely need to request an absentee ballot so you can vote by mail in November when you are at school. You can request one using this form: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf
If you have safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic about going to a polling place, you should request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.
If you are not a Michigan resident, you can search your registration here: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/
If you have any questions, or are an out-of-state voter in need of assistance, please contact your student body president, Emma Drever, at email@example.com.
Am I eligible to vote?
To vote in the next election, you must be all of the following:
- A U.S. Citizen;
- At least 18 years old by Election Day (Tues., November 3, 2020)
- A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
In Michigan, you may register online (or via mail) up until 14 days before the election. Within 14 days before an election, you must register to vote in person. You may register in person at any time.
Where do I register?
You may register to vote at one of the following:
- Online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us (up until 14 days prior to the election in MI)
- Voter registration drives
- Your local county, city, or township clerk's office (search here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Clerk)
- Your local Secretary of State branch office
- Offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Labor and Economic Growth
- Military recruitment centers
When do I vote?
THE NEXT ELECTION IN MICHIGAN IS ON AUGUST 4 2020.
THE NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION IS ON NOVEMBER 3 2020.
Next Election Date
Deadline to register online
Deadline to register in person
August 4, 2020 (MI primary)
July 21, 2020
August 4, 2020 (day-of)
November 3, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 3, 2020 (day-of)
How do I vote?
You can vote in person at your polling place on the day of the election.
Search for that here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/ under “Your Voter Information”.
If you cannot be at home to vote on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, you need to request an absentee ballot so you can vote by mail. You can also arrange a time to be at your polling location for early voting. In Michigan, early voting runs for the 45 days prior to election day.
If you have any questions, please contact the Marquette City Clerk's office or the clerk's office in the city or township that you reside.
Marquette City Clerk
300 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
Many questions can also be answered by the Michigan Voter Information Center, https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
Equal Opportunity at NMU
Northern Michigan University is an equal opportunity institution and an equal opportunity employer.
NMU is committed to administering all employment, admission and educational policies and practices without unlawful discrimination, according to state and federal laws. These laws and policies are intended to ensure fairness in hiring, employee relations and benefits, student admissions, the provision of student services, and workplace and classroom accommodations.
Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of ancestry, race, national origin, immigration status (unless restricted by State or Federal law and regulations), color, ethnicity, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law in employment or the provision of services. NMU provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.
In addition, Northern is committed to ongoing efforts that increase the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.
If you have questions, or if you believe that a violation or potential violation of state or federal non-discrimination laws has occurred, is occurring or will occur, please notify the Equal Opportunity Office or the Dean of Students, as appropriate.
NMU Graduation Rates
Institutions of higher education have been directed by the federal government to share information regarding student graduation rates.
Below are Northern Michigan University’s graduation rates by cohort based on the year that the students enrolled at NMU. These rates represent all first-time, full-time degree seeking freshmen in their given cohort year. Cells with “n/a” are empty because those points in time have not yet passed.
For more information on NMU graduation rates or other statistical data, check out the NMU Institutional Research website at: nmu.edu/IR.
Disability Services provides assistance for students who qualify under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) to receive accommodations.
Students interested in requesting accommodations should contact Disability Services.
Human Resources provides assistance for employees of the university and applicants for employment who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments to receive accommodations.
An employee or applicant interested in requesting accommodations should contact Human Resources.
Empowering Yourself-Safety Awareness
Northern Michigan University is committed to providing education and support services that empower students, faculty, and staff. NMU is dedicated to creating a safe and respectful community that does not tolerate sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, stalking, domestic/dating violence, voyeurism), and seeks to cultivate and support a community of sexual respect and safety.
To reduce your risk of sexual misconduct, please remember these important tips: stay in touch with someone who knows where you are and who you're with; be cautious if someone tries to isolate you, even someone you know or trust; know and communicate your limits firmly and directly; limit intake of alcohol and other drugs; never leave a drink unattended; and be aware of your surroundings. These tips may assist you and are not intended to have a victim-blaming tone, as it is recognized that only those who commit acts of sexual misconduct are responsible for their actions.
If you or someone you know has experienced relationship violence, sexual misconduct or stalking, please contact:
Director of Equal Opportunity
Equal Opportunity Officer
Title IX Coordinator
906-227-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Brundage (Deputy Coordinator)
Associate Dean of Students
906-227-1700 or email@example.com
Bridget Kyle (Deputy Coordinator)
Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Sports
B109C Superior Dome
906-227-2371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student’s Right to Review Records (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are:
The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days from the day the university receives a request for access.Students should submit a written request to the office housing the records, identifying the record(s) he or she wishes to inspect.
The right to request an amendment to the student's education record that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed, and specify why they believe it is inaccurate or misleading.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without written consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. A school official may include those who contract with the university to provide services.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202.
NMU's complete FERPA policy can be viewed at nmu.edu/registrar/ferpa.
The Jeanne Clery Act
Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires the university to report certain crime statistics on a yearly basis. Northern Michigan University's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northern Michigan University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting NMU Police Department or by accessing the NMU Police Department website at: nmu.edu/clery. For additional information or questions about the Jeanne Clery Act, please contact Jeffrey Mincheff, Cheif and Clery Compliance Officer.