Safe On Campus

Northern Michigan University students, faculty and staff should follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for isolation and masking when infected with COVID as it relates to being on campus and attending class and/or work.

Positive COVID cases do not need to be reported to the University, but communicating with faculty members and/or work supervisors about your absence during isolation is vitally important. Faculty and work supervisors should not request physician notes for the return to class or work due to COVID. 

KN95 masks  are available free of charge to NMU students, faculty and staff at the NMU Police Department while supplies last. Students can also use their NMU ID to pick up a free at-home COVID test at the NMU Police Department while supplies last. The Police Department, located in the Services Building on Sugarloaf Road, is open 24 hours per day every day of the year.

NMU’s Dining Services has a sick tray request program for residence hall students who are suffering any type of illness, including COVID, and must remain in their rooms.

The NMU Health Center can be contacted at 906-227-2355 during regular business hours for information about COVID vaccines and boosters, including eligibility and what is offered at the NMU Health Center and at area pharmacies. Northern encourages all members of its campus community to stay up to date with COVID and ‘flu vaccinations.

As is the case each year for influenza and colds – and now COVID – as a member of the NMU campus community, you are asked to do all that you can to mitigate the spread of illness on campus, including frequently washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when not feeling well.  

If you have COVID-related questions, please send them to and they will be routed to the appropriate office or person, or for medical assistance contact the NMU Health Center (906-227-2355) or your healthcare professional.  If COVID levels significantly increase in the future, changes to procedures will be communicated to the campus.