NMU's Mask Requirement

Effective Tuesday, August 24

ALL individuals – vaccinated and not vaccinated – must wear masks 
when indoors at ALL Northern facilities.


With Marquette County’s COVID classification changing from “moderate” to “substantial” the CDC recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks (over nose and mouth) when indoors in any areas that are at the substantial and high COVID levels.  

Northern will require a mask to be worn by all individuals – vaccinated and not vaccinated – whenever inside a Northern facility. This includes ALL areas of ALL university facilities – classrooms, labs, hallways, lounges, dining locations, etc. The only exceptions are private living spaces (residence hall rooms and apartments), private offices, when an individual is the lone person in a university vehicle, and when an individual is actively eating in an NMU eatery.  The mask requirement includes visitors on campus and groups renting NMU facilities.

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"As a university, we collectively state that caring for our community – on- and off-campus – is one of our seven core values. While I know wearing a face covering is not always the most comfortable situation, this is one of the sacrifices we must make this semester to keep our campus healthy."

Fritz Erickson

NMU President

Medical Exemptions

Remote learning is available to those who can’t wear cloth masks due to health issues. Students should contact Disability Services (227-1737, disserv@nmu.edu) and employees, Human Resources (227-2330, hr@nmu.edu) to learn what documentation is necessary. 


Here are a few videos and infographics that provide information on how to properly put on, take off and take care of your face mask.

  • CDC: How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering -- infographic
  • How to wear a fabric mask safely – video and infographic
  • Mask Wearing 101: How to Properly Use and Re-use a Mask - video