NMU's Mask Requirement

Effective January 10, 2022

As of January 10, 2022, Northern is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear either an N95, KN95 or KN94 mask type inside all NMU facilities until further notice. Starting Thursday, January 13, NMU will be distributing two KN95 masks to students at various sites across campus. A Wildcat ID card or NMU IN will be required to pick up your masks. For more information about face masks, including how to wear and care for one, visit the CDC website.

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

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.

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