NMU Visitor Guidelines

Northern Michigan University currently has a no visitor order in place. Non-university individuals are not permitted in campus facilities at this time. 

NMU hopes to be able to welcome visitors again soon. When visitors are allowed to be on campus, we have a set of visitor guidelines outlined below that we'd like you to follow. If you are not a current member of the NMU community, please review this information thoroughly before visiting campus. If you are a current student or employee of Northern, ensure that you understand the visitor guidelines and expectations thoroughly prior to inviting others to campus. 


Female student wearing a face covering while looking at her phone

Wear Your Face Covering

Our students, faculty, and staff will be wearing protective face coverings. Each visitor is expected to bring and correctly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Face shields are permitted if cloth masks are not medically tolerated. If you did not bring a face covering, a free disposable mask can be obtained at the NMU Police Department located on Sugarloaf Avenue.

» Mask Exemption Document


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Maintain Physical Distance Between People

Social distancing of six feet between people who do not live in the same household must be maintained. Walking single file, when possible, is safest and can be done with three feet of social distance. Choose to walk outdoors when possible.


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Honor Our Health and Hygiene Expectations

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Refrain from shaking hands and other physical contact. 
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Do not visit our residential spaces

We are not allowing visitors to the residence halls. If you wish to meet with friends or family, meet either virtually, outside or in a public space. 

Confirm the event and check-in

Northern Michigan University has rescheduled many events and expanded our virtual experiences. Confirm that your event will still be held on campus. Check whether registration is required; to ensure maximum allowed capacity is not exceeded, many events do not allow walk-in visitors. In situations where a guest would like to meet with a member of the NMU community, the visitor should arrange for the meeting before coming to campus. Whether the visit is a pre-arranged meeting or attending a public event, there will be a sign-in mechanism for visitors to help with any contact tracing that might be needed.

Assess Your Wellness

Before you arrive, we ask you to self-assess for the common symptoms of COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or feel otherwise unwell with new symptoms (unrelated to known health conditions) do not visit campus. In addition, if you have been exposed to persons diagnosed with COVID-19 or persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not visit campus until you have been symptom-free for 14 days. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Cough, newly developed or worsening 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • Feeling feverish or have fever above 100.4F
  • Muscle aches 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Runny nose
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Recent loss of smell or taste