NMU Visitor Guidelines

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. 


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Wear Your Face Covering

Our students, faculty, and staff are required to wear protective face coverings when inside any NMU facility.While not a requirement for visitories, during the Winter 2022 semester, Northern strongly encourages visitors to wear KN95, N95, KF94 or double mask with a surgical mask under a fabric mask due to the contagious nature of the Omicron variant. Each visitor is expected to bring and correctly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Face shields are permitted only if cloth and other types of 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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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.

Visiting residential spaces

Visitors to the residence halls must be masked at this time, regardless of vaccination status. We strongly encourage students to meet with friends or family outside or in a public space, especially when meeting with someone who may have a health vulnerability.  

Confirm the event and check-in

Northern Michigan University has modified 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.

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