President Lisa Freeman has issued a Protecting the Pack Plan. This Protecting the Pack Plan is the result of months of collaboration among campus partners, which included the formation of the Return to Working on Campus Working Group and the Testing, Tracking, Tracing Surveillance, and Quarantine (T3SQ) Working Group. NIU’s plan includes the involvement of faculty, the Student Experience Team, academic leadership, and other groups throughout campus.
NIU STaff has sought out the expertise of internal and external public health experts, and have been in regular contact with the governor’s office and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). As a baseline, they have followed the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, which is currently in Phase 4, and the IBHE’s report: Higher Education in Illinois: Safely Launching Academic Year 2020, on which President Freeman served. However, in some cases, Protecting the Pack bolsters the statewide task force’s recommendations.
NIU response is grounded in science and allows for flexibility to not only address ongoing uncertainty but also to stay current with the latest public health guidance. Updates to the plan will be reflected on NIU’s web-site and the university encourage everyone to check in regularly for the latest information.
The number of total students returning to campus is not finalized. Activities including football games and other sporting events still not finalized.