The following is an announcement sent to the NIU community April 2, 2020:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
We’re writing today to provide an update on our plans for summer coursework and travel. While we cannot predict how long existing stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures will be in place, we want our community to be able to make academic progress and longer-term plans as appropriate. Please see the following updates:
All undergraduate, graduate and law summer courses, including those regularly held at our regional centers, will be taught virtually instead of face-to-face. The university will continue to evaluate whether clinical and lab experiences for relevant disciplines will be able to occur in the summer. Please note that we will use the traditional grading scale; the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade system is only for this spring semester.
Registration will begin Monday, April 6, and we encourage all students to seek guidance from their academic advisors to determine if summer coursework is helpful or necessary at this time.
It’s also prudent that we extend NIU’s COVID-19-related travel prohibition. All non-essential, university-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty, staff and students is prohibited until Aug. 1, at which time the prohibition will be reassessed. Those who believe that they have essential business reasons to travel can request waivers through the Office of the Provost. Please be aware that the issuance of waivers will be rare.
With the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, personal international travel is strongly discouraged, and we urge that you exercise caution and good judgment for personal domestic travel. Those planning to travel during the fall should be aware that public health concerns driven by COVID-19 could continue to affect air travel and activities deemed non-essential.
All of the above detailed adjustments are being put in place as part of the many measures meant to ensure we can continue learning and working in ways that protect the wellbeing of our community. We appreciate your continued patience and support.
Lisa C. Freeman
Executive Vice President & Provost