NIU releases ‘Protecting the Pack’ plan

Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — President Lisa Freeman announced the release of the “Protecting the Pack” plan, via an email sent to the NIU community Thursday. 

“‘Protecting the Pack’ also acknowledges the diverse needs of Huskies and provides options to accommodate those who return to campus and those who stay connected remotely,” Freeman wrote in the email. 

The plan, which launched as a website, outlines health and safety guidelines for the following: working, learning, teaching, classroom protocols, research, scholarship and artistry, housing and dining, student life, university events, travel and transportation.

“Protecting the Pack” was created by collaboration between campus working groups and more. The plan will be updated regularly on its website.  

“COVID-19 infections are likely to occur on our and other university campuses despite extensive efforts to protect against virus spread,” Freeman wrote. “Because of that inevitable reality, all of us returning to campus must do our part to acknowledge and follow the advice, recommendations and protocols in place to better protect ourselves and others and to help prevent an individual infection from becoming an outbreak.” 

The Northern Star will update this developing story.