COVID-19: Safety protocol update

TRAVERSE CITY — As we prepare for the fall semester, we want to thank you for all you have done to help keep our students, co-workers and families safe from COVID-19.

The “Reimagining Fall” committee met August 18 to discuss safety protocols. The group raised several questions and after consulting with the COVID emergency management team and health services, we would like to share the following information:

  1. Eating on campus: NMC recognizes there are good reasons for both limiting eating and also providing flexibility. While we will not be restricting eating, we ask that if a student needs to eat in the classroom that they distance themselves from others. Of course, we do have some areas that faculty do not allow food such as labs. This is certainly up to a faculty member given the environment.
  2. Masks: Masks will be required in all classrooms and in the public areas of the buildings. If student/staff are working in a private study room masks will not be required. We are making this accommodation based on student feedback from last year. Oftentimes students are using these private breakout rooms for long periods of time and for zoom meetings.
  3. Reporting cases: We do have in place the process to report cases that are reported to staff or faculty. Find this process here: Report a positive case.
  4. Daily Symptoms Check: NMC is no longer using the CampusClear app. Please monitor your health and do not come to campus if you have any symptoms identified here: When to stay home.

We continue to update the safety information and resources available for employees and students at Please review this information and guide students there as needed.

Thank you again for your support and dedication to keeping our NMC community safe.


Release Date: August 25, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Associate Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019


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