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Updated September 24

Fall Semester Kick-off: Safety Overview

Thank you to the 225 people who attended our virtual opening conference Monday, Aug. 17 as we prepared to kick off the new fall semester together. While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in many ways during the last several months, you have done significant work to meet the needs of our learners while keeping each other safe. Our Reopening and Reimagining Fall Learning Committees have addressed these issues and have developed important resources to help this academic year. Read more here.

NMC Reopening Plan

NMC is working through a phased reopening plan for each of its five campuses including:

  • Main - 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Great Lakes - 715 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Aero Park - 2600 Aero Park Dr., Traverse City
  • University Center - 2200 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City
  • Rogers Observatory - 1753 Birmley Road, Traverse City

For Fall 2020, campus buildings have reopened to students with appropriate social distancing and masks required to comply with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order. Services for students remain available by phone and virtually. Find more information about student services here.

Human Resources Updates

COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan Training

NMC has created an Exposure Control Plan training program that all NMC employees are required to take before returning to campus. The training's purpose is to ensure that employees are able to keep themselves, their colleagues, students and visitors as safe as possible by following NMC’s Exposure Control Plan, CDC recommendations and Federal and State guidelines for preventing and reducing the spread of COVID-19. View the training program here.

NOTE: NMC employees must access this training through the Learning Portal to receive credit for completion. For questions or support, please contact the Technology Help Desk at

Extended Leave Benefits

Find a summary of changes to extended leave benefits here that are due to the coronavirus pandemic and relevant to NMC employees. (Changes in Priority Health coverage are outlined below.)

Families First Paid Medical Leave

Please access information about requesting leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here. Leave is available to all employees who need time off for various reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority Health COVID-19 Coverage

  • COVID-19 testing is covered at 100%.
  • All virtual visits are covered at 100% (including non-COVID-19 related visits) through December 31, 2020.
  • Please check with Priority Health customer service to confirm plan coverage.

Return to Campus Survey Results

NMC's Office of Research, Planning, & Effectiveness conducted a Return to Work survey in June to better understand faculty and staff concerns, as well as understand what would make them feel more comfortable about returning to campus when it’s safe do so. Over 75% of faculty and staff provided insight into what they are feeling in the survey. Read the full survey results here.

Event Cancellations & Closures

  • NMC's Spring 2020 Commencement was postponed. All commencement-related activities, including Honors Convocation, have also been postponed.
  • Find an ongoing list of closures and cancellations here.

Personal Counseling

We recognize that this is an anxious and potentially stressful time for our community and want to remind you that we have counseling available through our Employee Assistance Program. Cheryl Rogers at our partner agency, Catholic Human Services, can be contacted there at (231) 947-8387.

Mail Collection Procedures

Starting June 17, mail and delivery services for packages and Stores requisitions commenced daily operations Monday–Thursday following the Stage 2 protocol of NMC's Re-Opening Plan.

Mail delivery has resumed to your central location. Due to high volumes, please allow time for us to catch up with deliveries and requests. We appreciate your patience and look forward to taking care of your needs as we slowly ramp back up.

Travel Policies

NMC has suspended all international and domestic business travel for its employees. Follow these procedures.

West Hall Innovation Center Update

The West Hall Innovation Center on NMC's main campus is open for the Fall 2020 semester. Construction was completed in July, 2020 and services including the library, Hawk Owl Café/Northwest Grind and WNMC radio station have moved in to the building. Read more here.

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