COVID-19 Expectations for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022–23

The health of every resident who resides in the residence halls is of the utmost priority for Northwestern Michigan College. The college’s mission is to provide a quality education and operation of services in a manner that promotes the wellbeing of students, staff and visitors to the institution while providing an environment that is safe and taking concerted steps to minimize the spread of a virus within the residential community. Due to COVID-19, NMC Housing is expecting all residents who plan to reside in housing adhere to the following:

1) Monitor Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms, even if vaccinated. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever, chills, sore throat or cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

2) Get Tested

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please do not come to campus. If you are already on campus, please stay away from others, including staying apart from those you live with until you can get tested. NMC’s Health Services offers free rapid testing during the academic year. Call (231) 995-1255 to make an appointment. A limited supply of rapid tests will be available in the Residence Halls when Health Services is closed during the summer semester. Please contact the Housing Office at (231) 995-1400.

3) Positive Test/Quarantining

If a resident is experiencing symptoms and tests positive for COVID -19, the resident is expected to quarantine. Please review the latest CDC guidelines when it comes to quarantine recommendations: 2019-ncov/your-health/ quarantine-isolation.html . If the resident is within four driving hours of the college, the resident is required to go home and recover at their permanent residence until they are symptom free and showing no more infection from the virus. If NMC requires a resident to relocate from their designated unit, the resident will comply with the directive and relocate to a space designated by the College or will be in violation of the Students Rights and Responsibilities policy for failure to follow the directives of a college official. Notify the Housing Office at if testing positive.

4) Masking

Masks are recommended, but no longer required while inside NMC buildings.

5) Housing Contract

NMC reserves the right to terminate housing contracts due to public health concerns. In the event that NMC chooses to terminate housing contracts due to public health concerns, such as COVID-19, NMC will offer fair and reasonable reimbursements for housing and dining if applicable.

Residents who chose to reside in on-campus housing assume an assumption of risk as it pertains to residential living with others who may or may not be exposed to illness.

NMC has the right to revise these requirements based on the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If any revisions are made to these expectations, the details will be emailed.

Dining for Academic Year 2022/2023

Dining options and the delivery of service for residential students is at the discretion of the college and subject to change due to public health concerns. Please refer to NMC COVID-19 updates about the delivery of services for dining.

Residents are encouraged to follow the suggested spending for meal plans throughout the semester.

Suggested Spending

Weeks of Meal Plan

$1200/per semester
(Spend per week/Remaining)

$1400/per semester
(Spend per week/Remaining)

$1700/per semester
(Spend per week/Remaining)

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Meal plans are non-refundable and will only be refunded if NMC deems that dining cannot be provided for those with purchased plans.


NMC Custodial will continue to modify and implement cleaning measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic or any other public health emergency that may arise during your stay in college housing. Residents are required to wipe down any common space areas in their unit, including but not limited to bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, etc. Residents are responsible for providing their own cleaning supplies, such as Clorox wipes, disinfectant spray, etc.

Termination of housing contract

NMC reserves the right to terminate housing contracts due to the public health emergency crisis, including COVID-19. In the event that NMC chooses to terminate housing contracts due to public health concerns, NMC will offer fair and reasonable reimbursements for housing and dining.

Compliance and Sanctions

Failure to comply with the above rules will result in removal from NMC Housing.