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Returning to Campus

what to expect at north central this fall

It’s been a while since we’ve been together on campus, but we’ve been preparing all summer for a safe return to face-to-face (F2F) learning.  Not surprisingly, Fall semester at North Central will look a little different, but we are committed to providing you with the same exceptional education and personalized attention that you’ve come to expect from us.  With the proper safeguards — and a little flexibility — we are ready to welcome students back to campus on September 8.  Here’s our safety blueprint.

  • All North Central offices are open to the public starting August 10. Entry to all buildings will be accessible.
  • The fall semester begins on September 8.
  • Student Services is currrently taking appointments for advising. Walk in advising will be available starting August 24 from 1 – 5 p.m. each day through September 11.  During this same time morning virtual appointments can be made from 8:00 a.m. – noon.
  • The Fall semester class schedule has options for all different comfort levels: Face-to-face (F2F), hybrid (F2F and online) and entirely online classes. A plan to flex courses between delivery modes where necessary for public health or curricular demands will allow us to move seamlessly between formats if it is necessary for the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Please consider your surroundings and maintain a 6 ft. minimum social distance from others whenever possible.
  • Masks must be worn indoors.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers, disposable wipes and sprays have been placed throughout campus. 
  • Frequent and comprehensive sanitation and disinfecting in all common areas, classrooms and residence hall are being performed. 
  • The Iron Horse Café will be open for Residence Hall students and operating according to social distancing guidelines and safety needs. 
  • The Residence Hall will be open with a single student per designated living space and safety guidelines in place.


Safety Guidelines

Safety is our number one priority. As a result, the campus will look different. There are markings on the floor indicating traffic patterns, and signage has been placed to help remind us of these new precautions. 

If you are feeling sick:

Students who are not feeling well, especially those showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, should remain home. 

Students who begin to feel sick while on campus should notify their instructor, remove themselves from the classroom and wait for further guidance from the instructor.

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19:

Notify Student Services (231-348-6605) they will help you determine the next steps you should take. 


Social Distancing Guidelines

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.  To practice social distancing:

Stay at least 6 feet from other people.

Social distancing is key to protecting our physical health during the pandemic.  However, the physical separation has not stopped us from finding novel ways to maintain personal connections and work group engagement, which are vital to supporting one another’s emotional health and demonstrating that we are strong.


Facial Covering Guidelines

Everyone on campus should wear facial coverings.

Medical Exemption - If any student wishes to pursue a medical exemption from the requirement they can apply for an accommodation by contacting Learning Support Services at or 231-348-6682. If you apply for an accommodation, and are granted a medical exemption, it does not mean that you will be on campus without a face covering, but that you may be offered an alternative to help keep you and others safe.


When wearing a facial covering on campus, the face covering must:

  • Cover your nose and mouth
  • Not be torn or soiled and fit snugly over mouth and nose
  • Not be pushed below your chin when not in use

Please do not fully remove your mask and do not touch the front. If your glasses fog up when you’re wearing a mask, the mask does not fit properly.  Make sure the top of the mask is snug over the bridge of your nose.  Place glasses over the fabric of the mask to reduce fogging. 


Hygiene Guidelines

Hand Hygiene Guidelines – Hand Washing

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

STEP 1:  Prepare the paper towel.  In the restrooms with paper towel dispensers, let out as much towel as you need BEFORE you start to wash your hands.

STEP 2:  Wet hands with water; cold or warm water is fine.

STEPS 3 & 4:  Apply soap and wash hands, back and palms, under fingernails, and at the wrists for at least 20 seconds.

STEP 5:  Rinse and remove soap.

STEP 6:  Dry hands with paper towel and use the towel to open restroom door.  Dispose of used paper towel in the nearest trashcan.

Hand Hygiene – Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is available in classrooms and in public spaces throughout campus.

STEP 1:  Apply hand sanitizer to dry hands.

STEP 2:  Rub hands together, spreading sanitizer on the palms, back of your hands, and in between fingers.

STEP 3:  Make sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and wrists.

Hands must be washed with soap and water after about every 10 applications of hand sanitizer to get the buildup of sanitizer off hands. 

Residence Hall

Your “home away from home” just got roomier.

  • Res Hall move-in will occur by appointment only on September 3—6 to limit the number of students and helpers in the building.
  • To ensure the safety of our Res Hall students, no guests will be allowed inside the Residence Hall after dorm move-in occurs.
  • We are holding our Residence Hall at limited capacity to keep each dorm room at single occupancy, ensuring your space and safety.
  • Masks are required when you’re outside your own room, and social distancing will be observed in all common areas.
  • Use of the Res Hall kitchens will be limited to one student at a time.
  • Report any suspected COVID-19 symptoms to the on-site Res Hall Director immediately; quarantine rooms will be available for students who suspect they are ill.


Iron Horse Café

Be our (socially distant) guest at the Iron Horse Café.

  • Hand sanitizer stations are available at both café entrances.
  • We’ve installed sneeze guards at the cash register.
  • Our dining room will be held at 50% capacity.
  • Floor signage will remind guests about one-way traffic patterns.
  • IHC staff will undergo temperature checks before reporting to work.
  • All Health Department and food service guidelines will be strictly followed.