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The “Together as North Central” Pledge demonstrates our commitment to guard the health and safety of everyone on campus, and we will do this together, as North Central.

Together as North Central, we have weathered a worldwide pandemic that began affecting College operations in early March 2020. The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, is extremely contagious and is believed to spread through person-to-person contact. Even though safe, effective vaccines are available, complementary weapons for combating the virus include wearing masks, observing physical distancing of at least 6 feet (3 feet when properly masked), and practicing good personal hygiene.

As members of a campus community that includes students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and vendors, we recognize that our campus is safest when each of us is doing as much as we can to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Together as North Central, we recognize that it is possible to spread the virus even if we do not feel sick. As such, we will do all that we can proactively to protect ourselves and others who may be at higher risk for becoming severely ill, which includes the following requirements.

Face Masks

I will wear a face mask that covers my mouth and nose when I am indoors (including in a classroom); individuals working in private offices may remove masks when they are alone. When I am outdoors on North Central property, I will wear a face mask when physical distancing of at least 6 feet (3 feet when properly masked) is not possible. 

If I am unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, I will seek the appropriate accommodations by working with Learning Support Services (Students) or Human Resources (Employees).

Physical Distancing

As much as possible, I will maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet (3 feet when properly masked) between myself and others with whom I do not live.

Personal Hygiene

I will practice prescribed personal hygiene, which includes the following:

  • Frequent and proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after I have been in a public place, before eating or preparing food, or after blowing my nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • When soap and water are not readily available, I will use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout campus.
  • Sneezing and coughing into the bend of my arm.
  • Refraining from shaking hands.
  • Cleaning or sanitizing my living or workspace when necessary.


I will monitor myself for flu-like symptoms including sore throat, fever, a new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, new onset of a severe headache and new loss of taste or smell. If I am experiencing any of these symptoms, I will stay home and contact a physician immediately.

Staying Informed

I recognize that CDC guidance on preventing disease spread is changing rapidly as scientists learn more about this new virus. As such, I will look for and follow signage posted by North Central and stay up to date by reading relevant emails from College administration. I will follow the orders of state and local health authorities who are working to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Encouraging Others

I recognize that ensuring the safety of our campus community depends not only on my compliance with the requirements above, but also on my encouragement of others to do the same. I will set a positive example and encourage others.

Noncompliance with this Pledge

All concerns surrounding noncompliance with this Pledge should be reported to the Office of the President at, 231-348-6601, or in person.

Together as North Central, we will work to provide a safe, healthy, fulfilling campus environment for ourselves, for our peers and colleagues, and for our greater community.