Top 10 Tips

1. Get Vaccinated

Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated. You can reach out to any local health care provider to schedule an appointment. No existing relationship is required.

2. Check Yourself

When Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Level is set above Level One, everyone on campus will be self-monitoring daily for symptoms of COVID-19.

We want you to get started early. At least 14 days before your scheduled arrival in Houghton, limit your contact with others and begin monitoring yourself every day for symptoms by filling out the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Tracking Form. When our campus is at Level Two or higher, you'll be required to submit the form daily—and completing the form each morning will turn on your Canvas access, regardless of your answers.

3. Cover Your Face

As much as we love seeing your face, when Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Level requires it, you must cover your nose and mouth indoors or in enclosed public spaces anywhere on campus. The same goes for outside any time you can't maintain six feet of physical distance.

If you are not vaccinated, face coverings are required when Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Level is set to Level Two or higher.

If you are fully vaccinated—meaning you are two weeks past your final dose of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine—face coverings are required when our Health and Safety Level is set to Level Three or higher.

Student wearing a mask at a laptop outside.

4. Bring a Laptop

You must compute. All Michigan Tech students are required to have a computing device. This helps to ensure your success in mixed-modality classes where some of the instruction is in person and some is online. It will also keep you on track if classes need to be moved online entirely.

5. Pack an Isolation Kit

Be prepared. Have a bag packed in case you need to isolate or quarantine. Consider including these items:

  • Disposable tissues
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent alcohol)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Fluids such as tea, water, juice, and Gatorade drink mix, and food staples like rice, oatmeal, chicken soup, peanut butter, and crackers
  • Thermometer
  • Disposable gloves
  • Salt for saltwater gargling (in case of sore throat)
  • Honey—alone or mixed in tea for sore throat and coughs
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever and aches
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed—the kind you have to ask for at the pharmacy counter, not Sudafed PE) for nasal congestion
  • Two-week supply of chronic medications
  • Face covering(s)

6. Follow the Signs

You'll see them everywhere on campus. They mark one-way entrances and exits, staggered seating in classrooms, and elevator occupancy limits—ways to keep us all safe.

Blizzard wearing a mask entering a building.

7. Practice Self-Care

Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. Don't touch your face. Stay six feet away from others. Follow our face covering requirements. Monitor your health daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if you feel sick.

8. Protect Our Community 

As Huskies, we do our part to keep our Michigan Tech community safe. Show your commitment by complying with the safety protocols required by Michigan Tech's current Health and Safety Level. Practice safety whether you are on campus or off—our local community is relying on us, too!

9. Keep it Small

Limit your social get-togethers to a small circle of friends when gathering sizes are restricted and limit your travel to lessen your chances—and everyone else's—of exposure to COVID-19.

10. Ask Questions

  • Email housing@mtu.edu if you live in the residence halls and have questions about your living arrangements.
  • Email counseling@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2538 to arrange a call or appointment with a counselor.
  • Email deanofstudents@mtu.edu for general or academic concerns.
  • Check with your health insurance provider to see if you have a telehealth option.
  • Do your research, and do not hesitate to ask for the information you need to make smart choices. You're a Husky, after all.