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In this Together: Guiding Principles 

Last updated: 04/14/2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Northwestern Health Sciences University is committed to our community’s health and safety, maintaining students’ academic progress, and minimizing disruptions as much as possible.

Guiding Principles for decision making
  • Protect the safety and health of all employees, students, patients, & campus visitors.
  • Make decisions using evidence-based practices knowing that evidence is still being gathered.
  • Our culture is and will be our north star during this crisis. Keep our culture strong.
  • Ensure business continuity: support our students, patients, and employees.
  • Strive to maintain the financial health of our institution.
  • Use guidance from CDC, MN DOH, and other trusted resources.

NWHSU monitors guidelines issued from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines and federal OSHA standards.

Slow the Spread

The most important actions each of us can take to further protect ourselves include:

    • Staying home if you are sick.
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and clean surfaces you touch.
    • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest.
    • Follow Recommendations for Wearing Masks

Follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MN DOH) Guidance:

Healthy Practices


Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the campus.

What You Need to Know about Hand Hygiene.

Respiratory etiquette:  Cover your cough or sneeze

Please cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching your face, and in particular your mouth, nose, and eyes, with your hands; even when wearing a mask You should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Practices

Routine cleaning and disinfecting of campus including classrooms, clinic spaces, restrooms, cafeteria, and meeting rooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as door handles, light switches, elevator panels, hand railings, copy machines, etc.