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Phased Return to Campus

With safety as our guiding principle, we are implementing a phased return to campus.

See the policy and guidelines

Re-occupying the campus will occur in multiple steps. At each step, new populations may be cleared to safely return to campus.

View all steps

Information for You

Health Monitoring

Report your symptoms or illness to the University.

After returning to campus, all community members are required to report:

  • Daily symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19
  • Positive test results for COVID-19
  • Self-isolation due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19

Staff and faculty can also report locations or examples of social distancing congestion to assist with identifying potential problem areas. The Office of Risk Management tracks these issues; please complete an online form to share this information with the University.

Core Responsibilities

To ensure that the necessary modifications can be made quickly and effectively, the following Core Responsibilities will guide schools and units in developing and executing plans tailored to their specific operational needs.

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Social and Physical Distancing

In all shared spaces, the University will establish protocols and reminders to keep at least six feet of space between individuals.

See Distancing Guidelines
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Face Coverings and Face Masks

All community members must wear masks in all public and shared environments on campus and when required social distancing cannot be achieved.

See Face Mask Guidelines
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Cleaning Protocols and Personal Hygiene

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is a critical aspect of reopening our campus.

See Cleaning Guidelines
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Health Monitoring

Community members are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19, develop symptoms, or are self-isolating due to suspected or known exposure to it.

See Health Guidelines
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Units must develop a communication plan for providing essential information and training to community members and visitors who will occupy and visit their facilities.

See Communication Guidelines
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Protecting the Vulnerable and Community

We expect our leaders, managers, supervisors, faculty members, and researchers to model flexibility and foster a community of wellness and awareness.

See Guidelines

Latest Developments


Symptom Tracker Launched

September 8, 2020

Northwestern University has partnered with Northwestern Medicine to develop Symptom Tracker, a daily health monitoring application that aims to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Faculty, students, staff and visitors are expected to use the web app for daily health monitoring. The app replaces the existing health monitoring web form previously used by employees.

What's New

Undergraduate Students: Additional Changes and Clarifications for Fall Quarter

September 1, 2020
New information about deferrals, on-campus housing, financial and emergency aid and testing for students living off campus.

Undergraduate Students: Updated Plans for the Fall Quarter

August 28, 2020
Northwestern has changed its Return to Campus plan for first- and second-year undergraduate students to limit the number of students returning to campus for Fall Quarter 2020.