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Community Health Measures

Explore the University's safety procedures, health monitoring requirements and testing protocols.

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Health and Safety on Campus

Current Activity Level: Yellow

In-person activity continues. Due to local/regional trends and increasing positivity on campus, targeted populations may have increased testing or reduced in-person activity.

Positivity Rate
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)
New Positives
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)

Looking Ahead

Northwestern intends to be in-person for Fall 2021

Our fall plans include in-person classes and on-campus living options and activities, subject to public health guidance.

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


Summer and Fall Planning Updates for Faculty and Staff

April 29, 2021

An expected timeline for increasing our on-campus presence in anticipation of the start of classes in the fall.

New Messages

For Students: Support for Wellness and Well-Being

May 10, 2021
If you find yourself struggling, please reach out to someone you trust.

Vaccine appointments with Northwestern Medicine

April 21, 2021
Northwestern students, faculty and staff will begin receiving invitations from NM to make vaccination appointments.