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Guidelines for Instructional Spaces

The Northwestern community is responsible for certain expectations in instructional spaces.

Face Coverings

Masks are not required in classrooms, lab-based classes and other spaces where instruction takes place. Instructors cannot require masking of others unless they are directed to do so as part of an approved disability accommodation through the Office of Equity or AccessibleNU. Northwestern strongly recommends indoor masking in areas where distancing is not possible when transmission levels are elevated.

Health Monitoring

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure, unvaccinated community members are expected to regularly monitor their personal health status. 

Students, faculty and staff who test positive outside of Northwestern’s testing sites are required to report a positive result using the University’s online reporting portal.

More about health monitoring