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Phased Return to Campus

We know how important it is for our community to return to campus as quickly as we can, to once again collaborate and learn in our classrooms, our laboratories, our libraries and our athletic arenas. But our first priority is, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.


With safety as our guiding principle, we will begin a phased return, one that ensures we protect all members of our community while repopulating our campus. At each step, new populations may be cleared to re-populate campus, and new campus buildings may be activated. Progression to a higher step will be contingent on the successful completion of the previous step.

Staff, faculty and students may return physically to campus only if:
  • They meet the criteria outlined in the applicable period of the University’s phased return to campus plan; and
  • They are specifically instructed to return to campus, on a continuous or intermittent basis, by their school or unit leadership.

Return to Campus Policy and Guidelines

As a condition of returning to campus, community members are required to follow the policies and requirements issued by Northwestern.