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Message to Students: Well-being

Dear Students,

It has been quite a week. Northwestern and the world are facing an unprecedented time, and we greatly appreciate your understanding and flexibility as the situation continually changes. We know your plans have been altered and have come with difficulty and unforeseen challenges.

We recognize that many of you are dealing with the stress associated with unplanned travel, health care considerations, housing changes and the care and concern for your loved ones. We hope that the Provost’s recent announcement to make final examinations and assessments optional for undergraduates has helped ease some of that stress. For our graduate students, please know that faculty are receiving support and guidance to help you complete the quarter from remote locations. If you have specific questions about completing your coursework, please begin with your instructors. BienenTGS, and WCAS also have launched dedicated sites for their students or sent messages with more details.

As we all prepare to navigate the days ahead, we want to take a moment to make sure that, in this extraordinarily demanding and stressful time, you are taking care of yourself, specifically as it relates to your emotional well-being.  It can be overwhelming to tend to the needs of others while managing the almost-daily communication and recommendations from the University and others relating to COVID-19. To help our community handle this uneasiness, we have developed a variety of mental health and self-care resources.

While Spring Quarter courses are moving to a remote learning platform, Northwestern will remain open, albeit with almost all staff members working off-site, and with many services and resources offered remotely. For health care needs, please visit Health Service (Chicago) or Health Service (Evanston) for information on medical care and updated hours of operation, and visit CAPS for information on receiving mental health care.

As has been shared by senior leaders, the University will reassess the situation by April 17 and decide then whether to continue remote teaching or to return to in-person instruction by April 27. Students who live on campus and have departed, or plan to depart soon, should not return to their residences until the University provides further guidance. We understand that some students consider Evanston or Chicago their home, and some, including international students, cannot leave the University at this time.

We send our very best wishes to all of you for what is a markedly different academic experience and end-of-term than any of us anticipated just a week ago—or what few of us have ever experienced. This is an extraordinary moment, and it calls on all of us to support each other with great care and compassion. We continue to be here for you today and in the days ahead. Please know you can reach out to us, or as it relates directly to the University’s plans and responses around coronavirus, you can contact the COVID-19 Resource Center at and 847-467-4111.



Todd Adams
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

Mona Dugo
Senior Associate Dean of Students

John Dunkle
Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services 

Bob Palinkas
Executive Director, Health Service