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Programming for Minors

Updated May 2, 2022


Programs for pre-college students who are not enrolled at Northwestern, including all activities for minors, should adhere to the Minors at Northwestern Policy as well as all relevant COVID-19-related health and safety protocols. Remote delivery and in-person day programming may be offered for this population. Some residential and overnight programming will be permitted beginning in Summer 2022.



Residential programming that is sponsored by a Northwestern entity can occur for students who are 12 years of age or older.

  • Residential programs for minors that are hosted by external entities without any affiliation to the University are not permitted for Summer 2022.
  • No overnight components should be planned for program participants under age 12.

Program participants who test positive for COVID-19 will not isolate on campus and must be picked up within 8 hours of a positive test.

  • A parent or approved guardian must be available to pick up a participant who tests positive.
  • Programs must have in place protocols to ensure access to health care for participants.
    • Given the transition of the student health service to Northwestern Medicine, additional details on accessing these services will be shared closer to the start of summer.
  • Programs must have in place a plan for the time between a positive test and pickup.

All program participants will be asked about vaccination status.

  • Minors participating in college-level, for-credit, on-campus summer programs will be required to be current on their COVID-19 vaccination including their booster (and provide proof of vaccination), subject to limited exceptions, as they are during the academic year.
  • Participants in non-credit programs will be asked about their vaccination status, and those who are not vaccinated may be subject to additional health protocols during the course of their program.
  • Programs are responsible for verifying participants’ COVID-19 vaccination status. Programs should not request, collect nor store actual vaccination records as part of this verification.
  • The additional health protocols for participants who are not vaccinated will be finalized closer to the start of summer programming.
    • Additional protocols may vary between day and residential programming.
  • It is recommended that programs require residential participants to obtain a negative COVID-19 test through a third-party clinician (vs. at-home test) within 72 hours before arriving on campus.

These guidelines are subject to change and more specific expectations will be outlined in key areas—such as the required health protocols—closer to the start of summer programming.

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