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University Status

This webpage will be updated in January to reflect changes in Northwestern’s guidelines and resources that take effect in the new year. Read the Dec. 1 announcements about these changes.

Northwestern's status and key protocols for Fall 2022 have been updated to align with local health guidance. 

Visiting Campus

All students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated or who have an approved exception to Northwestern’s vaccination requirement are welcome to be on campus. Students, faculty and staff must follow COVID-19 Guidelines while on campus.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Please familiarize yourself with guidelines and procedures in place for those who are on campus:

  • Vaccinations
    Northwestern requires students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Only students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated or who have an approved exception to the University’s vaccination requirement are permitted to visit campus.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    Both asymptomatic and symptomatic testing remains available for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Masking
    Masking is optional in most spaces. Northwestern recommends masking in areas where distancing is not possible when transmission levels are elevated.
  • Self-Isolation and Safety Precautions
    Northwestern’s guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Northwestern’s COVID-19 Response Team supports community members who test positive
  • Gatherings
    There are no capacity limits or restrictions for meetings and events. Masks may be required during specific types of events.
  • Travel
    Most domestic and international travel is permitted. All travelers should familiarize themselves with and follow Centers for Disease Control guidance and protocols for domestic and international travel.
  • Visitors
    Most visitor restrictions have been lifted. Some restrictions on minors in residential programs remain.