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Prepare to Return

Our ultimate goal is to carefully and deliberately return our community to campus, while also protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff and aligning with federal, municipal and local guidelines as well as COVID-19 best practices.

When it is time to return, based on both internal and external factors, use these webpages to begin preparing to return as an individual or unit. 

For Individuals

Familiarize yourself with requirements for returning to campus.


Students returning to campus must follow certain community standards while on campus. These include abiding by safety standards, complying with COVID-19 testing efforts, health monitoring and more. See details.

Faculty and Staff 

Faculty and staff returning to campus should refer to the University's Return to Campus Policy. It covers conditions for returning to campus. Schools and units are developing Post-Pandemic Plans that will go into effect between July 6 and September 7, 2021. Please check with your school or unit for details.

For Schools, Units and Offices

The Fall, Winter and Spring Return to Campus Refresh Plans outlined intentions to support an expanded Northwestern community in a way that was safe and healthy for everyone. We now ask schools and units to develop Post-Pandemic Plans that are aligned with the Alternative Work Strategies Policy.

All school and units must submit a Post-Pandemic Plan by June 18. Plans will go into effect between July 6 and September 7, 2021, at the discretion of the school or unit.