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Summer Quarter Summary

The University's status and key protocols for Summer Quarter 2021 have been updated to align with Phase 5 of the State of Illinois reopening plan. 

Density on Campus

  • Students: All students are welcome to be on campus. Summer courses are largely remote, and Northwestern is planning for in-person instruction in the Fall 2021 Quarter. 
  • Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff will continue to increase their on-campus presence throughout the summer in alignment with school- and unit-specific return-to-campus plans. Plans will be phased in between July 6 and Sept. 7, with the expectation of a full return to campus following the Labor Day holiday. To support this return to campus, while leveraging new opportunities revealed through the pandemic, Northwestern has introduced an Alternative Work Strategies Policy.

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.  Students are asked to complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form before July 12, 2021 to avoid a registration hold. Faculty and staff should attest to their vaccination status through the COVID-19 Vaccination Form by Aug. 1, 2021.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    Unvaccinated students who spend any time on campus are required to complete two Abbott rapid antigen COVID-19 tests each week. Testing also remains available for faculty and staff. Those who are not fully vaccinated should complete regular testing.
  • Symptom Tracker
    Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff are required to use the Symptom Tracker application whenever they come to campus. The University monitors compliance for anyone without a COVID vaccination on record.
  • Masking
    Northwestern requires community members to wear masks, regardless of vaccine status, in all indoor campus environments, even if they can socially distance, except when in a private office, personal residence or residence hall room, or when eating or drinking. Masking remains optional outdoors, though certain outdoor events may elect to require masking based on the number of attendees and location of the event.
  • Gathering Restrictions
    Capacity limits and restrictions for meetings and events are lifted. Masks may be required during specific types of indoor events.
  • Travel Restrictions
    Some 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 during the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • Visitors
    Most visitor restrictions have been lifted. The only remaining restriction is on minors in residential programs.

Community Behavior Expectations

Students, faculty and staff must follow certain community standards while on campus. Community members are also expected to participate in the University's contact tracing efforts and comply with quarantine and self-isolation procedures. Those who violate these expectations may face disciplinary actions.

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