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Who can return to campus?

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The first cohort of students have returned to the Boston campus to participate in Summer II classes and to reside in residence halls while they are on co-op with Boston-area employers. Protecting the health and well-being of Northeastern students, faculty, and staff—as well as the communities beyond our campuses—is the university’s paramount concern. To that end, Northeastern has instituted a number of health protocols to promote a safe campus environment for working, learning, and living.

As part of the efforts underway to create an environment that promotes health and safety, these students will undergo COVID-19 viral testing.

Additionally, we are asking our returning students to do the following:

  1. Complete the Summer 2020 Residential Life Policies and Attestation Form. It outlines the protocols and shares important guidance on how to practice healthy distancing and what to do if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Monitor your health through the Daily COVID-19 Symptoms Pre-Screen Tool and stay in your room if you feel sick.
  3. Sign-in to Northeastern’s Safe Zone app and check into any campus building you enter so that you can access assistance or emergency support if needed.
  4. Wear your NUID on a lanyard and display it at all times while on campus. Lanyards are available for pickup at 716 Columbus Place.
  5. Face masks or face coverings must be worn at all times—both inside campus buildings and in outdoor spaces on campus. To promote sustainability, you are expected to bring your own reusable face covering to campus. Face masks are required in residence hallways and common areas, but may be removed inside single-occupancy rooms.
    Guests are not permitted in campus residence halls at this time.
    Dining facilities will not be available during the summer.
  6. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  7. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  8. Watch this video for more information about building entry and exit protocols, keeping healthy distancing on elevators and halls, and accessing services like laundry, the mailroom, and medical care.
Summer 2 Campus Living



Faculty and Staff

During Stage III (June 1 – July 6th), a small number of employees were invited to return to campus.

This group included faculty, staff, and students working in critical research labs, and administrative staff working in roles that are difficult to perform effectively in an off-campus environment.

During Stage IV (July 7th – August 16th), additional employees will be invited to return, and the university’s Campus Planning and Real Estate team will make necessary adjustments to office space, including signage, plexiglass, and moving furniture. Academic and administrative departments across the university are expected to be ready to enter Stage V and reopen by August 17 with staffing plans that enable senior managers to fully meet their respective business goals and objectives.

Spring scenes on the Boston Campus on May 13, 2020. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Non-research-active faculty, staff, and students who are returning to campus  must comply with the following policies, protocols and guidelines:

For research-active faculty, staff, students: In addition to following the above mentioned protocols and guidelines, you must also follow the Return to Research Labs Protocols for information on returning to laboratories, field research, and human subjects research.

Supervisors may consider the following staffing options for their individual areas to maintain a low density:

  1. Staggered arrival/departure
  2. Alternating between onsite and remote work days for employees in the same labs and offices
  3. Moving people to different offices and workstations to enable social distancing

Employees who have not been contacted for return to campus, but would like to return to their offices and labs, may only do so with permission from the respective senior vice president overseeing their department. Any employees who have questions or who would like to request to return in Stage IV should speak with the point of contact assigned by their senior vice president to develop Stage IV and Stage V staffing plans. At no point should department leaders increase staffing beyond critical onsite job functions without approval from their respective senior vice presidents.

The university welcomes questions and requests from those who may have specific challenges related to returning to campus in the fall. Temporary policies and procedures were announced on June 29, allowing faculty and staff to request a continuation of remote work. Any reasonable request will be honored. The goal is that returning faculty and staff feel comfortable doing so.

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