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The Northeastern facilities team sanitize and clean the West Village dorms to provide rooms for first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 9, 2020. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Extensive work has gone into transforming the way we teach, study, work, and live on campus to adhere to public health guidelines and maintain a safe and clean environment. 

It is critical that every student, faculty and staff member does their part by looking out for their own health and the health of others around them. We all need to adhere to the university’s guidelines to protect our community within and beyond our campuses. 

 

DAILY EXPECTATIONS

  1. Perform a daily self-assessment using the Daily Wellness Check 
  2. Wear your Northeastern University Identification card and have it visible at all times. Lanyards for your ID card are available on the Boston campus outside of the Cabot Physical  Education Center testing site and at 716 Columbus Place from the Northeastern University Police Department. Lanyards can also be delivered by request to departments.   
  3. Wear a face mask or face covering 
  4. Practice healthy distancing 
  5. Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing  
  6. Agree to temperature checks as requested 
  7. Appear as scheduled and participate in COVID-19 testingas requested 
  8. Participate in contact tracing 
  9. Comply with public health guidance and university protocols and policies  

Resources for visitors

All essential and non-essential visitors must be registered by the host department using the new Visitor Registration Form.  

Visitors who are not deemed essential per the definition outlined in the existing Visitor Protocol, will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the department’s senior vice president, or their designee. To request approval of a non-essential visitor, please complete the Visitor Registration Form and provide information regarding the reason for the non-essential visit, including why it needs to be an in-person visit instead of a virtual meeting.   

 

After approval, please use the following resources when inviting a visitor to campus:

Visitor Protocol

All essential and non-essential visitors must be registered by the host department using the Visitor Registration Form.   

Visitors who are not deemed essential per the definition outlined in the  COVID-19 Visitor Protocol will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the department’s senior vice president, or their designee. To request approval of a non-essential visitor, please complete the Visitor Registration Form and provide information regarding the reason for the non-essential visit, including why it needs to be an in-person visit instead of a virtual meeting.    

After approval, please use the following resources when inviting a visitor to campus: 

COVID-19 Visitor Protocol 

To promote the health, safety and well-being of Northeastern University community members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern is currently restricting visits to its campuses from outside the university community.  Visitors to Northeastern’s campuses are expected to comply with this protocol, which may be modified and updated from time to time in accordance with evolving federal, state and local guidance.   

For purposes of this protocol, a visitor is any individual who does not have a current and active university identification card. 

 At this time, all visitors to Northeastern, in advance of their visit, must be determined to be essential to the university’s mission in order to be approved to visit campuses.  Approval for any visitors to the university not deemed essential, as specified below, is at the discretion of the appropriate senior vice president. 

At this time, visitors who have been determined essential are: 

  • Visiting students enrolled in Northeastern courses; 
  • Students participating in approved summer programs; 
  • Individuals attending approved university events, including conferences; 
  • Prospective/admitted students and their immediate family members on visits/tours;
  • Visiting faculty who are either paid employees or have been previously approved through the Exchange Visitor Program; 
  • Visiting scholars, researchers and individuals involved in on-going research projects and have been approved to be on campus as part of the research resumption process; 
  • Designated vendors and service operators who are on campus more than a single day; 
  • University Trustees; 
  • Immediate family members of enrolled students under limited circumstances, such as dropping off a student for move in or picking up a student at the end of a term. 

    Requests to visit the university that do not fall into the deemed essential visitors noted above must be made to the area, department or college the requesters are seeking to visit (Northeastern host) for information regarding the visit approval process and any additional requirements concerning a visit at least 48 hours in advance of a requested visit. The Northeastern host will be responsible for directing visitors to the university health and safety protocols with which they must comply during their visit. 

    Visit requests that do not fall within the categories of deemed essential visitors listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    Those seeking to visit the university are strongly encouraged to utilize the university’s virtual services and resources in lieu of visiting campus, whenever possible. If a visit is approved, the university may specify the duration of the visit and the number of guests, if any, allowed. Visitors are not permitted in the residence halls.  At this time, visitors who do not fall into the essential visitor categories are not permitted to access the university’s bookstore, cafes, cafeterias, or indoors dining facilities and/or concessions.    

    All approved visitors to Northeastern’s campuses are required to comply with the university’s published health and safety protocols, including the protocols on face coverings, healthy distancing, personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, and entry/exit.  Approved visitors are required to comply with all applicable state and local guidelines, including those related to travelers arriving to campus locations, such as quarantine requirements. 

    Visiting students, faculty members, scholars, and individuals  designated as special students by the Office of the Registrarare also required to undergo regular testing, in accordance with the university’s testing program. 

    Approved visitors must complete a COVID-19 Symptoms Pre-Screen Check to monitor their health before coming to campus. Approved visitors are required to check-in with the Northeastern host when they arrive on campus. Visitors will be required to confirm their name, contact information, location and reason for their visit.  

    Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

    Visitors who fail to comply with university COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be asked to leave the university property or activity they are attending. 

    Further information regarding reopening and contacts and resources for visitors can be found on the Reopening Northeastern website.  

    Event Policy

    Events will follow Massachusetts state guidelines for gatherings and City of Boston guidelines. Gatherings at event venues and in public settings are currently limited to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, with all participants maintaining six-feet physical distancing. Our global network locations in North America will follow these guidelines as well, unless their local or state guidelines are more restrictive. 

    Any event participant must follow the state or province entry guidelines, if they are traveling to the location, and all university and state guidelines. In Massachusetts, a travel advisory states that travelers should quarantine for 10 days, with exemptions for people who are fully vaccinated or who receive a negative result on a COVID-19 test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

    Remember, any events or programming that brings visitors to campus must follow the Visitor Protocol. All essential and non-essential visitors must be registered by the host department using the Visitor Registration Form.  Visitors who are not deemed essential per the definition outlined in the Visitor Protocol, will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the department’s senior vice president, or their designee, by submitting a request through the Visitor Registration Form 

    REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR AN IN-PERSON EVENT 

    All in-person event requests, including for conferences, will be reviewed by the University Events Committee and must contain an event plan, including a compelling statement of why the event must be held in person and cannot be done virtually. Please include the event program and the target audience. 

    To request approval of an in-person gathering at a regional campus, please use the pre-approval form and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review.  

    To request the use of space in the following areas on the Boston campus, please email facilitieseventservices@northeastern.edu to submit a request and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review:  

    • Matthews Arena 
    • Cabot Center (including Cabot Cage and Solomon Court) 
    • Parsons Field 
    • Dedham Field 
    • Henderson Boathouse 
    • Egan Center (Raytheon Amphitheater and conference room 440) 

      If you have any additional questions, please contact the Facilities Central Events Team at facilitieseventservices@northeastern.edu. 

      To request approval of an in-person gathering for the following spaces managed by the Center for Student Involvement on the Boston campus, please use the NU Space Scheduling Online (NUSSO) portal in myNortheastern to submit a request and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review.    

      • Curry Student Center 
      • Blackman Auditorium 
      • Fenway Center 
      • Tented areas (West Village Quad, Willis Volleyball Court, Speare Quad and Robinson Quad) 
      • Outdoor Spaces/Quads (Centennial, Krentzman)

        Please visit the CSI Scheduling Office’s scheduling page for the most up-to-date information, or for further questions please email cscreservations@northeastern.edu. 

        For any in-person event that does not fit into these areas, please use the pre-approval form and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review.  

        REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR A SUMMER PROGRAM 

        This category includes educational summer programs with an in-person component.  Examples include pre-college programs, summer clinics, and programs for high-school or college-age students.  Some programs may include a residential component with students staying in residence halls, while others are commuter programs.  

        Please use the pre-approval form and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review. To help the Events Committee have a complete picture of the summer program activity, we ask that you submit the form even if your program is already approved. 

        To promote the health and safety of the community, individuals participating in approved summer programs will be required to comply with the university’s testing program. These students will be designated as special students by the Office of the Registrar, allowing them to access COVID-19 testing and compliance programs.  Participants should be encouraged to get a COVID-19 test before arrival. As special students, they will need to be tested at Cabot Testing Center on the first day of their program and then every three days during their program participation, or every seven days if they attest to full vaccination against COVID-19. 

        If your program is approved, the Events Committee will provide further instructions on obtaining special student status when you are notified of your program approval.  

         

         

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