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Change of Operations for Massachusetts Campuses


*Published on March 23, 2020*

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We write with an important notice of a change to operations for Northeastern’s Massachusetts campuses in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the latest guidance from the Governor and public health authorities, effective at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Northeastern’s Massachusetts campuses will be restricted to “on-site essential” employees only. Any employee who needs to retrieve critical items from campus should make arrangements to do so prior to 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Employees designated on-site essential by their managers—in consultation with NUPD—have received an email from the Office of Emergency Management with the subject line “Northeastern University Travel Authorization Letter.” The letter ensures that the on-site essential employee is able to travel and gain access to campus facilities. Employees with questions about their on-site essential status should speak with their managers.

Most of the university’s research enterprise—particularly research related to COVID-19—will maintain continuity. Employees or doctoral students engaged in research can continue to work on site to maintain continuity of experiments and support critical research infrastructure. Staff or students with questions about their role in maintaining critical research should speak to their faculty supervisor.

Consistent with the university’s prior announced temporary change to the Policy on Remote Work, all other faculty and staff will continue to work remotely.

This change will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, unless subsequently extended.

As always, we encourage you to check the university’s COVID-19 website regularly for the latest updates to frequently asked questions, health resources, and changes to programs and policies.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued dedication to carrying out the university’s mission under challenging conditions.


Kenneth Henderson

Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning and Co-Chair of the University COVID-19 Task Force

Michael Armini

Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Co-Chair of the University COVID-19 Task Force

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