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Easing Boston Campus Restrictions


*Published on October 16, 2020*

Dear Northeastern University Community,  

As we approach the halfway mark of the fall term, we want to say thank you to the entire Northeastern community for each careful, daily action you take to “Protect the Pack.”  

As of today, Northeastern has completed more than 250,000 COVID-19 tests with a seven-day average positive test rate of 0.05%. From wearing masks to practicing healthy distancing to following the testing requirements, our Northeastern community has shown a daily commitment to safety, health, and care for each other.  

Based on these outcomes so far, Northeastern has made the decision to ease the following restrictions on its Boston campus:  

  • Students living in university housing are now permitted to have one guest per unit from the same residence hall in their room.  Please note that this is not one guest per student or per bedroom. 
  • Indoor dining is now being offered at International Village, Stetson East, Stetson West, Churchill Hall, Curry Student Center, and Boston Symphony Hall. Each location will be shut down in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner periods to undergo thorough cleanings. 
  • Lounges and restricted common areas in university housing will increase their open hours.  
  • Student clubs and organizations will be able to reserve space for in-person meetings in the Curry Student Center and elsewhere—as long as they abide by campus rules on healthy distancing, mask-wearing, and no food in enclosed spaces.  
  • Student clubs and organizations may resume in-person tabling in outdoor spaces. Your organization’s designated scheduler can visit NU Space Scheduling Online to reserve a space. 

As with any adjustment to our protocols, we will constantly monitor conditions on and off campus to make sure these changes don’t compromise community health and safety. We ask everyone to continue practicing the simple, daily actions that make these changes possible—practicing healthy distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands often, and undergoing regular COVID-19 testing. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to our community’s safety and health.  


Ken Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning 

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