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Northeastern will move to online teaching for students at its Seattle campus

*Published on March 5, 2020*

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am writing to provide you with an important notice of change to Seattle campus operations in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Following guidance and recommendations issued by the Seattle & King County Department of Public Health, and to ensure educational continuity, Northeastern is making the following operational changes to the Seattle campus effective Monday, March 9, 2020:

  • All on-site courses will move to remote or online learning formats. Faculty members will contact students with directions on how to access remote or online course delivery.
  • The Seattle campus remains open for use by students and faculty—with several modifications:
    • Students, Faculty, and Staff who are at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups. People at higher risk include:
      • People 60 and older;
      • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes;
      • People who have weakened immune systems; and
      • People who are pregnant.
    • Faculty and staff who are considered higher risk are authorized to work at home.
  • Operations staff who are not deemed higher risk are expected to work regular schedules and come to campus. Anyone with questions about their ability to work remotely should consult with their manager.

If you have any questions about campus operations, please reach out to me directly.

Faculty should reach out to program directors to plan course delivery. Students with questions should contact WeCare at 617-373-7591 or via email at

The university remains in close communication with public health agencies and experts. As conditions change and new public health agency guidance is issued, we will update the campus community accordingly.

In the meantime, I encourage you to continue to check the university’s COVID-19 website for general health information and changes to university programs and policies.  

Thank you for your assistance as we work to ensure business and educational continuity during this challenging time.




Dave Thurman

Regional Dean and CEO

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