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Visitors Protocol

Effective Immediately

To promote the health and well-being of the Northeastern University community during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to Northeastern’s campuses are expected to comply with this protocol. This protocol may be modified or updated from time to time consistent with federal, state and local guidance.

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

All Visitors: Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. All visitors will be required to adhere to Northeastern face-covering requirements and, if unvaccinated, practice six-feet physical distancing. All visitors must comply with federal, state and local guidelines and/or regulations.

Short-Term Visitors: Visitors who are briefly on campus for a period shorter than one day, such as for an admissions tour or to attend a university event, will be required to adhere to Northeastern face-covering requirements and, if unvaccinated, practice six-feet physical distancing.

All Other Visitors: Visitors who are on campus for a period longer than one day, including nonconsecutive days, must perform a wellness assessment as provided by the university prior to their campus visit. Visitors in this category must also attest to their vaccination status or confirmation of a negative PCR or viral antigen COVID test within 72 hours of their scheduled visit. These visitors must confirm their name, contact information, location, and reason for their visit using the Visitor Registration Form.

University Housing Visitors: Students can welcome Northeastern student guests to their university housing, subject to capacity limitations published by the university. Family members dropping off students for Fall term are permitted in university housing for the duration of the drop off visit. At this time, other visitors are not permitted within university housing.

For those planning events on Northeastern’s campuses whose attendees may include visitors, consult the Event Policy for the requirements of events during the pandemic.

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

Further information regarding resources for departments or units hosting visitors can be found on the university’s website.

Events Protocol

Events will follow Massachusetts state guidelines for gatherings and City of Boston guidelines. Our global network locations in North America will follow these guidelines as well, unless their local or state guidelines are more restrictive.

Event participants must follow the state or province entry guidelines, if they are traveling to the location, and all university and state guidelines. Any events or programming that bring visitors to campus must follow the Visitors Protocol.

It is the responsibility of the Event Host to share current protocols and requirements with event attendees. All attendees, staff, and vendors are required to wear a face mask when indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Please refer to the Visitors Protocol for further details.

All visitors on campus for a period longer than one day, including nonconsecutive days, must be registered by the host department using the Visitor Registration Form. Event Hosts may submit a roster to register multiple visitors at once. These visitors must also attest to their vaccination status or confirmation of a negative PCR or viral antigen COVID test within 72 hours of their time on campus and to complete a health self-assessment every day they are on campus. Please refer to the Visitors Protocol for further details.

Currently, event venues are operating at full capacity. However, event capacity may be restricted by the venue or by the Events Committee to accommodate healthy distancing where appropriate. Academic classes and related gatherings are not considered events and follow separate protocols.

Because people will need to remove their masks when they eat or drink, it is important to limit eating and drinking to designated areas. Masks should only be taken off when seated in order to eat or drink. Masks must be worn when traveling indoors (for instance while carrying food or beverages to a table). Avoid eating anywhere within the path of travel indoors (lobbies, corridors, etc.).

EVENTS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

An in-person event on any Northeastern campus that meets one or more of the following criteria is required to use the Event Registration Form and be reviewed by the University Events Committee:

  • Events Open to the Public
  • Large Events with Over 150 Attendees
  • Seeking Guidance on Appropriate Space for Event
  • Seeking Guidance on How to Maintain Safety at the Event

RESERVING EVENT SPACE

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 the use of 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 this Event Registration Form and your request will be automatically forwarded to the Events Committee for review.

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