COVID-19 Information for Kellogg Students and Their Families

Current Student FAQ

Full-Time MBA Programs

Health & Well-Being

I have a specific health concern. Whom can I contact?

Students with specific health concerns can reach out to the student life team at studentaffairs@kellogg.northwestern.edu or the Northwestern Health Center to discuss their personal situation and learn more about what Kellogg and Northwestern can do to support them.

Do students returning to the Evanston campus need quarantine upon arrival?

All students living on or near the Evanston campus are required to observe a two-week period of staying at home before they attend in-person school activities. The period, known as “Wildcat Wellness,” requires students to follow a modified quarantine similar to the Illinois stay-at-home order issued in April—limiting social interactions and avoiding all but essential activities such as going to the grocery store or doctor, academic preparations or outdoor activity. The expectation is that testing for COVID-19 will happen during this time period, though the specific process and protocols for students are still being defined.

This new modified quarantine requirement does not apply to our 1Y, MMM (class of 22), JDMBA and MDMBA students who are already in the Evanston area and whose programs have already started.

Does NU-SHIP cover treatment of coronavirus?

We have confirmed with the Student Health Insurance team that coverage for COVID-19 will be handled as any other illness would be. This means there is a $250 deductible and a maximum of $2,000 out-of-pocket, with Aetna paying 80% of charges.

For much more detail about COVID-19 related coverage under NU-SHIP, please refer to Student Health Insurance FAQs. Evening and Weekend and EMBA students should refer to their personal insurance providers.

What other resources are available to me?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Women's Center at Northwestern University are fantastic resources for counseling and support. Many Kellogg students have found these confidential resources to be helpful in the past. Additionally, Kellogg students with legal questions may set up a consultation through the Student Legal Services Office.

The Student Life Team is here to be a resource for all students and their families. We want to encourage each of you to feel free to make use of our services and of our open-door policy, either in person or virtually. We are available to talk with you in confidence about anything of concern or about any problems you might be having during this stressful period.

Tuition & Fees

What if I need financial aid or more flexibility in paying my tuition?

We understand that these unprecedented times can result in unforeseen financial hardship. The Student Finance Team (studentaccounts-ev@northwestern.edu) and Financial Aid Team (finaid@kellogg.northwestern.edu) are available to discuss options with you.

Academics

How can I connect with an academic or international advisor?

Academic Advisors will continue to be available by email and by appointment. Any appointment may take place through Zoom or by phone. Please indicate your preference by making an appointment, and we will accommodate.

International advising will also take place virtually while students are away from campus. Adam Blough will reach out soon to international students with further information regarding how to make an advising appointment. More information for international students can be found on the Northwestern University International FAQ.

For EMBA students, please contact your campus director.
For Evening and Weekend students, contact Carol Lucido (c-lucido@kellogg.northwestern.edu).
And for MSMS students, please contact Christi Beavers (christi.beavers@kellogg.northwestern.edu).

How can I help shape the co-curricular experience?

We are always open to your ideas and will do everything we can to support them. Please reach out to the KSA leaders, Dean Hanifee or Minya Nance to share your ideas.

Career Management Center

How can I continue to use the CMC even though I’m not on campus?

The CMC is here to support you in this unprecedented time and will continue to share updates via email communications and the #cmc_classof_2021, #cmc_1yclassof_2021 and #cmc_classof_2022Slack channels.

The CMC is all virtual recruiting and support for Fall Quarter. Including, but not limited to:

  • Coaching Appointments: : All coaching appointments will take place virtually. When you sign up in CMS you’ll be able to note if you prefer to have a phone call, connect via Zoom or hold a call via Slack.
  • Mock Interviews: The CMC will be offering a virtual mock interview series geared specifically toward students conducting an off-campus search.
  • CMC Library Appointments: The CMC Library is offering virtual appointments for individual research support. Sign-ups are open now in CMS. Once scheduled, a CMC Librarian will reach out with a link and log-in information to connect virtually.

How is COVID-19 impacting the business landscape?

We encourage students to reference the CMC Library COVID-19 and Business/Industry Impacts Research Guide, which includes information on what business leaders need to know, recommended steps to take, remote work tips and resources, and ways to keep informed with this rapidly evolving situation.

Events

Which Kellogg events are currently canceled or postponed as a result of social distancing guidance, including sponsored, non-curricular events?

Per Northwestern’s guidance regarding canceling or postponing extracurricular programming, all Kellogg events held at the Global Hub or off campus are canceled, postponed or conducted virtually at this time. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • TG
  • Club Events
  • Speaker Events

If you are planning virtual events, please reference Virtual Events Best Practices for experiential recommendations and key resources. For more guidance about planning face-to-face meetings when returning to campus, please visit the Return to Campus Policy.

Additionally, any questions about event planning for club events for FT MBA can be directed to Jarvis Broom.

Executive MBA

The EMBA student intranet is the best place for current EMBA students to find information about academic planning and other program updates. Questions regarding the EMBA program may also be directed to emba@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Evening & Weekend MBA

The Evening & Weekend team is working virtually. We remain committed to assisting you in every way. Our official working hours will be 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT.

Please email eveningweekend@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. With an urgent question or concern, please email Adnan Rukieh at a-rukieh@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Dean Krueger at m-krueger@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Health & Well-Being

If I am an Evening & Weekend student, do I have access to Northwestern health facilities?

Yes, you have access to the Northwestern’s health facilities, however it is recommended that you check with your healthcare provider prior to make sure that it is in-network.

If you have health-related concerns, please contact Dean Krueger at m-krueger@kellogg.northwestern.edu. Additionally, please utilize Northwestern’s FAQ for more information on health resources.

Do EW students need to quarantine?

For students in our EW programs, we are working with the University to determine how the spirit of the stay-at-home policy applies. We know you are eager for additional clarity and we’re striving to provide it as soon as possible.

Tuition & Fees

What if I need financial aid or more flexibility in paying my tuition?

We understand that these unprecedented times can result in unforeseen financial hardship. The Student Finance Team (studentaccounts-chicago@northwestern.edu) and Financial Aid Team (financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu) are available to discuss options with you. Your primary point of contact in Financial Aid is TarKia Aponte at tarkia.aponte@northwestern.edu.

Academics

Is Kellogg contemplating revisions to the Degree Enhancement Program (DEP)?

We have been exploring enhancements to DEP, and based on feedback from our student leaders and alumni, we’re excited to announce a few enhancements, which include:

  • Increasing the number of DEP credits from 6 to 8
  • Eliminating the requirements of one quarter off
  • Extending the DEP period from 2 to 3 years
  • Offering virtual classes during the Summer Quarter
  • Expanding course offerings

Additional details regarding DEP can found in the MBA Policies Manual and the Evening & Weekend Intranet.

How will Summer Quarter classes be graded?

Per Northwestern’s guidance, grading for all summer classes will return to our standard grading practices and policies. The Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grading option can be elected by students according to the P/NC grading policies outlined in the Kellogg MBA Policies Manual (p. 21). The P/NC limit of 3 credits is being reinstated starting Summer Quarter. Spring Quarter courses are excluded from this 3-credit limit.

How can I help shape the co-curricular experience?

We are always open to your ideas and will do everything we can to support them. Please reach out to the KSA leaders, Adnan Rukieh or Megan Krueger to share your ideas.

Career Management Center

Will the CMC still be available to me when I am not on campus?

Yes, the CMC team will be available virtually. Please schedule an appointment in CMS or email your coach directly. 

How is COVID-19 impacting the business landscape?

We encourage students to reference the CMC Library COVID-19 and Business/Industry Impacts Research Guide, which includes information on what business leaders need to know, recommended steps to take, remote work tips and resources, and ways to keep informed with this rapidly evolving situation.

How is the CMC approaching Fall 2020 recruiting differently given current COVID-19 implications?

All recruiting for Fall 2020 will be virtual.

How is the CMC activating the Kellogg alumni network?

The CMC is partnering with Alumni Relations to proactively reach out to alumni through our Hire Kellogg campaign, and alumni are reaching out to us with job opportunities as well. The broader Kellogg network, including Dean Cornelli, is coordinating to activate and support alumni through ongoing communications.

Facilities

Is Wieboldt Hall still closed?

Wieboldt Hall will open on Saturday, September 19th for weekend students. On Monday, September 21, Wiedboldt will open daily for the remainder of the semester. You will only be allowed access to the building if you have an assigned seat at a class that day.

Events

Which Kellogg events are currently canceled or postponed as a result of social distancing guidance, including sponsored, non-curricular events?

Per Northwestern’s guidance regarding canceling or postponing extracurricular programming, all Kellogg events held at the Global Hub or off-campus are canceled, postponed or conducted virtually at this time. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • TG
  • Club events
  • Speaker events

If you are planning virtual events, please reference Virtual Events Best Practices for experiential recommendations and key resources. For more guidance about planning in-person meetings when returning to campus, please visit the Return to Campus Policy.

Additionally, any questions about event planning for club events for Evening & Weekend MBA can be directed to Jordan King.

Other

Do I still have access to the Uber discount?

The Uber discount is inactive until classes resume in person at Wieboldt Hall.

What is Kellogg doing to support the broader community? How can I get involved?

Students are identifying ways to help the community in this time of need. The KSA Community Impact team, led by Anne Frazier, welcomes your ideas and support. Please reach out to her directly at anne.frazier@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Executive Education

I am registered for an upcoming program. Is it still running?

Yes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic all Executive Education programs for fall 2020 are running as live virtual programs. Please reference the program finders for Executive Education individual and nonprofit programs for the most up to date information on available programming. All online programs are still running as scheduled.

PhD Program

The PhD Program team is working remotely. We remain committed to assisting you in every way. Our official working hours will be 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT.

Please email kellogg-phd@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. With an urgent question or concern, please email Jo Ann Yablonka at j.yablonka@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Susan Jackman at s-jackman@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Please note: Review of the FAQ section on The Graduate School website may also provide helpful answers to your questions, such as degree progress and financial considerations.

Health & Wellness

Do I have access to Northwestern health facilities?

Yes, your access to healthcare remains the same. For details about health and wellness resources available, refer to The Graduate School website.

What other resources are available to me?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Women's Center at Northwestern University are resources available for counseling and support. Additionally, Kellogg PhD students with legal questions may set up a consultation through the Student Legal Services Office.

Travel

I need to travel either domestically or internationally in order to conduct work related to my research. How will I be able to make progress on my research if I cannot travel?

You should have a conversation with your adviser(s) about your project and ways that you can advance your research in the immediate future.

Facilities

Are Kellogg’s facilities open?

Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time.

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