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.

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_2020 and #cmc_classof_2021 Slack channels.

The CMC is shifting to virtual interactions in the near term. Specifically:

  • Coaching Appointments: All coaching appointments will take place virtually. Starting on March 17, 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. Virtual mock interviews will be held starting the week of April 27. We will follow up with further information about sign-up dates.
  • Job Action Groups: The CMC will now offer virtual JAGs consisting of 6-8 students who are conducting an off-campus search, paired with a CMC coach facilitator. The groups will meet virtually once a week for 50 minutes over a period of five weeks. The goal is provide motivation, feedback and tangible action items each week for your job search. We will follow up with further information about sign-up dates.
  • 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.

Have employers updated recruitment plans in response to COVID-19?

At this time, many companies have reiterated their commitment to accepted offers, and some companies are exploring making roles and internships virtual if needed. We are aware that several companies within the travel and hospitality industry have rescinded offers or canceled internship programs. So far, this number is small and we’re working with individual students on a plan moving forward.

Please continue to let us know if you’re hearing of any changes to hiring or interview plans, as the CMC is using this information as a trigger to reach out to companies to learn more. If you have an update to share, please enter it here.

We will continue to stay in close touch with companies – particularly those in industries most impacted by the virus.

What should I be communicating to the CMC?

The most valuable way to ensure the CMC can best support you during this time is to provide information so that we can understand your current employment situation, and any concerns that you might have.

Please follow this guidance:

  1. Click here to update your employment status and report any offers. We need to know where students have accepted jobs so we know what employers to connect with in the event of updates to offers. If you’re still seeking, this helps us provide targeted support.
    • Update your status: Indicate if you are seeking, not seeking or have received and/or accepted an offer.
    • Add offer details: Report the details of all offers you receive, including the one you accept.
  2. Click here to tell us about any updates your future employer has made to your accepted internship offer. If you need guidance in advance of an employer conversation, please note that within the form.

If there are any concerns not addressed, please reach out to a member of the CMC coaching team at cmc@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

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

Beginning March 16, 2020, the Evening & Weekend team will be 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.

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.

Additionally, the CMC team has found an alternative date for Job Search Super Day, previously scheduled to be held on April 26, 2020. Students can choose to register for either June 14 or June 20.

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?

The CMC Employer Relations team started the reservation submission process for AY20-21 recruiting in April and will have a better understanding of what fall will look like in the coming months. We are anticipating a heavier use of virtual recruiting and are working with KIS and facilities to provide space and technology to support the process for employers and students.

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 open?

Wieboldt Hall is currently closed to students and nonessential workers. Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time.

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?

Executive Education is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may announce additional cancellations in accordance with health official and university guidelines. You will be contacted by your program manager with further information related to your registration. All online programs are still running as scheduled.

PhD Program

As of March 16, 2020, the PhD Program team has been 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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