Coronavirus

Important information about COVID-19

Last Updated: March 30, 2020 (4:58 p.m.)

The health and well-being of our community is Kellogg’s top priority.

Northwestern University is maintaining a comprehensive site containing updates on the coronavirus outbreak and regularly updated FAQ. Please check the Northwestern site regularly to stay updated about the effects of this global health event on university operations, academics and events.

In addition to the information and advice offered by Northwestern, we are keeping students, staff, faculty, alumni and prospective students updated about developments that are specific to Kellogg. Remember that all policies and procedures are subject to change as new information becomes available or new guidance is issued by governing bodies or similar authorities.

  • The members of our community who have tested positive for coronavirus are currently in self-isolation off-campus. They are in our thoughts, and we are sending wishes for a speedy recovery. When we are informed of a confirmed case, we notify any persons who have had close contact with the individuals in question in alignment with standard public health principles.
  • Kellogg and the University remain open and the core operations will continue, albeit in a new, more virtual environment. However, in accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Pritzker, only essential staff and faculty are permitted to access the Global Hub and any other Kellogg facilities until at least April 7. Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time. Please contact individual faculty and staff members to confirm a remote engagement.
  • In accordance with guidance from the CDC, Northwestern and the state of Illinois, the Kellogg Reunion has been postponed until fall 2020. Look for new dates to be shared via email and on the Reunion website as soon as we have plans confirmed.
  • For prospective students, we will not be able to hold in-person meetings for the time being. Therefore, all events and interviews will have virtual elements and options.
  • We are abiding by guidelines from the CDC and Northwestern by canceling, postponing or moving to virtual all events scheduled through April 15, and we are assessing events post April 15. We are assessing events after April 15 based on the State of Illinois mandate from March 16th that all events or gatherings of 50 or more people be canceled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. Event owners are reaching out to speakers and attendees with more information.

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

Latest news for the Northwestern University community on the coronavirus outbreak


Current Student FAQ

Full-Time MBA

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

Will there be a tuition refund or discount?

Northwestern University has decided that there will not be tuition discounts for the spring quarter for its undergraduate or graduate schools, including Kellogg. (See more information here.)

We are confident that we will deliver an excellent curricular and co-curricular experience in the coming quarter and advance your progress toward completing your degree. And we will continue to explore new and creative ways to thrive together and support your journey, given the changing circumstances.

Northwestern will waive late fees for 30 days on student bills due April 1. We hope this will provide additional flexibility. The student finance team (studentaccounts-ev@northwestern.edu) is available to discuss other options should you need additional flexibility.

Will there be a refund or discount on activity fees?

Kellogg will refund a portion of the 2Y, 1Y, MMM and MD-MBA student activity and association fees if in-person classed don’t resume in the spring. Specifically, we will refund or issue a credit for $467 (one third of the annual Student Experience and Activity Fee) and $110 (the full Student Association Fee for spring quarter) if classes do not resume.

If in-person classes do resume, pending the decision on April 17th, we will refund a portion of these fees.

Academics

What happens if Kellogg is able to resume in-person classes at some point in Spring Quarter, and I am unable to return to campus?

Northwestern University is planning to make a decision by April 17 regarding whether classes will resume in person on April 27. The University provost has advised that any undergraduate or graduate student (whether U.S.-based or at an international location) who is unable to return to campus will be allowed to continue their classes by remote access. Kellogg faculty are preparing for Spring Quarter with this in mind.

Are we prepared to deliver classes virtually?

Yes. Virtual classes in Spring Quarter will be delivered synchronously – that is, at the same date and time that they were originally scheduled (with the exception of the make-up classes noted above). To maximize classroom engagement, students are expected to participate during their scheduled class time.

We will use the Zoom platform, which is integrated with CANVAS. KIS has created a detailed list of instructions for how to use Zoom. We’ll use Spring Break to test, refine and be ready for April 4. Information about how students can prepare for participating in a virtual classroom will be shared via Canvas. 

Will make-up classes be scheduled, given that Kellogg will miss the first week of Spring Quarter?

Yes. See the Spring Quarter make-up schedule for Full-Time and Evening & Weekend programs.

Is attendance mandatory for the first class of Spring Quarter?

Students should plan to be available virtually during the time at which the first class would otherwise take place (e.g., during the week of April 6 for our Full-time students enrolled in 10-week or first 5-week courses ). Students that have individual health-related reasons for being unable to do so should reach out to their professors individually. Please be on the lookout for further communication from professors regarding any changes to attendance expectations given the new virtual format.

How else is Kellogg enhancing the Spring Quarter experience?

We are looking at creative ways to enhance the academic experience for students, including giving students the option to audit popular classes through remote access. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate.

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).

Traveling Abroad

Should I travel out of the country over Spring Break?

International travel during this highly volatile situation comes with risks to re-entry, the possibility of self-isolation or other implications based on restrictions imposed by the U.S. or other countries.

Northwestern and Kellogg are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including guidance for travelers from countries with widespread sustained transmission of the virus (Level 3). As of March 12, the countries considered Level 3 are China, South Korea, Iran and continental Europe, see CDC travel notices. If you travel to a country under a CDC Warning Level 3 you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return. This 14-day self-isolation policy applies whether the country is designated Level 3 before your travel, during your trip or after your return. Self-isolation is also required for those who have been exposed to the virus. More detail about the self-isolation policy is available at Northwestern's FAQ site.

We cannot predict future travel restrictions put in place by the United States or other countries. Most recently, as of March 12, the United States government announced a 30-day travel ban from European countries to the U.S., beginning on the evening of March 13. The travel ban suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the U.S. More information on this proclamation is available here.

We recommend all students carefully consider global travel and restriction on re-entering the U.S. while traveling to continents other than Europe.

Regardless of the nature or extent of your travel plans, you should prepare yourself with the materials or equipment needed to continue with Spring Quarter academic activities.

If I have to travel outside the United States over Spring Break (e.g., family obligation) and can’t return to Evanston, Chicago or Miami by the time we expect to resume classes in late April, will Kellogg allow me to continue classes virtually? What would the visa implications be for our international students?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has reaffirmed its commitment to allowing schools to make temporary adaptations to their methods of learning delivery as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and clarified that F-1 or J-1 students could temporarily engage in virtual leaning – either from within the U.S. or outside the country.

SEVP will continue to provide additional guidance as this unprecedented situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency.

We maintain our recommendation that international students carefully consider global travel and restrictions on reentering the United States. In addition, we are not able to provide guidance on global travel plans for students with employers who have registered them, or intend to register them, for the FY2021 H-1B cap-subject lottery. These students should consult their employer and their immigration counsel before they make any international travel plans.

Navigating the evolving recommendations from SEVP remains one of Kellogg’s top priorities. Please contact Adam Blough (a-blough@kellogg.northwestern.edu) with questions regarding your specific situation. More information for international students can also be found on the Northwestern University International FAQ.

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, we are primarily hearing that companies are pausing any in-person travel for recruitment events. Companies continue to contact us seeking Kellogg talent, and the latest opportunities can be found on the Kellogg Job Board.

Many companies have reiterated their commitment to accepted offers, and some companies are exploring ways to make new roles and internships virtual if needed.

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 (Full-Time students only):

  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.

Facilities

Will McManus operate as usual?

Yes, McManus will remain operation during spring break and beyond.

What about the Global Hub?

In accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Pritzker, only essential staff and faculty are permitted to access the Global Hub and any other Kellogg facilities until at least April 7. Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time. Please contact individual faculty and staff members to confirm a remote engagement.

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 non-curricular Kellogg events at the Global Hub and off-campus through April 17 are canceled, postponed or conducted virtually when possible. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • TG
  • Club Events
  • Speaker Events

We will follow guidance from Northwestern regarding events post April 17. Any questions about event planning for club events for FT MBA can be directed to Jarvis Broom (jarvis.broom@kellogg.northwestern.edu). For EMBA questions, contact your campus director, and for Evening and Weekend events, please contact Jordan King (jordan.king@kellogg.northwestern.edu)

Will Commencement activities be canceled?

According to President Schapiro’s message on March 11, we anticipate Commencement activities will be held as scheduled.

For events and co-curricular programming that could be conducted virtually, are we going to allow scheduling in April? And if so, how will we support and promote these virtual events or programs?

We are open to your ideas on how community can be built virtually, and we will do everything we can to support these efforts.

Will we allow student group funds to be used for offsite spaces if the gatherings are smaller and not viable virtually?

No, given the importance of social distancing, we do not encourage and will not fund gatherings at off-site spaces.

Executive MBA

If you have questions regarding the EMBA program, please contact emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Linda Feeney at l-feeney@kellogg.northwestern.edu

What is the status of my global elective?

Below is a status of each global elective. Please check back here, as well as monitoring your email, for updates as they become available.

  • Travel is canceled for GIM programs including Ghana/Morocco, Rwanda/Kenya, Entrepreneurship Latin America. Students can still take these courses remotely for credit, or drop with a W on the transcript.
  • Tech Venture India is exploring alternate dates, to be confirmed.
  • Toronto March is available via live-stream only.
  • San Francisco Phase Zero has been postponed to August 24–28.
  • Strategies for Growth London has been postponed. We are looking for a date to reschedule.
  • Miami April has been postponed. We are looking for a date to reschedule.
  • Germany elective: we are currently exploring options with regard to this elective.

Due to elective postponements, what is the situation on the most expensive hotel reimbursement?

The financial implications of all these global travel cancelations are vast. We are currently working to sort through this and more information will be forthcoming. We thank you for your patience.

Will I still have my regularly scheduled class weekends?

Each cohort has been notified by email of their in-person class weekend cancelations. We may still use those weekends for remote teaching, so please hold those dates. We are looking at combined options of remote access as well as rescheduling certain courses.

Will we still have graduation in June?

Graduation for cohorts 116 and 117 is planned for June 13. At this time, there are no change to this plan.

Will we still have Partner’s Weekend?

Partner’s Weekends in Miami and Evanston are postponed until Fall.

With my global elective being canceled, what if I don’t have enough credits to graduate?

We understand there is a lot of uncertainty involved and that there are many implications of each decision that Kellogg makes. We are committed to doing everything we possibly can to make this the best possible experience with the goal of your academic achievements in mind. We are working to ensure that students who need credits to graduate have the opportunity to earn them.

With my elective being canceled, are there any other electives that I can sign up for?

We are currently exploring different opportunities in this academic year including live face to face offerings as well as remote options.

With my global trip being canceled, I no longer meet the international requirement for graduation. What should I do?

We are working with all of our EMBA students in this situation and will waive the international elective requirement in this instance.

How will I know if I have enough credit to graduate?

The EMBA team is analyzing the data and looking at plans to help students earn enough credits to graduate in as timely a fashion as possible.

Evening & Weekend MBA

Beginning March 16, 2020 the Evening and 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

Will there be a tuition refund or discount?

Northwestern University has decided that there will not be tuition discounts for the spring quarter for its undergraduate or graduate schools, including Kellogg. (See more information here.)

We are confident that we will deliver an excellent curricular and co-curricular experience in the coming quarter and advance your progress toward completing your degree. And we will continue to explore new and creative ways to thrive together and support your journey, given the changing circumstances.

Northwestern will waive late fees for 30 days on student bills due April 1. We hope this will provide additional flexibility. The student finance team (studentaccounts-chicago@northwestern.edu) is available to discuss other options should you need additional flexibility.

Will there be a refund or discount on activity fees?

Kellogg will refund a portion of student activity and association fees if in-person classes don’t resume in the spring. Specifically, we will refund or issue a credit of $150 (average quarterly Student Experience and Activity Fee assessed in the first quarter of the Evening & Weekend Program) if classes do not resume.

If in-person classes do resume, pending the decision on April 17th, we will refund a portion of these fees.

Academics

Are we prepared to deliver classes virtually?

Yes. Virtual classes in Spring Quarter will be delivered synchronously – that is, at the same date and time that they were originally scheduled (with the exception of the make-up classes noted above). To maximize classroom engagement, students are expected to participate during their scheduled class time.

We will use the Zoom platform, which is integrated with Canvas. KIS has created a detailed list of instructions for how to use Zoom. We’ll use Spring Break to test, refine and be ready for April 4. Information about how students can prepare for participating in a virtual classroom will be shared via Canvas.

Will make-up classes be scheduled given that Kellogg will miss the first week of Spring Quarter?

Yes. For more information, see the Spring Quarter make-up schedule for Evening & Weekend programs.

What is the status of pre-term and first-5-week courses?  Will they be in-person or remote?

The planned pop-up courses taught by Professor Sally Blount and Professor Chirag Saraiya scheduled for the last weekend of March will be rescheduled. Impacted students will receive an update soon. Classes scheduled for the first week of Spring Quarter (5-week and 10-week courses) will make up their missed session according to the make-up schedule provided. Note that since the Spring Quarter will begin on Saturday April 4, there will be no makeup session necessary for classes that meet on Saturday.

Will professors reach out with online format changes, so that students can decide whether to stay in the course or drop?

There are wonderful technological features of the Zoom platform that permit faculty to engage in class exercises, discussions and breakouts. Feel free to reach out to the faculty to get additional information about the specific pedagogical approach for the courses in which you are enrolled. Faculty are working on their virtual delivery format for all courses – including courses like Personal Leadership Insights and Negotiations.

Will we see changes to, or shifts in, popular course offerings in future academic years, due to the current COVID-19 situation?

We do not currently anticipate adjustments to the cadence of the Chicago campus offerings or the two-year forecast due to courses being delivered virtually this Spring Quarter. Do not expect, therefore, a course that is only offered every other year in Chicago to necessarily be offered in AY 20-21 on the Chicago campus if it is not scheduled for next year already. 

We will release an updated two-year forecast (for academic years 20-21 and 21-22) at the end of Spring Quarter, as has been the practice the last several years.

Can students drop/add to their Spring course schedule based on the courses they may prefer to take virtually?

Students can make adjustments to their current Spring Quarter schedule during the 1 Bid Point Lotteries. The first lottery will take place from March 24 at 9 a.m. CT through April 3 at 9 a.m. CT. The second lottery (excluding courses with “first class mandatory”) will take place from April 4 at 11 p.m. CT through April 10 at 12 p.m. CT.

The details of this process are listed on the Bidding and Registration Intranet. To speak with an academic advisor about this process, book an appointment via phone or Zoom, or send an email. We ask our students to drop any unwanted roster seat(s) and/or waitlist position(s) as soon as they make the decision to no longer take a course.

May I consider enrolling in Evanston campus courses that will now be taught virtually?

With classes delivered virtually (and with people working from home), Evening & Weekend students may find it easier than ever to enroll in elective courses offered on the Evanston campus.  Several courses have open seats and capacity may open in others. Please carefully review the course schedule and consider whether you might join one of these courses during our upcoming open seat  1 bid point lotteries. In the event that we return to in-person learning before the end of the term, students who are unable to attend can continue to take courses virtually. 

The student experience team will be in touch with additional information about 1 bid point lotteries, new drop deadlines, and more. Some of these may be altered to reflect the later start to the term. Stay tuned.

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 is actively focused on finding an alternate solution for Job Search Super Day, previously scheduled to be held on April 26, 2020. We will provide updates as they become available regarding the status of this event.

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.

Facilities

Is Wieboldt Hall still open?

In accordance with the “stay at home” order issued by Governor Pritzker, only essential staff and faculty are permitted to access Wieboldt and any other Kellogg facilities until at least April 7. Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time.

Events

Are all activities canceled? Is Managers’ Ball still happening?

Managers’ Ball, scheduled for April 4, 2020, has been postponed and rescheduled for June 6, 2020. The KSA is working on a process to refund students who will not be able to make the new date.

Other

Do I still have access to the Uber discount?

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

Executive Education

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

Currently all Executive Education open, custom and nonprofit programs are canceled through May 15. 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.

Academics

Will Kellogg PhD courses be taught spring quarter?

Yes, Kellogg PhD courses will be offered as scheduled and will be taught remotely. PhD courses will follow the Northwestern University calendar (9-week quarter). More details regarding the logistics of remote instruction will be available closer to the start of spring quarter.

I have a defense or proposal that needs to be scheduled for spring quarter. How will this be handled?

The defense and proposal (prospectus) process will happen as usual, but will be held with all students and faculty participating remotely. We will use Zoom and other technology to facilitate meaningful student/faculty interaction. PhD students needing to defend or propose will be supported by the academic department staff. For questions about this process, contact Susan Jackman at s-jackman@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

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.

Prospective Students FAQ

Full-Time MBA

Kate Smith ’98, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid shared a blog post on March 16 that outlines our approach to Kellogg Admissions throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Additional FAQ is available below. If you have additional questions, please contact MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Will 1Y and MMM programs have a delayed start?

Kellogg is currently planning for a June start to 1Y and MMM. We are excited for our 1Y and MMM classes to start their Kellogg experience. With that said, we understand and empathize with the challenges you are facing during this time. We are also cognizant of the potential impact of COVID-19 and are monitoring it closely. We are working diligently on exploring a number of options so we can ensure to consider the unique needs of students across the globe and provide the best solution for today's reality. Kellogg will provide updates on schedules for 1Y and MMM by early April.

Will KWEST proceed as normal for first-year students?

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its implications for global travel, particularly as it relates to summer programming like KWEST. Planning for the initial 2020 KWEST portfolio is currently on hold, as we work on the best way to move forward. However, KWEST is not canceled. The purpose of KWEST has been, and will continue to be, for second-year students and JVs to introduce incoming students and JVs to Kellogg culture and community through immersive connections. Our community stands firm in our commitment to these goals.

We hope to have more updates to share by mid-April. Please check the welcome site and admitted student Slack channel for future updates. If you have any questions, please reach out to Annie Reagan at anne.reagan@kellogg.northwestern.edu or KWEST Exec at KWEST@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

For those who applied in Round 2:

Is decision date for Round 2 changing?

Kellogg will still release decisions on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. We are excited to share the news with our new admits and welcome you to Kellogg.

What about Day at Kellogg?

Traditionally, after releasing decisions, we invite our newly admitted Kellogg students to experience the school in person at our admitted student weekend, Day at Kellogg. Following guidance from the CDC on limiting large events, DAK, originally scheduled for April 17-18, will now be a virtual experience. The DAK event is one of our favorites for newly admitted students, and we’re getting creative with some live and interactive experiences to give you every chance you need to get to know us. We will send more detailed information to invited guests closer to the date.

Will there be a change to the deposit due date for Round 2?

Kellogg’s admission process schedule is unchanged and deposits for Round 2 admits will still be April 23, 2020.

For those who applied in Round 3:

Is the deadline for Round 3 delayed?

The Round 3 deadline is still April 8, 2020. Additionally, the Round 3 decision release day is still May 13, 2020. We know that, in some cases, coronavirus may have affected your ability to fulfill the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement. If you live in an area where your GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS testing site was closed due to the outbreak, we encourage you to continue working on your application and submit it as follows:

  • If you have no current GMAT/GRE/TOEFL score, submit a Round 3 application with all other materials. In order to do this, you must notify us via MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308 BEFORE April 8 so we can assist you in submitting the application manually. We will proceed with an interview and an initial review of your file. If you submit a test score by May 1, we will make a decision for you by the Round 3 deadline. If you are unable to meet this deadline, we can push your decision into June and will work with you to understand when you may be able to take the test. If you need to push the date beyond that, we will transfer your application to next year so that you do not have to start the process over from scratch.
  • If you have a current GMAT/GRE/TOEFL score, but want to retest, you should submit a Round 3 application with your current test score. In the “additional short answer” section, explain that you are planning to retest when possible. You must also notify us via MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308 so we can track and follow up.

Will you still be interviewing Round 3 applicants?

When you apply, you will be asked for your preferred interview location. If you choose on-campus, we will contact you to schedule a virtual interview. If you choose off-campus, you will have the option of meeting in person or virtually with the alumni interviewer, depending on what you both determine is best given the coronavirus landscape in your location.

Executive MBA

When any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us via emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu. We also encourage you to schedule an EMBA admissions chat when it’s convenient for you.

Will you still be interviewing applicants?

Yes, beginning March 15, 2020, we will be conducting all interviews virtually. When you submit your application, you can schedule your interview through the online portal. Please contact our Admission Managers at emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu if you have any questions regarding your upcoming virtual interview.

Have there been any changes to EMBA applications requirements?

No, for the Executive MBA application, all requirements must be filled. However, there have been modifications.

  • If you are unable to submit an official transcript, we will review applications with unofficial transcripts at this time. We will be in touch with you directly when official transcripts will be needed to render a final decision.
  • If you are currently unable to submit a signed sponsorship letter on company letterhead, we will review applications with unofficial sponsorship letters e-mailed to emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu. Official sponsorship letters will still be required to be submitted as soon as possible.
  • For those educated outside of the United States, we understand that there may be some delays in regards to obtaining your course by course evaluation. The course by course evaluation counts as your official transcripts so we will review applications with this requirement outstanding at this time. You will be required to submit your course by course evaluation as soon as possible.

Have the admissions deadlines been impacted by COVID-19?

No, our admissions deadlines remain the same. Our Round 2 deadline for our September cohort is June 3, 2020. Our deadlines for our January 2021 cohort are August 19, 2020 for Round 1 and October 7, 2020 for Round 2.

Since you aren’t holding in-person events or class visits right now, is there still a way I can get to know the Kellogg EMBA program better and get a feel for the campus/student experience?

A great way to learn about Kellogg’s EMBA program is through our virtual events, such as an information session with our admissions staff. Additionally, blog posts written by current EMBA students might allow you to get a better feel of the student experience.  

How can I stay informed once on-campus and off-campus admissions events/opportunities are rescheduled?

Visit this page to request updated communications on EMBA.

Evening & Weekend MBA

When any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu We also encourage you to schedule an Evening & Weekend admissions chat when it’s convenient for you.

Have the admissions deadlines been impacted by COVID-19?

No, our admissions deadlines remain the same. Our deadline for Summer quarter is April 1, 2020. Our deadline for Fall quarter is June 10, 2020.

Will you still be interviewing applicants?

Yes, beginning March 15, 2020, we will be conducting all interviews virtually. When you submit your application, you can schedule your interview through the online portal. Please contact your admissions advisor if you have any questions regarding your upcoming virtual interview.

Will the application be modified at all during this time?

No, the Evening and Weekend application will remain holistic and require all necessary requirements. However, we are currently offering increased flexibility with the following requirements:

  •  If you are unable to submit an official transcript, we will review applications with unofficial transcripts at this time. We will be in touch with you directly about if and when official transcripts will be needed to render a final decision.
  • Since all application requirements can be completed virtually, we anticipate to maintain our current rolling admissions and decision timeline for the foreseeable future.

What if my testing center is closed and I can’t submit scores in time for the deadline?

For those who are applying to start in Summer 2020:

  • The Evening & Weekend Summer 2020 deadline is still April 1, 2020. We know that, in some cases, coronavirus may have affected your ability to fulfill the GMAT/GRE testing requirement. If you live in an area where your GMAT/GRE testing site was closed due to the outbreak, we encourage you to continue working on your application and submit it as follows:
    • If you have no current GMAT/GRE score, submit a Summer 2020 application with all other materials. In order to do this, you must notify us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 312.503.8385 BEFORE April 1st so we can assist you in submitting the application manually. We will proceed with an interview and an initial review of your file. If you submit a test score by May 15th, we will make a decision for you by May 22nd.
    • If you have a current GMAT/GRE score, but want to retest, you should submit a Summer 2020 application with your current test score. In the “additional short answer” section, explain that you are planning to retest when possible. You must also notify us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 312.503.8385 so we can track and follow up.

For those who are applying to start in Fall 2020:

  • The Evening & Weekend Fall 2020 deadline is still June 10, 2020. We know that, in some cases, coronavirus may have affected your ability to fulfill the GMAT/GRE testing requirement. If you live in an area where your GMAT/GRE testing site was closed due to the outbreak, we encourage you to continue working on your application and submit it as follows:
    • If you have no current GMAT/GRE score, submit a Fall 2020 application with all other materials. In order to do this, you must notify us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 312.503.8385 BEFORE June 10th so we can assist you in submitting the application manually. We will proceed with an interview and an initial review of your file. If you submit a test score by July 31, we will make a decision for you by August 7.
    • If you have a current GMAT/GRE score, but want to retest, you should submit a Fall 2020 application with your current test score. In the “additional short answer” section, explain that you are planning to retest when possible. You must also notify us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 312.503.8385 so we can track and follow up.

Since you aren’t holding in-person events or class visits right now, is there still a way I can get to know the Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA program better and get a feel for the campus/student experience?

A great way to learn about Kellogg’s Evening & Weekend program is through our virtual events, such as an information session with our admissions staff. Additionally, blog posts written by current Evening & Weekend students might allow you to get a better feel of the student experience.

How can I stay informed once on-campus and off-campus admissions events/opportunities are rescheduled?

Visit this page  to request updated communications on the Evening & Weekend MBA program.

Executive Education

Are programs still running?

Executive Education is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adjusting our program schedule in accordance with health official and university guidelines. 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.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, refunds and/or program deferment can currently be issued up through the program start date.

Kellogg Future Leaders

Has the deadline for Kellogg Future Leaders applications changed?

We know and understand that coronavirus has had a significant impact on students lives and in many places impacted the GMAT/GRE testing centers. To make it easier on our applicants, we have changed the KFL application deadline from April 2 to June 3, 2020. All decisions will be made on July 29, 2020.

If you are not able to take one of the tests before the June 3 deadline, notify us via MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308. We will work with you to understand when you may be able to get to a testing center and submit a score.

If you have a current score, but want to retest, you should submit an application with your current test score. In the “additional short answer” section, explain that you are planning to retest when possible. You must also notify us via MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308 so we can track and follow up.

Will you still be interviewing Kellogg Future Leader applicants?

We will continue to interview, but all interviews will now be virtual.

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.

I have questions about my offer of admission and enrollment in the 2020 Fall Quarter. Whom do I contact?

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.

Will my enrollment this fall be impacted by COVID-19?

Please consult The Graduate School’s website, which includes an FAQ section that provides continual updates to the graduate student community regarding COVID-19.

Faculty FAQ

General Announcements

Kellogg’s Teaching Virtually website remains the best source of information for faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to frequently asked questions about teaching in a virtual environment, the site includes tips and materials from “super user” faculty members on teaching remotely, as well as technology requirements and support resources.

As a reminder, all Kellogg employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program which may be particularly helpful during this time. The Employee Assistance Program offers faculty and staff a network of services, including short-term counseling, to support you and your household.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact your human capital partner.

For questions about Kellogg Facilities, please contact:

Staff FAQ

General Announcements

The COVID-19 website remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on the Kellogg community, and includes FAQ about work-related issues for our staff and faculty. FAQ topics include:

  • Exposure to COVID-19
  • Working remotely
  • Travel
  • Childcare
  • Coverage and Compensation
  • Well-being

For information to help you work remotely, please refer to this KIS webpage.

Your Human Capital Partner is available to answer additional workplace-related questions.

As a reminder, all Kellogg employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program which may be particularly helpful during this time. The Employee Assistance Program offers faculty and staff a network of services, including short-term counseling, to support you and your household.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact your human capital partner.

Alumni FAQ

General Announcements

Events

Are any upcoming alumni events still scheduled?

We have canceled, postponed or virtualized Kellogg-sponsored events well into the spring such as conferences, alumni receptions and Reunion. Should you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations.

How to help

What can I do to support Kellogg, especially its students and faculty, during this time?

Over the coming weeks, there may be opportunities for alumni to support the Kellogg community in different ways. We will be in contact via email.

One immediate way to support Kellogg is to make your gift to the Annual Fund.

If you have open positions, consider hiring Kellogg talent through the Hire Kellogg campaign. The Kellogg Career Management Center's Employer Relations team uses a diverse range of recruitment strategies in order to connect you with our students and alumni for hiring opportunities. Connect now with the CMC Employer Relations team.

Reunion

What’s happening with 2020 Kellogg Reunion?

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, Northwestern and the state of Illinois, the Kellogg Reunion has been postponed until fall 2020. This was a difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our community are our top priority. Look for new dates to be shared via email and on the Reunion website as soon as we have plans confirmed.

In addition:

  • The Kellogg Alumni Council meeting will become a virtual event.
  • The Kellogg Alumni Club Leadership Summit will not be held in-person. However, we are considering delivering components of the meeting virtually and will share more details soon.
  • With Gratitude, our annual alumni and donor recognition event, will be postponed to the fall.

I have Reunion-related questions. Whom should I contact?

Please email reunion@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

If I donated to the Annual Fund for the Reunion Cup Challenge during registration, what happens to those funds? Do I need to take any additional steps?

The Reunion Cup Challenge is still on, and your gift will help your class/cohort compete for the Cup. More details on the Reunion Cup Challenge will be released in the coming weeks/months.

Given that Reunion is postponed, what happens with the Reunion Cup Challenge? Do I have more time to give?

The Reunion Cup Challenge is still happening, and your gift will make an even bigger impact at Kellogg now, given the fiscal implications of the coronavirus. You still have time to give and help your class/cohort compete for the Cup.

Resources

How is COVID-19 impacting the business landscape?

We encourage alumni 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.

Facilities FAQ

General Announcements

If you have any questions regarding Kellogg facilities, please contact Steve Peavler at s-peavler@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Heath Winborn at heath.winborn@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Are Kellogg’s facilities open? (Global Hub, Allen Center, Wieboldt)

In accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Pritzker, only essential staff and faculty are permitted to access the Global Hub, Allen Center and Wieboldt facilities until at least April 7.

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

Please contact individual faculty and staff members to confirm a remote engagement.

Will McManus operate as usual? 

Yes, McManus will remain operation during spring break and beyond.   

What about our FLIK partners in the Global Hub and the Allen Center?  

We are working together with FLIK management to keep as many FLIK employees engaged during this time.

What additional cleaning measures are being putting into place?

Northwestern’s janitorial vendor has been using a special day to day disinfectant, Diversey Virex II 256, to help keep facilities and surfaces as clean as possible.

In response to the confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Global Hub, health and safety personnel at Northwestern and its environmental services firm, Heritage Environmental have cleaned and disinfected the individuals’ work areas/office space. The Office area remained closed for 24-48 hours after the work was completed.

Building Services

Will I still receive my mail?

Mail deliveries will be reduced to Tuesday and Friday on both campuses. Further changes may be considered as the situation stabilizes.

If you prefer to cancel and hold all mail delivery for your department, please reach out as directed at the bottom of this email.

What if I’m expecting a package?

We are instructing Amazon, FedEx and UPS to adjust deliveries as follows:

  • For the Evanston campus, packages will be delivered to the Tech receiving dock. Packages will be received centrally at the dock, and delivered alongside mail on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • For the Chicago campus, packages will continue to be delivered to the Tarry or Lurie/SQ docks.

If absolutely necessary, to foster remote work transition, we are allowing for limited shipping to faculty and staff home addresses for the next two weeks. Purchase orders can be directed to a home address by submitting a request for a new “ship to” code. We ask that you please use discretion when utilizing this and require that a supervisor approve these changes.

What should I know about payment services during this time?

  • Instead of printing checks onsite daily, checks will temporarily be printed and mailed once a week, usually on Tuesday.
  • Campus staff should not request that checks be held for pick up.
  • Emergency checks, which should be rare, can be accommodated by contacting Accounts Payable at accountspayable@northwestern.edu. Please allow for up to a 48-hour turnaround time.
  • Payroll checks will be unaffected by this change.
  • Electronic payments will continue to be processed daily.

Recent communications

March 20: NU message to all regarding stay-at-home order

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

As you likely have heard, this afternoon Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order for the entire state. The order, which goes into effect tomorrow, Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m., is designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and we are urging all members of our Northwestern community to comply.

We know this order will cause increased anxiety and concern for many of you, but we want you to know that because the University has already taken many of the measures outlined in the order, the additional impact to Northwestern should be minimal. The University will continue to operate, and we will continue to deliver world-class instruction and essential research throughout the Spring Quarter.

As we outlined in an  yesterday, all “essential” individuals who are required to be on site for essential work functions — including faculty members, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students deemed essential to operations — will still come to work if they are well. All employees who can perform their work remotely are expected to do so and should not come to campus until directed to return.

Students, faculty and staff who are packing up to leave campus in the coming days will be able to leave campus — as roads and highways will remain open. Students who must remain on campus can remain if they have received approval, and will be provided essential services such as housing, dining and emergency services.

All campus buildings will have security card access activated 24/7. You will need your ID card in order to access buildings that you currently are granted access to.

When we return from Spring Break on April 4, courses will begin remotely, as planned.

For those of you who already are working or studying from home in Illinois, you will still be allowed to go to grocery stores and hospitals, pharmacies and gas stations. You also can take walks outside or go jogging, as long as you practice social distancing.

But as Governor Pritzker said today, and as we have urged before, please take every precaution to help stop the spread of COVID-19, which means avoiding crowds, minimizing trips outside your home, social distancing when you must go out and self-isolating if you feel ill or have had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. As Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in today’s news conference announcing the “stay-at-home” order, we are safer at home, but it is critically important that we do not lose our sense of community.

The measure taken by the governor today underscores the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge you to take this seriously — as suggested by our own medical professionals. We all must do our part to help battle this virus, and we know you will.

We will continue to closely monitor this pandemic and will offer further guidance over the next week — and as more information becomes available. Please continue to visit Northwestern’s COVID-19 resource page frequently, which includes a range of FAQs related to the virus and how you can protect your health.

If you have additional questions, please contact the COVID-19 Resource Center at nu-covid@northwestern.edu and 847-467-4111.

As we have said repeatedly, we value your support, your partnership and your understanding as we continue to work together to keep our cherished institution running amid truly challenging times.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor

Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost Designate

Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs

March 16: Message to Full-Time, Evening & Weekend, MSMS and PhD students regarding final exam schedule

Dear Kellogg students,

As you know, this pandemic will continue to put all of us through a series of tough choices in the immediate future. The best we can do is to stick together as a community and work toward the best solutions.

We understand that last night’s Northwestern email regarding undergraduate exams may have caused some confusion. We want to affirm that we are moving forward with our exam schedule as planned with maximum flexibility for those who need it. If you would like to request an extension or other accommodations, please reach out to your instructor. As Dean Cornelli noted in her message of March 15, we have instructed all faculty members administering Winter Quarter final exams to accommodate students’ requests for flexibility due to stress as much as possible. We know our faculty have been extremely understanding and are deeply committed to supporting you as we move through these unprecedented times.

Please understand that this decision was taken not because of a lack of empathy. Our hearts go out to you all because of what you are going through. We believe that moving forward with exams, but being extremely flexible with individual concerns, is the right approach for Kellogg. You should know that close to 40% of final exams scheduled to be taken have already been turned in. Many students who have already taken exams have reached out to us, in addition to students who have not yet completed exams. We are committed to being just and considerate of all of our students.

We have been in contact with Northwestern and our understanding is that the recommendation for graduate schools is to stick to the previously determined policy. Finally, to the best of our knowledge, no other graduate business school has changed its policy to make final exams optional.

Let me reiterate that faculty will be flexible and understanding about requests for extensions. We believe this is the best way to be fair and supportive to all of our students.

Let’s continue to work through this together.

Francesca Cornelli
Dean

Michael J Mazzeo
Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching

Greg Hanifee
Associate Dean

March 16: Message to Kellogg staff from Dean Cornelli

Dear Kellogg staff,

I know this is a difficult time for everybody and I wanted to reach out to all of you personally.

I wish we didn’t have to go through this, but I also strongly believe we will never forget this time together. Across the organization I see staff members stepping up to face the challenge and working very hard to adapt to this unprecedented situation. I know many of you have to forget about your own worries to reassure the students. This team is going beyond the call of duty and your dedication to Kellogg and our people has been inspiring. I am very proud to belong to this amazing community.

I wish our efforts were enough to remove all concerns and provide certainty. But I know these are stressful times. So, I would like to offer the same advice I gave our students. In addition to being kind to one another and taking care of our students, admits, alumni etc., please take time to take care of yourselves. Take a walk outside, listen to music, hug your dog – whatever you need to bring some peace and calm. Here are a few ideas from the CDC on managing stress if you want some suggestions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html.

Finally, to those of you who are self-isolating: please know that you are in our thoughts and that all of us deeply appreciate the steps you are taking to help protect your colleagues, family, friends and students. We look forward to the time when we can all be together again in good health.

The community may be hard to see as we move to connect virtually, but I can feel it. We are here and we are strong.

Thank you,
Francesca

Francesca Cornelli
Dean

March 15: Message to Full-Time students from KSA leadership

Hello Kellogg,

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming more apparent each day, and I have the utmost gratitude for the University’s continued efforts to monitor and respond to all credible threats to our community. In addition to the health effects of this virus, many of us are facing tough decisions and grappling with the high level of uncertainty that further complicates them.

Along with this unprecedented challenge has come an unprecedented response from Kellogg students. I want to express our immense gratitude to those who are stepping up to provide support.

Thank you to those of who have:

  • Shared personal challenges to highlight the role of social distancing in protecting those who are more vulnerable
  • Compiled information about mental health resources to get support where it is needed
  • Created tools to consolidate feedback from the student body

Worked behind the scenes to support friends and classmates who are dealing with the realities of this pandemic

Each of us has a role to play as we weather this crisis. Looking ahead, we must all find ways to continue supporting each other and continue to build community, despite the challenges. We will get through this together.

Best,
Isaac DuPree and the KSA Exec Team

The KSA is committed to gathering feedback and will continue partnering with the administration to ensure that we make the best of this challenging situation. See below for a list of resources for getting answers to your questions and concerns.

What should I do if I have questions?

  1. Check the FAQ pages for Kellogg and Northwestern
  2. Questions that would benefit the community - Ask on the COVID19_updates channel
  3. Specific personal questions - reach out to Dean Fran Langewisch
  4. Questions or concerns that you would like to raise anonymously - Submit here and the KSA will communicate them to the administration as appropriate

March 14: Message to alumni regarding Kellogg’s response to COVID-19

Dear Kellogg Alumni,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to unfold, I wanted to reach out to you to share updates on the response from Kellogg. We are partnering closely with Northwestern to monitor this dynamic situation to ensure the health and safety of our community. Northwestern established a COVID-19 crisis management team and created a dedicated site to share updates accordingly. Similarly, Kellogg has launched a cross-functional task force to consider issues specific to the school and take action.

On March 11, Northwestern announced that for its schools operating on the quarter system, including Kellogg, the University will be extending Spring Break by one week. When classes resume, beginning April 4, they will be conducted remotely for at least three weeks. University leaders will continue to monitor and assess the situation for the remainder of the quarter. We are fully prepared to deliver our coursework virtually in all our programs and locations.

Additionally, we chose to close Kellogg Executive Education operations at the Allen Center from March 15 through April 27. We are working with clients to postpone programs or shift to an online option.

Following guidance from the CDC, Northwestern and the state of Illinois, we have canceled, postponed or virtualized Kellogg-sponsored events well into the spring such as conferences, alumni receptions, admissions events and recruiting events. We also have made the difficult decision to postpone Reunion until fall 2020. For those of you celebrating Reunion milestones, I will send a more detailed email shortly.

In addition, on Friday, we became aware that a Kellogg employee who works within the Global Hub has tested positive for COVID-19. In line with University policy and CDC guidance, the staff member is self-isolating off campus. Based on the established protocol, Northwestern medical teams and Kellogg senior leadership have reached out to students, faculty and staff who may have had direct contact with the employee. Those individuals are being asked to self-isolate according to University and CDC protocols. We have begun specialized cleaning of areas that may have been affected in the Global Hub by properly trained environmental technicians.

This continues to be a challenging time, but I have every confidence in the resilience of the Kellogg community, of which you are a critical component. If there are ways alumni can support our students and initiatives in light of these circumstances, we will reach out to you.

I hope you and your families are staying well during this difficult period.

Best,
Francesca

Francesca Cornelli
Dean

March 14: Message to all international students

Dear International Students,

Today, we are pleased to provide with confidence some needed guidance on remote class participation from outside the United States and maintenance of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant student status. In the past day, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has reaffirmed its commitment to allowing schools to make temporary adaptations to their methods of learning delivery as a result of the coronavirus-COVID-19 outbreak, and clarified that F-1 or J-1 students could temporarily engage in virtual leaning either from within the U.S. or outside the country (see attached document).

At Kellogg, we are welcoming this news and confirmation that our students will be able to engage in temporary virtual learning from outside the United States and remain in status. SEVP will continue to provide additional guidance as this unpresented situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve.  This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency and in accordance with the procedural change documents that Northwestern will file in a timely manner to SEVP.

We maintain our recommendation that international students carefully consider global travel and restrictions on re-entering the United States. In addition, we are not able to provide guidance on global travel plan for students with employers who have registered them (or will) for the FY2021 H-1B cap-subject lottery. These students should consult their employer and their immigration counsel before they make any international travel plans.

Navigating the evolving recommendations from SEVP has been and remains one of Kellogg’s top priorities. Our recommendations are made within the context of guidance from Northwestern Office of International Students and Scholar Services (IOSS), the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) and clear guidelines from SEVP.

Please contact Adam Blough with questions regarding your specific situation, but know that at Kellogg we share your anxiety in the light of this ever-evolving situation and recommendations surrounding it.

 

Sincerely,

Greg Hanifee                                                                                   Sandrine Onyeise

Associate Dean                                                                               Director, Academic Experience

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

March 13: Message to all international students

Dear International Students,

We understand that many of you may be feeling uncertainty related to international travel and the recent decision of the United States Department of Homeland Security to suspend entry of most foreign nationals from Europe to the United States beginning at midnight today due to the Coronavirus-COVID 19 outbreak. We wanted to reach out to provide answers to some of your questions related to our transition to temporary virtual learning and offer some recommendations on global travel. 

As you may know, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program has issued new Federal guidance that allows for schools to make exceptions to the in-person course requirements for international student. Under the new guidelines, F-1 and J-1 international students will remain in status attending classes remotely, as long as they are enrolled in a full-time course load (3 credits minimum) and are making good progress toward their degree completion. However, we are not able to provide guidance on maintenance of status for international F-1 or J-1 students who leave the U.S., attend their classes remotely from outside the U.S. with an intent to return to the United States.

Additionally, we strongly recommend second year international students file for Optional Practical Training (OPT) as soon as they are eligible to apply. Students must be physically present in the U.S. at the time they file the OPT application. We also recommend international students carefully consider global travel and restrictions on re-entering the United States. Restrictions on re-entry to the United States may impact their eligibility to file for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and their ability to maintain their student status. Students with employers who have registered them (or will) for the FY2021 H-1B cap-subject lottery should consult their employer and their immigration counsel before they make any international travel plans.

Please contact Adam Blough with questions regarding your specific situation.

Sincerely,
Greg Hanifee                                                                                                           Sandrine Onyeise
Associate Dean                                                                                                       Director, Academic Experience
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

March 13: Message to all from Dean Cornelli regarding Kellogg community member COVID-19 diagnosis

Dear Kellogg community,

As shared a short time ago in an email from Craig Johnson, senior vice president for business and finance, we were notified late this afternoon that a Kellogg staff member who works in the Global Hub has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our wishes for a speedy recovery are with our fellow community member, who is now self-isolating off campus. 

Staff members in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and the Registrar’s Suite (the “Suite”), who worked in close proximity with this individual, have been notified and are moving into self-isolation, as per NU’s policy. We are in the process of determining and reaching out to anyone who may have been in direct contact with this person, who was last at the Global Hub on Tuesday, March 10.

We have shut down the Suite and will immediately begin specialized cleaning of that area and common spaces in the Global Hub (e.g., the Market Place, bathrooms etc.) by properly trained environmental technicians wearing protective equipment. Winter Quarter finals, which are available virtually, will proceed as planned.

I want to reiterate the message from Northwestern that students who have flu-like symptoms and are worried that you might have COVID-19 should call Northwestern University Health Service at 847-491-8100 or your health care provider. Faculty, staff or other community members who have symptoms that could be COVID-19-related should contact their health care provider or pursue care at an urgent care center.

This news is unsettling for all of us. We anticipated that something like this could ultimately impact our community and are therefore moving forward with the protocols that have been put in place. We are committed to keeping the community apprised of any additional information we may receive from health officials.

Please join me in sending wishes for health and healing to our fellow community member. Let’s continue to support one another during this very challenging time.

 

Sincerely,

Francesca

Francesca Cornelli
Dean


March 9: Message to all from Dean Cornelli

Northwestern and Kellogg are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and providing updates to the community. I hope you all carefully reviewed the March 6 message from Northwestern regarding travel policies and self-isolation.

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The University has established the COVID-19 crisis management team and various sub-teams across the University have been meeting regularly to elevate issues, make decisions and address concerns in keeping with this commitment.

Similarly, Kellogg has launched a cross-functional task force to consider issues specific to Kellogg and take action. The team, led by William Garrett, Kellogg’s chief operating officer, has representation from across the school, including curriculum and teaching, faculty affairs, student experience, the CMC, admissions, KIS, facilities, human capital, communications and special events. We are working to make wise decisions based on the current available information – mindful of our obligations to one another, the communities in which we operate and our academic mission.

The most frequent question I am getting is regarding classes in the Spring Quarter. At this time, since the University has not suspended operations, academic activities will continue as planned in the Spring Quarter. Nevertheless, we are prepared for online delivery if necessitated by the temporary disruption of in-person classes or operations.

In the meantime, I encourage everyone to closely follow the Northwestern University website for updates and guidance. Abide by the policies regarding self-isolation, if applicable. Use common sense precautions to prevent the spread of viruses, including staying home if you feel sick.

With all the uncertainty, I know this is a very trying time. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be kind to one another and act with empathy. I have confidence in the resilience of this community and know we will draw strength from one another.

March 4: NU message to all regarding spring break international travel cancelation

Given the swiftly evolving situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent direction from Northwestern this morning (March 4 Update), Kellogg will cancel all school-sponsored international student travel over Spring Break. The travel component of all GIM classes, the Global Lab, and the Medical Technology in Developing Countries is canceled. Our Global Programs team will be in touch with those impacted students to share information about next steps.

We ask that all members of the Northwestern community consider carefully any upcoming personal travel plans. Please pay close attention to CDC risk levels and guidance, information being released from destination countries, and updates from air carriers prior to departure and while abroad. Please note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country.

We encourage everyone to adopt common sense practices and precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Northwestern and Kellogg continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 very closely and will share updates as decisions are made. Please bookmark the Covid-19 Update site for future updates and information from the University.