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COVID Health and Safety

Latest Developments at Kellogg

Kellogg is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our community during this global pandemic. We continue to follow federal, state and local government guidance, along with Northwestern University policies.

This website provides information help you play your role in promoting the health and well-being of the Kellogg community and supporting our ability to maintain a hybrid mode of learning this fall.

First and foremost, all students are expected to adhere to the community standards set forth by Northwestern University as a condition of returning to campus or participating in any University program (even remotely).

For more information, visit Northwestern’s COVID-19 Updates Page.


Health and Safety FAQs

Attending Classes/Events On Campus - Fall Quarter


All Kellogg students must use the Kellogg Daily Access App to verify their eligibility to enter the Global Hub or the Allen Center for every day they plan to come to campus.

Using this app, you will need to: 

  • On a daily basis, complete a health check, report symptoms and receive a green badge for entry into Kellogg buildings. In addition, you will also need to be able to show a confirmed seat for a class or event in order to be granted approval to enter the Hub or Allen Center.

  • Once every quarter, review and agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct, which is available on CAESAR

If you are experiencing problems with the app, please contact the Office of Student Life.

More policies and guidelines for using the Global Hub and the Allen Center are available here.


1. What are the guidelines for safe behavior off campus?

To promote your health and well-being and that of the Kellogg and Evanston communities, it is important that we all comply with the Governor's October 26 mitigation rulesas well as stay-at-home advisories from the City of Evanston and the City of Chicago.

Wearing Masks: If you can medically tolerate a face covering, you are required to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in a public place and unable to maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others. We strongly recommend that you wear a mask any time you are in a public place with others – regardless of your ability to social distance.

Large/Small Gatherings: Effective November 16, Evanston, Chicago, and all Illinois residents are encouraged to continue limiting in-person contact. These guidelines, called stay-at-home advisories, include a number of recommendations to cautiously interact with others.

In addition, you should be taking critical preventive action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at your residence, including:

  • Remaining outdoors when guests are present
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces before and after guests arrive at your residence
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance from other individuals, including in your home.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering when 6 feet of distance from others is difficult to maintain or when interacting for longer than 15 minutes. This applies to both inside and outside gatherings. Masks or face coverings slow the spread of the virus and help prevent people who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others.

2. If I travel outside of the Evanston area during the Fall Quarter, do I need to self-quarantine?

Yes. A mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon return is required any time someone leaves Illinois for more than 24 hours.

For example, if you go to Wisconsin for a weekend for a family event, you will be expected to be observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon return to campus, including remote participation in all classes and school activities However, a COVID-19 test will not be required unless you were exposed to a person with a confirmed positive case or are showing symptoms.

3. Do students first arriving on the Evanston campus for Fall Quarter need to self-quarantine upon arrival?

Yes. All students are required to observe a two-week period of staying at home when they first arrive in Evanston before they attend in-person school activities. The period requires students to follow a modified quarantine similar to the Illinois stay-at-home order issued in April—avoiding all but essential activities such as going to the grocery store or doctor, academic preparations or outdoor activity. This modified quarantine is in addition to other requirements such as training and a negative COVID test result from NU Health Services.  Please let the Student Life team know when you arrive in Evanston and begin your self-quarantine.

4. Are there guidelines for on-campus recruiting?

Yes. Please refer to the CMC’s recently launched student site for a “Recruitment During COVID-19” page that contains pertinent COVID info.

COVID-19 Testing


The university is conducting asymptomatic testing on a random basis for all students during Fall Quarter. If you are selected for random testing, you will be notified by email and given instructions by NU Health Services. For the well-being of our community, students who are selected for random testing are required to participate in the testing in order to maintain their access to facilities. Any student who receives positive test will be required to self-quarantine. Students who have been in close contact with any student who tests positive will also be notified by NU contact tracers and required to self-quarantine. More information about protocols for positive tests can be found here.


1. I have been selected for a random test. What should I do?

You can schedule a test through Northwestern Medicine. You will have to create a Northwestern Medicine account. Instructions are available here. Reach out to the NM helpline if you encounter any issues scheduling your test. Students selected for random testing are notified on Friday to get tested in the following week. You must get tested within this week at the Jacobs Center to maintain your access to Kellogg buildings.

We encourage everyone to fully participate in random COVID-19 testing for the safety of the entire community, but we recognize this is your choice. Students who feel their access to Kellogg buildings is denied in error or have some other extenuating circumstance, should please email Dean Fran at f-langewisch@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Due to the time it takes to return test results, we encourage you to get your test as soon as possible.

2. What happens if I am selected for a random test and I do not get tested?

As of October 26, not receiving a test when you are selected will result in your daily access app putting a hold on your entering Kellogg facilities. If your test results are not received by Saturday night TWO WEEKS AFTER you are invited to take a random test, you will automatically be blocked from facilities for two weeks (ex. If your testing window is 10/26-10/30 and you do not test, you will be automatically blocked from entering facilities from 11/8-11/20). During this time, the hold on your daily seating app will say “Blocked for non-COVID reasons”.

Another way to view this schedule:

Week 0 – If you are selected for random testing, you will receive an invitation on Friday.

Week 1 –You must receive a test during this week.

Week 2 - Your results must be received by Saturday night of this week to avoid a hold in the seating app.

Week 3 – Non-participants will receive a hold on their daily seating app. If your test results are received during this week, your app will be updated to reflect this, and you will be able to attend classes/events in person.

If you get tested after your designated testing period, your hold will be lifted once your results are received. Check your daily seating app for a seat to confirm that your hold has been lifted.

3. Where can I view data about testing at Northwestern?

Information about testing statistics is available here on NU's COVID dashboard.

4. I am arriving in Evanston for the first time and need to schedule a test. What should I do?

If you arrived after the initial COVID testing period (September 18) and need to schedule a test, please contact Dean Fran Langewisch to receive instructions.

Health and Wellness FAQs

  1. Does NU-SHIP cover treatment of COVID-19?

    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.


  2. 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.


  3. I have a specific health concern about COVID-19. 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.

Student COVID-19 Code of Conduct


As part of the Northwestern community, we expect all Kellogg students to adhere to the Student COVID-19 Code of Conduct, available here.

All students signed and submitted the Student Expectations and COVID-19 Code of Conduct to the Office of Student Life, via Canvas before the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year. This is a binding document, and failure to adhere to the code of conduct can result in consequences. This document is available to view here.

Recent Communications

November 6 - COVID Guidance for Off-Campus Gatherings


Dear Students,


The challenges COVID presents continue to grow, as cases rise in our state and others nearby. These challenges can only be met as a community. To support our community’s health, we are providing the attached guidelines for practicing safer social gatherings off-campus in our COVID-active environment.


The guidelines provide an overview of the risk levels of different types of social gatherings as well examples for each category. These guidelines are meant to provide you with as much clarity as possible so that you can assess the risk of various behaviors to yourself and to our community. The guidelines reflect the governing health and safety directives as of late October, including the latest Evanston directive that limits gatherings to the lesser of 25 people or 25% space capacity. Classes are exempt from this directive.


We want to thank the KSA, Section Leaders and Club Leaders who helped us create this document.  We hope the guidelines will prove to be a useful tool to support respectful conversations and informed decision-making.




Greg Hanifee

Associate Dean

October 30 - Update to Community on Return to regular Fall Operations on November 2


Dear Kellogg community, 


I am writing with our weekly health and safety update as well as plans for next week. 


There are six new confirmed COVID-19 cases among Kellogg students, faculty or staff for the period of October 23 – 29 (five students and one non-student). The contact tracing process for positive cases is largely completed and those in close contact with these community members have been asked to quarantine. The University will be communicating with the impacted individuals to support them, as needed. Importantly, we have no knowledge of any large gatherings or growing network of exposures related to these new cases. Our positivity rate for this time period is in line with the University’s rate of just over 1%, reported here.


Looking ahead to this weekend and Monday, after careful review of testing data, the latest case and investigation information from the Northwestern University COVID-Response Team, and guidelines from Northwestern University, the State of Illinois and the City of Evanston, we are moving forward as follows:


  • The stay-at-home directive for Kellogg Full-Time MBA students concludes on Friday, October 30, 10:00 PM CDT


  • Kellogg Evanston Full-Time MBA courses return to hybrid and in-person instruction beginning Monday, November 2


We believe that the steps we took to move to remote instruction and impose a stay-at-home directive disrupted the spread of the virus associated with off-campus gatherings the weekend of October 9 and allow us to return to our planned operations.


While we are pleased to return to our planned operations, I don’t want anyone to think that we can relax or ignore the very real risk the virus poses – particularly when we are off campus. All of us must adhere to the practices that safeguard one another: wear masks, observe social distancing, and avoid large gatherings. Certainly, the recent health directives from the state public health officials confirm that the virus is surging—more people throughout the area are testing positive due to personal gatherings – and we all must act to prioritize the health and safety of our community. I am sure the past two weeks have demonstrated that we can’t let our guard down.


Some of you may ask why we plan to return to campus when we just shared several new, positive cases of COVID-19. I want to reiterate that the primary reasons for our decision on October 16 were the discovery of multiple, sizeable, off-campus events through the contact tracing process, and the rapid increase in the number of individuals “under investigation” associated with those events. The number of positive cases among FTMBA students was not the primary driver of the decision. There is no evidence of a similar network of exposures or spike in cases currently under investigation. Further, there is no evidence of any transmission of the virus at the Global Hub or Wieboldt Hall.


To the members of the community who have recently tested positive for the virus, we are sending thoughts of healing and wishes for a speedy recovery. Please reach out to me or members of my team if Kellogg can support you.


I deeply appreciate the faculty and staff who enabled a swift pivot to remote instruction over the past two weeks. Thanks to the students who fully participated in the contact tracing process and reached out to peers who might be feeling isolated while sheltering in place. I also want to recognize the work of the COVID-Response team and their partnership.


Let’s continue to work together, care about one another and protect our community.



Francesca Cornelli

October 30 - Important Updates on Social Gatherings


Dear Students,

As we look forward to the Halloween weekend and the anticipated the lifting of the stay-at-home directive, we’d like to remind you that that the challenges COVID presents continue to grow, as cases rise in our state and in others in the Midwest. Please be aware of some of the changes that have taken effect in Evanston and in Illinois, starting today:

Region 10 (including Evanston) has made changes to social gathering sizes, which are now maxed at 25 people/25% capacity of any venue, whichever is the lower number. Party busses have also been banned. While these mitigation measures currently do not apply to schools, they do apply to social events and gatherings of students off campus. For a full list of the changes to local COVID policy, you can read more about it in this article.  Please also remember that the proper use of masks and consistent social distancing have never been more important, no matter what size gathering you are attending.

We also want to remind you that there is a broad range of comfort level with in-person interactions and that some members of our community are particularly at risk to COVID exposure. The KSA has provided guidelines for having a conversation about everyone’s comfort level with your peers, including this article. We encourage you to continue having this conversation in order to make choices that are safe and comfortable for everyone in the community.

The health and well-being of our community continues to be our top priority. We are confident you share this priority, and are grateful for your partnership in ensuring that we move through the remainder of the quarter together.


Greg Hanifee

Associate Dean

October 28 - Testing and Wildcat Wellness for Winter Quarter


Dear Full-Time students,

Northwestern today sent anemail announcing that the University will welcome all undergraduate students back to campus in January. While much of the information in the communication is not relevant for Kellogg students, I wanted to call your attention to two key elements that are applicable:

  • Increased Testing Requirements: NU is increasing the number and frequency of testing for the NU community during winter terms so they can more accurately track the pandemic’s prevalence with a greater number of people on-campus. Most graduate students will be required to test weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how frequently they will be on campus.
  • Wildcat Wellness: From January 3-17, 2021, students will be required to participate in Wildcat Wellness, a two-week modified quarantine. This includes an initial stage of quarantine until you receive your first negative test.

I want to thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate the pandemic and work to keep each other safe and healthy while proceeding in the hybrid modality. We will keep you apprised of additional details as Winter Quarter approaches.



Greg Hanifee
Associate Dean

October 26 - New Random Testing Policy


Dear Students,

We are implementing an important administrative change to the testing procedures being conducted in partnership with Northwestern University. Full-time students who are invited to be tested as part of the random or surveillance testing process, and who miss their testing window or decide not to be tested, will be notified and will not have access to the Global Hub, Wieboldt Hall and the Allen Center for two weeks. Students who feel their access to Kellogg buildings is denied in error or have some other extenuating circumstance, should please email Dean Fran at:f-langewisch@kellogg.northwestern.edu. This administrative change is effective immediately.

We encourage everyone to fully participate in random COVID-19 testing for the safety of the entire community, but we recognize this is your choice.


Greg Hanifee

Associate Dean

October 23 - KSA Update on Policy Changes


Hi Kellogg,

We hope you've all been staying safe and well this week! While many of us are lucky enough to be dealing with nothing worse than extreme boredom, we know that’s not the case for all members of our community. First and foremost, our hearts are with those of you who are dealing directly with COVID-19. You have our support.

Secondly, we know you are all anxious to hear more about where we stand and what comes next. So, a few updates on Kellogg's COVID-19 response:

No test, no Kellogg (in-person)

 We want to applaud the Kellogg administration for moving forward with a “no test, no Hub” policy (more details coming on Monday). While the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is still through masks, distancing, and physical isolation (when appropriate), compliance with random testing will help us to monitor the community and contain potential outbreaks.

In support of this policy and for the health of the Kellogg community, we ask that if you decline to be tested, you refrain from participating in any in-person activities with members of the Kellogg community. Your friends are trusting you to do your part to help us minimize COVID-19 at Kellogg.

Talk to your friends about comfort levels and potential violations

Northwestern has provided a channel to report potential violations. However, we owe each other an honest conversation before pursuing an administrative intervention. Before reporting a friend, who is planning an activity that worries you, please start a discussion about what is appropriate behavior and what might be a better alternative. Our goal needs to be minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on our health and our community. None of us want to end up in an endless cycle of Hub closures and lockdowns.

In general, when you’re setting boundaries, try this formula:

  1. Explain your need/concern
  2. Offer a solution
  3. Reaffirm appreciation for the relationship

For more perspective about maintaining a safe social life in the time of COVID, check out this article.

*New* Walk with a friend this week! 🚶🚶🚶

The stay-at-home order is important, but it can be hard to stay cooped up in your apartment. So don’t! We encourage you to go for a walk -- either individually or masked and distanced with a friend (or enemy?). Kellogg and NU’s newly announced policy change allows for walks with one other person as long as you are not in strict isolation!

Thank you and be well,

Your KSA Exec

October 23 - Community Update on Health and Safety/Transition to Remote Learning through October


Dear Kellogg community,

This message includes our regular update on confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as additional information regarding our transition to remote learning on our Evanston campus for two weeks, which began Monday, October 19.

Update on cases and case management (October 16-22)

  • There are nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases among Kellogg students, faculty or staff (eight students and one non-student) for the period of Friday October 16 through Thursday October 22. 
  • As stated earlier this week, the number of people in conversation with Northwestern’s COVID Response Team (also referred to as Under Investigation)  plateaued over the weekend and continues to hover at more than 50 people. This number includes people who have been instructed to quarantine by the Response Team.
  • Northwestern’s COVID Response Team continues to work closely with impacted individuals, implementing testing and contact tracing.
  • Two employees of FLIK Hospitality tested positive during the same period. FLIK and its parent company Compass provide many services for Kellogg and Northwestern but because they are not employees of Northwestern, their information is not tracked in the same system. The information was reported to us by FLIK. The contact tracing process has been completed for these individuals and there were no contacts at Kellogg. There is no indication that transmission happened at the Hub.

Return to in-person instruction

  • We are working to establish the conditions required to confidently return to in-person learning. 
  • The current plan is to lift the stay-at-home mandate on Friday, October 30 at 10 p.m. and return to hybrid mode on Monday, November 2. However, this is not guaranteed.
  • The factors that will determine whether we return will include trends in positive cases and the number of individuals working with case management or “Under Investigation.”  We will partner closely with Northwestern University on the decision.
  • We will make and announce the decision regarding in-person instruction no later than Saturday, October 31.

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout next week.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our community.

October 16 - All Students: All Kellogg Full-Time MBA Classes Going Remote for Two Weeks


Dear students,

This morning we became aware of several new positive COVID-19 cases among Full-Time Kellogg MBA students. As a result of contact tracing on those individual cases, more than 50 Kellogg students have since been linked to multiple large gatherings that occurred last weekend, and where there is concern of exposure to the virus. Northwestern’s COVID-19 Response Team is working closely with impacted individuals, implementing testing, contact tracing and quarantine procedures as per university protocols.

Your health and safety are our highest priority, which is why we are emailing you now, on a Friday evening, after the extent of the situation became clear through the contact tracing efforts this afternoon. Since yesterday, four Kellogg students have tested positive for COVID-19. Some of those individuals have been traced to the social gatherings referenced above.We are actively working to ensure all community members who were exposed to the virus are notified and tested, but as of this writing, some students have yet to receive tests and others are awaiting results. To protect our community and to mitigate the spread of the virus, we are taking the following actions: 

  • Kellogg Evanston courses going remote for two weeks: All Kellogg classes on the Evanston campus will be held remotely for two weeks, beginning Monday, October 19, through and including Friday, October 30.


  • Stay-at-home directive for Kellogg Full-Time MBA students: We are asking that all Kellogg Full-Time MBA students in the Chicagoland area adhere to a stay-at-home directive starting today at 10 p.m. through Friday, October 30. Similar to the Illinois stay-at-home order issued in April, we expect you to avoid all but essential activities, such as going to the grocery store or doctor, or individual outdoor exercise. This also means no formal or informal social gatherings of any kind are permitted. Any violation of this directive can be grounds for disciplinary action, which could include suspension. Similarly, any students who have been identified through contact tracing will be self-quarantining during this time.

Courses at Wieboldt will continue as planned. Kellogg Evening and Weekend, EMBA, MSMS and Ph.D. students are not required to observe the stay-at-home directive.

We want to express our appreciation to students who proactively contacted Northwestern Case Management with concerns about possible exposures for helping us to prevent further spread of the virus. Please continue to refer to the Northwestern health monitoring site and the Graduate and Professional Student Testing site for information about testing, reporting requirements and daily symptom monitoring.

We are disappointed that we had to make this decision. As you know, our objective was always to stay hybrid in our Full-Time MBA program until the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a reminder of how important individual actions are in allowing us to achieve our shared goals, and how quickly this virus can spread. Our ability to return to the hybrid format will depend on many factors, including case and quarantine levels and University and City of Evanston guidelines, as well as individual behavioral actions to help limit spread in our community.

School leadership will continue to partner with KSA leaders to review key health and safety information and determine the appropriate and responsible program modality. We will keep you informed of new developments in the coming days.

Francesca Cornelli


October 14 - All Students: Winter Quarter Updates


Dear Full-Time Students,

I am writing to follow up on the Oct. 9 message from President Schapiro regarding the Winter Quarter academic calendar to clarify what it means for our Kellogg community. Knowing that many of you are already making plans for Winter Break, we wanted to provide this information as soon as possible.

  • The Kellogg Winter Quarter will begin on Monday, Jan. 4, as scheduled, and the first two weeks of classes will be held remotely in observance of the Wildcat Wellness period from Jan. 3 to 17. 
  • As in the Fall Quarter, all students living on or near the Evanston campus are required to observe “Wildcat Wellness,” a two-week modified quarantine period, before attending any in-person school activities.
  • If you are not in the area beginning Jan. 3, you will be asked to observe your two-week, stay-at-home period when you arrive in the Evanston area.
  • We anticipate that the University will conduct COVID-19 testing from Jan. 3-17 and you will be required to show a negative test result before participating in any in-person school activities. The details on the testing process are still being confirmed.
  • Following Wildcat Wellness, our plan is to continue to offer courses in a range of modalities – including hybrid, in-person and remote — as we have this quarter.
  • As a reminder, bidding for Winter Quarter classes begins Friday, Nov. 6.

Of course, all plans are subject to changes in circumstances, including the progression of the pandemic, new restrictions from federal, state or local authorities, or additional guidance from Northwestern.We will continue to followCDC, state, local, and University guidelines and are prepared to adapt. We will continue to communicate with you as decisions are made.

Thank you for your ongoing collaboration and partnership. Your commitment to the well-being of one another and the vibrancy of the Kellogg experience is deeply appreciated by each member of this community.   


Greg Hanifee

Associate Dean

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

September 23 - All Students: Outdoor Gathering Expectations


Dear Kellogg Students –

I want to thank everyone for your observation of the University’s Wildcat Wellness period, which concluded on the 20th. I know that many of you changed plans to comply and I greatly appreciate your flexibility and partnership to support a healthy start to the academic year for everyone in Evanston.

Now that Wildcat Wellness has concluded, I can confirm that the University expects all of us to follow the current Restore Illinois guidelines, the Evanston Public Health guidelines and expectations for the City of Evanston or the City of Chicago (or whatever state or municipality in which you reside). The standards are set forth on Northwestern’s Community Standardswebsite.

I know many of you have questions about gatherings outdoors. Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed duringPhase 4of the State's Restore Illinois recovery plan.

Northwestern University may modify its expectations at any time as circumstances or guidance from federal, state, and local governments evolve.

These expectations reflect the minimum or baseline, and I encourage all of us to make decisions that are consistent with our goal of maintaining a safe and healthy environment and, our community pledge (excerpted below):

  • When planning or participating in activities or gatherings on or off campus, I will consider and affirmatively act to preserve not only my own health and well-being but the health and well-being of other members of this community: the student sitting nearby, the faculty member in the front of the classroom, the staff member supporting my experience, the family members and the neighbors in my community.
  • I will be intentional in how I operate to be inclusive of my colleagues who may be participating remotely for all or part of the Fall Quarter.
  • I further agree that I must have respect and empathy for those in the Kellogg community (students, faculty and staff) who have compromised immune systems or underlying health issues.


Stay well,

Greg Hanifee

Associate Dean

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

September 22 - MMMs: Health Attestation in Ford


Hi faMMMily,

As you prepare to go to MMM classes and the MMM studio at the Ford Builing (2133 Sheridan, Evanston) you must:

  1. Complete the Kellogg Daily Tracker app before you enter the Ford Building where the MMM Studio is located.  There is another Northwestern Symptom Tracker app however to keep things simple you may just use the Kellogg Daily Tracker as that info flows to the general University tracking system.  Your Kellogg app also has your Kellogg seat assignments which the Univ. app does not.  Seat assignments are not automated in Ford.  That information will come from your individual professors for in person classes.  If you have completed the Kellogg Daily Tracker app earlier in the day, you do not need to complete it again that same day before you enter Ford.
  2. Scan your Wildcard at the front door of the Ford building to gain access.  You will also need your Wildcard to gain access to the MMM Studio (as mentioned in the studio guidelines email that went out last Friday).


MMM FQ20 Class Info (also stated on MMM website):

1st Year MMMs

  • DSGN 426 Whole Brain Communications is all remote -  Please reference Canvas for Zoom links and instructions

2nd Year MMMs

  • DSGN 495 Mindful Product Management – Is all in-person unless students need/want to be remote. You do NOT need to inform the instructor in advance if you will be attending remotely as he will be asking students to fill out an attendance form during class with your location.  Three Ford classrooms ( 1.230, 1.350, and G.201/205/211) will be utilized in Ford simultaneously for this class.  The instructor will post in Canvas students/classroom by the EOD, the day before class.  Zoom link will also be posted on Canvas by EOD today. 
  • DSGN 497 Design Research – Classes don’t start until 10/27/20.  The first two classes (10/27 & 11/3) will be in person in Ford, room 2.350.  The last three classes are remote only. Information will be posted on Canvas by the end of the week.


Susan Goren

Associate Director MPD, EDI & MMM Program

Northwestern University



September 21 - All Students: Course Attendance Policies and Expectations


Dear Students,

As you are starting your Fall Quarter classes, we’d like to share the following important information for both in-person and virtual class attendance to ensure that you have the best possible academic experience.


Class Attendance Policy and Expectations:

Collaborative and team-based learning is a cornerstone of Kellogg’s academic experience. This approach requires students to actively participate in class discussions and team activities. As a result, punctuality and attendance at every class session, either in-person or virtually via Zoom, is required and critical to your academic success. We expect students to prioritize academics and be present and engaged at every class session. In accordance with Kellogg’s attendance policy and the attendance requirements of each of your classes, missing class may result in a lower course grade and, in some cases, can lead to being dropped from the course (for anyone who misses more than 20% of the class).


Alternative to in-person attendance in case of illness or required quarantine:

If you become ill or must quarantine, you will have the following options:

  1. Hybrid classes:

    You will have the option to continue attending your hybrid class(es) virtually via Zoom.

  2. All In-Person Attendance Classes:

If an entirely in-person class has a virtual class section, you will be able to temporarily attend the virtual course session (with the professor’s approval). There may be some circumstances in which students will be required to switch permanently to the virtual/Zoom class section. If that is the case and you are unable to switch due to another course conflict, you will have to drop the course. Please inform your Professor and the Academic Experience team if you are in this situation and unable to switch to the virtual class section due to a time conflict with another course.

If the class doesn’t have a virtual class section, please check the syllabus for remote attendance alternative dates.


Reporting extended absences due to illness or family emergency:

If you have missed or are required to miss more than 2 class sessions due to an illness, a family emergency or personal reasons, please notify us using this Absence Reporting Form. A member of the Academic Experience or Student Life teams will contact you to discuss your situation and explore options to either remain enrolled or withdraw from class(es) or the term. (If you are just missing a class or two, please communicate this to your professor as usual.)


Additional Reminders regarding Fall course attendance:

In-Person Attendance will require that you do the following --

  1. Verify that you have been cleared (COVID-19 testing, completed home-shelter period) to attend classes in-person.
  2. Log into the Kellogg COVID-19 Daily Health Check app to check your assigned in-person day(s) and seat number for each class. If you are enrolled in Evanston “HR” class sections, in-person attendance is on a rotating basis, and you will attend virtually via Zoom on your non-in-person attendance days.
  3. Bring your laptop, charger, and a headset. We will not have chargers or headsets available for loan so please be sure to bring your own.


Virtual Attendance via Zoom will be enhanced if you --

  1. Review this article to best prepare for attending your classes virtually via Zoom.


Enjoy your Fall classes and contact us if you have any questions.


Sandrine Onyeise                                          Amy Gingold

Director, Academic Experience                       Associate Director, Academic Advisin and Academic Experience