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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

Preparing for Spring Quarter


Here are the steps you need to take to ensure you are complying with university guidelines before the beginning of Spring Quarter

1. Log into CAESAR to update your community interaction plan for Spring Quarter. You will need to do this to make sure you are on the correct testing regimen for spring. If you are in the area and interacting with the community AT ALL, please make sure your interaction plan reflects this. Only students who are completely out of the area should select "Never".

2. Adhere to your regular testing schedule.

  • If you are staying in the area over break: please keep testing through the break.
  • If you are traveling: we recommend waiting five days from when you return before testing to improve test accuracy.

3. Observe Wildcat Wellness, a one-week modified quarantine from March 29 - April 5. Face-to-face classes and meetings will gather in person no sooner than Tuesday, April 6.

Remember to bookmark these pages for the most up-to-date information about COVID health and safety:

Accessing the Global Hub


Kellogg Daily Access App

As was required in 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.


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 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.

Testing Rules and FAQs


All students regularly attending classes in the Hub must receive weekly COVID tests to maintain access to Kellogg buildings. Current guidance states that students should receive at least one Color PCR test per week and as many Abbott/Navica rapid antigen tests as they wish to take. Instructions for completing your tests at the Jacobs Center are available on Northwestern's graduate student testing pageAny 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.

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.


How do I know if I should use asymptomatic testing or symptomatic testing?

If you have even the mildest of symptoms, have been contacted by contact tracers, or believe you may have been exposed, please DO NOT go to asymptomatic testing in the Jacobs Center. Instead use the symptomatic testing option through NU Health Services located in Searle Hall to receive a test. Review this page for instructions to completing symptomatic testing.  A symptomatic test will count as your required weekly testing.

How do I know if I may have been exposed and need to receive symptomatic testing?

If you have been less than 6 feet away from someone for more than 15 minutes and they have tested positive, then you should consider yourself to have been exposed. Please red badge yourself in the NU daily health check app. Case Management will receive this information and will reach out to you directly.  You should stay home until Case Management has contacted you.

Do I have to schedule my test in advance?

As of March 1, testing is now happening on a walk-in basis at the Jacobs Center. You can walk in and receive either the Color PCR test or the Abbott/Navica rapid antigen test without an appointment.

What should I do if I’m changing my plans for attending classes/events on campus?

When your situation changes, you should update your community interaction plan in CAESAR. This will ensure that you are correctly opted in/out of this quarter’s testing regimen and prompt Color to send you reminders to complete your required tests.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID. Do I still need to get a test?

Students who have tested positive in the last 90 days should not get tested. If you received your positive test result through NU or reported your off-campus positive test to NU at https://www.northwestern.edu/risk/secure/report-an-incident.html , then you should not be invited for testing until 90 days after your positive test. If that isn’t the case, then please reach email NU-COVID-Testing-Support@northwestern.edu sharing your name, NetID, date of birth and the date of your positive test.  Please send an email to Dean Fran as well to ensure that your access app settings are configured correctly.  If you received your positive test result off-campus and have not reported this do NU, please do so hereAfter 90 days, you will be expected to resume regular COVID testing.

I’ve already received a vaccine. Do I still need to get a test?

Yes. Medical experts have not yet determined whether vaccinated individuals can transmit the virus to unvaccinated persons. In the interest of protecting the entire community, Northwestern requires vaccinated students to continue to test regularly.

I got a message from Color saying that I am overdue for a test. Will this result in a block in my access app?

Color expects individuals to test every 7 days, and will remind you if it has been 7 days since your last test. Receiving this message does not indicate that you have been blocked from coming to campus. We encourage everyone to test on the same day every week to avoid receiving these messages. However, as long as you are testing once during each week, you will be able to continue attending classes/events on Campus. For example if your last test was on Monday of week 2, it's okay to get a test on Wednesday of Week 3. However, if you don't test at all during Week 3, your app will block you from entering facilities.

Do I have to test at the Jacobs Center?

In order to assure that your test is completed and submitted quickly, we encourage you to complete your tests on site at the Jacobs Center.

If I travel outside of the Evanston area during the quarter, do I need to self-quarantine?

Yes. All full-time program Kellogg students (2Y, 1Y, MMM, JDMBA, MDMBA, MSMS) who have traveled out of Illinois shall quarantine for a minimum of seven days upon their return to the state and confirm a negative Color COVID test taken between day-five and day-seven before returning to in-person activities. 

Health and Wellness FAQs


Does NU-SHIP cover treatment of COVID-19?

Coverage for COVID-19 is 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.


What mental health 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.


I have a specific health concern about COVID-19. Who 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 before the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year and are required to sign it for each quarter on CAESAR. This is a binding document, and failure to adhere to the code of conduct can result in consequences.

Recent Communications

March 3 - Revised Travel Guidance for FTMBA and MSMS Students


Dear Kellogg Students:

Please note the following revised guidance for full-time program students who travel during the Winter or Spring quarters:

While travel outside the community during the academic quarter continues to be discouraged, we acknowledge that there are certain circumstances that may dictate a need to travel (family emergencies, interviews, etc.). Allfull-time program Kellogg students (2Y, 1Y, MMM, JDMBA, MDMBA, MSMS) who have traveled out of Illinois shall quarantine for a minimum of seven days upon their return to the state and confirm a negative Color COVID test taken between day-five and day-seven before returning to in-person activities. Please contact Dean Fran atf-langewisch@kellogg.northwestern.edu if you have any questions.

Greg Hanifee

March 1 - New Testing Procedures


Dear graduate and professional students, 

First, thank you for your understanding and attention to last weekend’s unexpected COVID-19 testing changes. While we always knew there was the potential for Chicago winter weather to delay a day or two of test shipments to Color, we didn’t foresee a two-week shutdown of FedEx and UPS. We had started rolling out the Abbott rapid tests to a few smaller pilot groups, but we didn’t expect that we would need to conduct 15,000 tests as a community during the first week. It’s a testament to all of us staying flexible and working together when things change. 

While the positivity rates of undergraduate students have increased over the last few weeks, the number of new cases involving graduate students has continued to fall. We are extremely grateful for how seriously the graduate community has taken the pandemic and for your strong attention to all the COVID-19 precautions on campus. 

Now that FedEx and UPS are operational again, we write to update you on testing expectations for the remainder of the Quarter. Starting Monday, March 1, we are asking those who were on a weekly testing cadence to complete two COVID-19 tests each week – one Color test and one rapid test. If you are on a bi-weekly testing cadence, you’ll continue to do one Color test every two weeks.

Details and rationale for this change in protocol are below:

Color Testing

Color testing will resume Monday, March 1. You should continue to follow your weekly or bi-weekly testing requirement, based on your campus interaction status in CAESAR. You can restart your Color testing any day of this week that works best for you, and you’ll no longer need to book an appointment in advance to complete your test.

In Evanston, you can continue to complete your Color test onsite at the Jacobs Center, but you will now enter through the East entrance to Coon Auditorium. The pick-up / drop-off locations will be closed the week of March 1 but will begin to reopen the following week. In Chicago, you’ll continue to access testing at 345 Superior. 

Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Testing 

We would like graduate and professional students who are currently testing weekly to also complete at least one rapid test each week. We suggest completing your rapid test 2-3 days before or after your Color test. You’ll access rapid testing in Evanston by coming to the main Jacobs Center entrance next to Deering Meadow. Again, no appointment is needed. In Chicago, rapid testing also will be available at 345 Superior. 

We encourage you to complete as many rapid tests a week as you would like. Consider completing a rapid test on days that you might be going to a lab or in-person class, attending an event or interacting with smaller groups of others. While no test can 100% guarantee you aren’t currently carrying the virus, a negative rapid test result provides an additional level of assurance when you might be engaging with other members of the Northwestern community. 

Symptomatic Testing 

As always, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not complete the asymptomatic testing above. Instead, please follow the guidelines for symptomatic testing. You should switch your Symptom Tracker badge to red, and the COVID Response Team will contact you to arrange for a symptomatic test at the Health Service.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days or who are currently in quarantine or isolation will remain exempted from the weekly testing requirements. 

February 4 - Preparing for Spring Quarter


As we write today, we look toward Spring Break and Spring Quarter as well as back on our experiences this term thus far. The percentage of students, faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 is quite low, for which we are grateful. It is clear that most of us are striving to do what is best for all, adhering to public health and Northwestern guidelines.

To better facilitate these behaviors and ensure that we fulfill our responsibilities to one another, monitors are now stationed at entrances to several campus buildings. When asked, please stop and show your green symptom tracker badge. Thank you for your devotion to this and for all your efforts to keep yourself and our community healthy.

Some of you have reported potential violations to our COVID-19 expectations — everything from individuals not wearing masks, to hosting parties on and off campus, to avoiding being tested. We cannot emphasize enough how seriously we take these allegations. We promise you that we are taking action quickly when we have detailed and actionable information. To that end, we are designing a new staffing approach in the dining halls to mitigate your concerns. In spaces with fewer staff members, we rely on you to  report violations, which you can do anonymously. It is important that you are as specific as possible, including the who, what, when and where of the incident. We can only stop concerning actions if we can reach those who are involved.

Spring Break

As you make any plans for Spring Break, please prioritize your and others’ health. For residential students, there is no additional charge to remain on campus during this period, and dining hall meal services will continue to operate. You will receive more information from Residential Services about how to communicate your Spring Break plans by Feb. 15. For all students, several campus organizations will offer programming designed for the break to keep you engaged with friends and classmates.

If you remain in campus housing or continue to visit campus during the break, you must continue your COVID-19 testing regimen during this period.

Whether you stay in the area or find it necessary to travel, it is imperative that you adhere to CDC guidelines and Northwestern policies at all times. Keep wearing your mask, maintain appropriate social distances, wash your hands and avoid large groups.

Spring Quarter & Wildcat Wellness

Spring Quarter begins, for most programs, on Tuesday, March 30 with a Northwestern Monday, in which programs will follow their typical Monday schedule on Tuesday, March 30, and return to the standard schedule on Wednesday, March 31. Students, faculty and staff will hear from their program or school directly if their classes begin on a different schedule.

We expect course modalities in Spring to be very similar to our Winter Quarter offerings. Operations outside the classroom also will remain relatively unchanged from Winter to Spring, including campus occupancy rates. In the coming weeks, we will share plans for graduation celebrations and other details about the study and work environments in Spring Quarter.

All Spring classes will meet remotely during the first week of the term while we observe Wildcat Wellness, a modified quarantine period that aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and begin our term healthfully. Regardless of Spring Break travel, all students will participate in this wellness period, March 29 through April 5. Students planning to come to campus in the Spring Quarter should arrive in the area no later than March 30. Face-to-face classes and meetings may gather in person for the first time Tuesday, April 6.

The Spring Wildcat Wellness period will be similar to what we experienced at the start of Winter Quarter. Students must be tested the day they arrive (no later than March 30). All undergraduates will be tested twice and graduate students once after their arrival and before classes meet in person. In a slight departure from our Winter Quarter practice, students in residence halls will pick up meals from dining halls during this period, rather than receiving meals delivered to the residence halls. We will send additional details about scheduling testing and other components of Spring Wildcat Wellness and recurring testing obligations no later than March 20.

We recognize that the Holi, Passover and Easter holidays occur during the Spring Wildcat Wellness period. Those wishing to celebrate religious holidays during this time are welcome to do so in ways that align with CDC, state and local guidelines. Religious & Spiritual Life staff also are planning observance opportunities. Information will be available on their website

Faculty and staff should also observe Wildcat Wellness by refraining from in-person activities except continuing on-campus research and those necessary to support students’ return.

If Spring Break is truly a break for you, we sincerely hope you will find time to refresh, re-center and relax. If not, we encourage you to find another time to do the same. The pace of the quarter can be challenging in any year, and this isn’t just any year. Take care of yourselves and others, and be well.



Kathleen Hagerty
Provost and Professor

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs