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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. Book your first Spring Quarter test appointment.

  • 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:

Winter Quarter Guidelines


Winter Wildcat Wellness

All students are required to observe a Wildcat Wellness period from January 3-17 before they attend in-person school activities. The period requires students to follow a modified quarantine, avoiding all but essential activities such as going to the grocery store or doctor, academic preparations or outdoor activity. During this time, you will also need to receive a negative COVID test result.


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.

Winter Quarter Testing Rules and FAQs


All students regularly attending classes in the Hub during Winter Quarter must receive weekly COVID tests to maintain access to Kellogg buildings. Instructions for completing your tests are available on Northwestern's graduate student testing page. You must get tested within this week at the Jacobs Center 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.

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 every one of my tests or will they be scheduled automatically?

Students who are attending classes and events on campus this quarter will need to schedule a COVID test for every week this quarter. There is no automatic scheduling, and it is your responsibility to make sure that you schedule a test during each week of the quarter to continue to enter NU facilities. 

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 here.After 90 days, you will be expected to resume regular COVID testing. 

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.

Health and Wellness FAQs

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

    Yes. A mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon return is required any time you leaves Illinois for more than 24 hours. 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. If you host out-of-town guest(s), you are also required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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

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

December 9 - Graduate Winter Quarter Preparation


Please see this important update for graduate students from Northwestern.

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 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 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 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