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Global Hub and Allen Center Fall Quarter Policies and Guidelines

Please familiarize yourself with the following measures which are designed to protect the health and safety of our community and to help achieve our goal of providing hybrid programming. As a reminder, students are expected to follow health and safety protocols as articulated by Northwestern University.

General Updates

Our goal this quarter is to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to attend classes in person, while protecting the health and safety of our community. To ensure we are successful, and that we can maintain the hybrid modality throughout the quarter, we are prioritizing student access to the Hub for class attendance. Understanding the importance of having places for non-curricular activities and to connect with each other, we are opening space in the Allen Center for use on days when you are on campus.
  • Access to the Global Hub is permitted on the days that you are scheduled to attend class in person, which will be validated through the ‘seat assignment’ feature of the Kellogg Daily Access App upon checking into the building. Students without an in-person seat for a given day are asked to remain off campus.
  • Most students are segmented in morning or afternoon classes. In general, students attending class in the morning are asked to leave the Hub once class is complete, and students with class in the afternoon are asked to arrive no earlier than 12:45 p.m. We anticipate that this timing will give you enough time to grab lunch. Students with classes in both the morning and afternoon may remain in the Hub in between classes.
  • Informal hangout spaces and hoteling spaces where students can eat lunch, attend virtual non-curricular programming or study are available in the Allen Center (immediately adjacent to the Global Hub at 2169 Campus Drive).
  • As an example, if you are permitted to be on campus and wish to join a virtual club event over the lunch hour, you may reserve a space at the Allen Center for this purpose. Allen Center seats can be reserved via Campus Groups on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Social Distance Ambassadors will be available in both the Hub and Allen Center to help students find campus locations where they can participate in socially distant individual or group work, answer questions and promote health and safety protocols.

Building Operating Hours

Global Hub:
Monday – Friday: Open 7 AM -10 PM, Closed 10 PM -7 AM
Saturday: Open 10 AM -6 PM, Closed 6 PM – Monday 7 AM
Sunday: Closed

The Allen Center:
Monday – Friday: Open 8:30 AM -6 PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Hoteling Spaces in the Allen Center

  • Hoteling spaces in the Allen Center can be reserved in CampusGroups on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Hoteling spaces will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • You must reserve a space by 5 PM the day before in order to secure a seat.
  • Please do not book a hoteling space unless you have an in-person class seat the same day. Without an in-person class seat, you will not be allowed in either the Hub or Allen Center.

Exceptions to the In-Person Class Requirement: Virtual Interviews and Extenuating Circumstances

  • Students who wish to reserve a space for a virtual interview will be able to do so through the CMC, regardless of whether they are scheduled for in-person class. To request a space for a virtual interview, please fill out this form.
  • Students who are not scheduled for in-person class but who wish to reserve a space for another extenuating circumstance may request approval through Student Life by filling out this form.

Informal Hangout Spaces

  • During the times that you are permitted to be on campus, you may access informal hangout spaces such as the Global Hub’s lower level and the Allen Center’s first and second floor corridors during break and lunch times. These spaces do not require a reservation for use, though social distancing must be maintained. Again, only students with an in-person class seat assignment will be permitted into the Hub or Allen Center in order to have access to these spaces.

Accessing the Hub and Allen Center Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Students are required to have an in-person class seat assignment in order to access the Allen Center or Global Hub.
  • Following are several example scenarios for student access to these buildings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
    • If your last class is in the morning, you have two options when class ends:
      • Leave the Hub or Allen Center by 12:45, which should give you time to pick up lunch if you choose
      • If you have reserved a hoteling space in the Allen Center, grab lunch and take it to your hoteling space
    • If your first class is in the afternoon, you have two options before class begins:
      •  Arrive no earlier than 12:45, which should give you time to eat lunch before class
      • If you have reserved a hoteling space in the Allen Center, grab lunch and take it to your hoteling space
    • Students who have an in-person class seat in both the morning and the afternoon are welcome to remain in the informal hangout spaces in both the Allen Center and Global Hub between classes.
We have outlined some of these scenarios in this visual graphic for your reference.

Accessing the Hub and Allen Center Wednesday and Saturday

  • Non-curricular hybrid or virtual events held on campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be scheduled, governed and communicated by the CMC and Student Life.
  • Access to the Hub and Allen Center on these days will require an in-person class seat or a reserved seat in an activity scheduled by Student Life or the CMC.
  • Hybrid club events will be scheduled on either Wednesdays or Saturdays. Students will be able to sign up for an in-person seat for the events via CampusGroups. 
  • There will be a limited number of hoteling seats available at the Hub and the Allen Center to study or work on group projects on Wednesdays. They will also be available at the Hub on Saturdays; the Allen Center will be closed on Saturdays. Students will be able to sign up for one of these seats via CampusGroups.  

Reserving Group Study Rooms

  • During the times when you are permitted on campus, you may book a study group room as you usually would through Study Buddy.

Dining on Campus

  • As a reminder, food is not allowed in classrooms, with the exception of when you have reserved a hoteling space in an Allen Center classroom over lunch.
  • You may eat in any of the informal hangout spaces, designated dining areas or outside.
  • Using the BOOST app, you may order food from Gordon’s Marketplace. You may choose Gordon’s Marketplace or the Allen Center as a pick-up point for your order.
  • Once you’ve collected your order, dining attendants will direct students to an open seat in the designated dining areas. If you have booked a hoteling space, you are expected to eat your lunch there.
  • After eating, please dispose of your trash and self-clean your dining table. There will only be a custodial team to clean your dining table for you from 11 AM – 1 PM.
  • Do not move chairs or tables in the designated dining areas. These areas are set up to comply with health and safety measures and social distancing guidelines.

Attending Virtual Classes from the Hub or Allen Center

  • Students are encouraged to attend virtual classes off campus in order to help manage capacity in both the Hub and Allen Center. 
  • In the instance that a student has a virtual and an in-person class in the same part of the day (i.e., both in the morning or both in the afternoon) they may reserve a study group room or use a study lounge or hangout space to attend the virtual class.
  • Hoteling spaces, which are available from 11:30-1:30, are intended primarily to enable morning-only or afternoon-only students to attend virtual non-curricular events over lunch.