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Global Hub and Allen Center Winter Quarter Policies and Guidelines

UPDATES for Winter Quarter:

  • Starting Winter Quarter, club and section events are now occurring in-person at the Hub during lunch on class days and throughout the day on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will need to sign up on CampusGroups and obtain a seat in the app to be able to attend these events. You do not need to have an in-person seat for a class on the day of the event to attend the event.
  • You can now release your in-person seat and capture available in-person seats for classes occurring in the Hub. Instructions for capturing and releasing seats can be found in this guide.
  • In-person club and section events can now serve food to attendees. Food can be eaten after events occur in designated dining spaces and in accordance with the guidelines for event planning in COVID.
View the January 12 webinar: What to Expect in the Hub - Winter Quarter.

General Policies

Our goal continues to be to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to attend classes and events 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 maintaining 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 or event 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 expected to remain off campus unless they have obtained an exception. Students are now permitted to stay all day at the Hub/Allen Center on the days when they have an in-person seat in their app.
  • 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) or the Global Hub. For 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 and Global Hub hoteling seats can be reserved via CampusGroups on a first come, first serve basis.

Accessing the Hub and Allen Center


  • Students are required to have an in-person class or event seat assignment in order to access the Allen Center or Global Hub. Students who have an in-person seat in a class or for an event may utilize hoteling spaces, study group rooms or informal hang-out space at the Allen Center or in the Hub during the rest of that day.

    • Hoteling spaces may be reserved through CampusGroups. 
    • Study Group Rooms may be reserved through Study Buddy. 


  • Non-curricular hybrid or virtual events held on campus during the lunch period on class days or throughout the day on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be scheduled, governed and communicated by the CMC and Student Life.

Building Operating Hours

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

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

Hoteling Space and Group Study Rooms

  • Hoteling spaces in the Allen Center or Global Hub can be reserved in CampusGroups on a first come, first serve basis during operating hours.
  • Hoteling spaces should be reserved by 7:00am the day of in order to secure a seat. Email studentaffairs@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions about reserving hoteling space.
  • During the times when you are permitted on campus, you may book a study group room as you usually would through Study Buddy.

Dining and Informal Hangouts on Campus

  • 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 and current COVID capacity constraints are adhered to.
  • As a reminder, food is not allowed in classrooms, with the exception of when you have reserved a hoteling space 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.

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, such as inability to attend class from home, may request approval through Student Life by filling out this form.