Northeastern University—Seattle Campus Reopening

Requirements for Students, Faculty, and Staff

What requirements are every member of the Northeastern Seattle community expected to follow?  

  • Review The Seattle Campus Safe Return Guide
  • Upload proof of vaccination:  All students, faculty, and staff based in the United States and Canada are required to submit proof of vaccination via Northeastern’s Vaccine Verification Form.
  • Perform a daily self-assessment using the Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. 
  • Follow all guidance on self-isolation and self-quarantine
  • Wear a face mask or face covering at all times in all campus locations
  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing
  • Test weekly during the Testing Center drop-in hours (located across from the 225 Front Desk).  Fall 2021 testing hours are as follows:
    Sunday = 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Monday = 8:30 am-9:30 pm
    Tuesday = 8:30 am-9:30 pm
    Wednesday = 9:30 am-9:30 pm
    Thursday = 9:30 am -9:30 pm
    Friday = 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Participate in contact tracing as requested  
  • Comply with any public health guidance or university protocols and policies that may be issued in the future. 

What is the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’?
We define ‘fully vaccinated’ by the standards set by the CDC:  

Seattle Campus Testing FAQ's

Where do I go to test on the Seattle Campus?  When is testing available?
Testing occurs at the 225 Front Desk during testing hours. A campus health ambassador will give you a test kit and direct you to the specimen collection station. 

Fall 2021 testing hours begin on September 7 and are as follows: 
Sunday = 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday = 8:30 am-9:30 pm
Tuesday = 8:30 am-9:30 pm
Wednesday = 9:30 am-9:30 pm
Thursday = 9:30 am -9:30 pm
Friday = 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Please plan to test during our established testing hours.  Testing is available on a drop-in basis, no appointment necessary 

What do I need to do to prepare for my testing appointment?
Please follow the below steps to prepare for your on-campus testing appointment:  

  • Visit Color to learn more about the COVID-19 testing offered on the Seattle campus. 
  • If this is your first test on campus, make sure you have completed theCOVID-19 Testing Consent formfor the Seattle campus.   
  • If this is your first test on campuscreate your Color accountby clicking ‘Create Account’  and signing up with your @northeastern.edu credentials . 
  • Enter the program code ‘NUSeattlewhen prompted. 

What will the testing process look like? 

  • Complete your  Daily Wellness Check prior to leaving your home. 
  • Request a test from the 225 Terry Ave N. building Front Desk during testing hours.
  • Log into your Color account
  • Click Activate Kit in the upper right hand corner.   
  • Enter your Northeastern email address where it says “Please confirm your eligibility.”  
  • Activate your test kit using the D- and C- codes as indicated on the testing kit barcode. These numbers are different for each testing kit, and you will enter them each time you take a new test.  
  • Make sure you receive confirmation from Color that your test has been activated before conducting your test. 
    Helpful tip: Take a picture of the 10-digit barcode number on your vial to help you remember it when accessing your test result.    
  • Proceed to the testing station and follow the steps to conduct the self-administered nasal swab test.    
  • Drop your completed test in the collection box.    
  • If you are out of testing compliance, please leave campus until you have a negative result.  If you are in testing compliance you may stay on campus. 
  • You will receive an email from Color when test results are ready in 36 – 48 hours. The email will include a link to access your test results by logging in to the Color portal.   

Can I come to campus just to take my COVID-19 test?
Yes, students, faculty, and staff may utilize on-campus testing any time the Testing Center is open as long as they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptomsIf out of testing compliance (i.e., an individual has not received a negative test result in the week prior), they must then leave campus until they have received a negative result and are back in compliance. 

If I have a negative test from a medical provider in the last 7 days, can I use that test result to return to campus?
Yes. You will need to provide proof of your negative test result and the date it was taken (it must be taken within the last seven days) either on your phone or printed, if asked.   

Locally, testing is available through an individual’s primary care provider. The City of Seattle is also offering free COVID-19 testing, for all ages, at three sites across Seattle through a partnership with King County and UW Medicine. 

What should a student, faculty, or staff member from the Seattle campus do if they test positive for COVID-19?
Our testing system, Color, will notify you of a positive test result via their web portal and will also share positive test results with local and state health agencies, as required by local and state regulations. If you have a positive test, you can expect an email from Brielle Buechler, Student Support Specialist, confirming your test results and discussing next steps. If you are on campus at the time you receive a positive test result, please exit the premises immediately, and do not come back to campus until you have been cleared to return. 

All students, faculty, and staff should follow local public health guidelines. The Washington State Department of Health givesinstructions for what to do if you test positive for COVID-19Brielle Buechler, student support specialist, will follow up with you to connect you to resources. 

Seattle Campus Covid-19 FAQ's

Should I come for a test if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if I’ve had exposure to COVID-19? 
No. If you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 listed in theDaily Wellness Checkor if you’ve been exposed to someone who’s had a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, please do not come to campus.Follow King County Public Health guidanceto contact your medical provider or the King County COVID-19 call center (206-477-3977) if you do not currently have a healthcare provider.    

How do COVID-19 variants factor into Northeastern’s fall plans? 
Northeastern is closely monitoring the public health guidelines regarding the spread of variants in the U.S. and around the world, particularly places where the university has campus locations and students participating in experiential learning programs. The university has recently announced that:    

  • All students joining Northeastern’s U.S. and Canadian campuses are required to be fully vaccinated.   
  • All faculty and staff based in the United States and Canada are required to be fully vaccinated.  
  • All students, faculty, staff, and vendors across Northeastern’s network of global campuses are required to wear masks indoors.   
  • Students, faculty, and staff located on a U.S. campus will be tested weekly. 
    We will continue to monitor guidance from local authorities and public health experts. We also have the ability to quickly scale our testing operations and testing frequency on the U.S. campuses where testing is provided if needed. 

Is eating allowed on the Seattle campus?
Because people will need to remove their masks when they eat or drink, it is important to limit eating and drinking to certain designated areas on campus. There are designated tables for eating and filtered cold/hot water on each floor throughout the campus. These tables are not meant to be used as study areas. You will need to bring your own utensils and drinking cup and take them home each day. Microwaves are also available in each eating area. Coffee & tea service has been temporarily suspended.

Are cleaning and sanitization procedures enhanced on all the global network campuses?
Yes. The Seattle campus follows Northeastern’s cleaning and sanitizing protocol, using EPA approved disinfectants and cleaning high-touch surfaces more frequently. 

How do I receive academic advising during the Spring/Summer term?
Your faculty and academic advisors will communicate their office hours and be available in person and /or virtually.  Students can contact their advisor via email with any questions.

What is the visitor policy on the Seattle campus?
The Seattle campus will follow the Northeastervisitor protocolVisitor requests must be approved in advance by either Campus Dean or Assoc. Director Operations. Visitors who are briefly on campus for a period shorter than one day, such as for an admissions tour or to attend a university event, will be required to adhere to Northeastern’s face covering requirements and, if unvaccinated, practice six-feet physical distancing. Visitors who are on campus for a period longer than one day, including nonconsecutive days, must perform a wellness assessment prior to their campus visit. Visitors in this category must also attest to their vaccination status or confirmation of a negative PCR or viral antigen COVID test within 72 hours of their scheduled visit. Additionally, they must check in at the 225 front desk and wear a name-tag while on campus.   

What is the event policy on the Seattle campus?
In person events must be pre-approved by Dean or Assoc. Director Operations. 

Must faculty members remain masked while teaching?
Yes. Per recent message from the Office of the Provost, Northeastern faculty members may remove their masks temporarily while actively speaking unless a more restrictive local regulation is in place.  Washington State’s updated statewide mask order, which went into effect on August 23, 2021, does not allow faculty members to remove their masks while teaching. Until WA state guidelines permit it, all Seattle faculty members must stay masked in the classroom. 

General Northeastern FAQ's

How are classes being offered in the summer?
In the fall 2021 academic term, classroom density restrictions are lifted, all instructors of on-ground course sections are expected to be in person on campus, and students will be in the classroom every day instead of alternating between remote and in-person.  As always, some students may be temporarily absent from the classroom for illness or other reasons. In these cases, Northeastern offers accommodations for remote learners.

How will Northeastern use the information I share in the Self-Report COVID-19 Vaccination form
The information faculty, staff, and students provide regarding their vaccination status or plans will be treated confidentially, will not become part of a faculty or staff personnel file, and will be reported in the aggregate (without name or identifying information) to inform Northeastern’s plans for community health and safety. The information may also be used in a limited number of ways: to automatically change an individual’s testing cadence, and for reporting to government agencies to comply with any public health requirements.