Northeastern University—Seattle Campus Reopening

Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals

What are the requirements every unvaccinated member of the Northeastern Seattle community is expected to follow?
Every unvaccinated member of the Northeastern Seattle community is required: 

  • To review The Seattle Campus Safe Return Guide 
  • Vaccination status reporting:
    a. Faculty and Staff must self report their vaccination status by June 30, and then again upon any change in vaccination status.
    b. Students are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall 2021 term. They will still need to submit proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption through a separate process that will be announced later in June. 
  • To perform a daily self-assessment using the Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. 
  • To follow all guidance on self-isolation and self-quarantine 
  • To wear your Northeastern University Identification card and have it visible at all times 
  • To wear a face mask or face covering at all times in all campus locations 
  • To practice healthy distancing at all times in all campus locations 
  • To practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing 
  • To agree to temperature checks as requested 
  • Test weekly during the 225 Front Desk drop-in hours.  For summer 2021, testing hours are as follows:
    a. Tuesdays: 10am – 10pm
    b. Wednesdays: 8am – 3:30pm 
  • To participate in contact tracing as requested 
  • To comply with any public health guidance or university protocols and policies that may be issued in the future.  Please note that all requirements may be revised for the fall 2021 term. 

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

  • two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine 

Am I eligible to receive vaccination in Washington state? 
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to people 12 years and older who live or work in Washington state. As of June 2021, vaccine appointments are plentiful and some locations encourage walk-ins.  Find COVID-19 vaccine appointments throughout Washington State using the COVID Vaccine Locator. The City of Seattle vaccination sites now have significant availability. 

Requirements for Vaccinated Individuals

What are the requirements every fully vaccinated member of the Northeastern Seattle community is expected to follow?
Every fully vaccinated member of the Northeastern Seattle community is required: 

  • To review The Seattle Campus Safe Return Guide 
  • Vaccination status reporting:
    Faculty and Staff: Self report your vaccination status by June 30. After you self-report your vaccination status, mask wearing and physical distancing are optional (except for the spaces listed below). For the duration of the summer, you no longer need to test on a weekly basis.  
  • To wear your Northeastern University Identification card and have it visible at all times 
  • To wear a face mask or face covering in specified areas until Washington State officially reopens:
    225 Building
    a. 1st floor elevator lobby
    b. Elevator
    c. All common area bathrooms
    d. Parking areas and bike lockers
    401 Building 
    a. Hallways
    b. Common area bathrooms
    c. Classroom 106 
  • To comply with any public health guidance or university protocols and policies that may be issued in the future.  Please note that all requirements may be revised for the fall 2021 term. 
  • Please note: Vaccinated individuals who wish to wear masks on campus are welcome to do so. 

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

  • two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine 

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.  The front desk attendant will give you a test kit and direct you to the specimen collection station.
Summer 2021 testing hours are as follows: 

  • Tuesdays: 10am – 10pm 
  • Wednesdays: 8am – 3:30pm 

Please plan appropriately to test during our established testing hours.  These testing requirements may be revised for the fall 2021 term. 

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.”  

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.” 
  • Enter the program code NUSeattle and activate your kit (only required to enter code once). 
  • Make sure you receive a 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, unvaccinated individuals can utilize on-campus testing. They cannot, however, access the rest of campus until they receive a negative test result (which clears them for on-campus activity the following week). Test results from Color are provided within 48 hours after taking the COVID-19 Test.  

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.   

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. 

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.    

Is eating allowed on the Seattle 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.  Eating is also allowed in private offices. 

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?
All faculty and academic advising can take place virtually during the spring/summer terms. Some faculty and academic advisors may have in-person advising options. Students can contact their advisor over email and schedule an appointment.  

What is the visitor policy on the Seattle campus?
Visitor requests must be approved in advance by either Campus Dean or Assoc. Director Operations. All visitors will need to follow COVID-19 health guidelines in advance of coming on campus and remain masked if not fully vaccinated.  They must check in at the 225 front desk, complete a verbal COVID-19 symptom interview, wear a nametag while on campus, and wear a mask in indoor common areas (225 Building: 1st floor elevator lobby, elevator, common area bathrooms, parking areas, and bike lockers; 401 Building: hallways, common area bathrooms, and classroom 106) regardless of vaccination status.    

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

General Northeastern FAQ's

How are classes being offered in the summer?
All Northeastern locations have adopted an advanced, highly flexible learning model called Hybrid NUflex. From week to week, Hybrid Nuflex allows some students to attend classes in-person while others join remotely via Zoom or Teams. To manage classroom density, some students will be in the classroom while others are learning remotely, in real time. Using a dynamic scheduling app available on Northeastern’s Student Hub, students can indicate for faculty in advance their preferred mode of attendance during a given week.    

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.