Northeastern University—Seattle Campus Reopening

Requirements and General Information

Where can I learn more about the university’s current guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Broad information on how Northeastern University is managing the COVID-19 pandemic can be found by visiting the Safe Campus Guide. 

What are the current requirements adhered to by every member of the Northeastern Seattle community? 

  • All students, faculty, and staff based in the United States must submit proof of vaccination and booster via Northeastern’s Vaccine Verification Form. Individuals who are not yet eligible to receive a booster shot should complete the form with this information AND must obtain booster shot within 7 days of eligibility. 
  • Follow all current CDC Guidelines on self-isolation and self-quarantine. 
  • Participate in contact tracing as requested.   
  • Comply with public health guidance and university protocols and policies. 

Do I need a booster shot?  
Yes, all faculty and staff who work at one of Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses, and all students attending or visiting a U.S. campus, were required to receive a booster shot by January 18, 2022, or seven days after they become eligible. Consistent with our decision to require vaccination of all students, faculty, staff, and contract employees, we believe that vaccination remains essential to successfully manage the pandemic.
Northeastern will accept a vaccine approved in the United States or a vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement.
More detailed information can be found on Northeastern’s Vaccination FAQ site. 

How do COVID-19 variants factor into Northeastern’s 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.  

Seattle Campus Testing FAQ's

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in the Seattle Area?
Locally, testing is available through an individual’s primary care provider. Other local testing resources include:
Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network – Individuals may be eligible to receive an at-home test kit through this collaborative research effort.
UW Medicine 

What should a student, faculty, or staff member from the Seattle campus do if they test positive for COVID-19?
If you receive a positive result, please contact Seattle Student Affairs ([email protected]) to inform them of your results. They will connect you with resources and follow up with next steps.  

All students, faculty, and staff should follow local public health guidelines. The Washington State Department of Health gives instructions for what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 

Seattle Campus Protocols

What is the visitor policy on the Seattle campus?
All external visitors 12 and older who attend campus indoor events or meetings, including single-day conferences, are required to present proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to the event.  Masking on campus is optional.
All guests are required to check in at the Front Desk, show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and wear a provided name-tag while on campus.   

Must community members wear masks while on campus?
Masks are optional for everyone on the Seattle campus. Those who wish to continue wearing a mask are free to do so.

How are classes being offered?
All on ground classes are being held in person with faculty and students in the classroom.