Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continuously monitored internal and external conditions and adjusted our protocols to the ever-changing data, guidelines and requirements as necessary. The precautions that have been exercised throughout the pandemic are still important (e.g., monitoring for symptoms, testing when appropriate, hand washing, face coverings, distancing, vaccination, etc.). Thank you for considering these to support the health of the Northwestern community.
Although we are still seeing COVID-19 cases both here at Northwestern and beyond in the external community, through our diligent contact traced practices, we are thankful to have not seen significant transmission when close contact exposures have occurred within the classroom setting. Therefore, we are making adjustments for the start of the Spring 2022 semester that we want you to be aware of.
What’s Changing Effective Spring 2022
Quarantine and Classroom Contact Tracing
- If both the positive case and any close contacts (individuals within 6 feet) identified from the classroom setting are wearing face coverings correctly (over the nose and mouth), close contacts will not need to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
- This exception only applies to classroom settings.
- Other situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis through individual contact tracing through Health Services.
- If face coverings were not worn in the classroom setting by either the positive case or the close contacts, quarantine will still be required for close contacts who are unvaccinated.
- An exposure e-mail notification with next steps will be sent to all identified classroom close contacts.
This change does not reduce our commitment to mitigate risk, and may result in fewer students quarantined, therefore it is important for everyone to abide by the face covering requirement (see below), wearing your face covering correctly in classroom settings at all times unless maintaining 6-foot physical distancing is possible.
Face Coverings in Chapel and Alternative Chapels
- Rather than being required, face coverings will be strongly recommended in all Chapel and Alternative Chapel settings.
- Reserved seating will be provided in each chapel setting for students who want to sit in an area where everyone is wearing face coverings. Please be respectful of the reserved seating section(s) and only sit in the designated area if you plan to wear a face covering correctly during the entire session.
The university reports the number of student positive tests and the number of students currently in isolation/quarantine.See Report
Life on Campus Spring 2022
Northwestern continues to make the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty our priority as we move into the Spring 2022 semester.Details
What’s Staying the Same at the start of Spring 2022
Face Coverings in Classrooms and UNW Transportation
- Wearing a face covering will still be required in all indoor academic settings (classrooms and labs) when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained.
- Wearing a face covering will still be required while riding in UNW provided transportation (e.g., UNW vans, buses, etc.).
- When wearing face coverings, it is important they are well fitted and worn correctly.
We will continue to keep you updated as conditions and protocols on campus change. Remember, you can always check the current status of campus protocols online via theROCK. On behalf of the Health Services team, we’d like to wish you all a safe and blessed end of the semester and Christmas break.
Anna Mukaria, PA-C, MPH
Director of COVID Operations
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