Campus Access Information
At Northeastern University, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. Based on current guidance from our state and local leaders and our public health agencies, Northeastern will follow California state directives and begin the academic term at the Silicon Valley (SV) and San Francisco (SF) campus with the synchronous remote delivery option that is integral to the Hybrid NUflex model. This means the students and professors will all start the term by engaging in Hybrid NUflex classes remotely at the scheduled class time.
Your safety is paramount to us. We have always been guided by public health experts throughout the pandemic and that will continue as we move forward. We will continue to support our students’ academic success, including meeting their F-1 international student requirements, and we will keep you informed as the academic term progresses. The Hybrid NUflex model will allow a seamless transition to in-person learning during the term, as soon as state agencies and public health officials lift restrictions on in-person classroom instruction.
We will also be offering opportunities for staff and faculty to reserve space on each campus for 1:1 meetings. For the SV campus, this can be done through the link listed below; for the SF campus, please use the WeWork reservation system.
For your safety and to meet county density guidelines, a space reservation is required. The requirements for site entry are listed below; please use the links below to gain further information on campus entry requirements. You will need to follow the on-site protocols, including wearing a face covering, keeping healthy distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
SILICON VALLEY CAMPUS
- Wear your NU Husky ID and SV Access Badge (NU Downtown Campus) on a lanyard
- Complete the Expectations for Return to Campus Attestation Form
- Complete the Daily Wellness Check on a daily basis before coming to campus
- Reserve a space on campus using the Faculty Office Space Reservation or the Advisor Space Reservation
SAN FRANCISCO CAMPUS
- Wear your face covering before you enter 600 California and at all times while on site (unless eating in a designated area)
- Complete the Expectations for Return to Campus Attestation Form
- Have both of your WeWork access cards, and wear your NUID on a lanyard
- Complete the Daily Wellness Check
- Reserve a conference room through the WeWork reservation system
Frequently Asked Questions
You will find Frequently Asked Questions below that pertain specifically to Northeastern University’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses. We also highly encourage you to visit the University’s website on reopening and a safe return to campus.
General FAQ’s for the regional campuses
What are the requirements for students, staff and faculty before they return to campus?
- All students, staff and faculty should read and agree to the Expectations for Return to Campus Attestation form. We ask that all Northeastern community members—including those who may have submitted an earlier version of the attestation and those working or learning remotely—submit the attestation before their return to campus or before the start of the fall term, whichever date is earliest.
Are masks required on all of Northeastern’s global campuses?
- Yes. All students, faculty, and staff across Northeastern’s global campuses will follow the Northeastern face covering protocol. Northeastern requires all employees, students, vendors, and visitors to wear face coverings or face masks while they are in common spaces, including outdoor spaces on campus, and in common gathering areas, shared workspaces, shared academic spaces, or when interacting face to face with others.
Are daily health screenings required on all of Northeastern’s global campuses?
- Yes. All Northeastern students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. You will need to show the results of your Daily Wellness Check when you arrive on campus, so we encourage you to bookmark services.northeastern.edu/wellness on your mobile phone for convenient access to the Daily Wellness Check results page. You may also print your result page and show it on arrival if you do not have a mobile phone.
Does Northeastern have recommendations for students before they travel to our global campuses?
- IIn the interest of protecting the health of our campus community at the start of the fall term, we recommend that you minimize contact with others for 14 days before travel and that you get a test 72 hours or less prior to your arrival on campus, if you are able. Please do not travel to campus if you test positive or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Will Northeastern be requiring and providing COVID-19 testing at all of its global campuses?
- Testing is required and provided only on the Boston campus. At our other global locations, other safety precautions will be in place, including daily health assessments, entry screening, face covering protocols, healthy distancing protocols, and daily temperature checks. Each campus location has also identified a list of local testing providers and will provide resources if any student or staff member is in need of a COVID-19 test.
How will classes be offered?
- 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 to faculty in advance their preferred mode of attendance during a given week. The classroom experience will be immersive, enhanced through video and chat tools that allow people inside and outside the classroom to see each other and enjoy lively two-way exchanges.
- Faculty will decide how to best deliver their individual courses through Hybrid NUflex. Hybrid NUflex allows students to begin the term remotely and then come to campus or to begin in person and later transition to remote learning, meeting international student requirements.
Do students across the global campuses have access to the new Student Hub platform?
- All Northeastern students will have access to the Student Hub, a new, highly personalized and experience-driven platform designed to help students navigate and keep track of their busy and daily lives as university students.
Will hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes be available on Northeastern’s campus locations?
- Yes. Northeastern will provide hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes at all of its campus locations, focusing especially on classrooms, the entrances to our campus spaces, and in common areas.
Will elevator capacity be limited on Northeastern’s campus locations?
- Yes. Elevator occupancy is being limited to two to four people, based on guidelines of the National Elevator Institute Inc., a national trade association for the elevator and escalator industry.
Will cleaning and sanitization procedures be enhanced on all of the global network campuses?
- Yes. Each campus will follow Northeastern’s cleaning and sanitizing protocol, using EPA approved disinfectants and cleaning high-touch surfaces more frequently.
How does Northeastern evaluate and maintain the air quality in leased campus spaces?
- The Northeastern Facilities team has analyzed the air quality and HVAC systems in each of our campus locations, following recommendations and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other professional and trade organizations. Northeastern will use additional air filtration units in any buildings that don’t meet our standards for air quality
How have we prepared our buildings for the return of our faculty, students, and staff?
- The operations staff in each campus location are working closely with the Campus Planning and Facilities teams to prepare our campus spaces for the return of faculty, students, and staff. This includes installing new signage to promote healthy distancing, reconfiguring classrooms and common areas to reduce density and encourage six-foot distancing, and installing hand sanitizer stations throughout campus. For leased properties, Northeastern will verify that the property manager has prepared the buildings’ common spaces in accordance with state and provincial guidelines and university standards.
What happens if someone has tested positive and has been on campus? Will classmates or staff be notified?
- In our global network locations, public health authorities will conduct the contact tracing to notify close contacts of anyone who tests positive. It is very important—and in fact legally required by HIPAA and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States and PIPEDA in Canada—for Northeastern to protect the privacy of each one of our fellow Northeastern community members. To protect the person’s privacy and comply with legal requirements, our case management team and the state public health authorities cannot share the identity of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Staff and students will be notified only if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and the identity of the person will not be shared.
What is the visitor policy on the San Francisco Bay Area campuses?
- At this time, all visitors to Northeastern University, in advance of their visit, must be determined to be essential to the university’s mission in order to be approved to visit a Northeastern campus. Approval for any visitors to the university not deemed essential is at the discretion of the appropriate senior vice president. For more details on the policy and visitors that are deemed essential, please see the Visitor Protocol.
What is the event policy on the San Francisco Bay Area campuses?
- The State of California currently prohibits indoor and outdoor gatherings of all kinds statewide. Should the State of California ease these restrictions, all in-person event requests will be reviewed by a Northeastern events committee and must contain a compelling statement of why the event must be held in person and cannot be done virtually. For more details on scheduling and approving an event, please see the Event Policy.
FAQ’s for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses
What should a student, faculty, or staff member in our global locations do if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
- If you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you please complete your daily health assessment, stay home, and do not come to campus. Santa Clara County gives advice on when you need to be tested for COVID-19 and provides testing resources. San Francisco County gives the same guidance on when to be tested and how to make an appointment.
What should a student, faculty, or staff member in our global locations do if they test positive for COVID-19?
- All students, faculty, and staff should follow local public health guidelines. If you test positive for COVID-19, you can find guidance on home isolation and quarantine at the following websites:
- Santa Clara County Public Health
- San Francisco County
- A Northeastern case manager will follow up with you to connect you to resources.
What are the building hours at the Silicon Valley campus?
- The current hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change depending on current public health guidelines and operational needs.
What are the building hours at the San Francisco campus?
- The San Francisco campus is currently closed. Hours are subject to change depending on current public health guidelines and operational needs.
- Northeastern San Francisco members may reserve conference rooms at WeWork 600 California for studying or one-on-one meetings, and they also have 24/7 access to the common areas with their access badges, including the lounges and phone booths on various floors.
Is eating allowed on the Silicon Valley Campus?
- In accordance with the university policy on locations for safe eating and drinking on campus, eating is not allowed in classrooms or hallways. Eating will be allowed only in the cafe space designated next to the kitchen. Spaces will be marked to help guide you on where to sit. You will be required to clean/sanitize your area after you finish to keep the area clean for the next person. In addition, individuals must properly wash their hands with soap and water before returning to campus.
- Please note that this policy is subject to change based on current county health directives.
Is eating allowed on the San Francisco Campus?
- In accordance with the university policy on locations for safe eating and drinking on campus, eating is not allowed in classrooms or hallways. Eating will be allowed in the WeWork lounges and kitchen areas on various floors. Distancing markers have been placed in these areas to help guide you where to sit, and sanitizing stations will be available. Individuals must properly wash their hands with soap and water before returning to campus.
Are there specific quarantine guidelines students should follow when traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area campuses?
- As of August 2020, there are no state-ordered quarantine requirements. Please follow CDC Travel Guidelines, visit the California COVID website and the Visit California COVID travel website for any possible updates to this guidance.
Are there specific entry protocols that students, faculty, and staff will follow at the San Francisco Bay Area campuses?
- Yes. All Northeastern students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. You will need to show the results of your Daily Wellness Check when you arrive on campus, so we encourage you to bookmark services.northeastern.edu/wellness on your mobile phone for convenient access to the Daily Wellness Check results page. You may also print your result page and show it on arrival if you do not have a mobile phone. Community members are also required to display their Husky IDs on a lanyard and have a space reservation.
Are there specific cleaning protocols that the San Francisco Bay Area campuses will follow?
- Similar to the Boston campus, the San Francisco Bay Area campuses will provide enhanced cleaning with EPA-approved disinfectant products, focusing on high-traffic and frequently touched areas. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be readily available. Community members should use the wipes provided to wipe down surfaces and equipment after each use such as classroom desks and printers.
What are the local resources available for COVID-19 information in our area?
- You can find more information at the following websites:
- Santa Clara County
- San Francisco County
- California Department of Health
- Office of the Governor of California
Last updated on 09/17/2020
Campus Access Protocols
For All Students
- You must wear your NU ID and face covering to enter WeWork and our campus spaces.
- Make sure to complete your Expectations for Return to Campus Attestation Form (one time) and Daily Wellness Check (every time you come to campus).
- Familiarize yourself with the Student Hub and Dynamic Scheduling for courses this fall.
- Please note that the hours listed here are subject to change depending on current public health guidelines and operational needs.
San Francisco Campus: WeWork Keycard and NU ID Pickup Instructions
- WeWork keycards will be available at the 11th-floor reception desk between 9 am-6 pm on weekdays. You do not need to make an appointment.
- NU IDs may be picked up on the 11th floor on:
- Any times after 9/10 are by appointment only. Email Gloria Balderas at email@example.com to make an appointment.
- After you have your cards, you’ll have direct access to WeWork amenities. Remember to bring your cards with you every time you’re on site (day passes cannot be issued).
- You must make a reservation to use WeWork spaces on the Member Site or through the WeWork app. You must pick up your keycards before you can make reservations.
Silicon Valley Campus: NU ID and Space Reservation Instructions
- You must have submitted a Campus Access Badge form in order to access campus. This form is available through the online Orientation course in Canvas for new students; current students, please email Valerie Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the form.
- In order to use the study spaces on campus, you must make a reservation. We are limiting the capacity for safety.
Our Silicon Valley campus is operating on a limited schedule per state and county guidance. Students may use the space for study and 1-1 appointments during the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Our San Francisco campus space is currently closed per state and county guidance.
As a WeWork member, you have 24/7 access to WeWork’s community areas at 600 California St, which includes the lounges, phone booths, and bookable conference rooms. You are welcome to use these spaces to study. WeWork’s staff hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.