Northeastern University School of Law COVID-19 FAQs

ACADEMICS

Will I be able to attend classes remotely in Fall 2021?

No, in accordance with University policy, the School of Law will be fully in-person for the fall, and we will no longer permit online attendance of in-person classes.  As you plan for the fall semester, please keep this in mind. In addition, the University has adopted a vaccination requirement and all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of fall classes. 

What is the Student Hub and how will law students use it?

The Student Hub is an online platform that aggregates the tools, services, and information students access and use most often. Much of the Student Hub experience has been designed for the Northeastern undergraduate population and may not be relevant for law students. For example, law students will not use the dynamic scheduler available on the Student Hub to sign up for classes.

Law students will, however, use the Student Hub to access the COVID test scheduler, which will ensure that students are being tested in the safest way possible. Testing protocols will be determined based on various factors. Please see news.northeastern.edu/coronavirus for more information.


HEALTH & SAFETY

What is the testing protocol in the Fall 2021 term?

  • Testing Requirements on U.S. Campuses: Faculty, staff, students, and vendor employees—both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated—will be required to test once a week if they are on campus one day a week or more. This testing cadence applies on any Northeastern campus where COVID-19 testing is provided. Boston-based faculty, staff, and students should use the COVID-19 Test Scheduler to schedule their test. 
  • Daily Wellness Check: Everyone—fully vaccinated and unvaccinated—should resume completing the Daily Wellness Check any day they are on campus. 
  • Symptomatic Testing in Boston: The Huntington Testing Center will still be available for symptomatic testing. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should indicate their symptoms on the Daily Wellness Check and follow the directions for next steps.  

Do I need to take a test to attend classes?

Students must receive a negative covid test from the Cabot Testing Center before they can attend classes in person.

What are the requirements for students moving to Boston?

All students—both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated—who are moving into university housing in Boston will be required to test on the day they arrive or the following morning if they arrive after the Cabot Testing Center is closed. Students should use the COVID-19 Test Scheduler ahead of time to schedule a test for the appropriate day. They will not be required to complete the test before they move into their residence hall and will not be required to quarantine. They should receive a negative test result before attending class in-person. 

How do I report if I am vaccinated?

Visit vaccine.northeastern.edu to access the Self-Report Vaccination form. Please note—students are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall term and will still need to submit documentation of their vaccination.   

What if I get sick and cannot attend class?

If you will miss just one or two classes, contact your professor directly.  If you will be absent for a longer period of time, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) for support. 

What if I cannot attend class in person for a limited period of time, either because of COVID symptoms or because of testing or quarantine protocols?

You should notify your professor if you will be unable to attend in-person classes on your assigned day due to testing or quarantine protocols.  If your circumstances change and you need to switch to online attendance due to health and safety reasons, you should complete the relevant form.

What safety and masking protocols are in place to keep the campus safe?

Effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, all fully vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors will be required to wear a mask indoors. Masks will not be required outdoors or when someone is alone in an office or in their own room in university housing.

While on campus, students will wear their Husky ID on a lanyard.

What is the University doing to keep buildings safe?

Northeastern will complete a readiness checklist for each building in our global network before it reopens. Prior to reopening, buildings will follow all state-mandated guidelines for signage, hygiene protocols, cleaning and disinfecting, healthy distancing, staffing, and operations. The facilities team will modify furniture layouts to promote healthy distancing and will complete preventive maintenance for water systems and air filters. In addition to replacing its air filter systems for fall 2020, Northeastern is setting its HVAC systems at the minimum air recirculation setting, allowing as much fresh air circulation as possible. For leased properties, Northeastern will verify that the property manager has prepared the buildings’ common spaces according to state guidelines while following university standards within our own leased spaces.    

What are the consequences for not following health and safety requirements?

All community members, including law students, are expected to follow all University directives, rules, and protocols related to COVID-19 and otherwise.  Failure to do so may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and could result in disciplinary action.


Student Life and Support

What resources are available to support my physical and mental health?

All law students have access to University Counseling and Health Services.  In addition, the Northeastern University Student Health Program (NUSHP) provides Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance to law students, unless a law student has explicitly waived this insurance in preference of an alternate provider.  Resources available to support mental health include Find@Northeastern where law students can access a mental health provider through tele or in person visits anywhere in the world.

Students with the NU Student Health Plan should also note that they have access to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Well Connection, which provides access to live video visits with medical providers and behavioral health specialists.

In addition, law students are eligible for free and confidential support services through Massachusetts Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Students with questions or concerns about navigating these services or students who need additional support should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

What law school common spaces will be open for student use?

The Law Library, Dockser Commons and the lounge areas outside the second-floor Dockser classrooms will be open for students who are participating in on-ground classes.  Students must follow all safety protocols.  The university’s COVID-19 website will be updated regularly with more information.

What is the guidance on eating and drinking on campus?

Serving food and drink in designated eating areas or at events and meetings is permitted—for example, food served in break rooms or conference rooms, or at meetings, trainings, receptions, or other events. However, people should continue to follow the mask mandate and only remove their mask indoors when actively eating or drinking. Eating and drinking is not permitted in classrooms while class is in session.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the university’s COVID-19 reopening website.