Northeastern Illinois University is monitoring the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has created this website to share the latest information with the University community. Our priority is the health and safety of members of the Northeastern community. Please check back regularly for the most recent guidance and communications. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
(Updated OCT. 21)
Northeastern Illinois University will honor the August and December 2020 graduates with a series of virtual Commencement ceremonies, providing a fun, innovative and safe platform to celebrate the achievements of our graduates.The University will host three different ceremonies that will launch concurrently at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. There will be one ceremony each for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, and the College of Business and Management. (Nontraditional Degree Programs will join the College of Arts and Sciences.) The Academic Honors and Master’s Hooding ceremonies are both canceled.
Spring 2021 semester
The Spring 2021 semester will remain largely online and remote, just like the current Fall 2020 semester. Additionally, most of the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 dates in the 2020-2021 academic calendar have been adjusted. The start date of classes will be Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, providing students, faculty and staff more time to prepare for the start of classes. Spring break will remain March 15-21, and holidays are unaffected. All of the other key dates have been pushed back by one week.
FALL 2020 Operating plan
Northeastern has released a Fall 2020 Operating Plan, which details our official approach to teaching, learning, student life, health and safety, and more. Many details of the plan are listed below.
Fall 2020 CLASSES
The Fall 2020 semester will begin Aug. 24. Northeastern will keep Fall 2020 semester face-to-face interaction at a minimum in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines. Fall instruction will be comprised of courses offered in remote, online, hybrid and, in some instances, face-to-face formats with appropriate safety precautions. Definitions of these types of classes have been posted online. Students may check the class schedule in NEIUport to see these changes reflected.
Face coverings are required in all common areas—outdoor and indoor—and in all classrooms. Northeastern is providing one free mask to all employees and students who need to be on campus. Students may collect their mask at the Welcome Desk in Village Square on the Main Campus. Employees who have not already done so may collect their mask by using the Facilities Management request form.
Northeastern has restricted the access to its buildings to specific entrances and times. Identifying specific doors for entering buildings enables Northeastern to better provide security by monitoring who is coming and going, and keeps foot traffic restricted to specific areas where the University can concentrate its cleaning resources. The COVID-19 Task Force has developed a map to indicate which entrances are open.
The Student Union and Ronald Williams Library will offer students study spaces by reservation only. These spaces offer access to Wi-Fi, computers and copiers/scanner/printers. A color copier/scanner/printer will be available in the Ronald Williams Library only. Students may reserve a two-hour block of time. Limited spaces available in each building.
The NEIU Libraries are running a Grab & Go service. The buildings remain closed, but NEIU students, faculty and staff may request physical materials from the Ronald Williams Library and through limited I-Share and other interlibrary loan partners, which can be picked up at the entrance of the Library.
Return-to-campus plans for academic activities
The Office of the Provost has assembled working groups to address Northeastern’s plans for ongoing research and creative activities that must be performed on-site. Information about these working groups and the process for submitting return-to-campus proposals can be found on the Return-to-Campus Plans for Academic Programs and Activities page.
Events and meetings
With rare exceptions that follow a process established by the COVID-19 Task Force, Northeastern will not permit on-campus events or meetings. This includes office hours for faculty, which must take place remotely.
All University-sponsored domestic and international travel by students, faculty and staff is suspended until further notice.
All University locations, including El Centro, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and the Center for College Access and Success, are receiving additional cleaning. Northeastern is employing measures such as disinfection of high-touch surfaces and common areas, such as classrooms, washrooms, stairwells and gathering spaces. Read the Deep Cleaning FAQs for more information.
Facilities Management has created a form to request personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies such as disinfectant wipes and face coverings. Requests must be made at the unit level by chairs or directors, and must be approved by deans and vice presidents. Deliveries will generally be made within one week of the request’s approval.
special requests for programs and events
Any requests to bring people to campus that are outside of the current phase and step of the COVID-19 Return to Work Plan may now be submitted through an online form. The Task Force will respond to requests within a week of submission.
Student Emergency fund
Northeastern has designated the Student Emergency Fund to help students who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Details on donating or applying for assistance are available on the Student Emergency Fund site.
Northeastern canceled the May 4, 2020, Commencement ceremony and related events such as the Master’s Hooding Ceremony and Academic Honors Ceremony. The University remains fully committed to celebrating the spring graduates. The University will reach out to spring graduates with the details about how and when we will celebrate them.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Direct droplet transmission occurs when a person is in close contact (within 1 meter) with someone who is infected, and is exposed to respiratory droplets produced when that person coughs, sneezes or talks, or indirect transmission by touching an object or person with the virus (i.e., touching a doorknob or shaking hands), then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. Read Northeastern’s guidance on protection from the illness.
Northeastern is an inclusive community. We must be supportive of people who have completed their quarantine or met the requirements to discontinue infection control measures. It's also important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds.
Positive tests and contact tracing
Students who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately notify Student Health Services at email@example.com, and employees who test positive should notify their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources. Additionally, faculty and staff are required to report positive and presumptive student COVID-19 cases and exposures to Student Health Services. Positive tests set in motion a process of notifications and reports that vary by case. Positive tests for individuals who have been on campus are sent through an interdisciplinary team that addresses additional documentation as well as safety, cleaning, tracing and notification considerations.
- Oct. 23: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Oct. 21: President and Provost's announcement about virtual Commencement ceremonies in December
- Oct. 16: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Oct. 9: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Oct. 2: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Sept. 25: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Sept. 18: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Sept. 16: Provost's update about the academic year key dates and Spring 2021 modes of instruction
- Sept. 11: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Sept. 4: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Aug. 28: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Aug. 24: Provost's Fall 2020 welcome message to students and employees
- Aug. 21: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Aug. 21: COVID-19 Task Force update on access points to University buildings
- Aug. 21: Dean of Students' message about expectations to begin the academic year
- Aug. 19: Update on safe study spaces
- Aug. 19: President's message about the Fall 2020 Operating Plan
- Aug. 18: Update on obtaining NEIU IDs
- Aug. 14: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- Aug. 10: Provost's message to faculty about return-to-campus plans for instructional activities
- Aug. 7: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 31: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 29: Provost's message about Fall 2020 student fees
- July 24: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 20: President's announcement about COVID-19 Forum
- July 17: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 10: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 2: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- July 2: Provost's message about return-to-campus plans for academic activities
- June 26: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- June 23: President's update on Phase 4
- June 19: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- June 19: Provost's update on Fall 2020 plans
- June 12: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- June 10: Announcement of Study Spaces for students
- June 5: COVID-19 Task Force weekly update
- May 29: COVID-19 Task Force's weekly update to employees and students
- May 29: President's message about the Return to Work Plan
- May 22: COVID-19 Task Force's weekly update to employees
- May 15: COVID-19 Task Force's update message to employees
- May 8: COVID-19 Task Force's update message to employees
- April 30: Provost's announcements that all summer sessions will be delivered remotely
- April 28: Provost's messages to students and to employees about the modified grading policy for Summer 2020
- April 27: President's message about student grants from the CARES Act
- April 24: President's message about extending "stay-at-home" mode
- April 23: President's message about partial reimbursement of student fees
- April 13: President's message about supporting students
- April 9: Provost's update about summer semester sessions
- April 6: President's message about a confirmed case of COVID-19
- April 3: Provost's messages to students and to employees about the modified grading policy for Spring 2020
- April 3: President's message about the Student Emergency Fund
- April 1: President's message about extending "stay-at-home" mode
- March 31: COVID-19 Task Force's update message to students, faculty and staff
- March 31: Human Resources message to employees about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- March 30: Provost's message to students about remote learning resources
- March 27: President's message about next steps for the University community
- March 20: President's announcement about "stay-at-home" mode
- March 20: President's announcement of the cancellation of Commencement
- March 19: COVID-19 Task Force's update message to students, faculty and staff
- March 19: Provost's message to faculty about CTL support for remote teaching
- March 17: President's message about remote working for employees
- March 16: Provost's message to faculty about first steps toward remote instruction
- March 16: Vice President's message about travel reimbursements and new travel requests
- March 16: President's message about remote instruction for Spring 2020 semester
- March 13: President's message about updates to Frequently Asked Questions
- March 12: President's message about Spring Break extension; travel and event cancellations
- March 9: President’s message about Spring Break travel cancellations
- March 9: Provost’s message about faculty resources
- March 5: President’s message about University response
- Feb. 26: Student Health Services message about precautions
- Jan. 31: Student Health Services message about precautions
For student medical questions
Phone: (773) 442-5800
For questions from international students and those interested in study abroad
Phone: (773) 442-4796
For questions about University housing
Phone: (773) 442-4663
For questions about student life
Phone: (773) 442-4600
For admissions, financial aid, registration and student accounts questions
For human resources questions
Phone: (773) 442-5200
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Chicago Department of Public Health
Northeastern will continue to work with federal, state and city partners who are monitoring the virus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form if you have any questions or concerns that aren't already answered within this site.