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 July 24)
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.
Fall 2020 CLASSES
The Fall 2020 semester will begin as originally scheduled on 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. The colleges and departments are in the process of reviewing and updating the delivery modes of fall courses. Updates are being made on a daily basis, and students may check the class schedule in NEIUport to see these changes reflected.
Return-to-campus plans for academic activities
The Office of the Provost has assembled two 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 new Return-to-Campus Plans for Academic Programs and Activities page. An additional working group is being assembled to support the development of plans for Fall 2020 courses that are transitioning to remote instruction as well as those that require on-site activities.
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.
Beginning June 15, the Student Union will be set up with 20 Study Spaces, which include five computers and 15 socially distanced study tables on the first and second floors. The building will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This program is open only to students currently registered for Summer 2020 classes. Students must reserve a two-hour time slot in advance.
SUMMER 2020 instruction
All summer sessions will be delivered remotely.
modified Grading Policy for spring AND SUMMER 2020 semesterS
Courses are set up for either letter grading or pass/fail by default. The modified policy for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 enables eligible students to switch to Pass/No Pass (“P”/”NP”) grading from either of these grading modes. The Office of the Registrar will communicate how this is done by the beginning of each summer session. View the provost’s guidelines for more information.
student grants from the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law and made available $6 billion in emergency grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to college and university students around the country. Of that amount, approximately $3 million will be allocated to Northeastern students. That money will be distributed to our students based on the number of credit hours they took only this spring semester, as of Jan. 17. Title IV-eligible Northeastern students will receive $42 per credit hour. Additionally, Pell recipients will receive an extra $15 per credit hour. For example, a student with 12 credit hours will receive $504 in grants, and a Pell-recipient student will receive $684. Read Northeastern's CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Partial student fee reimbursement
Northeastern will reduce the student fees assessed during Spring 2020 that support the Student Union, Campus Recreation, Performing Arts and Parking to reflect the loss of access to the campus due to remote learning. This translates to approximately a 31 percent reduction in these fees.
Fall 2020 applications
Northeastern has removed the requirement for a standardized test score from its Fall 2020 application for enrollment. Fall 2020 admissions decisions will be made strictly using grade-point average and curriculum.
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.
May 2020 Commencement
Northeastern canceled the May 4 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. Graduates should check their email for instructions on seeking refunds for regalia purchases.
WORKING FROM HOME
For the health and safety of the University, Northeastern has implemented temporary guidelines for most employees to work remotely.
The University's Spring Break, which started on March 16, was extended a second week through March 29. During this time, faculty were asked to develop alternate modes of course delivery, as appropriate, to replace face-to-face instruction.
All events that are scheduled to take place through at least Aug. 23 at the University are canceled.
All University-sponsored domestic and international travel by students, faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. Additionally, all Summer 2020 Study Abroad programs and international trips are canceled.
All University locations, including El Centro, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and CCAS, 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.
COVID-19 Task Force
This task force is charged with addressing the safety and security of our University community. They have established this website to communicate updates as they occur. The task force will keep University leadership apprised of concerns and illness prevention efforts, and will provide recommendations on major decisions.
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.
- 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
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Phone: (773) 442-4796
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- 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 email@example.com or fill out the form if you have any questions or concerns that aren't already answered within this site.