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COVID-19 Information

Key information for Northeastern’s Oakland campus 

  • We highly encourage people on campus to continue wearing masks in when indoors, preferably high-filtration masks (N95 or KN95). Masks are required in medical settings (such as COVID-19 testing and the Health and Counseling offices) and on campus transportation, due to the close nature of these settings.
  • We reserve the right to require masks at events or programs where risk is higher due to the size, scope, or other risk-related factors, regardless of location on or off campus.
  • Our campus is open to the general public primarily for outdoor locations, specific ticketed events, and authorized rentals. 
  • All students, faculty, and staff on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot. 

Regional COVID-19 mandates and guidelines can be found on the Alameda County Public Health Department and California Department of Public Health websites. To ensure the safety of our Oakland campus community, we have enacted more stringent guidelines on our campus. 

For additional information, visit the main Northeastern University COVID-19 Guide

General FAQs

Are masks required on campus?

As of July 1, 2022, masks are no longer required, but we highly encourage individuals on our Oakland campus—vaccinated and unvaccinated—to continue wearing masks indoors when in the presence of other people. Masks are required in medical settings (such as COVID-19 testing and the Health and Counseling offices) and on Mills transportation, due to the close nature of these settings.

For student accessibility needs, faculty may wear clear university-issued face shields when teaching and during office hours.

Based on medical recommendations, we encourage students and employees to use high-filtration N95 or KN95 face masks, if at all possible.  

Northeastern University reserves the right to require masks at university events or programs where COVID-19 transmission risk is higher due to the size, scope, or other risk-related factors, regardless of location on or off campus. 

What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? 

If you are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please follow public health guidelines, stay home, and contact your healthcare provider as necessary. Do not come to campus if you feel ill. The university’s Division of Student Life or Employee Services will work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that proper quarantining, isolating, testing, and contact tracing occurs as needed.

  • If you are a Northeastern student who develops COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, contact the Division of Student Life at deanofstudents@mills.edu for assistance and further instruction. 
  • If you are a Northeastern faculty or staff member who develops COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, contact Employee Services at benefits@mills.edu for assistance and further instruction. 

Please note that our Oakland campus is following more stringent guidelines than currently required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 

Visitor FAQs

Is the Oakland campus open to general visitors? 

Yes, it is with some restrictions. Note that guests must comply with all mask and social distancing requirements.

This information is subject to change if new guidance is released from the county or state, or due to the needs of the university. 

Can I attend an event on campus? 

Yes. In addition to the campus access granted to general visitors, event ticket holders and attendees of approved rental events are permitted indoor access to the appropriate venue during the event. This access includes the venue’s restroom facilities. Event guests must comply with all mask and social distancing requirements, and follow the 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. campus access hours.

Northeastern ticketed event and rental venues include, but are not limited to, Lisser Hall, the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, the chapel, and Reinhardt Alumnae House. 

This information is subject to change if new guidance is released from the county or state, or due to the needs of the university.  

Testing FAQs

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19? 

With the availability of professional and at-home COVID-19 tests, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to test frequently, even if they are not feeling symptomatic.

  • If you are a Northeastern student who tests positive for COVID-19 and you were on campus at any time in the 5 days prior to your positive test result, contact the Division of Student Life at deanofstudents@mills.edu for assistance with proper quarantining, isolating, testing, and contact tracing, as needed.
  • If you are a Northeastern faculty or staff member who develops mild symptoms while on campus or tests positive for COVID-19, and you were on campus at any time in the 5 days prior to your test result, contact Employee Services at benefits@mills.edu for assistance with proper quarantining, isolating, testing, and contact tracing, as needed.
What quarantine and contact tracing protocols will be followed? 

Students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must follow Alameda County Guidelines for isolation and quarantine as well as Northeastern campus safety protocols.

Vaccination FAQs

Is vaccination required for students, faculty, and staff? 

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a booster shot, except for rare cases in which a medical or religious exception has been granted by the university.  

Students, faculty, and staff are required to submit proof of their vaccination and booster to Northeastern. For more information, visit the Northeastern Vaccination FAQs page. 

Newly hired Northeastern employees must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination before working on the Oakland campus. 

Can I ask about someone’s vaccination status while on campus? 

No. Members of the Northeastern community should not inquire about a person’s vaccination or exemption status unless they are explicitly required to as part of their job responsibilities. Please consult with your direct supervisor if you are unsure if this is part of your responsibilities. 

Individuals may self-disclose their status, but that self-disclosure is not a replacement for the official immunization exemption process. Additionally, an individual’s vaccination status should not be shared and cannot be used to treat a person differently, except as outlined in university policy. If you have concerns related to the treatment of employees or students over vaccination status, please report this to Human Resources if you’re an employee or to the Dean of Students if you’re a student.  

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