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For the most up-to-date University information regarding the impacts of COVID-19, please visit: https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Frequently Asked Questions

Central administration has created a Frequently Asked Questions web page, which pulls together detailed COVID-19 information from various University webpages into one location.  Links to University testing, vaccination, masking, illness, quarantine, isolation, accommodations and contact tracing guidelines and policies are clearly outlined on this page.

University syllabus statements are included in the FAQ’s and can be accessed here. SoC optional syllabus statements are included in the Fall 2021 Undergraduate Course Guidelines for Faculty, Graduate Instructors and Teaching Assistants, available through your department program assistant, director of undergraduate studies, program director or chair.

The Searle Center for Teaching and Learning has provided a list of recommendations for how to facilitate continued course engagement for students who are absent because they have symptoms of COVID or are in quarantine or isolation.

School of Communication Specific Resources

Clear Masks
Faculty who are fully vaccinated may, if they choose, teach in person without a mask, when it is possible to maintain appropriate distancing.  The School of Communication has acquired a supply of clear masks that might help with communication in a classroom setting; please contact LaShanta’ LeSure lashanta.lesure@northwestern.edu  in the Dean’s Office to obtain one.

Technology Support
NUIT has installed cameras, microphones and updated their Crestron panels to enable both Zoom and Panopto for easy recording/hybrid learning.  All NUIT supported auditorium style classrooms have voice lift (voice amplification capabilities), and most of the smaller classrooms (capacity 30 or more) have this as well.

In the School of Communication, all classrooms on the North campus, including those in Frances Searle and NUCASLL – with the exception of B302 – have Zoom and voice lift capabilities.  All SoC IT spaces have multiple microphones and chargers directly in the lecterns.  For NUIT spaces, there currently are extra batteries in the drawers, or faculty can be directed to go to the Media Center to get extra batteries when needed.

SoCIT staff are happy to meet with any faculty to help them figure out their needs within the classroom space they have been designated, whether it is an NUIT or an SoCIT space. Please reach out to classroom support via the SoC IT ticketing system soc-it@northwestern.edu for assistance.

Symptom Tracker
While we are prohibited from asking anyone about their vaccination status (although an individual can willingly share), we will use SymptomTracker in the School of Communication to verify that individuals may participate in on-campus activities.

Given the unique and varied teaching activities in our School, we strongly encourage everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to show their Green SymptomTracker badge as they arrive at a class, rehearsal, or any other in-person activity. This practice makes SymptomTracker an additional reaffirming tool to maintain health in our community for in-person activities.

The new SymptomTracker functionality provides three levels of health/compliance status (Red, Yellow or Green) based on three criteria:

  1. Health attestation on COVID-19 symptoms
  2. Negative COVID-19 test
  3. Testing compliance

Red = A positive test or for individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms or who are in quarantine or isolation. Not permitted to come to campus.

Yellow = Although there isn’t a positive test or any health attestation symptoms, this individual is not in compliance with required testing. Not permitted to come to campus.

Green = No positive tests or health attestation symptoms, and this individual is in compliance with required testing. Permitted to come to campus.

We previously provided additional clarifications for some specific activities in the School of Communication relative to Clinics, Labs, Performance and Production Classes and co-curricular activities. All Northwestern students, faculty/instructors and staff must follow University health and safety guidelines regarding required vaccinations, masking and testing. These are as follows:

Clinics: All School of Communication clinics will continue to operate in compliance with current health and safety guidelines.

Academic Lecture, Discussion, Seminar and Lab formatted classes: Planned to occur in-person based on assigned locations with no current minimum distancing guidelines or capacity limitations. Faculty/Instructors and students must wear masks in indoor shared public spaces.

Acting, Music Theatre, Dance, Design and Performance classes: Planned to occur in-person based on assigned locations (Evanston and Chicago) with no current minimum distancing guidelines or capacity limitations. Faculty/Instructors and students must wear masks in indoor shared public spaces when it does not interfere with singing, scene work, rehearsals and performance. Masks are required at all times for crew. Actors are permitted to take masks off during scene work, rehearsals and performances ONLY when actively performing. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the cast and crew is required.

Voice Lessons: Voice lessons will be held in-person in their usual venues. Currently, there are no minimum distancing guidelines or capacity limitations, reduced class lengths, or periods defined between activities for air circulation. Students must wear a mask during lessons whenever possible, but students are allowed to remove their masks during lessons as required to sing and replace them once lessons conclude. For added protection, faculty/instructors and accompanists must continue wearing masks. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the studio is required.

Student Rehearsals for Coursework and Class Projects (ex: Recitals, Capstones, Thesis Performances): Student access to the Alvina Krause Studio, Wirtz – Evanston and Wirtz-Chicago facilities resumes as provided during pre-pandemic conditions. Faculty/Instructors and students must wear masks in indoor shared public spaces when it does not interfere with singing, scene work, rehearsals and performance. Masks are required at all times for crew. Actors are permitted to take masks off during scene work, rehearsals and performances ONLY when actively performing. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the cast and crew is required.

RTVF Student Production Classes: Students must follow the Student Film Production COVID best practices guidelines as detailed on the RTVF website. Students will be required to take a Panopto multiple-choice test, administered by RTVF course instructors during the first two weeks of classes, assessing their understanding of these guidelines. All crew members should be NU students who are currently enrolled in classes. Masks are required at all times for crew. Cast members (or documentary subjects) are permitted to take masks off ONLY during rehearsals and filming when actively performing. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the cast and crew is required.

Extra-Curricular and Student Organization Performances, Readings, Auditions
Student access to the Alvina Krause Studio, Wirtz – Evanston and Wirtz-Chicago facilities resumes as provided during pre-pandemic conditions. Faculty/Instructors and students must wear masks in indoor shared public spaces when it does not interfere with singing, scene work, rehearsals and performance. Masks are required at all times for crew. Actors are permitted to take masks off during scene work, rehearsals and performances ONLY when actively performing. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the cast and crew is required.

Practice Rooms: Student access to practice rooms resumes as provided during pre-pandemic conditions. Access to practice rooms requires an active Wildcard, and student cards are programmed with different access to certain rooms depending on a student’s area of study or specific needs. Students can also reserve practice rooms through the 25 Live reservation system. Students using a practice room alone are not required to wear a mask. Students practicing with an accompanist or other students are required to follow the masking mandate unless removing the mask is required for singing. Confirmation of a Green SymptomTracker of everyone in the practice room is required.

School of Communication Performances: The public will be invited to attend performances in the fall. Additional information regarding ticketing and venue capacities will be forthcoming. All audience members and performance staff must wear masks at all times.

As already stated, we strongly encourage the practice of showing your Green SymptomTracker badge as you arrive at a class, rehearsal, or any other in-person activity.

 

All policies and plans are subject to change to comply with government and University guidelines.