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COVID-19 Resources

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The FAQ and Resources links in the above webpage are particularly useful for obtaining information on and support with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to academics, remote learning, technology support, health, accommodations, financial aid, and housing.

Fall 2020 Academic Policies and Procedures

Undergraduate Academic Advising

All student advising will take place remotely during the Fall Quarter. 


  • You recently received an email from the University Registrar outlining class schedule publication and registration timelines
  • Descriptions of fall class offerings, including the teaching mode of each class, have been published on the Class Descriptions page. Most classes offered in the School of Communication will be remote. A select number of design and clinical practice-based courses will meet exclusively in-person and are identified as “face to face.” Most acting, dance, design, directing, lab, performance and production classes will offer a combination of remote and in-person learning and are identified as “hybrid.”
  • The final schedule for undergraduate and graduate classes will be posted to CAESAR, prior to registration, during the week of August 10. Feel free to contact the Undergraduate Student Resource Center, your academic advisor, program director, or DGS if you have questions about course modalities. 

Building Access, Equipment and Protocols

  • Students in relevant SoC academic programs will have access, albeit in a limited capacity, to SoC-managed facilities and equipment that support the experiential learning components of their academic courses. These include Wirtz Center practice rooms, The Alvina Krause Studio, the Cage, editing suites, research labs, etc.
  • We’re working with Facilities Management to develop access and use policies that comply with current and evolving health and safety guidelines such as social distancing, capacity limits, cleaning protocols, and resting time between equipment returns and checkouts. We will update you with these plans and post them to the SoC website as we get closer to the start of the Fall Quarter. 
  • SoC IT has been working with NUIT and faculty across the School to address technology and software considerations to optimize remote learning. Program specific information will be shared by your academic department and posted to the SoC website.

Productions and Performances

  • In compliance with local and federal health guidelines, no public programs or performances with in-person public audiences will be presented by the School of Communication during the Fall Quarter. 
  • We anticipate that a number of production and performance opportunities will be developed in coursework and shared via livestream and other digital media platforms. Policies and procedures are currently being developed to support on- and off-campus digital media content production.
  • We know that for many School of Communication undergraduates, participation in student theatre organizations, community service groups, and sports clubs are an important part of your Northwestern experience. Information regarding fall 2020 Student Organizations and Activities, including student-run productions that operate under the oversight of Student Life, will be updated and shared with you in the coming weeks.

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

Spring 2020 Academic Policies and Procedures


Academic advisors will continue to support you, and are available to meet virtually. SoC students can continue to schedule meetings via Inspire ( Non-SoC students can email or call 847-491-7214, and an administrative assistant will help to get you scheduled.

Spring 2020 Grading Procedures and Policies

Pass/No Pass

Northwestern has instituted Pass/No Pass grading for all undergraduates enrolled during Spring Quarter 2020. Policies regarding how these pass/no pass courses will be applied to degree requirements can be found here.

Spring Quarter Schedule

Northwestern classes will be delivered remotely for spring 2020. Some key dates Include:

  • Saturday, April 18: The last day to add a class or change a section for spring 2020. This is a firm deadline. Due to the abbreviated quarter schedule, late adds cannot be accommodated after this date. During the scheduled add period, students can generally add classes online through CAESAR, though there are some exceptions.  Some classes require a permission number or signature for online registration, provided by the instructor at their discretion. 
  • Friday, April 24: The last day for tuition adjustment related to enrollment changes (to or from full-time) for spring 2020.
  • Friday, May 29: The last day to drop a class for spring 2020. During the scheduled drop periods of each quarter, students can drop any course online through CAESAR without instructor approval. It is very helpful when students have received a grade before this deadline so that they have a basis for deciding whether to drop a class.

Any drop exceptions approved after May 29 will be reflected on student records as Withdrawals (W grades)

A more detailed academic calendar can be found here:

Recording of Synchronous Remote Class Sessions 

Unauthorized student recording of classroom or other academic activities (including advising sessions or office hours) is prohibited. Unauthorized recording is unethical and may also be a violation of University policy and state law. Students requesting the use of assistive technology as an accommodation should contact Accessible NU: