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Return to Campus Discussion Series explores Fall Quarter topics

Upcoming session Aug. 13 highlights student experience

Return to Campus Discussion Series
The Return to Campus Discussion Series is open to the University community.

Preparations for Fall Quarter, focusing on student experiences and services, are the subject of the next session in Northwestern's Return to Campus Discussion Series.

The event, open to the Northwestern community, begins at noon Thursday, Aug. 13, on Zoom. Register now and submit questions in advance.

Luke Figora, the University’s chief risk and compliance officer, and Julie Payne-Kirchemeier, vice president for Student Affairs, will co-host a panel featuring leaders from across campus who work in student-facing roles or departments and on Fall Quarter planning.

The panel will discuss and broad range of issues, including housing, dining, academic support resources, wellness, recreation and more.

All students arriving to live on campus or in the Evanston area this fall are required to follow a modified quarantine period known as Wildcat Wellness for two weeks Sept. 6-20, Northwestern officials announced recently.

Much like the previously issued Illinois say-at-home order, Wildcat Wellness is designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19, support healthy Northwestern and Evanston communities and create an equitable way to adhere to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local travel quarantine guidance.

If you have trouble logging on via Zoom, you can watch the livestream on YouTube.

"While planning continues at all levels of the University, we see this series as an important way for us to come together as a community to share progress and demystify the planning process by discussing the rationale behind decisions and addressing questions from members of our community," said Interim Provost Kathleen Hagerty. 

Previous events in the Return to Campus Discussion Series explored student health and safety, Fall Quarter academic planning and general return to campus information. Watch these recordings online.

During the Aug. 4 event on health and safety, officials discussed tracking and notification of positive cases on campus, which is a key feature of the University's official COVID-19 website. The confirmed cases tracker aggregates Northwestern students, faculty or staff who have known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 and could have presented a risk of exposure to other members of the University community.

The discussion series is designed to help Northwestern faculty, staff and students navigate the Phased Return to Campus. Northwestern currently is in Step 4 of its phased return. The current step, Summer Stabilization, closely monitors and builds upon Step 3, in which the University began to reactivate on-campus research, among other programs, and many faculty, staff and students made their way back to the Evanston and Chicago campuses in June.

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