General COVID-19 FAQs  

Last updated April, 6th 2022. Please check this page for updates. Certain details in this Roux Institute COVID-19 FAQ are drawn from the Northeastern University’s homepage COVID-19 FAQ.

Key Information:

  • As of February 18, 2022, indoor masking is optional on the Roux Institute campus.
  • As of February 28, 2022, we will no longer require weekly COVID-19 testing or Daily Wellness Checks. If you are symptomatic, we ask that you stay home until you receive a negative test result.
  • All faculty, staff, students, and embedded partners are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster shot, by January 18, 2022 or seven days after they become eligible.

General Campus FAQs

Are masks required on campus?

As of February 18, 2022, indoor masking is not required on our campus.



Are daily wellness screenings required on campus?

The Daily Wellness Check will no longer be required as of February 28, 2022.


What should a campus user do if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

Per university guidance, symptomatic individuals should stay home and not return to campus until cleared by a physician or negative COVID test. This policy applies regardless of vaccination status.  


What city and state regulations might impact campus users, and where can I get updates? What local resources are available for COVID-19 information? 

Policies and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the city of Portland and the governor of Maine are largely the same: The  city  follows guidance from the  state, with a few city-specific guidelines in place. Portland’s most recent mask mandate ended February 18, 2022.

Like all of Northeastern’s campuses, the Roux Institute is fully compliant with city and state guidelines and in certain respects may exceed these guidelines to afford greater protection to the community.



Campus Operation FAQs

How are classes being offered at the Roux Institute?

All Northeastern locations have adopted an advanced, highly flexible learning model called Hybrid NUflex. From week to week, Hybrid NUflex allows some learners to attend classes in person while others join remotely via Zoom or Teams. To manage classroom density, some learners will be in the classroom while others are learning remotely, in real-time.

Using a dynamic scheduling app available on Northeastern’s Student Hub, learners can indicate for faculty, in advance, their preferred mode of attendance during a given week. The Student Hub is a new, highly personalized and experience-driven platform designed to help people navigate and keep track of their busy daily lives.

The classroom experience will be immersive. It will be enhanced through video and chat tools that let learners inside and outside the classroom see each other and enjoy lively exchanges with classmates and faculty.

Faculty will decide how to best deliver their individual courses through Hybrid NUflex. The technology allows learners to begin the term remotely and then come to campus, to begin in-person and later transition to remote learning, or to be fully remote for the semester. All members of the Roux community will be asked to remain flexible in the face of the evolving pandemic and changing public health guidelines. Speak with an enrollment advisor if you have questions about specific programs.

Are hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes available on campus?

Yes. Northeastern has installed additional hand sanitizer stations and made disinfecting wipes available at its campus locations, including in classrooms, the entrances to campus spaces, and in common areas.



Have cleaning and sanitization procedures been enhanced on campus?

Yes. Each campus is following Northeastern’s cleaning and sanitizing protocol using EPA-approved disinfectants. High-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently.



How does the Roux Institute evaluate and maintain air quality in campus spaces?

The Roux Institute’s new 100 Fore St. building meets or exceeds quality standards set by Northeastern for air ventilation, circulation, and filtration.


Are campus buildings operating at full-capacity?

Starting July 6, the Roux Institute campus will operate at full capacity, including classroom spaces. We encourage all members of the community to continue observing healthhabits such as washing hands frequently, sanitizing desks and tables after use, using hand sanitizer, etc.  

Visitor FAQs

What is the Roux Institute's general visitor policy?

All visitors are required to adhere to Northeastern’s visitor policy while they are on campus, in addition to complying with federal, state, and local guidelines and/or regulations.

As of April 2022, all guests and visitors to campus including admissions tours, are expected to be fully vaccinated, but no longerneed to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test

Who is considered a visitor?

For purposes of the COVID-19 protocol, a visitor is any individual who does not have a current and active university identification card.

Do visitors have to wear masks on campus?

As of February 18, visitors are not required to wear masks on our campus.

Do visitors have to show proof of vaccination?

Short-term visitors (i.e., visitors who are on campus for one day or less) are not required to show proof of vaccination.

If you are hosting more than 5 guests or hosting a guest for more than two days, get in touch with the campus experience team at [email protected] for notification and guidance

Are there specific quarantine guidelines visitors should follow when travelling to campus from out-of-state?

Per current guidelines, Maine does not require testing or quarantine for travelers to the state. 


Testing FAQs

Is COVID-19 testing required for Roux Institute learners, faculty, and staff? 

Effective February 28, 2022, weekly COVID-19 testing will no longer be required at the Roux Institute.

What happens if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus? Will classmates or staff and faculty be notified?

If learners, staff or faculty test positive, Northeastern team members will conduct contact tracing to notify close contacts within our campus community. Public health authorities will conduct broader contact tracing to notify close contacts of those outside our community. To protect each person’s privacy, our team and state public health authorities cannot share the identity of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Team members and learners will be notified only if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and the identity of the person will not be shared.


Vaccination FAQs

Is vaccination mandatory for learners, staff, faculty, and embedded partners?

Beginning in the fall academic term of 2021, students attending or visiting the Roux Institute are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Faculty, staff, and embedded partners are also expected to submit verification of vaccination and booster.

Is a booster mandatory for learners, staff, faculty, and embedded partners?

All faculty, staff, students, and embedded partners are required to receive a booster shot by January 18, 2022, or seven days after they become eligible. For more information please visit the Northeastern Vaccination FAQs page.

How do I show proof of vaccination?

Students, faculty, and staff should complete the Vaccine Verification form to submit their proof of vaccination. Embedded partners will provide proof of vaccination through their partner organizations. Long-term guests and event attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination by showing the following items during check-in:

  • The original vaccination card, or either printed or digital documentation providing proof of full immunization, and;
  • For those 18 and over, a matching photo identification card in the same name as the COVID-19 vaccination card (state issued driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or passport).

Alternatively, visitors may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their scheduled visit.

Can I request an exemption from vaccination?

Yes. Students, faculty, and staff should complete the Vaccine Verification form to request an exemption. Northeastern community members in the U.S. may request religious and medical exemptions to the policy. Students and employees who have received a vaccination exemption will be able to live, teach, and work on campus, attend classes in person, and participate in any campus activity available to the rest of the university community. Unvaccinated individuals with an approved exemption should observe six feet of physical distancing from others to the greatest extent possible.

Where can I get vaccinated in Maine?

You can find more information on Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine website. Read the website’s FAQs to learn more about eligibility and scheduling and to register for an appointment.

Further Questions

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

If you have other COVID-19 related questions, please email [email protected]