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Kellogg goes remote after COVID outbreak

Dean says more than 50 students may have been exposed at large gatherings last weekend.

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The Kellogg School of Management at NU.

Classes for full-time MBA students at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston will be held remotely for the next two weeks after at least four students tested positive for COVID-19.

Kellogg Dean Francesca Cornelli, in an email to students Friday evening, said contact tracing revealed that more than 50 students attended “multiple large gatherings” last weekend and may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

In addition to holding all classes remotely through Friday, Oct. 30, Kellogg is asking that all full-time MBA students in the Chicago area adhere to a stay-at-home directive until then.

“We expect you to avoid all but essential activities, such as going to the grocery store or doctor, or individual outdoor exercise,” the dean’s message states. “This also means no formal or informal social gatherings of any kind are permitted.”

Classes at Kellogg’s Wieboldt Hall on the Chicago campus will continue as planned and students in Kellogg programs other than the full-time MBA are not required to observe the stay-at-home directive.

Kellogg had been operating the MBA program on a hybrid model this fall with a mix of in-person and online classes.

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