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NU Start program connects remote freshmen to campus

First-year biology and mathematics major Sachi Kulkarni's remote learning setup in Texas.
Annie Probert, news staff October 2, 2020
Created for first-years unable to travel to the Boston campus and attend in-person classes, NU Start allows students to take all of their fall courses online. NU Start courses are asynchronous to accomodate students from around the world. This means they do not require real-time interaction, which is a key difference from the NUflex model of both synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Clubs for women in STEM adapt to virtual format

“We’re just trying to make sure that we’re aware that we’re all in the same boat and that we can help each other just by being there for each other,” said Carey Tassel, vice president of the Society of Women Engineers.
Lily Murphy, news correspondent September 30, 2020
For women planning to enter male-dominated STEM fields, making connections with other women in the same situation is vital. Under normal circumstances, clubs are able to bring in speakers and host events in order to forge bonds between members. The speakers and events look different this semester, but leaders of student organizations for women in STEM are determined to create bonds as strong as ever.

My test was positive, then negative: A night spent in isolation housing

Rachel Fox's bed while in isolation housing in Kennedy Hall
Rachel Fox, as told to Jessica Silverman September 29, 2020
The following is an account from Rachel Fox, a second-year mechanical engineering student who initially was told she had tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, after having already moved into isolation housing, Fox received an email from the university with her negative test result. 

NUflex met with mostly positive response from students, faculty

Classrooms across the Northeastern campus have their capacity marked at the door.
Max Schochet, news correspondent September 29, 2020
As the fall semester begins at Northeastern, students and faculty are experiencing a new normal, thanks in part to the Hybrid NUflex learning model, a program which offers the choice for remote learning, in-person classes or a combination of the two. 

Northeastern extends NUflex through spring semester

A classroom in Ryder Hall is outfitted with NUflex technology.
Deanna Schwartz, managing editor September 24, 2020

Northeastern University will continue using the hybrid NUflex learning model through the spring semester, university spokesperson Shannon Nargi confirmed in an email to The News today. “NUflex will...

Initial COVID testing shows promising results, minor issues

Cabot, once a facility where varsity, club and intramural sports could occur, has been the home of a massive testing operation this semester.
Seamus McAvoy, news staff September 23, 2020
While COVID-19 outbreaks continue to pop up at similar sized schools across the country, Northeastern avoided a similar fate so far, thanks in part to the rigorous testing regimen that is a lynchpin of the university’s ambitious reopening plan.

Students approve of first-year dismissals, but not financial penalties

Students approve of first-year dismissals, but not financial penalties
Annie Probert, news staff September 23, 2020

In a decision that students have called “rushed,” “severe” and showing “zero-tolerance,” Northeastern announced Sept. 4 that it would dismiss 11 first-year students in the Boston program...

Dismissed students credited tuition for spring semester

While there were initial reports that they will not have their $36,500 tuition refunded at all, the students had the ability to appeal this decision.
George Barker, Lucy Gavin, and Jessica Silverman September 17, 2020
The 11 Boston students dismissed from Northeastern for gathering will have their tuition payment credited to the spring semester, according to the Northeastern Media Relations department.

[UPDATED] Parents of two dismissed students hire attorney

The families of two students dismissed by Northeastern have hired a lawyer in hopes of challenging the university's decision.
Jessica Silverman and George Barker September 10, 2020
The families of two of the students that were dismissed from Northeastern for engaging in an unsafe gathering in the Westin Hotel have hired a lawyer in hopes of fighting the school’s decision. 

Northeastern dismisses 11 first-years for gathering

While there were initial reports that they will not have their $36,500 tuition refunded at all, the students had the ability to appeal this decision.
Mihiro Shimano, news staff September 5, 2020
Northeastern dismissed 11 first-year students after staff found them gathering at the Westin Hotel Wednesday evening.

When your roommate tests positive: Life in Northeastern’s quarantine housing

Hannah Kelly's desk in International Village with some of the supplies she was given for quarantine.
Hannah Kelly, as told to Deanna Schwartz September 2, 2020
Hannah Kelly was moved into wellness housing when her roommate tested positive on Aug. 31, one day after moving in.

Move-in begins with rainy skies, COVID-19 testing

Families unload items from cars as they move into Willis Hall and West Village F on Aug. 30.
Deanna Schwartz, managing editor August 30, 2020
Around 8,000 students are moving to campus over the course of 10 days. In an effort to decrease density during move-in, different residence halls were assigned two to five day blocks of time for move-in between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7.
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