Second case of COVID-19 confirmed at NU

By Rayna Song

EVANSTON — Northwestern University confirmed Saturday the second case of COVID-19 at the school is a staff member in the Office of the Registrar on the Evanston campus, according to an email sent to the Northwestern community.

The first reported case is an employee in the Kellogg School of Management on the Evanston campus, according to an email sent Friday to the Northwestern community.

Both individuals are self-isolating off campus, and University medical teams and leadership are reaching out to members of the NU community who may have had contact with the individuals to ask them to self-quarantine.

A University spokesperson was unable to provide NNN with the number of people asked to self-quarantine following the first reported case at NU.

This week, the University announced the extension of spring break by one week. Spring quarter will begin with at least three weeks of online courses. University housing and dining halls will stay open for students who cannot leave campus.

Students are no longer required to attend winter quarter exams in person, and Northwestern University is banning all gatherings of 50 people or more that occur in spaces too small for the social distancing of 6 feet between each person recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. 

All student performances have been canceled for the remainder of winter quarter. In addition, recreational facilities including Henry Crown Sports Pavilion will be closed until further notice. The Big Ten Conference canceled all competitions through the end of the academic year.

“The season basically ends now,” said Rou Yin, a Weinberg freshman on the women’s golf team. “For golf, spring is our biggest season, all the hard work we did this year is gone… and I feel really bad for our seniors. They lost their chance to finish their last experience.”

Yin also said some students would have a more difficult time taking online classes and she hopes professors will work to accommodate these students. 

“I’m worried about my language classes, because so much of that comes from immersion and that can’t really happen as well virtually,” said Bienen freshman Will Tanski.

Tanski said although music theory classes may be manageable online, other Bienen classes may prove more difficult.

“Voice lessons and ensembles are going to have a tough time working well,” he said.

University officials are posting updates here.

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First annual Northwestern sexual misconduct report released

Reporter: Kaitlyn Budrow

Exactly 179 students filed sexual misconduct complaints last year according to a report released by Northwestern in December.

This report is the first of its kind, numerically breaking down reported cases of sexual misconduct as part of the University’s effort to increase transparency.

“I think it’s a really important accountability step for the University,” said Amanda Odasz, Community Outreach Chair for Student Health and Assault Peer Educators.  “It’s a way for them to put their money where their mouth is and go beyond just saying they support survivors to actually providing direct evidence.”

Of all reports filed against students last year, 32 percent of complainants chose not to proceed with formal or informal resolution.  A total of 17 student cases were formally resolved last year.  Of those 17 cases, exactly seven resulted in expulsion while three cases found respondents not responsible.  Of the remaining cases, six respondents were put on disciplinary probation and one was suspended.

Northwestern Title IX coordinator Joan Slavin said in an email to NNN, “It is my hope that sharing the data will raise awareness about how reports of sexual misconduct are handled at Northwestern and continue to build trust in our complaint resolution process.”

While student activists are pleased with these new efforts, some say the University could be doing more to combat sexual misconduct.

“There’s always going to be room for the improvement,” said Dan Loizzo, President of Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault.  “Until every single student doesn’t have to face their perpetrator in a class, in a dorm, not enough is being done.”

Read the full report here.

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