Members of the news media and external organizations are prohibited from taking photos, audio, video, or other recordings on our main campus or global locations without first receiving approval from the Communications team. Please call 617.373.5471 or email [email protected].

In addition, media or external organizations that plan to photograph, film, or otherwise record members of the Northeastern community must first ask the subject(s) to sign a consent form. Download the consent form here.


Contracts and Consent to Photograph or Record

Departments and colleges that hire freelance photographers or videographers must coordinate with the Office of the General Counsel and complete a contract. The contract includes the language “work for hire,” which stipulates that Northeastern University is the owner of all material.

Before taking photos or videos of specific or identifiable individuals, photo/video professionals must obtain the subject’s permission to capture and use the image. Individuals can provide a broad scope of permission using this photo consent form.

According to the Office of the General Counsel, photo/video professionals must obtain signed consent forms to take photos, audio, or video in private settings, such as classrooms and other areas not open to the public. If the event is a gathering of many people, the photographer or videographer can post “Photographer/Videographer/Audio Recording in Area” signs at entrances in lieu of consent forms. Consent forms are not required for images captured outdoors or in other public spaces. However, please ask permission whenever possible.

For more information about contracts, copyright policies, and filming restrictions, please visit the Office of General Counsel’s Contracts and Transactions page.


Photo Guidelines

High-quality photography conveys professionalism, polish, and the power of Northeastern’s brand. For more information on Northeastern’s photography style, visit the Photography section of the Brand Elements.

Resolution Requirements

For print: 300dpi (JPG, TIFF, CMYK mode)

For web: 72dpi (JPG, RGB mode)

For video: recommended minimum of 150 dpi

Available Images

Internal and external audiences can find and use Northeastern-specific photos, including images of student and faculty, in the Digital Repository.

Digital Repository Service

The Digital Repository Service is a comprehensive database of Northeastern photos that is accessible only to full-time Northeastern staff and faculty. Log in with your myNortheastern credentials, then, in top right corner, type words related to the image search (for example: spring campus) and choices will appear. View images in list or grid format, and sort by title, creator, relevance, date created, and date uploaded. You can change the number of images displayed per page to 10, 20, 50, or 100.

Click on the image thumbnail or the image title to view more details, including caption information, photographer credit, and usage restrictions. In both the single-image and list/grid views, you can download images at Small (600px wide), Large (1400px wide), or Master (full-resolution) sizes. You can also check the box next to the desired size and add an image to the download queue, which functions like a shopping cart and is accessible on the top right of the window. All images in the download queue can be saved as a compressed ZIP file. Please note that the download queue is cleared after logging out of the repository. Images may also be added to Sets (the option next to Master Image), which are customizable folders that provide fast access to frequently used images.

Please direct questions about the repository to Sarah Sweeney.

Photo Credits

All photos, including those by freelancers and those purchased from Associated Press, Getty, iStock, and other stock houses, require a photo credit alongside the image, at the end of a caption, or in the case of print the publication’s masthead. For example:

Photo/Associated Press


All photos by Northeastern photographers must have the following photo credit:

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University