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Recent Announcements

February 2, 2021
Quick Reference Guide, Guiding Principles & Expectations

Rutgers releases a Quick Reference Guide to help managers facilitate the planning process for repopulating the campuses in fall 2021, and emphasizes that the conditions under which we be able to repopulate: our planning and return is reliant on, but not limited to, wide availability of vaccine, a significant decrease in transmission rates, and continued strict adherence to all public safety guidelines. 

January 22, 2021
President’s Monthly Update: Returning to Campus This Fall, and Vaccine’s Critical Role

Our plans for repopulating our campuses for fall 2021 will be in step with state and federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Central to these expectations is the progress we can make in vaccination against COVID-19. You will be hearing more about these plans from our chancellors and provosts in the near future. Watch the video Our Path Forward: A Conversation on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Campus Repopulation Efforts for more information.

January 15, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expansion and Resources

New Jersey expanded the eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations; detailed information on the rollout phases, vaccine safety, eligibility, and registration is available on New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine site. Understanding that the vaccine rollout is fluid, we urge everyone to visit this state resource on a regular basis.

Returning to Rutgers Safely

Read Returning to Rutgers, the comprehensive plan for restart as submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Complete the mandatory My Campus Pass, a daily self-screening application for employees and students, before entering a Rutgers building or being on campus. Log in to

Use the Rutgers Visitors Log to register visitors, vendors, contractors, and guests each day using this required platform. Access the app.



Health & Safety

COVID-19 On-Campus Testing Strategy, Rutgers offers SARS-CoV-2 PCR saliva testing to specified groups of employees and students on campus on a weekly basis. Read about the university’s testing strategy. Visit the Testing Program Dashboard to see results of the testing performed.

Mental Health and Wellness Rutgers offers student support and guidance services at CAPS or UBHC. Rutgers staff, faculty, and their families can seek services through Rutgers4U. Rutgers employees also can find resources on COVID-19 telecommuting and wellness.



Dean Robert Johnson receives COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccinations

“This vaccination is one of the most important steps we can take to protect us from the devastations of COVID-19,” said Robert Johnson, dean of Rutgers’ two medical schools, shown receiving the initial dose of the vaccine.

Videos & Podcasts

Our Path Forward: A Conversation on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Campus Repopulation Efforts
Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor at Rutgers University–Newark, moderates a conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine and the repopulation of Rutgers with Vicente Gracias, MD, Rutgers Vice President for Health Affairs and RBHS Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Antonio M. Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. [Watch the video]

COVID-19 Biweekly Health Briefings from RBHS Chancellor Strom provide an opportunity for information sharing and clarification on COVID-19-related topics. [Watch the past briefings]

On the Pandemic, a podcast series where university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our recovery from COVID-19, with Mary E. O’Dowd, Executive Director, Health Systems and Population Health Integration, RBHS. Listen on your preferred platform.

Be Prepared

For resources that can answer your questions about the current and upcoming semesters, please visit your respective campus website:

Resources from New Jersey

The COVID Alert NJ app anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Download the app and learn about other resources available from New Jersey.

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration site to pre-register for the vaccine.


Rutgers released its plan to restore and repopulate research at the university, reopening research venues in a staged manner. Learn more to understand and support the safe return to full research capability.

Read a message about maintaining safety in our research enterprise.


Get answers to your questions on health and campus safety, vaccines, telecommuting, and more subjects of concern and interest to the university community.

Additional Announcements

COVID-19 Vaccine Update (January 11, 2021)

Temporary Expansion of Permissible Use of Accrued Paid Sick Time for COVID-19 Related Self-Quarantine, School Closure, Place of Child Care Closure, or Lack of Availability of Child Care (December 31, 2020)

Important Information Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine (December 30, 2020)

COVID-19 University Updates (December 22, 2020)

Increasing Rutgers COVID-19 Testing Frequency (December 15, 2020)

Additional announcements can be found on the Communications page.

Emergency support

Donate to support Rutgers students during this crisis and help fund COVID-19 research and clinical care:

This website is your official source of information about the university’s response to COVID-19. This is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as information becomes available.  Check this site frequently.