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Coronavirus Information

Updated March 27, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

Campus Operating Status

Rutgers is open. Some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Click on the following links for up-to-date information at:

Rutgers University–Camden

Rutgers University–Newark

Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Recent Announcements

Summer Session 2020 Is on Track

Barbara Lee, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, announced that the 2020 Rutgers summer session will proceed as scheduled. Because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, instruction for all courses will be offered remotely. Registration is open.

Read the full message from March 26 about summer classes.


Information on Refunds for Student Housing, Meals, and Parking

Student Accounting, Billing and Cashier Services (Student ABC) is committed to supporting students during the current situation.

Student ABC will take the following steps in the coming weeks:

  • Housing, dining and parking charges will be credited to each eligible student’s account. The refunds will be calculated on a prorated basis beginning on March 23, the first day following Spring Break, and ending on May 16, the required move-out date at the University. We encourage students to set up direct deposit to receive their refunds faster and more securely.
  • Financial holds that block registration will not be placed on student accounts that have past due balances. We sympathize with families and understand the financial hardships that many families are facing during this difficult time, as well as the expectation that students focus on their academic work.

The Student ABC staff is available to answer any questions or concerns through our online portal or you may call us at (848) 932-2254.

Read the full message from March 26.


A Note of Gratitude and Appreciation

President Robert Barchi expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Rutgers faculty, staff, and administrators, all of whom have worked so hard to sustain university operations during this health crisis.

Read the president’s full message from March 25.


Update Regarding Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order

On March 21, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107, which places further restrictions on social gatherings and business operations in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new “Stay at Home Order,” has both direct and indirect impacts on Rutgers, which include:

  • Specifically permits travel to work and for educational purposes. Instructors intending to utilize classroom settings to broadcast their remote teaching may still travel to campus to do so.
  • Closes all physical libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities. It has no effect on online library services.
  • Encourages telecommuting to the extent possible but specially identifies research lab workers as employees who may not be reasonably expected to telecommute because their physical presence may be required.
  • Specifically exempts healthcare and medical service providers from the restrictions contained in the Executive Order.

We do not anticipate that the “Stay at Home Order” will interfere with our ability to offer remote instruction beginning Monday. The University strongly encourages employees to work from home wherever possible.

Read the president’s full message.


Important Information on Academic Support for Students

Rutgers is taking several measures to offer academic support to students during these challenging times. Students will be provided additional time to withdraw from courses, and also will have until May 22, 2020, to choose a Pass/No-credit grading option for individual courses.

Read the full message that outlines the options for students for the Spring 2020 semester.


Update on Leave and Telecommuting

As part of our continued efforts to advance measures to support the health and well-being of our community, the university has formalized the COVID-19 Telecommuting and COVID-19 Paid Leave (CPL) process and guidelines.  These guidelines are effective immediately and will be in place through April 30, 2020.  These measures are in concert with guidance provided by the State.

Read about the guidelines in Senior Vice President for Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness Vivian Fernández’s message to the University Community.


Important Update on Courses, Events, and Commencement

President Robert Barchi announced Rutgers is suspending all in-person instruction, with the exception of clinical instruction, for the remainder of the spring semester. The president also announced all events scheduled at the university through the month of May are suspended, including Rutgers Day and commencement ceremonies at all campuses.

Read the president’s full message from March 17, which also provides information on room and board, and support for academic continuity, research continuity, telecommuting, and leave flexibility for issues related to COVID-19.


Additional Announcements

Information on Refunds for Student Housing, Meals, and Parking (March 26, 2020)

COVID-19 Guidelines for Positive Cases (March 25, 2020)

HIPAA and Social Media Reminders Amid COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)

Status Update: Research Operations and Contingency Planning (March 25, 2020)

Update Regarding Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order (March 21, 2020)

Changes to Faculty Evaluation Process in Response to COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)

Update on Leave and Telecommuting (March 19, 2020)

Operating Status of Rutgers Libraries (March 18, 2020)

Important Update on Courses, Events, and Commencement (March 17, 2020)

Message to Rutgers Alumni and Friends (March 17, 2020)

Card Access Changes on Campus (March 17, 2020)

Additional announcements can be found on the Communications page.


Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub, the state’s official website for services and information.


COVID-19 Task Force

On February 28, 2020, President Barchi convened the COVID-19 Task Force, as provided for in the University’s Emergency Operations Plan.  The Task Force plays a critical role in managing and coordinating the University’s response efforts with respect to the COVID-19 situation.  For more information, please click here COVID-19 Task Force.


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.

Website is official university source for COVID-19 information.