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University Status

Fall 2020 Instruction

Professional and Graduate Education

  • Graduate education will return to a combination of in-person and remote education in September.
  • Graduate education will be prioritized for access to campus facilities wherever possible in absolute adherence with state and federal guidelines, testing expectations, and strict plans for protective distancing.
  • Professional education will also plan to return to a combination of in-person and remote modes at the discretion of the chancellors.
  • Professional students will likewise be given priority access to our campus facilities wherever feasible, and health sciences professional students will have access to training in our healthcare delivery sites.

Undergraduate Education

  • The majority of our courses must be delivered remotely.
    • Rutgers faculty are busy preparing for remote undergraduate instruction and building on lessons learned from the spring semester.
    • The university has made, and will continue to make, investments in instructional technology and training to further enhance the student experience.
    • All classes that are taught remotely will meet the standards and expectations of the world-class institution that Rutgers is.
  • A limited number of courses that benefit from direct access to campus facilities will be held on campus with appropriate health-related precautions.
    • Examples include select courses in the arts, laboratory or field work, and clinical instruction.
    • Each chancellor has worked with the schools’ deans and faculty and will provide updates on specific courses that will use at least some in-person.
Summer 2020 Instruction

Rutgers – Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick

  • There will be no in-person classes, programs, camps, conferences, or other activities at Rutgers University through at least August 14.
  • All University-sponsored courses/programs/activities that will take place through August 14 on the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses will be done via remote technology.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

  • The cancellation of in-person activities at Rutgers University through August 14 does not apply to RBHS clinical programs and activities; check with the relevant RBHS office to ascertain the status of RBHS summer programs, courses, and activities

 

University Offices and Services

Mail Services 
Mail Services suspended normal departmental mail delivery to campus locations on the Newark, RBHS, Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses until further notice.

Important Notices for Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, and RBHS:

  • RBHS loading docks will remain open but will not be delivering. Departments will need to go to the loading dock area to retrieve their packages.
  • Campus mail will continue to be transported between Newark/ New Brunswick and Camden/ New Brunswick.
  • Mail Services will be working with UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon, Laser Ship and Office Depot to redirect departmental deliveries (with the exception of RBHS loading dock locations) to one of the Mail Hubs mentioned above. These packages will be held until picked up by their respective department.

New Brunswick/Piscataway areas:
In place of the former mail delivery system, departments will have two options:

  1. Departments may pick up their mail and drop off outgoing mail at the following location between 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Use our Mail Services Hub located in the rear of ASB II, 57 U.S. Highway 1 on the Cook Campus. Use the rear loading dock entrance; ring the bell and staff will assist you.
  2. Departments may request that their mail be held at the ASB II Mail Facility for an extended period of time. Please email mailquestions@ipo.rutgers.edu to request this option.

Please feel free to contact Tom Stadthaus (New Brunswick) at tom.stadthaus@rutgers.edu or at 848- 932-4267.
Newark Areas:
In place of the former mail delivery system, departments will have two options:

  1. Departments may pick up their mail and drop off outgoing mail at the following locations between 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Departments with an address that contains zip code 07103 please use Mail Services located at 30 Bergen St, ADMC complex, room 212, please use the rear door in the rear of the parking lot
    • Departments with an address that contain zip code 07102 please use Mail Services located at 110 Bradley Hall, our office is on the first floor next to the elevators.
  2. Departments may request that their mail be held at our Mail Facility for an extended period of time. Please email mailquestionsnewark@ipo.rutgers.edu to request this option.

Please feel free to contact Sam Bandy (Newark) at 973-972-4060 or Samuel.bandy@rutgers.edu with any questions.

Camden Areas:
These changes do not apply to the Camden Campus Mail service. For more information on Camden Mail Service please contact Shari Wakeley 856-225-6003 or shari.wakeley@rutgers.edu.

 

Guidance on Telecommuting and Leave Policies

In order to continue to support social distancing, the university will:

  • Extend the telecommuting policy rule relaxation policy through August 31, 2020.
  • Provide COVID-19 related leave in concert with the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (E-FMLA) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which was signed into law on March 18, 2020.

Read the FAQ to learn more about the provisions and processes of E-FMLA and EPSLA effective May 9 to December 31, 2020. You may also login to OneSource and select the COVID-19 Related Services option in the catalog for more details.

 

Guidance on the Temporary Relaxation of Background Check Policy

Because of significant delays in the processing of pre-employment background checks due to government closures, we are implementing a COVID-19 temporary relaxation of the background checks for staff and faculty positions policy. This policy relaxation will apply to all Rutgers entities EXCEPT RBHS.

The policy relaxation for RBHS is detailed in the COVID-19 Temporary Relaxation of Background Check Policy (RBHS) from April 8.

 

Resources for Working Virtually and Maintaining Wellness

The COVID-19 Telecommuting and Wellness website provides guidelines and resources to help employees effectively manage working remotely and the stress that may come along with it. These resources focus on supporting the physical and mental well-being of our employees as they continue to adjust to workplace and life changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Rutgers University Family Support Line

The new confidential staff, faculty, and family support line: Rutgers4U (1-855-652-6819) offers emotional and therapeutic support during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Employee Travel Advisory

On July 31, Brian Strom, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, issued a travel advisory for Rutgers employees who have traveled to states on New Jersey Travel Advisory List.