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The health and safety of everyone who comes to Rutgers is a shared responsibility. Following these community safety practices will help protect you and others.

My Campus Pass

  • When traveling to campus or entering a Rutgers building, employees and students may use the My Campus Pass symptom checker app to screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • To access My Campus Pass, log into
  • Click on the Get My Campus Pass button, which will take you to the symptom survey for completion. Once you submit your survey, you will receive an immediate notification as to whether you have been cleared for entry.

Face Coverings/Masks

Effective Monday, April 4, 2022, use of face coverings in offices, conference rooms, research labs, housing, and public spaces in buildings will be optional. Face coverings will still be required in all teaching spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, etc.), teaching labs, computer labs, buses, libraries, and clinical facilities. Additionally, face coverings will continue to be required in student-staff and student-faculty meeting spaces. For faculty, staff, and students who have received an exemption from the university’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, the use of face coverings is still required in all public spaces, including offices, research labs, housing, and conference rooms.

All members of the community should have a face covering in their possession at all times on campus.

  • Face coverings are not required when outdoors on Rutgers property. Nor are they required indoors when seated in a private office occupied by one person or at a workstation, provided that there is six-foot separation from other seated people.
  • Face coverings must be worn:
    • indoors in teaching spaces: classrooms, seminar rooms, lecture halls, teaching labs, meeting rooms, etc.
    • indoors in student-staff and student-faculty meeting spaces
    • in buses
    • in libraries
    • in computer labs
    • in clinical facilities
    • in all public spaces by individuals who have an approved exemption to the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement
  • Face coverings/masks must be selected, worn, and cleaned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
  • How to Use and Care for your KN95 Mask (pdf)
    • How Do I wear my KN95 Mask?
      • Wash your hands before putting on and immediately after taking off your KN95 mask
      • Holding the ear loops, place the mask over your face, with the bottom below your chin and the nosepiece up
      • Place the straps (ear loops) of the mask over each of your ears
      • Adjust the metal nose clip using fingers from both hands to mold the clip to the shape of your nose
      • Adjust fit as necessary to reduce air flow around the mask
      • Do not use if it is hard to breathe while wearing it
      • Do not use with other masks or respirators
      • Inspect the mask for any damage, tears, loose straps, etc., especially before reuse
      • Please note: KN95 masks are not approved by NIOSH for respiratory protection in areas that require use of respirators as PPE, i.e. clinical areas treating COVID patients.
    • How do I care for my KN95 Mask?
      • With proper care, your KN95 should be reusable for a limited number of times depending on use
      • Do not get wet, store in direct sunlight or subject to excessive heat
      • Keep clean between uses and store in a safe location. A dry paper bag works well for storing your mask
    • When should I replace my KN95 Mask?
      • When it becomes wet or dirty
      • When it no longer covers the nose and mouth
      • When it has stretched out or has dam-aged ties or straps
      • When it cannot stay tight on the face
      • Has holes or tears in the fabric

Frequent Handwashing

Clean your hands after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching the face

    • Lather your hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, cover all surfaces of your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub them together until they feel dry
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth at all times

Guidance for Specific Scenarios

Office Environments
  • In an open environment, be sure to maintain at least six feet distance from others
  • In areas of open/unassigned seating have at least one workspace separating you from another person
  • In an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required six feet of distancing can be consistently maintained
  • Department heads must assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between, such as:
      • Placing visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate where people should stand while waiting in line
      • Placing one-way directional signage for large open spaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between individuals moving through the space
  • May request assistance with space and occupancy assessments, temporary signage and graphics, furniture rearrangements, and environmental health and safety matters from Institutional Planning and Operations. Contact the University Facilities Service Call Center at 848-445-1234 (this number covers all university locations) or visit their website to Submit a Maintenance Request.
  • You are encouraged to communicate as needed by email, telephone, or other available technology rather than face-to-face
  • In-person meetings
    • Are strongly discouraged
    • all in-person participants must wear face coverings and be seated six-feet apart
  • Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees


Report concerns

Rutgers community members can submit violations of university safety guidelines by completing the COVID Observation Reporting form. Please note that submissions are not monitored in real-time and are intended for non-emergency concerns only.