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August 30, 2021

Members of the Rutgers Community:

The Fall 2021 semester is here, and our halls and streets are filling with energy. Classrooms, student centers, residence halls, libraries, and other campus spaces are beginning to buzz with activity. Our extraordinary vaccination program, combined with cooperation of all members of our campus community, are allowing us to tackle the fall semester in a safe fashion. Our patient care and research continue to meet the needs of our community, near and far, having never stopped during the pandemic.

Rutgers staff members have been repopulating the workplace since July 6, using the Guide to Returning to Rutgers as an informative tool for a safe return. The university is now introducing the Navigating Our Classrooms and Student Spaces guide, focused on faculty and student information for classrooms, residence halls, libraries, and other campus spaces. This quick reference guide offers a high-level view of information pertaining to spaces, transportation, face coverings, vaccination, and testing, among other things. Maintaining a robust defense against COVID-19 and a safe campus environment requires that our community familiarize itself with these important protocols.

We look forward to having you all back on campus as we return to what many describe as a “new normal.” The university is committed to the health and safety of our community, and we ask that you join us in making sure we are successful in that journey.

Best wishes for a successful semester,

Antonio M. Calcado
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer