To maintain the safety of our community, Rutgers University has been preparing to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. As we plan for various scenarios, we continue to follow CDC guidelines. Please return to this site regularly to keep informed about the university’s activities to address this public health crisis.
Classroom instruction at Rutgers University–Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick
- Beginning Monday, March 23, through the end of the spring semester, all in-person instruction, with the exception of clinical instruction, is suspended. (All classes from March 12 to March 22 are canceled).
- Individual instructors are expected to be in contact with their students regarding their plans for remote instruction prior to March 23.
Instruction at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Courses at RBHS continue as scheduled.
- Beginning Monday, March 16, all RBHS classes were provided remotely. RBHS deans from the relevant schools will continue to be in touch with students regarding more detailed plans for remote instruction.
- Students should contact their deans re: clinical rotations and clinical instruction.
Spring 2020 Grade Options
Students will be provided additional time to withdraw from courses.
Students also will have until May 22, 2020, to choose a Pass/No-credit grading option for individual courses. Pass/No-credit grades are not factored into GPAs.
If students choose a Pass/No-credit option, a note will appear on transcripts to indicate the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak. While a Pass/No-Credit grade may impact how transcripts are viewed by employers and other universities, the impact is likely to be minimized by the fact that several universities are currently allowing this conversion.
Grading and withdrawal policies vary by campus and, sometimes, by school. Students should connect with academic advisors before deciding on grading or withdrawal options. Find more information from Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers-New Brunswick.
- Early and frequent communication by Rutgers instructors and professors is being encouraged to keep students informed. Rutgers instructors and professors have been asked to reach out to students via the appropriate learning management systems (Blackboard, Canvas, and Sakai) or via email.
- Free internet access is available from a number of sources. See the links on the Technology Resources for Students page.
- See the Technology Resources for Students page to learn about the Learning Management Systems, videoconferencing software, and other software that can help with remote instruction available from the Office of Information Technology Help Desk.
- University computer labs are currently closed
- Help with technology issues or questions is available from the Office of Information Technology Help Desk
- With the suspension of classes through the end of the spring semester, residential students will receive a notification with guidance about next steps and timing for moving out of residence halls on their respective campuses. Do not come to campus to move out until you receive guidance.
- Students who received a waiver to continue residing on campus will be permitted to stay.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Students Residing On Campus
- All non-break residence halls will close on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. with card key access discontinued.
- Only students who reside in other countries, in university family housing, or who have prior approval from Residence Life will be allowed to stay in selected residence halls and apartments.
- Keep up-to-date on Residence Life’s Operating Status.
RBHS Students in New Brunswick
- Since clinical rotations and clinical instruction continue for RBHS students, those living in on-campus housing in New Brunswick will be given exemptions to remain in residence halls.
Rutgers University–Newark Students Residing on Campus
- Only students who reside in university family housing, or who have prior approval from Residence Life will be allowed to stay in selected residence halls and apartments while in-person instruction is suspended.
- Students will be notified via email about any changes to residence hall operations and move out instructions.
RBHS Students in Newark
- Since clinical rotations and clinical instruction continue for RBHS students, those living in on-campus housing in Newark have been given exemptions to remain in residence halls.
Rutgers University–Camden Students Residing On Campus
- Students whose only home is the residence hall, are housing insecure, reside outside the U.S. or outside of the Northeast United States, may request accommodations by emailing email@example.com. Accommodations will be reviewed and determined on an individual basis.
- Learn more about the Resident Hall Operating Status for Camden.
Housing, Dining, and Parking Refunds [New March 26]
In the coming weeks, Student ABC will take the following steps:
- 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.
Additional Help and Links
- View your student account and pay past due balances at paymybill.rutgers.edu.
- View and download tax forms at 1098t.rutgers.edu.
The following changes are for Enrollment Management at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
Rutgers–New Brunswick Undergraduate Admissions
- The Visitor Center and Undergraduate Admissions office is closed to the public.
- Admissions staff will continue to answer phone inquiries at 732-445-4636 and emails during this time.
- All campus visits/tours have been canceled through May 30.
Rutgers–New Brunswick One Stop Student Services Center
The One Stop Student Services Center will be closed for walk-in inquiries through the month of May. Students can contact a Student Services Advisor using the following contact forms:
Students may also call Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
- Financial Aid: 848-932-7057
- Registrar: 848-445-7000
- Student Accounting: 848-932-2254
Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of the Registrar
Requested documents will be available by mail only.
The last day for Rutgers-New Brunswick students to drop a course with a “W” has been extended from March 23 to April 10.
Rutgers–New Brunswick Cashier
The New Brunswick Cashier’s office will be closed for in-person payments through the month of May. Payments can be made online at paymybill.rutgers.edu or mail payments to:
Rutgers University Student Accounting Services
PO Box 2021
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2021
RU-info will begin operating on a modified schedule on Thursday, March 12 through the month of May. The Info Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Effective March 23, 2020 Mail Services will suspend normal departmental mail delivery to campus locations on the Newark, RBHS, Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses until further notice.
Mail Services will close service windows at student post offices to limit exposure between postal clerk and students. Postal clerks will still be present at student post offices to support the students still on the New Brunswick, RBHS, and Newark campuses. Mail and packages for these on campus students will be placed into the automated locker system for students to retrieve.
All events scheduled at Rutgers through the month of May are suspended including Rutgers Day and commencement ceremonies at all campuses.
Admitted Students Open Houses
The Rutgers–New Brunswick Admitted Students Open House on April 4 has been postponed, along with all campus tours through the month of May.
The Rutgers–Newark Admitted Students Day on April 18 has been moved to a live online event, please register here: https://admissions.newark.rutgers.edu/virtual-admitted-student-day-2020. All campus tours have been canceled through May 30.
Check back for information on Admitted Student Open House at Rutgers–Camden.
Commencements at all campuses are suspended. A final determination on whether or not commencements can be rescheduled to a later date will be made in the coming weeks. Canceling or postponing commencements will have no effect on our ability to confer degrees on our graduates. Check this site as well as the individual events’ websites for updates.
- Rutgers University Commencement: Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Rutgers–Newark Commencement
- Rutgers–Camden Commencement
Dance Marathon scheduled for April 3–4 at Rutgers–New Brunswick is canceled. In an effort to honor this annual fundraising event for kids, the organizers are asking participants to submit photos and videos online that capture the spirit of this proud university tradition.
Rutgers-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs and International Travel
Rutgers-sponsored study abroad programs have been suspended and international travel has been canceled. Students in partner university or other third-party programs are urged to return home as soon as practical. Learn more by reading the Travel page.
All Rutgers-led international spring break programs are canceled. All students should reconsider their spring break travel plans—domestic and international—especially to areas where there has been significant incidence of COVID-19. Get more information on the Travel page.
Returning to Campus after International Travel
All students returning from a country designated Level 3 by the CDC are required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.
We strongly suggest that all members of the Rutgers community—faculty, staff, and students—reconsider any upcoming domestic travel, especially to areas where there has been a significant incidence of COVID-19. Read the Travel page for more information.
Counseling support and guidance services for students are available.
- Rutgers–New Brunswick: Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) Student Wellness Program
- Rutgers–Newark: Counseling Center
- Rutgers–Camden: Student Wellness Center Psychological and Counseling Services
Reporting Acts of Bias
Acts of bias should be reported to the school’s academic program administrator or student affairs coordinator for formal investigation.
Take These Steps
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve while coughing and sneezing
- Washing your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds
- Using an alcohol-based sanitizer on hands if soap and water are not available
- Avoiding touching your face
- Not sharing foods, utensils, e-cigarettes, etc.
- Cleaning commonly touched objects and surfaces regularly
- Staying home from class/work if you are symptomatic
- Getting the flu vaccine to reduce your risk of contracting the flu as well as mitigate its symptoms, recover faster, and curtail its spread