COVID-19 Information


The University encourages all campus community members to get vaccinated strongly and boosted to help protect against COVID-19. Visit the CDC’s website to find vaccination sites in the United States, or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Students who participate in learning opportunities hosted by other organizations, such as student teaching, externships, or clinical rotations, must continue to follow the COVID-19 safety requirements of their host site, which may include vaccination. Students who have questions about the conditions of their host site should talk to their program coordinator or Dean’s Office.

Face Coverings

Everyone can wear a mask at any time on the NJCU campus. This is an individual choice.

Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to reduce their risk by wearing a mask indoors when in the presence of other people.

The University asks that all campus community members carry a mask, and when in close contact with another person, ask them if they’d like you to wear it. This is a courtesy to those who may be at higher risk, live with people at higher risk, or simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask.  Gothic Knights care for each other, so please respect their choices, and put on your mask if asked.

What to Do if You are Infected or Exposed

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, isolate yourself at home immediately, do a home COVID test if you have not done one, and contact a healthcare provider if you have health concerns.

Follow CDC guidance for isolation information. If you were exposed, follow CDC guidance, regardless of your COVID vaccination status.

All NJCU community members should contact their primary care provider.

You can find testing sites by using the CDC’s testing locator.

Still have questions? 

The procedures specified above are subject to revision based on new scientific evidence, guidance from federal and state health authorities, changes to laws or regulations, and the University’s changing needs.

I Have COVID, Now What?

If you test positive, you must isolate yourself at home, even as a residential student.  All NJCU community members must follow the CDC-recommended steps to self-isolate, including masking and avoiding contact with others, except to get medical care.   Students must contact professors directly, and faculty/staff must notify their direct supervisors regarding their absence.

Summary of What to Do:

  1. Students do not have to notify the Health Center of a positive COVID test. Please contact your primary healthcare provider with any questions you may have.
  2. Anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate for at least five days and wear a mask for ten days when around others.
  3. Stay or return home. The University is not moving residential students or roommates to isolation or quarantine spaces.
  4. Notify your professors of your absence.
  5. Follow CDC Isolation Guidelines to determine your return to campus date.
  6. Remain off campus during your isolation period. You cannot attend in-person classes or activities.
  7. You must wear a high-quality mask for days 6-10 when you leave isolation and are around others.

I Have Been Exposed to COVID, Now What?

If you were exposed (no symptoms) to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, you should do the following:

  1. Wear a mask immediately
  2. Monitor for symptoms of illness
  3. Test for COVID based on the CDC Guidelines. If you test positive, follow the instructions above.

If You Are Sick…

Please get in touch with your primary healthcare provider. This person will advise you about managing your symptoms and evaluate your need for an appointment.

Stay home anytime you are sick – whether it’s COVID-19, the flu, or another illness.

Class Absence

The Student Health Center does not provide excuse notes for class absences. Please contact your professors to determine how to address missed classes.


NJCU has established this policy to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 and provide a safe environment for students, employees, and visitors.

Policy Statement

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 among the campus community, NJCU will establish requirements and procedures based on the best available scientific knowledge. The University will follow the guidance of the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it will comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including the executive orders of the Governor of New Jersey.

As the scientific understanding of the disease improves and in response to changing conditions, the University may adjust its procedures occasionally.


All students, employees, contractors and visitors are required to follow this policy.

Current Procedures

Updated on September 18, 2023