Fall 2021 Welcome Back to Campus

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Guidelines for the Fall 2021 Semester

Here at NJCU, we are looking forward to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. We are excited at the prospect of the new academic year. The University closely monitors government guidance and public statistics, refining safety protocols to address the changing health environment. We appreciate everyone's patience and support as we develop policies during this very fluid situation. Please review the following site for guidelines in place as of today.

Vaccination Requirements

Students

The following requirements will continue to be in effect for all students who will participate in in-person activities on campus this fall:

All students must receive their first vaccination no later than Friday, September 17, 2021, and their second and final dose by Friday, October 8, 2021 – the deadline to withdraw from classes – in order to continue in-person activities.

Requests for exemptions will be accepted until 5pm on Friday September 10 2021. Use this online form to request an exemption.

Prior to those deadlines, any student that will be on campus in any capacity at any NJCU location and is unvaccinated — either in a class that meets in person, an athletics practice, or any other in-person activity — is expected to provide proof of negative COVID testing before the in-person activity begins.

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International Students

International Students have special vaccination and course requirements.

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Faculty and Staff

  • In line with our peers, the University has determined the need for a vaccine mandate effective November 1, 2021.
  • The University’s expectation is for all non-exempt employees to have received both doses of a 2-dose series or have received the single-dose vaccine by December 23, 2021.
  • Employees who are granted medical or religious exemptions will be required to have a COVID test up to twice per week.

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COVID-19 Testing

Testing will be available five (5) days per week for all students, faculty, and staff. Rapid tests result from a personal physician or pharmacy/laboratory that is less than 72 hours old before attending an in-person activity on campus will be accepted. Fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to avail themselves of on-campus surveillance testing.

Sign Up for COVID-19 Tests Here

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine on Campus

NJCU has arranged to continue bringing vaccines to the campus. COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered on campus in the Gilligan Student Union (GSUB) First Floor Art Gallery by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccines for usage. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson doses, as well as a limited amount of boosters. Vaccination appointments have currently concluded for the Fall 2021 semester, but please refer to this page or your campus email for announcements regarding future opportunities for vaccinations and boosters.

COVID vaccinations on campus are walk-in with no appointment necessary and is sponsored by the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services Division of Community Health & Wellness. Family members and friends are also welcome to access these vaccination services.

Boosters shots are also available through NJ Primary Care in Harborborside
NJ Primary Care
Haborside Plaza 2
200 Hudson Street, Suite 145
Jersey City, NJ 07311

Mask Protocols

  • NJCU requires all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in all indoor public spaces at all NJCU locations.

The University will continue to monitor infection rates closely and take additional precautions or remove restrictions as public health conditions warrant.

COVID-19 Response Protocol for Presumptive & Positive Cases

If you suspect that you have been infected with or test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps below according to which category you are in.

Definition of Terms

- Positive Case: Tested positive for COVID-19
- Presumptive Positive: Presumed positive through active or passive monitoring
- Active Monitoring: Temperature screening for fever
- Passive Monitoring: Daily surveys and/or self-assessments

The decision to close part or all of the school is determined by the JCHD in conjunction with New Jersey Department of Health using guidance and criteria set by CDC, WHO and State of New Jersey.

Step 1 - Contact

Students experiencing symptoms, who are presumptive and/or have tested positive should self-isolate, contact their health care provider and follow these steps

Step 2 - Notifications

  • During the school day, contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@njcu.edu. After hours, call Public Safety at 201-200-3128.
  • Both will ensure communication with NJCU Contact Tracer & Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS)
  • EHS contacts University Crisis Leadership Team
  • Student will notify instructor(s) of absence
  • Student will remain isolated and await test results.

Step 3 - Contact Tracing

Initiated by NJCU Contact Tracer, Jersey City Health Department (JCHD), and/or Local Health Department* (LHD)

  • Close Contacts” of case will be identified. Steps for isolation will be determined based on vaccination status.  For those unvaccinated, “Close Contacts” will be required to isolate at home, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, and must monitor their health for 14 days from the last exposure to a COVID-19 presumptive or positive case.
  • NJCU Contact Tracer/JCHD/LHD will follow-up with positive cases and “Close Contacts” for the next 14 days

*Local Health Department: Jurisdiction where student/ faculty/staff resides.


Who should be tested? 

  1. People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  2. People who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  3. People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  4. People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  5. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  6. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, or health department

The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:

More information about testing can be found here.

 

Step 1 - Contact

Individuals experiencing symptoms, who are presumptive and/or have tested positive should self- isolate, contact their health care provider and follow the remaining steps below.

Step 2 - Notification

Students on Campus

  • During the school day, contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@njcu.edu. After hours, call Public Safety at 201-200-3128.
  • Both will ensure communication with NJCU Contact Tracer & Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS)
  • EHS will contact the Facilities Department (for cleaning)  and the University Crisis Leadership Team.

Faculty & Staff

  • During working hours, employee will immediately notify Human Resources (HR) at 201-200-2335. After hours, call Public Safety at 201-200-3128.
  • HR will assist with transportation if necessary.
  • HR will notify manager of situation.
  • HR will ensure communication with NJCU Contact Tracers & Environmental Health & Safety. Department(EHS).
  • EHS will contact the Facilities Department for cleaning & University Crisis Leadership Team.

Step 3 - Contact Tracing

  • Initiated by NJCU Contact Tracer, Jersey City Health Department (JCHD), and/or Local Health Department* (LHD).
  • “Close Contacts” of case will be identified. Steps for isolation will be determined based on vaccination status.  For those unvaccinated, “Close Contacts” will be required to isolate at home, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, and must monitor their health for 14 days from the last exposure to a COVID-19 presumptive or positive case.
  • NJCU Contact Tracer/JCHD/LHD will follow-up with positive cases and “Close Contacts” for the next 14 days.

*Local Health Department: Jurisdiction where student/ faculty/staff resides.

 


Who should be tested? 

  1. People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  2. People who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  3. People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  4. People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  5. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  6. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, or health department

The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:

More information about testing can be found here.

Step 1 - Contact

Individuals experiencing symptoms, who are presumptive and/or have tested positive should self- isolate, contact their health care provider and follow the remaining steps below.

Step 2 - Notification

  • Contact manager immediately.
  • Manager will notify Human Resources (HR).
  • HR will ensure communication with NJCU Contact Tracers & Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS).
  • EHS will contact the Facilities Department (for cleaning) and the University Crisis Leadership Team.

Step 3 - Contact Tracing

  • Initiated by NJCU Contact Tracer, Jersey City Health Department (JCHD), and/or Local Health Department* (LHD).
  • Close Contacts” of case will be identified. Steps for isolation will be determined based on vaccination status.  For those unvaccinated, “Close Contacts” will be required to isolate at home, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, and must monitor their health for 14 days from the last exposure to a COVID-19 presumptive or positive case.
  • NJCU Contact Tracer/JCHD/LHD will follow-up with positive cases and “Close Contacts” for the next 14 days.

*Local Health Department: Jurisdiction where student/ faculty/staff resides.

 


Who should be tested? 

  1. People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  2. People who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  3. People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  4. People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  5. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  6. People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, or health department

The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:

More information about testing can be found here.

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