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

  • All employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated employees must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and are required to be masked indoors at all times.
  • Testing must take place no more than 72 hours (3 days) before the first shift of the week.
  • Negative test results must be presented to the employee’s supervisor before the employee begins their first shift of the week.
    • Employees must immediately notify their supervisor of a positive test result

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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.

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Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine on Campus

NJCU has arranged to continue bringing vaccines to the campus. COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered twice a week on campus in the Gilligan Student Union (GSUB) room 129 by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services for the month of September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccines for usage. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson doses will be available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 14
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Tuesday, September 21
  • Thursday, September 23
  • Tuesday, September 28
  • Thursday, September 30
  • October dates to be determined and announced in a future communication

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

  • Call PublicSafety: 201-200-3128
  • Public Safety will call the Dean of Students Office to determine next steps
  • Either 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“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.

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 Health & Wellness Center at 201-200-3456. After hours, call Public Safety at 201-200-3128.
  • Both 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.

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. “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.

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. “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.

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Guide for Returning Students

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Safety Protocols for Employees

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Information for Guests and Vendors

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Reported COVID-19 Cases

See our weekly updates about confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.