Rutgers–New Brunswick Update on COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Members of the Rutgers–New Brunswick Community:
By now you have received President Barchi’s email regarding the university’s latest actions to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect our students, faculty, and staff throughout our campuses. As Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, it is important that I, too, communicate how seriously we are taking this situation and the efforts underway to work in the best interest of our campus community.
As other higher education institutions throughout the world are doing, we continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and put in place policies and procedures to help mitigate the impact of this serious virus. While we acknowledge that the latest actions outlined by President Barchi may present challenges for some of you, we ask for your patience and flexibility. The coming weeks and months will bring uncertainty for all of us, but please know that your health and well-being are our foremost concern.
In the meantime, as campus begins its Spring Break early and then transitions to a remote education environment at least through April 3, be assured that campus will remain open and we are committed to academic continuity for our students. This means we do not anticipate lengthening the Spring semester or halting the progress of students. We also intend to continue to operate many campus-level services during this time, including dining services, buses, and student services in the One Stop, though at reduced levels. Information on the status of residence halls also was sent to students Tuesday.
Finally, as the majority of our students travel home for the foreseeable future and we all continue to follow the progression of COVID-19 in New Jersey and around the world, let me remind you to stay up to date on the latest information from Rutgers by visiting regularly our website dedicated to this topic. Here, you will find not only the latest campuswide announcements but also a list of questions and answers you might find useful in the coming weeks. We also remain committed to communicating to you directly should the situation change on our campus.
In closing, I wish our students and faculty a restful spring break, and I send my sincere wishes to all of you for continued good health.
Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick