Spring Semester 2021 Update
November 6, 2020
Dear Scarlet Knights,
The schedule of courses for the Spring 2021 semester will be available on November 9, 2020. Registration for all students will open on November 30.
As I mentioned in my October 8 message, the New Brunswick academic units have been working closely with my office to determine which courses can be taught safely in-person with social distancing protocols in place. In consultation with the faculty and my academic leadership team, I have made the decision that all New Brunswick schools will offer limited in-person instruction for Spring 2021- primarily courses that require physical presence such as lab research, studio courses, and clinical instruction.
There is a palpable energy when students are on-campus. While we are eager to increase your presence and expand on-campus housing, the pandemic’s dynamic nature dictates that we proceed in a manner that enables us to pivot to full-remote instruction seamlessly if necessary.
I did not arrive at this decision easily, as a Rutgers alum, I understand and appreciate the unique experience of in-person learning on the Banks. However, as your Chancellor, I’m confident that this approach enables us to be most responsive to the health and safety of our community.
Additional information from your academic deans is forthcoming, and I have emphasized to faculty and staff the importance of supporting students through this unprecedented time.
Rutgers is resilient. Throughout our 254 year history, we’ve faced many challenges and have consistently risen to the occasion. I’m confident that this time will be no different, as you have already shown.
Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D. (PHARM '77, GSNB '87)
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick