COVID-19 Update

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Campus Status

Fall Return to the Banks

The large majority of course sections will offer in-person instruction for Fall 2021. There will also be some courses delivered remotely/online, depending on the specific course and school. Take precautions and use the My Campus Pass app before coming to campus.

A Message from the Chancellor-Provost

As COVID-19 vaccination rates rise and infection rates fall, we are looking ahead to a brighter future. I am eager to see our students and colleagues once again – learning, teaching, and thriving on our vibrant campus.

As we continue planning for our return to campus, we remain committed to the health and safety of our community. This is a shared responsibility, as President Holloway has stated, and includes a number of components and contingencies. Among the key components, the university is requiring all students attending in-person this fall be vaccinated, and has urged faculty and staff to do so as well. 

Of course, we will remain flexible and review, refine, and update our plans during the coming weeks and months. 

I know you may still have questions, so below you will find helpful information for planning your own return to campus. I look forward to seeing you there.

Francine Conway

Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2021

Prepare for the fall semester by reading through these common questions.

    • How many Fall 2021 courses will include on-campus instruction (either fully face-to-face or hybrid)?
      Most Fall 2021 classes will include an in-person component. Many will be face-to-face and some will be hybrid, with both face-to-face and online components.

      A number of course sections will also be offered fully online. Over the past two semesters, we have learned that some courses can be delivered effectively online and doing so provides greater flexibility for students.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • How can I find out which courses are taking place face-to-face on campus?
      To find courses with face-to-face meetings, search in the Schedule of Classes (SOC), Course Schedule Planner (CSP), and/or WebReg for both “Traditional/Face-to-Face” and “Hybrid” courses.

      Hybrid courses will list the days, times, campus, building, and classroom for the in-person meetings, as well as specify the format for the online component of the course.

      For additional information, view the Course Schedule and Registration FAQ.
    • For online courses: How can I tell if my course is synchronous (has mandatory, scheduled meetings) or asynchronous (no scheduled meeting times)?
      In the Schedule of Classes (SOC), Course Schedule Planner (CSP), and WebReg, the listings for online synchronous courses will specify the days and times of the class meetings and will have a campus designation of “Online.”

      The listings for online asynchronous courses will be denoted as “Asynchronous online content” and will not include days or times for class meetings.

      For additional information, view the Course Schedule and Registration FAQ.
    • Why does the availability of in-person courses vary so much across academic programs? My friend can make an entirely in-person schedule, but I only have two or three in-person courses for my programs.
      Academic departments created their Fall 2021 course schedules to best meet the needs of their students and their programs. Some departments chose to offer more online courses in order to accommodate higher student enrollments, while other departments discovered over the past two semesters that some courses can be effectively delivered online and that doing so allows greater flexibility for their students.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • I want a fully in-person course schedule. Will that be possible? 
      You can use the new search features in the Schedule of Classes (SOC), Course Schedule Planner (CSP), and WebReg to find courses that are being offered fully face-to-face and those that are hybrid, which have both in-person and on-line components. Most students will likely have a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses. 

      For additional information, view the Course Schedule and Registration FAQ.
    • I do not want to come to campus for classes. Will I be able to choose a fully online schedule? 
      Unless you are enrolled in a fully online degree program at Rutgers, you cannot be assured of a fully online schedule. There will be several remote course offerings, but these will be offered for single courses rather than entire programs.

      You should contact your academic program advisors to see whether you will have the option to take a fully online schedule. You can also search the Schedule of Classes (SOC), Course Schedule Planner (CSP), and WebReg to see the online course options for the courses you are interested in taking.

      For additional information, view the Course Schedule and Registration FAQ.
    • How do Rutgers’ Fall 2021 plans impact international students?
      For information pertaining to international students, please view Rutgers Global’s International Student FAQs.
    • I signed up for  classes but want to change my schedule. How do I do that?
      Continuing students will be able to make changes to their schedules throughout the summer using WebReg.
    • I am a new student. How will I create my Fall 2021 schedule? [Updated Aug. 2]
      You will work with your school’s advising team to create an academic plan for the Fall 2021 semester. Please visit your school's advising website for more information.

      The university will release first-year schedules on August 20, and students will be able to adjust their schedules beginning August 25. Your advising deans will be hosting sessions on how to use WebReg prior to August 25 and will be able to assist you if you need to make changes to your schedule.
    • How will student advising be done?
      Schools are currently providing their full range of advising services remotely. In the Fall, advising offices are planning to offer services both in-person and remotely.

      Please visit your school's advising website for specifics.
       - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 
       - Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
       - Graduate School of Education
       - Honors College Advising
       - Mason Gross School of the Arts 
       - Rutgers Business School
       - School of Arts and Sciences 
       - School of Communication and Information 
       - School of Engineering 
       - School of Environmental and Biological Sciences 
       - School of Management and Labor Relations 
       - School of Nursing 
       - School of Pharmacy 
       - School of Social Work 
    • What resources are available for tutoring and other academic supports?
      For Fall 2021, the Learning Centers will offer a combination of in-person and remote academic support and tutoring services. All in-person services will occur in accordance with the university’s safety measures.

      Remote or in-person appointments can be made through the Penji app, which hosts services from a variety of Rutgers–New Brunswick programs. Please contact the Learning Centers for more information.
    • What guidance is available for students who will be taking online courses? 
      The Learning Centers have created resources to help students succeed in online courses. Students can also meet with an academic coach for additional guidance on learning in the remote environment.
    • What accommodations and services will be available for students with disabilities?
      Our Office of Disability Services is offering its full range of services, both in-person and remotely, and has developed a guide for how the most commonly used accommodations work in an online environment.
    • What technology will undergraduate students need for Fall 2021?
      Students will need to be able to participate in online meetings. Most students will have some online class meetings, and even those with fully face-to-face course schedules will likely want to take advantage of the online services and activities that will be offered in the fall. Therefore, students will need, at a minimum, high speed internet access, a laptop or desktop computer, and a built-in or external microphone and camera. Students on campus will have access to high-speed internet.

      Students should check with their specific school, courses, or majors regarding any additional requirements. Learn more from the Student Tech Guide, including information about computer purchases and free and discounted software, including Microsoft Office.
    • How can parents and/or guardians support students during the Fall 2021 semester?
      The myGuest Dashboard allows students to give parents, guardians, and third parties access to view content and services related to their experience at the university, such as class schedule, financial aid, scholarship awards, and term bills. While the university is offering this service, access will not be granted without the student's permission due to the protection of student rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For information on signing up an authorized user, view frequently asked questions about the myGuest Dashboard.

      Parents and guardians can also sign up to receive the Rutgers University Parent and Family Newsletter for helpful reminders and campus information.

      Of course, we know that parents and guardians are concerned about their students’ health, and the university is, too. Regardless of where a student lives, following public health authorities' guidance during this pandemic is critical to maintaining the health of our students and those with whom they come into contact.
    • Will on-campus housing be available in Fall 2021?
      Rutgers–New Brunswick plans to open and use all on-campus housing facilities in Fall 2021. On-campus housing will only be available to students who have been fully vaccinated.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • Who will be offered on-campus housing?
      On-campus housing will be made available to all students who have been fully vaccinated and are interested in living on campus. Incoming first-year and new transfer students can learn more from the Residence Life's Housing Updates page. Continuing students can learn more about the housing selection process on Residence Life's Housing Selection Process guide.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • What student services will be available in the fall for Rutgers–New Brunswick students?
      Rutgers is committed to maintaining, and in some cases enhancing, a robust menu of services and support it provides to students in light of our current environment. The intent for Fall 2021 is to provide all student services in-person and to supplement virtually when appropriate.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • Will recreation facilities be available to students?
      The recreation centers will be open in Fall 2021. Rutgers–New Brunswick is currently working with state officials to determine the capacity levels that will be allowed, and to determine other measures that will be necessary to ensure adherence to COVID-19 safety requirements.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • Will there be on-campus programs, events, clubs, and intramurals in Fall 2021?
      Rutgers–New Brunswick intends to accommodate on-campus programs, events, clubs, intramurals, and other on-campus activities during Fall 2021. Specific opportunities will depend on state and federal health guidelines. We will continue to provide the campus community with updates as involvement opportunities are made available. Students interested in learning more can visit the Get Involved website.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • Will fraternities and sororities be active in Fall 2021?
      Rutgers–New Brunswick intends to allow for on- and off-campus Greek Life programs in Fall 2021. Specific opportunities will depend on state and federal health guidelines. We will continue to provide the campus community with updates as involvement opportunities are made available. Students interested in learning more can visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • How will orientation be held for first-year students?
      We are providing a robust virtual orientation program to welcome incoming students to their first year at Rutgers–New Brunswick. This will include virtual New Student Orientation modules in June and July, and a series of in-person “Welcome Week” activities in August to allow students to familiarize themselves with Rutgers, connect with their peers, and ensure they have the materials they need to begin their first year with success. Welcome Week programs will also be available for second-year students who were remote and did not live on campus during their first year.

      Bear in mind that these plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.
    • What is the status of Rutgers-New Brunswick sports?
      Refer to the Athletics Department for information on sports schedules.
    • What dining options will be available on-campus in the fall semester?
      All four dining halls on the New Brunswick campuses will be open and fully operational for the start of the Fall 2021 semester, with indoor dining capacities determined by state and federal guidelines. In addition, there will be select retail operations available on each of the four New Brunswick campuses. Take-out options will also be available.
    • Will busing and transportation be offered? [Updated Aug. 3]
      Rutgers buses have resumed operating at normal capacity, with all riders and drivers required to wear face coverings. Find information about the New Brunswick Campus Buses and Shuttle Service.
    • How will Rutgers provide opportunities for students to connect with employers? [Updated Aug. 2]
      The Office of Career Exploration and Success (CES) at Rutgers–New Brunswick views the health and safety of our students and employer partners as a top priority. Pending state capacity requirement updates, our recruiting services and programming will be offered in-person and virtually in the fall semester. Services include our interviewing program, employer information sessions, and our virtual career fairs segmented by the types of recruiting opportunities and functions of each role. Additionally, employers continue to post and connect with students in our career management platform, Rutgers Handshake.
    • What resources are available to prepare students for a challenging job and internship market? [Updated Aug. 2]
      All students are encouraged to activate their Rutgers Handshake account, select up to five career communities, and complete their profile. Rutgers Handshake is the primary career management platform for students to connect with career-related services. In the system, students can schedule virtual or in-person appointments with a career advisor, register for career development programs and career/internship fairs, apply for employment opportunities, request interviews with employers, and more.

      Additionally, you can access other online career tools such as the Student-Alumni Career Connect, where you can learn from alumni, InterviewStream for interview practice, conduct a self-assessment through Traitify, or receive instant feedback on your resume or LinkedIn profile with Resume Worded.
    • Will there be a #RutgersWorks Free Tuition Career Challenge this fall?
      Yes, Career Exploration and Success will once again host the #RutgersWorks Free Tuition Challenge. Complete several online career-related activities and earn entry into a monthly and grand prize raffle (including spring tuition). All currently registered Rutgers–New Brunswick students, undergraduate or graduate level, are eligible to participate.
    • Will there be opportunities to intern with a campus department?
      Yes, many departments still require assistance through student interns, including those who can work remotely, and as we transition to an in-person environment, additional on-campus positions will be available. Departments are encouraged to post their internships and on-campus student employment opportunities in Rutgers Handshake. Once you have an account, you can filter by employment types to discover positions posted by Rutgers departments. Students with Federal Work-Study should contact the Student Employment Office for more information about Federal Work-Study positions.
    • What career advising options will be available this fall? [Updated Aug. 2]
      Our staff members are available to assist eligible Rutgers–New Brunswick students and alumni through individual advising appointments. We can help you develop a 4-year career plan, assess your skills and interests, explore a major and career paths, gain experience through internships and co-ops, navigate graduate school considerations, get started on your job search, and much more. This Fall, students will have access to both in-person and virtual appointments and can schedule these via Rutgers Handshake.

      Students can also seek assistance in our virtual drop-in Career Studio, where you can receive on-demand support from our trained Peer Career Coaches with your resume, cover letter, job or internship application, online career tools, and more.
    • How can I get help if my family’s economic circumstances have been impacted by COVID-19? [Updated Aug. 23]
      During the Fall 2021 term, Rutgers University will be distributing $74 million in aid from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III), as authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021.

      HEERF III eligibility criteria have not yet been determined, but will be communicated once finalized and students will be notified via email if they are eligible to receive funding. Through an online consent process, eligible students will be given the option to have their funding applied to a Rutgers term bill balance if they wish to do so. More information on the consent process will be provided when it is available. Students who do not select this option can choose to have their funds distributed directly via an electronic transfer process or receive payment by paper check.

      We understand the significant hardships students and their families have experienced because of COVID-19. As more details about the distribution of HEERF III funding becomes available, students will receive communication from the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Where can I find information about the COVID-19 vaccine for Rutgers students, including information related to immunization documentation?
      View the COVID-19 Vaccine for Rutgers Students FAQ.
    • How is the university mitigating risk for on-campus courses? [Updated Aug. 2]
      The university will continue to implement health agency guidelines for social distancing, including requirements to wear face masks/coverings. Additionally, Rutgers has updated its immunization policy (see Policy 10.3.14, Interim COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students) to require all students to be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus in the fall. For more information, please read the Returning to Rutgers plan.
    • Will faculty, staff, and students be required to wear face coverings on campus? [Updated Aug. 2]
      Yes. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors on campus. For more information, please read the Returning to Rutgers plan.
    • Will Rutgers implement protocols to manage exposed and ill students on campus? [Updated Aug. 23]
      Yes. Spaces have been identified to accommodate students who will live on campus, if they require isolation or quarantine. Student Health Services also will provide consultation for symptomatic students, including telehealth services, to individuals in isolation or quarantine housing. Meals or grocery service will be available to students in isolation or quarantine housing on campus.
    • What are the university’s plans for cleaning and sanitization of campus facilities?
      University Facilities will undertake inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of buildings and grounds in the weeks leading up to the repopulation of the campuses, and will institute preventative maintenance measures in accordance with established schedules.
    • What are Rutgers’ rules regarding interstate or international travel?
      For information on travel and quarantine advisories, and other universitywide COVID-19 information, visit the Universitywide COVID-19 Information page.