Return to Campus

Multiple measures have been implemented to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff during the fall 2020 semester.

The University Restart Operations Committee (UROC) teams met through the summer to develop guidelines and procedures that comply with federal and state guidelines. The four teams, made up of some 70 faculty, staff, administrators and students, addressed Academic Affairs; Athletics Activities and Campus Life and Housing; Health, Safety and Communications, and Student Affairs.

We are following Gov. Phil Murphy’s three-stage re-opening plan for New Jersey and higher education. The FAQ below provides more details.

Our goal is to keep our faculty, staff and students safe and healthy.  We will continue to reinforce our Soar Safely, Ospreys messages and measures while providing the academic services students need to succeed.

Yes, this semester will be different. But I know we will all again rise to the challenge. Working together, we will have a safe, supportive and academically productive semester. And, yes, we will also have fun. President Harvey Kesselman

Need to Know

To reduce the risk of spread, students are not permitted to have any guests in the residential facilities. A guest is defined as anyone who does not live in the assigned room. Students who are identified as hosting guests will face disciplinary action.

Students who choose to host or attend large group gatherings place the entire University community in danger. Therefore, students who host or attend large gatherings on-campus or off-campus will face severe and immediate disciplinary action.

Health and Safety Guidelines


Follow guidelines on how to keep safe while on campus.


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Find the latest answers to our most common questions.

9 Phase Timeline

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View the upcoming steps and follow our progress.

Faculty, staff and student surveys collected additional input, information and questions.

The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we will adapt as needed. We will share more details as our plans evolve.

The University cannot guarantee the campus will be free of COVID-19.  There is a risk that members of our community may contract COVID-19, but we are taking recommended steps in accordance with federal and state guidance to mitigate this risk on campus.  

As part of returning to campus, all students, faculty and staff will be expected to take personal actions to help protect themselves and others on campus. The success of our plan depends on everyone doing their part.

We look forward to your return to a safe campus and a productive academic year.