9 Phase Timeline for Fall 2020

Phase 1: Restart & Planning 

May 1 - May 15

  • Receive guidance from New Jersey education officials on fall 2020 restart plans
  • Establish University Restart Operations Committee (UROC)
  • Establish Public Health Advisory working group
  • Begin consulting with other state colleges and universities
  • Research federal health and safety guidelines (from the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, etc.)

Phase 2: Risk Analysis

May 16 - May 30

  • Perform risk assessment of all University facilities
  • Develop modified occupancy plans for classrooms, residence halls, and work spaces
  • Review and evaluate health & safety measures (according to CDC guidelines)

Phase 3: Planning

June 1 - June 15

  • Commence with academic classroom analysis based on risk assessment and modified occupancy plans
  • Commence with residential living alternative plans
  • Commence with facilities and construction alteration planning
  • Commence with procurement of health and safety equipment and supplies (custodial, PPE, materials, inventory)

Phase 4: Facilities, Health & Safety

June 16 - June 30

  • Continue academic classroom analysis based on risk assessment and modified occupancy plans
  • Phased return of essential employees in Facilities & Operations Division, including completion of health and safety training
  • Commence with facilities alteration implementation; continue work throughout summer
  • Commence with Event Services and Athletics risk assessment and planning
  • Develop residential living protocols
  • Prepare draft of final reopening plan for President and Cabinet

Phase 5: Administration & New Student Activities

July 1 - July 15

  • Additional essential staff begin returning to campus in stages (starts week ofJuly 6)
  • Continue faculty and staff training modules for health and safety
  • Continue facility alterations
  • Submit final reopening plan to President and Cabinet
  • Evaluate testing and contact tracing options based on state guidelines

Phase 6: Planning

July 15 - July 30

Planning for:

  • Return of students
  • Welcome Weekend
  • Facility needs
  • Academic support
  • Athletics
  • Residence Life
  • Enrollment Management
  • Transportation
  • Food service
  • Bookstore operations
  • Bursar
  • Registrar
  • Financial Aid

Phase 7: Planning & Implementation

August 1 - August 15

  • Implement final planning stages for for return of students, including Welcome Weekend, Athletics, Event Services, and Student Affairs
  • Staff training modules for health and safety
  • Implement academic support, student business practices (Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid)

Phase 8: Final Details

August 15 - August 31

  • Contingency period to address continuance of fall semester preparation
  • Enter final phases of reopening: students, faculty, and staff; Academics, Student Affairs, Residential Life, Athletics, Food Service, Bookstore, Transportation, Event Planning and Enrollment Management

Phase 9: Monitor Fall 2020 and Plan for Spring 2021

September 1 - December 31

  • Continuance of adopted health and safety protocols throughout campus operations
  • Adjustments based on feedback from campus community
  • Apply learning principles to Spring 2021 planning efforts