- Monmouth Weekly - Episode 3
- Monmouth Weekly - Episode 2
- March 24, 2020 - Important Update from President Leahy
- March 22, 2020 - Message to students regarding ongoing CPS services
- March 21, 2020 - Message from Vice President Mary Anne Nagy
- March 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Update from President Leahy
- Monmouth Weekly - Episode 1
- March 19, 2020 - Important Health and Wellness Information
- March 18, 2020 - Email to Parents
- March 18, 2020 - Email to Students
- March 17, 2020 - President Leahy shares the latest University update on COVID-19
- March 16, 2020 - University Operations March 16 - 20, 2020
- March 12, 2020 - Message from President Leahy – Important Campus Updates
- March 10, 2020 - Message from President Leahy - Coronavirus Update for Faculty and Staff
- March 9, 2020 - Message from Vice President Mary Anne Nagy - Student Transport Update
- March 9, 2020 - Classes Cancelled
- March 5, 2020 - Message from President Leahy - Spring Break Travel
- Feb. 28, 2020 - Message from President Leahy
- Feb. 7, 2020 - Message from Vice President Mary Anne Nagy
In the News
- President Leahy: Monmouth University Stands Ready to Help Address Pandemic
appeared in the Asbury Park Press on March 31, 2020
- 5 Lessons From Campuses That Closed After Natural Disasters
Mary Anne Nagy, vice president for student life and leadership engagement, quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 26, 2020
Classes will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester.
Business Continuity and Remote Work Arrangements
Monmouth University will continue to operate during normal business hours with remote staffing.
Meetings and Events
All on-campus events scheduled through the rest of the semester are cancelled. Event information will be updated on the calendar of events as it becomes available.
Campus tours are suspended until further notice. Any updates will be provided as they become available.
Residential Move-out. The Office of Residential Life will conduct the move-out process over a 14-day period, beginning Thursday, March 26. In adherence to the strict social distancing guidelines set forth by the State of New Jersey, students will be required to make an appointment to recover their belongings and may be accompanied by no more than one person. Area coordinators will provide detailed instructions, including the scheduled days for specific buildings, either later today or tomorrow. To comply with the executive order, the move-out process cannot begin until March 26, so be on the lookout for more information soon.
The room selection process for the 2020-21 academic year will be conducted online via the My MU portal. Detailed instructions and general information will be shared via email after March 17, 2020. It is imperative that students monitor their Monmouth email accounts daily to participate in the process.
All of our athletics conferences have cancelled all spring activities, effective March 12.
Who to Contact
What if I have additional questions not answered on this web page?
- For questions related to student activities: contact the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3586.
- For study abroad questions: contact the Global Education Office at 732-923-4768.
- For admissions questions: contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 732-571-3456, or the Graduate Admission Office at 732-571-3452.
- For academic-related questions: Students should contact their instructors and faculty should contact their department chairs.
- For academic support-related information: Review the information on the Academic Support for Remote Learning page
- For the latest COVID-19-related updates to federal financial aid: Visit the Federal Student Aid web page. You can also follow the Monmouth University Financial Aid Office on Facebook for financial aid information and updates.
- If you are experiencing discrimination or harassment in relation to the coronavirus: contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at 732-571-7577
- For questions about coronavirus or health services: contact the Monmouth University Health Center at 732-571-3464.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 please contact Health Services at 732-571-3464.
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- Employee Assistance Program
- Federal Student Aid
- Free e-books and open textbook collections
- President’s Relief Fund
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- N.J. Department of Health – COVID-2019 (Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China)
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
President Patrick Leahy and Communication faculty Matt Harmon share updates about Monmouth University.
Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy spends some time with faculty member Matt Harmon to discuss a variety of issues that COVID-19 is having on the student population at Monmouth
Dear Monmouth Students:
Since the first message to all of you on Feb. 7, I have promised an aggressive, yet measured approach in our response to this global pandemic, which arrived recently in Monmouth County and is currently expanding in the region. The safety and welfare of those entrusted to our care is now — and always will be — our top priority.
Given Governor Murphy’s most recent executive order, as well as the public health professionals’ best estimates of the pandemic’s trajectory and timeline, we have little choice but to continue remote instruction and learning for the duration of the spring semester. We held out on making this decision as long as possible in the hope that we might all be together again before the end of the semester, but, unfortunately, that no longer looks possible. We join nearly all of the other higher education institutions in New Jersey in making this very difficult decision to suspend in-person instruction for the entire semester. While we will be unable to gather on campus as one Monmouth community, we remain committed to offering you in this remote learning environment the personalized education that you expect from us, enabling each of you to continue to make progress on your academic journey.
The decision to extend remote instruction and learning through the end of the semester prompts a cascade of other considerations, including the following.
- Grading. In collaboration with the Provost, the Faculty Council has approved a flexible grading policy for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. At the conclusion of the semester, faculty will award letter grades to students for their work. Once standard letter grades are posted, students may choose to keep some or all of those standard grades (A-F), or they may choose to have some or all of the grades recorded as Pass/Fail (P/F). This policy offers the most flexibility possible for students. The Provost will provide the full policy details and considerations for students under separate cover.
- On-Campus Work. We have worked to preserve all on-campus student employment opportunities, wherever possible, for the remainder of the semester. Students will continue to be paid for work performed, though they have been asked to work remotely, just as full-time staff have been asked to do so. In addition, we will honor graduate assistantships and Federal Work Study awards. Please be in touch with your campus supervisor for more details.
- Residential Move-out. The Office of Residential Life will conduct the move-out process over a 14-day period, beginning Thursday, March 26. In adherence to the strict social distancing guidelines set forth by the State of New Jersey, students will be required to make an appointment to recover their belongings and may be accompanied by no more than one person. Area coordinators will provide detailed instructions, including the scheduled days for specific buildings, either later today or tomorrow. To comply with the executive order, the move-out process cannot begin until March 26, so be on the lookout for more information soon.
- Refunds. The Board of Trustees has approved a policy to ensure that all students will receive prorated refunds or credits on unused room contracts, meal plans, and parking fees. All refunds and credits will be prorated for the period beginning March 23, 2020 through the end of the semester. Additional details will be shared shortly.
- Commencement. The University is committed to hosting traditional, in-person, graduation ceremonies for both undergraduate and graduate students in order to properly celebrate our students’ achievements. The May dates will be postponed to a time later this summer when public health officials deem it safe to hold such celebrations. Details will be forthcoming.
- Summer International Trips. All faculty-led and study abroad summer programs are cancelled for the Summer 2020 sessions. Making this decision now protects students against incurring any fees that might be unrecoverable later.
- Summer Courses. At this point, summer courses will continue as scheduled. We encourage students to register for these courses as normal. Any change to the mode of delivery or to the schedule of classes will be communicated later in the spring, as the public health situation dictates.
We will continue to provide additional information in the days and weeks ahead. Please check your Monmouth e-mail on a daily basis for updates.
Lastly, I understand the hardship these trying times can create for students, especially those with limited financial means. To that end, I have established a President’s Relief Fund that can provide small grants to students to relieve financial pressures during this difficult time. Please visit monmouth.edu/relief to fill out a simple appeal form. Resources are limited, so I cannot guarantee that every appeal will be funded, but let’s try.
President Kennedy once said: “Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men and women.” I pray that all of us can summon additional strength to navigate these turbulent times. Together, we will weather this storm and make Monmouth University better than ever. If you have any questions or comments regarding these decisions, please feel free to contact my office directly email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and will ensure each message gets a response.
Thank you for being a part of the Monmouth University community.
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy