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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
What You Need to Know

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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 Life

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.

Room Selection

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.

Social Distancing On/Off Campus and Use of Cloth Face Coverings

Limiting face-to-face contact is the best way to reduce spread of COVID-19.  This can be accomplished in several ways.  One is to practice social distancing and other is wearing a face mask/covering when in public places.

Social Distancing:  What It Means and What To Do

Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, means maintaining a safe distance from others to reduce the probability of inhaling COVID-19 virus particles. The following are some tips on maintaining social distance both on campus and in the community:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.  This includes not hanging out in groups at dining facilities, in-person study groups, social parties, or pick-up games of sports such as soccer or basketball.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. 
  • Avoid public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • If you need to shop for food or medicine or pick up food both on and off campus, stay at least six feet away from others. 
    • Wear a face mask/covering when out in public in areas where six feet of social distancing is not possible.
      • This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out dining facilities.
      • Important!  If you are picking up food at a campus facility, you MUST wear a face covering or you will not be served!
      • This is to protect not only yourself but others as well.
    • If you are off-campus:
      • Consider online grocery or take–out delivery.
      • Wear a face mask/covering whenever picking up take-out food.
    • If possible, mail order your medication or have it delivered.  Most local pharmacies are offering home delivery.
  • While in a grocery store, pharmacy, or picking up take-out food, do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Remove face mask/covering by the straps. Avoid touching the outside of the mask. 
  • Upon returning home, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Face Masks and Cloth Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing a cloth face covering when out in public where social distancing is not possible.

There are several types of face masks and facial coverings.  Surgical masks and N-95 respirator masks are meant for healthcare workers.  These are in short supply and must be reserved for front line workers.  Therefore, do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.

Cloth face coverings are easy to make, clean and recommended for persons to use in public spaces.  The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Ideally, having multiple cloth face coverings allows you to launder used ones while having a clean, fresh one available for use. So, whenever possible have at least five cloth masks to choose from.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should:

  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Have ties or ear loops to secure the covering to your head.
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face.
  • Cover both your nose and mouth. It should extend to just below your eyes.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Able to be laundered and machine dried without damage to its structure.

How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering

The CDC has an excellent resource and tutorial on making your own cloth face covering with both a sewn-material covering and a no-sew covering using a bandana.

Who to Contact

What if I have additional questions not answered on this web page?  


Latest Updates

July 8, 2020 - Fall 2020 Restart

Dear Members of the Monmouth University Community:

Since early April, members of our Fall Task Forces, drawn from every area of the University, have been developing plans for a variety of scenarios in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All along, our goal has been to ensure that we can continue to deliver an outstanding education while protecting the health and safety of all members of the University community. These are unprecedented times, and I have greatly appreciated your patience and goodwill as we have managed through them.

At this time, I am pleased to share with you Monmouth University’s plan to return to campus in the fall in a significantly modified in-person format, which includes a combination of in-person instruction, online courses, and hybrid course delivery. This plan allows us the flexibility to prioritize the health and safety of our University community while delivering the best possible academic and campus life experience for our students. The various components of this reopening plan meet – in many cases, exceed – all guidelines issued by the State of New Jersey, which are among the most stringent public health guidelines for higher education in the nation. The full plan and related details will soon be available on our University website, but I’d like to outline some key details here.

General Safeguarding, Screening, and Testing. General health and safety will be a shared commitment between the University and each individual student, faculty member, or staff colleague. A COVID-19 orientation will be required for all members of the University community prior to the start of the fall semester. Masks or other face coverings will be required inside buildings, including in all classrooms, labs, and dining spaces. Individuals may remove their masks outside only when social distancing is possible; otherwise, masks or face coverings must be worn.  Students may remove their masks once safely inside their individual residence hall rooms, but masks are required in all common areas. Hand sanitizers will be readily available in every building, and we will implement enhanced sanitation protocols, including more frequent cleaning of bathrooms, common areas, and classrooms. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete a daily questionnaire to identify possible COVID-19 symptoms. Students may be asked to display evidence of having completed the questionnaire prior to entry into the classroom and other designated areas on campus. In addition, temperature checks will be required in order to gain access to certain high-traffic areas, such as Magill Commons, the Guggenheim Library, the Ocean First Bank Center, and the Great Hall. Testing will be readily available by appointment through Health Services for all students who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had a direct contact with a known positive COVID-19 person. Students will be required to self-quarantine until the test results are available. Additionally, a 14-day isolation period is required for all individuals who test positive. Students who live within 100 miles of the campus will be encouraged to return home for the quarantine/isolation period. Otherwise, a separate residence hall on the campus will be available to house students in quarantine/isolation.

Academic Calendar. At this point, we will proceed with our planned fall calendar — opening on Tuesday, September 8, and concluding on Tuesday, December 22. We understand that many institutions have already elected to close their campuses at the Thanksgiving holiday. We, of course, will consider such action, if necessary, but we will reserve making a decision on that until November 1 so that it may be informed by the best public health information available at the time. If we send students home at Thanksgiving and complete the semester wholly online, we will refund any unused room and meal plan costs for the remainder of the semester, just as we did during the spring semester.

Instruction, Academic Support, and Internships/Clinicals. Academic instruction and support for the fall semester will include a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online coursework. This mix of delivery methods offers increased flexibility for students, enhanced health and safety protocols for all members of our community, and as much accommodation as possible for socially distanced classes on campus. We have offered training in online delivery to our faculty – including through our Summer Online Academy – to enhance faculty expertise in delivering content remotely. The flexible grading policy from the spring and summer sessions will continue in the fall as a way to support our students through this unsettling time of their academic journeys. The final course schedule will be available by July 31, allowing students to understand fully their learning modalities in advance of the start of the fall semester and providing plenty of opportunity to switch courses, if desired. The Guggenheim Memorial Library and various computer labs will be open and operational, but they will be subject to the same social distancing and capacity limitations as all other buildings on campus. Fall internships and clinical fieldwork will be available upon approval by the student’s faculty advisor and site supervisor. Study Abroad programming will be canceled for the fall semester.

Student Services. All student resources available through the Center for Student Success (including advising and tutoring), Health Services, Disability Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services will be accessible to students through a mix of in-person and remote access.

On-Campus Residential Housing & Dining. We will honor all housing contracts for the fall semester. Students may continue to live together in our residence halls, subject to social distancing guidelines and enhanced cleaning protocols. Consistent with our general safeguarding guidelines, masks or other face coverings will be required in the residence halls at all times, except in a student’s room. Unfortunately, all public lounges in the residence halls will be closed, and no guests or visitors from other residence halls will be permitted, consistent with New Jersey state guidelines. Dining services will be available to all students, featuring a new mobile ordering app that enables students to order their meals in advance. Meals will be ready for takeout, with additional outdoor space available where students can sit and eat. Indoor seating will be available, subject to strict social distancing protocols.

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities. The State of New Jersey has advised colleges and universities to adhere to NCAA and athletic conference guidelines to manage athletic competition. As such, fall athletics at Monmouth are scheduled to compete, consistent with extensive healthcare regulations and competition modifications. Club and intramural sports can continue to compete, subject to strict social distancing requirements and other safety protocols. Other student organizations are free to meet, but they will feature a mix of socially distanced in-person gatherings and remote online meetings.

Events & Visitors. Planned campus events and activities are subject to the prevailing public health guidance. As such, it is unlikely that large-scale events such as Homecoming, the Career Fair, and Family Weekend will go on as scheduled, but we will make final determinations on if or how these activities will take place as we get closer to the scheduled dates. We will significantly curtail the number of visitors to campus and will require all visitors to submit the COVID-19 health questionnaire and comply with campus safety protocols.

Throughout this pandemic, our decisions have been grounded in public health considerations and directives from local, state, and federal government. At present, the State of New Jersey sits in Stage 2 of Governor Murphy’s reopening plan. All of our plans are contingent upon the State moving safely to Stage 3. Our plan reflects the best available guidance for safely re-opening our campus, and we will continue to act and respond in the context of this emerging guidance. If anything should change here in the State of New Jersey – for example, if we cannot move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 and need to continue remote instruction – we will notify you as soon as possible.

As we move forward together, we will rely upon Monmouth University’s core values, which prioritize a safe learning environment and mutual respect for each member of our community. Successful implementation of our plan is dependent on each one of us accepting the shared responsibility to keep the University community safe and healthy through our individual actions. I thank you in advance for your commitment to each other.

Please be on the lookout for additional information throughout the summer. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at My fellow administrators and I stand ready to address your questions and concerns as fully and as quickly as possible.


Dr. Patrick F. Leahy


July 6, 2020 - Library Book Request & Pickup Service Now Available

Dear colleagues and students,

The Guggenheim Memorial Library is pleased to take a first step in the return to operating with a Book Request & Contactless Pickup Service. This service is available to Monmouth University students, faculty, and staff using your MU username and password. The Library building remains closed. Please follow the instructions, below:

  • We will begin to accept requests TODAY,  Monday, July 6, 2020.
  • This service is for books and other media in the library’s circulating, print collections.
  • Please use the library catalog ( to search for what you would like to request.
  • On the item screen in the catalog, click “Bookmark link for this record” and copy the URL in the browser address window. It will look like: We can only accept requests that include this link to the catalog record.
  • Go to the “Book Request Form” and complete it.
  • You will be contacted by library staff to confirm a pickup date and time.
  • Library materials may be returned ONLY to the book return box at the entrance to the Health Center-Birch Hall. We cannot accept returned library materials in any other way.

Pickup will be in the parking lot next to the library (Lot 20). You must remain in your vehicle at all times. The library building is not open at this time, except for a small number of staff operating this service. Your books will be brought out to you.

We ask that you please allow 24 hours between your request and your scheduled pickup. We appreciate your patience as we begin this service and navigate the inevitable unforeseen challenges. We are committed to providing you with the library materials that you need and will do everything possible to facilitate your requests with everyone’s health and safety in mind.

For questions, please contact me at

Kurt W. Wagner
University Librarian

June 29, 2020 - Campus Update

Dear Faculty and Staff Members:

As we’ve been discussing on our weekly calls, our Fall Task Forces have been hard at work planning for a safe and responsible campus reopening. The recently released state guidelines for colleges and universities provide a framework of critical standards and safeguarding practices to advance our efforts, and we hope to share our fall plans with you during the week of July 6.

In the meantime, the State of New Jersey has authorized the phased reopening of a variety of campus activities, and I’d like to share a brief update on our plans to restart a limited number of activities next week.

Guggenheim Memorial Library. The library will open for curbside pick-up on Monday, July 6 for students and employees only. Detailed instructions on the curbside pick-up process will be shared with the University community later today under separate cover from Provost Rekha Datta and Kurt Wagner, university librarian.

Summer Research Program. About 30 students have been engaged in the remote Summer Research Program since June 1. We are finalizing plans to safely conduct on-campus research that we hope will begin July 6 or soon thereafter. Additional details are available through the School of Science.

Summer Athletic Camps. The New Jersey Department of Health has approved the University’s plans to offer youth sports camps. On Monday, July 6, Athletics staff will welcome campers to its All Sports Camp, followed by a girls’ lacrosse camp on July 14. Camps will run in morning and afternoon sessions through the month of July.

Athletics. The University has submitted its plans to the State of New Jersey to begin voluntary training sessions for student athletes in our football program in accordance with guidance provided by the NCAA and the Big South Conference. Football student athletes, coaches, and staff members will have a three-day phased arrival on campus beginning on Wednesday, July 8.

I am excited to have some activity back on campus, as well as a limited number of employees to support it. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.



Dr. Patrick F. Leahy