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