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Training, Education, and Communication

Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Prior to students and employees returning to campus for the spring 2021 semester, there will be clear communication of health and safety practices and behavioral expectations. Students will receive and complete training using a multimedia approach to address the following areas: health and safety guidelines; University policies and procedures for limiting the spread of COVID-19; phase-specific New Jersey guidelines; social distancing practices for both on- and off-campus; use of cloth masks in classrooms and public areas; personal and community expectations for hygiene, cleaning, and sanitization; personal health items to bring to campus; use of #CampusClear symptom tracker to screen and self-monitor symptoms; temperature taking and use of strategically placed therma-scans on campus; how to access Health Services and be tested if feeling ill; and what to do if tested positive for COVID-19. 

In addition to the multimedia approach to training and education for students, expectations are outlined in the Student Handbook and have been added to the Code of Conduct. Enforcement of the COVID-19 prevention policies is handled through the procedure of the Code of Conduct. New student and parent orientation programs will address the aforementioned areas for health/safety and behavioral guidelines in addition to other COVID-19 specific University policies and procedures. 

Returning students will receive updated information prior to their return to campus for the spring 2021 semester including vaccination requirements which will be communicated prior to the end of fall 2020 semester and then reinforced again in pre-arrival spring communication; behavioral expectations will be reinforced including expectations for COVID-19 testing prior to arrival on campus and participation in surveillance testing; updated information regarding any changes in COVID-19-related policies and procedures will also be clearly communicated.

Employees will receive and complete online training in eCampus which will address University policies and procedures related to COVID-19 sanitization, social distancing and practices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Employees will receive similar content instruction as that provided to students, with additional employee-specific procedures for reporting ill, testing, quarantine, isolation, contact tracing, and medical clearance to return to campus.

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.