Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Until further notice, entry into most campus buildings will be limited to assigned faculty, staff, and students attending a scheduled class. In residence halls, occupancy will be limited to residents of the specific building only and all lounges and other common spaces will be closed.
No Mask, No Entry
Masks or other face coverings will be required inside buildings, including in all classrooms, labs, dining spaces, and in all other instances where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students may remove their masks once safely inside their individual residence hall rooms, but masks are required in common areas.
Six feet of physical distance between individuals will be implemented in all classrooms, workplaces, and areas of congregation, including indoors, outside, and when entering and exiting buildings.
When walking on campus sidewalks or pathways, please always stay to the right side of the walkway to provide at least six feet of distance from pedestrians walking in the opposite direction.
Signage and markers indicating physical distancing guidelines, mask requirements, and other hygiene methods will be displayed in all work, residential, academic, dining, health and recreational settings.
Entering and Exiting
Posted signage will help guide individuals as they enter, travel through, occupy, and exit buildings. Building occupants should stay to the right when traveling through hallways.
Multi-entranced buildings will have designated “in” and “out” doors with signage to limit congestion.
Doors and Door Handles
In an effort to minimize frequently touched surfaces, individuals are encouraged to determine if interior doors can be left open when the area is occupied. However, fire-rated doors, typically those that are equipped with closers and open to a building’s corridor, should always be kept closed.
Elevators and Stairs
Individuals are encouraged to use the stairs to navigate between floors and should stay to the right on staircases and in stairwells. Elevator capacity is reduced and occupancy limits will be posted.
Temperature checks will be required in order to gain access to certain high-traffic areas, such as Magill Commons, the Guggenheim Library, the OceanFirst Bank Center, and the Great Hall.
Students may be asked to display evidence of having completed the daily self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms using the symptom tracker tool prior to entry into the classroom and other designated areas on campus.
Library and Computer Labs
The Guggenheim Memorial Library will be open and operational but is subject to physical distancing guidelines of six feet and a capacity limit of 25 percent occupancy, as set forth by the State of New Jersey for Stage 2. Disinfectant wipes, disposable gloves, and disposable masks will be available and restocked as necessary.
Computer labs will be opened for the Fall 2020 semester in accordance with guidelines in New Jersey Administrative Order 2020-17, the university’s restart plan, and the academic calendar. Users will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distance as well as follow sanitation and infection control practices posted in the labs. Additional consideration for high-risk individuals use will be addressed prior to the start of the semester. The computers in the labs will allow the use of all university licensed software and will have printing capability.
Locations and times of operation for these labs will be posted prior to the beginning of classes.
Classrooms will be set up in compliance with social distancing regulations. Where possible, furniture will be removed and repurposed in another room where additional classrooms will be created.
Individuals and departments are expected to continue the use of Zoom for remote meetings. If it is necessary to hold meetings in-person, faculty and staff are asked to limit the number of attendees present, wear face coverings, and ensure that all individuals are able to appropriately physical distance (i.e., six feet apart).
In Stage 2, full dining plans will remain available but will be limited to “grab-and-go” options only. A new mobile ordering app enables diners to order their meals in advance. Meals will be made ready for takeout, with each diner’s selections packaged in containers and placed in a bag with all the necessary disposable utensils needed to consume the meal. Plexiglass shields will be installed at pick up area(s) to ensure safe handling measures are met when diners pick up their orders.
While indoor communal dining is currently not permitted, we will make attractive outdoor seating options more readily available in various locations. If the State moves into Stage 3, we will expand our dining operation accordingly to provide safe and physically distanced indoor dining spaces.
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Hygiene
The University will implement enhanced sanitation protocols, including more frequent cleaning of restrooms, common areas, and classrooms using COVID-19 EPA-approved cleaning products and CDC cleaning protocols. Building entrances and exits, classrooms, restrooms, and offices will be equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, tissues, and paper towels.
Staff, faculty, and students will make use of disinfecting wipes and sanitizers provided in each room or work area to wipe down surfaces prior to, and after, use, as part of the community responsibility to maintain a clean work environment. Departments are expected to supplement cleaning of communal spaces by wiping all high-touch surfaces, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines, etc. on a daily basis.
Physical distancing of at least six feet will be required in restrooms across campus. Individuals should limit occupancy of campus restrooms in order to maintain physical distancing.
After restroom use, individuals should wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Only use alternating sinks when washing hands in a restroom; only use alternating urinals in restrooms.
Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently with EPA-approved supplies.
Student-athletes will be mandated to wear masks in the weight room, the sports medicine area, and in all hallways, dining facilities, and living areas. Masks will not be required for outdoor workouts. Athletes should consult with their coaches with regards to future competition plans.
The bookstore will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning September 7, 2020. Students are welcome to purchase their books in person during those times. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Enter through the OceanFirst Bank Center and exit through the exterior vestibule.
Students may also order books online at mubookstore.monmouth.edu. Books ordered online may be shipped or arrangements may be made for contactless pickup. Please call the store at 732-263-5235 to make those arrangements or with any other questions.
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.