Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Monmouth University will begin fall classes on Tuesday, September 8. The majority of academic instruction and support will be delivered online; however, students are welcome—if they choose—to reside in on-campus housing.
Prior to returning to campus, all students are required to complete online training on Monmouth University’s health and safety practices and behavioral expectations.
Students will also be required to conduct daily self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms using the Symptom Tracker tool in the HIPAA-secured Health Portal while living on campus or visiting campus.
- This must be done prior to reporting to campus for the first time and for all subsequent campus visits.
- Instructions pertaining to use of the Symptom Tracker will be included as part of the student training process and Student Code of Conduct, available in the Student Handbook.
To ensure physical distancing, the Office of Residential Life will assign resident students a specific time to move into campus housing.
Residents can have two “guests” assist with the move-in process. Residents and their two guests helping with move in will be required to complete a health self-screen for symptoms on the day of move-in. The University will provide information on the self-screening process.
A behavioral expectation agreement for all resident students will be implemented and students will not be permitted to move in without completing the document.
All students traveling to Monmouth University from one of the states on New Jersey’s travel advisory list must quarantine in state for 14 days prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students will be accommodated with an early arrival to satisfy their quarantine requirement. In addition, the University can offer quarantine space for students residing off campus on a limited basis. Please contact Jim Pillar, associate vice president for student life, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Resident students will be required to complete an educational module to learn about campus policies, behavioral expectations, housing protocols, the epidemiology of COVID-19, social distancing, and virus prevention.
Housing capacity and density will be reduced throughout the University’s traditional residence halls, suite-style buildings, and apartment complexes. Students may continue to live together in University residence halls, subject to physical distancing guidelines and enhanced cleaning protocols. All public lounges in the residence halls will be closed. Elevators will be limited to one person at a time. Masks or other face coverings will be required in the residence halls at all times, except in a student’s private living quarters.
Residents are limited to one guest within their private room, provided that individual resides in the same building. Parents/guardians will be permitted on an exception basis. Non-Monmouth community members and commuter students are prohibited from entering the residence halls.
Isolation housing for students who are COVID-19-positive and who cannot return safely home will be provided as needed.
Resident students who elect to remain home for the fall term and learn remotely have until the day before their scheduled move-in day to cancel their housing contract and receive a full refund. Housing assignments for all students will remain secure for the duration of the academic year, so students will not lose their reserved spaces if they decide not to live in campus housing this fall.
If, during the course of the fall semester, the state moves to Stage 3, the campus will reopen even more as state-mandated constraints are relaxed. If students choose to return to campus housing at that point, the University will charge students only the pro rata share of the housing and dining contracts through the end of the semester.
In Stage 2, full dining plans will remain available but will be limited to “grab-and-go” options only. Indoor communal dining is not permitted.
All diners will be required to wear a mask or face covering when utilizing any dining facility on campus. Persons without a mask will be refused service and directed to a location on campus where disposable masks will be available for single use. Patrons utilizing dining services at Magill Commons will also be subject to a temperature screening before entering the main dining area.
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 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.
Additional outdoor space will be made available throughout campus for diners to sit and eat. If the state moves into Stage 3, the University will expand its dining operation accordingly to provide safe and physically distanced indoor dining spaces.
Complete details of the University’s multi-tier approach to providing dining services can be found in the Gourmet Dining Reopening Plan for fall 2020.
Services, Clubs, Events, and Other Programming
- All student resources available through the Center for Student Success (including advising, tutoring, and career services), Health Services, Disability Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services will be accessible to students through a mix of in-person and remote access.
- Students will also have access to the library, and the University is working on providing additional study spaces around campus for students to safely do their remote course work.
- Student clubs and organizations are free to meet using a mix of physically distanced in-person gatherings and remote online meetings.
- Planned campus events and activities are subject to the prevailing public health guidance. As such, it is unlikely that in-person, large-scale events such as Homecoming, the Career Fair, and Family Weekend will go on as scheduled this fall. However, the University will make final determinations on if or how these activities will take place as their scheduled dates draw nearer.
- The University Store 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.
Monmouth University has cancelled all fall athletics contests.
Recreation and Intramurals
Recreational and intramural sports such as fitness, yoga, walking, basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, bocce, croquet, and others will be conducted in socially distanced small groups.
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.