Dear Monmouth University Community:
I write today with an important update to our existing health and safety protocols in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, including the Delta variant, throughout New Jersey and in particular, Monmouth County.
Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Wednesday, Sept. 1, all members of the Monmouth University community and guests to our campus – regardless of vaccination status – will be required to wear masks indoors, except when eating and when sitting in a private office or residence hall room. This decision has been informed by prevailing guidance from the Center for Disease Control, as well as the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.
Over the ensuing weeks, we will continue to monitor the public health situation and we will revisit our masking and other health and safety protocols for the fall semester later in the summer. The University continues to host vaccination clinics on campus for members of our community, as well as their immediate family members. Please continue to check your Monmouth email for information on upcoming clinics and if you have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. Likewise, we encourage you to continue thorough hand washing and sanitizing practices to help keep our community as healthy as possible. As a reminder, you are welcome to contact the Office of Student Life at x3417 to request and coordinate pick-up of a reusable Monmouth mask.
Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation as we work towards a safe and successful campus reopening this fall. As you well know, in order to preserve the health and safety of our entire community, each of us must commit to protecting all of us.
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy