Update on Rutgers University–Camden responses to COVID-19

Sent Wednesday, March 18, 2020

To the Campus Community:

As our nation responds to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, each of us is redefining how we engage in our roles as students, faculty, and staff. In the midst of this rapidly changing situation, we remain committed to making certain that we support each other as members of the Rutgers University-Camden community.

Regardless of where you are learning, teaching, or working, please be certain to follow basic health precautions, including maintaining reasonable social distancing. We do this for ourselves and for our loved ones, especially those with compromised health conditions. I urge you to review the precautions posted on the Rutgers website. I again ask that you also make certain that your emergency contact information is current so that you may receive urgent communications from Rutgers.

Information about how Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is operating will continue to be provided by the Emergency Operations Center and other universitywide offices. The Rutgers coronavirus website remains the definitive resource for official and up-to-date news about this situation as it relates to our university.

The following information reflects updated information specific to Rutgers University–Camden:

Commencement
Yesterday, President Barchi communicated to the university community the heartbreaking news that Rutgers will not hold commencement ceremonies this May. It was necessitated in order to protect our students and our loved ones from COVID-19 while also providing enough time for families to cancel travel and other arrangements related to commencement. Nonetheless, this is painful for the Class of 2020 and their families, as well as for our faculty and staff who have shared this journey to graduation with our students. We are working to find alternative ways to celebrate the achievements of students, and we will solicit your ideas as we move forward. This is an evolving process and I will continue to share information as we move forward together.

Student Services and Campus Operations
Rutgers remains open and operational. Many campus offices are functioning through remote operations. As a result, some services may be limited and email will be the best way to communicate with offices throughout Rutgers. Please visit departmental websites to secure email addresses. Utilize the Rutgers online search function to facilitate your efforts.

Registration for Fall 2020

  • The schedule of course offerings is posted.
  • Pre-registration for undergraduate enrollment will start on Monday, April 20.
  • Undergraduate students may contact their academic advisors via RaptorConnect.
  • Students in graduate programs should contact their dean’s offices or program directors for additional information.

Campus Access

  • Effective immediately, swipe card access is required for all major Rutgers University–Camden buildings, now including the Campus Center and the Paul Robeson Library. A valid Rutgers ID is required to enter these buildings. Students with valid Camden County College or Rowan University IDs may enter the Robeson Library.
  • The Athletic and Fitness Center and the University District Bookstore are closed.
  • The following remain open and operating on modified schedules:
    • The Campus Center will be open during 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays
    • The Student Wellness Center and the Raptor Pantry will be open during 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays
    • The Paul Robeson Library and the student computing lab will be open during 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are being implemented to sanitize workstations and common areas.
  • Shuttle bus service remains suspended.

Dining

  • In the Campus Center:
    • The Market will be open for take-out only from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays
    • The Retail Food Court will be open for take-out only during 8:30 to 10 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), and 5 to 6 p.m. (dinner) weekdays; during weekends, the Retail Food Court will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (brunch) and 4 to 6:30 p.m. (dinner)
    • Maintain social distancing by using the Rutgers-Camden dining app
    • The All-You-Care-To-Eat dining hall and Starbucks are closed
  • The cafes located in the Law School Complex and in the Nursing and Science Building are closed.

In light of these and other unprecedented actions that we are taking in response to COVID-19, we will postpone the annual Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement and the 10th anniversary civic engagement symposium, which were scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 23. Both events will be rescheduled to fall 2020.

Rutgers will continue to provide frequent and thorough updates about how our university is responding to COVID-19. We will do the same regarding news specific to Rutgers University–Camden. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Faculty: Office of the Provost | hart@camden.rutgers.edu

Students: Dean of Students | deanofstudents@camden.rutgers.edu

Student Wellness Center: (856) 225-6005

During this time of uncertainty, it can be difficult to maintain patience as we await answers to complex situations. Students have questions about grading policies and final exams, and faculty and many students are concerned about completing their original research projects. Rutgers is working on these and many other matters, and we will share answers as they are finalized.

Please be well and continue to take care of yourselves. Working together, we will support and strengthen each other and our university.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.
Chancellor

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