Dear Members of the NJCU Community:

NJCU is poised to implement its phased-in reopening of campus operations. As you know, Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order lifting the stay-at-home order.  In addition, on June 15, the State of New Jersey will move to Phase 2 on its Roadmap to Recovery.
As we begin our phased-in reopening, I want to assure you that the health and safety of our campus community is uppermost in our minds.  Three working groups have been hard at work to provide guidance on how best to reopen:  Health and Safety, Academic Affairs, and Student Life/External Affairs.  As a result of their work, the University is in the process of finalizing the details on its Recovery Plan to ensure the return to comprehensive campus operations. The three committees followed guidelines, recommendations and best practices set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), NJ Department of Health, Jersey City Department of Health, OSHA, and other experts in the field.
Using the guidance provided by these three work groups, my vice presidents will be working on plans specific to each of their divisions and departments to determine specific needs as we implement each phase of our return.  We know that implementation will require being nimble and attentive to new information and changing circumstances as we serve our students and each other.  Throughout this process, we look forward to constant give and take.
Some new protocols, such as mandatory face masks have already been implemented, as well as other safeguarding measures, which will include:
  • Increased signage campus wide consistent with CDC and OSHA guidelines to strongly encourage social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the wearing of face masks.  We have a responsibility to each other to follow these important and effective guidelines.
  • Return of employees in stages starting this summer.
  • Reduced density in campus buildings, with gatherings and social events following the Governor’s guidelines.
  • Physical barriers in high traffic locations and directional signage to be installed as needed.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting campus wide along with additional hand sanitizers in common areas and particular attention paid to effective filters in the HVAC systems.
  • Student support services will follow the guidelines of the Governor in terms of face to face interaction.
  • The operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems will continue to be monitored to reduce airborne exposure.
  • Assessments for employees and students to determine their most effective way to be engaged as well as self-monitoring.
  • Testing and contact tracing following best practices and the Department of Health.  
By June 22, we will have a website with specific guidelines and instructions for the safe return to campus for all of us, much like our peers (see Rowan as an example).  These plans like those of the State of New Jersey are constantly updated and amended as needed.
Should you have additional questions, concerns and/or recommendations, please email them to:

I look forward to seeing each of you back on campus.


Sue Henderson, Ph.D.
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