New Jersey City University

How NJCU is Continuing to Keep our Campus Community Safe

At New Jersey City University, we are continuing to work hard to keep our campus community safe. Throughout the fall semester, the health and safety of the campus community during the pandemic is the foremost priority on the NJCU campus. 

As such, in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the semester, we are providing an update to the campus community regarding the procedures for communicating confirmed COVID-19 cases within our community as established in conjunction with the Jersey City Department of Health, steps we continue to take to keep our community safe, and expectations to follow so NJCU remains a safe place to work, learn and live. 

Our procedure for reporting cases at NJCU is clear and was developed with direct guidance from the health department. Step 1 is initial notification of the responsible reporting contact — typically the Dean of Students office and/or the Health & Wellness Center for students, depending upon if they are on or off campus, while faculty/staff will contact their direct supervisor. Step 2 is where contact tracing becomes essential to limit the spread of the virus.

If an individual reports being positive, those persons who are identified as close contacts (individuals who have been within six (6) feet for over 10 minutes of the sick individual) are contacted by the university's contact tracer through the following process: the NJCU COVID Response Team is alerted of an active case within our community; contact tracing is immediately mobilized; NJCU activates its contact tracing and notification protocol (detailed in the chart below) and determines action steps required as it relates to the necessary quarantining of impacted students and staff. The contact tracer is responsible for contacting the appropriate individuals and determining who needs to quarantine and who does not. Unless you are contacted directly, there is no cause for alarm. In order to protect the confidentiality of individuals and their privacy rights under HIPPA, the names of anyone who tests positive cannot be disclosed. 

To date, there have been 13 total positive cases within the NJCU community among more than 6,100 reported administered tests. We continue to document reported cases on our COVID-19 website dashboard at least once per week, the timing of which is at the recommendation of the Health Department. There have been zero (0) cases in NJCU's three residence halls.

Our COVID Response Team is in constant communication with the Hudson County Health Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health, who are proud of NJCU for going above and beyond the measures of other colleges and universities. As outlined in the NJCU Safe Campus section of the website, NJCU continues to exceed health department recommendations. 

The health and safety of the campus community during this pandemic is a shared responsibility among faculty, staff and students. If you test positive, please follow the steps outlined in this email and contact the university. If you are contacted by a contact tracer, it 
is our collective responsibility to be cooperative, for the sake of our community and ourselves.

NJCU COVID-19 Reporting Expectations

COVID-19 response protocol chart


Hudson County operates a COVID-19 testing center at Hudson Regional Hospital, located at 55 Meadowlands Pkwy, Secaucus N.J. 07904, with support from the Hudson Regional Health Commission Hudson County Medical Reserve Corps. This drive-thru COVID-19 testing is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 201-388-1097. Flu shots are now offered when getting a COVID-19 test. For additional information, click here

Additionally, NJCU has partnered with Diligent Urgent Care to provide COVID screenings, testing, and education for our NJCU campus. The screening is not the same as a COVID test, but depending on your conversation, you may be advised to get tested. All students are required to go through the telemedicine platform to get a health evaluation and will receive educational materials to assist you with your risk-level and knowledge to keep yourself and others safe. 

To schedule your Telemed visit: CLICK HERE 

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please:
Please visit our NJCU COVID website for more information on how to schedule your appointment and information regarding frequently asked questions.

Preparing for Thanksgiving

During this time of year, we reflect on all the things for which we are grateful. While celebrations may look a little different this year, the things we treasure will be particularly prominent in our hearts. While finding the joy during the holiday season, please remember the need to remain vigilant and adhere to the recommended CDC safety guidelines and take mask-wearing seriously, remain attentive to frequent handwashing and ensure physical distancing. 

For residential students returning home for the semester break, and for all other students, faculty and staff, please review the following guidance from the American College Health Association (ACHA): 

  • Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 (10 minutes of contact, less than six (6) feet apart, with or without a mask on) should follow the steps outlined above.  
  • If you plan to travel, please remember that you MUST quarantine before leaving and upon return. Please visit the NJ COVID Information Hub for more information.
  • Residential students who travel out of state MUST alert the NJCU Residential Life Office regarding travel plans, must be quarantined for 14-days upon return and must have a negative PCR screening before being cleared to return to campus.
Quaranting means:
  • Eating meals separately or outside while physically distanced.
  • Using separate serving ware, glasses, plates, and utensils.
  • Using a separate bathroom from family members. If that is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
  • Avoiding physical contact, wearing a mask, and maintaining six (6) feet of distance when in others' presence.  
Food services on campus will be closed from November 26-29. Residential students will receive information on utilizing the meal plan through the GET Mobile app for ordering and local restaurant vendors.

How NJCU is Keeping the Campus Safe

Safe Campus

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