Saint Peter's 2020

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Saint Peter’s 2020 Update

October 13, 2020

Good morning,

I hope you and your families are well.

With the halfway point of the fall semester upon us the time has come to start looking forward to the spring.

I am pleased to announce that Saint Peter’s University is readying for a return to campus this spring through a hybrid approach of in-person and virtual learning. This is our plan at this time, which was part of our master plan that was approved by the State of New Jersey this past summer, and we are prepared to shift should we need to do so. This plan is available at saintpeters.edu/saintpeters2020 should you wish to review details again. As you are aware, we are in regular contact with various federal, state and local agencies, and will continue to make our decisions and finalize internal protocols in conjunction with their guidance.

Our plans also include changes to the academic calendar for the spring semester in an effort to minimize the risk to campus associated with the flu season and increased travel during Spring Break. There will be no traditional undergraduate (Day Session) classes the first week of the semester. Instead, Day Session classes will start one week later than usual – on January 27. In addition, we are eliminating our traditional week off in March (previously scheduled for March 8-12). Again, classes will be in session that week – there will be no Spring Break. We will observe as planned the Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents’ Day and Easter holidays. The last day of Day Session classes will be on May 10, as previously scheduled.

The hybrid learning approach will involve face-to-face class time, synchronous remote instruction and asynchronous course materials (e.g., recorded lectures or modules, audio PowerPoints, videos, discussions). Some classes (e.g. some laboratory courses, some studio courses) will meet mostly or entirely face-to-face with safety measures in place.

Classroom instruction will be designed for safety without sacrificing the close and personal interaction between professors and students that is a hallmark of a Saint Peter’s education. Classes will take place with proper distancing between desks and face-to-face class time will likely entail smaller classes than usual. Some online/remote learning will likely be necessary to supplement face-to-face instruction, but even this can include ‘live’ synchronous class time spent with faculty and fellow students. Our plans for instruction will be flexible and designed for safety, but also mindful and protective of what makes the Saint Peter’s educational experience special and meaningful.

This model will allow a rapid shift if needed to a fully remote model and we are prepared to adapt our plans at a moment’s notice should a health or safety issue, or government mandate, require us to do so.

Registration for Day Session for the spring semester begins on November 16. More information will be forthcoming from the Office of the Registrar.

I know many of you are eager to return to campus. But with that excitement also comes concern and anxiety given the magnitude of this virus and all that is unknown. I again want to assure you that every single decision that has been made during this pandemic, and will continue to be made, was based on prioritizing the health and safety of our entire community. That will remain our #1 priority for the spring term.

Below are key dates to keep in mind for the spring semester.

January 19 Classes begin for SPCS in mostly hybrid and online delivery modes
January 26 Classes begin for Graduate semester courses in mostly hybrid and online delivery modes
TBD late January Resident students move-in
January 27 Classes begin for most Day Session courses via hybrid instruction
March 8-12 Classes will take place. There is no Spring Break.
May 3 Last day of classes for Graduate semester courses
May 10 Last day of classes for Day Session courses
May 11 Reading Day for Day Session courses
May 4-13 Final Exams for Graduate semester courses
May 12-18 Final Exams for Day Session courses
May 24 Tentative Date for Commencement

With your continued patience and flexibility I know that we will have a successful spring term. Please be sure to check your University email on a regular basis for announcements and updates throughout the term.

Finally, on a related note, while we continue to use CampusClear at Saint Peter’s University, I also want to make you aware of COVID Alert NJ, which was recently launched by the State of New Jersey.

The free app alerts people if they’ve potentially been exposed to COVID-19 through a notification if a user has been within six feet for at least 10 minutes of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who also uses the app. The more people who use it, the more accurate the data will be in helping us to fight the spread of this disease. I encourage you to explore it as well as to continue to take all necessary precautions so that you and your loved ones remain safe.

I will keep you apprised of any further details or changes surrounding the spring semester. As a reminder, registration for the Day Session begins on November 16.

Please continue to stay safe.

Sincerely,

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.

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August 31, 2020

Good afternoon,

I write to inform you of our established communication procedures should there be an active case of COVID-19 on campus.

The University is committed to transparency so we have created a COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard, which will house COVID-19 data related to our campus. This source of information can be found here and will be updated weekly, by noon on Monday, reflecting any cases from the prior week. This will be the only way the University will be communicating about confirmed cases.

The University has identified and trained employees to undertake a confidential contact tracing process when a member of the University community tests positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 related symptoms or was exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Health services, human resources and campus safety will work collaboratively to manage contact tracing activity, in conjunction with the Jersey City Department of Health. All members of the University community must cooperate with contact tracing. Please note that contact tracing protocols allow for only those who have been exposed to be informed if someone has tested positive. While we will be reporting numbers, we will not be divulging the names of individuals affected or specific details. I ask that you respect the privacy of the members of our community.

As part of our shared responsibility to keep each other safe, members of the University community must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Students should contact the Office of Health Services at healthservices@saintpeters.edu and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at hrdept@saintpeters.edu.

As a reminder, all students and employees are required to utilize the CampusClear app to conduct a daily health assessment and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms as noted in the State higher education guidelines. CDC guidelines note that self-monitoring and answering targeted health questions is a critical tool in slowing the transmission of the virus. CampusClear will serve as a daily reminder to practice social responsibility and encourage a campus culture of awareness and vigilance to keep the curve flat. CampusClear has a free downloadable app, as well as a web based platform

Thank you for your commitment to keeping our community a safe place to live and learn. If we all do our part I know we can help to reduce the risk of transmission.

Sincerely,

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.


August 6, 2020

Good morning,

As announced on Tuesday, the situation in the State of New Jersey has clearly changed since we submitted Saint Peter’s 2020, our plan for reopening this fall, to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education on July 20. With the rate of transmission remaining above the critical benchmark that shows COVID-19 is expanding, it has become apparent after further consultation with the State that it is not ready to move beyond Stage 2 of its multi-phase reopening plan, which mandates very limited in-person learning and working, with an emphasis on remote operations. Therefore, we have made the decision to conduct classes remotely for the fall 2020 semester.

When drafting Saint Peter’s 2020 we planned for a variety of scenarios. And while we were hopeful for a hybrid approach, we knew all along that there was a possibility that plans would need to be changed in order to be in compliance with the State. We are prepared to implement this new course of action immediately.

As previously announced, the fall semester for day session courses will begin Wednesday, August 26 via remote instruction and now will remain so for the entire fall semester as opposed to switching to a hybrid format in September. Courses that are already being offered fully online will continue in accordance with the original schedule. Stage 2 permits instructional labs to be opened in a limited fashion, and some labs and clinicals will be conducted in-person with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Even with remote instruction, residence halls will remain open and operate in accordance with State guidelines. We are looking forward to welcoming residents back to campus and to creating a vibrant on-campus experience, with health and safety at the forefront of everything we do.

In fact, there is still some limited housing available if you wish to apply. Resident students will keep their currently scheduled move-in appointments, which begin Sunday, August 23. Dining services, the library, computer labs and other facilities will be available for use in accordance with the current standards set forth by the State. Student support services such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) and the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), among others, will be assisting students virtually as well as via appointment. The Offices of Health Services and Leadership and Engagement will be open as usual.

Be sure to check your email for updates and news about virtual campus events and services. Also, I strongly encourage you to get involved in the many programs that will occur outside of the “classroom” or “office” during this vibrant online semester. Departments across the University are finalizing schedules and plans for engaging and meaningful virtual activities and events that will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Please know that should the State move to Stage 3 over the course of the semester, we may be presented with the opportunity to expand on-campus services and activities. Classes will remain remote though for the full duration of the semester. Further, the University will also be closely monitoring the situation for our plans for the spring in the hopes of a greater campus presence than what is possible this fall.

We are in the process of updating our FAQ at saintpeters.edu/saintpeters2020. Please be sure to check the site for the most up to date information and answers to all of your questions regarding the fall semester.

We will also be rescheduling our virtual “Town Hall” meetings to address any additional questions or concerns that you may have about our plans for the fall. Please check your University email for details about these events in the coming days.

While I am disappointed that I will not be able to welcome all of you back to campus in-person, I look forward to seeing our resident students and the employees that will be here in Jersey City. I hope you recognize me with my mask on! For those that will be solely virtual, I look forward to seeing you via Zoom and Google Meet in our virtual campus setting. And please know that I can always be reached at officeofthepresident@saintpeters.edu.

This fall will certainly be different but I am looking forward to a great semester. I am confident that as a community we can make it one that will be special. You have my word that we will do our best to replicate the Saint Peter’s living and learning experience that we all appreciate, albeit, for the most part, virtually.

Your ongoing patience, flexibility and collaboration as we navigate the ever-changing impacts of the pandemic is what makes Saint Peter’s University a remarkable community.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and be well.

Sincerely,

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.


Saint Peter’s 2020 FAQ

Academics
Calendar/Schedule
Community Responsibility Statement/Training
Dining Services
Division I Athletics and Recreational Life
Employees
Financial Aid
Health and Safety
International Students/Study Abroad
Residence Life
Student Life and Services
Transportation
Other Services
More Information


Academics

How will classes take place?

Classes will take place remotely for the fall 2020 semester.

The fall semester for day session courses will begin Wednesday, August 26 via remote instruction and will remain so for the entire fall semester.

Courses that are already being offered fully online will continue in accordance with the original schedule.

Graduate courses (those which are not already delivered online) will also be remote for the fall semester and winter trimester.

Will labs meet?

Stage 2 of the state of New Jersey’s multi-phased reopening plan permits instructional labs to be opened in a limited fashion, and some labs and clinicals will be conducted in-person with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Some instructional labs will reopen the first week of the semester (August 26). All labs will run according to one of the following three scenarios:

  1. Lab meets entirely remotely.
  2. Lab is divided into groups A and B. All will receive pre-recorded instructions prior to the lab meeting. Group A and B will come in alternating weeks to complete two labs worth of material (mostly data collection). The remote group will focus on data analysis and work with their lab partners on lab reports.
  3. Labs that have fewer students and have only one section will meet every week in-person, while maintaining social distancing.

All in-person labs will require students to wear face-masks, face-guards and gloves. For labs with stations close to each other, barriers will be installed between stations.

Students will be instructed to wipe down their work stations after completing the physical lab.

Will the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library be open?

Yes, the library will be open with guidelines that align with the Best Practices for Opening NJ Libraries put forth by the NJ Library Association and NJ State Library. Key components include:

  • All library staff and library visitors must wear masks while inside the building
  • Books will be quarantined for five days upon return, before they are returned to circulation
  • Technology loans (Chromebooks, laptops, camera, calculators, etc.) will be disinfected by library staff upon return
  • Digital library resources and services will be promoted and expanded through each phase

For more information, updates and resources, please visit the library’s COVID-19 web page.

Will computer labs be open?

We have virtualized and transitioned the majority of software applications commonly in use in computer labs to online access via a software solution Apporto. Major applications such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, SAS, R and several others are now accessible from any device (desktops, laptops, tablets, phones) from anywhere.

Additionally, seating in labs will be reduced to accommodate six feet between individuals where keyboards will be removed from in-between stations to further enable and visually represent this separation. All labs and equipment such as keyboards and mice will also be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Masks or face coverings will also be requested to be worn by all in the labs. Cleaning supplies will be provided in the labs with instructions to additionally clean desks and seating surfaces that individuals occupy.

Residence hall labs will be open. Seating will be reduced to accommodate six feet between individuals where keyboards will be removed from in-between stations to further enable and visually represent this separation. All labs and equipment such as keyboards and mice will also be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Masks will also be requested to be worn by all in the labs. Cleaning supplies will be provided in the labs with instructions to additionally clean desks and seating surfaces that individuals occupy.

Calendar/Schedule

What are key dates that I should be aware of for the fall semester?

August 17 Phased reopening of all on-campus operations begins

August 23 Student move-in begins over multiple days according to social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing protocols

August 26 Classes begin for most Day Session courses via remote delivery

September 8 Classes begin for SPCS and Graduate programs via remote delivery

December 17 Residence Halls close

What is the schedule for the fall semester?

The fall semester for day session courses will begin Wednesday, August 26 via remote instruction and will remain so for the entire fall semester. Courses that are already being offered fully online will continue in accordance with the original schedule. Stage 2 of the State of New Jersey’s multi-phase reopening plan permits instructional labs to be opened in a limited fashion, and some labs and clinicals will be conducted in-person with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Community Responsibility Statement/Training

Will there be a waiver/release AND/OR responsibility statement?

Yes. All students will be required to sign the Cura Personalis Contract which provides acknowledgement and adherence to health and safety standards, requirements, training and protocols put forth by the University. Students will receive their copy from the Office of Student Life and Development on August 10 and must complete and return by August 20.

In addition, students and employees must complete online COVID-19 training before returning to campus.

The key components of this course are as follows:

  • Infection disease characteristics
  • Infectious disease prevention
  • COVID-19 and Coronavirus Hierarchy of Controls
  • Exposure classifications
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Personal hygiene
  • Reopening business
  • Training

Additional details, links and deadlines will be provided by student life and development and human resources.

Dining Services

What safety measures are being implemented by Sodexo?

Social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the local and national government include the use of face masks, daily employee temperature checks, and increased cleaning and sanitation.

How will dining services operate?

All food provided will be takeout, single serving packaging, or grab-and-go. There will be no buffet or china service. All shared objects and self-serve items will be placed behind counters and available upon request.

Cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted frequently to high touch areas, with added staff to ensure procedures and protocols are adhered.

When the State of New Jersey enters Stage Three, which includes indoor dining, 30% capacity will be the maximum. The second and third floors of the Loughran Dining Hall will be utilized for resident dining. Faculty, staff and administrators will be encouraged to utilize personal offices or other spaces for dining.

For more information on dining services, including new hours of operation (time must be reserved for cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day) please review the Dining Services section of the Saint Peter’s 2020 plan. Updates will also be available at saintpetersdining.com at the start of the term.

The commuter meal plan has been suspended for the fall 2020 semester. We ask for your patience as we work to make the adjustments on your account.

Division I Athletics and Recreational Life

Will Division I athletics take place?

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. A decision on whether fall sport competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the presidents at a later date. Athletically related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will be structured in accordance with each institution’s procedures and applicable state regulations.

Will the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center be open for recreational use?

In order to safeguard the campus, student-athletes and athletic staff, the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center will remain closed for the duration of the fall semester. It will only be open for Division I athletic use. No public access or rental to any outside individual or group will be permitted.

Will intramurals and fitness classes be offered?

Virtual options will be available and communicated to the community once scheduled. For more information, contact getinvolved@saintpeters.edu

Will the game room and fitness center in the Mac Mahon Student Center be open?

Due to social distancing guidelines set forth by the State of New Jersey regarding gyms and indoor entertainment spaces, the entire fourth floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center will be closed until further notice.

Employees

When will employees return to their on-campus offices?

The phased reopening of offices that have been working remotely will begin on Monday, August 17. Until further notice from your supervisor, employees should continue their current work arrangements.

Employees must complete the online training course as soon as possible. The link was distributed by the Office of Human Resources on July 30.

Will in-person meetings take place?

If on campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, text, telephone, Google Meet, Zoom or other collaboration tools, rather than face-to-face. When in-person meetings are held, the number of participants will be reduced and in accordance with New Jersey state guidelines

Will I be required to travel?

There will be no nonessential travel, both domestically and internationally.

What if I need to care for my child or another family member due to COVID-19 related illness or childcare/school closings?

Faculty, staff or administrators who are unable to return to work because they are caregivers for family members or for children whose health condition falls within the CDC high risk categories may be eligible for leave under applicable federal and state laws.

Employees should utilize the COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodation Request Form advise the Director of Human Resources of the need for accommodations no later than July 27.

For all other concerns and/or questions regarding eligibility of applicable federal and state laws, individuals should contact the Director of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu for additional information.

Will visitors be allowed on campus?

At this time, we are suspending all formal visitation programs to campus (i.e. admissions events). If invited to campus, visitors will be required to follow the same guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing as the Saint Peter’s community members. Their host will be responsible for communicating these requirements prior to their visit and each visitor must complete a Google Health Screening Form prior to their arrival, which will be kept on file with campus safety for potential contact tracing purposes. It is strongly encouraged that visitors are not brought to campus, whenever possible.

Financial Aid

My financial situation has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Is there additional aid that I can apply for?

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@saintpeters.edu for assistance.

Can I defer attending admission to Saint Peter’s until Spring or Fall 2021 and still keep my scholarship/financial aid?

We will work individually with each first-year student to carefully plan their deferment; this will include counseling first-year students on financial aid based on the term they intend to enroll. Please contact admissions@saintpeters.edu to speak with a counselor about your options.

I’m interested in learning more about Saint Peter’s University. Are campus tours and visits taking place?

We have decided to suspend admission visits to campus as of Thursday, August 6. Please check out our admission visit page to learn more about our plan for fall virtual events and opportunities to engage with our counseling staff. Students can also are advised to contact the Office of Admission at admissions@saintpeters.edu to learn more about visit and tour options.

Health and Safety

Will masks be required? Will one be provided to me?

All community members will be required to wear masks at all times in public places unless an ADA accommodation is granted. However, there are some instances in which masks will not be required. For instance, residence hall roommates will be treated as family units and will not be required to wear masks while in their rooms. In addition, masks can be removed to eat and handle personal grooming.

Each member of the University community that will be on-campus will receive a reusable, washable Saint Peter’s University mask. Resident students will receive their mask during move-in. For employees, a representative from each department will be assigned to pick up masks outside of the Mac Mahon Student Center during designated dates/times for an entire team.

Should you need additional masks, they will be available for purchase from the Office of Student Life and Development on the fifth floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center for $10 each, cash-only. To purchase a mask, email studentlife@saintpeters.edu.

Should I wear gloves?

The CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick.

In most other situations, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.

Will social distancing be enforced?

Careful consideration of University buildings has been reviewed and appropriate signage, floor markers, window clings, etc. have been ordered and will be installed throughout campus to reiterate six feet of distance in areas that might experience high volume of traffic as well as serve as a reminder to be vigilant that staying six feet apart is the best practice. The University has reconfigured classroom seating, computer labs, dining and other common areas where students gather for an extended period of time to ensure six feet of distance is met. Large gatherings and/or large events will be held virtually throughout the fall semester and where able, outdoor areas will be utilized for socially distanced activities.

Will there be reminders on campus about wearing masks and social distancing?

Signage has been ordered and installed at every entrance to all buildings on campus reiterating that masks are required as well as floor markers for social distancing in high traffic areas.

In addition, transaction offices (Registrar, Financial Aid, Health Services, Library, etc.) where passing of shared objects or the department cannot feasibly operate on an appointment only basis have been equipped with appropriate clear barriers or Dutch Doors.

Will there be designated entrances and exits to buildings as well as in stairwells?

Due to regulations regarding accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there will be designated entrances and exits at the Mac Mahon Student Center only.

Will I need an appointment to visit a department or office on campus?

Many services will require appointments to help control the number of people in an office. Departments will post signage outside of an office to inform students of protocols, providing a number to call to inquire about availability as well as to announce that you have arrived for your appointment.

Will individual offices have sufficient supplies of masks, disinfectant wipes, sanitizers?

The University will provide disinfectant and other supplies for offices as appropriate.

A representative from each department will be assigned to pick up masks, wipes and sanitizer outside of the Mac Mahon Student Center during designated dates/times on a monthly basis

What cleaning measures are being implemented?

Frequent cleaning and sanitization of campus, in line with CDC protocols, particularly high touch, high traffic areas will be essential to slow the rapid transmission of COVID-19. Campus density is a key factor in determining which areas on campus will require the most attention. Campus density by date, time and location will be carefully monitored to inform cleaning practices throughout the semester and careful attention to high density areas. Cleaning and sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms for individuals to self-sanitize their areas and provide an additional layer of security that an individual’s personal comfort level is met before occupying a desk or chair for the duration of an in-person class.

Sanitizing sprays will be available for showers in all East Campus Residence Community Restrooms to allow residents to spray down surfaces as desired.

The University’s custodial cleaning program uses a disinfectant to clean touchpoints, public and common area restrooms daily.

There are also dispenser stations throughout campus containing hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.

Facilities crews have also implemented extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently. This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. Departments will be provided with and are asked to use disinfectant wipes for human touch points within their work spaces such as keyboards, public counters, credit card readers, phones, doorknobs, light switches and other shared surfaces and items.

The facilities team will monitor all restrooms to ensure that hand soap is available. Hand sanitizer stations have been provided in all classrooms, at the entrances to all buildings and all dining locations, and in other areas where people congregate.

How will airflow be made safe in small offices without HVAC systems?

All central and individual air units are being cleaned—and filters replaced—prior to the return to campus with continuing preventative maintenance measures in place throughout the year.

Will someone be screening all individuals that enter a building on campus to ensure they are wearing a mask, don’t have a fever, etc.?

With more than 30 buildings and multiple entrances on campus we will be relying on self-monitoring each and every day before entering campus.

Will I be screened for COVID-19?

Resident students will be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within four days of move-in, prior to residing in the residence halls.

All international and hot spot state students will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to moving into their assigned room. These students will have the opportunity to quarantine in 140 Glenwood or can quarantine elsewhere in New Jersey.

Any employee that has traveled internationally or to a hot spot state will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

Students in internships, clinicals or student teaching should follow their placement site’s guidance in addition to the University’s guidance.

All students and employees will be required to utilize the CampusClear app to conduct a daily health assessment and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms as noted in the State higher education guidelines. CDC guidelines note that self-monitoring and answering targeted health questions is a critical tool in slowing the transmission of the virus. CampusClear will serve as a daily reminder to practice social responsibility and encourage a campus culture of awareness and vigilance to keep the curve flat. CampusClear has a free downloadable app, as well as a web based platform

Temperature checks are also a part of the health screening and will be conducted in the residence halls, athletics and also in health services as part of a continued commitment to ensure health and safety. Dining service employees will also have their temperature checked daily before they begin their shift.

Recent CDC recommendations discourage widespread testing on non-symptomatic individuals and affirm that it is not an effective tool or measure to slow transmission or predict a potential outbreak. In fact, with testing supplies limited, testing should remain available for those who are symptomatic or confirmed to be exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19. The CDC does not recommend entry testing for returning students, faculty, and staff. As such, the University will provide testing for symptomatic students and employees in collaboration with our local city officials and county offices.

What do I do if I feel sick?

Students may contact the Office of Health Services at (201) 761-7445 or their primary care provider.

Faculty, staff and administrators should contact their primary care provider.

In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, students must inform the Office of Health Services and employees must inform the Office of Human Resources.

I feel anxious about coronavirus. What can I do?

We understand that some community members are anxious. If you would like to talk with someone, the counseling and psychological services (CAPS) office is available for support by appointment via tele-therapy. CAPS will be using DOXY.me as the video communications platform for all services because it is private, secure, and HIPAA compliant. Please call (201) 761-6420 or email caps@saintpeters.edu if you are seeking support. Campus ministry is also open and campus ministers are available to talk with students, faculty, staff and administrators who are feeling anxious via appointment. Employees can also contact Contact EAPBusiness, a no-cost, confidential service provided through human resources, at (877) 595-5281 or guidanceresources.com.

What happens if there is a confirmed case on campus? Will I be notified?

Contact tracing guidelines are being finalized and will be shared as we get closer to the start of the term. Please note that contact tracing protocols allow for only those who have been exposed to be informed if someone has tested positive.

How can I stay healthy?

Below are some guidelines and tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for keeping healthy.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing is a public health practice designed to limit the spread of infection by ensuring there is significant distance between individuals.
  • When possible, keep six feet between yourself and another person in all public places. When not possible to maintain a six-foot distance between you and others, a face covering must be worn.
  • Avoid close contact with others including shaking hands, high-fives, or hugging.
  • Maintain a clean environment. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Open windows for some fresh air, especially with the current nice weather.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Don’t share personal items with others.
  • Cover your coughs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze (not your hands). Toss the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after.
  • Wash your hands often. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing should be done regularly, including after you’ve been in public, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, using the restroom, and before you eat any food.

What are my options if I don’t feel comfortable coming to campus? If I am immunocompromised, what accommodations will be made for me?

Faculty, staff and administrators who have been instructed to return to work on campus and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition should follow the steps for completing a workplace accommodation request. The form needs to be completed in advance for review and consideration by the Office of Human Resources in consultation with your supervisor. This process will also apply to student employees and graduate assistants should the need arise. For all other concerns and/or questions regarding eligibility of applicable federal and state laws, individuals should contact the Director of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu.

What will happen to me if I test positive once the semester begins?

  • If a resident student tests positive, he/she will be asked to relocate immediately to a room designated for self-quarantine at 140 Glenwood. In order to resume in-person classes and activities, the student will need to provide clearance from a medical professional to the Office of Health Services.
  • If a member of the faculty, staff or administration tests positive, they must self-quarantine at their primary residence for a minimum of 14 days from the positive test. The Office of Human Resources should be notified by the employee. In order to return to work, the employee will need to provide clearance from a medical professional to human resources prior to returning to campus.

Will contact tracing and proximity tracking be utilized?

Any member of the campus community who has been on campus and is diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to provide as much specific information about their whereabouts on campus including any other people they have been in close contact with during the time they would have been infectious and potentially transmitted the virus. Individuals who live with a person that is diagnosed with COVID-19 will also be asked to identify whereabouts on campus as well as campus community members they have been in contact with. All individuals diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after a positive result or exposure. The Office of Health Services will communicate with individuals who are considered close contacts.

Will I be penalized for missing class due to COVID-19 illness, quarantine or self-isolation?

For students, absences from class because of COVID-19 illness, quarantine, or self-isolation may be excused after consulting with professors, and the student will be permitted to make up the work without academic penalty. All course materials must follow accessibility standards, and faculty are required to make key instructional materials available to students who cannot attend in-person or online classes due to an excused absence. This may include recorded Google Meet, Zoom sessions, recorded video with summaries of key information/concepts, comprehensive slides/handouts and instructional materials to supplement the above.

For faculty, staff and administrators, individuals should contact the Director of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu for additional information.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19?

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus. The most effective prevention at this time is to avoid exposure. You can visit the CDC website on prevention for detailed information.

The CDC recommends the following actions to minimize your risks:

  • Stay informed and up-to-date by monitoring the CDC website.
  • Get vaccinated for influenza (the flu) and other respiratory diseases.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your health care provider first for assistance.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.

International Students/Study Abroad

I am an international student who may not be able to come to campus in the fall due to visa issues or travel restrictions. Will I be able to enroll in courses and learn remotely?

Yes. International students will be able to enroll in a full course load remotely this fall. International students are asked to send their fall travel plans to the Center for Global Learning (skeller1@saintpeters.edu), who will then work with academic advisors to plan fall registrations.

Are fall study abroad programs happening?

All fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled.

When will a decision about spring 2021 study abroad programs be made?

A decision about spring 2021 programs will be made by October 1.

Residence Life

When will residence halls open?

Resident students will move into residence halls beginning Sunday, August 23. Move-in will take place over multiple days via scheduled, two-hour time slots to allow for social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Residents will be permitted to have two individuals, who are symptom-free, assist with move-in. All individuals will be required to wear masks or face coverings in keeping with state mandates. In addition, resident students will be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within four days of move-in, prior to residing in the residence halls. All international and hot spot state students will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to moving into their assigned room. These students will have the opportunity to quarantine in 140 Glenwood or can quarantine elsewhere in New Jersey. Residence life provided move-in schedules to all resident students at the end of July.

I am traveling from an international location or one of the government mandated hot spot states. Will I need to quarantine upon arrival?

All international and hot spot state students will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to moving into their assigned room. These students will have the opportunity to quarantine in 140 Glenwood or can quarantine elsewhere in New Jersey.

What precautions will be taken in the residence halls in order to maintain cleanliness?

Each floor will have posted downtimes for cleaning and sanitizing the restrooms. Sanitizing sprays for showers will be available in all East Campus Residence Community Restrooms to allow residents to spray down surfaces as desired.Common bathrooms will be cleaned per CDC recommendations by the cleaning services team. Resident students will clean and disinfect their own rooms and shared bathrooms.

What steps are being taken to ensure safety in the residence halls?

  • East Campus Occupancy will be capped at 70% to ensure reduced traffic in community bathrooms
  • East Campus rooms that would typically be triples have all been reduced to double occupancy
  • West Campus residence apartments will be treated as a family unit
  • 140 Glenwood will not be used to house residents and left vacant as a quarantine space for students who require rapid isolation of infected students or students who may need to self-quarantine due to exposure
  • All lounges and common spaces will be closed per state regulations and guidelines
  • There will be no guests or visitors allowed in residential spaces during the fall term, including commuter students and or guests from a different resident facility
  • Travel abroad or to states identified as hot spots will be strictly prohibited. Any student that travels will forfeit their housing and board for the semester and not be eligible for a refund.

How do I make a request to cancel my housing?

Students who are interested in deferring their housing until the spring 2021 semester or those who wish to cancel their housing for the academic year should notify the Office of Residence Life via email at reslife@saintpeters.edu. If you choose to defer your housing, the housing cancellation fee will be waived provided the student resides on campus for spring 2021 semester. Please note that current fall assignments will be released to other students and may not be available for the spring term.

Student Life and Services

Will clubs and organizations be allowed to gather on campus?

Clubs and organizations will meet virtually.

Will student services be available?

Student support services such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL), the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) and Campus Ministry, among others, will be assisting students virtually as well as via appointment. The Offices of Health Services and Leadership and Engagement will be open as usual.

Will University-wide events take place on or off campus?

Large gatherings and/or large events will be held virtually throughout the fall semester and where able, outdoor areas will be utilized for socially distanced activities.

What student employment opportunities will be available this year?

The Office of Financial Aid is working closely with work-study supervisors to update and review work-study positions. The University will provide students the opportunity to participate in work-study options and continue to update information for students as information and guidance is determined. Please check for emails to your Saint Peter’s University account for updates.

Transportation

Will there be any changes to the shuttle service?

Shuttle service will resume on August 31 with limited service only offered on the Journal Square route. It will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be no evening or weekend service. In order to provide a safe experience, shuttle drivers and those riding the shuttle must wear a mask at all times. Only Saint Peter’s University students and employees can utilize the shuttle. While shuttles typically transport 14 passengers, in order to enable social distancing, shuttles will be limited to 7 or 8 passengers. Shuttles will be thoroughly sanitized on a daily basis.

What is the deadline to obtain a parking pass for the fall semester?

All student and employee parking fees for fall 2020 will be waived; expired parking permits from the 2019-20 academic year may continue to be used for the fall 2020 semester. Permit guidance for new students and employees is forthcoming.

Other Services

How can I obtain a OneCard?

The OneCard is a multipurpose campus identification card for students, faculty, staff and administrators of Saint Peter’s University. New members of the campus community must have a OneCard to access campus. New OneCard requests can be made by completing this form. Individuals can request a replacement OneCard by completing this form.

Once the request is processed, community members will receive an email to set-up an appointment to pick-up the card at the Enrollment Services Center. The Center will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and appointments to visit are strongly encouraged in order to reduce traffic.

More Information

How do I stay up to date on this situation?

The University is committed to keeping the campus community informed. Announcements will be shared via email. Be sure to check your university email on a regular basis. Please also continue to check this FAQ and saintpeters.edu/saintpeters2020 for updates as well.

Additional Questions?

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Admissions
admissions@saintpeters.edu

Graduate Admissions
gradadmit@saintpeters.edu

Financial Aid
financialaid@saintpeters.edu

Health Services
healthservices@saintpeters.edu

Information Technology
servicedesk@saintpeters.edu

Residence Life
reslife@saintpeters.edu

Human Resources
hrdept@saintpeters.edu


Announcing Saint Peter’s 2020, Our Plan for Reopening This Fall

July 20, 2020

Good evening,

I hope you and your families are well.

As I’ve stated before, now is a time like no other in Saint Peter’s 148-year history. We’ve experienced a lot of firsts over the past four months and I anticipate more to come. So many members of our community have been impacted by the coronavirus, COVID-19 both personally and professionally. We have all faced situations we have never faced before but we have tried our best to rise to the challenge.

What brings me hope during this time of uncertainty is knowing that we will be back together again this fall, albeit in a way that will most certainly look and feel different.

I know many of you are eager to return as well. But with that excitement, also comes concern and anxiety given the magnitude of this virus and all that is unknown. I want to assure you that every single decision that has been made during this pandemic, and will continue to be made, was based on prioritizing the health and safety of our entire community. That will remain our #1 priority for the fall term. I will also say that we are prepared to adapt our plans at a moment’s notice should a health or safety issue, or government mandate, require us to do so.

Our return to campus will only be successful if we come together as a community, which I know won’t be difficult as cura personalis is at the forefront of everything we do – it’s second nature to us. We will be required to work together and support each other. We have a shared responsibility to follow the recommended health and safety measures set forth in our plan and by the State of New Jersey. Remember that the actions of one person can impact so many. We all must make modifications to our routines in the effort to mitigate potential risks to our community as a whole.

Speaking of our plan, as I stated last week, our dedicated Emergency Decision Team as well as the University Continuity Team, Fall Instruction Task Force and Restart Task Force, in consultation with several other faculty, staff, administrators and students, have developed a comprehensive plan, Saint Peter’s 2020, with protocols and models to ensure that students, faculty, staff and administrators remain safe and supported. The plan, which includes safeguarding practices in key functional areas – instruction, residential housing, computer laboratories, libraries, research, student life (or activities), student support services, transportation, dining, international students/travel and athletics – is in line with the standards issued by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) as well as Governor Murphy’s multi-staged approach to re-opening the state of New Jersey.

We have submitted Saint Peter’s 2020 to the State of New Jersey and are now sharing it with you. The full plan and a detailed FAQ dedicated to our reopening can be found at saintpeters.edu/saintpeters2020.

I encourage you to visit this web page and read through the detailed materials which contain all of the information you need to know about our plans for the fall term. Again, given that the COVID-19 situation is of an evolving nature, policies and plans will be updated as appropriate and as more information becomes available or should a government mandate require us to do so.

There are quite a few health and safety measures to review but please note that all students, faculty, staff and administrators will be required to complete a virtual training session before returning to campus. Details and deadlines about this session will be provided in a subsequent email. This will provide information regarding health and safety measures, including how to utilize the CampusClear app to conduct a daily health assessment and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms as noted in the State higher education guidelines. This must be conducted every day prior to arriving on campus/leaving your residence hall.

As I shared last week, below are key dates to keep in mind for this upcoming term.

August 10 Begin a phased reopening of campus offices in accordance with recommended federal, state and local guidance to reduce the number of people on campus as suggested by state guidelines
August 23 Resident student move-in begins. It will take place over multiple days via scheduled time slots to allow for social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Residents will be permitted to have two individuals assist with move-in. All individuals will be required to wear masks or face coverings in keeping with state mandates. The Office of Residence Life will communicate the move-in schedule by the end of the month to all resident students.
August 26 Classes begin for most Day Session courses via remote delivery
September 8 Classes begin for SPCS and Graduate programs in mostly hybrid and online delivery modes
September 14 Most Day Session classes switch to a hybrid model, consisting of face-to-face class time, synchronous remote instruction and asynchronous course materials (e.g., recorded lectures or modules, audio PowerPoints, videos, discussions)
November 30 Most Day Session classes resume remote instruction after the Thanksgiving break and for the remainder of the term
December 17 Residence Halls close

Still have a question that hasn’t been answered?

We will be hosting a series of virtual “Town Hall” meetings over the next two weeks, with some geared towards students and others toward faculty, staff and administrators. These will provide an opportunity for you to ask follow-up questions after reviewing the plan and FAQ. The Offices of the Provost and Student Life and Development will be in touch with students and my office and the Office of Human Resources will be in touch with faculty, staff and administrators with dates, times and details about these events. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact information for a variety of departments that can assist you can be found in the FAQ.

With your continued patience and flexibility I know that we will have a successful fall term. Please be sure to check your University email on a regular basis as well as visit the Saint Peter’s 2020 web page for announcements and updates throughout the term.

I look forward to seeing you back on campus. Let us be creative in our ways of living and learning this fall! I’m relying on each and every one of you to help to make this a success as we focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19. If we all do our part, I know we can succeed!

Sincerely,

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.