Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Semester



Academics

How will classes take place?

Saint Peter’s will be returning to in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester. Classes will be primarily held in-person with the exception of those that are traditionally online courses.

This model will allow a rapid shift if needed to a fully remote or hybrid model if required by the State of New Jersey. All faculty will be prepared to shift to remote instruction at any given time.

What safety protocols will be taken in the classrooms?

At the end of each day, CBS will disinfect all classrooms.

Can I participate in my classes completely remotely (online)?

Students are welcome to register for existing online and hybrid courses that are offered. Most undergraduate classes will be primarily in-person. However, not all courses will be offered online and it will not be possible for an undergraduate student to complete any major or their degree requirements completely online. Many graduate classes are designed and offered online or in hybrid form, but not all graduate courses will be offered fully online.

Will labs meet?

Yes, instructional labs will be open and disinfected by CBS on a daily basis.

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

Yes, the library will be open. In addition to general daily disinfecting: 

  • 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 web page.

Will computer labs be open?

Yes, computer labs will 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. All labs and equipment such as keyboards and mice will be regularly cleaned.  

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Calendar/Schedule

What are key dates that I should be aware of for the fall 2021 semester?

August 6  All students who will be on campus—undergraduates, graduates, doctoral and professional and continuing studies— must present evidence of COVID-19 immunization. Please see the University’s vaccination policy for more information.

August 16 All employees must present evidence of COVID-19 immunization. Please see the University’s vaccination policy for more information. 

August 27-30 Resident student move-in takes place over multiple days

August 31  Classes begin for most Day Session courses 

September 7 Classes begin for fall trimester Graduate, fall semester Graduate, fall semester Doctorate and fall SPCS programs 

December 17  Last day to move out of Residence Halls

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Community Responsibility Statement/Training

Will there be COVID-19 training required?

Students and employees previously completed online COVID-19 training. New employees should contact the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu if they have not completed the training. 

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Dining Services

What safety measures are being implemented by Aramark?

All dining services employees will be vaccinated and will follow Aramark cleaning protocols.

How will dining services operate?

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

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Division I Athletics and Recreational Life

Will Division I athletics take place?

All athletes must be vaccinated in accord with University policy. Additionally, Saint Peter’s Division I athletics is governed by the regulations and guidelines established by the NCAA and the MAAC.

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

Yes, at the beginning of the fall semester, The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center will be open. 

Will intramurals and fitness classes be offered?

Intramural information will be available in late September.  In-person fitness classes will be offered at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. For more information, contact getinvolved@saintpeters.edu

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

Yes, they will be open in accordance with State guidelines.

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Employees

When will employees return to their on-campus offices?

The University will return to in person work by August 16 to ensure that we are fully prepared to welcome our students back and ensure the highest level of student services and satisfaction for the fall semester in late August.

Will in-person meetings take place?

Yes, all in-person meetings will be in accordance with New Jersey state guidelines.

Will I be required to travel?

Essential travel domestically is permitted in accordance with departmental budgets. 

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

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

Will visitors be allowed on campus?

Visitors will be required to follow the current guidelines in place for 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.

On-campus events involving external guests

  • When indoors, masks are required for all parties in public and common areas regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks may be removed when eating or drinking.
  • Masks are not required for any guest when outside.   

In either situation, registration lists with contact information must be kept if the need to contact trace becomes apparent.

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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 2022 and still keep my scholarship/financial aid?

We will work individually with each student to carefully plan their deferment; this will include counseling 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?

Yes, campus tours and visits are taking place in-person and virtually. For more information, students are advised to contact the Office of Admission at admissions@saintpeters.edu  or saintpeters.edu/visit to learn more about visit and tour options. Visitors to campus will be required to complete a health screening form.

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Health and Safety

Is there a vaccination policy for students and employees?

To ensure that we can return safely and deliver the type of experience our students deserve, Saint Peter’s is requiring all students who will be on campus—undergraduates, graduates, doctoral and professional and continuing studies—to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester. Students must present evidence of COVID-19 immunization, defined as the administration of a complete series of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL). There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA for emergency use and recommended by the ACIP: two mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) and one viral vector vaccine (Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]) and an additional four vaccines authorized by WHO (Oxford/AstraZeneca, CoviShield, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV, and Sinovac).

Please upload your proof of vaccination via this form by August 6, 2021. Medical and religious exemption requests will be considered in accordance with the University’s reasonable accommodation policy and procedures. To view the Saint Peter’s University immunization policy or to learn more about applying for a medical or religious exemption, click here.

Students enrolled in fully online and off-campus degree programs will not be required to be vaccinated.

All faculty, staff and administrators must also be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester. Employees must present evidence of COVID-19 immunization, defined as the administration of a complete series of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), via this designated form by August 16, 2021. Medical and religious exemption requests will be considered in accordance with the law and the University’s reasonable accommodation policy and procedures.

All individuals aged 16 and older who live, work or study in New Jersey are eligible for vaccination. Please visit the New Jersey vaccine appointment finder to schedule an appointment. For those out of state, please consult the national vaccine appointment finder. In fact, many locations are allowing walk-in vaccinations with no appointment.

Can I be exempt from the vaccination requirement?

Medical and religious exemption requests will be considered in accordance with the University’s reasonable accommodation policy and procedures. To view the Saint Peter’s University immunization policy or to learn more about applying for a medical or religious exemption, click here.

Are students and employees still required to check-in daily on the CampusClear app?

The CampusClear app is no longer supported and will no longer be utilized.

Will masks be required? 

All individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status, will be required until further notice, to wear face masks in indoor settings.

According to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE), individuals should wear face masks in indoor settings where there is increased risk or an inability to social distance, including, but not limited to: 

  • Crowded indoor settings/events. 
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated. 
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown. 
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease. 
  • During periods of high community transmission. In general, individuals do not need to wear masks when outdoors. 

In addition, individuals on campus who are not fully vaccinated must also wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised. 

Will social distancing be enforced?

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to practice social distancing.

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 indoors. Floor markers will be in place for social distancing in high traffic areas.

Will individual offices have sufficient supplies of disinfectant wipes and sanitizers?

Offices can order cleaning supplies via their departmental budgets.

What cleaning measures are being implemented?

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.

It is encouraged that departments 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 or do I need to produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to move-in/start of classes?

No, since Saint Peter’s is requiring all students who will be on campus—undergraduates, graduates, doctoral and professional and continuing studies—to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester. Please see the University’s vaccination policy for more information. You can view the latest CDC COVID-19 testing guidelines here

All international students should review the International FAQs for details surrounding their arrival. 

Any employee that has traveled internationally or to another state will be required to follow current state and federal rules before returning to campus.

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

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, there are resources available for you. 

Students –  The counseling and psychological services (CAPS) office, located on the second floor of Saint Peter Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call (201) 761-6420 if you are seeking support. 

Students and employees – Campus ministry is also open and campus ministers are available to talk with students, faculty, staff and administrators who are feeling anxious. 

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? 

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

The University has identified and trained employees that 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 have been working 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 have, and will continue to, report numbers, we do not, and will not, divulge the names of individuals affected or specific details. I ask that you continue to respect the privacy of the members of our community.  

How can I stay healthy?

Below are some guidelines and tips for keeping healthy.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
  • 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?

Medical and religious exemption requests will be considered in accordance with the law and the University’s reasonable accommodation policy and procedures for faculty, staff and administrators. For all concerns and/or questions regarding eligibility of applicable federal and state laws, individuals should contact the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu

For students, exceptions due to medical conditions will be reviewed and approved with proper documentation and in accordance with the guidelines outlined on the Saint Peter’s University disability services webpage. Students may opt to participate in already existing online classes. Not all classes will be available online. 

What will happen to me if I test positive or am exposed to someone who has tested positive once the semester begins? 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals following an exposure to an individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19:

Individuals with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.  

Individuals exposed by close contacts living in the same household who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result. 

Anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days and if symptoms develop, isolate away from others, seek medical evaluation if needed, and be tested for COVID-19.

Unvaccinated Individuals following an exposure to an individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19:

Individuals with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 but MUST wear a mask in all areas of campus both indoors and outdoors for 14 days following exposure and should refrain from entering spaces where they are unable to social distance or wear their mask.

Individuals exposed by close contacts living in the same household who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 10-14 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days. 

Anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and if symptoms develop, isolate away from others, seek medical evaluation if needed, and be tested for COVID-19. 

Positive Cases of COVID-19 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals testing positive for COVID-19:

The CDC states the following for fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough positive infections:

Asymptomatic individuals who never develop symptoms must quarantine at home and can end isolation 10 days after testing positive and return to normal activities.

Symptomatic individuals with moderate to mild symptoms must quarantine at home and can end isolation after 10 days if at least 24 hours have passed without a fever and other symptoms have improved.

Symptomatic individuals with severe symptoms must quarantine at home and need to continue isolation for a full 14 days.

Unvaccinated Individuals testing positive for COVID-19:

All unvaccinated individuals must quarantine at home for a full 14 days (both asymptomatic and symptomatic) and be tested no earlier than day 10to determine if they can resume normal activities on day 14.

Notification Process for all individuals testing positive

Students must immediately contact healthservices@saintpeters.edu if they experience any COVID symptoms or exposure and will not be permitted to be on campus if they are required to isolate or quarantine.  

Faculty, staff, and administrators must immediately contact hrdept@saintpeters.edu if you experience any COVID symptoms or exposure and will not be permitted to be on campus if you are required to isolate or quarantine.  

    Will contact tracing and proximity tracking be utilized?

    The University has identified and trained employees that 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 have been working 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 have, and will continue to, report numbers, we do not, and will not, divulge the names of individuals affected or specific details. I ask that you continue to respect the privacy of the members of our community.  

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

    No. Like any illness that results in missed classes, students should consult and work with their individual professors to arrange for making up missed classes, assignments, exams  and other academic work. Students should also consult with their academic programs advisor.

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

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

    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.

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    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 and maintain Active F-1 visa status.  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. 

    When will a decision about spring 2022 study abroad programs be made? 

    For now, we are planning to offer study abroad (full semester programs as well as travel courses) during the spring semester of 2022. The application due date for full semester programs is October 1. Please contact skeller1@saintpeters.edu for more information.

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    Residence Life

    When will residence halls open?

    Resident students will move into residence halls beginning August 27. 

    Residents will be permitted to have two individuals, who are symptom-free, assist with move-in. These individuals assisting for the day do not have to show proof of vaccination. All individuals will be required to wear masks or face coverings in keeping with state mandates. 

    I am traveling from an international location. Will I need to quarantine upon arrival?

    Saint Peter’s is requiring all students who will be on campus—undergraduates, graduates, doctoral and professional and continuing studies—to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester. Please see the University’s vaccination policy for more information.  Therefore, international students do not need to quarantine upon arrival since they will be vaccinated. This is subject to change should the government issue any mandates on travel. 

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    Student Life and Services

    Will clubs and organizations be allowed to gather on campus?

    Clubs and organizations will meet in-person while following State of New Jersey mandates for social gatherings and/or virtually. All in-person student participants must be vaccinated in accordance with the University policy. 

    Will student services be available?

    All 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 in-person.

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

    Yes, they will be in accordance with the most current State guidelines. 

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    Transportation

    Will there be any changes to the shuttle 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. Shuttles will be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.

    What is the deadline to obtain a parking pass for the fall 2021 semester?

    Plans for parking enforcement will be announced prior to the start of the fall term.

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    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/backoncampus 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

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