Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Semester Update


May 11, 2021

Good morning,

For the past 14 months, Saint Peter’s University has worked diligently to provide a safe living and learning environment for our entire community. As we proceed with our planning to return to primarily in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester, we continue to keep the health and safety of our entire community at the forefront of every decision we make.

The American College Health Association is recommending that colleges require vaccination against COVID-19 for all students coming to campuses this fall. 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), 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.

It is the University’s strong expectation that all faculty, staff and administrators likewise be fully vaccinated before returning to on-campus operations.

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.

I am relying on each and every one of you to help to make our return to in-person operations a success as we all do our part in working to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

I very much look forward to seeing you in-person in the fall.

Stay safe!

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.

 


March 12, 2021

Good afternoon,

As we approach the one-year mark of being almost exclusively remote at Saint Peter’s, I want to first thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we navigate the ever-changing impacts of the pandemic. I am grateful for your efforts. I know it has not been easy and has required a lot of sacrifice. It has been quite a year but one we weathered together as a community. I’ve said this before but this past year has only cemented my feelings – Saint Peter’s University is truly a remarkable community.

We continue to closely monitor the pandemic and with the wider distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations and the cautious loosening of previous federal and state restrictions, I am confident to announce our plan to return to primarily in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester.

In addition to in-person classes, we look forward to the resumption of in-person events and activities – some may even occur this spring. We are certainly looking forward to returning to “normal,” but be aware that things may look and feel different as we prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and administrators. Please be assured that all of our operations will be in accordance with the latest state and federal health and safety guidelines. In addition, we will be prepared to adapt our plans at a moment’s notice should a health or safety issue, or government mandate, require us to do so.

In-person campus tours for accepted and prospective students will start again in the coming weeks and we look forward to welcoming them to campus. Additionally, through the Office of Admission, we will be offering current students who enrolled for the first time in fall 2020 the opportunity to familiarize themselves with our campus. To learn more, please visit saintpeters.edu/visit or email admissions@saintpeters.edu.

A renewed campus awaits you when you return. Over the past year we have been upgrading 10 of our classrooms in McDermott and Pope halls to allow for Hy-Flex (hybrid flexible) learning. We plan to blend in-person and online learning more effectively as we move forward past the pandemic.

In addition, renovations on campus have been ongoing and will offer significant enhancements to our facilities. These include:

  • The first phase of renovation to the Frank J. Guarini School of Business is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer. The space is being outfitted with a new global finance lab that provides students greater access to Bloomberg terminals and other financial tools for independent research. The focal point of the renovation is the innovation hub, a much-needed addition that provides a professional environment and the resources for business students to make the most of experiential learning opportunities.
  • The first phase of construction on The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center (RLC) will also be completed later this summer. The centerpiece of the first phase is the multi-use, modern “Run Baby Run” arena.
  • The Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library Digital Research Commons is now open and provides a dedicated environment to better support scholarship and research.
  • Finally, we broke ground on a six-story, suite-style residence hall. The 280 bed facility will provide all the modern amenities for campus living and offer a spectacular view of Jersey City and the New York City skyline. I’m eager to open the doors to our new housing in late 2022.

We are also pleased to offer new academic opportunities next academic year, including a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Science in Health Science as well as a minor in statistics. Registration for summer classes is now open. Priority registration for fall 2021 begins on March 25 and will open up to all traditional, undergraduate students on March 31. If you have any questions about registration, please email case@saintpeters.edu or call (201) 761-6038.

Registration for fall 2021 SPCS and graduate students opened on March 8. If you have any questions about registration, please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

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 serves 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. We have seen a decrease in the usage of this app since the start of the semester and I cannot stress how important it is that you continue to utilize this on a daily basis.

We will continue to update you on our plans for the fall semester as they develop. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the fall and may you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.



Academics

How will classes take place?

Classes will take place remotely for the spring 2021 semester.

The spring semester for day session courses will begin Wednesday, January 27 via remote instruction and will remain so for the entire spring semester.

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

SPCS courses (those which are not already delivered online) will be remote for the entire spring semester and will begin on Tuesday, January 19.

Graduate courses (those which are not already delivered online) will be mostly remote for the entire spring semester and will begin on Tuesday, January 26.

Will labs meet?

Some instructional labs will reopen the first week of the semester (January 27). 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 between classes. 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.

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Calendar/Schedule

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

January 18 University holiday

January 19 Classes begin for SPCS via remote delivery

January 23-26 Resident students move-in according to social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing protocols

January 26 Classes begin for Graduate semester courses mostly via remote delivery

January 27 Classes begin for most Day Session courses via remote delivery

February 15 University holiday; no classes

March 1 Spring Trimester begins for Graduate programs on the Trimester schedule

March 8-12 Classes will take place. There is no Spring Break.

April 1, 2 and 5  No classes in observance of the Easter holiday

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 18 Last Day to Move Out for Resident Students

May 22 Last day of Spring Trimester Graduate Term

 

What is the schedule for the spring 2021 semester?

Our plans include changes to the academic calendar for the spring 2021 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 Spring Break 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.

Classes will be conducted via remote instruction and will remain so throughout the entire spring semester. We will be closely monitoring the pandemic and should we be allowed to do so, there is a possibility that some in-person activities/events may be able to take place later in the semester.

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Community Responsibility Statement/Training

Will there be a student waiver/release AND/OR responsibility statement? Will there be required training for employees and students?

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. Those students that resided on campus in the fall 2020 have already signed this statement and do not need to sign again.

Commuter students will receive their copy of the contract from the Office of Student Life and Development via their Saint Peter’s email address on January 11 and must complete and return by January 18.

Students and employees previously completed online COVID-19 training before the start of the fall semester. If you did not complete the online training, students should contact deanofstudents@saintpeters.edu and employees should contact hrdept@saintpeters.edu.

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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.

According to the State of New Jersey, indoor dining capacity is currently capped at 25%. The Duncan Family Sky Room will be utilized for Monday through Friday lunch for commuter dining while 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.

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Division I Athletics and Recreational Life

Will Division I athletics take place?

Saint Peter’s Division I athletics is governed by the regulations and guidelines established by the NCAA and the MAAC in response to the pandemic. Visit saintpeterspeacocks.com for up-to-date information.

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 spring 2021 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.

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Employees

When will employees return to their on-campus offices?

Until further notice from your supervisor, employees should continue their current work arrangements.

Will in-person meetings take place?

During your time 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.

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 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, with the exception of the Office of Admission, that visitors are not brought to campus, whenever possible.

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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?

Financial aid counselors are available for one-on-one appointments virtually as well as in-person. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@saintpeters.edu.

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

Students can defer (following the rules of deferment). The Office of Admission will work closely with each student to discuss the terms of defer and engage throughout the spring to keep students informed about the fall term including financial aid. 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 to learn more about visit and tour options. Visitors to campus will be limited and each person will be required to follow protocol for visiting including appropriate PPE, completing a health screening form and adhering to social distancing.

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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 has either already received or will receive a reusable, washable Saint Peter’s University mask. Resident students received their mask during move-in. New resident students in the spring 2021 semester will receive their mask during move-in. Commuter students will be informed how to pick up their mask the week of January 26. Dates and times for pick-up will be posted on the first floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center. For employees, a representative from each department was assigned to pick up masks for an entire team in the fall. Please contact your supervisor if you have not received your mask.

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 spring 2021 semester and where able, outdoor areas will be utilized for socially distanced activities. We will be closely monitoring the pandemic and should we be allowed to do so, there is a possibility that some in-person activities/events may be able to take place later in the semester.

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

Signage has been 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 was assigned at the start of the fall semester to pick up masks, wipes and sanitizer. Should your supply need to be replenished, please contact adepaula@saintpeters.edu.

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 were cleaned – and filters replaced – 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 students and students traveling from states other than New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Delaware 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 state outside of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Delaware 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?

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. We 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.

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 is the only way the University will be communicating about confirmed cases.

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 were instructed to return to work on campus and had concerns about doing so due to a medical condition were given the option to complete a workplace accommodation request in October for review and consideration by the Office of Human Resources in consultation with their supervisor. This process was also applied to student employees and graduate assistants. 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.

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

  • If a commuter student tests positive, he/she must self-quarantine at the student’s primary residence for a minimum of 14 days from the positive test. The Office of Health Services must be informed of the positive test. 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 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 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/work 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 Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at eserra@saintpeters.edu for additional information.

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

As the vaccine roll-out is only just beginning, 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 spring 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 spring 2021 registrations.

Are spring 2021 study abroad programs happening?

Saint Peter’s University has made the difficult decision to cancel spring 2021 study abroad, but is allowing individuals to ask for special consideration. Students interested in requesting special consideration for spring 2021 study abroad should contact the Director of the Center for Global Learning at skeller1@saintpeters.edu for more information. After the review process, senior leadership must give their final approval.

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

A decision about fall 2021 programs will be made by April 1.

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Residence Life

When will residence halls open?

Resident students will move into residence halls January 23-26. 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 students and students traveling from states other than New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Delaware 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 will provide move-in schedules to all resident students the week of January 11.

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 students and students traveling from states other than New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Delaware 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 spring 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.

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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 social distancing requirements and State of New Jersey mandates for social gatherings and/or virtually.

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 virtually with many services available on an appointment basis in-person.

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

Large gatherings and/or large events will be held virtually throughout the spring semester and where able, outdoor areas will be utilized for socially distanced activities. We will be closely monitoring the pandemic and should we be allowed to do so, there is a possibility that some in-person activities/events may be able to take place later in the semester.

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.

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Transportation

Will there be any changes to the shuttle service?

Shuttle service will resume on January 26. 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. With limited seating, the Journal Square route will need additional shuttles to ensure reliable and timely transportation of students and employees to campus. As a result, the Armory Lot route during peak hours will be suspended until further notice. Shuttles will be thoroughly sanitized on a daily basis.

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

Plans for parking enforcement will be announced prior to the start of the spring 2021 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/spring2021 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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