Coronavirus Updates

Fairleigh Dickinson University continues to take measures to reduce the risks concerning COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. We are planning in line with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and the State of New Jersey Department of Health, as well as Canadian federal and British Columbia health authorities for our Vancouver Campus, and the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom for Wroxton College. In accordance with state guidelines, on July 17 FDU submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education its Plan for Reopening Its New Jersey Campuses.

The University’s notifications regarding the coronavirus will be posted here in reverse chronological order so that all messages are available and the most recent appear first. Related information for reference is also provided as links shown on this page. Members of the University community who are feeling ill or who are aware of someone who is feeling ill should review the Student, Faculty and Staff Health sections of Coronavirus Information from HR.

February 15, 2021

President’s Update – Start of In-Person Classes

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope everyone has enjoyed a safe and productive start to the spring semester. While it surely doesn’t feel like spring yet, this semester will see the weather warm up soon enough, and we are hopeful other positive changes will emerge as well.

Today and throughout this week, more students will return to campus for in-person/hybrid courses, and I know faculty and students are anxious to see one another again. We are happy to have more in-person courses this semester than last, and, as I previously announced, if and as conditions permit, we hope to have more in-person activities on campus as the semester progresses.

However, doing more on campus is far from certain at this point. The pandemic continues to cause hardship and suffering for many, and so we must continue to do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep each other safe. We must continue to follow health and safety guidelines and take responsibility for the welfare of our campus communities. Even with our best efforts, circumstances can change and a pivot back to fully remote learning may be necessary. We certainly hope, though, that this will not be the case.

As I have noted on numerous occasions, I am very proud of all our community members who have acted so responsibly throughout this ordeal. I know how hard it has been, and I know the sacrifices so many have made. We are very grateful for everything everyone has done.

With the development of vaccines and more people becoming vaccinated, we have great hopes that life can begin to return to normal soon, although normal may not be the normal we remember. There’s a strong likelihood that even with the vaccines, we may need to practice many precautionary measures for a while longer, perhaps even through the fall semester when we certainly hope to be able to be together on campus again as a full community.

Once again, thank you to everyone for your continued support and understanding. Together we will continue to overcome these challenges and move forward to achieve our personal and institutional goals.

Good luck to all our faculty and students who are returning to campus for classes. I will be on campus often, and I hope to see many of you there.

Yours in FDU,

Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D.
President

Links to Updates

February 24: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

February 17: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

February 15: President’s Update – Start of In-Person Classes

February 10: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

February 3: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

January 27: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

January 7, 2021: President’s Update – Start of Spring 2021 Term

November 25: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

November 25: President’s Update – Giving Thanks

November 18: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

November 11: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

November 4: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

October 28: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

October 21: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

October 16: President’s Update – Spring 2021 Semester

October 14: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

October 7: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 30: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 23: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 21: Study Abroad and Wroxton College

September 16: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 9: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 2: New Jersey Campuses Health and Safety Update

September 1: President’s Update – United for Our Students

August 17: President’s Update – Welcome to Fall 2020

August 10: President’s Update – Fall 2020 Semester

July 31: President’s Update – Returning to Campus

July 20: President’s Update – Fall 2020 Semester Reopening Plan

July 7: President’s Update – Preparing for Fall 2020 Semester

June 12: President’s Update – Supporting Our Students

June 4: Task Force for Campus Re-occupancy and Operations.

May 29: President’s Update – The Fall 2020 Semester.

May 8: President’s Update – Planning for the Fall 2020 Semester.

April 20: President’s Update – Important Cost-Saving Measures.

April 9: President’s Update – A Note of Appreciation.

April 9: Deadline Extension for Student Withdrawal from Classes.

April 7: All Summer Sessions for 2020.

April 3: Update on Pass/Fail Option for Spring Semester 2020.

April 2: Graduate Summer Sessions 2020.

March 30: Undergraduate Summer Sessions 2020.

March 25: President’s Update – Commencement.

March 25: Pass/Fail Option for Undergraduate Students for Spring Semester 2020.

March 20: President’s Update – Remote Learning Extended for Remainder of Spring Semester.

March 20: Pass/Fail Option for Undergraduate Students for Spring Semester 2020.

March 15: President’s Update – Latest Actions Related to COVID-19 Pandemic.

March 13: Wroxton College Students to Return Home.

March 10: President’s Update on Moving to Remote Learning.

March 9: Working together as a community and an update on potential self-isolation.

March 6: Update on travel restrictions and recommendations, and a travel registry for faculty and staff.

March 2: Update on University-sponsored international trips as well as more travel-related news.

February 28: Update on international travel, study abroad, our international campuses and necessary precautions.