Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomed all students back to our New Jersey campuses in the fall of 2021 and returned to in-person student experiences for courses, residential living, co-curricular activities, and related services.
Health and Safety
FDU requires all students, faculty and staff on the Metropolitan and Florham campuses to be immunized against COVID-19. This includes all students who are on campus to live, attend classes, or engage in any in-person activities. For more information and to see frequently asked questions and answers about the vaccine policy, go to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy web page.
FDU also developed additional health and safety protocols to help safeguard our community members while enabling a return to in-person experiences. These included the vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff. Other protocols included a requirement to wear face coverings indoors and participate in surveillance testing. These were lifted late in the spring semester.
The majority of classes and academic activities were in person and only limited courses were being offered remotely (with the exception of our normal online programs). Spring semester classes began on January 24. Courses in the first week were delivered remotely (with some exceptions such as lab courses). Courses scheduled to be held in person moved to that format on January 31. Spring recess took place March 14 to 18. Classes resumed after the spring recess, and final exams were conducted May 11 to 17.
Many student support services in areas like admissions, financial aid, registrar, counseling, and health services were available in person. At the same time, the University continued to offer our students many of the online services that we developed over the course of the past year.
In the residence halls, FDU restored double occupancy, removed visitation restrictions between halls, and permitted access to shared kitchens and other common areas, all in keeping with evolving public health guidelines.
Dining capacities were increased as well, and many additional student activities were permitted. Athletics teams once again competed with their respective league rivals in the appropriate season.
During Fall 2021, FDU’s Vancouver Campus provided a variety of study options for students including using synchronous remote learning (Zoom) technology, remote learning or through in-person instruction.
For Spring 2022, instruction began via remote learning (Zoom) and continued in that format until February 7, 2022, when face-to-face instruction began.
Wroxton College in England once again welcomed FDU students to the Abbey. That extraordinary study abroad experience resumed during the Fall 2021 semester for our students and another group studied there during the spring semester.