2020-21 Academic Year

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Plan for Reopening Its New Jersey Campuses was developed in accordance with state guidelines, including the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education’s (OSHE) “Restart Standards for All New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education,” and aligned with the stages of New Jersey’s phased plan titled “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health.” New Jersey Executive Order No. 155 requires universities to submit their plans to the Secretary of Higher Education for review 14 days prior to implementation. (FDU submitted its plan on July 17, 2020.)

FDU’s plan provides detailed policies and procedures in the following categories:

  • General Safeguarding
  • Screening, Testing, and Contact Tracing Protocols
  • Instruction
  • On-Campus Residential Housing
  • Libraries and Computer Labs
  • Research/Science Labs
  • Student Services
  • Transportation
  • Dining
  • Study Abroad and International Travel
  • Athletics

FDU formed three task forces in spring 2020 to focus on the academic year and reopening the New Jersey campuses of the University. The Task Force for Academics focused on educational issues, such as the academic calendar and modes of instruction; the Financial Task Force focused on fiscal planning and budgetary issues; and the Task Force for Campus Re-occupancy and Operations focused on the policies, procedures, and processes that support our students and community members in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University’s task forces dedicated to reopening its New Jersey campuses worked intensely to develop detailed plans that will enable FDU to fulfill its educational mission while placing the greatest priority on designing diligent, appropriate measures to help safeguard the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the entire community.

The task forces and their various subcommittees were comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators. These groups collected feedback from students and the broader University community while developing their analysis and recommendations. Recommendations of the task forces were approved by the University’s leadership and are incorporated throughout the plan.

FDU then formed a University Steering Committee to oversee implementation of the plan, monitor compliance, and help respond to changing conditions. The committee operates within the University’s Emergency Management Team (UEMT) reporting structure. The UEMT is charged with responding to and mitigating any spread of the virus that may occur on the campuses. In addition, the University formed the following plan implementation committees, which informed and advised the Steering Committee: Academic Planning, Health and Safety, Facilities, Student Experience and Residential Housing, and Athletics.

Until a proven vaccine or approved therapy for COVID-19 is widely available, campus activity will involve some level of risk as operations resume. COVID-19 is highly contagious. All members of FDU’s campus communities are receiving training and being asked to take responsibility for preventive measures and precautions to reduce the risk to all. Members of the FDU community are encouraged to report any unsafe conditions related to COVID-19 to the respective Campus Offices of Public Safety.

Moving forward, the University will communicate its plans and policies, and continue to report any adjustments, revisions, or updates to the entire University community (or to select populations when necessary) through various channels, including the www.fdu.edu website as well as University email and social media channels.

Vancouver Campus

FDU’s Vancouver Campus opened for Fall 2020 with staff on-site, but with the majority of course delivery through remote learning, and select face-to-face instruction for specific courses and students. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, academic programs of the Vancouver Campus continued to be delivered predominantly through remote learning using synchronous Zoom technology, as well as through the scheduling of asynchronous online courses. A small number of courses are available for face-to-face instruction, limited to first semester students in specific classes who are able to and who wish to be present on campus. These classes are also offered through remote learning for those who prefer or who are not able to attend in person. 

FDU Vancouver is following the advice of the Ministry of Advanced Education and public health authorities to prepare for in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester. FDU is hopeful that as vaccines are distributed and social distancing and other restrictions are lifted, we will be able to welcome new and returning students back to campus. We are awaiting guidelines from authorities that will support the safe resumption of on-campus teaching, learning and co-curricular activities. At the same time, FDU must be prepared for a variety of circumstances, given the challenge of precisely predicting what the COVID-19 situation will be in September. Therefore, FDU is developing plans for a variety of situations. For the Summer 2021 semester beginning in May courses will continue to be delivered through online or remote learning. 

Operating updates will be posted to https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/

More resources

IT resources for students, faculty and staff can be found here: https://it.fdu.edu/remote-learning/

For an update on the current directives provided by the state, visit the official site of the State of New Jersey.  

More information is available on the following websites:

United States 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

U.S. Department of State    

State of New Jersey Department of Health   


Canada Public Health  

BC Centre For Disease Control