Health and Safety
Until a vaccine and effective therapies are developed, plans and protocols that balance college life with what’s best for the health and safety of our community, and that follow federal, state and local government guidelines, must be in place by the day we reopen. Those will include, among other things:
- Physical (or social) distancing;
- Screening, self-monitoring, testing, contact tracing, and surveillance;
- Reduced density in classrooms, residence halls, dining halls, and workplaces;
- Personal protective gear such as protective masks in social and public settings, and maintaining appropriate personal hygiene;
- Newly configured spaces and use protocols; and
- Training for students, staff, and faculty regarding COVID-19 protective measures and safeguards.
The University’s Plan for Reopening the New Jersey Campuses describes these specific measures in more detail. Among other initiatives, FDU is implementing health protocols including requirements for wearing face coverings, physical distancing, use of personal protective equipment when applicable, and health screenings.
The University will require all students, faculty, and staff to complete a questionnaire addressing risk factors before arriving back on campus, and then do self-screening every day of the fall semester. If symptoms suggest COVID-19, students must immediately contact Student Health Services, and faculty and staff must immediately contact Human Resources. Protocols will be in place for required quarantining and testing, and the University will be prepared to isolate infected students who are living on campus, if necessary.
Resident students and student-athletes must be tested prior to their return to campus or must quarantine for 14 days (either in their rooms or off campus) before in-person classes begin. FDU will require testing for those who are experiencing symptoms and may require testing of those who have had close contact with those testing positive. It may also require random testing of those in higher-risk groups including resident students and student-athletes. Students arriving from an international destination or from a state on the list of New Jersey’s quarantine advisory at the time of move-in will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine on campus. This applies whether or not they quarantined before their arrival or have had a recent negative COVID-19 test.
FDU will have a strong contact tracing system in place to identify and assess those who have close contact with those confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.
In addition to these measures, physical distancing protocols and other accommodations and practices will be in place in classrooms, libraries, labs and throughout the campuses. Signage will clearly mark points of entry and exit, while also marking safe distances, when necessary.
Hand sanitizer dispensers and Plexiglas shields will be strategically placed around the campuses. In addition, University facilities teams will increase cleaning throughout the campuses on a frequent basis, especially in high-traffic areas like residence halls. All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear face coverings, and two FDU reusable cloth masks that meet CDC guidelines will be distributed to everyone at no cost.
Campus Clear App
The CampusClear self-screening health app will be used on both New Jersey campuses this fall. Students, faculty and staff will use it on a daily basis to determine COVID-19 symptoms or exposure in an effort to keep the campus communities safe. The app will provide a list of COVID-19-related symptoms as defined by the CDC and ask the participant to report if they feel symptomatic with one or more symptoms. If the individual is not symptomatic, they will receive a green pass (Good to Go. Clear for Campus Access). If individuals report COVID-19 symptoms, they will receive a red pass (Not Clear for Campus Access) and will be provided further instructions to self-quarantine and contact their medical provider or Student Health Services for further instruction. A link to download the app will be shared prior to the fall semester.
Community members will be asked to be very diligent in maintaining personal hygiene by washing their hands often and cleaning their living, study and personal workspaces frequently. All faculty, staff, and students will receive training on best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, all community members will be asked to pledge to take responsibility for preventative measures to keep the campuses as safe as possible. A successful return to campus relies not only on University initiatives but also on the support and cooperation of each community member. We must all take responsibility for protecting one another.
Student Wellness Resources
If you are a resident student who has possibly come in contact with an infected individual and/or you exhibit a fever, shortness of breath or a cough, please contact the appropriate health service as listed below. All other students should seek medical assistance through their primary care physician and notify campus health services of any positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Metropolitan Campus Department of Student Health Services – 201-692-2437. After hours, call Metropolitan Campus Public Safety – 201-692-2222.
- Florham Campus Department of Student Health Services – 973-443-8535. After hours, call Florham Public Safety – 973-443-8888.
- Vancouver Campus: Call your health care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.
Faculty/Staff Wellness Resources
If you are a faculty or staff member and you feel ill or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should seek medical assistance through your primary care physician. If you have been off campus for more than 14 days, there is no requirement to alert FDU if you become ill, but please coordinate with us before your return. For more information, please also contact Rose D’Ambrosio at 201-692-2706 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See additional information for faculty and staff at Coronavirus Information from HR.