Student Life

Residence Halls

In the residence halls, every effort will be made to reduce the density of living spaces. All triple rooms will convert to double rooms and there will be an increase in the number of single rooms available, particularly for students who are among higher-risk populations. Common areas including kitchens, game rooms, and fitness rooms will be closed, and laundry rooms will have a restricted maximum occupancy. Protocols will be in place for screening, testing, isolation if necessary, contact tracing, and maintaining personal responsibility.

There will be restrictions on visitors and room capacity. Outside of their rooms, all dormitory students must comply with physical distancing guidelines, wear face masks, and take other appropriate measures to safeguard their personal health and the health of the overall campus community as outlined in the safety protocols. Please see the COVID-19 updates to the residence hall regulations. 

Common restrooms will have posted maximum occupancy, personal hygiene, and social distancing reminders. Reminders will be highly visible, posted on doors, entryways, and other surfaces. Facilities and Auxiliary Services will clean shared residence hall bathrooms twice per day using EPA-registered sanitizing products on all surfaces. Students will be responsible for cleaning bathrooms in their rooms or suites.

Return to campus for residential students

Students can begin moving into dormitories on September 4, as long as that is permissible under state and local directives at that time. Moving in will be conducted on an appointment basis, the details for which are forthcoming.

The plan requires resident students and student-athletes to take at least one of the following measures before returning to campus:

  • Showing proof of a negative test for COVID-19 performed no more than 72 hours before their return.
  • Self-quarantining at home for 14 days before returning to campus (certified by a signed pledge)
  • Quarantining on campus in their assigned residence hall room for 14 days before in-person classes begin.
  • 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.

We will continue to monitor current COVID-19 regulations and will adjust these and other policies accordingly. 

On-Campus Dining

Dining will follow safety procedures as indicated by the CDC, state, local, and University guidelines as appropriate. Dining operations will include physical distancing for lines and seating, with full use of sneeze guards and Plexiglass barriers. Appropriate cleaning procedures will be in place. Food handlers and managers will wear masks and gloves and must pass a safety training program. FDU will expand options for food delivery and pick-ups, as well as offer more prepackaged offerings and Grab-n-Go options with extended hours. There will be no self-service options. Dining staff will conduct cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting protocols in align­ment with other University spaces. Each practice will be conducted repeatedly throughout the hours of opening. At this time, only take-out and outdoor dining is permitted in New Jersey, but hopefully, indoor dining will be permissible by the start of the semester.

Student Services

All student support service offices will be working with students in a socially distant way, in addition to virtually, and will adjust their staffing levels to accommodate.  

FDU recognizes that extracurricular activities such as student clubs and organizations, Greek life, and academic programs are integral to the overall growth and transformation of the student. With that, any internal department seeking to host an extracurricular activity will abide by the same rules set forth for student clubs and organizations. 

The following offices will meet with students in a virtual setting as much as possible and will require students to have a scheduled appointment.  

  • Academic Advising 
  • ASC/ARC 
  • Career Development  
  • Counseling and Psychological Services 
  • Dean of Students  
  • Disability Support Services  
  • Enrollment Services  
  • EOF 
  • Financial Aid 
  • FIS/EFE 
  • Honors 
  • International Student Services  
  • Records/Registrar 
  • Regional Center 
  • Study Abroad 
  • Veteran Services  
  • Writing Studio/College Writing  

Activities

Provisions are being made for student activities. Recreational programs can be held, but should be limited based on such distancing guidelines. All recreational activities and student, faculty, and staff events must be reviewed and approved by the campus executives, the deans of students, or a designated senior officer of the University. Unfortunately, due to the changing nature of this pandemic, safety could dictate the suspension of in-person campus events and activities. If that occurs, FDU will explore the possibility of holding alternative activities on a case-by-case basis.

In anticipation of needing to provide more activities online, the University will introduce some exciting activities via new online platforms to help students stay engaged with one another.

Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics have long been an integral component of campus life, and FDU is devoted to providing meaningful programs and development opportunities for student-athletes. The decision to proceed with intercollegiate athletics, though, is dependent on conference and local authorities. 

On July 24, the Middle Atlantic Conference, which includes the Division III Devils on the Florham Campus, announced the suspension of all intercollegiate athletics competition for the fall. The conference will consider opportunities for fall sports to compete in the spring and will plan for winter sports beginning in 2021. Despite this decision, FDU remains committed to developing meaningful programs for our Florham Campus student-athletes this fall, including skill development, small group activities, practice, strength and conditioning and leadership opportunities. These activities will be implemented with protocols and procedures to help protect the safety and well-being of our student-athletes.

On July 29, the Northeast Conference, which includes the Division I Knights on the Metropolitan Campus, announced the postponement of all fall sports athletics competition and championships. The conference will reconvene on October 1 to evaluate next steps for moving forward. As with the Devils, the Knights will have opportunities for practice, skill development, team and individual meetings, strength and conditioning and athletic training following conference protocols and NCAA rules, and in accordance with local and state health and safety guidelines.