Coronavirus FAQs

FDU Policies & Procedures 

How is FDU developing policies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, FDU has planned in conjunction with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 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 an update in particular on the current governmental guidelines in New Jersey, please visit the official site of the State of New Jersey

Fall 2021

What are the University’s plans for the Fall 2021 semester?  

FDU welcomed students back to our New Jersey campuses for the fall and returned to in-person student experiences for courses, residential living, co-curricular activities, and services. The University is housing significantly more residential students and restored double-room occupancy, removed visitation restrictions between residential halls, and permitted access to shared kitchens and other common areas, all in keeping with prevailing public health guidelines. Dining capacities are increased as well, and many additional student activities are being permitted. Athletics teams are once again competing with their respective league rivals in the appropriate season. The University continues to require certain safety and health protocols, including face coverings indoors and surveillance testing.  

Does FDU have a COVID-19 vaccination policy?  

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. 

What are the current guidelines for face coverings? 

In light of the recent surge due to the spread of the Delta variant, and as a result of the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of New Jersey, FDU now requires the use of face masks inside all buildings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks are not required when alone in an office or alone in a dorm suite or with roommates, and when actively eating and drinking. (Student athletes will follow NCAA masking guidance as communicated by their coaches.) Face coverings are also required in classrooms and instructional settings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. FDU strongly encourages unvaccinated persons to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.  

Will FDU supply masks for students, faculty and staff?
FDU has masks available at the following locations:

  • Florham Campus
    Office of Public Safety
    Lenfell Hall ­– Office of University Operations
    Student Center – Office of Student Affairs
    Ferguson Recreation Center – Main Information Desk
    School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Public Safety Front Desk
  • Metropolitan Campus
    Office of Public Safety
    Dickinson Hall – Public Safety Desk (When an officer is present)
    Fitness Center – Front Desk (Building opens August 23)
    Student Union Building – Information Desk 

Will students have remote options for courses? 

The majority of classes and academic activities are in person and only limited courses are being offered remotely (with the exception of our normal online programs). Students should consult WebAdvisor for specific course modalities.  

What does the fall calendar look like?  

Fall semester classes began on August 23. We restored the fall recess (October 11 and 12) and will once again have the Thanksgiving break (November 24 to 26). Classes resume after the Thanksgiving break and final exams are scheduled for December 9 to 15.  

Student, Faculty and Staff Health 

What health and safety protocols has the University put into place? 

FDU has implemented health protocols including vaccine and indoor masking requirements, safety training and daily health screenings. Testing procedures and contact tracing programs also are in place. For more information on these items and for details concerning residence hall safety regulations and visitor and travel policies, see our health and safety requirements.  

What do faculty and staff need to know about health and safety on campus and return to work protocols?

The Office of Human Resources has compiled an extensive list of questions and answers for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources.

What should students do if they feel sick? 

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. If you test positive you must immediately notify the appropriate health service.

  • 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. FDU Vancouver student services can be reached at 604-648-8112. 
  • Wroxton College: The Wroxton College Reception Office, which is staffed 24/7, will coordinate with local medical services and can be reached at 011-44-1295-730551. 

See additional information for students at Coronavirus Information from HR. 

What will happen if a faculty or staff member experiences symptoms or tests positive? 
 
All employees who report having COVID-19 related symptoms or a positive test result will be directed to seek medical care from their healthcare provider. All employees are required to notify Rose D’Ambrosio, Vice President of Human Resources, if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have a positive test for the infection, or had “close contact” to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 
 
Rose can be contacted via email at dambrosi@fdu.edu. or via phone at (201) 692-2706. If you have been off campus for more than 14 days prior to diagnosis or exposure, there is no requirement to alert the University. 
 
See additional information for faculty and staff at Coronavirus Information from HR

Tuition Costs 

What will the tuition rates be for the 2021-22 academic year?

Recognizing the financial impact of the pandemic on many students and their families, the University froze the undergraduate tuition rate at the 2019-20 level, and there was no tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year and there again will be no increase for the 2021-22 academic year for continuing students on FDU’s New Jersey campuses. That marks three consecutive years of the same tuition rate. In addition, FDU reduced tuition for incoming students. The University also recently simplified the structure of its graduate tuition rates and reduced the costs of many of its graduate programs. For specific rates, see our tuition and fees pages.

Will tuition and fees be adjusted if FDU has to again move to remote operations? 

Regardless of the modality, the tuition and applicable fees will remain the same. FDU is committed to delivering a high-value educational experience and providing an affordable education. We froze tuition for two consecutive years because we know students and their families are struggling in these difficult times. In addition, we have invested significant expenses in educational technology; faculty training; COVID-19 testing, training and screening; and various safety measures to support our students. We have not passed these expenses to our students in the form of any new fees or additional costs. Should any further adjustments need to be made, we would be prepared to continue our mission while taking appropriate steps to support our students. 

How do we pay for tuition and previous balances?

The Office of Enrollment Services is not accepting checks or cash in person. Please pay your student billing statement online through WebAdvisor or for more information on how to pay your ebill statement, please visit Payment Information. We are sorry for this temporary inconvenience.

How were students supported by relief funds under the CARES Act?

Under the CARES Act, students were eligible for funding to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. FDU students were notified through email on May 11, 2020 and May 21, 2020 how to apply and the University has dispersed nearly $6 million in emergency grants to students. FDU’s detailed reporting information on the CARES funds is on the website. 

Campus Services and Resources

What student support remote resources remain available for the 2021-22 academic year?

What if I am experiencing technical difficulties?

If you’re experiencing technical problems, please contact UTAC (University Technical Assistance Center) at 973-443-8822 or visit https://it.fdu.edu/ for assistance. 

The IT team has provided guidance on a whole host of resources for faculty, staff and students as it relates to remote learning and business continuity (including things like how to forward phone calls) here: https://it.fdu.edu/remote-learning/ 

Other Resources 

Where can I get more information on coronavirus?  

For up-to-date information, please check 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 

Canada Public Health 

BC Centre For Disease Control   

Health Canada 

Vancouver Coastal Health 

United Kingdom 

United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England   

United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office