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.
What are the University’s plans for the Fall 2021 semester?
FDU is planning to welcome all students back to our New Jersey campuses in the fall and return to in-person student experiences for courses, residential living, co-curricular activities, and services. The University is planning to accommodate significantly more residential students and plans to restore double-room occupancy, remove visitation restrictions between residential halls, and permit access to shared kitchens and other common areas, all in keeping with prevailing public health guidelines. Dining capacities will be increased as well, and many additional student activities will be permitted. Athletics teams should once again be engaged with their respective league rivals in the appropriate season. The University will likely need to continue certain safety and health protocols, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and surveillance testing. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue to be in effect as well. More information about policies and protocols will be announced as soon as possible.
Does FDU have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for students?
Yes, FDU will require all students who attend either the Metropolitan or Florham campus to be immunized against COVID-19. This will include all students who will be on campus to live, attend classes or engage in any in-person activities.
For more details and FAQs about the requirement, please go to our COVID-19 vaccination policy page.
Will students have remote options for courses?
The majority of classes and academic activities will be in person and only limited courses will be 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?
Registration for the fall began on April 13, and classes will begin August 23. We have 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.
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. In addition, the University last year simplified the structure of its graduate tuition rates and reduced the costs of many of its graduate programs.
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 $3 million in emergency grants to students. FDU’s detailed reporting information on the CARES funds is on the website.
What are the plans for Commencement?
We are pleased to announce that due to the recent easing of restrictions at outdoor stadiums and arenas in New Jersey, plans are moving forward to hold Commencement for the Florham Campus and Metropolitan Campus graduates in person at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Due to the reduced capacity and social distancing measures that must be in place, the Class of 2021 Commencement and the Class of 2020 Commencement will be held over several in-person ceremonies on May 18 and 19. Graduates who registered to attend have received their ceremony assignment. More information is available at www.fdu.edu/commencement.
Because of reduced capacity at the stadium, graduates will be limited to four guests all seated in the same family pod. Graduates will have their names read and will walk across the stage and be recognized in front of their families and friends. The events will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend. Graduates who registered to attend have received follow-up information with a link to register through Ticketmaster for tickets for guests. There is no charge for tickets, but graduates must register for tickets for their guests. Guests will not be permitted to enter MetLife Stadium on the day of the ceremony without an electronic ticket. Please note that these plans are contingent upon continued governmental approval for such an event and health and safety considerations at the time. For questions, Florham Campus students should email FlorhamDOSoffice@fdu.edu, and Metropolitan Campus students should email metropolitanDOSoffice@fdu.edu.
Will students receive a refund for the graduation fee if they choose not to participate in a commencement ceremony?
When students choose not to participate in commencement, they still must pay a graduation fee. The graduation fee covers expenses associated with a ceremony for all the graduates. These include event expenses and items like regalia and the commencement program. The fee also covers items like graduation medals and other expenses such as the processing and mailing of diplomas.
What are the University’s plans for Summer 2021?
Online registration for Summer 2021 is under way. While many courses will be offered via remote instruction, we also have scheduled a number of in-person courses. You can check the courses and modality (remote or in-person/hybrid) in Webadvisor.
Undergraduate students on our New Jersey campuses may take one three-credit course at regular tuition and any subsequent summer courses at 50 percent tuition. This will apply to any of the Summer 2021 sessions (see below for program exceptions). Graduate students in most programs (see below for exceptions) on our New Jersey campuses may take three credits at regular tuition and any subsequent summer credits will be reduced by $100/credit.
Please note, the following programs are exempted from this policy: The five-year PsyD in School Psychology, the Doctor of Pharmacy, and the accelerated BSN (18 month and 24 month). Also FDU employees in the Ed.D Program.
Academic Year 2020-21
How did the University plan for the 2020-21 academic year?
Three task forces were created by the University to focus on different aspects of planning for the 2020-21 academic year: a task force on academics, a task force on general operations and a task force on budgetary issues. The task forces planned for multiple contingencies to account for as many variables as possible in our preparations for the year.
In accordance with state guidelines, on July 17, 2020, FDU submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education its comprehensive plan and policies for reopening. The plan can be read here.
At the New Jersey campuses, the Fall 2020 semester started a week earlier than planned and ended on November 24. Most courses were delivered remotely. A limited number of in-person courses were offered including some labs, a few clinical courses and some others that required hands-on programming.
The spring semester began on January 25, and all courses on the New Jersey campuses were taught remotely and delivered fully online for the first three weeks. We offered more in-person courses during the spring, and those courses began remotely and moved to in-person instruction the week of February 15.
Click on the campus-specific links below to learn more about the many resources and services FDU offers our community.
Student, Faculty and Staff Health
What health and safety protocols has the University put into place?
FDU has implemented health protocols including requirements for wearing face coverings, physical distancing, safety training and daily health screenings. Testing procedures and contact tracing programs also are in place. More details on health and safety requirements are available online.
What do faculty and staff need to know about health and safety on campus?
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.
- 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.
Campus Services and Resources
Will the libraries be available during the spring semester?
Yes, the libraries will available for online services only. Students should check the library’s website for detailed information including online and in-person hours as well as COVID-19 related policy changes click here.
In-person hours: Monday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM; Online Hours: Monday to Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM; Friday 8 AM to 5 PM; Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 12 NOON to 8 PM.
What student support resources are available in the remote environment?
- CircleIn: An interactive application with points and prizes allotted for increased use and engagement. Learn how below!
- Metro Campus
- Florham Campus
- Smart Thinking online tutoring and tutoring minutes link
- Academic Advising and Support will be offering fully online advising sessions
- FDU Bubble for events and activities
What if I have technical difficulties with any aspect of remote learning, remote teaching or current business operations?
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.
If you have any questions regarding your online class, please contact your professor to inquire about specific requirements.
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/
How can I connect with other students and/or my professor in the online environment?
Here are some tips and strategies:
- Go to your Blackboard course and use the email tool to email that classmate or all your classmates. You’ll find the email option in “Course Tools” in your Blackboard course. Some instructors may also put the email link right on the main menu. You can also:
- Form a study group
- Ask classmates to share notes if you miss a class
- Organize an informal Zoom get-together with each other
- Log into Zoom with your FDU account at fdu.zoom.us to host meetings of up to 45 minutes for up to 100 people
- Arrange to get together in person — in a socially-distant safe way of course!
- Participate in your remote class with the camera ON. It is very easy to become an invisible square with a name in a Zoom class, so your faculty are looking forward to seeing your face and getting to know you in class.
- Speak up! We recommend speaking up more than you would in your in-person courses. This will help increase retention of material and engagement with faculty and other classmates.
- Office Hours: Learn about the drop-in virtual office hours your professor will hold and make an appearance even if just to introduce yourself. This will help make the virtual classroom experience more personal and maximize the experience!
What can I do to improve my online learning experience?
- Review the syllabus ahead of time. There may be assignments in non-traditional modes that you must complete. Review any and all technology ahead of time to be sure you are prepared as the semester progresses.
- Use headphones. Utilizing headphones will help block out ambient noise and allow you to focus on the material at hand.
What do I need to do before I come to campus?
- Complete the COVID-19 training. Even if you are taking all your classes remotely or won’t be coming to campus this fall, it is important to complete the training so you are prepared for any moment you will come to campus, even if that isn’t until the spring.
- Download the CampusClear app and complete the daily log every day you come to campus.
I am an international student. What resources are available to me if I am attending my classes remotely from my home country or elsewhere outside the United States?
- If you are in a different time zone and the schedule of your class(es) is/are greatly impacted, notify your professor(s) immediately to discuss how best you can be successful in the course.
- Other things to note if you are an international student joining from outside the U.S.:
- You will still have access to all technology referenced in the forums unless there are imposed restrictions in your location, such as embargoed countries (e.g. Cuba, North Korea, Iran)
- FDU’s VPN can help grant access to all web tools https://vpn.fdu.edu/
- For assistance or additional technological concerns, contact FDU TAC 973-443-UTAC or FDUTAC@fdu.edu
Where can I get more information on coronavirus?
For up-to-date information, please check the following websites: