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

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 FDU’s vaccine policy, go to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy web page. For more information about the vaccines, see “Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.”

Does FDU require students to get booster shots?

At this time FDU does not require booster shots, but the University strongly encourages all eligible community members to keep their vaccinations up-to-date with a booster shot. Per the CDC, those who have received a booster shot will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to the virus. When you have received your booster shot, please upload your documentation to Medicat.  

What are the current guidelines for face coverings? 

Effective Monday, April 4, the use of face coverings throughout the New Jersey campuses — in classrooms and elsewhere — is optional for all individuals. (Please note that face coverings will still be required in health-care settings and any other settings mandated by law.) While the face covering requirement is no longer in effect, anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask may certainly do so.  

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 Self-Service for specific course modalities.   

 

Student, Faculty and Staff Health 

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

FDU developed various health and safety protocols this academic year to help safeguard our community members. These include a vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff. Other protocols included a requirement to wear face coverings and participate in surveillance testing, both of which have now been lifted. For the latest updates on the current policies and protocols in place, 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 was 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 Self-Service 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