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 has the University done to plan for the fall semester?
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 fall.
In accordance with state guidelines, on July 17 FDU submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education its comprehensive plan and policies for the fall semester. The plan can be read here. For more information see Fall 2020 Semester.
Click on the campus-specific links below to learn more about getting oriented to the new semester and the many resources and services FDU offers our community.
Will courses be online or in-person?
At the New Jersey campuses, the Fall 2020 semester started on Monday, August 17, a week earlier than originally planned, and will end on Tuesday, November 24, before the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no October break. This schedule will help community members avoid the need to travel back and forth for breaks and will reduce the time that community members need to be on campus during the colder months that may bring a potential risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
Most courses are being delivered remotely or fully online for the entire Fall 2020 semester. A limited number of in-person courses began on September 14. These courses include some labs, a few clinical courses and some others that require hands-on programming. Academic advising is being conducted remotely, as are faculty office hours.
What in-person courses will be offered?
Effective September 14, a limited number of in-person courses began. To view the complete list of these courses, click here.
When were students permitted to return to campus?
Students who choose to live on campus were allowed to return to campus starting on September 4. All campus operations have been aligned with recommendations provided by public health and governmental authorities. We have put protocols in place for testing, contact tracing, and isolation if necessary. Residence life and campus activities are being guided by public health requirements, such as physical distancing and reduced density. We will modify campus environments like dining halls as needed. For more information on protocols and policies for the fall, see Fall 2020 Semester or read the complete plan here.
What do faculty and staff need to know as the fall semester starts?
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 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/
What will the tuition rates be for the 2020-21 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 will be no tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year. In addition, the University simplified the structure of its graduate tuition rates and reduced the costs of many of its graduate programs.
Will tuition and fees be reduced considering the fact that FDU is now delivering most courses online?
Regardless of the modality, the tuition and associated charges will remain the same. FDU is committed to delivering a high-value educational experience and providing an affordable education. We froze tuition at last year’s rate 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 are not passing these expenses to our students in the form of any new fees or additional costs. The current fees remain as listed because these services continue to be available for the student population.
While most courses will be remote, we will have some in-person courses and we will welcome students to live on campus and provide them a meaningful student life experience. Because the move-in date was delayed until September 4, we have reduced room and meal plan costs for resident students, each by 15 percent.
How do we pay for tuition and previous balances?
Effective for the Fall 2020 semester the Office of Enrollment Services will not be 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 and May 21 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.
Will study-abroad programs resume in the spring?
All study-abroad programs, including Wroxton College, have been suspended for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Is there any update about an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020?
FDU celebrated the Class of 2020 with an online ceremony on May 18 to confer degrees. This formal and important moment commemorated the hard-earned achievements of our graduates. This virtual ceremony did not take the place of an in-person ceremony. We are still hoping that we can have an in-person ceremony should circumstances allow at a later date this fall. If not, we will invite our 2020 graduates to attend a commencement ceremony next May. To view the virtual conferral of degrees ceremony, download the program and see congratulatory messages and related coverage, go to https://www.fdu.edu/for-students/commencement/
The graduation fee covers a variety of expenses and is non-refundable. Students who have paid the graduation fee will be covered for the future commencement and expenses related to the conferral of degrees and the awarding of diplomas.
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 here.
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.
Will the libraries be open?
Yes, the libraries will be open for in-person assistance with limited access to physical resources and reduced hours. 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.
Beginning September 14, in-person hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at both New Jersey campuses (Business Reference Library will be closed). Online hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday noon – 8 p.m.
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 Fall at Fairleigh Link
- Florham Fall at Fairleigh Link
- 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 – more information coming soon!
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 Campus Clear 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: