Health and Safety Requirements

Face Coverings

Effective Monday, April 4, the use of face coverings throughout the New Jersey campuses — in classrooms and elsewhere — will be optional for all individuals. (Face coverings will still be required in health-care settings and any other settings mandated by law.) While the face covering requirement have been lifted, we want to emphasize that anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask may certainly do so.  

General Use and Requirements of Face Coverings

  • The CDC’s mask recommendations include the following:   
    • Check that your mask fits snugly around your nose, mouth, and chin. 
    • Add layers of material; for example, wear one disposable mask under a cloth mask. 
    • Knot and tuck ear loops of a three-ply mask. 
    • Please refer to the CDC website re: effective masks:  for additional guidance with the new mask recommendations as outlined above.  
  • Face coverings must be worn no longer than one day at a time and cloth masks must be properly laundered daily before being used again. 
  • FDU recommends that students have a week’s supply of face coverings. 
  • All community members should have face masks available in case others may request them to wear them.  
  • FDU will provide face masks on a limited basis for individuals (including visitors) who have forgotten a mask. Disposable masks will be available at key distribution locations during normal business hours and at Public Safety at all times. The use of disposable masks is not a substitute for bringing one’s own mask and will not be allowed on a repeated basis. 
  • Plastic face shields or plexiglass shields in or around a desk do not replace a face covering.  

Social Distancing

In general, social distancing is not required on campus. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged, however, to maintain six feet social distancing when practical, especially indoors when actively eating or drinking without a face covering on.


In April 2021, FDU issued an announcement that all students who attend either the Metropolitan or Florham campus must be fully vaccinated before the fall semester begins. The requirement applies to all students who are on campus to live, attend classes, or engage in any in-person activities. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have elapsed after the final injection of an FDA-authorized vaccine.  

Faculty and staff who are assigned to be on campus must also get vaccinated. All individuals must upload their vaccination records to Medicat as soon as the first shot is received. The record must be updated after receiving the second shot, for vaccinations involving two doses. FDU recognizes medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement through a standard process. For more information, see the vaccination policy page

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to be up-to-date with their vaccinations, which means getting booster shots once they are eligible.

Symptom Screening

All individuals on campus – whether or not they are fully vaccinated – are required to monitor their symptoms daily prior to leaving their residence hall room or arriving on campus. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

All individuals, whether or not fully vaccinated, should do the following: Students with symptoms should call Student Health Services, and, unless instructed otherwise, should remain in their rooms on campus (or should remain off-campus, for those students who experience symptoms while residing off-campus). All faculty and staff with symptoms should first notify their primary care provider, then Human Resources, and should remain off-campus unless otherwise instructed. Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit Student Health Services unless directed to do so. Students with symptoms who are directed to go to Student Health Services for testing will be required to bring their “five-day supplies” with them in case they are moved to isolation space.

COVID-19 Testing

Effective April 4, 2022, FDU will no longer conduct surveillance testing at its New Jersey campuses. Symptomatic testing will continue and those who are displaying symptoms should follow the instructions outlined above.

Care and Management of Students

  • If a resident student has tested positive for COVID-19 (whether or not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations):
    • The student will be notified of the positive result.
    • The student will be required to isolate (given choice to either go home or isolate per designated isolation location on or off campus).
      • Students will be offered to isolate on campus to avoid spread of COVID-19. Students will be educated about the risks of isolation and potential spread to family members if isolating at home versus on campus.
    • The student will be interviewed by Student Health Services and the student’s close contacts will be identified from the past 48 hours from the onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic from the test administration date.
    • The student will be screened for symptoms and educated on symptoms that may require immediate emergency care.
    • The student will be provided with a list of recommended belongings to pack. Students will relocate to their home or temporary on-campus room. Housing will coordinate available space.
      • If remaining on campus: Students will be asked to relocate themselves from point A to point B.
    • Students isolated on campus must order all food through Gourmet Dining.
    • Laundry facilities will be unavailable to students in isolation (symptomatic or tested positive).
    • Telemedicine monitoring services will be offered 9am-5pm Monday-Friday by Student Health Services.
    • Student being removed from isolation:
      • Student Health Services will have discretion, based on guidance from student’s primary care provider or the Department of Health, and provide clearance/notification to remove student from isolation.
  • Close contacts
    • Those students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination (having the primary series and booster), have their primary series but not yet eligible for the booster, or have a verified positive PCR test within 90 days, and who are close contacts with infected individuals are not required to quarantine unless symptoms develop, or if they test positive but they should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure. Vaccinated students who are close contacts will be tested on day 5, or sooner if symptoms develop. 
    • Asymptomatic unvaccinated, or not up-to-date students identified in contact tracing will be advised that they may return home and quarantine per CDC guidelines or be assigned to a quarantine area on or off campus. Students will be educated about the risks of and potential spread to family members if they decide to quarantine at home versus on campus.
    • Asymptomatic unvaccinated, or not up-to-date students on campus will be released on day 5 of their quarantine period. Students will also be tested on day 5 and must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10. All students should continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for up to 10 days after exposure. If a student tests positive while in quarantine or becomes symptomatic, they will need to be placed in isolation and their isolation period will change depending upon symptom onset or their test date.
    • If a student elects to quarantine at home, and remains asymptomatic, they should have PCR nasal swab test performed on day 5 and will be allowed to return to campus on day 5.
    • Students in quarantine (no symptoms, but close contact) may use laundry facilities.
    • The Student Affairs Office will assist with preparing an advocacy letter to faculty if a student is unable to attend class or otherwise do coursework.  
    • Student Health Services and Housing will notify all appropriate internal parties of scheduled moves.

Please note that in classrooms, students are requested to select their seat and maintain that seat for the remainder of the semester to simplify contact tracing if later necessary. Instructors should have a seating chart.

Please also note that in the event of an outbreak on campus, exempt resident students may be asked to leave campus. An outbreak is defined as an expanding number of COVID-19 cases over a short period of time from one source. This is dependent on the number of resident students and advice from the local health department.

Hygiene Protocols

According to the CDC, one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 from person to person, and throughout the entire community, is to engage in proper hygiene including the following:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, and after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch areas routinely.
  • Avoid using shared refill cups and do not share utensils and tools/equipment with colleagues.

Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning frequencies will return to the pre-COVID-19 schedule. Classrooms and common areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned on a daily basis by the University’s cleaning contractor. Offices and office areas will be cleaned weekly by the University’s cleaning contractor. Cleaning will include the use of an EPA-registered disinfecting product on all high common touch points. Sanitizing wipes and/or alternate disinfecting products will be available in classrooms and office suites for individual work area cleaning. 

Residence Hall Regulations

Residential students must comply with health and safety regulations noted above, and guidance adopted by FDU Housing as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19.

Students must comply with FDU protocols regarding:

  1. practicing proper hand hygiene.
  2. cleaning and disinfection protocols.

All resident students:

  • Must routinely self-monitor their symptoms each day, and must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 before entering campus or leaving their residence hall room.
  • Must contact Student Health Services immediately if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Any student who develops symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate either on campus in designated isolation housing or off campus at their own expense. Student Health Services will advise the student regarding how long to stay in isolation and what other measures to take to safeguard their health.

Note that all FDU students, both when on- and off-campus, must at all times comply with restrictions and guidance issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and other governmental authorities as well as applicable FDU policies. FDU’s practices and requirements in these regulations may change to keep current with evolving conditions and governmental guidance.

For more information on specific residence hall regulations, see the Academic Year 21-22 Housing Guidelines.

Visitor Policy

All students may visit any other residence hall on campus. Commuter students may visit any residential student in their residence hall. Non-FDU student guests will not be permitted in the residence halls at this time, though exceptions will be made for family members wishing to briefly visit their student’s room during special events (e.g., Candle lighting, Homecoming, Family Weekend, etc.)

Campus visitors and contractors may be subject to removal from campus if non-compliant with the applicable protocols described above.

Travel Policy 

The following travel policy for student clubs/faculty/staff sponsored events supplements all University-sponsored trip policies and procedures currently in place.

  1. Transportation
    • The capacity for University-owned vans is 12 passengers. Bus capacity is dependent on what is indicated by the bus company, typically 54 or 32 passengers.
    • During transportation, open or crack windows if doing so does not pose a safety risk.
    • Social distancing is strongly encouraged, space permitting.
  2. Hotels
    • Room occupancy mirrors the current University policy of two students per double (two beds) room, no shared beds.
  3. Trip sponsor/chaperone must have a plan in place to have a symptomatic person tested and isolated until the test results come back.
  4. All local guidelines and policies, including if the venue requires proof of vaccination to enter, must be followed on any trip.
    • The Group sponsor/leader/chaperone must investigate before the trip to determine such guidelines.
    • If the venue requires proof of vaccination to enter, the trip waiver that the student signs when signing up for the trip must include their acknowledgment of the requirement.
    • It is encouraged to have a vetted wait list for all trips for any circumstances that may arise.