Updated Sept. 11, 2020, 1:15 p.m.
Rutgers University–Camden is open and operating. The fall semester will combine a majority of remotely delivered instruction with limited in-person instruction. Some services are available for face-to-face delivery.
Responses to COVID-19 at Rutgers University–Camden
This fall, Rutgers University–Camden is providing a majority of remotely delivered courses with a limited number of in-person classes. Offices and units that directly serve students are providing some level of in-person services; all Rutgers–Camden academic and administrative units are open and continuing to provide their services through remote and/or in-person delivery. At all times, our top priority is to safeguard the health of our campus community, and we will adapt our plans as needed based on federal, state, and university guidelines.
The Rutgers University–Camden academic plan has been designed to allow all students to pursue any degree without interruption in their academic schedules. Among the approximately 1,000 courses we offer each semester, more than 900 of them are being offered digitally during fall 2020. The remainder feature clinical, lab, and studio art experiences. These face-to-face classes are being taught in rooms prepared for social distancing; in some cases, technology allows students to participate remotely if they choose or as conditions require.
Digital instruction is offered asynchronously (online courses) and synchronously (live video courses) as appropriate.
The foundation for digital instruction at Rutgers University–Camden has been built by the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) unit and the Office of Information Technology (OIT). IDT has offered – and continues to deliver – a series of workshops and seminars to prepare the faculty for online teaching. During the summer, IDT and OIT collaborated on workshops to prepare faculty for synchronous digital instruction. IDT and OIT have developed new procedures to respond to the increased demand for support, including training members of OIT to staff an instructional technology help desk that can respond immediately to problems.
Class sizes have been adapted for fall social-distancing requirements and the demands of online teaching. For face-to-face instruction, particularly for lab and studio experiences, this has meant the creation of additional sections, some offered in the evenings, to ensure that social distancing is appropriate. We have restructured large lectures that can be taught effectively in person into online classes that have small, synchronous, recitation sections to promote student engagement and community.
Student resources – including, but not limited to the library, academic advising, student health, student success, the dean of students office, the Career Center, the Raptor Pantry, student involvement, and tutoring – will be available to all students online and face-to-face on campus. The greatest demand will be online, and extensive preparations are underway to ensure that students continue to receive high-quality and personalized services.
Rutgers University–Camden is recognized within Rutgers as the campus where a profound sense of community is prevalent and strengthened by personalized interactions among students, faculty, and staff. Sustaining that sense of community – which is intrinsic to the Rutgers–Camden experience – is a priority for the institution. The campus will engage heavily in such digital resources as video, social media, and student interaction platforms maintained by the Division of Student Affairs to present a consistent series of activities designed to boost social interactions among students and engagements with Rutgers–Camden's portfolio of student services. Those activities will expand throughout the year, including digital engagement opportunities with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 2020 Rutgers Reads author.
Many offices serving students offer in-person, on-campus meetings by appointment only, in settings appropriate for social-distancing requirements. See below for more information on staffing plans.
Approximately 200 students live in the on-campus residences in single rooms. Dining offers takeout services for dorm residents as well as students and staff on campus.
The Campus Center is open seven days.
The main student computing lab, located in the Robeson Library, is open.
Rutgers University–Camden competes in NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. In accordance with the NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference), Rutgers-Camden has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competition for the fall season.
In accordance with Rutgers’ returning-to-research calendar, research activity at Rutgers University–Camden is returning to full speed. Faculty and graduate research assistants are beginning to return to their laboratories and scholarly settings. The provost and the vice chancellor for research are overseeing the orderly reactivation of these spaces on campus and at the Joint Health Sciences Center, where Rutgers shares research space with Rowan University and Camden County College.
The Paul Robeson Library is offering "curbside pickup" and other functions, including interlibrary loan services, particularly necessary for research in the humanities. More information is available here.
Every academic and administrative unit on campus has submitted plans detailing how their units will ensure the continuous and effective delivery of their services to the campus community. These plans are designed to meet the service needs of the projected student density for the fall. Each staffing plan is reviewed by the senior vice chancellor for administration and finance and will be reviewed and revised as needed in order to meet campus needs and to be consistent with staffing guidelines in the Returning to Rutgers document (PDF).
Once staffing plans are approved, offices and workspaces are evaluated for social distancing. For some functions, staff will be relocated to other spaces (for example, in-person meetings with students might be moved from a staff member’s office to a much larger conference room). In other instances, safety will require modifications to workspaces (moving furniture, installation of plastic dividers, and so on). IPO will be consulted in these instances.
All faculty, staff, and students who are onsite are required to have face coverings while in public or while meeting. Face coverings are not required within an office unless there is a face-to-face meeting in the office, which will be conducted with face coverings and social distancing.
When appropriate, Rutgers–Camden will repopulate the campus starting with student-facing departments, in order to prepare those offices to assist students at the start of the semester. Non-student facing departments will follow. Repopulation, whether student-facing or non-student-facing, does not envision all employees onsite every day. Even student-facing departments have functions that are non-student-facing. The student-facing function can be conducted in a location where social distancing is possible, while the non-student-facing function can be conducted in the employee’s office as under normal conditions, with appropriate sanitizing protocols and safety supports installed as necessary. All student services will be provided onsite and virtually.
Non-student-facing offices will repopulate gradually and as needed. All non-student-facing activities that can be conducted remotely should continue to be conducted remotely. If there is occasion for an employee of a non-student-facing office to report onsite to conduct business, the employee is required to wear a face covering while in public onsite. If the employee’s workspace is a group workspace, the face covering must be worn in the workspace and social distancing is required. Department heads are encouraged to provide flexible scheduling to allow for social distancing within group workspace.
Facilities and police/public safety are essential departments. Their staffing plans will be prepared by Institutional Planning and Operations in collaboration with Rutgers–Camden leadership to ensure that their service to our campus meets demand. Dining hall workers are employed by the third-party vendor Gourmet Dining, which will submit to Rutgers–Camden its plan for the safety of our campus community.
- Frequently asked questions for the fall 2020 semester
- Update emergency contact information
- Community safety practices
- Resources for students
- Resources for faculty
- Resources for employees
- "Returning to Rutgers" university-wide planning guide (PDF)
- “Returning to Research” planning guide (PDF)
- Rutgers–Camden IT
- Rutgers–Camden Responds: News about research, service, and resources regarding COVID-19
- Oct. 15, 2020: Update on Academic Planning for the Spring 2021 Semester
- Aug. 27, 2020: Campus Services Open and Available
- Aug. 12, 2020: Update on Plans for the Fall Semester
- July 27, 2020: Update on Building Access Plans
- July 6, 2020: Planning for the Fall 2020 Semester at Rutgers University–Camden
- July 1, 2020: The Year Ahead: Advancing Our Campus in Challenging Times
- May 18, 2020: Update on Academic Planning for Fall 2020 Semester
- May 1, 2020: Announcing Rescheduled Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020
- April 13, 2020: Resiliency and Courage
- March 23, 2020: Rutgers University-Camden Update and Resources
- March 22, 2020: Commencement 2020
- March 20, 2020: Announcing Revised Grading Options for Spring 2020 Courses
- March 18, 2020: Update on Rutgers University-Camden Responses to COVID-19
- March 13, 2020: Update on Campus Responses to COVID-19
- March 10, 2020: Campus Operating Status and Other Updates Related to COVID-19
- March 10, 2020: Additional Information about Defending Against COVID-19
- March 2, 2020: Cancellation of Study Abroad Programs at Rutgers–Camden