Updated May 6, 2021
Responses to COVID-19 at Rutgers University–Camden
During spring 2021, 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.
Every member of the Rutgers community is encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations are required for students who are not taking online programs during fall 2021. Vaccination sites currently are open on every Rutgers campus, including at Rutgers–Camden. Schedule your vaccination at a Rutgers location here.
Classes will be offered in person during the fall 2021 semester at Rutgers University–Camden. Students who register for Rutgers classes that will be held on campus or at off-campus locations are required to show proof of vaccination prior to the start of the semester.
Students planning to attend the fall 2021 semester may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs (typically defined as having no access to on-campus facilities), as well as individuals participating in fully online or off-campus Continuing Education programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination.
Should you have any questions about the vaccination program or Rutgers’ requirements, please see the FAQs at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine/#forStudents. For general questions about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html and https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.
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 – are available to all students online and face-to-face on campus.
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 our institution. T
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 is participating in intercollegiate competition during abbreviated seasons throughout the spring semester.
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 working in 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 spring 2021 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
- April 6, 2021: Additional Information About Vaccinations
- March 31, 2021: Planning for the Fall Semester
- Feb. 15, 2021: Campus Commencement Update
- 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