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Update on COVID-19 Protocols and Change in Operating Status

Return to the Office for the First Week of 2022 (1/3/22 – 1/9/22)

The university, all clinics, and research operations will remain open. However, to minimize employee presence to the highest degree possible, vice presidents, deans, and directors are asked to assess their operations and to allow and encourage all employees who can telecommute to please do so, in accordance with the clarification of the Telecommuting Policy relaxation described in Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernandez’s email on December 3, 2021.

Employees typically deemed essential should report as currently scheduled unless notified by their supervisors of shift changes.


Spring Semester Including the Return to Housing

We will inform you in early January if there are modifications to how we deliver instruction (in-person, remote, hybrid) for the start of the spring semester or any adjustments to the return–to-campus dates for students who have left for the winter break.



All in-person or hybrid events scheduled from December 23, 2021, through January 31, 2022, should be moved to entirely virtual platforms. If that is not possible, those events should be postponed or canceled. Chancellors and vice presidents or their designees have the authority to accommodate special requests within the published COVID-19 protocols.


Athletic Events

Athletic directors on all our campuses are monitoring the situation while they work with their chancellors and the central administration to develop contingency plans that balance the needs of our student athletes and meet league obligations. Additional information will be released as decisions are made.



Employees who are telecommuting can receive free at-home testing through the State of New Jersey. Information is available at

Beginning January 3, 2022, any employee whose presence on campus is required may access free weekly testing at the university through January 31, 2022. Information is available at


Vaccination and Boosters

The university continues to require all employees to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption by January 4, 2022. Although boosters are not currently required, they are nevertheless strongly recommended. More information is available at


On-Campus Protocols and Safety Tips

Established procedures for on-campus activities will continue.

  • Use of libraries and recreation centers is limited to persons with Rutgers ID cards.
  • Use of face coverings while in indoor settings is mandatory.
  • Self-screening using the My Campus Pass continues to be required.
  • Using common sense and doing your part of our shared responsibilities continues to be important.


Information regarding university protocols and other essential information can be found at:

The health and safety of our community remain our top priority. Required protocols may change as we consult with public health agencies and assess data including the number of positive cases in New Jersey, COVID-19 hospitalizations, state and regional hospital capacity, and the severity of the dominant variant. Please look for updates during the first week of January.