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To: Stevens Students
From: Sara Klein, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Date: July 12, 2021   
Subject: Returning to Campus Information for All Students

The staff and faculty are anxiously awaiting the return of our students for the fall 2021 semester. As planning is underway for travel and arrival on campus, there are many federal and local requirements to consider in addition to Stevens guidelines. Please review the information in this announcement carefully before returning to campus.

Domestic Travel Guidelines Within the U.S. (determined by the US Centers for Disease Control)

Students who are traveling to Stevens from within the U.S. and who are fully vaccinated must:

  • Wear a mask over the nose and mouth while traveling
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements for mask wearing and social distancing
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
  • Testing is not required or recommended for fully vaccinated individuals traveling within the U.S.

Students who are NOT fully vaccinated (exempt from Stevens’ vaccination requirement) and are traveling to Stevens from within the U.S. must...

  • Have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel 
  • Wear a mask over the nose and mouth while traveling 
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters from anyone not traveling with you
  • Wash your hands often while traveling
  • Quarantine for seven full days after travel
  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel 
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself and report the result immediately to Stevens Student Health Services
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

Please note that individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, who are sick, who test positive for COVID-19, or who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should NOT travel. If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months, follow all travel guidelines for fully vaccinated travelers. Check in advance to determine if your airline requires any additional health information, testing or other documents and be sure to bring these items with you to the airport if you are traveling by plane.

International Travel from Outside of the U.S.

Students who are arriving on campus for the fall 2021 semester from locations outside of the United States must take extra precautions before, during and after travel due to COVID risks and restrictions. Please review the announcement sent regarding arrival from outside of the U.S. for comprehensive details and guidance. 

Stevens Vaccine Requirement 

All students and full-time and part-time employees, including but not limited to faculty, full-time staff, adjuncts, and part-time staff whose program of study or work assignment requires them to be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester must be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Students who are registered for programs that are fully online and will not come to campus are not covered by the vaccination requirement. Limited exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be considered for medical and religious reasons. See the FAQs for more information on this requirement. 

Stevens will accept COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) or World Health Organization (“WHO”). As of today, July 12, 2021, the approved vaccines include those manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/J&J, AstraZeneca/Oxford/Covishield, Sinopharm (Beijing), and Sinovac-CoronaVac (Beijing). Please continue to monitor these lists regularly as vaccination approvals may change.

All students who have received all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine must submit evidence of the vaccination through Workday no later than August 16, 2021. Student instructions on how to submit your documents are available online. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential.

Please visit the Student Health Services Health and Immunization Records website for additional information.

Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

Students with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement are required to submit a negative COVID-19 viral test result online before returning to campus for the fall semester. The COVID-19 test must be taken within five days of arrival on-campus. Antibody tests will not be accepted. Vaccinated students do not need to submit a COVID-19 test result prior to their arrival on-campus.

A reminder that exempt students may face additional requirements from Stevens that may include, but are not limited to, required testing, a temporary relocation of exempt students who are housed in Stevens residential properties, or exclusion of exempt students from classes, Stevens housing and co-curricular activities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Getting Vaccinated in Hoboken or Jersey City

Students who have yet to receive a vaccination and wish to be vaccinated near campus should consider the local vaccination options in Hoboken and Jersey City

Early Arrivals and Quarantine in Stevens Housing for Residential International Students

International undergraduate students or undergraduate students residing in international locations who will be living in Stevens’ housing for the fall 2021 semester and would like to arrive early on campus to receive a vaccination or for the required quarantine may do so at no additional housing cost. Meals and groceries are available at your own expense from local restaurants and supermarkets; student meal plans for the fall semester begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. 

Students who will be living in Stevens’ housing and need to arrive early must email [email protected] as soon as possible and no later than July 15, 2021 to make an early arrival request; please indicate in that email that you are an international student arriving early for vaccination and/or quarantine.

Arrival to Stevens Housing between August 23-29 for all Residential Students

Beginning today, all residential students living in Stevens housing (including leased housing) will be able to schedule a move-in appointment through the myStevens Housing and Dining portal. All residential students must schedule an appointment to move-in on their designated move-in day. Please visit the myStevens Housing and Dining portal as soon as possible to schedule your appointment time.

It is important to pay close attention to your designated move-in date outlined under Important Dates below. There are designated move-in days for those attending Pre-Orientation, those joining us at the start of New Student Orientation, as well as days designated for all returning students living in Stevens Leased Housing, CARE, Lore-El, and Greek housing. Should you need accommodations outside of your designated move-in date, please submit your request to [email protected] as soon as possible.

Residential students will receive an email this week from the Office of Residential Education with information about their residential community, a reminder of what to bring to Stevens housing, as well as detailed information about a Living on Campus hangout for new residential students that will be held on July 28th at 6:00 pm. This email will also provide more information about the move-in days, including what to expect when you arrive on campus.

Graduate Student Housing Options Near Stevens

Finding a special place to live while you are a student at Stevens is important. Stevens Institute of Technology and the Office of Graduate Student Affairs have partnered with, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for students, faculty, and staff. 

International Student Check-In

Each semester, newly arriving F-1 and J-1 Students must participate in the ISSS International Student Check-In. This takes place after you arrive in the United States. This process is required and very different from the orientations held by Graduate Student Affairs, and is an important part of beginning your international student journey at Stevens Institute of Technology. 

New Undergraduate International Student Orientation

New Undergraduate International Orientation is August 24, 2021 and will take place in-person. Orientation will begin at 9:00AM. Details regarding session offerings, locations, and times will be emailed. This orientation is for all new, first-year international undergraduate students and for rising international sophomores who have not previously been to campus. International undergraduate students are expected to register for Undergraduate International Student Orientation by Monday August 2, 2021 by clicking here

Students traveling to Stevens from abroad should review the Preparing to Come to Stevens webpage. If you have any questions regarding your arrival, please contact [email protected]

Immediately following International Orientation, all new undergraduate students (including new International students) are expected to participate in New Student Orientation from August 25-29, 2021. 

New Undergraduate Student Orientation

All incoming students will be required to participate in New Student Orientation that will take place in-person between August 25-29, 2021.Orientation is designed to welcome you to our vibrant community, learn about academic and student services, and meet other incoming students. To help you navigate orientation and your first semester of college, each incoming student will be welcomed by and assigned to a current student known on-campus as a Peer Leader. Details regarding specific sessions offerings, locations and times will be emailed. 

Second Year Undergraduate Student ReOrientation

Second year undergraduate students, including students who were not on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year as well as those who were, are cordially invited to attend our first ever ReOrientation program. Second year students who plan to attend ReOrientation must RSVP here by August 9, 2021

The goal of ReOrientation is to reconnect you to the campus and to each other, and to orient you to services, programs, and facilities that are available to you at Stevens. Second year students are asked to arrive back to campus or Hoboken on or before Friday, August 27, 2021. ReOrientation events will begin that evening and continue through the weekend. This program will also extend through the first few weeks of September with additional social and networking activities. Second year students living in Stevens Housing (including Stevens Leased Housing) will be encouraged to schedule a move-in time on August 27 but may choose to arrive later that weekend. Specific information will be shared with second year students about the ReOrientation schedule and arrival to Stevens housing this week. Please save these dates, submit your RSVP, and make plans for your arrival on campus!

Graduate Student Orientation

New Master’s Student Orientation is August 24 & 25, 2021 and will take place in-person. Details regarding session offerings, locations, and times will be emailed. Please save the date for a Welcome BBQ on August 23 and for our Involvement Fair on September 3. 

New Ph.D. Student Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and will be held in person. All new doctoral students are expected to attend. Details regarding registration and program schedule were sent via your Stevens email during the first week of July. If you did not receive an email invitation, please contact [email protected].

Important Dates

August 2: Deadline to Register for New International Undergraduate Student Orientation
August 16: COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Submission Deadline
August 23: New Undergraduate Pre-Orientation Move-In Day
August 23: First Day of Fall 2021 Meal Plan
August 24: New Undergraduate International Student Orientation
August 24-25: New Master’s Student Orientation
August 25: New Undergraduate Orientation Move-In Day
August 25-29: New Undergraduate Orientation
August 26: New Ph.D. Student Orientation
August 27: Second Year Undergraduate Student Move-In
August 27: ReOrientation Program Begins for Second Year Undergraduates
August 27: New Transfer Student Orientation
August 27-29: Returning Undergraduate Move-In Days
August 30: First Day of Fall 2021 Classes
September 1: New Student Convocation for First Year Students (Meet at 3 PM on the Babbio Patio)

Additional Questions

  • Please see these Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about Stevens’ vaccine requirement and other important matters. 
  • If there are any questions about your vaccination status, please contact Student Health Services at [email protected]
  • Undergraduate students with general questions should email [email protected]. For general questions from graduate students, please email the Office of Graduate Student Life at [email protected]
  • Students traveling to Stevens from abroad should review the Preparing to Come to Stevens webpage. If you have any questions regarding your arrival, please contact [email protected].