On June 1, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the State of New Jersey would enter Stage 2 of “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health.”
Stage 2 is described as “moderate risk activities restarted with significant safeguarding,” including “more work activities allowed with safeguarding and modifications” and “potential for some in-person learning with modifications in K-12 and higher education.”
Stage 3 anticipates “higher contact activities restarting with significant safeguarding,” including “most work activities allowed at physical locations with significant safeguarding” and “K-12 and higher education may operate in person with reduced capacity.”
The State of New Jersey is currently in Stage 2 of its Restart Plan, which now allows labs, clinical rotations, and technical and hands-on instruction. Lecture classes, even socially distant classes, are still prohibited at this time until New Jersey enters Stage 3 of its Restart Plan. The timing of the state's transition to Stage 3 will depend on infection rates in New Jersey and other factors.
For the Fall 2020 semester, only first-year students, new transfer students and new graduate students will have the opportunity for on-campus learning experiences. This on-campus mode will include a mix of in-person, socially distanced hybrid learning and online instruction.
All other students will continue to pursue their education online.
Returning students who work on campus supporting Residence Life, classroom-based teaching and related activities and in research labs (including Ph.D. students) will be provided access to campus and must abide by all health and safety requirements.