6/30/20: Health Advisory: Updated Guidance for Travelers to the State of New Jersey

To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date:  June 30, 2020 
Subject:  Health Advisory: Updated Guidance for Travelers to the State of New Jersey

Updated Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from States with High Rates of COVID-19

Today, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added eight additional states to the list of states with high rates of COVID-19. Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from these states are required to quarantine for 14 days or to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10% of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average. Today, the 16 states that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. This list will be updated each week.

We urge all members of our community to follow this guidance and to avoid non-essential travel to these states.  No person who is required to quarantine pursuant to this restriction will be permitted on Stevens’ campus until the conclusion of such quarantine.  If you are an essential employee currently working on campus and have visited a high risk state in the last two weeks, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements.

For more information on New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, you may view governor Murphy’s daily briefing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8YwF0eRl9E5lpGj8OaiLg.

COVID-19 Update

Stevens Health Services has not been informed of any new COVID-19 cases since my last email.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We ask that all members of our community avoid non-essential travel, gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection.  As we plan for a phased reopening of our campus in accordance with NJ guidance, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

Additional Resources

Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations.  Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.

The Stevens Emergency Management Team (EMT) continues to monitor this situation and is committed to providing our community with the best information we have and supporting our students, faculty and staff members at this challenging time. We will continue to provide the most up to date information and past advisories and emails on the Stevens COVID-19 website

Thank you for your attention to these important matters.  Please stay safe and healthy.


6/24/20: Health Advisory: Positive COVID-19 Case and Travel Guidance

To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date:  June 24, 2020 
Subject:  Health Advisory: Positive COVID-19 Case and Travel Guidance

COVID-19 Update
Stevens learned yesterday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has not been on campus since mid-March and is recovering at home.  As with our prior cases, we will follow Hoboken Health Department protocols.  Our thoughts are with those suffering from the virus and we wish them a quick recovery.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from States with High Rates of COVID-19
Today, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory that requires people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for 14 days. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average.  At this time the states which fall within this requirement are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Each state will be responsible for its own enforcement. 

We urge all members of our community to follow this guidance.  No person who is required to quarantine pursuant to this restriction will be permitted on Stevens’ campus until the conclusion of such quarantine.

For more information on New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, you may view Governor Murphy’s daily briefing.  

Hoboken Updates from Mayor Bhalla (June 23)
We have seen a slight uptick in cases related to travel outside of New Jersey to regions with a substantial rise in new cases. If you have traveled out of state to any of these areas, I strongly encourage you to get tested at least five days after returning at Riverside Medical, and to self-quarantine for a full 14 days. If at all possible, I also encourage all residents to postpone any type of travel to other states with high rates of new cases, such as Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and more.

The City of Hoboken provides daily updates on COVID-19 and its impact on the city. The situation is dynamic and we recommend that members of our community sign up for Hoboken alerts

Mental Health Resources and Additional Information
The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering tele-behavioral health services (teletherapy) for Stevens students.  This service may be limited depending on your state of residence (current state licensing laws prohibit our staff from engaging in teletherapy with students living outside NY and NJ, however some states do offer temporary allowances). If you are a current client of CAPS and are interested in setting up a teletherapy appointment, please reach out to your therapist (or call our main number at 201-216-5177).  If you have not been to CAPS and are interested in scheduling a teletherapy session, please call 201-216-5177 and a counselor will provide you with a brief screening.  CAPS services are for Stevens students only. Please visit the CAPS website for more information.

For members of our community who are experiencing anxiety and stress due to the COVID-19 emergency, the N.J. Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access: (877) 294-HELP (4357). Note that the “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations.  Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.

The Stevens Emergency Management Team (EMT) continues to monitor this situation and is committed to providing our community with the best information we have and supporting our students, faculty and staff members at this challenging time. We will continue to provide the most up to date information and past advisories and emails on the Stevens COVID-19 website

Thank you for your attention to these important matters.  Please stay safe and healthy.


6/11/20: Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plans

To : The Stevens Community
From : President Nariman Farvardin
Date : June 11, 2020
Subject : Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plans

As our university community transitions from a spring semester marked by extreme disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic and, in recent weeks, by widespread social unrest and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, I write to convey a measure of confidence about the Fall 2020 semester. This has been among the most difficult and challenging periods in recent memory, and I am hopeful that our university community will continue to pull together as we plan to return for the 2020-21 academic year. Our plans include many complementary and layered efforts to support the goal of a healthy and flexible campus; each member of our community must work individually and together for us to be successful. 

As you have likely seen in the news, earlier this week Governor Murphy lifted the stay-at-home order and has recently loosened restrictions for a variety of sectors and for additional in-person gatherings. In anticipation of guidance from the State of New Jersey for institutions of higher education, expected soon, our leadership team has been preparing for an in-person, reduced density university environment this fall , including classroom-based teaching and learning combined with hybrid/online learning options; residential living and student activities; and a return to most campus-based business operations.

It is clear from our new and returning students and other stakeholders that there is a strong desire to return to campus in the fall. Our plans have been developed with the dual goals of: (i) supporting a safe and healthy campus environment for our community and, (ii) seeking to provide the best education and living experience possible for our students under these most challenging circumstances. In the coming days, feedback sessions with the Faculty Senate, the Academic Council, and senior administrative leadership are scheduled in advance of several town hall sessions starting July 8th for all faculty, staff, and students. Campus announcements and invitations will be sent separately for these meetings.

Underlying our plans is a science-based approach to mitigation of infection that utilizes available medical and epidemiological evidence and best practices, along with a commitment to actively promote a culture of personal and shared responsibility to safeguard the health of our community. While we plan to return to the business of our university in a more traditional sense this fall, next semester will not be “business as usual.” We are putting in place many new measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of our community, and these efforts will require the conscientious and diligent cooperation of each and every one among us. 

Although not every aspect of our planning has been completed, the framework of our return-to-campus plan is in place and is outlined below:

“Soft Opening” and Limited Return of Employees Starting This Summer

To prepare for the return of our students this fall, we are planning a “soft opening” this summer starting in a few weeks, subject to guidance from the State of New Jersey, and we will gradually increase the number of employees on campus by the fall semester. The Provost and each Vice President will consult with colleagues in their respective divisions to formulate these phased plans with the goal of continuing to meet our critical commitments to our students and to our research programs, while allowing some amount of flexibility to faculty and staff. In accordance with guidance from the State of New Jersey and health officials, we are planning for a small percentage of employees to be on campus in the early stages, with additional employees returning in the following weeks. Our plan is to continue to conduct the business of the university while reducing the overall density of our population in the fall. As described in my message of May 6 th , this plan will provide at least two weeks for colleagues to make appropriate transition plans before being called back to campus-based work. 

The key elements of our Fall 2020 in-person, reduced density campus environment are described below. These measures have been developed with the goal of reducing transmission of the coronavirus in our community. With evolving guidance and continued input from our university community, we will refine these plans to be ready to welcome students and colleagues back to campus in the fall and to make appropriate adjustments as health conditions warrant. 

Self-Monitoring, Testing, Contact Tracing, and Isolation  

As members of the Stevens community, each of us has a responsibility to regularly and diligently self-monitor to minimize opportunities to expose others to infection. Beyond self-monitoring, Stevens expects to implement testing and contact tracing protocols as part of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, with specific testing regimens that follow relevant guidance and which are developed in consultation with health experts. We are exploring options for partnering with an external organization to make COVID-19 testing available on or near our campus and also are in contact with the City of Hoboken, which is offering COVID-19 and antibody testing for employees of Hoboken-based businesses. Additionally, we are exploring a partnership with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, our health care partner, to expand choices for faculty and staff to obtain healthcare, testing, and mental health services in Hoboken. 

Provision and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use of face masks and frequent hand-washing are among the most effective mitigation measures to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. As a reminder to continue healthy practices while on campus and to supplement individuals’ personal protective equipment, all faculty, staff, and students will receive a “Welcome Back” bag containing a digital thermometer, two reusable cloth face masks, two disposable face masks, two pairs of disposable gloves, an ID lanyard, hand sanitizer, and a reminder card outlining safe practices.

Reduced Density/Physical Barriers/Directional Signage

In addition to the phased plan for employees’ return to campus and a reduced-density environment in the fall, we plan to follow any new guidance from the State of New Jersey and limit occupancy to allow for social distancing and use of face masks in classrooms and other gathering spaces. We will also require that all organized formal meetings and gatherings held on behalf of Stevens have options for virtual participation. Over the summer, we will install directional signage in high traffic areas and stairways, floor markers, and acrylic barriers throughout campus to guide social distancing.

Increased Sanitation and Hygiene

We have instructed cleaning crews to use an FDA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant to clean all common areas, laboratories, classrooms, and lecture spaces at least twice per day and overnight, including in residence halls and restrooms. In addition, sanitizing wipes will be provided in high-touch areas for general use. 

Transportation/Parking

New Jersey Transit and other forms of public transportation are ramping up sanitation and social distancing protocols in anticipation of employees returning to work. As an additional option during the fall semester, Stevens will offer increased flexibility for on campus parking and will provide a daily parking option for employees and students who are on campus only part-time. 

We recognize that our new and returning students are intensely interested in the learning and living environment they will experience in the fall. Preliminary plans for instruction, residence halls, and additional health and mental health services, are described below:

In-Class Instruction with Online Options; Technology Enhancements

Our current plans anticipate that most regular undergraduate and graduate courses can be offered as hybrid classes, that is, with instructors and students in a socially-distanced classroom and with flexibility for students to participate synchronously online. Classes will also be recorded for viewing later. StevensOnline courses will continue to be offered online only. We have been making additional investments in classroom technology—both hardware and software—that will provide the ability to enhance instructional activities regardless of modality. Provost Pierre will provide additional details as plans are refined. 

Residence Halls

Stevens is also preparing for students’ return to campus residence halls. First-year students are currently in the process of selecting housing and roommates, and we expect to receive guidance from the State of New Jersey regarding on-campus housing, including multiple occupancy rooms, for students who wish to live in campus or leased housing. We are preparing to implement augmented cleaning and sanitation regimens in residence halls, shared hall bathrooms, and common areas to support the health and safety of our community.

Health Services and Mental Health Services for Students

We will substantially augment health care for students by providing access to health professionals 24x7 via extended hours and overnight telemedicine services, and we will also increase mental health support for students during these next phases of the pandemic.

While this memorandum is not an exhaustive description of our planning efforts, I am hopeful that it provides all members of our community with assurance that Stevens is aggressively pursuing a comprehensive, consultative, and inclusive approach to re-opening our campus. This plan offers flexibility and, in turn, asks for the cooperation of our faculty and staff to return to campus, to serve our students, to fulfill the university’s mission, and continue to maintain core business operations. It is guided by recommendations from respected national organizations such as the American College Health Association , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education , among others. Going forward, our actions will be subject to guidance from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and coordinated, where appropriate, with the City of Hoboken. 

Also, on July 8th a new website, Stronger. Safer. Stevens ., will be launched and will serve as a repository for our return-to-campus plans. We will also launch a communications campaign with the same theme to remind all members of our community of our shared responsibility to promote a healthy campus environment.

In closing, I want to emphasize to the entire Stevens community that this period of the coronavirus pandemic has been and remains both a challenge and an opportunity for Stevens. I have every confidence that Stevens will meet the significant near-term challenges and emerge a stronger university that continues to deliver outstanding outcomes for our students, that creates the talent pool that will contribute to restarting our State’s and nation’s economy, and that will develop solutions to our world’s most urgent and vexing challenges.

Please continue to stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch with me at [email protected]


6/1/20: Updates on Fall 2021 ACT/SAT Requirements, Virtual Summer 2020 Pre-College and Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation Programs

To : The Stevens Community
From : Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date : June 1, 2020
Subject : Updates on Fall 2021 ACT/SAT Requirements, Virtual Summer 2020 Pre-College and Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation Programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the availability of testing options for many high school students applying for admission for Fall 2021 and has also required that we reimagine how we offer our Summer 2020 Pre-College and Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation programs. Below is an update on these topics.

Fall 2021 Admission for 1st Year Students: Test Optional

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to SAT/ACT testing date cancellations, making it difficult for many students to take the exams. Students who are able to take the exams are doing so under unusual circumstances, including measures taken for to adhere to public health directives. Therefore, in an effort to support access to our university, Stevens Institute of Technology will suspend the SAT/ACT test score requirement for one year and become test optional, to the extent possible, for Fall 2021 first year student applicants.

The test optional plan will require applicants to indicate on their application if they will submit test scores. Those who choose to do so will have the opportunity to self-report test scores on their application and then officially submit test scores from the testing agency upon enrollment. If test scores are submitted, they will be used in a holistic review of the student’s application. 

The test optional plan does not eliminate the need for demonstrated language proficiency. Non-native English-speaking students will still be required to submit results from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT EBRW or Duolingo).

Additional information is available online .

Virtual Summer 2020 Pre-College Program

The Office of Pre-College programs is happy to announce we will be offering select summer programs online. These virtual programs will allow students to participate in a unique academic experience with our Stevens faculty and a chance to meet and work with current Stevens undergraduate students. We will be offering five, one-week programs in Business Explorer, Cybersecurity (Beginner), Cybersecurity (Advanced), Introduction to Coding, Engineering Bootcamp, and one, two-week program in Intermediate Computer Science. Please visit Stevens Virtual Pre-College Programs  for more information.

Fall 2020 Pre-Orientation Program for Incoming Undergraduates

Stevens has decided to pause the registration process for the Pre-Orientation Program, which had been scheduled to begin on August 23. Our Student Life team is examining the program and reimagining how we can provide an engaging and exciting program, while also ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff and abiding by guidance from the State of New Jersey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We expect to finalize plans for Pre-Orientation by early July. Please be assured that students who have already registered and paid for the Pre-Orientation Program will receive a refund if the program is not held as planned.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. 


6/1/20: Updates on COVID-19 Cases, CARES Act Funds Available for Students and Other Resources

To : The Stevens Community
From : Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date : June 1, 2020
Subject : Updates on COVID-19 Cases, CARES Act Funds Available for Students and Other Resources

I am pleased to report that Stevens Health Services has not received reports of any new COVID-19 cases since my last email. Of the cases reported to Stevens, no individuals are currently hospitalized and all are either completely recovered or making steady progress toward a full recovery at home.

Although we are seeing some positive news about the reduction of COVID-19 cases in our area, please continue to be diligent and follow all federal, state and local guidelines to protect yourself and others. Face masks, social distancing, regular hand washing and monitoring your health for COVID-19 symptoms are important safeguards against the spread of infection.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected] . The City of Hoboken provides daily updates on COVID-19 and we recommend that members of our community sign up for Hoboken alerts at https://local.nixle.com/alert/7903072/?sub_id=2919246 . We will continue to provide the most up to date information and past advisories and emails on the Stevens COVID-19 website

Federal CARES Act COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Students: Priority Deadline – June 15th

Stevens has received approximately $1.5 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist eligible students experiencing unexpected financial challenges that occur as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food insecurity, housing, course materials, learning technology needs, health care and child-care expenses.

Students may apply for CARES Act emergency grants through the on-line COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Grant application. Applications must be received by June 15, 2020. If all funds are not expended or if additional funding becomes available, the application deadline may be extended. Emergency grants must be awarded in accordance with federal guidance, which requires that recipients are eligible for Title IV (federal) financial aid. Students who are not Title IV eligible (i.e. international and undocumented students) and are experiencing financial challenges associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to the following offices: Undergraduate Students: [email protected] ; Graduate Students: [email protected]

Mental Health Resources and Additional Information

The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is now offering tele-behavioral health services (teletherapy) for Stevens students. If you are a current client of CAPS and are interested in setting up a teletherapy appointment, please reach out to your therapist (or call our main number at 201-216-5177). If you have not been to CAPS and are interested in scheduling a teletherapy session, please call 201-216-5177 and a counselor will provide you with a brief screening. CAPS services are for Stevens students only. Please visit the CAPS website for more information.

For members of our community who are experiencing anxiety and stress due to the COVID-19 emergency, the N.J. Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access: (877) 294-HELP (4357). Note that the “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Please stay safe and healthy.

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