Student Guide for Returning to Rowan

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Student Guide for Returning to Rowan

Student Guide for Spring 2021

Health & Safety

As students return to campus this spring, there’s a flexible plan in place to guide our way back.

Vaccinations in our region have begun and Rowan’s School of Osteopathic Medicine opened the Rowan Medicine Vaccination Center in December. The state’s vaccination plan is a multi-phase approach. 

As we move through the phases of the vaccination plan, which will take at least six months, it’s critical that we remain vigilant and take every precaution against this highly contagious and deadly virus.

Once again this spring, students are required to self-monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus and may not attend in-person educational activities if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC. In addition, prior to logging on to Rowan’s network, students are required to complete a daily screening, documenting either that they are symptom free and capable of participating in in-person activities or that they have symptoms or fever and have followed reporting protocols.

Mandatory Testing: The following requirements are in effect for all students who will participate in in-person activities on Rowan’s campuses this spring:

Any student who will be on campus in any capacity—either as a residential student, in a class that meets in person, an athletics practice or in other in-person activity—is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 10 days before their first day on campus. 

Students will be offered a free, University-provided test through LabCorp. Students should check their Rowan email for detailed information about ordering the at-home, self-collected nasal swab test from Pixel by LabCorp. The at-home, self-collected nasal swab test from Pixel by LabCorp can be ordered online. The kit will be delivered to homes and returned to the lab via FedEx. It includes all supplies and instructions needed to complete the self-collection. Additional instructions can be found here. For customer service support, contact LabCorp at 1-844-251-6524.

Once test results are available, students will be required to upload the information to Rowan’s Medcat site. Students will be able to view results on the secure, online HIPAA-compliant portal where the kit was requested.

Students will not be permitted to live on campus or engage in in-person activities until a COVID-19 test demonstrating a negative result has been reported to the University via the Medcat site.

Following CDC and state guidelines, students that have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days (since Oct. 15, 2020) will not be required to be tested. Those students likely will continue to have positive results even if they have recovered and are asymptomatic. However, if they were not tested by the Wellness Center, they must submit proof of their positive results through Medcat. Students should continue to monitor their Rowan email for additional information as the semester begins.

Students who had a positive test before Oct. 15, 2020 will need a new test demonstrating they are negative before coming to campus this spring.

Asymptomatic testing for non-residential students: Asymptomatic non-residential students can visit Eventbrite to schedule free COVID-19 saliva testing. Testing for non-residential students is every Tuesday and Thursday at the Rec Center in Glassboro. After accessing Eventbrite, students will receive an email with detailed information to sign up with the testing center. 

Health surveillance for residential students: All residential students will be scheduled for COVID-19 testing on a bi-weekly basis. Students are notified of time slots for testing via email.

Rowan also will monitor wastewater on a regular basis and will review samples collected from residential housing as appropriate based on public health recommendations and campus-specific circumstances. Wastewater testing is not individualized and requires follow-up if viral load is detected in a target population. Students will be required to participate in further testing if data from wastewater testing demonstrates a need for follow up in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Contact Tracing: Students who test positive will be required to participate in public health investigations, including contact tracing. 

Self Isolation: Students will be required to isolate pursuant to guidance provided by Student Wellness, in accordance with public health recommendations. Students will be given the option to isolate in their place of primary residence or on campus in Triad Hall, a 218-bed residence hall reserved for self-isolated students. During periods of self-isolation, students will be provided with access to academic materials and, if isolation occurs on campus, arrangements have been made to provide for access to food, medical care, and other necessary services.

Enforcement: Rowan has developed an Acknowledgment of Responsibility for its students that they will be required to complete after receiving educational materials relating to COVID-19. Compliance expectations have been included in the Student Code of Conduct.

Academics

Calendar

The 15-week spring semester began on Monday, January 25, 2021 – a week later than originally scheduled. This change will allow for a gradual return to campus after the Winter Break. The University has cancelled Spring Break and will remain open with classes in session during the week of March 15-20. Note that many online courses began on Tuesday, January 19. Please check your course schedule carefully to determine the start date of your courses. 

Class Schedules and Delivery

The same instructional delivery strategy will be implemented for Spring 2021 as we had in the fall. All classes are remote during the start of the semester followed by a phased return of in-person instruction that will begin with hands-on classes and expand to other class types as allowed under public health guidance and government directives. In-person instruction will continue to be at reduced density and remote options will remain available for many courses, as labeled in the course schedule .

Students may select classes based on their preference for in-person or remote instruction and/or request accommodations for remote instruction through Disability Resources if needed. Rowan faculty have worked to transfer and refine their curricula to provide students a robust academic experience delivered within all public health guidelines.

Students need to pay close attention to the mode of delivery for each course section in which they are registered. Please see this video to determine the mode of delivery for your courses, and this video for how to search for courses in a specific mode of delivery. Students should use this step-by-step guide to navigate their course schedules. Students who are enrolled in Physical Presence Required courses are required to attend physically as per instructions provided by their professors, unless a specific accommodation has been made for a health or disability reason through Disability Resources. Courses requiring physical presence will be subject to adjusted classroom capacity limits and health and safety protocols and may be scheduled on a rotating or intermittent basis. Occupancy of classrooms will be restricted according to social distancing standards. To ensure safe options for all and to make the best possible use of instructional time, the University has invested in significant classroom technology enhancements and professional development for faculty and are strategically scheduling classes across multiple modes of delivery.

Determining Different Modes of Course Delivery

Please be very careful to note the mode of delivery for each course you select, as you will be responsible for attending and participating in class according to the assigned mode. Additionally, while there are not expected to be large-scale changes to the spring course schedule, please check your courses again in the future for any changes that may have occurred. To see the mode of delivery, you can click on the CRN (Course Registration Number) in Section Tally or click on the course title in the Registration screens in Self-Service Banner, then select Attributes.

Physical Presence Required

In this course type, students will be required to attend physically for some or all of the class sessions. Each instructor will provide more details on the physical attendance requirements for the class. Social distancing guidelines must be met, so students may have rotating or staggered schedules for physical attendance as determined by the instructor.  Each instructor will provide more details on the physical attendance requirements for the class. In spring, a wider range of courses (including some lecture courses and seminars) will have this mode of delivery.

Physical Presence Optional

In this course type, students are never required to physically attend class, but will have the option to do so according to specific instructions provided by the instructor. Students will have the option to attend all or some class sessions in person or to attend all sessions remotely during the class meeting time.

Fully Virtual with Meeting Time

These Remote courses will be delivered virtually the entire semester. These courses will not be assigned to a physical classroom and will never meet physically. There will be specific class times as listed on your class schedule, and during class time, the students and instructor will interact virtually.

Fully Virtual with No Meeting Time

These asynchronous online courses enable students to access the course material and interact with the instructor and other students at any time; there is no live instruction or class meeting time. Courses typically have weekly requirements with students having the responsibility to pace themselves and complete required assignments.

As needed, the University is fully prepared to transition in response to government directives and public health conditions. Additionally, all classes will be prepared to move to fully remote instruction temporarily or for the remainder of the semester in the event that becomes necessary. The HyFlex mode of delivery permits us to shift between in-person and remote instruction in response to changing public health conditions or individual needs.

Student Success Services

We continue to offer student services remotely, with some face-to-face services available, modified to accommodate physical distancing and health guidelines. 

The addition of online options for services is a permanent change that will benefit many students who may be completing their degrees fully online or at other campuses or whose schedules do not permit attending appointments on campus.

Academic Support

University Advising Services and Tutoring Services will provide high-quality virtual support options during Spring 2021. In addition, Rowan continues to support student well-being and academic success through extensive outreach via emails, phone calls, and text messages.

Career Advancement

The Office of Career Advancement (OCA) provides all aspects of student and alumni support in virtual environments, including one-on-one appointments, group presentations to classes and student organizations, employer engagement and virtual career events and fairs.

  • In Spring 2021, all career fairs will be hosted virtually.
  • In collaboration with the Office of Alumni Engagement, the OCA launched an alumni mentoring platform that will aid in student and alumni engagement and partnership, along with supporting job and internship searches for the Rowan University community. Individual and small group services will resume in person when permitted, following health and safety protocol.
  • OCA will continue to support student internships, co-ops and other professional experiences.

Off-Campus Experiential Opportunities (Internships & Co-Ops)

For the spring 2021 semester, off-campus internships and co-ops were permitted to continue, provided the completion of the following materials 1) a valid site placement agreement with the site; 2) a signed waiver from the student acknowledging the risks of participation in an in-person internship; 3) a written document outlining that the placement is operating in accordance with safety protocols required by COVID-19. If students are unable to complete mandatory internships at this time, students worked with their department to complete curricular requirements through alternative opportunities. For questions, please contact your academic department or internships@rowan.edu.

Disability Resources

Students registered with the office may experience particular challenges due to remote learning environments, heightened health risks and mental health strain. As in the fall, staff will assist students through virtual meetings this spring.  

Testing Services

Placement testing is offered remotely or on site in Rowan’s Testing Center in Savitz Hall. Accommodated testing for students registered with Disability Resources is available in online and remote course platforms, as well as in the Testing Center.

Military Services

Students registered with Military Services can be assured their needs will be met through virtual services. In-person services will also resume when appropriate. Deployed students will receive support with enrollment and course completion options.

Student Life on Our Campuses

Athletics

The winter athletics season has been cancelled. A decision about the status of competition for the spring season—baseball, women’s lacrosse, softball and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field—will be made in the near future. We fully expect to be able to return to traditional sports seasons in the fall.

Our student-athletes, coaches, and other staff remain a high priority for Rowan as we examine essential data, recommendations, and guidelines to inform future decisions.

Sport club and intramural sports will follow guidance used by Athletics as it is developed and implemented by University personnel, and will follow standards set by state and local entities, including the “Guidance for Sports Activities” published by the DOH.

Civic Involvement

Civic involvement and responsibility are critical elements of the experiential learning model of education. As a result, we will maintain opportunities for student growth and development through accountability, civility, engagement, respect, and volunteerism.

The University will provide students with opportunities to volunteer. The SHOP and Fresh for All are continuing with staff using appropriate social distancing techniques, engaging in regular disinfecting protocol, and wearing recommended PPE (e.g. masks and gloves) in order to provide essential resources to students in need of assistance.

Dining

Students, faculty and staff have access to dining options University wide. Gourmet Dining has implemented operational changes that follow current NJ State and Board of Health guidelines with regard to food service, physical distancing and group gatherings.

In an effort to best meet the needs of the community, mobile ordering (Grubhub) has been expanded to incorporate all current dining locations, including the addition of advance order/to go offerings from Glassworks Eatery at Holly Pointe Commons. Additional preventative measures designed to protect the community include the conversion of all self-serve dining options to full service and the temporary exclusion of reusable to-go containers and mugs.

Gourmet Dining continues to operate within the NJ State guidelines of safe food service at Glassworks Eatery at Holly Pointe Commons, The Market Place, Rogo and Prof’s Place. Glassworks Eatery is open for both take out and dine in services daily. In order to accommodate students for dine in while maintaining physical distancing and the proper safety and sanitation requirements, students are required to make a reservation to enter the dining hall. Reservations can be made via the Grubhub app and are available for 45-minute blocks each day. If a student prefers to order in advance for pick up, Holly Pointe to Go also continues to be available via the Grubhub App. The Market Place, open Monday through Friday is available for take-out services only at this time. A heated tent is available on the rear patio of the student center for convenient outdoor seating. Prof’s Place, open seven days, offers both take out and dine in, however seating is limited due to physical distancing requirements. Please visit the Gourmet Dining website for additional information.

Gourmet Dining supports student wellness and campus life. Special events are hosted throughout the semester that align with current gathering restrictions.

University officials will work with Gourmet Dining staff members to determine which eateries are available for food services. Current options include:

  • Glassboro Campus
    • Glassworks Eatery (Holly Pointe Commons) – dine in and take out available
    • We Proudly Brew (Holly Pointe Commons)
    • Market Place (Chamberlain Student Center) – take out only
      • Absurd Bird, Bowl Life, Brkfst & Co, Chef Jet, Crust, Freshens, Sono, Pop Up, Smoked
    • Prof's Place (Chamberlain Student Center) – dine in and take out available
      • Grill Nation
      • Jersey Mikes
    • RoGo Convenience Shop (Chamberlain Student Center)
    • Sushi Do (Chamberlain Student Center) – take out only

Common food storage by resident students is prohibited in all common area kitchens.

Arrangements have been made with Rowan’s dining vendor to provide food to residential students in isolation through food delivery.

Gourmet Dining has implemented operational changes that follow current NJ State and Board of Health guidelines with regard to food service, physical distancing and group gatherings.

Campus Housing

Rowan has restricted occupancy in its housing in the following ways. First, and significantly, the University maintains one primary residential dormitory, Triad Hall, as isolation housing for students who are ill or are suspected of infection but who have not yet been tested. In addition, Rowan reduced housing capacity by restricting the use of triples. Rowan has reduced its housing capacity to approximately 60 percent.

Residential Learning and University Housing (RLUH) staff made assignments using standard room configurations, in either double or single occupancy, in all residence halls and apartments. Unless entered into on a voluntary basis, and approved by University officials, no triple rooms are available during the 2020-21 academic year. Students were assigned to apartments based upon their standard configuration (double or single rooms). Apartments have common space areas, and students are encouraged to practice appropriate physical distancing guidelines (e.g. not invite large numbers of guests into apartment common space and/or bedrooms, consider wearing face coverings when guests are present). 

Although all areas of residence halls are accessible to students living in the building, policies and procedures to promote risk reduction were developed, implemented, and communicated to students. Examples include, but are not limited to, required face covering in all indoor public areas on campus (including residence halls), physical distancing in residential public areas (i.e. study lounges, lobbies, elevators, etc.), limitations on guest access to residential buildings and/or rooms, and immediate reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or concerns.

Housing was established through a multi-faceted system that adheres to physical distancing and health-related risk reduction guidelines.

Spring 2021 Housing Reopening Plan

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and living on campus provides students with essential resources and services that are not always available on the same levels for students when they are off-campus. Adhering to all public health and legal guidelines, the following housing plan will be implemented:

  1. New, or continuing, students who wish to live on campus for spring 2021, should contact the RLUH Office to complete a request.

  2. An email message will be sent to all students who have requested spring 2021 housing. The message will provide detailed information about the housing plan. Additionally, students will be asked to notify the University as to whether they wish to keep their housing assignments.

  3. Because course delivery format is not a factor in determining eligibility for a housing assignment — students can live on campus even if all of their classes meet remotely — we will remain flexible with deadlines for those who would like to reconsider their housing commitments, and we will accept students back into housing even after the semester begins, if space is available.

  4. An extended move-in schedule will start the week of January 18, 2021 to allow us to observe distancing protocols. University Housing will notify students of their assigned move-in date and time.

  5. Rowan will restrict occupancy in its housing in the following ways. First, and significantly, Rowan will maintain one residence hall, Triad Hall, completely vacant for use as isolation housing should that be necessary for students who are ill or are suspected of infection but who have not yet been tested. In addition to maintaining one full residence hall for use as isolation housing, Rowan also will reduce housing capacity and will eliminate triple accommodations. By reducing triples and by leaving a full residence hall vacant, Rowan has reduced its housing capacity to approximately 50-60 percent.

  6. Residential Learning and University Housing (RLUH) staff will make assignments using standard room configurations, in either double or single occupancy, in all residence halls and apartments. Students will be assigned to apartments based upon their standard configuration (double or single rooms). Apartments have common space areas, and students are encouraged to practice appropriate physical distancing guidelines (e.g. not invite large numbers of guests into apartment common space and/or bedrooms, consider wearing face coverings when guests are present).

  7. RLUH will use a move-in process that adheres to physical distancing guidelines while being as timely and efficient as possible.

  8. RLUH will provide staff extensive training to best prepare them to reduce health-related exposure and risks to all students. All training will be completed before students arrive on campus for move-in.

  9. The RLUH Housekeeping and Building Maintenance staff will implement robust enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure that all common areas of residential facilities are appropriately cleaned and disinfected. This will be achieved through consistent, seamless communication and training so that all cleaning and disinfection protocols are followed to the fullest extent possible.

  10. Prior to move-in, new students (as of spring 2021) living in residential facilities will be required to complete an educational module which provides them with information related to COVID-19, risk-reduction behaviors, physical distancing policies, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, etc.

  11. Although all areas of residence halls will be accessible to students living in the building, policies and procedures to promote risk reduction will be developed, implemented, and communicated to students prior to their arrival. Examples include, but are not limited to, required face covering in all INDOOR public areas on campus (including residence halls), physical distancing in residential public areas (i.e. study lounges, lobbies, elevators, etc.), limitations on guest access to residential buildings and/or rooms, and immediate reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or concerns. Students will not be required to wear masks or face covering while in their living spaces (rooms/apartments). Students will complete an Acknowledgement of the policies and requirements and will agree to compliance with the same, and will agree to be subject to expulsion from university housing for failure to comply, in addition to other appropriate consequences.

  12. The University will build a culture of caring for the health of oneself and each other through emails, postings and widespread signage.

  13. First-year and sophomore students who wish to request an exception to live off campus, as well as juniors and seniors who wish to cancel their housing assignments, will be required to submit a written request with supporting documentation where applicable. Although each request will be appropriately evaluated individually, approvals typically will be limited to criteria outlined in law or public order, immunocompromised students with appropriate documentation and/or students with significant, unavoidable special circumstances. Students should not enter into leases unless they’ve received written approval of an exception request.

  14. In the event that a residential student has known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, RLUH staff, in conjunction with the Interim Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students and the director of the Wellness Center, will implement a comprehensive isolation protocol for that student. The plan includes, but is not limited to, isolation housing on campus, dining accommodations, contact tracing, regular monitoring of student’s health (physically, mentally and physically), etc.

  15. The University has developed and implemented a user-friendly concerns/information reporting system in conjunction with the Wellness Center Director or designee. Additionally, regular COVID-19 forums for students to receive updates, express concerns, and share ideas will be implemented.

  16. Students will be encouraged to use their own wipes, disinfectant spray, or soap and water to sanitize surfaces in personal spaces. Educational information and instruction will be provided to students responsible for self-cleaning their bathrooms to enhance their understanding of appropriate procedures and disinfection supplies to use.

  17. To the extent possible under applicable legal orders and public health guidance, the University will implement a “shelter-in-place” model to continue to house students who wish to remain on campus in the event of an increase in COVID-19 cases during the 2020-21 academic year.

For health and safety considerations and given 1) the resources in place for students on campus and 2) that students are already living in pod type arrangements on campus and returning them to another environment will expose the students and their families to new persons, the following shall be applicable:  

  • Students who wish to continue to reside on campus may continue to do so but with a plan for conducting the majority of classes in virtual formats. 
  • Students may leave their dorms to obtain food and bring it back to their rooms for eating or eat outdoors.
  • Students may engage in physical activity outdoors.   
  • Students will not be permitted to have guests in their rooms.
  • There will be rigorous adherence to physical distancing, cleaning/sanitation protocols and general safeguards.
  • Common areas, such as lounges and shared areas typically open to all residents within a housing facility, remain closed.
  • Staff will discourage visiting between rooms within a building.

Laundry rooms

Current CDC guidelines indicate that laundry rooms should be kept accessible for resident use, and the following practices have been implemented:

  • Notices are posted indicating  the number of users allowed in these rooms to assure that physical distancing of 6 feet can be maintained.

  • Providing soap and paper towels for hand washing in locations where there are sinks present. For resupply if empty, students should report the need for restocking to their RA, or in Holly Pointe Commons, to the front desk.

  • Providing daily cleaning and enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including buttons, knobs, and handles using EPA rated products approved for disinfection purposes.

  • Posting guidelines for washing laundry. 

 

Student Organizations

Student clubs and organizations provide essential peer-to-peer interactions, associations, and leadership development for students. Staff members will assist these organizations with implementing virtual meetings and activities.

As conditions and guidelines allow, opportunities for in-person meetings will be made available to student clubs and organizations while using appropriate social distancing guidelines as necessary.

Sport Clubs will follow guidance used by Athletics as it is developed and implemented by University personnel.

Campus Recreation

Physical well-being is important, too. As conditions allow, opportunities for in-person recreational activities will be made available to students. Staff will implement appropriate cleaning and disinfecting protocol, including:

  • Scheduled cleaning and disinfecting of equipment throughout each day

  • The availability and posted policies on the use of individual cleaning and disinfecting materials (such as wipes).

  • In addition to cleaning by staff members, all users of available fitness equipment are required to clean their equipment pre- and post-workout.

The Fitness Center on Victoria Street reopened in the fall. Access is available for all students and Rowan employees who had active memberships in the spring. Protocols have been updated to ensure that our community stays as safe as possible. Please visit the Campus Recreation website for information on what to expect and how to reserve workout times. 

The Recreation Center will remain closed, however the Recreation Pool reopened in the fall with restrictions. Please the Campus Recreation website for full information.

Limited in-person outdoor and virtual programming will continue to be offered and can be viewed on Proflink.

Please visit the Campus Recreation website for information on virtual and other programming options.