Student Guide for Returning to Rowan

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Student Guide for Returning to Rowan

Student Guide for Fall 2021

Mask Wearing

  • The University has extended its mask mandate for all members of the University community in all indoor public settings through Sept. 30. Small groups of vaccinated individuals may continue to meet unmasked if social distancing is achievable and the group agrees to the arrangement. After the first two weeks of classes, University leadership will review infection rates for the Rowan community and determine if the broader mask mandate should remain or be modified.

  • Unvaccinated students must wear a mask at all times when indoors. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to participate in regular testing beginning September 7, 2021. The Office of the Dean of Students will manage student compliance. 

Please note, students in medical school placements and internships must adhere to their employer’s guidelines and protocols to maintain those positions. 

People may choose to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, even if vaccinated. Members of our community and our guests must be permitted to do so without being harassed or bullied.

University employees may ask if a student is vaccinated, and vice versa,  but they may not ask why one is not. Asking why a person is not vaccinated may be a violation of disability discrimination laws.

Academics

For Academic Year 2021/22, the University has discontinued the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) format that was utilized during the pandemic emergency and is building the Fall 2021 schedule based on resumption of normal levels of in-person instruction. Expanded online course offerings offer flexible options for scheduling. Remote instruction will be available as a formally approved accommodation through the Office of Disability Resources. Further information can be found in the Student Services section below.

The University remains positioned to respond to government directives and public health conditions and maintains readiness for restrictions on in-person instruction should this become necessary.

Student Success Services

This fall, Rowan’s many offices to support Student Success will resume in-person services. We will also have virtual options available as needed for students who may be completing their degrees fully online or at other campuses, or for whom virtual services are more accessible due to their busy lives.

Academic Support

University Advising Services, peer tutoring and success coaching will be available in person, with virtual options available. 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) is excited to resume in-person services for students and alumni and will also continue to offer virtual opportunities to provide better accessibility. These services include one-on-one appointments, group presentations to classes and student organizations, employer engagement, and career events and fairs. We also support the student internship process and encourage students to work with us and their academic department to maximize their opportunities for experiential learning and professional preparation.

In collaboration with the Office of Alumni Engagement, the OCA offers an alumni mentoring platform called Profs Connect that supports student and alumni engagement and partnership, along with supporting job and internship searches for the Rowan University community.

Disability Resources

Our caring staff are available to assist students either in-person or virtually. Students registered with Disability Resources who have certain health risks may have questions and concerns pertaining to in-person meetings and learning environments. Our staff is available to assist you with these matters. For more information, please email woodruff@rowan.edu.  

Placement Testing and Other Academic 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 on campus in the Testing Center, and is also available in online and remote course platforms as needed. Please email testingservices@rowan.edu with any questions about academic testing services.

Military Services

Students registered with Military Services can be assured their needs will be met through in-person and virtual options. Deployed students will receive support with enrollment and course completion options.

Serving Immunocompromised Students

We continue to offer student services remotely, while adding face-to-face services modified to accommodate physical distancing and health guidelines.

Health & Wellness

Physical Wellness

Comprehensive information regarding health and wellness can be found on the Questions and Answers page on the Return to Rowan site.

For Fall 2021, all Rowan students are required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination via the Wellness Center web site. Students with valid health or religious exemptions must submit a formal vaccination declination form via the web site.

Mental Health Services

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) provides a variety of options to promote psychological well-being and personal growth.

The CPS staff offers its services to students regarding a wide range of mental health issues impacting the campus community. The staff provides confidential personal counseling and other psychological services free of charge to currently enrolled students.

Students can contact the Wellness Center for help 24/7 at 856-256-4333. Also, the NJ Mental Health Cares Helpline helps people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the pandemic. Students can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. 

Student Life on Our Campuses

Athletics

The fall sports season will resume for all Rowan teams. Stay abreast of all fall sports teams by visiting the Rowan Athletics web site.

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. Although subject to change based upon real-time conditions and data, the following is a general outline for dining options.

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 N.J. 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.

Campus Housing

Rowan is providing on-campus housing to students who apply and is assigning students to rooms. Triple occupancy rooms will not be utilized. 

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

  1. New or continuing students who wish to live on campus for fall 2021 should submit the standard housing application and will be assigned housing by the Office of Residential Learning and University Housing (RLUH).

  2. Rowan will maintain isolation housing should that be necessary for students who are ill or who test positive for COVID-19.

  3. Residential Learning and University Housekeeping (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).

  4. RLUH is training staff extensively to reduce health-related exposure and risks to all students. All training will be completed before students arrive on campus for move-in. RLUH and building maintenance staff are implementing 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.

Shuttles/Transportation

Rowan University appreciates that the shuttle provides important services for many students, faculty, and staff. As a result, University officials have worked with South Jersey Transit Authority (SJTA) to create a plan that provides shuttle services to the fullest extent possible while implementing protocols to reduce health-related risks. The following procedures have been implemented:

  • SJTA has instituted a cleaning and disinfecting approach for all shuttles and for every ride, which includes disinfecting frequent touchpoints such as handholds, armrests, seating, and door handles, before and after each trip.

  • Hand-sanitizer and/or wipe dispensers are provided on each shuttle.

  • All riders are required to wear a cloth face covering, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Shuttle drivers do not use recirculated air for shuttle ventilation. Instead, they must use shuttle vents and/or lower the vehicle’s windows to bring in fresh outside air.

  • Riders who fail to comply with the safety measures will not be allowed to ride the shuttle and may face disciplinary action for noncompliance.

For more information, visit the Rowan’s Shuttle Services website.