Campus Life

Campus life will return to primarily in-person programs and events and in-person interactions with peers, faculty, and staff.  These programs and experiences will be supplemented with virtual meetings and events when practical and where they provide students with flexibility. The University will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines from national, state, and local officials, and will make adjustments accordingly. Following are details about key areas and activities:

Pioneer Pledge, Health Education, and Screenings

Prior to the return to campus, all new and returning students will be required to sign the COVID-19 Reopening Safety Pioneer Pledge, and all faculty and staff will be required to sign the COVID-19 Reopening Safety Policy. These documents require all members of the campus community to adhere to public health practices and to follow University procedures and protocols that have been developed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These documents will be posted prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The health and safety of the University community during this pandemic is a shared responsibility among faculty, staff and students. All students, as well as all faculty and staff, will be required to conduct a health self-assessment if they were exposed to COVID-19 or if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their arrival on campus or before leaving their residence hall. The COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Reporting Form includes a temperature check. All unvaccinated or exempt individuals who are exposed to or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home until cleared by the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center, if a student, or Human Resources, if an employee. Individuals that have an approved exemption and who are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure.  

Social Distancing and Face Coverings

Everyone must wear a face covering inside any building in which it is not possible to determine someone’s vaccination status, including the Cheng Library, University Commons, Shea Center, and the Sports and Recreation Center. All members of the campus community who have an approved vaccine exemption will be required to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet from others, when possible, in both indoor and outdoor environments and to wear face coverings, except in private spaces and situations such as when alone in an office or residential room, as outlined in the University’s revised Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy, which will be posted before the beginning of the fall semester.

Residence Life

Residence hall occupancy for the 2021-22 academic year will return to traditional occupancy.  Students interested in living on campus must submit a housing application and deposit via WP Connect.  Resident students will be assigned to mostly double occupancy spaces with a roommate. Students in need of any housing-related accommodations need to submit an accommodation request through the Accessibility Resource Center.    

Common areas within the residence halls will be open and available for student use. Any guidelines and expectations for the different common areas will be posted as needed. Residence Life staff will continue to offer programming for resident students. Large-scale programs or activities will be offered both in person and virtually throughout the academic year. Residential students will be permitted to visit other residence halls on campus. Visitation will be allowed for the fall semester. Full details about the revised visitation policy will be communicated with residential students once they arrive on campus in August. 

Resident students will be required to read and acknowledge an updated COVID-19-related addendum to their housing contract as a pre-condition for move-in. When students move in to residence halls, the University will clearly communicate expectations, policies, and protocols, including procedures for move-in and the use of elevators using current guidelines.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow University isolation procedures. Any unvaccinated student with an approved exemption with a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 will be required to participate in University quarantine and/or isolation protocols.

Dining

Dining services operations will be subject to certain modifications for the fall 2021 semester. While Wayne Dining Hall is undergoing renovations, services have been relocated to the University Commons Ballrooms to accommodate the resident student dining program (for students with meal plans). The variety and offerings will remain consistent with what was historically offered. Hand sanitation stations will be provided in all areas where hands-free operations are not possible. Tables and counters where patrons are in contact will be routinely sanitized. The following retail locations will be open: Einstein Bros Bagels in University Hall, various stations in the Paterson Food Court in the Machuga Student Center, and the W Store in Century Hall.  For your added safety and convenience, mobile food ordering using the GET app will be available at all open retail locations. Indoor dining will be available, and the University will follow all safety guidelines regarding social distancing, and ask that you observe safe distances where possible.

Athletics and Recreation 

Athletics and Recreation is actively planning for a return to a more traditional experience this fall, complete with a full schedule of competition for each of the University’s 13 NCAA intercollegiate sports as well as the five club sports teams. All student-athletes are required to be fully vaccinated. Students who are granted an exemption will be permitted to participate; however, they will be required to follow all COVID-19 protocols which include masking, maintaining social distancing to the greatest extent possible, weekly COVID-19 testing, quarantine when exposed, and isolation if they contract COVID.

Safety protocols for practice sessions and home athletic contests are being developed.

Policies for spectators/guests will be adapted to meet local and state guidelines.

Campus recreation and fitness facilities will follow New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, including health screenings, masking (when required), and social distancing. Use of facilities and participation in intramural and well-being programs will be restricted to current students, staff, and faculty. Only individuals who are vaccinated, or have received an exemption and meet the University’s requirements for unvaccinated individuals, will be permitted to participate in recreational and intramural programs and/or access those facilities. 

Student Events

Indoor and outdoor activities, events, and student organization meetings will be held in person with possible safety modifications. Individuals who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing for the duration of the event. When possible, events will be encouraged to take place outdoors, and some activities may continue to offer a virtual component. Additional safety protocols may be implemented for trips and for events with food. The Office of Campus Activities, Service, and Leadership will work with the Student Government Association, Student Activities Programming Board, Greek Senate and other student organizations to assist with in-person event planning.

Campus Shuttle

The Campus Shuttle provides an important service for many students, faculty, and staff. University officials are working with Community Coach Transport to provide shuttle services to the fullest extent possible while implementing protocols to reduce health-related risks. The following procedures will be implemented for the fall 2021 shuttle service:

  • All shuttle passengers will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Shuttle drivers will not use recirculated air for shuttle ventilation. Instead, they must use shuttle vents and/or lower the vehicle’s windows to bring in fresh air from outside.
  • Passengers must maintain a minimum of one empty seat between them and the next passenger on the shuttle.
  • Information will be posted online and around campus as shuttle routes may change to enhance efficiencies and/or due to other University policy changes.
  • Riders who fail to comply with these safety measures will not be allowed to ride the shuttle and may face disciplinary action for noncompliance.
  • A cleaning and disinfecting protocol has been established that includes disinfecting frequent touchpoints such as handholds, armrests, seating, and door handles, and full sanitization and disinfection of all surfaces from the bottom of the seat to the windows. All surfaces will be sprayed with an EPA-approved product that is effective against COVID-19. After spraying is complete, all hard surfaces will be wiped with a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
  • Hand-sanitizer and/or wipe dispensers will be provided on each shuttle.

For more information about the Campus Shuttle Service, please visit www.wpunj.edu/commuter/shuttle-bus-transportation.

[Updated August 24, 2021]