Effective Monday, April 4, use of face coverings in offices, conference rooms, research labs, housing, and public spaces in buildings will be optional. However, use of appropriate face coverings will still be required in all teaching spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, etc.), teaching labs, computer labs, buses, libraries, and clinical facilities. Additionally, face coverings will continue to be required in student-staff and student-faculty meeting spaces.
The decision to use face coverings in spaces where they are not mandated is entirely a matter of individual choice. All members of the community should have masks in their possession at all times on campus.
The effective date of April 4 will allow for the community-wide return from spring break and a two-week buffer to monitor any travel-related spike or positivity rate increases. This guidance will be in effect through the end of the spring 2022 semester. Those who travel during the break are strongly encouraged to test before returning to campus.
Requirements for Contractors, Volunteers, Guest Lecturers, and Other Affiliates
Rutgers has developed a new university policy that addresses vaccination requirements for volunteers, contractors, guest lecturers, and others. These changes are effective immediately. Frequently Asked Questions associated with the policy may be found here.
All indoor events require attendees to show proof of full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event and must remain compliant with published COVID-19 protocols. Effective immediately, face coverings are no longer required at events.
On-Campus Protocols and Safety Tips
As some of our COVID-19 protocols are changing, I remind you of the following:
- Staying home while sick—for COVID-19 or any other illness—is required.
- Reduced occupancy in administrative settings remains unchanged.
- Self-screening using the My Campus Pass is no longer required. However, the tool will remain available for use.
- The university’s COVID-19 vaccination and booster requirements remain in place.
- Using common sense and doing your part in our shared responsibilities continues to be important.
The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Protocols will continue to change as we consult with public health agencies and assess data, including the number of positive cases in New Jersey, COVID-19 hospitalizations, state and regional hospital capacity, and the severity of the dominant variant. Please continue to look for updates on the universitywide COVID-19 Information site.