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Centenary University moves classes online for first two weeks of spring semester

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — All Centenary University courses will be held online the weeks of  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, officials announced Monday.

Then on Monday, January 24, all scheduled on-ground courses or those with an on-ground component will resume meeting as originally scheduled, officials said.

In an email sent to the Centenary University community, CU President Dr. Bruce Murphy said, “in order to ensure our campus community is safe, our administration team continues to meet regularly – even over the break – to make any policy changes.  While our fall semester was completed safely, we cannot lighten up on our efforts as we have experienced a cluster of positive cases on campus recently.  We took a proactive approach and conducted contact tracing and placed any positive cases or close contacts of positive cases in isolation/quarantine.”

The continuance of positive cases prevents Centenary University from being able to return to “normal college life and activities,” Murphy said.

Things to know for students and staff are listed below:

  • The Spring 2022 semester will begin on Monday, January 10.
  • For the first two weeks, the weeks of  January 10 and January 17, courses meet online only.
  • Starting Monday, January 24, all scheduled on-ground courses or those with an on-ground component will resume meeting on-ground as originally scheduled.
  • Face coverings are a proven method of reducing the spread of COVID-19 therefore until further notice, we are mandating the wearing of face coverings for everyone regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors and while in University vehicles – like our shuttle buses.
  • It will be mandatory that all resident students are required to be tested and cleared by health services prior to moving back on campus and you will need an appointment for clearance to move in. Students should check their email for information from Student Life.
  • All Staff and Faculty will be asked to work with their supervisors to stagger times to be in the office and on campus for the return on January 3 and until further notice. This will help us de-densify the campus, while ensuring we serve our students with support in person. More information will be sent from Human Resources.
  • In person gatherings will be allowed in small numbers in January 2022 and until further notice – no large gatherings. All efforts should be made to offer any meeting or event virtually.
  • To stay informed about all campus community Covid-19 information and infection rates, as well as our University dashboard, please visit our website. There is a link on our homepage.
  • If you would like to stay informed on what is going on in NJ, there is an app that provides up-to-date information on New Jersey news, and crucial COVID-19 metrics. You may visit the COVID Alert NJ webpage or visit our University website Covid-19 page for more helpful links.
  • Continue to use Campus Clear app to update your status before coming to campus, if you are required to do so.  All visitors must check in at the Welcome Center in the Seay Building before entering campus.

“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated if you are not already, or to get your booster. We will be working to offer vaccinations and boosters on campus and this information will be sent to you when confirmed. We are also working to offer Covid-19 testing on campus in January and will shared information as soon as dates are confirmed,” Murphy said.

For more information check the Student COVID resource page as well as the COVID-19 dashboard which outlines all of the new protocols and policies.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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