To the Campus Community:
As we reach the end of what has been a challenging 2021, I would like to extend my thanks to all who have made our fall return to in-person learning possible. Through your considerable efforts, we were able to keep the number of campus COVID cases to a minimum and finish the year without significant disruption.
It has become clear in recent days, however, that had the semester extended longer, we might have experienced a different type of ending. The number of positive test results within our community has increased over the last several days. This mirrors a trend seen on other campuses and in the general population.
New Jersey’s COVID caseload has climbed steadily over the last several weeks and just surpassed its previous peak set at the start of the year. With a high rate of transmission expected to continue into the first weeks of 2022, the college has made an adjustment to the instructional mode for Winter Session, which begins on Monday, January 3, 2022. Here’s what to expect in January:
Winter Session Classes: All classes have been moved to a remote modality. Although the majority of Winter Session classes were already scheduled as a remote or online course, some classes were planned to be in-person or to employ a blended modality. These in-person and blended courses will now be delivered entirely remotely. Faculty members will communicate directly with their students about course details and changes.
Employees: College offices will be open beginning on January 3. As has been the case since early August, division vice presidents and supervisors will set work arrangements based on operational needs to ensure office coverage and in-person service. Employees will hear from their supervisors should there be any changes to staffing modality.
Spring Semester: At this time, the college is planning for a full, in-person spring semester, with classes beginning on January 24.
I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
With best wishes for the year ahead,
Jeffrey M. Osborn
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs