Montclair State University President Susan Cole sent a Coronavirus Update on Tuesday to students and staff:
We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation closely for the past several weeks and responding as needed based on the circumstances. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 among the University community, as a precautionary measure to assure that students have the opportunity to complete the spring term successfully and to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus by reducing the density of the campus population, the University will implement the general strategies set forth below.
Spring Break for students will be extended through Sunday, March 22.
Effective Monday, March 23, the majority of instruction will take place online for the rest of the semester. There will be some exceptions, for example, certain studio or laboratory courses that will remain face-to-face.
Courses that are already being offered fully online will continue in accordance with the original schedule.
School of Nursing courses will follow the School’s own specific schedule.
University-sponsored travel outside of New Jersey will be limited to essential travel and will require approval.
Detailed information for faculty and students will be forthcoming in a separate email, which will include contact information for questions.
The University is not closing. All functions will continue, and all services and facilities will remain open, including dining services, the health center, the library, computer centers, research support, recreational facilities, information technology, and so on. Red Hawk Athletics contests will continue as scheduled. The residence halls remain open during the break, and resident students are welcome to return at any time.
The University will continue to monitor the situation closely and take necessary actions to respond to changing circumstances or the needs of the campus community. We will continue to post updates on the Montclair State coronavirus website.
This University has successfully overcome many challenges throughout its long history. By working together and supporting each other, we will get through this situation.
Susan A. Cole