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Seton Hall has sent out a series of messages to update the University community regarding coronavirus. This page will be updated as new communications are sent.

April 1: Coronavirus Update: Important Information
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Setonians,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance.

The HICT is monitoring developments in the fight against COVID-19. We are in regular contact with national, state and local health officials, including our own Seton Hall professionals.

As a result of the rapidly changing situation and the continued spread of the virus, the University is taking additional, meaningful steps to further protect the health and well-being of our community. This message reflects Seton Hall's commitment to providing as much clarity to you as possible.

Please read each bullet point thoroughly and review the accompanying links.

  • Last Friday, students began retrieving their belongings from the South Orange campus as part of a move-out process that adheres to social distancing and complies with Governor Murphy's Executive Order 107 and its "stay at home" guidelines. State officials and our healthcare partners have asked us to be available should the need arise for safe living arrangements for healthcare workers. Thus, we are working to be in a state of readiness should our residence halls be required to assist our community partners with the state’s response to the pandemic.
     
  • Plans are underway to celebrate the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2020 with a remote recognition event in May. Soon graduating seniors will receive an online survey that will help the University stage an official in-person Commencement later this year. Graduate ceremonies and recognition activities, including those at the School of Law, are still being developed.
     
  • At the recommendation of the administration, the Board of Regents unanimously approved prorated refunds for room, board and parking. Like other universities that have committed to these types of refunds, Seton Hall is working through state and federal financial aid/Title IV funding regulations to ensure the refunds are processed in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. The process and relevant regulations are lengthy and complex. We anticipate refunds in April.
     
  • Summer Sessions I (May 19 – June 23/30) and II (July 6 – August 6) will be held remotely. The University has added a Summer Session III (August 7 – August 26) to help students complete their studies. While we are preparing Summer Session III for an online format, we are hopeful that an improvement in the public health situation will allow us to provide Summer Session III in person. Registration is ongoing.
     
  • The law school’s Summer Session (May 16 – July 31) will be held remotely if necessary. It is possible in very limited circumstances that the school may be required to cancel or reschedule classes that cannot be held using a remote format. Law students should contact Cara.Foerst@shu.edu with questions about summer courses. Registration is ongoing.
     
  • The mailroom on the South Orange campus is now closed for walk-in business. To arrange a mail/package pick up, please call (973) 275-5897 or email mailpickup@shu.edu.
     
  • Seton Hall is relying on the strength of its community to help students who are most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and invites donations to the Student Emergency Fund and other areas of need.
     
  • The University is further adjusting its pass/fail rules to provide students with the greatest amount of flexibility possible while ensuring they complete their requirements. The date for students choosing pass/fail has been extended to May 4.
     
  • Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., directed that all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese of Newark, including Immaculate Conception Chapel and chapels at the Law School and IHS campuses, were to be closed. Mass is celebrated privately in the University Chapel and streamed live via facebook.com/SetonHallCampusMinistry weekdays at noon and Sundays at 8 p.m.

Though we live in difficult times, our faith tells us that victory over this pandemic will one day be ours. As we are instructed: "Be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go." — Joshua 1:9

In anticipation of that bright future, Seton Hall has established the Great Minds Forward committee, which is charged with envisioning the resumption of in-person activities, programs and classes. The committee is made up of individuals who represent each of the University's constituencies. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.

Remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. These contain the latest University updates. You can submit additional questions here.

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days

Sincerely,

The Health Intervention and Communication Team

March 27: Staying Connected as a Community 
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Setonians,

Amid the upheaval of these uncertain times, the Seton Hall community has been guided by core facets of our identity that consistently sustain us: educating and supporting students; cultivating servant leadership; nurturing a culture of care.

Last week President Nyre thanked faculty, the priest community, administrators and staff as well as students and their parents for the remarkable, adaptive ways they have risen to the challenges we all face. He reminded us that Seton Hall will persevere — as it always has. Hazard Zet Forward — to go "ever forward" — is a fundamental part of our DNA, after all. 

Seton Hall's essential character continues to shine through in other ways, too:

Though physical distance may separate us while we work remotely, as members of the Seton Hall community, we remain united by a common purpose. We can also connect virtually through avenues developed by various University departments. A few outlets already up and running include:

Also, please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. These contain the latest University updates. You can submit additional questions here.

While the coronavirus and its effects will continue to require much attention, faculty members, administrators and staff remain hard at work. Several recent accomplishments include:

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and activities.

Sincerely,

The Health Intervention and Communication Team

March 26: Message from the President

March 21: Coronavirus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance.

To help contain the spread of the coronavirus, earlier today New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued an executive order for all citizens in the state to “stay at home” effective 9 p.m. tonight, March 21.

The order to “stay at home” is designed to decrease community density and achieve greater adherence to CDC guidelines that call for physical distancing. Seton Hall has already enacted several practices to keep our community healthy and safe.

In addition, it is important for members of the Seton Hall community to know:

  • Remote learning will continue through the end of the semester.
  • Resident students approved to stay on campus, and the priest community, can remain in University housing. Should you need assistance, please contact your Residence Hall Director or email shuhousing@shu.edu. Dining and certain other accommodations will continue, although at reduced hours and services
  • Employees will continue to work remotely, except for those identified as essential personnel who may need access to any of the campuses. Employees should consult their supervisors for further guidance and to determine work assignments.

Health Services has increased its hours and is available to answer health-related questions at (973) 761-9175.

Your mental and emotional health is also important. Counseling services are available. Students can contact the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. These contain the latest University updates. You can submit additional questions here.

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.

Sincerely,
The Health Intervention and Communication Team


March 20: Coronavirus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community:

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance.

The University has just learned that a second person on the South Orange campus has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The individual was last on campus on March 13, 2020 and is being treated at home. According to health authorities, it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.

The appropriate health department officials and Seton Hall University’s Health Services have been notified and have gathered the appropriate information from the individual. They are contacting anyone who may need to be interviewed. Health privacy laws prohibit the release of the individual’s name.

We will continue to keep the community informed of any new cases through updates on the coronavirus site

The University has, and continues to enact, a number of steps to protect the health and well-being of our community, including:

•    Directing all students still living in one of the on-campus or off-campus residence halls to return to their homes if they are able.

•    Directing all faculty and other personnel to work remotely, where feasible.

•    Providing all classes remotely.

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here. These contain the latest University updates.

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.


March 19: Message from the President

March 18: Coronavirus Update: Important Information
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance.

As our nation and world continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the HICT is monitoring developments in the fight against COVID-19. We are in regular contact with national, state and local health officials, including our own Seton Hall professionals.

As a result of the rapidly changing situation and the continued spread of the virus, the University is taking additional steps to further protect the health and well-being of our community members. This message reflects Seton Hall's commitment to providing as much clarity to you as possible regarding the questions you have raised and how we will operate in the coming months.

We realize these actions will raise additional questions. Thank you for your patience as we address your concerns as promptly as we can.

Please read through this entire message as well as the links. Both contain important information to help you.

For All Students:

  • We will continue remote learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. 
  • All University events for the Spring 2020 semester, both on campus and off-campus, will be canceled or rescheduled. Please check here for further details. 
  • The 2020 Baccalaureate Commencement ceremony, as well as graduate and law school graduation ceremonies, have been postponed. The preexisting Commencement Committee(s), inclusive of student representatives, will help plan the appropriate ceremonies.  
  • Students fulfilling the necessary academic requirements will graduate and receive their diplomas, on time, regardless of when or how Commencement occurs. 
  • The University will broaden its pass/fail rules to give undergraduate students more flexibility this semester. 
  • The Board of Regents held its previously scheduled meeting today and voted unanimously to issue pro-rated refunds or credits for room, board and parking fees. The details are under development and will be shared as soon as possible.

Students on the South Orange Campus:

  • Resident students currently remaining in residence halls must move out by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 unless they have received written permission from the Division of Student Services in response to their Housing Accommodation request to remain in housing. Students will receive notification of their request no later than noon on Thursday, March 19. 
  • Resident students will receive a follow up email shortly with details on the moving process. 
  • Students with other concerns should email shuhousing@shu.edu.

Resident Students Who Are Not Currently on Campus:

  • The University will ensure that your room is locked and secured.
  • When social distancing measures are relaxed, you will receive instructions on how to retrieve your belongings, formally check out and turn in your key.

Campus Access

  • The Ward Gate entrance will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. 
  • The Farinella (Main) Gate entrance will be reduced to one incoming lane, which will be monitored by Public Safety using the existing license plate recognition system. 
  • Additional details can be found here.

Building Access

  • We are further consolidating building operations on all three campuses to enhance safety measures and respond to the greatly reduced personnel and student presence. Further information can be found here.

Additionally, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced that all public celebrations of daily and Sunday Mass in the archdiocese will be suspended until further notice.

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. These contain the latest University updates. You can submit additional questions here.

In the current environment of uncertainty, some people may, unfortunately, engage in racial or ethnic stereotyping. This behavior harms us all and creates a climate of misinformation and misunderstanding. It is our faith and humanity that guides us morally to do what is right and just.

Learning of the presence of the coronavirus in our University and larger communities can be unsettling. Yet it is at this moment that our experience meets our faith and humanity. Those with confirmed cases of COVID-19 deserve our compassion and help, for Jesus himself ministered as a physician to the sick and suffering. Additionally, our heritage of faith insists that we are and must be each other’s caretakers.

Recently, President Nyre reminded us that "Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be 'a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit.' As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew our commitment to caring for each other and everyone who calls Seton Hall home."

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.
Drag to Move

Sincerely,

The Health Intervention and Communication Team


March 18: Follow Up to Coronavirus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The following is an update to the email announcement that was sent out earlier today regarding an employee on the South Orange campus who has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The employee was last on campus March 10, 2020. According to health authorities, it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.

The South Orange Health Department and Seton Hall University’s Health Services have gathered the appropriate information from the individual and are contacting anyone who may need to be interviewed. Health privacy laws prohibit the release of the individual’s name or any additional details.

For the latest information, please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.


March 18: Coronavirus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff, and administrators are of paramount importance.

The University has just learned that an employee on the South Orange campus has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.  

The individual is receiving the necessary medical attention and is in quarantine. We are working with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in direct, close contact with the individual since the individual’s exposure.

The University has, and continues to enact, a number of steps to protect the health and well-being of our community, including:

  • Directing all students still living in one of the on-campus or off-campus residence halls to return to their homes if they are able.
  • Directing all faculty and other personnel to work remotely, where feasible.
  • Providing all classes remotely through, and including, at least, Easter Monday, April 13. 

We understand that this information will prompt additional questions. Thank you for your patience as we address your questions and concerns in this rapidly evolving situation. 

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here. These contain the latest University updates.

President Nyre reminded us that “Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be ‘a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit.’ As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew our commitment to caring for each other and everyone who calls Seton Hall home.”

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.


March 17: A Message to International Students from OIP
Office of International Programs

Dear International Student Community,

As global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we're doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe while also minimizing the disruptions to our day-to-day operations and serving as ongoing support to you and our OIP community.

We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we want to take a moment to share the ways our office is working to keep you informed as well as the steps we'll take as a department when necessary. 

As a preventive measure, we are implementing the following at our office:

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, our office will transition to assist our community remotely. This means we will not be physically present at the office.
  • Please submit all documents electronically or scanned to our email at oip@shu.edu. Please do not mail or attempt to drop them off in person.
  • The best way to reach us will be via email at oip@shu.edu.
  • We will be available for telephone appointments or video appointments via Microsoft Teams.
  • All required documents to be mailed will be scheduled by our office.

As these current events are unprecedented, our office may need more than our usual 5-7 business days to process your requests, questions and/or concerns.

Stay Connected

OIP
Use Microsoft Teams to have a virtual appointment with an advisor. Discuss any general questions regarding your current immigration status (i.e. CPT, I-20 Extension)

CDC and WHO
For trusted, up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the specific coronavirus websites of the CDC or WHO. When preparing to return to The U.S., you may find it helpful to consult the CDC website regarding quarantine requirements.

CAPS
This is a difficult time for everyone. International students especially are dealing with the added stress of making sudden travel plans and trying to reunite with family. We encourage students to take advantage of the services offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Please do not hesitate to contact them at (973) 761-9500 if you would like to inquire about using their services from abroad.

What Great Minds Can Do


March 15: Caution and Support - Coronavirus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff, and administrators are of paramount importance.

News reports indicate that New York City Public Schools and the majority of New Jersey public schools have announced closures. Further, news reports indicate that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will soon be ordering all K-12 schools in the state to close to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. As a result, the University is taking additional, important steps to support our community and enable all in it to balance the many personal and work demands this pandemic has caused.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, the University is further significantly reducing the number of individuals on its three campuses. 

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice:

  • Students in residence halls are being contacted by Housing and Residence Life and encouraged to return home if they are at all able. Students who are unable to return home due to a hardship or other extreme circumstances will be accommodated by Seton Hall.
  • Employees are advised to work and meet remotely, or to work on a rotating schedule, if necessary and where feasible, and in consultation with their supervisor. This may not be possible for those employees whose presence on campus is necessary during this emergency situation. 

    Each division is initiating its plan consistent with remote working, business continuity needs, and the health and safety of each member of our community. Divisional vice presidents and their management teams will provide their employees with further guidance. 

    Employees who need to retrieve work materials from their campus locations may do so. 

    All Facilities and Business Affairs employees are asked to report on Monday, March 16 at their regular time to receive further direction regarding their assignments.
  • There is no change to remote learning, which continues, to and including, at least, Easter Monday, April 13.

We understand that this information will prompt additional questions. Thank you for your patience as we address your questions and concerns in this rapidly evolving situation. The University remains open.

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here. These contain the latest University updates.

President Nyre reminded us that “Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be ‘a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit.’ As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew our commitment to caring for each other and everyone who calls Seton Hall home.”

Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.


March 14: Update for Students
Division of Student Services

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance. While a summation of University preparedness measures can be found here, we wish to provide additional updates and information:

Academic Information

  • The College of Nursing is suspending the clinical experiences for all pre-licensure students. That includes our undergraduate students, and CNL students who are pre-licensure MSN students, through and including Monday, April 13th. The College will be communicating with students about plans to complete clinical course objectives. Graduate students should contact their program directors regarding practica decisions.
  • All SHMS clinical rotations, clinical practica, or any off-campus clinical experiences have been suspended through April 12, 2020. Any SHMS student requiring additional clarification or assistance should contact their department chair, program director, or departmental Director(s) of Clinical Education.
  • All other students in internships, clinicals or student teaching should contact their program directors.
  • More information about online learning can be accessed on www.shu.edu/KeepLearning. Students with questions regarding online learning should contact the Help Desk at (973) 275-2222.
  • Academic Advising can be accessed by contacting your academic advisor or scheduling an appointment via Seton Hall Compass. Information regarding registration can be found here.
  • All tutoring support (peer tutoring, tutors in residence, and supplemental instruction) has been moved to ARC Online, accessible through Seton Hall Compass.

Well-being and Support

We recognize that with the change in routine and uncertainty of these times, some students may be experiencing stress and anxiety. We encourage you to talk through what you are experiencing with a friend, your parents, or a trusted adult in your life.

  • You are also encouraged to contact Campus Ministry at (973) 761-9478 to speak with a member of our Priest Community.
  • Students who feel ill should call Health Services at (973) 761-9175.
  • Students who are struggling with non-physical issues related to COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). For students experiencing more severe levels of anxiety or depression, please contact CAPS at (973) 761-9500.

Things you can do to support yourself during this time:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Residents

The University remains open. Residence Halls and Dining Services will continue to operate. We remind students that they have the option to return to their homes if desired until in-person classes are back in session. We understand there are some students who cannot relocate from the residence halls due to life or logistical circumstances. Should you wish or need to remain on campus, you must fill out our Housing Accommodation Form so we can better understand your circumstances and provide adequate resources for you during this time. Contact our Housing and Residence Life Team for more information.

Please note that by filling out the Housing Accommodation Form, you are aware of the following:

  • No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time.
  • Commuter Hall is suspended during this time.
  • Gourmet Dining Services will operate on a limited schedule.
  • Large student events and most campus activities may be suspended during this time.

Student Life

Student leaders have been encouraged to continue to engage and connect with their organizations virtually. Seton Hall is planning a series of webinars and online programming ideas that will be available soon. Additional online resources for students can be found here:

Student Employment

As you read in the March 10, 2020 email to the Seton Hall community, the University remains open. However, Student Workers, Resident Assistants and Graduate Assistants are not required to report to work, but may do so if they are well and not under self-quarantine. Those individuals who feel ill should seek appropriate medical attention, notify their supervisor, and not report to work. Please note the following, according to your role at the University:

Student Workers

  • Student Workers should contact their supervisor to discuss whether they wish to work during the period that in-person classes are suspended.
  • University-funded Student Workers will only receive regular pay for hours worked. Those who have earned paid sick leave may use it for illness or self-quarantine.
  • Federally-funded Work Study students will receive their regular pay for scheduled hours, whether they report to work or not, in compliance with federal guidance, and will not be charged sick leave.

Resident Assistants and Graduate Assistants

  • Resident Assistants and Graduate Assistants should contact their supervisor to discuss whether they wish to work during the period that in-person classes are suspended.
  • Graduate Assistants will receive regular pay for hours worked. Those who have earned paid sick leave may use it for illness or self-quarantine.
  • Please note that your benefits (free housing for RAs, tuition for GAs) will be unaffected if you do not work because of illness or self-quarantine.

Additional Resources


March 12: Message from the President 
Office of the President 

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, and employees are of paramount importance.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the coronavirus and the illness it causes — known as COVID-19 — as a pandemic. The WHO hastened to add that COVID-19 is the first pandemic that can be countered effectively through changes in human behavior.

Although no cases have been reported on our campuses, out of an abundance of caution, the University is extending the suspension of in-person classes through, and including, Easter Monday, April 13.

Colleges and universities in New Jersey and elsewhere have received general recommendations but few specific guidelines from state and federal authorities, who are relying on each institution to make decisions based on its unique needs.

As such, we continue to make decisions where your health and safety remain our priority and will result in the best possible preparedness for COVID-19.

A summation of University preparedness measures can be found here. Rest assured that further decisions will reflect guidance from local and national health officials, the actions of our peer institutions and — most importantly — the insight of our own professionals at Seton Hall.

For Students

The University remains open. Residence Halls and Dining Services will continue to operate. Advising, the libraries, Health Services and other academic and student support services remain open and available.

We remind students that they have the option to return to their homes if desired until in-person classes are back in session. Should you wish or need to remain on campus, you must fill out our Housing Accommodation Form so we can provide adequate resources for you during this time.

The Law School remains on spring break this week and will convert to remote learning next week.

Students in internships, clinicals or student teaching should follow their placement site's guidance.

Students who feel ill should call Health Services at (973) 761-9175.

Students with questions regarding online learning should contact the Help Desk at (973) 275-2222.

For Faculty

Faculty members are reminded to take their laptops and teaching materials home as they begin to provide online instruction beginning Monday, March 16.

A wealth of information is available on the www.shu.edu/KeepTeaching website to help faculty members mount their materials and lectures online.

Faculty who feel ill and not able to teach their courses online should notify their department chairs.

For further information, please refer to the email sent from the Provost's Office to all faculty members on March 10.

University Employees

The University remains open. All non-faculty employees (including staff, administrators, union, temporary, part-time and non-benefit eligible employees) are expected to report to work as normal.

For further information, please consult the email that was sent from Human Resources to all employees on March 11.

University Events

Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy recommended cancelling all public gatherings of more than 250 people.

Likewise, all University events, on-campus and off-campus, are being reviewed. Employees with questions about individual events should consult their supervisor or division vice president. Students should consult the Division of Student Services.

We understand that these instructions will prompt additional questions about the remainder of the semester. The University will endeavor to address these concerns as they arise. Recognizing the evolving nature of COVID-19, an update regarding the suspension of classes will be sent by April 5.

Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here as well.

Please let me close by echoing my last message to you:

Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be "a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit." As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew our commitment to caring for each other and everyone who calls Seton Hall home. Please keep all affected nations, people and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.

Sincerely,

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
President


March 10: Message from the President 
Office of the President 

Dear Members of the University Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests and staff are of paramount importance.

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in order to enhance New Jersey’s response to COVID-19.

Although no cases have been reported on our campuses, we have decided to suspend all in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, March 11, through and including Friday, March 13, 2020. All online courses and this weekend’s limited in-person courses will take place. All classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, March 22. Recognizing the evolving nature of the virus, an update will be sent on March 19 with additional information.

We are taking this action to: provide faculty with dedicated resources to assist them with moving course work online; continue cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, residence halls and other common areas; and provide students the option to relocate if desired.

For Students

The University remains open. Residence Halls and Dining Services will continue to operate.

At the School of Medicine, small group clinical skill exams and the NBME Self Examination will be held this week as scheduled.

The Law School remains on Spring Break this week and will convert to remote learning next week.

Students in internships, clinicals or student teaching should follow their placement site's guidance.

Students who feel ill should call Health Services at (973) 761-9175.

Students with questions regarding online learning should contact the Help Desk at (973) 275-2222.

For Faculty

Faculty should take their laptops home with them and prepare to begin offering online instruction beginning Monday, March 16.

A wealth of information is available on the KeepTeaching website to help you quickly mount your materials and lectures online. The TLT Center also has scheduled 30-minute sessions this week and next in the event you need help in preparing your materials. View the schedule.

Faculty who feel ill and not able to teach their courses online should notify their department chair. In addition, those who are under self-quarantine and following the CDC guidelines should remain out of work for 14 calendar days.

The Provost's Office will be sending all faculty an email with additional information later today.

University Employees

The University remains open. All non-faculty employees (including staff, administrators, union, temporary, part-time and non-benefit eligible employees) are expected to report to work as normal.

Those individuals who feel ill should notify their supervisor, seek appropriate medical attention and not report to work. In addition, those who are under self-quarantine and following the CDC guidelines should remain out of work for 14 calendar days. Employees who do not report to work because of illness or self-quarantine will not be charged sick leave during the 14-calendar day period and will receive regular pay.

We will continue to keep employees updated on the evolving situation and you will soon receive a communication from Human Resources with further details. If you have any additional concerns, please contact Human Resources at (973) 761-9177 or humanres@shu.edu.

All non-essential University travel is suspended until further notice. Employees with questions should contact their supervisor.

University Events

Daily Masses are continuing as scheduled.

We are reviewing all upcoming and planned University events and will announce decisions about individual events soon.

We are following guidance from the BIG EAST conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association in regard to scheduled intercollegiate athletic events. As of today, there are no changes to the schedules of our athletic teams. The men's basketball BIG EAST Tournament will continue as planned.

The University has implemented a number of actions to keep our community healthy and safe. Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here as well.

Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be "a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit." As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew in us our commitment and care for each other and all those who call Seton Hall home. Please keep all impacted nations, people and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.

Sincerely,
 
Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
President


March 6: Coronavirus Campus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community:

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance. With spring break ending for some students and beginning for others, the University’s Health Intervention and Communication Team (HICT) is providing the following update:

New Jersey officials have confirmed the state’s first cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest updates, visit the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health websites.

Following the latest CDC recommendations, we are asking everyone to reconsider international travel and travel to areas of the United States where cases of COVID-19 have been widely reported. While the odds of being infected in the United States are still low, the CDC has identified nations where the risk of contracting the disease is higher. These “Level 3” nations are: China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

Based on the latest guidance by the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health, students, faculty and staff members who return from these countries are subject to the following precautions:

  • Undergo a health screening and 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.
  • All asymptomatic (without symptoms) students/faculty/staff members under monitoring must be excluded from work and school for 14 days from their last date abroad.

If your travel plans put you in this category, please contact University Health Services immediately.

Students who recently have traveled to a Level 3 country, have Coronavirus symptoms or may have been exposed to someone who does, should complete an online Temporary Alternative Attendance Request to notify their instructors that they will not be able to attend classes in person.

To assist the University in monitoring the travel of campus community members, the HICT has created an online Travel Notification Form to offer travel safety support. All Seton Hall students, faculty and staff who have traveled abroad in recent weeks or are planning to travel abroad in the near future are asked to fill out this form.


Seton Hall has taken a number of actions to prepare the University for the potential spread of the Coronavirus:

Members of our community can help through their own actions. The HICT recommends the following:

The HICT is holding daily check-in calls and will continue to provide regular updates to the campus community. Remember, prevention is invaluable, so practice good hygiene habits and contact Health Services or your healthcare provider if you are not feeling well.
In the meantime, please keep all impacted nations, people and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.
Sincerely,

The Health Intervention and Communication Team


March 4: Coronavirus Campus Update
Health Intervention and Communication Team

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community:

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance. The following is an update on the actions Seton Hall is taking to mitigate the effects on our campus from the rapidly evolving outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Yesterday, the University’s Health Intervention and Communication Team (HICT), comprised of faculty and administrators across a range of disciplines, participated in a conference call hosted by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The governor noted that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and therefore the immediate risk to our campus community remains low. The governor reminded everyone that preparation is vital to prevent the spread of the disease.

To assist in Seton Hall’s preparation efforts, Director of Health Services Diane Lynch continues to communicate regularly with local and state officials to obtain the latest information about the spread of the virus. In addition, the HICT is continuing to monitor the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest health advisories and tracking the spread of the disease.

To provide important information about the coronavirus and the University’s response, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the Coronavirus Updates on our Health Services website. Please visit this site for additional information about how the virus is spread, prevention measures, international travel, etc.

The University also is coordinating its efforts with the Archdiocese of Newark, which has issued the following directives:

  • Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are urged to practice good hygiene, washing their hands and using sanitizer before and after distributing communion.
  • Those who are sick or are experiencing symptoms of sickness are not obligated to attend Mass, and even out of charity ought not to attend.
  • The sign of peace should be exchanged without physical contact.
  • Distribution of Holy Communion via the chalice is to be suspended.

Please remember that prevention is key to avoiding the coronavirus. University Health Services reminds all students, faculty and staff take the following precautions:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, especially with a fever.

The HICT is meeting frequently as more information becomes available and will provide regular updates to the campus community regarding the coronavirus. In the meantime, please keep all impacted nations, people and students in your prayers throughout the coming days and months.

Sincerely,

The Health Intervention and Communication Team


February 28, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Office of the President

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community:

I write to provide you with an update on the additional steps we are taking to mitigate the effects on our University from the rapidly evolving outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This week the University appointed a Health Intervention and Communication Team, comprised of faculty and administrators across a range of disciplines, to coordinate and advance our University-wide actions and communications. On behalf of Seton Hall University, I extend appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals for their service on the team:

  • Matthew Borowick, M.B.A., Interim Vice President of University Advancement
  • Rev. Gerald Buonopane, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Services
  • Barry Eck, Assistant Director of Public Safety
  • Cara Foerst, J.D., Associate Dean, School of Law
  • Joan Guetti, Ph.D., Senior Associate Provost
  • Yanzhong Huang, Ph.D., Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Judith Lothian, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing
  • Diane Lynch, M.S.N., FNP-BC, Director of Health Services

The Health Intervention and Communication Team will monitor developments, provide University-wide prevention and intervention recommendations, and share regular communications with the community on our Health Services website. The website now includes a Frequently Asked Questions section and a repository of prior communications.

In the meantime, we will keep all impacted nations, people and students in our prayers throughout the coming days and months.

Sincerely,

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
President


February 26, 2020: Cancellation of University Spring Study Abroad Trips Due to the Coronavirus

Effective immediately, all University spring study abroad trips are cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus in a growing number of countries around the world, including China, Italy, Greece and India, as well as the potential threat of the virus spreading within the United States. The latest updates from the Centers for Diseases and Prevention have led us to take this action.

Frequently Asked Questions

February 4, 2020: New Guidelines on Minimizing the Spread of the Coronavirus
Health Services

Dear Campus Community,

Following last week’s message on reducing the transmission of respiratory illnesses, the New Jersey Department of Health has issued new guidelines on how to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

Following those recommendations, students, faculty and staff are reminded of these important steps to help stay healthy and to protect those around you:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or direct them into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home from class and work if you’re sick.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot; it’s not too late to be protected.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Per the state's guidelines, anyone who has been in close contact (living with/caring for/visiting) with a person confirmed to have the coronavirus should self‐quarantine for 14 days, including absence from work and/or school. The state recommends checking in with a medical professional daily – by phone or online – during this period and alert University Health Services immediately.

Anyone who has spent time in a healthcare facility or research laboratory that was treating patients with the coronavirus — regardless of location — also should self-quarantine for two weeks and conduct daily self-assessments. Immediate contact with University Health Services also is warranted in this instance.

Finally, anyone who has travelled within the past 14 days to Wuhan City, the Hubei Provence or mainland China and has not had close contact with any person confirmed to have the coronavirus should contact University Health Services immediately to determine the best course of action.

The University will provide ongoing updates to the community on our Health Services website. For the most-up-to-date information on the coronavirus, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health website, or follow them on twitter @NJDeptofHealth. A free hotline also has been established with medical experts for any questions about the recent outbreak at 1-800-222-1222.


January 29: How to Protect Yourself from Viral Illnesses - Including the Coronavirus
Health Services

Dear Campus Community,

Your health and well-being are important to Seton Hall, so we are sharing this important message and tips for staying healthy during this season.

Flu activity is high in our surrounding community. Please take the following steps to protect yourself from viral illnesses, including the coronavirus, by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and remembering to wash your hands afterward.
  • avoiding close contact with sick people. If you are sick, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

In addition, it is NOT too late to receive a flu vaccine if you haven’t already done so. Students may receive a vaccine at no charge at Health Services. We encourage employees who didn’t participate in our flu vaccination clinics last fall to visit a health-care provider to receive the flu vaccine. Currently there are no vaccines for the coronavirus.

Health Services is monitoring all updates from local, state and federal health agencies regarding viral outbreaks, including the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the immediate risk to the American public from the coronavirus is low at this time. For the latest information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/.

If you plan to travel abroad, be sure all immunizations, including the flu vaccine, are up to date.

For additional information regarding the flu and coronavirus, visit the Health Services website.


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