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Frequently Asked Questions and Updates

As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, Seton Hall works to update our plans and policies appropriately. The following frequently asked questions will be updated as new information becomes available.

General Updates and Messages


Update: The University Club will be closed for the Fall 2020 semester.

Update: The University Bookstore will have a "soft opening" on Monday, July 6. Beginning on that date, it will operate with reduced hours of 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

General Frequently Asked Questions



What is Great Minds Forward?

Great Minds Forward is our uniquely flexible, hybrid approach to resuming classroom instruction. It ensures reduced-density, in-person learning while offering students the option to pursue their studies entirely in a remote fashion. Though we welcome all students back to campus, we will equally support those who opt for remote learning during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Students who choose to study on campus will experience a blend of in-person and online learning. This creates sufficient physical distancing for those selecting an in-person environment while accommodating students who choose the remote option for the semester.

Please note that instruction will take place remotely until New Jersey enters Stage 3, at which point the Great Minds Forward approach will be implemented. In-person courses will be limited to curricula that require labs, clinical rotations, and technical and hands-on instruction, as permitted by the state. More specifically, New Jersey will allow the College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences, College of Communication and the Arts, and quite possibly our seminaries to resume in-person instruction. 


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What work is being done to ensure that the campus is safe for students who prefer in-person instruction?

Instruction will take place remotely until New Jersey enters Stage 3. In-person courses will be limited to curricula that require labs, clinical rotations, and technical and hands-on instruction, as permitted by the state. More specifically, New Jersey will allow the College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences, College of Communication and the Arts, and quite possibly our seminaries to resume in-person instruction. 

In the meantime, we are working with members of the state government, peers at other institutions and our partners at Hackensack Meridian Health to advance testing capacity, health protocols, and personal protective equipment. We are also working with partners up and down the Eastern Seaboard to advance solutions. We have been consistent in our beliefs and vocal that government partnerships with the healthcare and education sectors to significantly advance testing capacity infrastructure will be an indispensable component for K-12 and higher education (public and private).

Work is also underway to modify campus environments, including academic buildings, dining spaces and residence halls, to support physical distancing and uphold health protocols. Residence hall rooms will reopen with reduced density and specialized cleaning procedures. Additionally, everyone in the campus community must share the responsibility to engage in healthy behaviors, including distancing. We will orient our entire community to procedures and practices.


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How will you ensure that you have enough housing to accommodate all the students who want to live on campus, while still following social distance protocols?

We are planning for reduced density in the residence halls. The State of New Jersey will likely have the final word on-campus housing. We are modeling various residence hall scenarios. Our preference is to accommodate as many students who wish to live on campus as possible; we believe we can clean, support, and monitor on-campus housing to a much higher degree than students may find in off-campus housing.


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What preparations are underway to ensure that faculty and classrooms can support remote instruction?

New classroom technology has been installed over the summer to support the HyFlex teaching modality. This will be supplemented by a summer workshop to equip faculty members with the tools to help them ensure the high-quality Catholic educational experience that has been our mainstay since 1856.


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Can I/my child begin remotely and then opt for the in-person/HyFlex model several weeks into the semester?

Instruction will take place remotely until New Jersey enters Stage 3. In-person courses will be limited to curricula that require labs, clinical rotations, and technical and hands-on instruction, as permitted by the state. More specifically, New Jersey will allow the College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences, College of Communication and the Arts, and quite possibly our seminaries to resume in-person instruction. 

Once the state enters Stage 3, yes, you may continue remotely and then alternate to in-person sessions as you are able. If you request on-campus housing at that time and there are still spots available, we will make every effort to place you in housing mid-semester and would prorate your housing charges accordingly.


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Is Seton Hall prepared in case there are suspected or diagnosed cases of COVID-19 on campus?

Yes. Though we are excited and confident about the upcoming semester, we are equally aware that an unexpected, severe outbreak of COVID-19 remains possible. For this, we will stay ever vigilant and continue our comprehensive planning efforts so that Seton Hall is prepared for whatever the coronavirus throws at us. Even after New Jersey enters Stage 3, which will allow us to commence in-person instruction, no possible scenario will be overlooked, particularly those that anticipate the need to return to fully remote instruction. Our faculty and staff will be prepared to move instruction entirely online at a moment's notice, should this once again become necessary, and provide remote learning throughout the semester to students who may be in isolation, quarantine, or prefer to receive instruction away from campus.


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What is the Fall 2020 schedule? When will classes begin and end for the Fall 2020 semester?

Seton Hall plans to conduct the fall semester as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 24: Classes begin. Instruction will continue through the semester without a fall break.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: Classes conclude. Students depart for Thanksgiving break and will not return to campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Monday, Nov. 30: Review sessions, reading days and final exams will be administered remotely over the following two weeks.

This schedule reduces cyclical risks of virus spread during colder months. It also avoids the possibility of students, faculty, and staff members traveling home for fall break and Thanksgiving, contracting the virus and returning to campus with nascent cases of COVID-19.


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When will athletics resume at Seton Hall?

This is a question that higher education is working through collectively. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the guidance from the BIG EAST Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association, in addition to that from our own state and local health officials, and our experts.


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Will tuition and fees be adjusted for the Great Minds Forward approach?

We are preparing the Academic Year 2020-21 budget with a focus on reducing noninstructional expenses, supporting enhanced student scholarships, enhancing teaching, and fostering the Seton Hall living and learning experience. We are finalizing the budget and will have an update to the University community in the coming weeks.


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Will there be an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020?

We promised our graduates that we would provide them with an in-person ceremony when permitted to do so. Our Commencement Committee, which includes students and faculty, is examining the state's guidelines and will provide an update soon.


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When do we purchase a parking pass for our daughter who is commuting?

Parking permits will be available for purchase in August. Students should watch their SHU email for an announcement.


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Questions about parking or having a car on campus?

Please visit Parking Services website. There's an FAQ for parents and for students, as well as detailed information about all services and regulations.


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How is Greek Life at SHU?

Greek Life adds greatly to the quality of student life on campus. Find out more about the many opportunities available to students through our Greek Life organizations here.


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Will all the non-classroom related services be operational as outlined in the Seton Hall restart plan?

Yes, we will operate non-classroom related services as permissible in Stage 2 of the state guidelines. Please see the Restart Plan for more details.


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Will SHUFly be operational? 

SHUFly operations will be limited and adhere to the statewide guidance on transit regulations for reduced capacity and density. 


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Questions and Feedback


Seton Hall University continues to closely monitor and respond to the impact COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty, employees and their families is of paramount importance in our planning to safely restart classes across our three campuses. If you have any questions, please submit them here:
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