On July 20, Seton Hall University released its confirmed restart plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The comprehensive plan details Seton Hall's approach to instruction and campus life while seeking to ensure the highest levels of health and safety throughout the University community.
It is the product of months of contingency planning, multivariate modeling, discussion, review and updating by more than 140 members of the Seton Hall community. Now confirmed by the State of New Jersey, the plan was designed to be inherently flexible and accommodate potential emerging scenarios.
"Through their work on multiple committees, these great minds developed a robust and thoughtful restart plan that addresses all aspects of the University experience," said Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., president of Seton Hall University. "The University's commitment to the spiritual, mental and physical health of students, faculty, clergy, staff and administrators remains absolute."
As Seton Hall has done since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the University has incorporated the latest public health data and expert guidance into its preparations. The restart plan outlines modifications to academic programs and student life and includes protocols for safe classroom and working environments, among other improvements and enhancements.
The plan address steps the University is taking several key areas, including:
- General Safeguarding
- Screening, Testing, and Contact Tracing Protocols
- On-Campus Residential Housing
- Computer Labs/Libraries
- Student Services
- On-Campus Dining
- Study Abroad and International Travel
"Each of us has a personal responsibility to protect the health and safety of our entire community," said Katia Passerini, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President. "Our commitment is expressed through the Seton Hall Pledge — our social contract to care for one another by minimizing exposure to COVID-19."
Seton Hall's timeline for the fall semester includes beginning classes on Monday, August 24 and finishing class instruction three months later on Tuesday, November 24. Review sessions, reading days and final exams will be administered remotely after Thanksgiving.
For the latest information on Seton Hall's return-to-campus plans, visit the University's Planning for Fall 2020 website.
About Seton Hall University
One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be among the most diverse national Catholic universities in the country.
In recent years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. The University's beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall's nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University's Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses Seton Hall's College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health's Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.