Sent Wednesday, March 31, 2021
To the Campus Community:
As President Holloway reported in his recent message, Rutgers is taking important steps to ensure the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors when we return to campus.
Here at Rutgers University–Camden, we are planning for a fall semester that offers predominantly face-to-face course instruction, with more opportunities for learning experiences in the classroom and elsewhere. On-campus student housing will be occupied at near capacity as new and continuing students return to Camden.
We also are looking forward to a return to in-person events, activities, and programs in the fall. Like you, I miss seeing our campus bustling with activity. I am eager to welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to our community in person.
Throughout this pandemic, the safety of our campus community has driven our decision-making, so let me be clear: We will move toward, and achieve, a full return to our pre-pandemic “normal” in fall 2021 provided that public health guidelines allow. It is of critical importance that everyone seek vaccinations as soon as they are able to do so according to state and federal guidelines. Rutgers’ requirement for student vaccinations is a key element of our plan, and I encourage our students to review these FAQs related to that university-wide program.
During the coming days and weeks, we will continue to share information about how Rutgers is preparing to welcome everyone back to campus, including information about how to register for vaccinations. Registration for fall courses starts on April 19.
We have supported each other through one of the most challenging years in the history of our nation. We can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel – but we need to acknowledge that the tunnel is long and that we must remain vigilant to sustain the health of our campus community. I am confident that we can achieve our shared goal of in-person experiences for the fall, and that we can adapt as necessary.
Margaret Marsh, Ph.D.