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Parent and Family Newsletter - August 14

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Parent & Family Newsletter
Important Dates and Deadlines
-Academic Schedules for New Students Sent Out: August 20
       
-Fall Semester Begins: Tuesday, September 1

-Change in Designation of Class Day: Tuesday, September 8 (attend Monday classes)

-Deadline to Drop Academic Courses (w/out a W): Monday, September 14
-Deadlines to Add Academic Courses: Friday, September 11
*Students should see their Academic Advisor for guidance before changing their schedule


-Involvement Fair: September 14-16

-Deadline to Waive Student Health Insurance: September 15
University Updates
Fall 2020 Updates

Rutgers is planning for a Fall 2020 semester that will combine a majority of remotely delivered courses with a limited number of in-person classes. Read President Holloway’s message about the decision, made due to uncertainty regarding the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with public health experts and university officials.
To read Chancellor Molloy's communication about Rutgers University–New Brunswick's operating status for the fall semester: go.rutgers.edu/3svtxl5i.
Please be sure to follow the official website for live updates as the situation progresses: https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/2020status
Student Affairs Parent and Family Town Hall

The Division of Student Affairs recently hosted a Town Hall meeting for parents and family members.  Representatives from a variety of departments at Rutgers University–New Brunswick participated to answer questions about the fall 2020 semester.  You can view the recording here.
Move-In and COVID-19 Testing Instructions


Mandatory Testing Requirement

All students moving to campus must be tested 1 – 3 weeks prior to move-in. Out-of-state students can request to have a kit mailed to them. Contact health@echo.rutgers.edu to request a testing kit. Students may also obtain testing on their own and upload the results to the Rutgers Student Health Portal. Learn more about campus clinic dates and other information regarding COVID-19 testing.
 
Mandatory Quarantine Requirement
 
The Governor has mandated that anyone entering New Jersey from one of these states and territories must quarantine for 14 days. If this applies to an incoming student, the student has two choices:
  •     Come to NJ 14 days before classes begin (September 1) and stay in a hotel or with friends in NJ.
  •     Spend the first 14 days on campus in quarantine housing. Students are asked not to unpack because they will move to their permanent assignment after the 14 days.
When in quarantine, students will not be allowed to leave their suite or apartment. Food will be brought to student rooms via Dining Services. This will be charged to a student’s meal plan if they have one or students will be billed for meals at the end of their quarantine. Students will have a Residence Life staff member assigned to work with them on any other needs.

More information about on-campus move-in can be found here.

Fall 2020 Term Bills

Fall 2020 Term Bills are now available to view and pay. Payment must be made on or before the due date displayed on student's term bill. Please note the following important information below:

*Payment Plans: Visit paymentplans.rutgers.edu for information on our payment plan options.

*Direct Deposit: Set up direct deposit in order to receive refunds in a timelier manner. For more information and instructions visit refunds.rutgers.edu.

*Campus Fee: The University has approved a 15 percent reduction of the campus fee for the 2020-2021 academic year (this reduction does not apply to the off-campus fee). A line item credit for the campus fee reduction will not appear on the term bill, only the final charge for the campus fee will be reflected. Please visit tuition.rutgers.edu for additional information.

*Housing & Dining: Approved housing and dining contract charges will appear on the term bill on or around August 14, 2020.

*Academic Year 2019-20 Balances: Past due Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 term bill balances will appear on the Fall 2020 term bill as “Prior Year Balance”.

For additional guidance, please refer to our Student Account Checklist.

*Please note: due to FERPA, term bills are emailed directly to students.  For more information about guest access, visit this website.

Student Health Insurance

Rutgers University requires full time and all F&J Rutgers visa sponsored students to waive or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan each semester.  The Health Insurance premium is automatically added to the term bill each semester.

Fall 2020 open waiver/enrollment period has began at 
www.universityhealthplans.com:

     -Complete the waiver form before September 15th to get the premium ($942) removed from the term bill.

    -Complete the enrollment form before September 15th; paying the premium on the term bill does not finalize the process. 

    -View waiver requirements, rates, deadline dates, summary of benefits
Dining Services Updates
 
Dining Services will be open and operating for the Fall 2020 semester when students return to campus.  The following locations will be open: Busch Dining Hall and Kilmer’s Market.  Dining Services has modified the style of services being offered per the CDC Guidelines. 

Meal Plans are now available for all on-campus residential students, off-campus students and commuter students.  Dining plan options are also available for faculty and staff. 

For additional information and details regarding which Dining Services locations will be open for the 2020, fall semester, please visit our website.
Parent and Family Programs Info
Our office is here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.  We serve as a dedicated resource year-round providing guidance to our parents and family members, events and programs catered specifically toward our family population and important updates about your student's experience.

Please feel free to reach out to us and we are happy to help.  If you are unsure of where to start when navigating this large university, start with us and we are happy to get you where you need to be! You can email us, as well as like us/follow us on Facebook for timely updates.
Fall Parent and Family Association Meetings/Community Groups
 
Parent and Family Association Meetings

All are welcome to join us for our Parent and Family Association meetings, whether you are a new Rutgers parent/family member or a parent/family member of a returning student.  Meetings will be hosted virtually for the fall semester on these dates:
  • Monday, September 14
  • Monday, October 12
  • Monday, November 16
  • Monday, December 14
    • 7pm (EST)
We would like your feedback on which topics would be helpful for you to hear about this year. 

More details on how to join our meetings will be coming soon!

Parent and Family Association Groups

Since we will not be able to host in-person meetings this semester, we are creating community groups to ensure parents and family members still have the opportunity to make connections with each other in a virtual setting.

Please give us feedback on the type of community groups you'd be interested in joining, ranging from new parents/families, out of state parents/families, groups by academic majors or parents/family members of returning students. If you would like to propose an idea for a new group, you can do so as well! You can also indicate if you have interest in leading a community group. 

More info on community groups coming soon!


Please submit any feedback for the meetings and community groups here.
2020-2021 Parent and Family Guide

The 2020-2021 Parent and Family Guide is now available!  This comprehensive resource contains information including a Parent/Family Checklist, an academic calendar, campus resource directory, helpful tips, FAQs, and more!  You can view the Parent and Family Guide here.

Student Guide: We also have checklists and helpful resources for our newest Scarlet Knights. You can access the What Every Scarlet Knight Should Know guide here.
Upcoming Events

Discovery Program

The Discovery Program is ready to launch! Tickets are on-sale now for students to join us for the virtual reimagining of this annual program. Discovery is all about exploring different ways that you students begin making an impact on the world around them through community service, sustainable living, a socially just mindset, and entrepreneurial courage!

Students will learn directly from content experts from within Rutgers and outside of the university, take part in challenging activities and conversations, all while building relationships with other students. This program is designed with new first-year and transfer students in mind and will set them up for success as they prepare for their Rutgers journey.

Find out more about Discovery here.

Scarlet Knight Challenge

Welcome New Scarlet Knights! It’s time to answer the Knight’s Call!

Throughout September and October events will be highlighted as part of the Scarlet Knight Challenge. New students who take the challenge will have the opportunity to build connections with students part of the Rutgers community and connect with resources/services that will assist them in their transition.

The Scarlet Knight Challenge allows new students to start their college career in an engaging way. Those who complete the challenge will be entered to win various grand prizes such as Textbooks for a Semester!!

This contest is exclusively open to all first-year and transfer students! You can find more info on the Scarlet Knight Challenge here!

*Prizes are subject to change based on availability

Campus Resources
Virtual First-Year Experience
 
For your incoming Scarlet Knight, adjusting to college life and Rutgers will look a little different this year than in the past. That’s why they will have the opportunity to take part in the Virtual First-Year Experience. This FREE program will give first-years the opportunity to connect to their peers, learn tips and tricks for remote learning, and have direct contact to a returning Rutgers student and Residence Life staff for any guidance they may need.

Pending an on-campus return for the Spring, first-year students in this program will receive priority in housing placement. This means placing them in close proximity to the peers they make connections with for an easier transition to on-campus living. But DON’T WAIT: priority deadline to apply is August 23, but registration will close Sept. 1 or until the program reaches capacity.

For more information and registration, visit our website.
Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships Updates

Greetings Off-Campus Students,

For those who’ve moved into the off-campus community, we welcome you back to New Brunswick.  During these uncertain times, we want to make certain you are aware of critical information about how you can prepare for living in the off-campus community while protecting your own health and safety and that of others.  We have updated our website with FAQs to assist you as we move forward.

      1. REGISTER YOUR LOCAL ADDRESS
If you are a student renting in the local community, please register your local address and emergency contact information with our office so we can keep you updated on municipal information, programming emergency alerts and other helpful information related to living off-campus. .
  1. NEW BRUNSWICK TENANT PARKING PERMITS
Registration for parking permits is done online with The New Brunswick Parking Authority. You will need a scanned copy of your current signed lease, vehicle registration and driver’s license.   
  1. CENSUS 2020 – DID YOU COMPLETE IT?
If you lived in off-campus housing last academic year (in an apartment or house, alone or with others) you should respond to the 2020 Census using the college address where you would have been on April 1. This is vitally important to the community where you were living. (If you lived in on-campus housing last year this was already taken care of for you!).  Here is what you need to do:
  • Visit https://2020census.gov/  and click the green “RESPOND” button.
  • Select the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." (It is located below the Census ID login field.)
  • Follow the prompts to enter your off-campus college address (where you would have been living on April 1) and then answer the questions. 
  1. RUTGERS STUDENT FOOD PANTRY
Do you ever…
  • Worry you will not have enough money for food?
  • Cut or skip a meal because you didn’t have enough money to buy food? 
  • Find yourself unable to eat balanced or nutritious meals because of a lack of money? 
  • Go hungry because of a lack of money?
The Rutgers Student Food Pantry (RSFP) is here to help. All you need is your Rutgers ID card and an appointment. Services are confidential.  Visit our website for up-to-date information about Rutgers Food Pantry including hours and locations. 
 
RU Family Council

Check out this new opportunity from the Student Affairs Development office:

The RU Family Council is a new, representative group of Rutgers New-Brunswick parents and families. RU Family Council will act as an advisory group working in close collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs to help families foster a positive and enduring connection to the university. We will help welcome new families into the Rutgers community and facilitate programs and volunteer opportunities that enrich the experience of families and students. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member, complete our RU Family Council 
Interest Form
 
To help to shape this exciting new initiative, Register for the RU Family Council interest meeting on September 16, 2020, 6 pm -7:30 pm.
Around Campus

Zimmerli Art Museum Launches eMuseum

Online visitors are invited to search more than 7,000 images of artwork in the institution’s collection, as well as text information for some 18,000 additional works, with new content added weekly. Browse through American ArtEuropean Art, and Russian Art and Soviet Nonconformist Art, then create your own virtual collection in Favorites.  

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers remains closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all previously scheduled programs and events are suspended. Visit our home page for all updates, as well as to reach staff by email. We also post a variety of content on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages. Thank you, for your understanding and support!

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Screenshot from eMuseum

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