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Rutgers University-New Brunswick Important Updates
University Operating Status
Please check the operating status of the university frequently for the quickest updates and newest information as they arise.

Summer Session 2020 Is on Track

Barbara Lee, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, announced that the 2020 Rutgers summer session will proceed as scheduled. Because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, instruction for all courses will be offered remotely. Registration is open.

Read the full message from March 26 about summer classes.

Information on Refunds for Student Housing, Meals, and Parking

Student Accounting, Billing and Cashier Services (Student ABC) is committed to supporting students during the current situation.

Student ABC will take the following steps in the coming weeks:

  • Housing, dining and parking charges will be credited to each eligible student’s account. The refunds will be calculated on a prorated basis beginning on March 23, the first day following Spring Break, and ending on May 16, the required move-out date at the University. We encourage students to set up direct deposit to receive their refunds faster and more securely.
  • Financial holds that block registration will not be placed on student accounts that have past due balances. We sympathize with families and understand the financial hardships that many families are facing during this difficult time, as well as the expectation that students focus on their academic work.

The Student ABC staff is available to answer any questions or concerns through our online portal or you may call us at (848) 932-2254.

Read the full message from March 26.

Summer Courses and Activities

The only University-sponsored courses/programs/activities that will take place this summer on the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses will be done via remote technology. There will be no in-person classes, programs, camps, conferences or other activities through at least August 14. Information related to fall orientations and intercollegiate pre-season athletic activity will be forthcoming. This cancellation does not apply to RBHS clinical programs and activities; please check with the relevant RBHS office to ascertain the status of RBHS summer programs, courses, and activities.

Read the full message from April 2 about summer courses and activities.

Academic Classes

  • President Barchi announced on Tuesday, March 17th that Rutgers University is suspending all in-person instruction, with the exception of clinical instruction, for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Faculty and staff are working diligently to provide remote instruction to classes that were previously taught in person.

Rutgers Academic Resources

Rutgers is still dedicated in providing each student the best education despite current circumstances. Below are the available resources students can utilize as they navigate the transition to learning in a fully online capacity:

Rutgers Canvas: Canvas is the Learning Management System for most online classes.
Office of Information Technology: Free online software to students

Learning Centers
Career Exploration & Successonly virtual advising, recruiting, and career tools are available
Rutgers Libraries: Click here for the updated operating status of Rutgers Libraries
Rutgers Writing Center: Virtual Tutoring

We will share more resources that other departments are implementing as soon as we receive them.

Residential Students Must Complete Online Check-Out As Soon As Possible

Residential students must complete the “Check-Out Verification Form” by logging into to confirm keys have been returned and that their move-out is complete. By completing this step, it will help expedite the information needed for housing refunds.

Questions? Contact or call 848-445-0750. 

Services and Operating Hours

Buses: Operating on a Spring Break schedule. Click the link for a detailed schedule.

Computer Labs: Operating Hours can be found here.

Dining Services: Operating in a limited capacity until further notice. Click here for updates on their operating status.

Health Services: Health Centers are operating in a limited capacity until further notice. Operating status updates can be found here.

Off-Campus Living: Operating in a limited capacity until further notice. If you have any questions related to your situation, call Off-Campus Living & Community Partnerships at 848-932-5500 or the Dean of Students Office at 848-932-2300. Members of the Greek Life community can call OFSA at 848-932-7692. Click here to check the operating status.

Office of the Registrar: Contact us online or by calling (848) 445-7000 Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm, and Friday from 10:00am-4:30pm.

Residence Life: See above information.

RU-Info: The Info Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Inquiries will be answered via phone, email, text, online chat and social media @ruinfo.

Rutgers Libraries: Effective Sunday, March 22, in-person services will be suspended and all library services will be transitioned online. Some Rutgers libraries will remain open with limited hours to RU students requiring access to computers. Please confirm your library's hours before you go.

Rutgers Student Food Pantry: Monday-Friday: Noon-4pm. Any changes to the operating schedule will be posted on social media (@RUFoodPantry).  Students will be provided a prepacked bag of goods that will be handed to them at the front of our door. The adjusted hours gives us time to process donations and deliveries in the morning and pack bags. If students cannot make it during adjusted hours, please call 848-932-5500 to schedule an appointment.  Remember to bring your Rutgers ID.  

Student Centers: All Student Centers (Busch, Cook, College Ave, Douglass, Livingston and the Student Activities Center) are closed. For questions, please email
Student Affairs Operating Status

In response to the University’s operating status, some Student Affairs departments and services will be operating in a limited capacity until further notice. We appreciate your understanding with this matter. This is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as information becomes available. Please continuously check this webpage the latest updates to Student Affairs operations and services.

Departments with modified operations and services are listed below along with a link to their operating status pages.

Student Centers and Activities: Operating status
Student Health (Health Centers, CAPS, HOPE: Operating status
Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance: Operating status
Recreation: Operating status
Dean of Students: Normal Operating hours
Dining Services: Operating status
Rutgers Food Pantry: Hours of operation and additional information
Residence Life: Operating status
Cultural Collaborative (Cultural Centers): Operating status

Commencement Ceremonies

Message from President Barchi about Commencement:
To Our May 2020 Graduates:
I am writing to you regarding our decision to suspend in-person commencements across Rutgers during May.  I want you to know that this decision was an extremely difficult and unhappy one to make, despite the clear necessity of keeping our community safe and healthy during this pandemic.
We recognize the profound sadness that disrupting a milestone moment, for which you and so many thousands of Rutgers students have worked so hard, is causing.  We know how much your families and friends have looked forward to celebrating your achievements with you. And I know personally how much I have been looking forward to taking part in my final commencement week as president of this remarkable institution.
While we cannot go forward with the in-person May commencements we were planning, the University has formed a working group comprising people from all our locations with faculty, staff, and student perspectives that is looking urgently at alternatives which will allow us to properly salute our graduating students.  We are considering the most meaningful ways in which we can celebrate our graduates remotely this spring and, at the same time, exploring the feasibility and options for also holding in-person celebrations at a future date when the public health threat has subsided. Each campus will be soliciting feedback from their May graduates on possible options.
We want to bring people together to salute our graduates. We are committed to finding the best possible solution given the unprecedented constraints we currently face, and recognizing the central part that Commencement plays in the life of every academic community. Please bear in mind that it may be quite some time before we have clarity on what is possible.
I hope you will understand this extremely difficult decision and trust that we will do all we can to give you and your fellow classmates a fitting celebration.  You certainly deserve it!
 Career Exploration and Success Updates
Virtual Career & Internship Fairs: Out of an abundance of caution, and based on inquiries from employers, we have canceled our upcoming NJ Statewide Career and Internship Fair scheduled for April 24. Instead, the Office of Career Exploration and Success has worked with our Big10+ Career Consortium colleagues to provide candidates an opportunity to connect with employers through the HireBig10+ Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Registration is free for Rutgers University students and alumni from all four campuses. Additional virtual career fairs are visible on the events page of their Rutgers Handshake account.

Candidate Interviews: For students who have accepted an interview with a recruiter through our On-Campus Interviewing Program, we have transitioned in-person meetings to virtual. CES staff worked directly with all candidates to provide alternatives utilizing our Webex video conferencing technology or employer-provided systems. 

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program (RICP): We now require our RICP students to work remotely if possible or end their internships early. We have modified our minimum hourly requirement so that students who have completed 75 hours or more can still pass the course if they complete the remaining assignments. For students with less than 75 hours, they will need to complete the remaining course assignments and one supplemental assignment. We will make a similar accommodation for students in the co-op course as well; however, the majority of them are working remotely. 

Overall, we are attempting to maintain a certain level of service delivery for students and recruiters wishing to employ them. For more information, visit the link.

Reminder: Parent and Family Association Meetings Update

The university has advised to not have meetings or gatherings with over 15 people in attendance.  Due to this restriction, the remainder of the Parent and Family Association meetings for the semester have been canceled. 
Tips for Learning Remotely

As you and your student transition to virtual learning, here are some strategies your student can implement to make for an easier transition

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