Parent and Family Newsletter - September 4
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Rutgers University- New Brunswick
Parent & Family Newsletter
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Labor Day- University Closed: Monday, September 7
  • Change in Designation of Class Day: Tuesday, September 8 (students attend Monday classes)
  • Add/Drop Deadline for Academic Courses:
    • Deadline to Drop a Course (w/out a W): Monday, September 14
    • Deadlines to Add a Courses: Friday, September 11
      • *Students should consult their Academic Advisor for guidance before changing their schedule
  • 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:
Please be sure to follow the official website for live updates as the situation progresses:
Student Centers

As the hub for the Rutgers Community, Student Centers and Activities provides students with much-needed resources, services, and virtual engagement opportunities. Hours for the Busch Student Center, College Ave Student Center, and Livingston Student Center beginning September 8 will be: Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 10pm, Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Centers have been set up to ensure social distancing and protocols to protect the health and safety of our guests. Student Centers will provide students with reliable WiFi, study spaces, meditation and prayer rooms, and much more. In addition, select food vendors within the Busch and College Ave Student Centers will open beginning September 8. Visit at for a complete list of Student Center hours and services, as well as upcoming virtual events. You can also follow @RutgersuSCA on social media for the latest events, news and updates.

University Libraries

Building Access
  • Study areas at Alexander (College Ave), Library of Science and Medicine (Busch), and Carr (Livingston) will be open to Rutgers faculty/staff/students beginning September 8th. All others will be closed.
  • You'll need to show Rutgers ID and register with security; visits are limited to 2 hours
  • Occupancy is limited, mandated by state guidelines, and will be enforced by security personnel
  • You must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. No eating or drinking is permitted.
  • The first hour of opening is reserved for at-risk individuals. Thank you for showing courtesy to others.
While library building access is restricted, you can request items from most of our circulating collections via Click and CollectILL, E-ZBorrow, UBorrow, and Article Delivery are available, and several locations are accepting returns.

For the latest building hours of operation, click here.

Most of our services are available online. We’re here to support your remote teaching and research and remote learning.

For the most up to date information about Rutgers libraries, visit our website
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.
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

     -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.

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 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

*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 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.

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.
You're Invited: September Parent and Family Association Meeting

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. 

Our September meeting will take place on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7pm (EST) on Zoom.  The topic for the month is "Navigating a Virtual Academic Setting".  We will have a few professors, students and Information Technology staff on hand to give some tips on how students can be successful as they study and take courses in a virtual setting. We will also be providing information about our Parent and Family Community Groups during the meeting.  

Please RSVP for the meeting here.  The RSVP form will close on Friday, September 11 at 5pm.  A confirmation email with the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after the form has closed.
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

Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) Events

The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) is the university’s official student-run planning board offering a wide variety of programs even in this virtual environment. Please encourage your student to follow @RUPArutgers on social media so they don’t miss out on upcoming events.

Back to the Banks

RUPA’s first event of the semester is: RUPA Presents: Back to the Banks Home Edition

RUPA is hosting the annual celebration welcoming Scarlet Knights back to our home on the Banks of the Raritan! This year it will be a HOME EDITION of Back to the Banks, bringing a little of that Scarlet Pride into a student’s own home.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 10 and will include Rutgers trivia, puppy yoga with Rutgers Recreation, a DIY craft workshop, and a live music session. Students can attend any or all parts of this 4 hour program. Details are available here.

Involvement Fair

The 2020 Virtual Involvement Fair will take place from Monday, September 14 – Wednesday, September 16. Students can log on at any point during the three-day session to learn more about the nearly 700 student groups, fraternities and sororities, sports clubs and departments participating in this year’s event. Students can also chat directly with group representatives during scheduled live sessions throughout the three days.

Get additional information 
here or visit Student Centers and Activities’ website at

First-Year Fellowship

The First-Year Fellowship Certificate Program features a curriculum designed for emerging leaders to cultivate their skills and abilities to become the next generation of leaders. Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an 8-week, 1.5-credit leadership course, in addition to being exposed to involvement opportunities. Previous leadership experience is NOT required to participate. Learn more by visiting Student Centers and Activities' website at Deadline: 9/20 Application link:


LVL UP is designed specifically with second-year students in mind. Students will face changes as they transition into their second-year, like shifting to major-specific related courses; declaring their major; taking on positions within student organizations; managing large teams; & more! Students will develop the skills necessary to succeed while also training for position-specific responsibilities. Learn more by visiting Student Centers and Activities’ website at Deadline: 9/16 Application Link:

RBS Signature Leadership Series

"The New, Nimble Normal"
September 10, 12 – 1 PM ET - Register Here

Speaker: Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO at Genpact
      Tiger” Tyagarajan is the Chief Executive Officer of Genpact, having taken the reins in 2011 after serving as COO. He previously worked in progressively responsible roles at GE, as well as at Citibank and Unilever.


Featuring live virtual discussions with thought leaders and business leaders from across the industry spectrum, this complimentary biweekly series will give you the opportunity to hear and learn from leadership experts. Join the conversation to get a glimpse into their everyday, real-life challenges and learn from their leadership playbooks. 
Seeking Success Program

Amidst a competitive job market, there is no better time to invest in yourself. Seeking Success is a 1.5 credit leadership crash course in professionalism, public speaking, branding/networking, and career-readiness skills. Offered through the Office of Career Exploration & Success, this interactive program is open to all Sophomores, Juniors, & Transfers interested in gaining a competitive edge on their career journey.  

Apply to be a part of the Seeking Success program:

Applications are due September 11th and class begins the third week of September.


More information about Seeking Success can be found at:


Feel free to contact Robyn Ginese with any specific questions:

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
New Student Convocation Recap

Did your student miss Convocation? Watch the full program and find all of the resources mentioned at
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.

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. .
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.   
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  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. 
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. 
Around Campus

Zimmerli At Home

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!


Screenshot from eMuseum

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