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February 19, 2021 EDITION

Rutgers University Parent & Family Newsletter

University Updates
COVID-19 Updates
Rutgers COVID-19 Website: Rutgers is delivering virtual instruction for the Spring 2021 semester.  Please continue to monitor this website for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and for answers to frequently asked questions regarding campus resources.

Please see here for a message from Chancellor Molloy on the Fall 2021 Outlook and Academic Planning.
My Campus Pass

My Campus Pass is a self-screening app that must be used by employees and students each day when traveling to campus or entering a Rutgers building. To keep students and others safe, the app asks basic questions about current health to determine if someone is cleared for entry.

To access My Campus Pass, students should log into Once logged in, the My Campus Pass window will be visible. Students should then click on the “Get My Campus Pass” button, which will take them to the symptom survey for completion. They will also be asked to include any Rutgers building they plan to enter that day. Once the survey is submitted, students will receive an immediate notification as to whether they've been cleared for entry.

For more information regarding the app, please visit
COVID-19 Testing for Students

All students living in campus housing, living off-campus in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area, and students in groups required to receive testing can access testing through Rutgers Student Health. Details about testing can be found here.

  • Off-campus students must register their local address here. Local addresses are needed in order for public health officials to properly track and respond to the pandemic.
  • There is no cost for testing through Rutgers Student Health.
  • Students who experience symptoms, had contact with someone who tested positive, are worried, or are unsure about getting tested, should call Rutgers Student Health at 848-932-7402. Student Health will schedule a same-day appointment time to speak with a clinician, answer questions, and provide a test that day.
  • Students who are contacted by a Contact Tracer are highly encouraged to speak with them. Contact Tracers provide valuable information and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

An Important Note About Privacy:
Testing facilities CANNOT contact professors, deans, or parents with test results. Rutgers Student Health is obligated to notify only the person tested and the Middlesex Department of Health. The same is true of any medical office, including urgent care offices
Parent and Family Programs Info
February Parent and Family Association Meeting Recap

If you missed the February Parent and Family Association meeting about Student Involvement, you can watch the recording from the meeting, and access the agenda which includes links referenced in the meeting and the contact info for our presenters. 
Meeting Agenda
Save the Date: the April Parent and Family Association meeting will take place on Monday, April 12 with our featured speaker, Rutgers Commencement.
Parent and Family Newsletter: What Do You Want To See?

This is YOUR newsletter! If there are topics you'd like to see in an upcoming newsletter, let us know! Please submit any topics or suggestions here.

If you know other parents and family members who would like to receive the newsletter, you can have them sign up here.
Updates for Parents and Family Members
On Campus Housing Quarantine and Isolation Overview

At Rutgers University-New Brunswick, residential students will be required to quarantine for specific reasons, including:

  • Quarantine due to coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Quarantine due to travel from international location or a state other than New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, or Pennsylvania as outlined by the State of New Jersey Guidelines
  • Isolation (as defined by the CDC) keeps people who are sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others.

Quarantine and isolation housing will be provided for students with Rutgers- New Brunswick housing contracts as an option if students do not elect to or cannot return home to their permanent residence.

If you have a student who is currently living on campus, please click here for FAQs and information about quarantine housing.  
Parent and Family Town Hall Recording

Did you miss the Parent and Family Town Hall that was hosted by the Division of Student Affairs last week? You can watch a recording of the event here.
Listen to the new podcast from Rutgers University

Episode 3: Life on Campus

Tune in to learn about Rutgers' experience during the pandemic and the tools and strategies being used to keep the university community safe. Mary Marchetta O'Dowd is joined by Drs. Vicente Gracias and Melodee Lasky, who have been leading the COVID-19 clinical and health policy programs for testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations.

Listen on your favorite platform:
Rutgers University Alumni Association Upcoming Events

Below is a list of Rutgers University Alumni Association sponsored upcoming events:
Campus Resources & Updates
Student Affairs Operating Status

Many departments have adapted their delivery of services remotely, with some areas providing in-person services as needed, and following appropriate social distancing guidelines

Find online events and involvement opportunities at

Links to our departments’ status pages may be found here, as well as any updates to facility openings for the fall semester.

Please continuously check this webpage the latest updates to Student Affairs operations and services.
New Brunswick Official Student Listserv

The New Brunswick Official Student Listserv (NBOSL) contains timely academic and student information, such as updates from the Registrar, Student Accounting, and Health Services. Students are responsible for knowing the information in these notices and taking appropriate action when necessary. The NBOSL is published every Tuesday during the semester, and parents and families are welcome to keep informed by viewing these weekly notices on
Rutgers Academic Resources

Rutgers is still dedicated to providing each student the best education despite current remote circumstances. Below are the available resources students can utilize as they continue to navigate the virtual journey, and prepare for upcoming midterms:

Rutgers Canvas: Canvas is the Learning Management System for most online classes.
Office of Information Technology: Free online software to students
Learning Centers: support and enrich student learning through free services for students

Career Exploration & Successonly virtual advising, recruiting, and career tools are available
Rutgers LibrariesClick here for the updated operating status of Rutgers Libraries
Rutgers Writing CenterVirtual Tutoring
Upcoming Events
Lift the Mask Documentary

Black History Month Events: Spread the Word!

Looking for ways to honor #BlackHistoryMonth?

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center invites you to celebrate Black History Month with an annual calendar featuring over 20+ events throughout the month of February! Join us for events that reflect the richness of the African diaspora and historical contributions of our trailblazers. Can’t attend an event? Download a virtual Zoom background to celebrate with us all month long! Students, faculty, staff, and community are invited! Learn more.

Rutgers Reflections
Rutgers asked faculty to write short essays on a variety of topics related to Black history and received contributions from across the university, including from President Jonathan Holloway. View staff and faculty reflections here.

Geek Week

Geek Week is BACK! Geek Week is a nationally recognized annual week of events celebrating all things “geeky” at Rutgers University. By focusing on the students and their passions, Geek Week seeks to make meaningful differences in students' lives by providing opportunities for them to find community, be accepted, and gain exposure to non-familiar topics and experiences in geek culture. 

From Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26, students can participate in fun virtual events like Nerdology Trivia, Muggle Mayhem, and Valorant Loadout Roulette, hosted by Rutgers University Esports. Check out a full schedule of events at or on Student Centers and Activities’ website at

Students can RSVP for events on getinvolved.rutgers.eduAct fast! Some of the events are limited to the first 100 participants who register on getINVOLVED. 
Health Scientists Panel

The Department of Marine & Coastal Science is hosting a virtual Health Scientists Panel for middle-high school youth and their families throughout the state and beyond! The event will be held on February 25th from 7-8PM featuring Dr. Shoba Swaminathan, Dr Liping Zhao, and Dr. Vince Silenzio of Rutgers' 4-H Youth Development. The attached are the flyer as well as a graphic for social media. 

Registration is required prior to the event.
Submit questions for the panel 

Mark Conference - March 6, 2021
The largest student-run conference on the East Coast is back on March 6, 2021! The Mark Conference is ready to meet the challenge of providing an impactful and memorable experience through its all-virtual platform this year, featuring the signature elements as years past but in a reimagined way. Don't miss out on inspiring speakers, motivating sessions, and high-energy activities.

Mark 2021 is taking place on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Tickets on sale now at And, for the first time, registration is open beyond Rutgers!
Scarlet Days of Service

As part of our commitment to civic engagement and the prideful tradition of giving back to our communities, we invite you to participate in Scarlet Days of Service happening March 13-27. Registration is now open! Visit the RUPA website to learn how you can help make a difference.

To view last semester's experience with Scarlet Days of Service please click here.

Rutgers Commuter Student
Association Events

Rutgers Commuters Student Association General Interest Meeting

February 24, Wednesday | Starts at 8:15 PM  

Join us for a discussion about commuter programs, services, and issues. Learn how you can get involved in RCSA, and improving the lives of commuters at Rutgers.

For more information on how to attend, click the link 

*You must have a configured Rutgers Zoom account to access the meeting.

Wellness Wednesday Bodyflow

February 24, Wednesday | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us for a yoga inspired class that will improve your mind and bring your body into a place of harmony and balance. Also get a chance to win a yoga kit! Co-sponsored by Student Centers & Activities and Recreation

For more information, visit here!

RU Running? Political Campaign Training
Join the Center for Youth Political Participation and the New Leadership® National Network at the Center for American Women and Politics for RU Running? Political Campaign Training!

A three-part, virtual political campaign training for college students interested in running for office or serving on a campaign, RU Running? participants will gain campaign skills and networking opportunities with political operatives and young elected leaders from the country. 

Session I: Young Elected Leaders Panel
Tuesday February 23rd at 2:00PM EST
Open to current undergraduate and graduate students only.

Registration required here.
Zimmerli Museum Updates
Maria Snigerevskaya, Untitled, 1987. Gelatin silver print on paper. Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Photo Peter Jacobs.

Art After Hours Focuses on Soviet Era Women Photographers

In recognition of International Women's Month, the Zimmerli and Rutgers Global present Art After Hours on March 2, with a preview of Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection. This upcoming exhibition features more than 130 objects – including photographs by 15 women photographers, art journals, and books – the majority of which have never been exhibited in the United States. The evening includes a virtual tour by Maria Garth, Dodge Fellow at the Zimmerli and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, who organized the exhibition, which is drawn entirely from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. This Zoom program is free and open to the public, with registration details found here.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers remains closed to the public and in-person events are suspended until further notice. Visit our home page for updates, as well as to reach staff by email. We also post a variety of content on Zimmerli At HomeFacebookTwitter, and InstagramThank you, for your understanding and support!

Student Jobs, Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities

RCSA 2021-2022 E-Board Chair Applications 

Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM 
"Be a Voice for Commuters"- apply to be a part of RCSA's Executive Board. 

The Rutgers Commuter Student Association is an inclusive volunteer student organization whose primary role is to serve commuter students’ needs and interests while building a community on campus. RCSA promotes commuter student integration into the larger Rutgers population through programming and advocacy with other student organizations, committees, and departments. 

Available chair positions are Public Relations, Events, Initiatives, and Student Assembly. To apply, please click on the link 

For more information, contact us at: or DM us on social media @RUcommuter
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