Parent and Family Newsletter -  December 4, 2020
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Parent & Family Newsletter
University Updates
Important Information - New Pass/No Credit Policy

Fall 2020 has been an extraordinary semester in which Rutgers students have navigated new learning environments, technology, and unforeseen personal challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis. Students have shown resilience and perseverance, and the university understands that the challenges have also raised concerns for some about academic performance. In response, a Pass/No Credit policy for undergraduate students is being made available for Fall 2020. While this policy may be beneficial to some, it is important for students to know:
  • Converting a course grade of “D” to “No Credit” may impact financial aid.
  • Converting a course grade of “D” to “No Credit” may impact prerequisites and courses for Spring 2021.
  • Choosing pass/no credit may impact post-graduate school applications.
Students Who Are Considering Pass/No Credit should:
  • Stay fully engaged and complete all course-work as required.
  • Use academic and technical support resources to maximize academic success.
  • Wait to receive final semester grades before making a decision.
  • Talk to an academic advisor before making a decision.
  • Consult with the One Stop Student Services Center if they receive financial aid.
The deadline for choosing the Pass/No Credit for one or more courses is Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Students should talk with an advisor to determine if Pass/No Credit should be pursued based on their final grade in the course and the effect on their major, academic progress, financial aid, time to degree, and post-graduate plans. 

To find the facts about Pass/No Credit, a list of FAQs, and the full policy:
Spring 2021 Updates

Chancellor Molloy recently sent a message to students regarding Spring 2021 plans:

Dear Scarlet Knights,

The schedule of courses for the Spring 2021 semester will be available on November 9, 2020. Registration for all students will open on November 30.

As I mentioned in my October 8 message, the New Brunswick academic units have been working closely with my office to determine which courses can be taught safely in-person with social distancing protocols in place. In consultation with the faculty and my academic leadership team, I have made the decision that all New Brunswick schools will offer limited in-person instruction for Spring 2021- primarily courses that require physical presence such as lab research, studio courses, and clinical instruction.

There is a palpable energy when students are on-campus. While we are eager to increase your presence and expand on-campus housing, the pandemic’s dynamic nature dictates that we proceed in a manner that enables us to pivot to full-remote instruction seamlessly if necessary.

Read Chancellor Molloy's Full Message

You can view the full announcement and keep track of Spring updates as they released on the campus status page.
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

Please encourage your students to comply with calls from contact tracers.  Their information helps to inform spread. Name and personal information is kept confidential so please answer their questions honestly and completely.

Important Dates and Deadlines
Important Dates
  • Spring 2021 Registration:  Continues through Thursday, December 10
  • Reading Days: No classes to prepare for finals on Friday, December 11 & Monday, December 14
  • Fall Exams: Tuesday, December 15 - Tuesday, December 22
  • Winter Break: Wednesday, December 23 - Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Spring 2021 Begins: Tuesday, January 19
*University Closed: Friday, December 25 - Friday, January 1, 2021
Monday, January 18
Please note that university offices will be closed on these dates, so please plan accordingly if you need assistance
2021-2022 FAFSA

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is now available. The priority deadline for incoming fall 2021 students has passed, but the deadline for continuing students is January 15. The FAFSA can be submitted online.
Parent and Family Programs Info
You're Invited: December Parent and Family Association Meeting

We invite you to join us for the final PFA meeting of the Fall semester. The December Parent & Family Association meeting will take place on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7 PM (EST).  The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom; you will receive a link after you have RSVPd.  

The presenter for this month's meeting is Health Outreach Promotion and Education, and Dr. Francesca Maresca will be presenting about wellness efforts and resources at Rutgers.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Please list info for yourself and any other guests who plan to attend, including email addresses.  

The RSVP form will close on Friday, December 11 at noon.  A confirmation email with the Zoom link will be sent after registration has closed.

The meeting will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend.

To My Scarlet Knight: Send Your Student a Virtual Card for Finals
Finals are right around the corner, and our students could certainly benefit from some support and encouragement as they approach the finish line for the semester!  We have created "To My Scarlet Knight" virtual cards so you can send a sweet message to your students to uplift them and provide them with much needed cheer before they take their exams.

If you'd like to send your students a virtual greeting card for finals, please fill out the form with your message by Friday, December 11.  We will create the virtual card and email it on your behalf, so students will receive an email from you as they prepare for finals!

Parent and Family Welcome Video: Be a Star!

 Dear Rutgers Parents & Family Members,


My name is Ashlea Coulter and I am the Associate Director of New Student Orientation and Family Programs at Rutgers University. Each semester we host Orientation programs where we welcome, prepare and engage thousands of new Scarlet Knights and their families as they transition to the Rutgers community.  At Parent and Family Orientation, we show a video starring our own Rutgers parents and family members to help incoming parents and families of Scarlet Knights feel welcomed from someone who was once in their shoes.
We are looking to update our welcome video and we need
your help! We would like to include new additions to our video, ensure that our video is representative of our diverse Rutgers community, and capture advice/encouragement for navigating the transition to college, including our unprecedented virtual education setting. 

We would love for you to share supportive messaging, advice and/or experiences with incoming parents & family members by recording a short 1-2 minute video that will be shown during the Orientation Program.

If you are interested in participating, you can find more information here.

Please submit your video here by Friday December 11, 2020 You must also submit a video release form along with your submission.  If you have questions about video submissions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Parent and Family Community Groups

Although we are not able to offer in-person meetings this semester, we still want to ensure that you can connect with other parents and family members.  If you are interested, you can sign up for our Parent and Family Community Groups to meet others, including those who may also be out of state, a parent of the same major, or another empty nester!
Great Things to Know About Rutgers

The Great Things to Know about Rutgers brochure conveys what makes Rutgers an academic, health, and research powerhouse and a highly respected institution. Produced by the Department of University Communications and Marketing, this complimentary publication is available as a PDF download, as an ebook, and in print. You can order printed copies using the brochure order form. 

We hope you make good use of the brochure and thank you in advance for your patience as our department makes it available to the Rutgers community under the current challenging circumstances.
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
Upcoming Events

Free Food Alert

The Rutgers Student Food Pantry is offering free boxed lunches to students on 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18. Sign up here.
One lunch per student, and students must pick up their own meal. Must show RUID and practice social distancing.
Boxed lunches are prepared by Tavern on George and courtesy of the Knights Brigade.

2020 Rutgers Holiday Shop

Check out the all-new Rutgers Holiday Shop, your one stop shop for everyone on your list! The Rutgers Holiday Shop is a fun, seasonal way for faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, fans and more to show their Rutgers pride.

You can browse the online store here.


To register visit:

DATE & TIME:  December 12 – 20  |  Anytime | Anywhere

PLACE:  Virtually, Anywhere

The Big Chill is a charitable event that has served the Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ community since 2003. To keep the spirit of the community and togetherness alive, we will be offering a virtual 5k, which will support two charities. 

The first is Winter Wishes, an annual holiday-themed event that provides over 400 New Brunswick pre-school children with gifts for the holiday season. The second is the Rutgers Food Security Fund (Rutgers-- New Brunswick Student Food Pantry), which provides food weekly to Rutgers students experiencing food insecurities.

Participants will have the opportunity to run or walk a 5K at a location of their choice between December 12 - December 20 and submit their 5K times. All runners who log in their time will be entered for a chance to win prizes! The $20 race fee includes a Rutgers winter hat. Proceeds from the race will benefit our two charities. 

The Big Chill has been a staple within the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Community for almost 20 years and enjoyed by thousands of runners each year. Our goal is to keep the Big Chill tradition alive, despite the current times, give back to the community and keep participants motivated and healthy. Please join us once again in our annual event. 

 RBS Signature Leadership Series: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Thursday, December 10 I 12 – 1 pm ET

A live virtual discussion with Seyed Paransun, CEO & President, R&D Altanova

Seyed Paransun, CEO & President of R&D Altanova, is regarded as a thought leader within semiconductor and electronics industries serving automotive and consumer market; best known for his ability to lead change and transform businesses. Prior to joining R&D Altanova, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Back-end Operations and Operations Excellence at Atmel Corporation with responsibilities for US and Asia facilities and $1.2B in sales.


The Rutgers Business School Signature Leadership Series: Lessons of Resilience, Resourcefulness, Responsibility, and Reinvention features 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
- stories of their journey
- lessons learned
- insights

Join the conversation and get a glimpse into their everyday, real-life challenges and learn from their leadership playbooks.

Scarlet Traditions Podcast Episode 2

Join the RUAA Scarlet Council on a podcast journey about Rutgers history and tradition. This month’s episode is about uncovering the hidden history of College Avenue and features the narration talents of alumnus Zack Morrison SC&I’14, MGSA’14 as well as a special interview with alumnus Elijah Reiss SAS’17. 

Listen at your convenience and of course share with others that you think might enjoy it as well. You can find the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, I Heart Radio or by visiting the podcast site here. You can follow the Scarlet Council (@ruaascarletcouncil) on Instagram or Facebook for future podcast updates.

Special Event With Author Angie Thomas

Attend a special virtual event with the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas as she discusses the topic "The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal." This free event will take place on January 13, 2021, 4:00 pm. For more information, visit this website.
Campus Resources
Have questions about term bills or financial aid? Not sure how long Thanksgiving break is? Do you have other questions but not sure where to start? Scarlet Hub provides student information regarding financial aidbilling and paymentregistrationrecordsadmissions, and upcoming deadlines. This is a great resource to get all of your questions answered in one location. Visit for more information.
Student Success Resources Website

Getting ready to schedule classes for spring or looking for academic support resources as you finish the semester?  Discover the “how to” instructional guides and videos pertaining to course scheduling and WebReg and explore the resources for advising, academic support, financial assistance, career preparation and much more at This new website organizes the resources and services that support student success in one location.
Student Study Spaces on Campus

Are your students looking for the perfect place to study for finals? Do they need a quiet place to get their papers done? Lucky for them, Student Centers and Activities has personal meeting room reservations for academic engagement (i.e., online classes, academic sessions, exams and meetings with professors and other Rutgers staff). Room reservations are limited to one per day for three hours, with a maximum of two people. Students can reserve space at the Busch, College Ave or Livingston Student Centers here. Note: A current RU ID is required to enter the student centers. For more information, visit
Around Campus

The Semester Is Winding Down, But Zimmerli Programs Are Not

University of Toronto professor Ann Komaromi, PhD, explores Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov’s artistic relationship to both the Russian and Soviet cultural legacy as well as the western gaze. Specifically, she shows how Kabakov’s later work — made after his albums — with found “trash” objects in the 1980s is distinct from similar practices by artists like Robert Rauschenberg. Kabakov’s treatment of the theme of trash arose out of the context of late socialism and became, with time, a profound meditation on the relegation of the Soviet Union to the rubbish heap of history. This event, held in conjunction with the recent Zimmerli exhibition Dialogues — Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves, is free, but please register here. December 7, 5:00pm (ET).
Save the Dates: During winter break, the museum will stream the 1976 film The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!, a New Year’s Eve classic in Russia. Details to be announced.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers remains closed to the public until further notice, but you can still experience the museum – wherever you are and whenever you want – on Zimmerli at Home! Visit our home page for updates, as well as to reach staff by email. We also post a variety of content on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Thank you, for your understanding and support!
Ilya Kabakov
Onion from the series Fruits and Vegetables, 1979
Ink and colored pencil on paper
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Photo Peter Jacobs

Rutgers Cinema

Rutgers Cinema Adds FREE Classic Movies on Saturdays

Starting November 7th, Rutgers Cinema will be hosting a free movie every Saturday at 8PM. Movies include Crazy Rich Asians, Booksmart, Selena, Moonlight, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, On the Basis of Sex, and 42. Visit for tickets and other movie showtimes.

KinderCare - Rutgers Learning Centers are here for you!

Get the support you and your elementary schooler need for this atypical school year. If your child needs support during this atypical school year, we have programs for kids in grades K-5. We partner with local schools to complement the learning with our own robust curriculum for elementary schoolers. Learn more at

Student Jobs,Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities

First Year Fellowship Program

The First-Year Fellowship Emerging Leaders Program is currently recruiting for its Spring semester cohorts. This program from the office of Leadership & Experiential Learning in Student Centers and Activities is designed to support first-year students (traditional and new transfers) in becoming the next generation of leaders on campus and beyond. This 8-week, 1.5-credit course gives you a chance to develop your leadership style, connect with other similarly-motivated first-year students, and benefit from a fast-track to opening doors for future opportunities. No previous leadership experience is required so apply today:!

Priority application consideration will be given to those submitted by Sunday, December 6th but applications will be accepted through Monday, December 14th.

Join the Service-Learning Movement!

The Rutgers University Alternative Breaks (RUAB) program is known for providing immersive service experiences designed to help students intimately explore critical social issues within the United States. RUAB aims to cultivate social responsibility, leadership, and life-long learning within participants

As we navigate COVID-19 and the impact it has had on a national and global scale, RUAB recognizes the need to shift its geographic focus for this academic year. However, our vision remains the same. We want to continue to foster a generation of leaders committed to positive social change. Even during a global pandemic, we know we can still make an impact. We hope that you can join us in this mission!

In lieu of our traditional service trip programs, RUAB will primarily offer localized service experiences within New Jersey and the tri-state area. We hope it further empowers us to connect with, and take meaningful action in, our own communities to make it a better place for us all. 

Alternative Spring Break 2021 applications are open now

Follow us on Instagram: @rualtbreaks & @rutgersleaders. Have questions? DM us on social media or email us at

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