Coronavirus Update

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We are closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of the entire Caldwell University community are of the highest importance. Please find information below on staying up-to-date on the outbreak from trusted sources.

4/1/2020 - Spring 2020 Pass/Failing Grading Update

Caldwell University has made the following temporary revisions to the Pass/Fail academic policy and for Spring 2020, for the purposes of (1) maintaining equity among students in their ability to make progress in their degree programs, (2) minimizing consequences to students experiencing unprecedented challenges, and (3) promoting additional flexibility in course design and implementation as instructors move to remote instruction. 

The conditions for taking a course pass/fail, listed in the undergraduate catalog, are suspended for the Spring 2020 semester. The following rules will also apply to all graduate courses, but any specific conditions for pass/fail grades currently listed in the graduate catalog (e. g., the School of Education policy that a grade of B or better must be earned to receive a P in a graduate class) will remain in place: 

  1. I. Any student may opt to take a course pass/fail – for undergraduates, this option is no longer limited to juniors and seniors II. Any course* may be taken pass/fail – for undergraduates, this option is no longer limited to courses outside of the major or core requirements III. There is no limit on the number of courses that can be taken pass/fail in Spring 2020 IV. Students must still declare their intent to take a course pass/fail with the Registrar’s office; however, the deadline for doing so is extended until the Friday before exams (through May 1, 2020). Once the student makes the decision to take a pass/fail grade, the decision is final and the student may not change back to a letter grade. 

*Departments may have course restrictions. Students should consult with their advisor or Department Chair/Associate Dean before making decisions to switch to the Pass/Fail option. *The option to switch to pass/fail is not available to Nursing majors or any student in the process of applying for an internal transfer to the Nursing major for any of the required prerequisite courses or their Nursing major courses. For those courses, the student must still receive a letter grade in order to maintain the current School of Nursing admissions and progression standards. 

In addition, for the Spring 2020 semester only, pass/fail to grade for undergraduate courses will be altered the following way: 

P (Pass) A grade of P in a course may be used to fulfill major requirements. The faculty should assign a grade of P to students who would have received a C or better. P grades are not factored into a student’s GPA index. LP (Low Pass) A grade of LP in a course can be used to fulfill core requirements or as elective credit, but will not fulfill a major requirement. LP grades are not factored into a student’s GPA index. The faculty should assign a grade of LP to students who would have received a D or D+. F (Fail) A grade of F is factored into a student’s GPA index and carries a value of 0.0 quality points as specified in the catalog. 

For graduate courses, the pass and fail grades will be distributed the following way: 

P (Pass) A grade of P is assigned to students who would have received a B- or better. P grades are not factored into a student’s GPA index. LP (Low Pass) A grade of LP is assigned to students who would have received a C+ or lower. Students who receive a Low Pass grade will be flagged for probation purposes and, based on a program of study, may be required to repeat the course. LP grades are not factored into a student’s GPA index. F (Fail) A grade of F is factored into a student’s GPA index and carries a value of 0.0 quality points as specified in the catalog. 

Credit towards degree completion will be granted for a grade of P or LP, and no credit awarded for a failing grade. 

When students choose a P/LP/F grading option for a course, a note will appear on their transcripts to indicate the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, in an effort to minimize any impact of how transcripts are viewed by other universities or potential employers.

3/30/2020 - A Message from the Caldwell University Pandemic Response Team

Dear Caldwell University Community,

Due to the increased testing taking place in our area, we are receiving more information regarding positive COVID-19 diagnoses, including members of the Caldwell Community. This should not be a cause for alarm; we are sharing this information to promote transparency.

Please be assured that due to the timing in which Caldwell University transitioned to alternative learning modalities and remote work, it is unlikely that the COVID-19 virus was contracted and spread among people at the University. The Department of Health will contact you if there is any risk of exposure to a positive case, regardless of the source (at Caldwell or elsewhere).  Please also note that the University will continue to use the emergency notification system as a way to inform the campus community of an immediate threat to its members. If you are not already enrolled in the emergency notification system, please do so by enrolling online in the system.

How to Help Flatten the Curve

Please stay inside as much as possible. For an excellent guide on the importance of social distancing, please view this illustration by The Washington Post.

For continued updates, please check our CU COVID-19 webpage.

If you are a student and have questions, concerns or have tested positive for the virus, please contact: Cindy Striano – shs@caldwell.edu

If you are an employee and have questions, concerns or have tested positive for the virus, please contact: Michelle Stauss – mstauss@caldwell.edu

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you.

Sincerely,

The Pandemic Response Team

3/23/2020 - A Message from President Blattner

Members of the Caldwell University Community,

Yesterday morning, I wrote the message below, acknowledging the difficulties we are all facing, but attempting to rally the troops, so to speak, to persevere.  I also wanted to express appreciation for everyone’s patience as we struggle through the difficulties of daily existence in what has become ‘the new normal.’ And while that message is still true and I hope you will read it, everything changed for Caldwell late yesterday afternoon when I learned that Alexis Demby, a member of the Class of 2008, succumbed to COVID19 at the age of 34.  As I said in my message announcing her passing to the Caldwell University community last night, Alexis’ life ended far too soon, and we are shocked and saddened by her death. We send our prayers to Alexis’ family and friends as they mourn her loss. May she rest in peace.

Today, we have entered into a new era:  All instruction has moved to remote methods of delivery for the remainder of the spring semester; residence halls have been closed to all but a few students who were granted exemptions to remain, and the campus has been closed to all but designated ‘essential personnel.’  For all of us, these changes have brought anxiety and uncertainty. I want to acknowledge that many of you are feeling stressed, frustrated or perhaps even angry at this unexpected turn of events over which none of us had any control.

In this message, however, I want to provide a promise of support to our students, faculty and staff during this difficult time.  The administration continues to work to implement the various state executive orders and federal mandates while ensuring the continuation of our mission to provide an excellent education to our undergraduate and graduate students.  We also want to assist all of our constituents in carrying out their respective tasks remotely by providing technological assistance and regular communication that gives the latest information available on COVID19 and New Jersey’s response to this virus.  In order to avail yourselves of this information, please regularly check your Caldwell email account, look at our website or go onto the portal for updates.

I am so grateful for all of the faculty and staff who have shown tremendous creativity and resilience in transferring their face-to-face instruction and daily tasks to remote alternatives.  I am also grateful for our students who have been patient and understanding while the campus prepared for these transitions. Working together, we have created an alternative that meets all state regulations and allows for the spring semester courses to continue.  At the same time, I share the disappointment expressed particularly by students that many spring activities and events have had to be canceled or postponed, including commencement. Please know that we will do everything possible to ensure that graduation ceremonies will be held although the date may be during the summer or even early in the fall, depending upon when social gatherings are once again allowed to occur. We will find a way to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 graduating students!

Like most of you, I would prefer to be spending these last weeks of the spring semester on campus as part of a community that studies, lives and works together, but we now know that this is not going to be possible.  As we come together virtually to ensure a successful conclusion to the 2019-2020 academic year, please know that all of you remain in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Please continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.  Be safe and be well. God bless each of you in the coming days and weeks until we are all back together once again at Caldwell.

Dr. Blattner

3/18/2020 - A Letter from Caldwell University President Blattner to the Community

Dear Caldwell University Community,

The Caldwell University Pandemic Response Team continues to work to navigate our community through the ever-changing situation that we find ourselves in due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as comply with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104. In this environment, we want to inform you of operational changes and other important information:

  • All instruction moves to remote learning on Monday, March 23rd and will continue to the end of the spring semester. Faculty will be in contact with students to inform them of how remote learning will occur for each class.
  • The residence halls will be closing for the remainder of the semester and we are asking students to remove all their items and check out by Sunday, March 22, 2020 by 6:00pm. There will be a process to petition to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances. All detailed information about the process will be located on the residence life section of the MyCaldwell Portal
  • All events, gatherings, and campus tours have been canceled for the rest of the semester. 
  • Beginning today, March 18th, all administrative offices will be working remotely with the following exceptions which are subject to change at any point as the situation changes:
    • Campus Security will be on campus 24/7 and can be reached at 973-618-3286/3289. In case of an emergency, dial 911; then call Campus Security.
    • The mailroom will be open and staffed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon-5pm. There will be no pick up of outgoing mail from offices or anywhere on campus.  All outgoing mail must be brought to the mailroom. Incoming mail will not be delivered; it must be picked up in the mailroom. No personal mail or packages will be mailed or received at the mailroom.
    • The dining hall will remain open on a limited basis with grab and go items for those on campus. 
    • For Information Technology (IT) needs, please call 973-618-3904 or email helpdesk@caldwell.edu
    • The Office of International Student Services will be open on Fridays. 
  • As most faculty and staff will be working remotely, students are highly encouraged to contact faculty and staff via Caldwell email. A directory of office email addresses is listed on the Coronavirus Update website
  • If students have a need for additional technology to complete their learning, the library has a limited number of Chromebooks and iPads available to check out so they can participate in their classes remotely. The Library will be open on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and Friday, March 20, 2020, both days from 11am to 4pm. If there are any questions, please contact the library by emailing library@caldwell.edu.
  • Please continue to check our Coronavirus Update website for resources that are continually added, including information to obtain free or discounted internet access if you need it, as well as other third parties offering discounts and opportunities for students to navigate this crisis. 
  • Caldwell University is committed to providing Commencement Exercises for our December 2019 and May and August 2020 graduates. We understand this achievement is an important milestone for our students, their families, supporters, and the campus community as a whole. We encourage all impending graduates who wish to take part in their respective ceremony to place their online order for regalia. The deadline to order has been extended to March 31, 2020. In the event the university is not able to provide an appropriate ceremony, refunds will be available. The April 21st Salute to Grads event is postponed indefinitely. Graduating students are reminded that they are responsible for attaining eligibility for degree conferral. Students will be contacted individually with important reminders. 

It continues to be vital for all students, faculty, and staff to continue to check their Caldwell email accounts throughout this situation since this will continue to be the means of official communication to our constituents. As we have seen, information and circumstances can change rapidly, and we will continue to monitor and update you accordingly. 

The health and safety of our community is our first priority. Be sure that you take precautions to stay healthy. Practice social distancing.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times during the day. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you feel unwell, please consult your health care professional. 

These are unprecedented times for all of us, but I know that the strength of Caldwell is its community, and our community will persevere. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones and know that you all remain in my daily thoughts and prayers. 

Be well, 

Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., OPA
President

3/16/2020 - Effective Mon, Mar 23, 2020, all classes will be taught remotely through Monday, April 13
UPDATE: Caldwell University continues to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic in New Jersey and in the nation.  The administration has decided that effective Monday, March 23, 2020, all classes will be taught remotely through Monday, April 13.
Additional information about campus operations will be provided shortly.
The residence halls remain open at this time to students who are unable to travel home or who have an extenuating personal hardship.
Please continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene, frequent hand washing, and self-care during these difficult times.
3/11/2020 - A letter from President Blattner to Caldwell University students

Dear Caldwell University Students,

The Caldwell University Pandemic Response Team has been meeting regularly for the last few weeks and has been closely monitoring the developing COVID19 outbreak.  This is a rapidly evolving situation, and our plan continues to be developed in compliance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with local and state health officials.

Although no known cases have been reported among our campus community, in an abundance of caution, we are taking the following steps:

  • Classes will be suspended during the week of March 16 through 22 to allow for faculty to prepare for online and other remote methods of course delivery. During this time, classrooms, residence halls and common areas will be deep cleaned and disinfected.  
  • The residence halls will follow the same protocols as during spring break.  If there are questions or concerns, you may contact Residence Life at cllopez@caldwell.edu
  • The Dining Hall will operate under normal business hours. Starbucks will be closed.
  • Administrative offices will remain open.
  • All scheduled meetings, events and activities on campus for the week of March 16 are postponed.
  • Athletic events will take place in compliance with CACC and NCAA guidance.  For the latest updates, please check caldwellathletics.com.  

Be sure that you take precautions to stay healthy.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times during the day.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you feel unwell, please consult your health care professional but do not come to or stay on campus. 

In the coming days, please be sure to regularly check your Caldwell email address for updates on the resumption of classes and campus events.  

Stay safe,

Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., OPA

President

Important Updates:

If you are a student, faculty or staff member of Caldwell University and are planning on traveling outside of the US, please fill out the CU Coronavirus Travel Form.

If the country you are travelling to is designated at any time during your trip as a level 3 for the coronavirus by the CDC you are required to self quarantine off-campus upon return to the US for 14 days prior to returning to campus. If the country you are visiting is designated and remains at level 2  during your travel you are encouraged to self quarantine off campus for 14 days. Please be aware that you are responsible for making arrangements to self-quarantine at your own expense. Students who are self quarantined should notify health services, employees should notify human resources. Please make sure to communicate any disruption in your return plans to International Student Services, Mr. Maulin Joshi, mjoshi@caldwell.edu  so he can help ensure you can continue your studies. Please also continue to check your campus email for future updates.