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.

8/31/2020 - President Whelan and Coop the Cougar Urge Personal Responsibility

Caldwell University President Matthew Whelan and Coop the Cougar, Caldwell’s mascot, kick-off the semester urging the CU family to take personal responsibility to help keep the campus community safe from the coronavirus. 

In a video message with Coop, Dr. Whelan urges everyone to come with them on a “90-day journey” until Thanksgiving (marking the end of in-person instruction) by applying the university’s four core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence to everything they do on campus.  

Respect.– “We need your help,” says Dr. Whelan.  “Respect yourselves and others. Wear your masks. Keep your distance.” 

Integrity –   “The integrity to follow the protocols and wash your hands, or paws, when we need to do so we can avoid the spread of COVID-19,” says President Whelan.   

Community –  The “understanding that we all belong to this community.  We care about you as individuals and we all should care about our community, both on campus and off campus.”

Excellence –  “The excellence to show the world that Caldwell University can come through this process and come out the other side in a better place for all of us.”

Dr. Whelan closes the video out out by once again encouraging  Caldwell Cougars to “join us on our 90-day journey, and we’ll see you at Thanksgiving as we’ve come successfully through this effort.   Be safe. Stay healthy. And go Cougars!”

8/24/2020 - Our 90 Day Journey Begins Soon!

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester!  I hope that the last few months have found you and your loved ones safe and that you were able to find some time to enjoy the beautiful weather recently.  As a newcomer to Caldwell, I want you to know that I am honored and humbled to serve as President of Caldwell University and am proud to have each of you be a member of the Caldwell family.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely altered our daily lives.  Last semester ended with the switch to remote status in accordance with Governor Murphy’s executive order in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. The faculty, staff and administration worked hard all summer to prepare the campus for your safe return.  Recently, Governor Murphy signed another executive order clearing colleges and universities to reopen for in-person instruction, dining and residence hall occupancy with proper protocols in place. However, I am sure you have by now heard of other universities that have welcomed students back to campus and have already made the difficult decision to revert to remote status.  In each of these cases, the leading cause of the need to halt in-person instruction may be tied to the lack of student compliance with the safety protocols and guidelines.

This cannot be the story for Caldwell University.  I believe you are better than that and I want you to succeed. Remember, our history is rich with success: our very founding in 1939, our innovative academic offerings, our excellent athletic programs and our rise in rankings throughout the years.  Since day one, we have been a shining example of an institution of higher education that gets it right.  We have done this by adhering to our mission, honoring our traditions, and holding our values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence in the highest regard.

Now, more than ever, we must keep that awareness at the forefront of our actions; we must respect ourselves and one another by keeping our distance and wearing face coverings, we must treat our relationships with integrity by refraining from activities that promote the spread of COVID-19, we must think of all of those in our communities who will benefit from our success, and we must be sure that Caldwell University continues on its path of excellence by complying with the health protocols and guidelines in place.  We cannot be the next story of a university that returns to remote learning because of a lack of consideration for our community – that is not who we are, that is not Caldwell University.

Here is who we are: we are a successful institution of higher education with a rich 80-plus year history.  We are strong.  We are resilient.  We are compassionate and empathetic.  There are just 90 days separating us from Thanksgiving and the end of in-person instruction for the Fall semester.  This is our 90-day journey! Let us show the world just how empathetic, compassionate, resilient, and strong we are by crafting our own ending…let’s not be just another institution on the list of those that opened and then had to switch back to remote status. Let’s be the success story.  Let’s show the world that at Caldwell University we respect one another, we have integrity, we care about our community, and yes, we are an excellent University and, above all, a family.  We can get this right – but we need your help, so please play your part in keeping Caldwell University COVID-19 free for the fall semester.

I thank you for choosing to be part of the Caldwell University family, and wish you a wonderful and prosperous semester. I’ll see you on campus…wearing a mask of course!

Sincerely,

Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.
President, Caldwell University

8/21/2020 - Information about Internships and Clinicals for Fall 2020 Semester

Undergraduates:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on workplaces recommended and/or mandated by state and federal government, Caldwell University students seeking internships for academic credit for Fall 2020 are encouraged to work remotely.

If a student wishes to complete an internship on-site, the student and their employer must provide documentation of the processes and procedures in place to maintain a safe working environment to align with the guidelines of the local and state government and recommendations from the CDC in effect at the time of placement. The employer will also be asked to complete an “assurance of compliance” form.

Graduate Students:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on workplaces recommended and/or mandated by state and federal governments, Caldwell University graduate students who take classes that require a clinical component are encouraged to seek clinical placements which permit the clinical experiences to be completed remotely in Fall 2020 semester.

Any student who wishes to complete an on-site clinical experience must work with the site and provide to the Chair/Associate Dean of the Department/School the written assurances that the site will maintain a safe working environment, in accordance with applicable governmental requirements and CDC recommendations. The written assurance of compliance should be documented using the attached form.

8/17/2020 - CARES Act Federal Reporting
As of July 16th, an additional round of funds were disbursed to eligible students who applied for additional funding. Amounts disbursed varied based on individual applications with a maximum possible allocation of $1500. Funds were disbursed to 139 students totaling $141,641.54. To date, a total of $871,141.54 has been disbursed to eligible students. Another round of applications will be opened in the Fall 2020 semester.
8/14/2020 - Update on the Fall Return to Campus

Dear Cougars, 

On Monday of this week, we announced that Caldwell University would open under Stage 2 of our institutional restart plan as it did not appear imminent that the State of New Jersey would move to Stage 3 of its Restart Plan. However, Wednesday afternoon at his press conference, Governor Murphy suddenly and unexpectedly announced he would be …”signing an executive order allowing colleges and universities to reopen this fall with in-person instruction, as long as social distancing and other protections are adhered to.”  Yesterday, he signed Executive Order 175 which allows for colleges and universities to resume in-person instruction, not previously permitted under Executive Order 155, and also allows colleges and universities to open dining halls to students and employees. Residence halls will also open with reduced occupancy.

We will continue working with the faculty to finalize which courses will be offered on campus. However, students who wish to take some or all of their classes remotely will still be able to do so. Additionally, residence life staff are continuing their work to accommodate room assignments for those requiring them due to their geographic distance from campus, housing, food, or internet insecurity or other qualifying issues. The dining hall will also be open this fall for in-person dining, subject to state regulations including capacity restrictions, social distancing protocols and proper sanitizing techniques, among others. We have implemented a reservation system to assist students with this. More information is forthcoming on these efforts.

The key to managing through this pandemic and its impact on Caldwell University has been, and will continue to be, flexibility. Our plans have been designed to allow us to pivot quickly as the situation changes. This very recent development was frankly not something anyone in the higher education community in New Jersey anticipated this week, but it does allow us to reopen campus with safety precautions in place, while offering more flexibility to our students to learn in their preferred environment. We will continue to monitor announcements by the state and other officials to determine how we can best serve our community safely and adjust our plans accordingly.  

We will continue to issue important communications like this to your Caldwell email as well as the coronavirus update page.  Additional information will be coming to all campus constituencies  about the impact of these changes, so please be vigilant in checking your Caldwell University email to stay up to date with any changes. We will work expeditiously to get you information about any changes to instruction, residency and other campus operations as soon as possible.

Sincerely, 

Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.
President

8/10/2020 - President’s Update – Fall 2020 Semester

Dear Cougars,

I write today to update you on the reopening plan for Caldwell University for the fall 2020 semester. As you may be aware, on June 18, 2020, New Jersey issued Restart Standards for all New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education, providing guidelines for colleges and universities in New Jersey to establish their reopening plans. These plans had to be submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) at least two weeks prior to the start of classes. Caldwell’s plan was submitted on August 1 after months of work by a team of faculty, staff, and administrators who worked day and night to help us meet the guidelines of the Restart Standards. The plan addresses ten functional areas and is designed to allow us to reopen either in Stage 2 or Stage 3 of New Jersey’s Restart Plan: The Road Back.

We have acknowledged from the beginning that our plans were subject to guidance from federal and state agencies, public health officials and ultimately, the Restart Standards. While we planned for and hoped to open in Stage 3, New Jersey has remained in Stage 2. Therefore, we have determined after much consideration that Caldwell University must open the fall semester under Stage 2 of our institutional restart plan. As we have indicated since the beginning of this crisis, Caldwell will be prepared to reopen in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of whichever stage we are in at the start of the semester. If new guidance is received at a later date which allows us to bring additional students back to campus residence halls, we will revisit our plan at that time.

Caldwell University has always been known for its core values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence, especially as demonstrated in our personal interactions. While this semester and opening will look different, we know we can count on each of you to embrace these values in this changed environment. We must all work together to ensure a smooth opening and as vibrant a campus experience as possible!  Flexibility has been key throughout our dealings with this pandemic, and we must continue to be resilient and nimble. Our plan will continue to evolve based on the impact of changing infection and transmission rates as well as mandates from the federal and state governments. 

I thank all of you in the Caldwell community for your patience and understanding throughout this journey. Your safety and health has been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of all discussions about reopening and operations.  We encourage you to continue to check our coronavirus update website, continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and ensure personal hygiene to keep yourself and our community healthy. Working together, we will overcome this challenge and be stronger and more resilient than ever.

Sincerely, 

Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.
President

Please read this document carefully to better understand the impact of this change.

Caldwell University Stage 2 Restart Update – August 10, 2020

Overview

Stage 2 of the New Jersey Restart Standards limits the number of students who may return to the classroom to only those enrolled in certain courses. This requires the majority of our courses to be delivered remotely, except for those that are labs, clinical requirements, technical, or hands-on in nature. Additionally, you’ll notice a slight change to the academic calendar which allows us to end in person instruction and move to fully remote learning after Thanksgiving. When you arrive on campus you will notice signs reminding us of the requirement to observe social distancing, wear face coverings, use hand sanitizer and practice good personal hygiene. Training in dealing with life in the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided. Stage 2 also mandates that we reduce the density in our residence halls and limit the use of common spaces such as lounges and open study areas.  Dining will be limited to grab and go options but with many delicious, healthy and wholesome choices still available. We will continue to offer our normal suite of academic and student support, student services, and student activities remotely, while we prepare to offer innovative outreach to engage our students. There will also be on-campus support for those students living in the residence halls. Please continue reading for further information about these changes.

Academic Information: 

The majority of our courses in Stage 2 will be delivered remotely except for courses that are labs, clinical requirements, technical, and hands-on in nature, and these classes may have remote components as well. Our faculty and academic affairs team have been working throughout the past several months to prepare for this contingency and to ensure continued excellence in instruction. To confirm which of your courses has been designated as remote versus on-campus, login to your MyCaldwell Portal to check your course schedule for the appropriate designations. Courses assigned as ‘Remote’ or ‘Online’ will be designated as such while courses that show a room assignment will be held at least in part, on campus. 

If you have already communicated that you would like to take all of your courses remotely, this will continue to be the case, even if one of your courses shows on your schedule as being offered on campus. If you intended to take some of your classes on campus and are scheduled for an on-campus course, but now prefer to take all of your classes remotely, please email registrar@caldwell.edu.

On-Campus Residence Information 

Currently, the State of New Jersey remains in Stage 2 of Governor Murphy’s Restart Plan. Therefore, as we start the fall semester, capacity in the residence halls must be limited to incoming freshmen and other cohorts defined by the Restart Standards as students with special housing needs.  

Elements of the Stage 2 Residence Life Plan:  

  • Approximately one-half of our designed room capacity will be held for residential students.
  • Residents will include freshmen, out-of-state students who have already completed their quarantine forms, special housing students and Residence Life staff.
  • Common areas/lounges in the residence halls will not be opened per Stage 2 restrictions.
  • There will be reduced occupancy in individual rooms, where possible.
  • Dedicated quarantine and isolation space will be reserved.
  • If at any time resident students are suspected of having COVID-19 or have been notified they were in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, they will be asked to quarantine or isolate at home. At the discretion of the University, isolation or quarantine arrangements may be made for students who cannot travel home for this period.
  • We may require tests for students who are suspected of having COVID-19. 
  • There will be no guests permitted in the residence halls.
  • Additional policy changes pertaining to resident students will be communicated.

Incoming freshmen who already have a housing assignment will keep their space in the residence halls but their physical assignment may change. Any freshmen currently on the waiting list will be assigned housing. The same applies for returning students from quarantine states and countries who have already completed the quarantine forms. The following students will be eligible to apply for special housing for this fall: 

  • Undergraduate students currently living on campus
  • International students
  • Students with on-campus courses or activities 
  • Students who are deemed to have an extenuating circumstance (distance, housing or food insecurities, personal hardship)

If you meet any of the above requirements and would like to live on campus this fall, please complete the Special Housing Application by Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Those who apply for housing will be notified on a rolling basis whether or not they are approved but no later than Wednesday, August 19, 2020.  All other housing assignments will be terminated on Friday, August 14, 2020. Once your assignment has been terminated it will take up to 72 hours to be reflected on your student account. For those students who have previously been a part of our vibrant residential community but can no longer be with us for the fall semester, we will create an equitable process to reapply for spring housing that will prioritize those who had housing assignments previously. While we cannot guarantee the same space or roommates, we will try our best to accommodate. 

Dining

Dining will be delivered in a grab-and-go model out of the Dining Hall in the Student Center. The University is working to provide covered outdoor areas where students can dine in community, subject to state limits, if the indoor dining space remains unavailable for in-person dining as it does in Stage 2.

While there are some changes in the way meals are delivered, Gourmet Dining is also working on different access options that may be available long after the pandemic is resolved, meaning that students may be able to use the mobile ordering app in the future. As has been available since our partnership began with Gourmet Dining, there will continue to be access to the nutritionist for anyone who wants assistance with planning or making healthy meal choices. Healthy, nutritious meals will be provided within the to-go options. As a reminder, all on-campus residential students are required to participate in the meal plan as per their housing contract.

Financial Information

The pandemic has devastated individual, local, state, federal, small business and corporate finances, and Caldwell has not escaped this reality. However, we have made significant investments to prepare for the coming academic year including upgrades to our core technology to allow for improvements to remote learning, new classroom equipment, and improved online tools for students, faculty and staff. We have invested in our infrastructure to create social distancing in classrooms and common areas, purchased PPE and sanitizing equipment for student, faculty, staff and administrative use as needed, scheduled additional cleanings for classrooms and common areas, and created limits of how many people can be in different spaces at one time to comply with the state orders.

Course content and learning outcomes are expected to be equivalent regardless of method of delivery. Services and activities will be provided throughout the semester, although the format of many of these will change. Programming is being planned for in-person (as allowable) and virtual settings. Students will continue to have opportunities to be involved with campus activities and leadership experiences. Our facilities will be open to the extent allowed, and alternative methods of service delivery will be offered. The potential for student learning, growth, and development is great, and like any other semester, one only has to take advantage of what is available. The University is working on a reduction to the comprehensive fee, and room and board costs for resident students, for the fall 2020 semester due to the impact of COVID-19 on impacted campus operations. More information on this is forthcoming soon.

Because we know that many families have felt an economic impact due to the current health crisis, we are announcing two options for students to receive some financial assistance based on the impact of COVID-19. First, we are pleased to announce a new “COVID-19 Cougar Emergency Financial Aid” fund, where students with demonstrated financial impact due to COVID-19 can apply for a grant to help offset direct costs (tuition, fees, room and board). Students can apply for this fund online with an application that will be sent to students later this week via Caldwell email. Additionally, eligible students will be able to apply for another round of CARES grant funding right after the start of the semester to offset other costs that are due to the disruption of campus operations. The application will be sent to students during the first week of classes. Finally, late fees on student bills will not be assessed until after the start of the fall semester.

8/3/2020 - Caldwell University Restart Plan - Cougars Come Together

My Fellow Cougars,

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has plagued our area since the Spring, and has spread throughout the U.S., has changed the world, our country, our state, our community and our lives forever. There is no escaping the fact that the world is a different place than it was prior to COVID-19. And while it has also changed much across the landscape of higher education– changes which may be around for some time to come– it has spurred innovation, creativity and technology solutions heretofore unexplored by some colleges and universities. 

The creative and energetic endeavors of our faculty, chairs, associate deans, students, staff and administrators allowed Caldwell to continue to do what we do best–to educate students as individuals and change students’ lives for the better! The situation we face will continue to evolve, as will we, to meet the demands of a new reality. Our teaching and learning processes have, and will continue to develop to handle COVID-19. At the center of this evolution, is the willingness of students and faculty to embrace the changes and do what is necessary to ensure educational continuity for all involved in the safest way possible.

With that, I would like to share with you Caldwell University’s Restart Plan: Cougars Come Together  which has also been submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE). This robust and thorough plan developed by our Return to Campus Task Force outlines the steps we need to take as a community to ensure we can deliver an education based on the principles of our core values, Respect, Integrity, Community, and Excellence in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Please know that Caldwell is focused on bringing you back to campus this fall, provided we remain able to do so under current state regulations outlined in the OSHE Restart Standards.  The plan details policies and procedures the university will follow based upon recommendations associated with each stage of the Restart Standards. As updates are required or promulgated by state or other agencies we will be prepared to revise the plan at a moment’s notice, make the necessary changes to campus operations and be sure that information is shared with you  

While Caldwell is prepared for an opening in Stage 3, as of today, New Jersey remains in Stage 2 of the Governor’s Restart Standards and may only return to campus classrooms for those students and faculty associated with courses meeting criteria for certain laboratory, clinical rotation, technical, and hands-on instruction or those for which a waiver has been submitted. All other courses will be expected to be delivered remotely, until such time as the state allows us to reopen in Stage 3, hopefully in the coming weeks. In addition, in both Stage 2 and 3 students can move into the residence halls. However, there are restrictions on both the number of students and the requirements for living in the dorms in both stages including fewer students being allowed in the dorm, reduced lounge usage,  mask requirements, and visitor requirements, to name but a few. As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, you will receive more information about which stage we anticipate opening in, and therefore, how courses will be offered as well as other pertinent information.  

Regardless of the stage in which we find ourselves, I wanted to introduce you briefly to some of the other changes you’ll see on campus this fall. Whether it is face coverings (mandatory for all), increased handwashing for 20 seconds while you hum your favorite tune, daily self-health self-screenings and affirmations, social distancing, and the use of barriers to ensure students, faculty and staff minimize the risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19, our efforts to protect our community are at the center of our plans. We all know the actions of a few can impact many, so it is our shared responsibility to follow the health and safety measures of the plan. 

These changes, and others you may see, will allow us to continue to serve you within the tradition of Caldwell University and treat you as individuals, all of whom can make a positive contribution to the society in which we live.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we address the challenges of the pandemic, while continuing to deliver the nationally recognized education for which we are known. 

Please check the coronavirus update website as well as your Caldwell email often for updates and additional information, which we will post as soon as they become available.

Sincerely, 

Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.
President

7/31/2020 - Caldwell University COVID-19 Student Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change and evolve.  The State of New Jersey Travel Advisory requires students who are from designated states and countries to quarantine in New Jersey. As a result, the University will require students from these affected states to quarantine off campus for 14 days prior to entering campus.  Please see below for your quarantine options. The guidance was issued due to COVID-19 outbreaks that may occur in other states and international travel advisories set by the CDC. The list is constantly changing and all community members are expected to check if they are affected.   The following states have been identified as of 7/28/2020: 

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (added 7/21/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • Arizona (added 6/24/20)
  • California (added 6/30/20)
  • Delaware (re-added 7/21/20)
  • District of Columbia (added 7/28/2020)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Illinois (added 7/28/2020)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Kentucky (added 7/28/2020)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maryland (added 7/21/20)
  • Minnesota (re-added 7/28/2020)
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20)
  • Montana (added 7/21/20)
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
  • Nevada (added 6/30/20)
  • New Mexico (added 7/14/20)
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
  • Ohio (added 7/14/20)
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
  • Puerto Rico (added 7/28/2020)
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
  • Texas (added 6/24/20)
  • Utah (added 6/24/20)
  • Virginia (added 7/21/20)
  • Washington (added 7/21/20)
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

An updated list of impacted states can be found here.

For a list of countries who fall under level 3 and 4 travel advisories, please refer to the CDC.

Quarantine Options: For On Campus Residential Students

Option A: Quarantine Off Campus in NJ Hotel at Student’s Expense 

In an effort to assist , the University has arranged for a room block with a group rate of $63.00/night plus tax. Students must make their own reservations by reserving at the link provided or by calling the hotel directly and saying that they  are with Caldwell University. The University will work to help reimburse a portion of the costs. More information about possible reimbursement will follow. Students will have to keep the hotel bill for verification and provide their plane ticket or EZ-Pass/toll receipt to verify the date they entered the state. The Hotel Information is below. 

Option B: Quarantine Off Campus: Staying with a Relative in the Area

If a student has family within NJ, the student is welcome to stay and quarantine in their family’s home. The University will need the name and address of where the student will be staying as well as supporting documentation such as a plane ticket or EZ-Pass/toll receipt documenting when the student entered the state of New Jersey.. Students can email residencelife@caldwell.edu with the name, address, and relationship to the person they will be staying with. 

Quarantine Instructions for: Commuters, staff & faculty who are traveling in to the state of NJ or have traveled to an affected area before arriving on campus

Those who are traveling into NJ or who have recently traveled, are expected to quarantine in their own space for 14 days prior to coming on campus for instruction or any other business. Documentation of travel arrangements for verification must be submitted. 

Please note** As per the state of New Jersey, anyone who is quarantining, is not permitted to host guests, or leave to visit others. Individuals in quarantine are only permitted to leave their space for essentials relating to food, doctor visits and/or medicine. Students quarantining in the hotel may have a family member that has traveled with them from home, staying in the hotel for the duration of the quarantine period. The purpose of quarantining is to monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms. If at any point during the quarantine period a student develops any symptoms the student must seek medical attention from a healthcare provider (HCP) and contact Health Services at  SHS@caldwell.edu 

Faculty or staff  who develop symptoms during the quarantining period, must seek medical attention from a healthcare provider (HCP) and contact Human Resources at mstauss@caldwell.edu 

Additionally, if the quarantine period overlaps with the beginning of class instruction remote accommodations will be made for the student to complete the quarantine period before coming to campus. 

Travel Form

Students, faculty or staff members who are planning to travel outside of the state of NJ or have done so in the past 14 days,  are required to fill out the CU Coronavirus Travel Form. Additionally, any students who do not reside in the state of NJ who are traveling into NJ to attend Caldwell University, must also fill out the travel form

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn & Suites Fairfield

Address: 118 US-46 East, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Phone: (973) 575-5777

Representative: Jaclyn Spoto

Email: Jaclyn.Spoto@hilton.com

To include family in the reservation, please contact Ms. Soto.  Please note students can only have 2 additional people with them helping during move in. Face coverings are required. Students cannot share a room with another Caldwell student. 

Book your hotel stay.

7/9/2020 - Cougars Come Together Restart Highlights

Caldwell University is looking forward to greeting its students on campus for the start of the fall semester contingent on the following conditions.

In accordance with the restart standards for all New Jersey institutions of higher education issued on June 18 and mandated by the state of New Jersey, Caldwell’s goal is for the campus community to return in the fall to the safest possible environment. There will be policies and procedures for sanitizing, practicing social distancing and the wearing of face masks, in accordance with regulations and evolving guidance and mandates from New Jersey government and public health officials. The university is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Returning to campus will certainly be a different experience, but our community will do everything it can to ensure that students will have the excellent and engaging educational experience for which Caldwell is known.

A campuswide team is meeting on an ongoing basis to develop the specifics of our return to campus. As our new President, Dr. Matthew Whelan notes, “We are hoping and planning to see many of you here in the fall, and while the circumstances will no doubt be different, the focus on each of you as individuals will not.”

The pandemic situation is still evolving and our plan is subject to change due to mandates from local, state and federal bodies. We will continue to closely monitor all information as we approach the beginning of our academic year. Our plan is based on the assumption that New Jersey will be in Stage 3 of its recovery and restart plan at the time the semester starts. Should New Jersey remain in Stage 2 at the beginning of the semester, in order to comply with the New Jersey regulations, the vast majority of courses must be delivered remotely with the exception of some labs, technical, clinical and hands-on courses. While the plan is not finalized yet, we want to share the following key highlights for Stage 3 restart as we prepare for the beginning of the fall semester:

Academics

  • With the exception of courses already designated as exclusively online, all courses will be offered with a remote option. By offering courses in this format, students will have the option to take courses on-campus or remotely throughout the semester as needed. Additionally, this will allow for a smoother transition in the event courses need to be fully remote if circumstances require. A survey will be sent to students about their individual preferences for course delivery.
  • The semester will start on time, however, in order to condense the semester, classes will be held on the following dates: Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13 (Columbus Day) and a full day on Wednesday, November 25 (day before Thanksgiving). Caldwell Day of Service will be postponed and classes will be held that day.
  • On-campus delivery of courses will end on Wednesday, November 25 and all courses will be remote from that point until the end of the fall semester, which will now end on December 12.
  • Classrooms/labs/computer labs will be set up in a socially distant manner, allowing for six feet and/or partitions between students. There will be ample signage and training to help with student/faculty expectations and safety standards.

Residence Halls

  • There will be a reduction of spaces in each building to reduce density, provide quarantine housing, if necessary, and to adhere to social distancing standards. We have adjusted occupancy in each bedroom to be single or double occupancy; students will sleep head to toe in double rooms.
  • No commuter or outside guests will be permitted for day or overnight visitation and common areas will only be opened if social distancing can be achieved.
  • Residential move-in will be by assigned appointment time, staggered across several days. While moving in, there will be a limit to the number of people who can accompany the students to ensure a socially distant environment.  More information will be provided to resident students about this process by the Office of Residence Life at a later date.

Dining Halls

  • The residential continuous dining plan will transition into a block meal plan which will allow for more flexibility to choose meals.
  • Eating areas will include socially distant indoor and outdoor options as the state allows. To eat indoors, a reservation system will be introduced to reserve a time slot, ensuring sanitization between services.
  • ”Grab and Go” options will be available at each service and other options for meal ordering will be implemented.

Student Engagement/Clubs and Organizations

We are committed to providing a safe environment while exploring opportunities for appropriate social interaction, leadership development and events. Many of these opportunities may continue virtually or in size appropriate settings until we can facilitate larger gatherings.

Administrative Offices

  • Staff will return to campus in a phased plan that will include ongoing staggered schedules to ensure social distancing.  Since many offices are too small to accommodate face to face meetings, it is likely that there will continue to be a significant amount of video conferencing and telephone engagement with constituents. Many routine transactions and services will be conducted virtually. Offices are working out individual plans that will adhere to the general policies of the university while providing the highest level of service possible.
  • Administrative offices will also be open on the following dates, matching the academic calendar: Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) as well as Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13 (Columbus Day). Staff required to work on these days will be given floating holidays to be used during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
  • With the exception of the changes relating to holidays in the fall semester, the administrative office calendar will continue as originally scheduled ending December 23rd, 2020 for the Christmas holidays.

Cleaning, Health and Safety

  • All members of the campus community will be asked to take personal responsibility for adhering to personal hygiene protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies.  Handwashing, using hand sanitizer, coughing into elbows, wearing a face covering and respecting social distancing are critical elements of a plan for health and safety on campus.  Signage and training will be provided to assist everyone in complying with these requirements.
  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings while on campus. Exceptions will be made while eating and for resident students in their rooms. Caldwell University will be supplying an initial CU reusable mask to all faculty, staff and students. Individuals must maintain an adequate supply of personal face coverings to allow for washing and daily use.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for all areas of the campus have been developed.  Classrooms and common spaces will be cleaned more frequently and will be clearly signed with distancing requirements.  Classrooms will be set up appropriately and supplies will be available to faculty and students for individual use between cleanings.  High touch areas such as computers labs will have specific protocols.
  • Faculty, staff and students will be expected to conduct a daily self-assessment of their own health using guidelines provided by the CDC. Anyone exhibiting symptoms related to Covid-19 will be asked to stay at home and seek medical advice. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, among others. Resident students exhibiting symptoms may be asked to go into quarantine housing if they cannot return home. Contact tracing for confirmed and presumptive cases of Covid-19 will be coordinated through local health agencies with campus health officials.

As we continue to fully develop the Caldwell University Plan for Reopening in accordance with the restart standards for the state of New Jersey, we will keep you informed. These highlights offered today are to assist you in planning for the fall and will be incorporated into our full plan which will be published on the website at least 14 days prior to the start of the fall semester. Please note that these highlights may be subject to modification as the Covid-19 pandemic evolves in our state.

Thank you.

Return to Campus Task Force

Sheila O’Rourke Co-chair – Operations
Sister Kathleen Tuite, OP, Co-chair – Student Life
Kevin Boyle – Development & Alumni Affairs
Stephen Quinn – Enrollment Management and Communications
Ben Lammers – Faculty Council President
Ian White – Academic Affairs
Michelle Stauss – Human Resources
Liz Elices – Compliance and Risk Management
Cindy Striano – Health Services
Crystal Lopez – Residence Life
Heather Arabitg – Athletics
Glenn Gates – Campus Safety & Security
Ray Williams – Facilities

7/9/2020 - Statement To International Students - SEVP Temporary Exemptions

To the International Students of Caldwell University, 

On Monday, The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The new temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester include that students on F-1 visas may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. However, nonimmigrant F1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model, like Caldwell University is planning for the fall 2020 semester, will be allowed to take more than one class online, provided the institution certifies that the program is not fully online and the student is taking the minimum number of online courses to make normal progress to degree. This hybrid model offers you the opportunity to take classes this fall and not only remain in the United States but more importantly, continue progress towards your degree as a student at Caldwell University. 

We understand that this new policy may cause some anxiety and uncertainty for you as you plan for the fall semester. Caldwell University will remain steadfast in our support for you and will work to ensure all available paths to compliance are explored. Additionally please know that Caldwell University is working with several of our membership organizations to lobby for the relaxation of some of these new requirements during the pandemic.

As always, we remain subject to the regulations of the State of New Jersey as well as the federal government so we will continue to keep you informed as this situation progresses.  Please be sure to continue to check your Caldwell email on a regular basis. You are a valued member of the Caldwell community and we look forward to welcoming you on campus this fall. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Matthew Whelan
President, Caldwell University

7/3/2020 - CARES Act Federal Reporting
Caldwell University signed the Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act on April 14th, 2020. Caldwell received $2,028,129,in CARES funds and will disburse 50% ($1,014,064) to students in emergency grants.

Beginning on May 7th, 2020, eligible students were sent emergency grant checks in the amount of $500.00 and were additionally made aware of an application form for additional relief funds.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Awarded

As of May 15th, 2020, 1,459 students have been sent checks totaling $729,500.

Starting May 13th, 2020, students were able to apply for additional assistance by completing the CARES Act Fund Application.

Additional student assistance will begin to be distributed during the Fall 2020 semester.

Caldwell University is committed to providing financial assistance to students in need, and all the more during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most immediate source of grants are Federal funding, which begins with the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Process and Evaluation

In alignment with Federal recommendations, Caldwell has developed a rubric to help evaluate who is in most need and help determine how to distribute the funds. Students will self-disclose their “need” by answering a series of questions:

  • Current Housing Location
  • Expenses Incurred as a result of COVID-19
  • Estimated costs and details of expenses
  • Eligibility

As per the federal requirements, all currently enrolled students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number are eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding under the CARES Act. Students enrolled exclusively in an online program on or before March 13, 2020, are not eligible for this funding. International, undocumented, and DACA students are ineligible; as well as, students who are in a SAP (satisfactory academic progress) denied status, students who have not registered for Selective Service (male only), and/or students who have defaulted on federal student loans. At this point in time, funding from the CARES Act will be limited to those students who were registered for Spring 2020.

We are committed to helping you make the most of the investment you have already made in your education. We encourage you to take advantage of the support available to you as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need assistance, please caresgrants@caldwell.edu

5/21/2020 - CARES Act Federal Reporting

Caldwell University signed the Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act on April 14th, 2020.  Caldwell received $2,028,129,in CARES funds and will disburse 50% ($1,014,064) to students in emergency grants.  

Beginning on May 7th, 2020, eligible students were sent emergency grant checks in the amount of $500.00 and were additionally made aware of an application form for additional relief funds.  

Emergency Financial Aid Grants Awarded

As of May 15th, 2020, 1,459 students have been sent checks totaling $729,500.  

Starting May 13th, 2020, students will be able to apply for assistance by completing the CARES Act Fund Application .

Caldwell University is committed to providing financial assistance to students in need, and all the more during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most immediate source of grants are Federal funding, which begins with the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Process and Evaluation

In alignment with Federal recommendations, Caldwell has developed a rubric to help evaluate who is in most need and help determine how to distribute the funds. Students will self-disclose their “need” by answering a series of questions: 

  • Current Housing Location
  • Expenses Incurred as a result of COVID-19 
  • Estimated costs and details of expenses  

Eligibility

As per the federal requirements, all currently enrolled students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number are eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding under the CARES Act. Students enrolled exclusively in an online program on or before March 13, 2020, are not eligible for this funding. International, undocumented, and DACA students are ineligible; as well as, students who are in a SAP (satisfactory academic progress) denied status, students who have not registered for Selective Service (male only), and/or students who have defaulted on federal student loans. At this point in time, funding from the CARES Act will be limited to those students who were registered for Spring 2020.

We are committed to helping you make the most of the investment you have already made in your education. We encourage you to take advantage of the support available to you as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need assistance, please caresgrants@caldwell.edu

5/2/2020 - CARES Act Fund Application

Eligibility for these funds is based on federal guidelines and was not determined by Caldwell. Students must have filed a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year, or have been eligible to file for that year, in order to meet requirements to receive CARES Act funds.

If you feel your incurred expenses due to the COVID-19 disruption exceed this amount, Caldwell University has created a CARES Act Fund Application. Students in need may complete and submit the form below for consideration for additional funds.  Please note, funds are limited, and amounts granted will be based on individual needs/circumstances.  Priority deadline for application submission is May 22nd, 2020.

CARES Act Fund Application

Effective April 23rd, all classes will be taught remotely through the end of the Summer 2020 session, 8/23/2020

Effective April 23rd, all classes will be taught remotely through the end of the Summer 2020 session, 8/23/2020

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 NJ or have dones so in the past 14 days,  please fill out the CU Coronavirus Travel Form.

If the state or country you are travelling to is designated at any time during your trip as a level 3 for the coronavirus by the CDC or added to the NJ Travel Advisory list,   you are required to self quarantine off-campus upon return to NJ 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 also continue to check your campus email for future updates.

Please visit the NJ domestic quarantine website for the latest list of states included in the quarantine travel advisory.

CDC categories by country