Coming to Campus?
TCNJ’s welcoming, supportive environment has traditionally thrived on opening its doors to our internal community, to prospective students, to friends and family members, and to anyone else who feels like stopping by. However, as we follow state regulations during this uncertain time, we ask for your assistance in keeping our community healthy.
Your Daily Self-Checkup
Though fall 2020 classes will be held remotely, any student, faculty or staff member required to be on campus must do everything possible to keep the community safe. Employees must complete a daily self-checkup to monitor their health on the days they plan to be on campus. Students granted an exception to live in the residence halls must complete the daily self-checkup. Visitors are also asked to complete this checkup before coming to campus. The daily self-checkup is available in the TCNJ Roar app or via an online web form.
All members of the community who will reside on campus or spend any amount of time on campus are asked to take Roscoe’s Pledge to help ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and others.
Campus Cleaning Protocols and Standards
Cleanliness and good hygiene are the responsibilities of the entire TCNJ community. Together, we can work to ensure a clean, sanitized campus environment.
Facilities and Building Services will clean buildings occupied by faculty, staff, and students daily. In accordance with CDC recommendations, high-touch areas, including handrails and doorknobs, will be cleaned two to three times per day. Meeting rooms in use during the semester will be cleaned daily and supplied with disinfectant wipes, and Sodexo will clean and disinfect campus dining facilities in accordance with CDC and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.
Disinfectant wipes will be available in all departmental offices. Faculty and staff should clean high-touch surfaces (refrigerator handles, telephones, door handles, keyboards, etc.) within their work spaces regularly. Disinfectant spray will also be available to academic and administrative offices upon request. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed throughout campus, and personal bottles of sanitizer will be made available to everyone on campus.
Personal Protective Equipment
Students residing on campus and faculty and staff who will need to be on campus at any point in the semester will each receive two washable and reusable face coverings and may also use their own face coverings, provided they protect both the nose and mouth. The college also has invested in clear face shields for individuals who may need them (e.g., to ensure clear communicative ability). Community members should keep a face covering or face shield on hand at all times for use in offices as well as in outdoor spaces when proper social distancing is not possible.
If You Become Ill
Students, faculty, and staff who experience possible symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from coming into contact with others before obtaining proper medical advice. In following New Jersey Department of Health and TCNJ guidelines, any community member who is exposed to COVID-19 will need to adhere to the proper testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols.
Students residing on campus who become ill should consult Student Health Services (609.771.2889), which will test students who are symptomatic for COVID-19. Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are identified as having been in close contact with someone who tested positive will be encouraged to leave campus and go home when possible. If traveling home is not possible, the college will provide these residential students with appropriate arrangements, if practicable: Students in single rooms with private bathrooms will be quarantined in their residence hall room, and students without a private bathroom will be assigned a designated quarantine room.
Faculty and staff who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care physician and refrain from reporting to work in the interest of maintaining a healthy campus environment. If symptoms present while at work, these employees should notify their department/supervisor and leave campus. Any such employees who experience these symptoms within 14 days of having been on campus should notify Human Resources so that appropriate contact tracing may take place.
In coordination with local health departments in Ewing and Mercer County, the college will conduct contact tracing to inform persons that they may have been exposed to the virus.
Community, Diversity, and Inclusion
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of campus life. Even though science is still evolving on how we can manage this highly contagious virus, we know that some communities have been more deeply impacted than others. We must remember that we are a campus community that values deeply the experiences of those who live, learn and work on our campus, and we continue to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our campus spaces. Please remember that compassion, communication and respect are the keys to helping us through these difficult times. Please visit the Division of Inclusive Excellence website for additional information and resources.
Reasonable accommodation inquiries and requests from all members of the campus community can be sent to the Accessibility Resource Center via email.