Coronavirus Information

Stockton COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update (April 9, 2020--3:15 p.m.)

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the University will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

  • Malicious actors are launching email and social media-based phishing scams referencing the coronavirus, and alleged cures and fundraisers. Suspicious emails should be reported to phishing@stockton.edu. If you suspect you are being targeted by a cyber-attacker, contact security@stockton.edu. More information is on Stockton’s Information Security webpage.

  • Stockton’s summer sessions will be held with all courses offered online. The first session starts May 18. More than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses are available. More information is at edu/summer.

  • Looking for something uplifting to read? The Spring 2020 edition of the Stockton Now ezine is now available online, featuring compelling new stories about Stockton.

  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please contact Stockton at publicsafety@stockton.edu as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for results. This will greatly assist our efforts in tracking the people in our community who have been impacted.

Stockton Actions

The University adopted an alternate instructional model for the remainder of the semester in an effort to help slow the rate of transmission of the coronavirus. All classes will be held online. Athletic practices and competitions are cancelled through the remainder of the academic year.

While the campus will remain open, students and the community are strongly encouraged to stay home as the University supports social distancing. On-site staffing is limited as faculty and staff follow work-from-home protocol.

Current Stockton Students: If you are sick and would like to be seen by Stockton’s health professionals please contact Student Health Services in advance of visiting the office: (609) 652-4701(Galloway); (609) 345-6000 (Atlantic City) or wellctr@stockton.edu. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coronavirus Hotline

Learn what precautions you can take about the Coronavirus.

  • Call the NJ Coronavirus & Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line.
  • Have general questions about COVID-19? Call: 2-1-1

Trained health care professionals are taking callsl 24/7 OR visit nj.gov/health

Announcements

FAQ

Campus Access and Operations

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, all classes shifted to off-campus delivery methods through the remainder of the spring semester.

The final date for students to withdraw from a course and receive a grade of W has been extended to Friday, April 24. 

The length of the semester will not change. Course instruction concludes on Friday, May 1, and finals are scheduled for May 4-8.

Classes were moved to alternate delivery modes in accordance with state guidelines. The University is taking a number of precautionary measures to keep our community healthy.

Stockton is operating on a normal schedule, however, in-person staffing is extremely limited as most faculty and staff have transitioned to work-from-home protocol. Please contact Stockton employees via email. The Atlantic City Residential Complex and John F. Scarpa Academic Center are closed to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. 

Kramer Hall in Hammonton, Stockton in Manahawkin, The Azeez Museum in Woodbine and Noyes Arts Garage are closed until further notice.

With limited exceptions, students have moved out of campus residence halls and returned home for the remainder of the semester. The Office of Residential Life communicated a move-out plan with students via email. Students should only come to retrieve their personal belongs at the date/time scheduled. 

Questions? email Dr. Steven Radwanski, Executive Director of Residential Life: steven.radwanski@stockton.edu.

The Atlantic City shuttles operate on a regular schedule.  

There are several dining options open in the Campus Center, including Dunkin Donuts, Student Choice, Create and Primo. Hours can be found at https://www.dineoncampus.com/suunder “Menus and Locations.” All meals are offered for take-out only.

Housing and Meal Plans

By the end of the semester, Stockton University will issue a prorated credit for residential students in housing and all students participating in one of the University’s meal plans. The credit will be for 38 days of the spring 2020 semester starting March 25,and can be applied to summer 2020 or fall 2020 charges. The amount of the credit will vary by student based on individual financial aid packages. All May 2020 graduates will receive a prorated refund. 

Transportation and Safety Fee

The University will issue a prorated credit for the transportation and safety fee to all students. The credit will be for 38 days of the spring 2020 semester starting March 25. All May 2020 graduates will receive a prorated refund.      

The week of April 13, all students will receive an email with a link to a form to indicate if they want to keep the credit or receive a refund. Those students who elect refunds will have a refund issued at the end of the semester. 

For questions, visit stockton.edu/bursars or email bursar@stockton.edu.    

We ask that you support our practice of social distancing whenever possible. Some services, such as dining facilities and shuttle services, may be operating on modified schedules.

Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are a current student and would like to be seen by Stockton’s health professionals, please contact Student Health Services in advance of visiting the office: (609) 652-4701(Galloway); (609) 345-6000 (Atlantic City) or wellctr@stockton.edu.

Stockton's Richard E. Bjork Library is availble remotely only. Digital databases, electronic journal subscriptions, and video-streaming services will run as normal. Librarians are available for virtual course support.

Faculty with materials on course reserve should contact Joseph Toth, Director of Library Services at toth@stockton.edu.

The Bjork library offers online live help via the "Ask Us! Chat" service Mondays -Thursdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8 p.m.

In compliance with Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order, all computer labs are closed. Remote technology assistance is available at (609) 652-4309 or by email at helpdesk@stockton.edu.

The Follett Bookstore is closed. However, Follett is offering free shipping on all online orders. Follett is offering free FedEx return labels for rented textbooks. Students can obtain the label by logging into their Follett account on the bookstore website.
Student workers should contact their direct supervisors via email for instructions. 

The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) extended the deadline for current students to apply to renew their State financial aid to June 1. The extension for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for NJ Dreamers applies to "renewal students" in the current academic year who are already receiving a New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG), Governor's Urban Scholarship (GUS), and/or New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJSTARS and NJSTARS II). 

Students are still encouraged to file as soon as possible. The sooner students apply, the earlier they can find out about available State financial aid and make informed decisions about the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline will remain Sept. 15, 2020, for new students enrolling for the first time in the fall 2020 semester. 

To complete a FAFSA, click here. To complete a New Jersey Alternative Application for NJ Dreamers, click here.

Course Instruction - Resources for Students and Faculty

The Tutoring Center is open for online Zoom tutoring Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Instructional Continuity website offers a page designed to host your ideas.

The Center for Learning Design has scheduled a series of Zoom webinars to assist faculty in moving coursework online. Dates and times are on the website.

To reduce the chance of the disruption of meetings and classes on Zoom, IT has published a guide to prevent and report "Zoombombing."

Stockton has set up a temporary lending program only for students who do not otherwise have access to a computer off campus. Please direct students to the IT Help Desk for more information (609-652-4309).

IT recommends that students use the following website to locate free high-speed internet resources:  https://stockton.edu/information-technology/network-connection.html

The University has access to additional remote desktops available for students to use through Amazon's App Stream services. This will provide students access to specialized University computer lab resources while working remotely. With App stream students will be able to access applications that are unavailable from home, like IBM’s SPSS, Mathworks MATLAB, ESRI’s ArcGIS, and many more. App stream remote desktops can be accessed and fully utilized using a through any modern browser on any device. To get started, visit Stockton.edu/VDI for more information and troubleshooting assistance.

Stockton is not cancelling courses or internships. We encourage students to continue in these activities, as long as it does not pose an undue burden on students who may be relocating some distance from their internship or placement. Students should work with their Program Coordinator and Dean to resolve any questions

All Stockton courses are continuing this semester, albeit in another form. Consequently, students are not eligible for a full or partial tuition reimbursement. 

Stockton University has modified its Pass/No Credit grading option for undergraduate students for the spring 2020 semester only. Details are on the Academic Affairs website.

 

Students currently enrolled in science lab courses will receive full credit for these courses.  Your faculty have worked hard to identify a range of options to help you complete the term.

Students who pass their science lab components will not be required to retake this course.  Students who do not pass such courses, which are required elements of many programs, will need to retake courses in order to meet their degree requirements.

Students can appeal their grades if they have a university-defined reason for doing so; that classes have shifted to online instruction will not, by itself, be sufficient reason to appeal a grade—particularly as the withdrawal date has been extended. 

More details about the grade appeal process can be found on pages 55-56 of the University Bulletin.

Service-learning courses are all still taking place so long as students are able to visit their partner locations and partners remain open, or their course was able to be converted to an online option. 

Students with questions and concerns about a faculty member should follow the same process as any semester.   

  • Please reach out first to your faculty member to see if you can learn more information or resolve a question. 
  • If this is not possible, please contact the appropriate Program Coordinator.
  • If your question remains unresolved, you should reach out to the appropriate school Dean. 
  • If additional questions remain, you can also, as a final resort, contact the Office of the Provost at (609) 652-4514 and provost@stockton.edu.

Only a portion of off-campus teaching is being done by Zoom. Much more instruction is being done asynchronously (not at the same time) through Blackboard, email and other learning management systems. If students from out of state or other countries experience difficulty they should contact their professor immediately to seek alternate arrangements.

Stockton’s summer sessions will be held with all courses offered online. The first session starts May 18. More information is at edu/summer.

We are optimistic that Stockton can return to a standard schedule by the fall of 2020 but recognize that we are unable to guarantee this will be the case. We will continue to inform the campus community as soon as we have more information.

Registration and Precepting

Stockton has modified the pre-registration schedule to provide more time for both precepting and registration decisions. The revised schedule is available online, and is as follows: 

April 8— Wednesday
Seniors (with 128+ earned credits) and matriculated graduate students preregister at 3 PM

April 9-10 — Thursday-Friday
Seniors (with 96+ earned credits) preregister

April 13-14 — Monday-Tuesday
Juniors (with 64-95 earned credits) preregister

April 16-17 — Thursday-Friday
Sophomores (with 32-63 earned credits) preregister

April 20-21 — Monday-Tuesday
Freshmen (with 0-31 earned credits) preregister

Yes. Precepting remains a valued part of the student advising process. Stockton has made the decision not to cancel classes for two days in the revised registration schedule and ask that faculty work with students between now and April 8, when registration commences, to help students plan their fall term.

Academic Advising is also available online and taking appointments, and all paper forms used in advising have been converted to fillable PDFs and posted online (see:https://www.stockton.edu/academic-advising/). 

Campus Events

In-person events and meetings scheduled through May 31 should be considered cancelled or postponed at all sites. Some events and meetings have converted to online/virtual and are listed in the Campus Calendar. Events scheduled after May 31 remain under review. Please note that we are not scheduling any new events beyond May 31 until further notice. Contact the Office of Event Services and Campus Center Operations at event.services@stockton.edu with questions

The following events have been cancelled:

  • Administrative Professionals Day - April 30
  • Employee Recognition Day - May 7
  • Employee Barbeque - May 21

The Performing Arts Center has cancelled all events through May. Refunds are being issued.

We recognize this is a milestone for each student, their family and friends. Consequently, the University is planning a two-phase celebration for the Class of 2020 (graduate and undergraduate students). The first component will be a virtual presentation to celebrate your success on May 15, 2020. This will be followed in fall 2020 by a more traditional ceremony that brings us back together. Details about both events will follow in the coming weeks. The Class of 2020 includes all students who graduated in the summer/fall 2019 and those who are scheduled to graduate this spring.

More than 330 people tuned in to the Town Hall Zoom meeting coordinated by Student Senate and the University on March 26. The meeting link below is temporarily viewable to members of the Stockton community using their Google account, but viewers should know that some responses may have changed or been updated since the event. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1T8EfqPzKInXajokyluw2rAhkUX2c3-sP

International and Domestic Travel

Stockton has suspended all international travel for students, faculty and staff until further notice. This includes faculty-led study tours, as well as individual University-sponsored conference travel and research trips. We will notify the campus when this status changes.

Stockton has suspended University-supported, domestic travel by groups and individuals until at least June 30.

At this time, all domestic and international travel is suspended until further notice. All faculty-led study tours were cancelled for spring 2020 as well as two additional trips that had been scheduled for June 2020. We  will continue to monitor the situation. Our decisions are guided by the CDC and federal restrictions on overseas travel.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please contact Stockton at publicsafety@stockton.edu as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for results. This will assist our efforts to contact others at Stockton with whom you may have had contact.

Anyone who has been in contact with someone carrying COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms should self-isolate and notify your doctor or our Wellness Center immediately:

Stockton Faculty and Staff

Stockton adopted Gov. Murphy’s guidelines for state employees as clarified by the state Civil Service Commission. Specifically, the following situation does not require use of accrued leave time:

  • Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Effective March 15 and until further notice, Stockton has implemented work-from-home protocols and flexible scheduling, and temporarily re-designated employee assignments as needed  for the following:

  • Employees who have been directly exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19, and are thus either required to self-quarantine or recommended to stay home (these employees will not be required to use accrued leave time); or
  • Employees who stay home due to the closing of their child’s K-12 school or child care center (these employees will not be required to use accrued leave time); or
  • Employees who are immunocompromised or have immunocompromised individuals living in their home (these employees will not be required to use accrued leave time).

Consistent with state employee guidelines, appropriate documentation will be required. 

Medical documentation should only be sent to the email address below. Coordinate with your manager when requesting an accommodation under this process. Requests will be reviewed and approved by your respective Cabinet member in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources. Submit all documentation to WorkFromHome@stockton.edu within three working days of the absence commencing.

Any time taken for staff leave related to Covid-19 should be entered in your timesheet using the earnings code COVID-19.

Stockton’s campus remains open. However, beginning Wednesday, March 18, Stockton’s on-site staffing was reduced and many people will work remotely until further notice. All staff working remotely must complete the Work-from-Home Agreement provided from Human Resource via email. The Work-from-Home Daily Activity Log must also be completed daily.

If you are presently working from home pursuant to the University’s Procedure #6370, Temporary Flexible Work Arrangements for COVID-19 Mitigation (Interim) or are otherwise staying home as a result of COVID-19 pandemic related reasons, please use the “COVID-19” earnings code when completing your timesheet. Enter 7 hours for each day you are home, less any accrued time you are utilizing (if applicable). Please note this is for tracking purposes only and accumulated sick leave balances will not be adjusted. If you are an essential employee that requires access to the campus for some portion of the day, the COVID-19 earnings code should still be used for the entire day. Please note that compensatory time must be approved in advance by your supervisor, following our normal processes.

There are no changes to timesheet entry and submission for essential employees that continue to work on campus for the entire day. View the PowerPoint for detailed instructions.

Stockton employees are encouraged to make sure their emergency contact information is up to date in case of emergency. 

goStockton Portal > Employee > Personal Information > Update Emergency Contacts

If you have not changed your work voicemail, please follow the instructions in the Telephone System Quick Reference Guide

You may use the suggested message: “Hello. Due to coronavirus prevention measures taken by Stockton University, I am currently working remotely. The university remains open. I will continue to monitor email and respond accordingly.”

IT is experiencing a high volume of requests and is working to complete them as quickly as possible. Information on working remotely is available on the website.

Malicious actors are launching email and social media-based phishing scams referencing the coronavirus, and alleged cures and fundraisers. Suspicious emails should be reported to phishing@stockton.edu. If you suspect you are being targeted by a cyber-attacker, contact security@stockton.edu. More information is on Stockton’s Information Security webpage.

University Relations & Marketing will not provide Print Shop services until further notice. Email Edward.Wuillermin@stockton.edu with questions or concerns.

Administration and Finance has updated procedures regarding travel and purchasing. Details are on their webpage.

Mailroom will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Galloway Campus, and 9 a.m.-noon in Atlantic City until further notice. Contact Missy Delaney (x6867, Evelyn.Delaney@stockton.edu).

Central Stores is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Those who regularly receive packages should notify blanchard@stockton.edu and copy Gary.suhr@stockton.edu if and when someone will be on campus to accept deliveries, or if they should be held.

The Office of Human Resources has provided a list of online Training Options for Stockton Employees.

Temporary Employees and Student Workers may use accrued but unused Paid Sick Leave for the following reasons:

  1. Diagnosis, care or treatment of—or recovery from—a Temporary or Student Employee’s own mental or physical illness, including preventative medical care for the employee.
  2. Aid or care for a covered family member during diagnosis, care or treatment of—or recovery from—the family member's mental or physical illness, including preventative medical care.
  3. Circumstances related to a Temporary or Student Employee's or their family member's status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence (including the need to obtain related medical treatment, seek counseling, relocate or participate in related legal services).
  4. Closure of the University or of a school/childcare of an employee's child because of a public official's order relating to a public health emergency.
  5. Time to attend a school related conference, meeting or function meeting requested or required by school staff.

*Family member" is defined as any individuals related by blood to the temporary or student employee or whose close association with the temporary or student employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.

**Please note that Temporary Employees and Student Workers cannot put in for more leave time than they are scheduled to work each week.

Below are links to the HR website as well as Procedure 6154 regarding this matter for your review.

About Coronavirus

COVID-2019 is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus that arose from the area of Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications).

For additional information about COVID-19, including how it spreads, symptoms, prevention, treatment and preparedness, please visit the CDC coronavirus website or the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) website.

Prevention

To protect yourself from the spread of viruses, including flu, practice these everyday habits:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue, not your hands, then throw it way, or use your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

For questions about Stockton's response measures, contact Campus Public Safety, at 609-652-4762 or publicsafety@stockton.edu.