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Vax Up and Soar SafelyHere is what we are doing to keep the Stockton community safe and healthy: 

  • Stockton plans to operate the Fall 2021 semester as a predominantly face-to-face academic experience with additional course modalities available, including online and hybrid. Course modalities, chosen by the instructor of record, are listed on the Fall 2021 schedule.
  • There are extensive safety protocols in place. Masks are required if you are not fully vaccinated. Cleaning procedures have been enhanced.
  • Student housing has been modified to comply with state and federal guidelines. 
  • Procedures are in place to test and/or quarantine faculty, staff and students as needed.

One of the most important steps we all can take to keep ourselves and each other safe is to get vaccinated. Students are our largest demographic (approximately 85% of the Stockton community). A vaccinated student body allows the University to provide a vibrant and complete college experience while also offering the best chance for herd immunity at Stockton, subject to exemptions for valid and documented medical or religious reasons.

Statement from President Kesselman

Read what members of the Stockton comuninty have to say about vaxxing up!

Yes, all undergraduate and graduate students are required to be vaccinated, regardless of whether they are residential or commuter students.

At this time, the University does not require that employees get vaccinated. However, we strongly encourage faculty and staff to get vaccinated. To date, just a month after higher education employees became eligible, more than 35% of Stockton employees have voluntarily reported that they have been vaccinated. This gives us confidence going forward we can achieve a high rate of participation.

Complete vaccination documentation must be submitted to Student Health Services at least two weeks prior to your arrival on campus, but no later than August 1, 2021. 

Follow the instructions to submit your vaccination documentation in the Student Health Portal.

Individuals will only be contacted if there is a problem with their documentation.

Students and employees are encouraged to pursue vaccination opportunities in their home communities. Locations where vaccinations are offered can be found on the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder site.

Vaccination clinics offered on campus: Free walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled at the Manahawkin campus on the following dates: July 7: 9 a.m.-noon, 3-6 p.m.; July 9: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and July 28: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but you can pre-register at OCHD.org. Details for vaccination clinics at the Galloway campus will be announced soon.

No. To date, the FDA has authorized three vaccines for emergency use in the United StatesBoth doses in the 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).  These vaccines also have been recommended for use by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Prior to class registration and housing assignments, students must provide immunization information to meet University and New Jersey state requirements. Compliance with these requirements is mandatory in order to take classes or reside on campus. Stockton currently requires several immunizations: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR); Hepatitis B, and Meningitis. The COVID-19 vaccine will now also be required.

Students who do not get the COVID-19 vaccine in time for the start of the fall semester, or who do not request a medical or religious exemption, may have a registration hold placed on their record preventing them for scheduling courses. Failure to provide proof of vaccination will also prevent students from residing in campus housing.

Stockton is not planning to add more online courses for the fall term. Nearly 350 fully online classes and another 275 hybrid courses are already available during the upcoming term, and the full schedule of fall courses is available through the Stockton GoPortal.

Cleaning and Sanitizing signCleaning and Sanitizing 

Protocols for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing campus rooms and buildings are being developed in accordance with local, state and federal public health guidelines.

Stockton’s maintenance and custodial staff will clean and disinfect campus buildings more frequently to help reduce the spread of germs on commonly-touched surfaces like door handles, sink faucets, handrails, computer stations, etc.

Our dedicated employees can’t do it alone. We must all do our part by using disinfecting wipes (provided by Stockton) to wipe down common areas to minimize surface transmission of bacteria and germs.

The University has increased the number of touch-free hand-sanitizer units and waste receptables throughout our campus locations.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The University will require unvaccinated students, employees and visitors to wear face coverings while indoors on campus. Students and employees can update their vaccination status in the go.Stockton portal.

A link is accessible on the Employee and Student Life tabs in the goStockton portal for you to complete if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are not vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19, are not vaccinated and returning from international travel, or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Stockton students can receive a referral for a free COVID-19 test at AtlantiCare Urgent Care by contacting Health Services.

Effective Monday, June 7:   

  • Fully-vaccinated students and employees who previously submitted proof of vaccination
    • Must resubmit their necessary vaccine documentation.
    • Once this step is completed, these individuals are free from COVID-19 mask requirements, although they may continue wearing masks if they prefer.
  • Fully-vaccinated students and employees who have not submitted their necessary documentation to Stockton
    • Are required to remain masked indoors until they have submitted their necessary vaccine documentation.
  • Partially-vaccinated students and employees 
    • Are required to remain masked indoors until they are fully vaccinated and have submitted their necessary vaccine documentation.
  • Unvaccinated students and employees
    • Are required to remain masked indoors. Until these individuals are fully vaccinated and have submitted their necessary vaccine documentation, they will be held to strict adherence to this requirement. 
  • Guests, visitors, vendors, and affiliated workers
    • Individuals who are fully vaccinated are free from COVID-19 mask requirements, although they may continue wearing masks if they prefer.
    • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to remain masked indoors. 

At this time, these guidelines will be maintained through an honor system approach – individuals will be expected to present truthful information and practice socially-responsible behavior.

Stockton takes seriously its responsibility to establish protections for our compmunity. These guidelines are the surest wayto fulfill our resonsibilities while keeping our doors open to everyone who wishes to experience a safe and healthy Stockton campus.

Directions for Submitting Vaccination Status:

Employees will now click the “Update Employee Vaccination Status” button under the employee tab in the portal, enter the vaccine type, dates of shot(s), and upload a picture/pdf of their vaccination card or proof of vaccination. This can be completed from a computer or mobile device. 

Students will continue to follow the instructions found on the Student Health Services Immunization Requirements website for COVID-19 Immunization.

For more information about our plans, please visit our Campus Operations website.

Disposable masks will be available in designated locations—Campus Center information desk, Atlantic City front desk, library, etc. Masks are also sold in the Campus Center store. 

Employees unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or other protected reason may submit an ADA workplace accommodation request to Human Resources, attention Bart.Musitano@Stockton.edu.

Students unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or other protected reason should contact the Learning Access Program. 

Individual requests will be reviewed, assessed, and appropriate accommodations determined. Medical documentation may be required.   

The EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19.Please note, the ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-warns-inaccurate-flyers-and-postings-regarding-use-face-masks-and.   

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.

All of us have a role to play in keeping each other safe. Violations should be reported to Human Resources (for employees) or the Office of Student Affairs (for students). Policy violations will initially be addressed through education and training but all faculty, staff and students can face further disciplinary action for repeated acts of noncompliance and are subject to the Campus Code of Conduct

At this time, mask guidelines will be maintained through an honor system approach – individuals will be expected to present truthful information and practice socially-responsible behavior.

When a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, a local department of health or public health official will conduct an investigation, determine who should quarantine and work with the University in the event of a possible community spread. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 would be asked by public health officials to share their close contacts. That information is used ONLY for the purpose of helping those people to get tested or to quarantine. The information is confidential. The infected person’s name will not be released to their contacts nor their COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health department partners, if needed. Local health officials may contact Campus Public Safety or the Dean of Students for assistance in notifying specific areas of our community (i.e. a specific housing unit or office) about persons who tested positive for COVID-19. Public Safety, Human Resources and the Wellness Center are limited in what they may disclose regarding positive cases within the community and will only make notifications to persons and areas as directed by public health officials or to a specific area of the University where warranted.

Domestic travel restrictions have been lifted for faculty and staffwho are fully vaccinated and have submitted their necessary vaccine documentation. Divisional executives must still approve all requests and will review to ensure that no quarantines will be required for any faculty, staff or students who are travelling upon their return.

International travel is suspended until further notice for students, faculty and staff.

Our facilities are in code compliance with national building codes and in accordance with ASHRE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-conditioning Engineers). Our operational response to the current pandemic is:

  • Constant maintenance of equipment. We have 100 percent heating and cooling in all building, meaning we can move air at all times.
  • Maintaining constant operations and air flow of the equipment.
  • Increasing the air exchanges daily from our standard operations and introducing more outside air.
  • Spot surface cleaning diffuser and supplies more frequently, where needed.
  • Increasing our filter systems from a Merv 8 to a Merv 13, and increased the replacement sequence.

The prevailing recommendation from health care professionals is to not require testing for all. Testing is a point-in-time function. If someone gets tested today and it takes 48 hours for the results to come back, the results themselves will be outdated by two days.

Lowering the campus’ risk relates to Stockton’s “safe environment plan:”

  • Wear a face covering if you are not fully vaccinated;
  • Practice safe hygiene – wash hands, don’t touch your face, etc.

Visitors to Stockton's campuses must follow these guidelines: 

  • Wear a face covering if you are not fully vaccinated;
  • Practice safe hygiene – wash hands, don’t touch your face, etc.

Stockton would close its campus locations if an executive order came from the Governor’s Office requiring us to do so.

In general, Stockton has three primary courses modalities: in-person, hybrid and online.

All courses have been updated to reflect the expected modality and can be viewed by logging into your GoPortal account.

For reference, Stockton’s entire set of policies and procedures can be found here

Here are three procedures we recommend all students and faculty be familiar with: 

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 planning to add more online courses for the fall term. Nearly 350 fully online classes and another 275 hybrid courses are already available during the upcoming term, and the full schedule of fall courses is available through the Stockton GoPortal.

Stockton intends to provide robust residential life and campus experiences in Fall 2021 at the Galloway and Atlantic City campuses. Policies for guests and gatherings will be adapted as needed to meet state guidelines.

  • Residential lounges will be open to students.
  • Residential students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear masks when visiting other residence halls. Masks are required for unvaccinated students.
  • Non-residential and non-Stockton students will be permitted as guests in the residence halls. Masks are required for unvaccinated visitors.

Yes, we anticipate students will be permitted to have  guests in the residential facilities. They must wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated, be registered and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

All dining options including – the N-Wing cafeteria, the Campus Center food court on the Galloway Campus, Lakeside Lodge, and the Dining Hall inside the John F. Scarpa Academic Center on the AC Campus – will be modified in accordance with public health guidelines. Each location will have updated:
  • Entrance areas.
  • Grab-and-go options.

Stockton Dining Information

Campus events will factor in health and safety protocols and student leaders are designing a variety of in-person and remote experiences. Visit OspreyHub for the most up to date meeting and event information.

Get outside – safely – and enjoy Stockton’s beautiful campus and offerings!

Please also look for and adhere to additional signage at each facility.

Outdoor Track (beside Big Blue)

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Outdoor Ospreys Basketball Court (Lot 6)

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Outdoor Basketball Court (Lakeside)

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Outdoor Volleyball Courts (TRLC, Lakeside, & Housing 4)

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Outdoor Tennis Courts, North Athletic Complex, Pomona

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Intramural Fields – North Athletic Complex, Pomona Road

Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

Stockton Trails – 11 ½ miles of beautiful, wooded trails

Monday – Sunday 8 am – Dusk

(5k Course, 6k Course, 8k Course)

Outdoor Fitness Stations (Adjacent to the Intramural Fields/Observatory)

Monday - Sunday 8am - Dusk

Street Hockey Rink

Monday – Sunday 8 am – Dusk

Lake Fred- Fishing

(NJ State Freshwater Fishing License Required

The fitness room in the Sports Center and I-Wing weight room are open. The arena and I-Wing gym remain closed for recreational use. Locker rooms and showers are closed.

Atlantic City fitness center hours.

Yes, teams will compete in accordance with their conference. Visit https://stocktonathletics.com/ for updates.

Stockton has set aside some classrooms and computer labs to support students who need study space on campus or access to a computer to join an online class.  Locations will be subject to the same space limitations and capacities as any other space on campus. 

Information about which rooms can be used for these purposes are posted in the campus calendar and will be advertised on campus TV monitors.

Drop-in locations are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Specific rooms are: 

  • B-Wing: 001 
  • C-Wing: 009, 012 
  • F-Wing: 201, 204, 205, 212, 245 
  • H-Wing: 114 
  • J-Wing: 103 
  • West Quad Building: 104, 123 
  • Atlantic City Campus/John F. Scarpa Academic Center: 214 

The LabFind app is available to locate open computer labs, find the software you need and discover printers on campus.

Stockton's library is open. All patrons must wear a mask if they are not fully vaccinated. There is a drop-off box for book and video returns outside the Campus Center.

The library also offers curbside pick-up. Here's how it works:

  • Find a book or film in FlashFind.
  • Sign in to request the item.
  • After confirmation of your request, you can schedule a pick-up time.
  • Bring your Stockton ID to the pickup desk outside the Library entrance at your scheduled time and library staff, who wear masks and gloves while handling the books or videos, will deliver your items to you. 

Faculty members with questions about any library service should contact the subject specialist for their program. Questions may be emailed to the library. 

Computer labs are open.

The LabFind app is available to locate open computer labs, find the software you need and discover printers on campus.

Technology assistance is available at (609) 652-4309 or by email at helpdesk@stockton.edu.

Visit the Follett Bookstore website for current store hours.

Students are able to purchase their materials online through the bookstore website. Books can either be shipped to the student’s home (for a small shipping fee) or to the bookstore for free.

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission Rule Waiver provided eligible employees COVID-related leave due to self-isolation, self-quarantine, COVID vaccination, and care for children or a family member under self-isolation or self-quarantine.  This rule will expire July 4, following Executive Order 144 by Governor Murphy officially ending New Jersey’s public health emergency.

Therefore, effective July 5 2021, all COVID leave will end.  Thereafter, all COVID-related leave will require use of accrued leave and the COVID-19 code will no longer be used on timesheets after July 4th.

All unvaccinated employees are encouraged to get vaccinated to take advantage of the leave available under the Rule Waiver before it ends on July 4.

Approved partial work modifications for employees with K-12 children in schools offering remote instruction only  expire at the end of the corresponding school year, but no later than June 30, 2021.

Employees seeking 100% work modification (typically for medical reasons) can complete a formal work modification request application through the Office of Human Resources (OHR). If the needs of one’s office, as determined by the divisional executive and OHR, are such that the employee cannot receive a 100% work modification, OHR will discuss available leave options including FMLA, and accrued leave.

Student workers unable to perform their university job at the assigned work location due to COVID-19 sickness or a directive from a health care provider to self-quarantine should use accrued paid sick leave for scheduled work time. Students on Federal Work Study who are unable to work due to COVID-19 self-quarantine or self-isolation should contact the Office of Financial Aid.