Campus Operations FAQ
Here is what we are doing to keep the Stockton community safe and healthy:
- In light of updated federal and state guidelines on COVID-19, Stockton University strongly recommends but no longer requires employees and students to be vaccinated against the virus, effective Monday, June 19, 2023.
- Stockton offers 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 current course schedule.
- There are extensive safety protocols in place. Masks are optional but recommended for of all students, employees and visitors.
- Procedures are in place to quarantine faculty, staff and students as needed.
Official ADA Accommodations: Students who believe they require accommodation due to a documented disability and would like services must register with the Learning Access Program (LAP). When a student self-discloses their disability to the Learning Access Program, they also need to submit dated documentation that identifies the student’s diagnosed disability, functional limitations, and suggested accommodations. This documentation will be reviewed during a personal intake interview with a LAP coordinator. Accommodations are designed to provide equal access for academic success while maintaining the program standards.
Informal Modifications: Faculty may consider informal adjustments to individual student requests in the faculty member’s class; however, student requests for accommodations must continue to follow the University’s existing ADA Accommodation process through the LAP. Current University policies and procedures for medical modifications continue to apply; visit the Learning Access Program’s webpage to learn more.
Learn more about the reasonable accommodations process for employees.
Stockton will continue following guidelines and protocols from institutional and governmental sources, including (but not limited to):
Stockton University monitors the guidance of both the New Jersey Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the use of face masks to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Based on present conditions, masks are optional but recommended on Stockton’s campuses.
Stockton University monitors the guidance of both the New Jersey Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the use of face masks to help reduce the risk of COVID-19.
- Masks are optional but recommended for Stockton students, employees and visitors in campus building, shuttles and other indoor facilities.
Surgical masks are available at the Campus Center Information Desk, Student Health Services, Division offices, the library and off-site Stockton locations. Details are in the Campus Operations FAQ.
- Faculty may require masks to be worn in their academic classes, studios, clinicals and labs. Students must respect and comply with such instructions. Faculty can submit an incident report form should they experience a significant challenge with compliance.
- Employees are not required to wear masks during work meetings or in common work areas. Individuals may request others to wear a mask when meeting. Please be understanding and considerate of such requests.
- Masks must be worn when visiting Student Health Services.
Students who cannot safely wear a mask for medical reasons can submit an accommodation request to the University’s Learning Access Program. If granted, the student will be given an accommodation letter to provide to the course instructor.
Employees seeking an ADA accommodation must submit a request to the Office of Human Resources. Direct questions about employee ADA accommodations to Bart Musitano, Benefits Manager at email@example.com. If granted, the employee will be given an accommodation letter to provide to their supervisor.
Individual requests will be reviewed, assessed, and appropriate accommodations determined. Medical documentation may be required.
Stockton follows COVID-19 Safety Protocols per CDC Guidelines, including:
Cleaning and sanitizing non-residential facilities (classrooms, offices, all public and dining areas, athletic facilities, etc.).
Refilling hand sanitizer stations in hallways and offices, and providing offices with additional supplies like individual hand sanitizers, wipes and plexiglass (if necessary).
Supplying wipes in classrooms, computer labs and meeting spaces.
Providing disposable masks in public spaces.
Maintaining contact tracing.
Stockton’s maintenance and custodial staff clean and disinfect 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 touch-free hand-sanitizer units and waste receptables throughout our campus locations.
All University Contractors and Vendors that provide services at the University (including Chartwells, Follett and Allied Security) must comply with the New Jersey Department of Health public health guidance, and any additional requirements and instructions as directed by the University representative with oversight responsibility for their services. Vendors will ensure their employees follow all necessary organizational, State and University-related COVID-19 safety protocols.
Students. If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please remain in your residence hall (residential students) or do not come to campus (non-residential students). Log into the goStockton Portal, choose the “Student Life” tab, click the red “Stockton COVID-19 Reporting” button, and complete the form. You will be contacted by Student Health Services. Stockton Cares, under the Office of the Dean of Students will assist you in contacting your faculty to make any necessary arrangements if you need to miss classes.
Employees. If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19. If you test positive, please go to the Employee tab in the goStockton Portal to complete the Employee Health Pledge, then follow the emailed instructions you receive. If you test negative, and you do not feel well, please consider using accrued leave. If you test negative and come to campus, please consider wearing a mask.
Vendors. Chartwells, Follett and other vendors will ensure that their employees follow similar safety protocols.
Although Stockton does not offer testing on campus, the State of New Jersey maintains a complete list of statewide testing locations on its COVID-19 information hub website.
We encourage anyone seeking a COVID-19 test off-campus to first update/decline their online COVID-19 reporting form located in the goStockton Portal. This step will help the University with medical follow-up and COVID-19 mitigation and clearance efforts.
When any member of the Stockton community becomes ill with COVID-19, Stockton’s COVID-19 response group gathers information regarding close contacts to assess the extent of the exposure. This information will be provided to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health by the Campus Public Safety Office.
Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required, in accordance with public health recommendations, to either isolate in their place of primary residence off campus or in a Stockton isolated housing facility. For students in on-campus isolation housing this protocol will include, but will not be limited to, isolation housing (off campus and on campus), dining accommodations, contact tracing, regular monitoring of student’s health (physically, mentally, socially, etc.)
Approved travel may be modified based upon CDC guidance.
All University guidelines must be followed, including Procedure 6412 University Travel. Planned domestic travel must be approved by both the University (first) and Stockton University Foundation if Foundation funds are to be used for some or all of the trip cost.
Divisional Executives will be required to approve travel plans in advance. In addition, before travelers make any changes to their approved and confirmed tickets, reservations or plans, they should first consult with Travel through Administration & Finance to ensure they do not invalidate insurance or other protections.
Planned domestic travel is not reimbursable by Stockton University if cancelled for any reason. We highly suggest students and employees purchase insurance or fully refundable tickets on their own behalf.
If approved travelers are required to quarantine for COVID travel advisory reasons after they arrive home, and they followed all University and local guidelines during travel, the University will not require employees to utilize any personal or sick time and instead, temporary workplace modifications will be provided. University Procedure 6913 Worker’s Compensation may also apply.
At the discretion of the appropriate Divisional Executive, COVID-related travel expenses may be approved as part of the normal budgetary process .
All faculty, staff and students who are approved for domestic travel are required to comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols during travel and at the travel destination.
Approved travel may be modified based upon CDC guidance or U.S. State Department advisories.
All University guidelines must continue to be followed including Procedure 2008 International Travel.
Planned international travel is not reimbursable by Stockton University if cancelled for any reason. We highly suggest students and employees purchase insurance or fully refundable tickets on their own behalf.
Once a travel request is approved by Divisional Executive, the Director of the Office of Global Engagement (OGE) and Senior International Officer (SIO) for the University will work with relevant offices on approval and guidelines specific to international destination(s). This may also include CDC guidance for international travel or U.S. State Department advisories in addition to the normal criteria used to approve international travel.
All domestic travel procedures/policies listed above also apply to international travel.
Existing policies, procedures and processes regarding international travel and approval decisions based on State Department risk levels continue to apply with additional reliance on COVID-specific travel information.
The Office of Global Engagement’s webpage includes relevant information for approved travelers including the most recent off campus travel emergency guide.
All approved international travelers are required to carry insurance through coordination with the Office of Global Engagement (OGE).
If the University approves international travel for work-related purposes and a traveler is unable to reenter the country due to COVID-19 specific reasons, if they followed all University and local guidelines during travel, the University will bear expenses related to COVID-specific travel requirements or interruptions (e.g., testing, quarantines) consistent with Procedure 6412 until they are allowed reentry into the U.S. This also applies to students traveling on faculty-led programs (FLPs).
All faculty, staff and students who are approved for international travel are required to comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols in effect during travel and at the international destination.
Employee Conference Travel:
- The University continues to encourage professional development for faculty and staff and wants to balance decisions regarding requests for travel with Stockton's commitment to health and safety. Given the current nature of COVID, faculty and staff who travel to a conference and become ill due to COVID will not be reimbursed for expenses beyond the date of the original approved travel, regardless of how or where they contracted the virus. Stockton will continue to monitor public health conditions and make adjustments to University travel guidelines as necessary.
The Director of the Office of Global Engagement (OGE) and Senior International Officer (SIO) for the University, will, under the direction of the Office of the Provost, continue to work with students and relevant offices for guidelines specific to individual countries and/or programs for study abroad.
The University will continue monitoring campus-wide health and safety conditions, including possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases in classrooms or residential halls. Decisions regarding potential contingency plans will be the responsibility of the appropriate administrative executives and will be made in accordance with public health guidelines.
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:
- Procedure #2018: Drop/Add and Withdrawal from a Course
- Procedure #2020: Leave of Absence/Withdrawal from University
- Procedure #2030: Course Attendance
View the Academic Calendar for key dates, including course drop and withdrawal dates.
Stockton provides robust residential life and campus experiences at the Galloway and Atlantic City campuses. Policies for guests and gatherings will be adapted as needed to meet state guidelines.
Common areas and hallways in residential areas, including bathrooms and lounges in Housing 2 and 3, are cleaned five days a week, Monday through Friday.
On-Campus Isolation and Quarantine Protocols:
Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required, in accordance with public health recommendations, to either isolate in their place of primary residence off campus or in a Stockton isolated housing facility. For students in on-campus isolation housing this protocol will include, but will not be limited to, isolation housing, dining accommodations, contact tracing, regular monitoring of student’s health (physically, mentally, socially, etc.)
Stockton will continue to contact trace residential students per CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines.
Student clubs and organizations are required to follow all University policies and procedures.
Visit OspreyHub for the most up to date meeting and event information.
Workout facilities and outdoor recreation locations will be open to all current Stockton students and employees as determined under normal University operations.
Athletics and Recreationwill distribute protocols for competitive athletics, as well as requirements and guidelines for intramurals, club sports and pick-up activities.
Safety protocols for off-campus events (ex: sporting events at other colleges, etc.):
Travel and overnight lodging protocols will follow University protocols.
All student athletes and athletic staff must comply with NCAA protocols (currently consistent with Stockton’s protocols).
The University has consulted with the Atlantic County Division of Public Health and our partner AtlantiCare regarding the subject of ventilation.
Stockton University facilities are in compliance with applicable building codes and in accordance with ASHRE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-conditioning Engineers), the governing standards in which mechanical systems are operated.
The University’s operational response to the mechanical systems and building ventilation during the ongoing pandemic is:
- Constant maintenance of equipment. Stockton maintains 100 percent heating and cooling in all occupied buildings, meaning, we move air through our systems at all times.
- Maintaining constant operations and air flow of the equipment.
- Increasing the air exchanges from our standard operations and introducing more “fresh outside air).
- Surface cleaning diffuser and supplies more frequently, where needed.
- Increase the level of filter systems from a MERV 8 to a MERV 13 (with continued inventory on hand) as well as increase the replacement sequence.
These operations are in compliance with codes and regulations having jurisdiction, and cross referenced with the operational responses of our peer institutions.
If a faculty member becomes ill or needs to quarantine, they should follow the same process that is already in place for such contingencies and work with their dean to make alternate arrangements to have missed classes covered or develop alternate assignments. The Center for Teaching and Learning Design has resources available to address some of these concerns.