Coronavirus Information

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold or more severe illnesses. The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China had not been previously detected in humans or animals and much is still unknown about it. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Rutgers convened the COVID-19 Task Force under the Office of Emergency Management to develop plans that anticipate probable scenarios of COVID-19’s effect on the university. The situation continues to evolve and remains fluid. If you have questions, email them to the Task Force at

Updated March 31, 2020, 9:23 a.m.

Campus Operating Status

Rutgers is open. Some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Click on the following links for up-to-date information at:

Rutgers University–Camden

Rutgers University–Newark

Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Recent Announcements

Summer Session 2020 Is on Track

Barbara Lee, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, announced that the 2020 Rutgers summer session will proceed as scheduled. Because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, instruction for all courses will be offered remotely. Registration is open.

Read the full message from March 26 about summer classes.

Updated March 24, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Change in Admittance Procedures for All Rutgers Libraries 

Effective March 17, 2020, admittance to all Rutgers University Libraries will be limited only to users with current Rutgers IDs.  

While this decision was not made lightly, the Libraries have an important responsibility to ensure that our students, staff, and faculty have healthy environments in which to learn and to work. As popular gathering spaces in our local communities, the Libraries must take into consideration the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of New Jersey, and Rutgers University to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This includes adopting best practices for social distancing and limiting the amount of people who can occupy their physical locations at any given time. 

For the latest updates on library services and support during this period, please visit

Updated March 20, 2020

Update on Leave and Telecommuting

As part of our continued efforts to advance measures to support the health and well-being of our community, the university has formalized the COVID-19 Telecommuting and COVID-19 Paid Leave (CPL) process and guidelines.  These guidelines are effective immediately and will be in place through April 30, 2020.  These measures are in concert with guidance provided by the State.

Read about the guidelines in Senior Vice President for Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness Vivian Fernández’s message to the University Community.

Updated March 18, 2020, 4:24 p.m.

Operating Status of Rutgers Libraries:

We understand questions have been raised about the decision to keep Rutgers libraries open to our students. The primary reason the libraries are open is that the libraries are essential to educating our students while the university remains open and operating.

The libraries are critical to our ability to meet the directive in Executive Order 104 that mandates that all in-person classes at all universities be suspended and converted to online instruction. The university libraries, located across all campuses and throughout the state, provide access to the internet through nearly 1,000 computer terminals. Access to the internet through these computers is essential for students who for economic or other reasons do not have access to the internet in their homes.

Read the full message with the steps Rutgers has taken to provide library access to students with the health and best interests of our staff, students, and faculty foremost.

Important Update on Courses, Events, and Commencement:

President Robert Barchi announced Rutgers is suspending all in-person instruction, with the exception of clinical instruction, for the remainder of the spring semester. The president also announced all events scheduled at the university through the month of May are suspended, including Rutgers Day and commencement ceremonies at all campuses.

Read the president’s full message from March 17, which also provides information on room and board, and support for academic continuity, research continuity, telecommuting, and leave flexibility for issues related to COVID-19.


Operating Status of Rutgers Libraries (March 18, 2020)

Important Update on Courses, Events, and Commencement (March 17, 2020)

Message to Rutgers Alumni and Friends (March 17, 2020)

Card Access Changes on Campus (March 17, 2020)

Rutgers University–Newark Update from Chancellor Cantor (March 16, 2020)

Update on COVID-19 at Rutgers (March 15, 2020)

Food Availability through April 3 at Rutgers University–New Brunswick UPDATED (March 15, 2020)

Additional announcements can be found on the Communications page.


Impact to NJMS

In accordance with Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), and its impact on our community. The university is providing updates via a dedicated website,  

Please visit the following pages for pertinent information for key members of our community.



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