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 by adhering to the interim Campus Health and Safety Policy.
Students and employees with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are expected to contact their health care provider, self-isolate, conduct the daily self-checkup via the TCNJ Roar app, and obtain COVID-19 testing. Students can schedule a virtual medical appointment with Student Health Services through the OWL portal for consultation and testing referral.
All students coming to campus are required to obtain a negative viral COVID-19 test result within seven days prior to arrival on campus and upload the test report to the OWL portal. Students who have applied for housing must be cleared by Student Health Services before they can live on campus.
Weekly on-campus rapid COVID-19 testing will be required of all students coming to campus—twice weekly for students living on campus—with the expectation that those tested in this way are asymptomatic and have a green pass for the day (obtained via the daily self-checkup within the Roar app). Testing is available five days per week at no cost to students, faculty, or staff and is provided by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
All employees are eligible for testing and may register for the program; we strongly encourage voluntary testing for all employees who come to campus. Employees who are subject to the mandatory testing requirement under the COVID-19 Testing Special Requirements include AFT faculty, AFT staff, police lieutenants, and non-unit staff. The college is in discussions with other unions about employees’ mandatory participation. In the meantime, we encourage those in other bargaining units to participate voluntarily.
All students, faculty, and staff must register with Bergen New Bridge to participate in the weekly testing program. The testing program will utilize a rapid antigen test and will provide same-day results. Student-athletes will be tested three times per week. Please follow the registration instructions sent to all members of the campus community by Bergen New Bridge via email in January. Once registered, you will be contacted with additional information to begin scheduling your weekly testing appointments. You are encouraged to make all of your appointments for the semester to ensure you are scheduled for convenient days and times. Please email any questions regarding the registration or scheduling process.
The TCNJ COVID-19 test site is located in the Decker Social Space, accessed by using the rear doors of Decker Hall. Parking is available in the Decker Parking Garage, and signage has been posted to guide you. You must bring your TCNJ ID card for access to the building.
Testing will be available by appointment. Times are as follows:
- Monday and Thursday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
- Friday: 7 a.m.–noon
EXEMPTIONS: Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be exempt from testing for 90 days after a positive test result. Submit test results to Student Health Services (students) via OWL or to Human Resources (employees) to be placed on the exemption list. Having been vaccinated will NOT exempt you from the testing requirement.
Our expectation is that with this regular screening of the population, rapid test results, and positive case investigation and contact tracing, we can more effectively deter contagion on campus.
Your Daily Self-Checkup
Any student, faculty or staff member coming to campus must do everything possible to keep the community safe. Employees and students must complete a daily self-checkup to monitor their health on the days they plan to be on campus (and for the two days immediately following any campus visits). 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 are 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 have been installed throughout campus, and personal bottles of sanitizer are available to everyone on campus.
Facilities has also implemented a rotating schedule for office cleaning to minimize in-person contact.
Personal Protective Equipment
Students, 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). Clear face shields can be requested from the Accessibility Resource Center. 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 physical 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 required to submit themselves to quarantine or isolation as directed.
Faculty and staff who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider 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 counties, the college will conduct contact tracing outreach 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 emailed to the Accessibility Resource Center.