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Update on Coronavirus Preparations

To the Campus Community:

I write to provide an update on the coronavirus and the steps the college is taking to prepare. As of this morning, there were no known cases in New Jersey or our region. Nonetheless, the college is continually monitoring the situation, paying close attention to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Here are the latest campus updates:

Current students and faculty abroad: The Center for Global Engagement is providing guidance to individual students studying abroad, and assisting those who choose to return early with a plan to complete their academic credit. The School of Education is working directly with students returning from international student teaching. The college will contact directly each student, faculty, or staff member currently abroad.

Planned TCNJ-related international travel: We are also looking ahead at faculty, staff, and student international travel scheduled for later this spring. A decision on whether we will rescind approved travel will depend on the timing of the trip and the evolving situation.

Student, faculty, and staff personal travel: With spring break coming up, many members of our community have travel plans. Until further notice, the college is asking anyone who travels abroad, regardless of country, to complete this form upon their return. Doing so will allow us to provide you with the latest guidance.

Emergency preparedness: The Campus Emergency Response Team is meeting regularly to ensure the college has contingency plans should this develop into a local public health emergency. We have updated our coronavirus webpage and will continue to do so as the situation evolves.

Staying healthy: As was previously communicated, seasonal flu remains the greater public health risk at this time. The same precautions that you should already be taking to avoid contracting the flu will also help keep you healthy should coronavirus spread to our region. These include: washing your hands regularly; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. For additional tips and information, visit the college’s coronavirus website.

TCNJ is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of all forms of bias and discrimination. Being kind, supportive, and respectful of all members of our campus community remain a hallmark of The College of New Jersey. Behaviors inconsistent with this TCNJ value can be reported to the Bias Response Team.

Sincerely,

William W. Keep

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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