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TCNJ COVID-19 Fall 2022 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All students taking classes and/or participating in on-campus activities are required to provide proof of vaccination. Learn more about TCNJ’s vaccine requirement.

In addition, TCNJ strongly recommends that students, staff, and faculty receive a booster vaccination when eligible (two months or more after the second Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax vaccination, or after the single J&J vaccination). Learn more about covid vaccines. Find a vaccination location

The TCNJ experience differs for students who are vaccinated and for those who have been granted a vaccine exemption. Only students who are fully vaccinated may live on campus. (Unvaccinated students, including those with an exemption, are not permitted to live in the residence halls.)

All students, regardless of vaccination status, may:

  • be subject to symptomatic testing, random asymptomatic testing, or regular testing if there is evidence of substantial or high transmission in the community.
  • choose to maintain physical distance or wear a mask in spaces where it is not a requirement to do so.

COVID-19 Testing

All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to be tested on campus through Bergen New Bridge the first week they return to campus. We invite all students, faculty, and staff — whether asymptomatic or symptomatic — to take advantage of on-campus testing capacity through Bergen New Bridge during the semester. However, if you are sick and at home, please don’t come to campus to be tested. Get tested at your local urgent care or pharmacy, or at home using a self-test. At-home self tests are available for purchase at pharmacies (always keep a few on hand in case you need them), the TCNJ Bookstore, and in Student Health Services. 

To be tested at the TCNJ COVID-19 testing site, you must register and provide current medical insurance information to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, our testing vendor. The test site utilizes a rapid antigen test and provides same-day results. Go to COVID-19 Testing Information and FAQs to schedule an appointment and for important information about the TCNJ COVID-19 test site and other testing options.

The TCNJ ROAR app is an important health and safety tool that allows members of the community to self-report their off-campus and at-home positive COVID-19 test and upload test results. 

Masks

While the college does not currently have a mask mandate, anyone wishing to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. Furthermore, individual instructors may require masking in their classrooms, and certain health offices, such as Student Health Services, Counseling and Prevention Services, Athletic Training Room, and the COVID-19 testing site, require masks to be worn. Masking is also required for individuals who have tested positive, or who have been close contacts of someone with COVID-19. See the TCNJ Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines. Masks are available free-of-charge at the BSC Information Desk.

If You Have COVID-like Symptoms

Despite vaccination and/or previous COVID-19 infection, members of the community may become infected with COVID-19. Following New Jersey Department of Health and TCNJ guidelines, any community member who has covid-like symptoms should take the following actions: 

  • Stay home and isolate yourself from others. 
  • Get tested for covid. If you are at home, please don’t come to campus to be tested. Get tested at your local urgent care or pharmacy, or at home using a self-test. At-home self tests are available for purchase at pharmacies (always keep a few on hand in case you need them), the TCNJ Bookstore, and in Student Health Services. 
  • Refer to the Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines.
  • If you feel you need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider. Students can schedule an appointment with Student Health Services via OWL or by calling 609.771.2889.

If You Test Positive for COVID

On-campus Residential Housing

Please visit the Residential Housing website for additional information on housing options. Please note that only students who are vaccinated for COVID-19 are permitted to live on campus.

Portions of New Residence Hall remain offline for isolation purposes as necessary. 

Isolation

TCNJ has developed a comprehensive plan consistent with the Center for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health to isolate a limited number of residents. However, if deemed necessary by TCNJ, the isolation period may need to take place at home. 

To facilitate on-campus isolation housing, students will be provided with a recommended packing list and a cart to transport their belongings. During this time, TCNJ Dining Services will take meal orders and deliver food to the new on-campus location. Students are not allowed to leave these rooms/units without approval by Student Health Services and/or the TCNJ Covid Outreach Team.

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