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March 15 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

On Friday, President Mercer’s message to students, colleagues, and friends punctuated the realities of living, learning, and working in pandemic times. In concert with President Mercer’s message, we write to remember that on March 14, 2020, the first COVID-19 case was identified at Ramapo College.  What followed would be over 200 students and employees infected with the virus and disruption to what we knew as typical life.  The public health crisis has touched Ramapo in more ways than one and demonstrative of your ability to embrace “firsts.”
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March 12 – Official Message from the Office of the President

This week marks the one year anniversary of Ramapo’s decision to shift to remote operations and virtual learning. Looking back on that email announcement from March 12, 2020 I can recall the vast ambiguity surrounding the then unknown virus and the strangeness of the moment as terms like “social distancing”, “community spread”, “PPE”, and “unprecedented” were beginning to emerge regularly in our lexicon.
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February 3 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

Welcome to the Spring semester at Ramapo college.  The Pandemic Assessment Team provides regular communications via Broadcast emails and through the COVID-19 webpage. Please familiarize yourself with the dashboards we have developed to stay communicative with you about how COVID-19 impacts our campus.  The COVID-19 webpage includes a positive case dashboard, information about on-campus self-isolation/self-quarantine beds in use, and a new dashboard for the weekly resident surveillance testing program, found here.
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January 27 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

On January 20, you received a Coronavirus Communication email from the Pandemic Assessment Team. That message shared very important information about the COVID-19 variants, vaccine, on-campus testing, reporting, and local and state resources. Please heed it. Since the start of the Spring 2021 semester, six members of our College have reported that they tested positive with COVID-19. At present, the cases do not appear to be connected to one another.
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January 21 – Official Message from the Office of the President

I trust we are all, in our own ways, preparing for the start of the Spring 2021 semester at Ramapo College. You may be checking and re-checking your course schedule, refreshing your WebEx skills, reviewing your personal and professional goals, or, like my wife, Jackie, and I, perhaps you are also nervously but excitedly preparing for what awaits you after Ramapo. On this latter point, I have shared many “welcome messages” with the campus over the past 16 years. With the exception of “welcoming” Ramapo’s fifth president later this year, it is most humbling to know that this will be the last welcome message I share with you all.
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January 20 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to share information about the development of COVID-19 variants, the COVID-19 vaccine, and testing for Ramapo College residents and student athletes. The virus is continuing to spread in our community and beyond as summarized through the NJ Department of Health. According to the State Health Commissioner, 50% or more of the State’s recent infections may have been transmitted by people with no symptoms (a stark change from earlier reports of 30-40%). Please do not let your daily vigilance toward combatting COVID-19 weaken. We urge you to continue to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19: wear a face covering, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from others, frequently wash your hands, avoid crowds and large indoor gatherings, and stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus.  Please remember to consult with the College’s Daily Symptom Self Screening.
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December 22 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to share this final Fall 2020 semester update with you about the historic administering of the first COVID-19 vaccine and to outline prevention and resources around winter gatherings, travel, and stress and coping. In February 2020, the Pandemic Assessment Team sent a community-wide message to students, faculty, and staff to provide information about intensifying reports of the coronavirus.  In early March, the first presumptive COVID-19 case was identified in New Jersey.  Since then, New Jersey has reported over 400,000 cumulative total cases and over 16,000 COVID-19-related deaths.
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November 21 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to keep you informed about the community spread of COVID-19, to provide Thanksgiving risk reduction strategies, information about holiday travel, and safe practices for gatherings. New Jersey is experiencing an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  Governor Murphy has urged residents to “double down” on wearing face masks, social distancing, and hand washing.  Please remember to consult with the College’s Daily Symptom Self Screening and stay vigilant in combatting COVID-19.
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November 20 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Governor Murphy announced on Wednesday that colleges and universities across NJ, NY, DE, PA, RI, MA, and CT are encouraged to take additional measures to safeguard against the second wave of COVID-19, with a particular focus on the time period from Thanksgiving through the New Year. The measures outlined include but are not limited to encouraging institutions to transition to remote delivery of instruction after the Thanksgiving break and to encourage students who opt to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break to remain off campus.
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October 16 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to update you about the current rate of transmission for COVID-19 in New Jersey, to provide information about how COVID-19 spreads, and to remind you how to report changes to your health to College officials. New Jersey is seeing an increase in the rate of transmission for COVID-19.  Yesterday’s rate of transmission was 1.16, or for every 100 people with the virus, they spread it to 116 other people. Any number above 1.0 means each newly infected person, on average, spreads the virus to at least one other person.
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October 5 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to share an update related to new COVID-19 resources available to students and to continue to reinforce the prevention and education strategies that are required for you to promote your own healthy self and to protect others.  With the beginning of the fall semester, there has been an increase in reported COVID-19 cases in college-aged students in New Jersey.  We ask that you continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself and others, especially as it relates to hosting and attending events and gatherings.  As a reminder, for on campus residents, the guest and visitation policy and social gathering policy is suspended, so there are to be no gatherings.  The CDC offers guidance related to personal and social activities.
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October 1 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to urge you to download COVID Alert NJ, a free and secure mobile app recently released by the New Jersey Department of Health. COVID Alert NJ anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app will also provide users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool – all while maintaining privacy and anonymity between users.  Further information is available via the fact sheet.
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September 20 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Ramapo learned today, September 20, that a member of our College tested positive with COVID-19 (coronavirus) on September 14. This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Ramapo College for the Fall 2020 semester.

The individual is a non-residential student (participating entirely in virtual learning) who has not been on campus this semester.

In line with College protocols and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the student is self-isolating. We wish them a speedy recovery.
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September 9 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Welcome to the fall 2020 semester at Ramapo College. We are one week into this academic year and it gives me great pride to reflect on how Ramapo College has moved through the past six months and how, I believe, our continued shared commitment and mutual respect for one another, will foster our resolve in the months that follow.

I am certain that how we relate to one another in these unique and uneasy times of isolation, digital absorption, and social justice transformation, is increasingly important to our personal and collective well-being and doing so requires effort. Please, we must extend grace, patience, and kindness in all of our interactions with one another whether they be virtual or in-person.
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September 5 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

As we enter into the Labor Day holiday weekend, we write to thank you for doing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  We are reminded that the spirit of Labor Day is to honor the achievements of our workforce.  We would not have been able to have a successful opening to the fall semester without the countless hours of devoted preparation work from the College’s faculty, staff, and administration.    One way you can join us in thanking our dedicated workforce is by taking personal responsibility, over this Labor Day weekend and thereafter, to keep yourself safe from COVID-19 and not bring the virus back to our campus.
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August 29 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to welcome you to Ramapo College and welcome back our returning Roadrunners.  The Pandemic Assessment Team, provides regular communications to you via Broadcast emails and through the COVID-19 webpage. The Pandemic Assessment Team helps create a culture of preparedness in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority and why we required students to sign the Student Code for Heathy Living and Learning.  Faculty and staff were required to sign the Ramapo College Employee Code for a Safe Working Environment. We expect that you will be proactive and helpful toward minimizing the risk of COVID-19 spread on campus and anticipate your cooperation in abiding by the below information, so that we can work toward a safe academic year.
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August 4 – Official Announcement: Mandated COVID 19 Student Training

COVID-19 has changed the way that we live our lives.  While we could not have predicted or planned for the change we have all been experiencing over the last few months, this is our shared way of life and you can count on the College to support your experience.  One of the ways we support you is to ensure that you understand the context for the pandemic we are in, the health risks, and ways to protect yourself and other Roadrunners as you return to campus.
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August 3 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Ramapo College is eager to welcome our new students and to reconnect with our returning students for the academic year 2020-2021. It is hard to believe that we are less than one month away from the official start of the Fall 2020 semester! Over the last several weeks, you have received updates from me and others about how the College has advanced plans for returning to campus and continuing to offer the high-quality, student-centered instruction and services for which Ramapo is known. I am pleased to share that late last week, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) reported that our Restart Plan was in alignment with the State of New Jersey’s restart standards and that no further review from OSHE was deemed necessary.
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July 28 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Thank you for continuing to advance the mission of Ramapo College despite the challenges posed by recent events. I hope this message finds you well. Last week, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Virginia Galdieri, communicated an outline of some of the plans being put in place to ensure your safe return to campus. Today, I am pleased to provide you with additional information regarding your eventual return to campus.
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July 15 – Official Message from the Office of the President

I write today to advise that after considerable internal planning and review of state, local, and federal guidance and data, the Fall 2020 semester at Ramapo College will feature a combination of limited in-person and remotely delivered instruction as well as modified levels of on-campus activity, residency, and programming.
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July 8 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write in the spirit of continuing to help create a culture of preparedness in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  The health and safety of our students and employees remains our top priority. Below is new information about updated rules regarding face coverings, the New Jersey travel advisory, and the COVID-19 rate of transmission.
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July 1 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

As a reminder, the State of New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey (both travelers and NJ residents) from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
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June 26 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

As the Stay at Home Order has been lifted, you may begin to think about resuming daily activities and venturing out.  Please stay safe and review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance document related to “Errands and Going Out”. If you decide to go out, practice everyday prevention actions (listed below under Prevention Information).
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June 23 – Official Message from the Office of the President (message for students)

I hope this message finds you well and that your summer is proving to be significantly less eventful than your spring. On those days that I have been on campus these last few weeks for the residential student move out, it has been reassuring to see several of you again in-person. I greatly look forward to the time when we can all be back on campus and I write now to share with you a few updates about that eventual return.
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June 18 – Official Message from the Office of the President (message for employees)

Having been on campus these last few weeks for the residential student move out, it has been comforting to see many of you again in-person, and I am greatly looking forward to our gradual return to campus. Last week, Governor Murphy lifted the stay at home order that had been in effect since the height of the COVID-19 outbreak and today he released Executive Order 155 which allows for limited in-person instruction starting in July. In light of this and the ongoing work of our Return to Campus Task Force, the College anticipates bringing employees back to campus in several phases over the coming weeks.
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June 3 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We write to share updates about COVID-19, so that you can make informed decisions about your own travel plans and other important resources to be mindful of as you keep yourself safe.
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May 21 – Official Message from the Office of the President

While we were unable to be together on campus for Arching, the Rites of Passage, Student Leader Awards, and other end of year festivities including what would have been today’s Graduate Programs Commencement Ceremony, we were able to advance variations of these events as a result of everyone’s forward thinking and dedication to our students. I wish the very best to the newest members of the Ramapo College Alumni Association.
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May 6 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Governor Murphy announced today Executive Order #135 today which extends the State’s public-health emergency for an additional 30 days. In light of this EO and in consideration of State mandates regarding K-12 education, Ramapo College will maintain remote operations minimally through to June 30, 2020.
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May 4 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

This message is in response to recent inquiries which recognized that, while many Ramapo College students vacated their residence halls when the College moved to remote operations due to COVID-19, indeed, some students who were unable to return home for various reasons were permitted to remain on campus.
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April 30 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

While we do miss our #HomeSweetPo, we understand that by staying at home, as much as possible, we can all do our part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. However, there are essential employees at Ramapo College who have a special responsibility to keep the campus operating. Thank you to the team of Ramapo College essential workers who continue to report to campus and keep our critical operations functional.
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April 16 – Official Message from the Office of the President

It has been two and a half months since the College issued its first communication regarding COVID-19. At that time, three cases of the virus were being investigated in New York City and none had yet been confirmed in New York or New Jersey. Recent data suggest that there are now nearly 203,000 confirmed cases in New York and nearly 71,000 confirmed cases in New Jersey.
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April 6 – Official Message from the Office of the President

This is a time like no other, and there are serious ramifications. First, the health and well-being of our students, colleagues and friends is paramount. We have taken swift actions over the past several weeks to ensure the safety of our College and we will continue to do so in alignment with federal, state, and local health guidance. Second, the short and long term financial health of Ramapo is of serious concern and it too will require taking strategic action for several reasons…
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March 31, 2020 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We wish to appreciate and acknowledge all of you for demonstrating patience, resilience, and adaptability to a new reality in the face of challenging days. We are committed to communicating with you as the Pandemic Assessment Team works to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
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March 27, 2020 – Official Message from the Office of the President

Video Message from President Peter P. Mercer

March 25, 2020 – Coronavirus Campus Communication

We are writing to communicate that the College has been informed of three additional positive cases of COVID-19 involving members of our community.  In total, this brings the number of positive cases, which we are aware of, to five.
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March 22, 2020 – Message from the President

This weekend Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 107  to keep our State safe. Among the pertinent directives therein is a “stay at home” mandate and the closure of all public computer labs and libraries including those on college and university campuses.
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March 20, 2020 – Message from the President

I write unfortunately to share with you that Ramapo College learned this evening that a member of our campus tested positive with COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 at Ramapo College.
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March 19, 2020 – Message from the President

The remote delivery of instruction will extend through to the end of the spring semester or until Governor Murphy lifts Executive Order 104, whichever occurs later. Our Residence Halls remain closed.
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March 16, 2020 – Message from the President

This afternoon Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 104 which, in pertinent part, limits gatherings/events and orders the discontinuation of in-person instruction at all state colleges and universities until further notice.
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March 14, 2020 – Message from the President

The College is closed effective immediately through March 22. The College is scheduled to reopen on March 23, 2020.
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March 13, 2020 – Updates on Level 3 Travel Warning

We write to keep you informed about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps Ramapo College continues to take to keep our community safe in connection to your personal international travel plans. While there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, at this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus.
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March 12, 2020 – Message from the President

All classes scheduled for March 13, 2020 are canceled. The College, however, will remain open. We re-emphasize the message, that has been delivered consistently across various channels, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus. We have made the decision to cancel classes to advance our social distancing efforts in light of the recent announcements from Governor Murphy and New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. The College’s plans to deliver coursework remotely for two weeks from March 23 to April 4, 2020 remain unchanged.
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March 11, 2020 – Additional Details and Information for Students

Remote Instruction: A vast majority of Ramapo classes will be delivered between Monday, March 23 and Saturday, April 4, via remote instruction. Please see FAQs below for more information on what remote instruction may entail. Students should await instructions from their faculty members for each of their classes on specifically which instructional technologies will be used for their classes during this 2-week remote coursework delivery time period.

Student Employment: For those students who work on campus, we encourage you to connect with your direct supervisor about continuing your employment during the two week remote instruction period as some college services may be limited.

Out-Of-State Travel: Ramapo College sponsored or supported student, out-of-state domestic travel will be limited, reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and require approval.
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March 10, 2020 – Adjustments to Ramapo College Schedule

Classes will continue to be held this week as scheduled. From March 23, 2020 to April 4, 2020, Ramapo College will deliver the vast majority of its coursework remotely. Students are strongly encouraged to study from home during this time as our campus will remain open but with limited services. Students who must remain in residence will be accommodated.

As you depart for Spring Break, you are encouraged to bring all that you will need for remote academic instruction from off campus.  We must be able to plan for who has a need to stay on campus. Please e-mail the Office of Residence Life at reslife@ramapo.edu by 4:30pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020 if you need to register for on campus housing. Further instruction will be provided by the Office of Residence Life to those who register.

If you have questions:

  • COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
  • Students: Health related questions should be directed to Health Services, 201-684-7536, general questions to the Dean of Students, 201-684-7457.
  • Students who are studying abroad: Contact the Roukema Center for International Education, 201-684-7533
  • Counseling Services: Mental health related services for students, 201-684-7522
  • Employees: Questions should be directed to Human Resources, 201-684-7498

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March 8, 2020 – International Travel Registry for Ramapo Students and Employees

With Spring Break (March 16-20) almost upon us, Ramapo students and employees are planning their own personal international travel. If you are traveling outside of the United States (to any country), we ask that you please complete the College’s newly established international travel registry questionnaire for any international travel between now and May 12, 2020.
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March 6, 2020 – Pandemic Assessment Team and FAQs

The Pandemic Assessment Team is committed to keeping you informed about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the College’s coordinated response. Below is a list of frequently asked questions which contains clarification related to the State’s recent notice on travel bans for State employees and clarification on Ramapo College sponsored or supported domestic trips and off campus activities.
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March 5, 2020 – Status of Campus and Local Area Response to Covid-19

The CDC has indicated that the current risk, of contracting COVID-19, to the American public is low – at this time. We have been informed that there are two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Bergen County. The New Jersey Department of Health is waiting on further analysis by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to confirm the positive results. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority and will remain at the forefront of our response. We will continue to keep the campus updated as the situation warrants. If you have questions, please contact Health Services at 201-684-7536.
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March 4, 2020 – Travel Cancellation

Cancellation of Ramapo Sponsored or Supported International Travel
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February 3, 2020 – Information About Coronavirus

The staff from the Center for Health & Counseling Services, the Office of Student Affairs, the Roukema Center for International Education and other offices are monitoring this evolving situation. The College has a robust Emergency Preparedness Plan where the Pandemic Assessment Team makes recommendations around assisting in the control of the spread of a pandemic illness on campus, while also planning for business continuity and academic instruction.
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