Coronavirus Campus Communication 3/22/2020 – Official Message from the Office of the President
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:
Thank you to those of you that continue to display compassion, commitment, and versatility during these most turbulent times. The more we rely on these qualities to guide our decisions and behaviors, the more our collective store of resilience will grow.
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. As a result of this order:
Highly Limited Employee Visits to Campus: Ramapo employees who must visit campus to retrieve materials and personal belongings may do so between 8AM and 5PM on Monday, March 23. Any opportunities to visit campus thereafter by non-essential employees are likely to be extremely limited.
These visits must be very brief. Upon arrival to campus, all employees will be asked to complete an Access Form which, for the purposes of social distancing and cleaning, serves to capture the employee’s access points on campus. Employees are directed to refrain from touching common surfaces (handrails, restrooms, doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc.) to the maximum extent possible. If possible, you might consider wearing gloves. I thank you in advance for complying with these guidelines in your brief visits tomorrow.
Computer Lab Closure: Ramapo is now no longer able to keep a portion of the George T. Potter Library open to assist with meeting the technology/wi-fi needs of our students and faculty. We, along with leadership in Trenton, recognize that this will cause a hardship for some of you but we remain committed to working with you to troubleshoot your technology needs. Please see the related guidance below for students, faculty, and staff from:
We are all doing our best in an environment that is incredibly mercurial. The Irish have a saying, “The old dog for a hard road,” which means that experience is invaluable in overcoming difficulty. As we begin remote instruction tomorrow, know that the campus is actively working to make this transition as smooth as possible. Faculty are beginning a new period of remote teaching, students begin a new period of remote learning, and staff begin a new period of remote delivery of services.
In addition to the resources made available through the College’s COVID-19 Website, please heed the guidance from the State of New Jersey. I cannot say this enough, please do your best to stay well and take good care of those around you. We will get through this.
Peter P. Mercer
Ramapo College’s COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.ramapo.edu/health/coronavirus-covid-19/
Should you have questions:
- COVID-19 State of NJ Hotline and Website: (800)222-1222 and https://covid19.nj.gov/
- Ramapo College COVID-19 Information Line: (201)684-RCNJ or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students: Health related questions should be directed to Health Services at (201)684-7536
- Students who are studying abroad: Contact the Roukema Center for International Education at (201)684-7533
- Counseling Services: Mental health related services for students can be secured at (201)684-7522
- Employees: Questions regarding employment should be directed to Human Resources at (201)684-7498 or email@example.com