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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 30, 2000

(Mahwah) – Dr. Alice Chandler, President of Ramapo College of New Jersey, today announced that the start of the fall semester will be delayed. Classes will begin Monday, September 11, instead of Wednesday, September 6 as previously scheduled. This follows the news that a test completed as part of the application for a certificate of occupancy for the newly constructed Mackin Hall revealed a slightly elevated level of bacteria in the building’s water supply. In response to a second phase of testing at Mackin Hall and the adjacent Bischoff Hall residence halls, College officials have arranged for the hyperchlorination of the plumbing systems of both buildings. The decision was made in consultation with public health officials.

Subsequent to the hyperchlorination, new tests will be performed to ensure safe water quality for the college community. In addition, water samples are being collected at every campus building for testing to ensure that the problem is isolated. As a precaution, College officials have advised people not to consume water from campus systems until final results are in. In the meantime, water fountains have been turned off and bottled water is being made available. Public health officials from the Mahwah Township Health Department stated that the water has been determined to be safe for all non-drinking purposes.

To allow for the completion of all testing, the revised orientation and freshmen move-in day is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, with upper-class students moving in on Sunday, September 10. All students are to receive a letter and new students are being contacted by telephone.

For updated information, check our Website, www.ramapo.edu or call (201) 236-2902.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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