COVID-19 Operating Status

Summary Rutgers-Newark status:



Updates and Announcements



Tuition and Fees

The Rutgers Board of Governors took the unprecedented step of freezing tuition and fees for Academic Year 2020-21. Because course instruction has continued and will proceed, meeting accreditation guidelines, tuition billing remains in place. Fees paid to support campus services and infrastructure remain as staff continue to make critical services available. Click here for the Statement on Tuition and Fees for Fall 2020.


As we proceed with plans to hold an in-person event whenever circumstances will allow, we will hold a Graduate Recognition Ceremony virtually on our previously scheduled date for commencement. Graduating students are receiving information from their school/college commencement coordinators enabling them to invite friends and family to join them for the ceremony, which will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.


Supporting Our Students

An Emergency Fund has been established to provide direct financial support to students urgently in need of assistance to continue their studies as they grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. All who have the capacity may give here: Rutgers-Newark Student Emergency Fund.


Rutgers-Newark Operations

Swipe access to all Rutgers-Newark buildings is in effect. All faculty, staff, and students are able to access the Paul Robeson Campus Center and Blumenthal Hall, as well as the buildings in which they are employed. Law students additionally are able to access the Center for Law and Justice. In light of this important change of protocol, all Rutgers-Newark community members should be sure to have their IDs with them whenever they are on campus.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult MyRUN for detailed information about services available.


Student Services
One Stop and Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounting, will be serving our students remotely Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students should visit MyRUN for detailed information about services available. Students can call 973-353-1766 ext.1 or email for assistance.


Refunds and Other Finance Related Issues
A guide to the process for issuing refunds for Housing, Dining, and Parking, as well as how to navigate other financial issues such as holds is available here
Food Pantry 

pantryRUN Food Pantry remains open to provide free groceries to students and staff who need help affording or accessing food. The pantry is open Monday and Wednesday 1pm-4pm and Friday 10am-noon in PRCC Room 226. Email questions to .


University housing is accessible to students who have been approved to remain on campus.



Both Starbucks locations (Paul Robeson Campus Center and 1 Washington Park) are closed.

All dining operations move to Stonsby Dining Commons starting with dinner on Sunday, March 22 until further notice. All dining options will be grab-and-go and will be provided during the following times:

  •    Monday – Friday:

   Breakfast 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
   Lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
   Dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Saturday & Sunday:

   Brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
   Dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Dana Library
In compliance with the guidelines of government officials, the library, including the Institute of Jazz Studies, is closed and has transitioned to online services only. Virtual reference services are available every day from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Video Reference Desk is available Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. A guide to accessing library resources is available on the Dana Library website.


Law Library
In compliance with the guidelines of government officials, the Law Library is closed and has transitioned to online services only and to support remote teaching.  Reference service for faculty and students will be by e-mail, to, or by going to the WebEx conference of the reference librarian on duty published on the Law Library website. The law library's research webpage,, will guide students and faculty to all our online resources, and our rich set of guides for special subject-matter research.

Computer Labs
In compliance with the guidelines of government officials, computer labs are closed. Guidance on accessing technology resources may be found on MyRUN.

All events scheduled at the Rutgers-Newark through May 2020 are suspended, including commencements and convocations. Working groups across Rutgers and at Rutgers-Newark are looking at all options to celebrate our May 2020 graduates including in-person events (at an appropriate time) and virtual celebrations, as well as possible combinations.


Graduation Regalia
For undergraduates: Barnes and Noble and the regalia vendor, Oak Hall, have both agreed to issue refunds for regalia that was ordered for direct shipment to homes or for store pick-up. 

For graduate students: because different graduate programs handle regalia in different ways, students should contact the bookstore regarding the availability of refunds: (973) 353-2227 or


Paul Robeson Campus Center
In compliance with the guidelines of government officials, the Paul Robeson Campus Center is closed with the exception of providing access to PantryRUN, the campus food pantry located in Room 226. PantryRUN will be open:

  •  Monday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Continue to Follow PantryRUN on Instagram @pantry_run for further updates.


Student Employment
Following guidance from the Office of Postsecondary Education regarding Federal Work Study (FWS) payments for disaster-affected students, all current FWS students with remaining funding should be paid for their regularly scheduled hours at their regular pay rate through the last day of class for the spring 2020 semester, which is May 4, 2020 Federal Work Study students should be paid whether or not they are actually able to report to work. The Federal Work Study awards are an important part of the overall financial aid package. Students can also strategize with their departmental supervisors to work remotely.

As for non-FWS student employees, Rutgers University-Newark is working hard to minimize adverse impacts on our student employees who are a vital part of the RU-N community.  As such, student employees at Rutgers-Newark should coordinate with their direct supervisors to create an appropriate work assignment and schedule that can be performed remotely until May 4, 2020.


Counseling Center
The Counseling Center will maintain regular hours of operation from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with late appointments available daily by appointment. In order to ensure the safety of our community, all services will be offered via telephone or video conferencing. To schedule an appointment or speak to a clinician, please or call 973-353-5805.


Student Health Services
Student Health Services will maintain regular hours of operation from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with limited staff. To schedule a phone consult with a clinician, please call 973-353-5232 or email during business hours. To maintain a healthy and safe community, we are not accepting walk-in appointments at this time. Please call or email for assistance. Our nurse hotline is available after hours at 866-221-9674.  Please note the Pharmacy will be closed until further notice.

The Golden Dome is closed in order to comply with the recommendations of health officials.


The bookstore will remain closed to the public until further notice.  Orders should be placed online.    

Barnes & Noble is offering free shipping online purchases of course materials, supplies, Rutgers clothing and gifts at

Students may reach the staff at the Bookstore by email at or (973) 353-2200. Messages will be returned within 24 hours.

Rental textbooks are due July 30, 2020. Students that do not have access to a printer should email the bookstore to request a mailing label. Be sure to include the order number and your telephone number in the email.

Summer Session 2020
Summer Session 2020 will proceed as scheduled. All courses will be offered via remote instruction. Registration is open. Questions about course offerings may be directed to the school or department offering the course, or to the dean’s office of the school in which you are enrolled or wish to be enrolled.

For further information: Rutgers Universitywide COVID-19 Information