Message from Chancellor: Preparing for Remote Instruction

Dear Rutgers University – Newark students,

In recent days, as our civic leaders have been adapting public policy rapidly to reflect rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we at Rutgers-Newark have been working 24/7 to adapt in sync with them. Throughout, our primary focus has been to do all we can to support you in successfully completing the semester and continuing on pace toward your degree and your career beyond. I want you to know unequivocally at this challenging time: we are with you!

We know that the shift to fully remote instruction may come with apprehension, which is why we have put into place channels to support you. As you know, we have been working closely with the deans of our schools and colleges to assure that every instructor has devised plans for each of their courses that incorporate modes of instruction attuned not just to the content of the curriculum, but to the technological capacities of the students enrolled. If you have questions about how you will be able to fully participate in your courses while learning remotely, please contact your instructors for guidance.

At the same time, we have attuned other supports and operations university-wide to remote mode, assuring that while public policy requires us to do as much of our work as humanly possible remote from campus, we fully maintain our capacities in every area of what we do. Most recently, today Governor Murphy ordered that all academic libraries and computer labs close, so we are now shifting library and technology support to fully remote operation.

To keep you apprised of how to access all of our services and supports remotely, we have created a COVID-19 Operating Status page. We are working constantly with our colleagues across campus and across Rutgers to keep it up to date, so we encourage you to check there for information about how to access the university services and resources you may need.

Being remote from each other naturally will require more frequent communication, so while it may sometimes feel like information overload, please stay tuned to your email, to our website, and to our social media channels for updated information.

We will continue to reach out to you, and we hope that if you need assistance you will reach out to us. We care so much about you and want to do everything we can to keep our community together as we move further into unknown terrain.

In solidarity,

Nancy Cantor
Chancellor