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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Last updated March 24, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.

Georgian Court University is constantly monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, as the safety and health of our students, employees, and visitors is always of paramount concern. Georgian Court reviews updated guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials and actively participates in frequent  conversations with state officials and higher education leaders, including the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. On this page, you’ll find university updatesfrequently asked questionstravel guidelines, and links to important resources. This information will be regularly updated.

Prevent the spread of illness. If you are not feeling well:

  • Commuting students, staff, and faculty are asked to stay home and call their primary medical provider.
  • Resident students should remain in their room and call the Office of Health Services at 732-987-2756 or their primary medical provider.

If You Have Additional Questions

University Updates for Students & Employees

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. Given Gov. Phil Murphy’s most recent executive order, I wanted to remind everyone that only essential staff should be on campus this week. 

Essential staff members are a small, predetermined group of employees critical to campus operations. Managers are reaching out to those who fall into this category.

As we head into another week of remote work and virtual instruction, I wanted to share a few updates:

Where We Stand Now
The COVID-19 response continues to evolve, and so does GCU. The Department of Biology, for example, is donating thousands of much-needed nitrile gloves to health care workers. GCU Cares provides a way for students and other GCU community members to request help with certain types of challenges, and the Office of Institutional Advancement has been receiving donations for GCU’s Angel Fund.

The Office of Residence Life is working with students who are still on campus—and those who went home earlier—to clear out their rooms in a controlled fashion. Afterward, we expect 30 to 40 students to remain on campus because of extenuating circumstances. Dining services, IT, student affairs, and facilities are united in making sure their needs are met.

While Executive Order 107 asks everyone to stay home as we fight the spread of the virus, students and families are allowed to complete move out, based on scheduled appointments. Additional details are available through the Office of Residence Life. 

Business operations are being handled at the department level. Thank you to everyone who is helping us do the work of the university, online and on campus. 

Academic Decisions
Academically, professors are working with students as we transition to virtual learning for all classes. Some of you have asked whether we will move to pass/fail grades for the semester—a consideration that will be decided by April 7. In the meantime, the deadline for undergraduate, main session course withdrawal is extended to April 23. 

Commencement remains a top concern, and as soon as a decision is made, we will share it with you. We are weighing several options.

Going Forward
The Georgian Court University community is one that is strong, both in good times and in the difficult times.

Communication is as important as ever, and we are planning a virtual town hall of sorts in a few days. I will share details later.  

I encourage you to remember that social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Remember to reach out to family, friends, classmates, and colleagues during this time. And in addition to watching your e-mail, you can always get campus updates at https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ and on GCU social media channels. 

Please stay in touch, stay healthy, and stay strong.

Sincerely,

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
President

Dear GCU Students, Faculty, and Staff:
 
As we continue to adjust to the new normal of social distancing and remote work, our plans to keep the GCU community as safe as possible continue to evolve. I want to share two developments as we close out this first week of virtual operations.
 
Physical Library Closure
To provide for staff and user safety, the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library will remain closed until GCU returns to normal operating status. However, reference librarians are available for research help Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. E-mail ude.naigroeg@ecnerefer for help with your research.
 
In addition, the library’s online databases are always available, as are a wide selection of e-books and subject research guides. If you need an article from another library, borrowing services are still available.

Additional offices and services housed in the library are operating virtually. You can count on the Office of Career Services, the Academic Development and Support Center (ADSC), and the Writing Center to provide resources and assistance. Please visit the FAQ section of georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus for details on hours, services, and contact information. 
 
Court Cafe Closure
Due to the reduced number of students and staff on campus, the Court Café will remain closed until GCU returns to normal operating status. The Raymond Hall Dining Hall will continue to serve meals. Again, see the FAQ to see operating hours and safety practices of Dining Services.

Thank you for your patience as we fully develop our plans based on federal and state guidance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joseph R. Marbach
President

March 19, 2020

Dear GCU Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support in these unprecedented times. After much reflection and discussion, we have determined that virtual instruction will continue for the rest of the semesterFace-to-face classes on campus will not resume until further notice. To facilitate planning by students and faculty, this policy applies to undergraduate and graduate courses held at all locations, not just those based at the Lakewood campus.

It was not an easy decision, but the health and safety of our campus community, as well as you and your loved ones, are our top priority. 

What we know about coronavirus changes as medical experts and scientists share guidelines. For example, the CDC now advises against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, and the executive order from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy calls for highly aggressive social distancing. The NCAA is putting a hold on all spring sports, and the World Health Organization updates its recommendations almost daily.

GCU faculty and staff members are the best. They are committed to delivering top-quality academic instruction. Our student support offices are just as dedicated to providing resources, technical and academic help, and even personal assistance through GCU Cares.

Some GCU offices are still open on a modified schedule, but we ask that you call or e-mail first to confirm availability. We also may be able to help you remotely. Faculty/staff are welcome to use their offices to work, but all meetings should be virtual. 

Please continue to pay attention to various e-mails and check GCU social media channels. University-wide updates and contact information will always be available at https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/

In this time of uncertainty, we know this to be true: the GCU community comes together—virtually and in real life. You are making new kinds of connections, even as we practice social distancing. 

We are definitely #inthistogether. 

Sincerely, 

Joseph R. Marbach
President

The New Jersey Department of Health has been notified that a Georgian Court University employee is under self-isolation after exposure to COVID-19 in an off-campus environment. The employee is in self-isolation and is in touch with GCU.

The university is following local, state, and federal protocols to ensure they have support and access to care. Individuals who may have come into contact with the employee are being notified in an additional email.

The virus continues to affect us all in myriad ways, and I am grateful for your ongoing cooperation. I appreciate the efforts across campus to put students first while making everyone’s health and wellness a priority.

I am especially encouraged by various departments stepping up to assist with important work in admissions, information technology, athletics, academic support services, and other offices.

Our shift to virtual instruction and remote work means we were already compliant with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order, announced yesterday. We continue to monitor developments, and any significant changes will be shared with you.

For now, I ask that you continue to check georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus for updates and information.

Sincerely,

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students,

Our goal is to maintain academic continuity. As of Monday, March 16, 2020, most Lakewood classes will go online until further notice. Some classes, where virtual learning is not possible, may meet. Expect communications from your professors. Classes held at other locations will follow the practice of the host location. Please refer to your e-mail and/or Blackboard for the most up-to-date information on each of your classes.

Should you need assistance, the Student Technology Resources organization has been created in Blackboard, and all students are enrolled. If you need additional help, you can always submit a Help Desk ticket to ude.naigroeg@ksedpleh.

Clinicals, student teaching, service learning, internships, and other experiential learning will continue as prescribed by the host location.

Advising will be done remotely; please contact your academic advisor if you have not already done so.

Administrative offices are expected to be open beginning on Monday, March 16, to assist and answer any questions. Please call ahead before making a trip to campus. You are also permitted to use computer labs in Jeffries Hall should you need access to technology.

Janice Warner, Ph.D
Provost

Dear Faculty,

Our goal is to maintain academic continuity. As of Monday, March 16, 2020, all Lakewood classes will go online until further notice. If virtual learning is not a possibility, make sure you discuss your options with your department chair or dean, as there are opportunities to arrange small, on-campus gatherings with students while incorporating social distancing practices.

The Instructor Resources organization has been created on Blackboard, and all faculty are enrolled. The organization has several instructional technology resources to help you. The site also has an asynchronous Discussion area where everyone can participate, and a synchronous Collaborate area for live help that can be arranged by submitting a Help Desk ticket to ude.naigroeg@ksedpleh. The Office of Instructional Technology will be scheduling group remote training sessions that will be sent out via e-mail and also posted in the organization. The site will be continuously updated with information, so visit the site often.

Clinicals, student teaching, service learning, internships, and other experiential learning will continue as prescribed by the host location.

Advising should be done remotely, using the phone, Blackboard Collaborate, or related technology.

The buildings will remain open, and faculty and staff are able to work in their offices. Please follow CDC and other public health guidelines for COVID-19 when making the decision to come to campus. Plans are being made to keep most offices open beginning March 16—stay tuned for updates. To maintain continuity, committee meetings are encouraged to be held remotely. Committee chairs should communicate with committee members about how meetings will be held.

The academic administration will be available and on campus to assist and answer any questions.

Thank you for your work to help students. I will copy you on the e-mail that is being sent to students.

Janice Warner, Ph.D
Provost

Dear GCU Community Members:

The health and safety of our students and campus community are our top priorities as our shared understanding of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) evolves.

Out of an abundance of caution, Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus will close today, Wednesday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m. All Lakewood classes, events, and activities—except for today’s lacrosse game—are canceled, and the campus is closed through Sunday, March 15.

There are no reported cases of coronavirus among our students, faculty, or staff, and the current level of public health risk remains low.

However, a university staffer recently reported that a family member had casual contact with an individual in New York City who has tested positive for the virus.

Our colleagues are keeping the entire community’s health in mind and have chosen to self-isolate—again, out of an abundance of caution, only. We have contacted the Ocean County Health Department for further guidance and will update the GCU community with further information as needed.

We have established a website to update students, parents, faculty, and staff at https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. On this page, you’ll find travel guidelines, university updates, frequently asked questions, and links to important resources. This information will be regularly updated.

Next Week
All faculty are prepared to teach virtually if necessary. More details about our online learning environment will be shared with regard to instruction; all students should check Blackboard to be in touch with their professors.

Resident students who live on the Lakewood campus are encouraged to go home. As we realize that this is not an option for all students, residence and dining services will remain open. Contact the Office of Residence Life at ude.naigroeg@efilser for further information.

In addition, the computer labs and classrooms in Jeffries Hall remains open for students who need technology access or space to work.

Ongoing Measures
GCU is reviewing guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials and actively participating in conversations with state officials and higher education leaders. We are taking ongoing steps to ensure continuity of critical services.

Please know that the facilities staff had already intensified cleaning of touch points across campus.

For faculty and staff: Policies have been drafted for working remotely and will be shared at a later date.

Stay Up to Date
I ask that you visit the web for any updates and while there, complete applicable surveys if you have recently traveled internationally or plan to travel domestically on a GCU-sponsored trip.

Your ongoing compliance with health guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health is appreciated.

Thank you for your flexibility as we adapt to an ever-changing set of circumstances. We are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our community while endeavoring to fulfill GCU’s academic mission.

Sincerely,
Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I want to assure the community that we are constantly monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic, as the safety and health of our students and employees is always of paramount concern. Appropriate actions will be taken as events warrant. We are in ongoing communication with students, faculty, and staff who are currently abroad—none of whom are in a Level 3 advisory country.

GCU also is participating in numerous conversations with state officials, public health experts, and higher education leaders. At this time, I’d like to share with you the latest information from the New Jersey Department of Health.

About Coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.

COVID-19 (“coronavirus disease 2019”) is the disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

At this time, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States.

Protect Yourself
Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

If you recently traveled to one of highly impacted areas noted by the Centers for Disease Control (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea), please update the Office of the Provost before returning to campus. Please self-isolate for 14 days; your confidentiality will be maintained. You can read more here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-Traveler-Info-Card.pdf

Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

In case the coronavirus becomes more widespread and government health agencies begin to recommend people stay home to avoid spreading the virus, staff and faculty should have provisions in place to ensure the mission-critical aspects of their work can be done, and students will complete coursework online. If necessary, GCU will address such situations when the time comes.

For more info, visit nj.gov/health or call 1-800-222-1222.

Thank you,

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty, Staff and GCU Community Members—

As our nation continues to address the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, I wanted to ensure that you have as much information as possible. The university has also shared information with students and we will keep the entire GCU family updated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) are working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus so that they can better understand how it spreads and its associated illness.

The CDC considers this new virus, which causes respiratory illness, a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

In addition, New Jersey health officials recently launched a hotline (1-800-222-1222) for the public to ask questions. As of February 10, the CDC reported 13 people in the United States were positive for the virus.

GCU Board of Trustees co-chair and New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli has advised that if individuals have not traveled and are feeling ill, the symptoms may be related to flu or other respiratory viruses.

We are at the height of respiratory virus season, she said, so we all should practice good health habits such as washing our hands often and staying home when sick.

This is an evolving situation, and the most up-to-date information can always be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

A useful Q&A is attached and this update is also posted to georgian.edu/gcu-announcements. Thank you in advance for doing your part to be aware of this public health issue and for doing your part to stay healthy.

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
President

Frequently Asked Questions

The CDC’s factsheet provides an overview of coronavirus disease 2019, its symptoms, tips for prevention, and travel information. It should be noted that the CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among the general public. See the CDC’s FAQ for more guidelines.

Since it is cold and flu season, and the virus has similar symptoms, do not make assumptions. If you are a student and feel unwell, contact the Health Center at 732-987-2756 or your primary medical provider by phone. If you are an employee, call your primary medical provider or urgent care facility first to discuss your symptoms to avoid spreading any illness you may be experiencing.

The New Jersey Department of Health maintains a dashboard of COVID-19 cases and their distribution by county.

Stress and anxiety are normal reactions when there is an infectious disease outbreak. It’s important to monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress, how to relieve stress, and when to seek help. The Counseling Center offers these helpful tips and resources. If you need additional assistance, contact the Counseling Center at ude.naigroeg@gnilesnuoc or 732-987-2680.

Georgian Court University’s goal is to maintain academic continuity. After much reflection and discussion, we determined that virtual instruction will continue for the rest of the Spring 2020 semesterFace-to-face classes on campus will not resume until further notice. To facilitate planning by students and faculty, this policy applies to undergraduate and graduate courses held at all locations, not just those based at the Lakewood campus.

Students should have received communications from their professors. Students should check their e-mail and/or Blackboard often for the most up-to-date information on each of their classes.

Many administrative offices are open to assist and answer any questions, but may be operating with reduced staff. Please review the frequently asked questions for information on specific offices/services and call ahead or e-mail before making a trip to campus.

As of now, GCU is not planning to change the academic calendar.

Clinicals, student teaching, service learning, internships, and other experiential learning will continue as prescribed by the host location. Should your experience be interrupted, contact the faculty member in charge of the experience.

School of Education clinical interns and students engaged in school internships should communicate with their university supervisor and host site representative regarding their placement.

The Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library is closed until GCU returns to normal operating status. However, reference librarians are available for help Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. E-mail ude.naigroeg@ecnerefer for help with your research. Check your GCU e-mail for a weekly newsletter featuring helpful resources and tips from the SMJC Library. 

In addition, the library’s online databases are always available, as are a wide selection of e-books and subject research guides. If you need an article from another library, borrowing services are still available.

The University Bookstore is operating with reduced hours and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition, the bookstore has has extended free ground shipping on all online orders to meet your needs.

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, employees, and visitors, the liturgies scheduled for the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel have been canceled until further notice.  This includes the Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass as well as daily Masses and Communion services.

The Bishop has also canceled all public Masses through April 3 for the Diocese of Trenton and granted a DISPENSATION from the OBLIGATION to attend weekend/Sunday Mass to all the Catholic faithful until further notice. 

The Office of Campus Ministry will continue to provide for the spiritual needs of the GCU community.  Please call or e-mail Jeff Schaffer, director of campus ministry, with any needs for assistance.  Mr. Schaffer will also be available in the Office of Campus Ministry in Mercy Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please watch for e-mails from the Office of Campus Ministry to help our community stay spiritually grounded in these challenging times.

Office of Student Success

While the transition from face-to-face to online instruction may be easy for some, it may prove challenging for others. In addition to maintaining good communication with your professors to resolve any issues that may arise, please contact us to help you be successful in your classes and help you finish the semester strong.

The Office of Student Success is open for virtual meetings. E-mail us, and a success specialist will schedule a convenient time to meet with you via phone or WebEx. If you have a previously scheduled meeting, specialists will e-mail you to provide instructions on holding these sessions remotely.

Academic Development & Support Center (ADSC)

ADSC is available to continue assisting you for programs and services.

  • TLC and PACT Program Participants: Please reach out to your specialist via the peer tutoring scheduler. You can create an account, or if you already have one, log in and select ADSC Emergency Services. You can make an appointment to meet virtually with your specialist or the director. You will be able to utilize a white board, audio, chat, etc. to continue your sessions. You may e-mail your specialists directly for assistance.
  • Disability Services and Testing: GCU is committed to supporting your accommodation needs. Director Luana Fahr, who can be reached at ude.naigroeg@rhafl,  will work with you to meet your needs. If you have testing accommodations already and need assistance with those services, please e-mail Lisa Capurso.
  • Peer Tutoring: All Georgian Court peer tutoring services are now available online. Please use the website to schedule appointments with peer tutors. Create an account, or if you already have one, log in and select ADSC Spring 2020. Select “limit to” and choose your course, then select a tutor and a time. The online format allows for face-to-face video conferencing, document sharing, screen sharing, and live chats. These services are FREE to all Georgian Court students and can ease and enhance your learning experiences during these challenging times. If you have any issues, questions, or concerns, e-mail Kelly Faxon.

Math Lounge

The Math Lounge will be operating for virtual tutoring during regular hours. Visit the scheduler at https://georgian.mywconline.com/ to make an appointment for an online one-on-one session with your usual tutor.

When you click on your appointment for your scheduled time, you will have to click “START OR JOIN ONLINE CONVERSATION.”

Thank you for your patience and feel free to e-mail Robert Devlin, director of the Math Lab, with any questions.

TRIO-SSS

TRIO-Student Support Services is available to support you and your needs during this time. Office hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until further notice. You are encouraged to make ONLINE tutoring appointments at https://georgian.mywconline.com. 

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all students and staff, we ask that in-person appointments be reserved for critical matters only. If you require an in-person meeting and/or you have extenuating circumstances that cause you to need a meeting or tutoring session after office hours, contact your academic specialist immediately via e-mail. An in-person meeting requires 24-hours notice.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please e-mail the TRIO-SSS staff or call 732-987-2610.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is open for virtual tutoring. You can continue to use the existing schedule (https://georgian.mywconline.com), and there are two tutoring options:

  • Online tutoring, which consists of web cam, digital white board, chat box, and audio. This method works well if you have a good Internet connection and enter the online module on a computer rather than on a cell phone. Make sure you turn off any pop-up blockers!
  • E-tutoring, which consists of comments sent to students asynchronously. You can upload copies of your draft to the Writing Center’s scheduler, and tutors will return feedback via e-mail. The Writing Center intends to keep turnaround time to 24 hours or less. This method will be convenient if you need to share technology with family members while home.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt to these new challenges. If you have additional questions, please e-mail the Writing Center.

The Office of Career Services is maintaining full services remotely. Students can schedule appointments and access job postings through GCU CareerLink. Please e-mail Career Services if you have any trouble accessing/activating your account.

Additionally, the Career Services Blackboard Organization site contains career decision-making, job hunting, and résumé writing information in its Career Guidance section. Simply enroll in the organization to access this information. Finally, the Office of Career Services is now offering Big Interview, an online mock interview system for students to practice their interviewing skills.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is operating virtually. E-mail ude.naigroeg@gnilesnuoc or call 732-987-2680 and leave a message indicating you’d like to set up an appointment for a phone screening; voice messages are picked up hourly. Sessions are being conducted by phone only. If you are not physically in New Jersey, you may or may not be able to be involved in ongoing phone sessions, due to interstate licensure issues. If you are outside of New Jersey, the Counseling Center will try to refer you to a provider in your home areas.

Health Center

The Office of Health Services is open on a limited schedule. E-mails and phone messages are picked up hourly. If you are a resident student remaining on campus, call 732-987-2756 to set up an appointment before going to the Health Center. If you are not on campus and are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, tiredness, shortness of breath, call your primary medical provider FIRST to discuss symptoms and come up with the best treatment plan. If you do not have a primary medical provider, you can call a local walk-in clinic. Health forms, including immunization records for incoming students, can be scanned and e-mailed to ude.naigroeg@secivreshtlaeh.

 

As of March 23, the Fitness Center and Arena are closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time.

Raymond Hall will serve breakfast from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., lunch from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., dinner from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., and late night from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Raymond Hall will be open for  weekend hours on Saturdays and Sundays, serving brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Raymond Hall will also be open for late night from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

To ensure everyone’s safety, everyone should use the hand sanitizer on the way into the dining hall.

All self-service is suspended. All customers will be served by associates, including prepackaged items and bottled beverages. All associates wear gloves while serving and wash their hands hourly and every time they change gloves. Dining Services is continually cleaning and sanitizing all stations, tables, chairs, and door handles.

Half of the chairs have been removed to ensure social distancing practices can be maintained.

Due to the reduced number of students and staff on campus, the Court Café will remain closed until GCU returns to normal operating status. 

The executive order allows us to conduct educational business, including move-out operations. GCU will minimize the number of people moving out at any one time, based on scheduled appointments, while promoting social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing all areas. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at ude.naigroeg@efilser or 732-987-2533.

Information on reimbursements, student credits, or other options will be forthcoming at a later date.

All prospective students with existing appointments will be contacted by admissions staff to set up virtual meetings to maintain social distancing. If you do not currently have an appointment, we ask that you contact ude.naigroeg@snoissimda or 732-987-2700 to set up a virtual meeting.

Please visit our Global Education page for all study abroad program questions and concerns.

Students and employees can travel abroad at their own risk. We advise you to check the latest information about COVID-19 in the countries you plan to visit and ensure that there are no health advisories or travel restrictions before departing. New travel alerts and watches are available from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. Please note that if you travel to a Level 3 advisory country, we will ask you to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

Many events and activities planned for Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus have been canceled. Critical Concerns Week, scheduled for March 23-26, will be rescheduled in the fall. We are currently evaluating other scheduled events based on federal and state public health official guidelines and will update this site as decisions are made.

Returning from International Travel

Until further notice, the university is asking anyone who travels outside of the United States, regardless of country, to complete the International Travel Questionnaire upon their return. Doing so will allow us to provide you with the latest guidance.

If you have recently returned to the United States after visiting any countries indicated as a Level 3 advisory country by the CDC at the time of your return, please be sure to follow the CDC guidelines on self-isolation for 14 days. You will not be permitted to visit campus for 14 days from your return to the country.

If you have traveled to one of these highly impacted countries or have come into close contact with someone who has and are sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel/contact and your symptoms. If you are a GCU student, call the Office of Health Services at 732-987-2756 to discuss your current concerns, and the medical staff will help you decide the best way to proceed.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Try to stay at least six feet from other people.
  • Stay home from school and work.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Personal & GCU-Related Domestic Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not recommended domestic travel restrictions. No travel restrictions for professional conferences, student activities, or other domestic travel are in place at this time. If your student organization is planning an off-campus trip, please complete the GCU Sponsored Student Travel Survey. We are monitoring the situation and may impose travel restrictions on student organizations if needed.

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