At a time of such great uncertainty, we realize students, faculty and staff may have a variety of questions. This page will provide information on highlights included in Bergen’s 32-page reopening plan. Click on the appropriate tab below. Faculty should review both the “Faculty” tab and the “All Employees” tab. To view the complete plan, visit here.

Students
Faculty
All Employees
Community
Students

Should I come to campus this semester?

Unless you have an on-campus class this semester, no, you should not come to campus.

 

Do I have to complete anything before coming to campus?

Yes, before returning to campus, students should complete two items: a SafeColleges training unit on COVID-19 awareness and a pledge committing themselves to acting responsibly. Students should check their Bergen email for these items. Students may not attend class until the training has been completed. Students should also carry their Bergen ID while on campus.

 

Where should I go when I arrive on campus?

Please follow posted signs for all buildings; the student entrance to the Pitkin Education Center is the gym/pool entrance. Enter at the front door of the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, Helff Hall and the Technology Education Center. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands and the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center are closed for in-person operations.

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19 when I arrive on campus?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, it will ask you to do two things before entering: complete a health questionnaire using the CampusClear app and have your thermal temperature taken. The app is a fully secure and data-encrypted mobile application available for download from the IOS or Google Play store. It is also available via the CampusClear website.

 

Are face masks required on campus?

Yes, all students on campus must wear a face mask. Individuals who are noncompliant will be asked to leave the facility.

 

Will the College protect the immunocompromised?

The College will not mandate in-person attendance or face masks for individuals who have medically documented existing health conditions or remain immunocompromised. Students can contact the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs rchoonoo@bergen.edu to discuss these concerns.

 

Is my classroom clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe learning environment for students. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - deep cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each class change. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-13 filters.

 

What happens to my class if one of my classmates falls ill with COVID-19?

Unfortunately, this remains a reality during the pandemic - your peers may get sick. If a classmate tests positive for COVID-19, your class will likely move online for at least 14 days and you may be asked to quarantine. For complete details, please see Appendix A (page 27) of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and contact Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Ralph Choonoo rchoonoo@bergen.edu to discuss continuing your studies remotely, if possible.

 

How can I receive help with registration, advising, financial aid or other student services?

The College has moved its entire student services operation online and will not offer any in-person support services during the fall 2020 semester. During this time, all student service departments, including admissions, registration, the one-stop, financial aid, advising, bursar and the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center will operate virtually.

 

Can I access the Sidney Silverman Library?

Though students cannot access the physical library, resources will remain operational through virtual services, including reference services, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via Bergen.edu/library and limited curbside pickup, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. outside the student center. To obtain materials, students should access this form. For additional information on the library’s services during stage 2, visit here.

 

Can I use on-campus computer labs?

On-campus computer labs are closed this semester.

 

How can I receive help with technology?

Students should call the help desk at (201) 447-7109 or email helpdesk@bergen.edu.

 

Can I access the bookstore?

The bookstore will use online transactions as the primary means of distributing books and materials; the on-campus bookstore will be closed.

 

Are food services available on campus?

The College will not offer dining services this semester. Students may use outdoor tables, benches and other sitting areas to consume their food brought from home. These areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily and individuals must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Is there a fall athletics season?

Unfortunately, no, an athletics season will not take place this fall. All athletics facilities, such as the main campus gymnasium and pool, remain closed as well.

 

Is the study abroad program taking place this semester?

The study abroad program has been suspended this semester.

 

Is New Jersey Transit still servicing the main campus?

Yes, New Jersey Transit busses remain operational. For schedules, visit here.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for students’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the spring semester?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the spring semester and beyond. Check back often!

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

Faculty

Should I come to campus this semester?

Unless you have an on-campus class this semester, no, you should not come to campus.

 

Will the College protect the immunocompromised?

The College will not mandate in-person attendance for individuals who have medically documented existing health conditions or remain immunocompromised. Employees can contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesgroup@bergen.edu to discuss these concerns.

 

Do I have to complete anything before coming to campus?

Yes, faculty should complete the SafeColleges training unit on COVID-19 awareness before returning to campus. Faculty should check their Bergen email for this item. Faculty, including those teaching in-person classes during the 2020 fall semester may not visit campus until the training has been completed. Faculty should also carry their Bergen ID while on campus.

 

Where should I go when I arrive on campus?

Please follow posted signs for all buildings; the faculty entrance to the Pitkin Education Center is the south entrance near public safety. Enter at the front door of the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, Helff Hall and the Technology Education Center. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands and the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center are closed for in-person operations.

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19 when I arrive on campus?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, it will ask you to do two things before entering: complete a health questionnaire using the CampusClear app and have your thermal temperature taken. The app is a fully secure and data-encrypted mobile application available for download from the IOS or Google Play store. It is also available via the CampusClear website.

 

Are face masks required on campus?

Yes, all faculty on campus must wear face masks. Individuals who are noncompliant will be asked to leave the facility. The College will not mandate face coverings for individuals who have medically documented existing health conditions or remain immunocompromised. Employees can contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesgroup@bergen.edu to discuss these concerns.

 

Is my classroom clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe learning environment for faculty. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - deep cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each class change. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-13 filters.

 

What happens to my class if one of my students falls ill with COVID-19?  

If a student in your class has tested positive for COVID-19, the College has developed a script that faculty must use to inform class members. Your class may be moved to online instruction, and the class asked to quarantine. For complete details, please see Appendix A (page 27) of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If faculty are sick with COVID-19 or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, the College advises them to follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and notify the Office of Human Resources.

 

How can I receive help with technology?

Faculty should call the help desk at (201) 447-7109, email helpdesk@bergen.edu or visit here for additional resources.

 

Can I access the Sidney Silverman Library?

The library will offer faculty limited pickup of equipment. Faculty should call (201) 447-7970 to discuss and schedule these arrangements.

 

Are food services available on campus?

The College will not offer dining services this semester. Faculty may use outdoor tables, benches and other sitting areas to consume their food brought from home. These areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily and individuals must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Will the College permit travel this semester?

No, the College will not sponsor any travel this semester.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for faculty members’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the spring semester?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the spring semester and beyond.

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

All Employees

Should I come to campus this semester?

Unless your leadership has indicated you have an essential on-campus function, no, you should not come to campus. You will continue to work remotely.

 

Will the College protect the immunocompromised?

The College will not mandate in-person attendance for individuals who have medically documented existing health conditions or remain immunocompromised. Employees can contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesgroup@bergen.edu to discuss these concerns.

 

Do I have to complete anything before I come to campus?

Yes, staff must complete the SafeColleges training unit on COVID-19 awareness before returning to campus. Staff should check their Bergen email for this item. Staff may not visit campus until the training has been completed. Employees should also carry their Bergen ID while on campus.

 

Where should I go when I arrive on campus?

Please follow posted signs for all buildings; the employee entrance to the Pitkin Education Center is the south entrance near public safety. Enter at the front door of the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, Helff Hall and the Technology Education Center. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands and the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center are closed for in-person operations.

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19 when I arrive on campus?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, it will ask you to do two things before entering: complete a health questionnaire using the CampusClear app and have your thermal temperature taken. The app is a fully secure and data-encrypted mobile application available for download from the IOS or Google Play store. It is also available via the CampusClear website.

 

Are face masks required on campus?

Yes, all staff on campus must wear a face mask. Individuals who are noncompliant will be asked to leave the facility. Failure to comply will result in assistance from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

 

What happens if one of my coworkers falls ill with COVID-19?  

If an on-campus coworker in your office - or one you work with in close proximity - has tested positive for COVID-19, the College has developed a script that the Office of Human Resources will use to inform staff. For complete details, please see Appendix B (page 29) of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If staff are sick with COVID-19 or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, the College advises them to follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and notify the Office of Human Resources.

 

How can I receive help with technology?

Staff should call the help desk at (201) 447-7109, email helpdesk@bergen.edu or visit here for additional resources.

 

Are food services available on campus?

The College will not offer dining services this semester. Staff may use outdoor tables, benches and other sitting areas to consume their food brought from home. These areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily and individuals must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Will the College permit travel this semester?

No, the College will not sponsor any travel this semester.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for staff members’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the spring semester?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the spring semester and beyond.

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

Community

Are campus facilities open for community use?

Community use of facilities is suspended, except in those situations in which local, state, or federal officials request use of campus facilities for some important public good. In this event, all use of campus facilities must be consistent with all College health, safety and social distancing guidelines.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the spring semester?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the spring semester and beyond.

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