COVID-19 Situation Reports

The Latest Information from Felician University on COVID 19


The Latest Information from Felician University on COVID 19

March 30th, 2020

March 30, 2020

Dear Members of the Felician Community,

As we are now into our third week of being a virtual campus, and heeding Governor Murphy’s stay at home order, my thoughts are with each of you and your families. Whether you are juggling for space in your home because everyone in the family is home now, or you live alone and need the company of others, this is our new normal. We must reach out in whatever way is possible to support each other. I am so proud of our faculty and students who are managing to learn and even thrive in a virtual learning environment; and our staff who are working from home to ensure that all our services remain available.

To our students:

  • Be sure to be checking your Felician email address. Now is the time to be virtually meeting with your faculty advisor and registering for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.
  • Of particular importance is the revision to our grading policy for the spring semester. Given this unprecedented health crisis, students will now have the option to elect to take a course on a pass/fail or the customary letter grade. More details about this process will be forthcoming.
  • Thank you to our resident students and staff for your patience in managing the move out process this past week and weekend. For those students who will continue to reside on campus, please continue to take every precaution to both engage virtually and stay safe.
  • Seniors – please keep in touch with our Career Development Office and we look forward to celebrating senior activities and commencement either on June 26-27 (if possible) or September 11-12.

So many of our services are now being delivered virtually – do not miss out!

This past Friday, Congress passed the CARES ACT. We should be grateful to our representatives for supporting this act because in addition to all it will provide to individuals, families, and various industries, it includes support for college students and higher education institutions. The CARES ACT includes $14b for higher education. It is estimated that about $2.5b will go to our non-profit sector.

Here are some highlights:

  • Eligibility for the funding is based on a formula that includes the number of Pell-eligible students at each institution. We will be receiving further details about the formula and Felician’s eligibility in the weeks to come.
  • Suspension of student loan repayments through January 2021. Those who continue to send payments during this period will have the entire payment applied to the ir principal balance.
  • To spur philanthropy, charitable giving will now be an above – the – line or direct reduction to total taxable income.

During this time, please do rely on your Felician colleagues and friends. The weeks ahead will continue to be daunting. We will get through this together. Please keep in your prayers those who are on the front lines providing emergency assistance, medical care, and other services, and the many families that will be struggling as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Please stay safe! We are a community united by our Felician Franciscan values. Hold them close.

In peace and good health,

Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.

Felician COVID-19 Updates

**Important March 21, 2020 COVID-19 Update** 

From President Anne Prisco, Ph.D.

Dear Felician Community,

Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order for all residents to “stay home” beginning 9pm Saturday, March 21.  This order is designed to increase physical distancing in accordance with CDC directives to slow community spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

I want to ensure you that Felician University students, faculty, and staff are already engaged in measures that align with the Governor’s order and are following guidelines that are designed to keep us all safe.  University courses have transitioned to online learning and will remain online throughout the Spring semester.  Resident students have returned home and those who have met specific requirements remain on campus under enhanced restrictions.  Only essential staff remain on campus.

Importantly, as our students are learning and studying online, I want to remind you that University resources have transitioned to online also and are available to assist you during this time:

In addition to asking all residents to stay home, today’s order from the Governor mandated an end to all public gatherings and detailed non-essential businesses that must cease in-person operations.  More information on these restrictions and New Jersey’s continuing response to COVID-19 can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/.

As this pandemic continues to unfold across the world, I ask that you maintain self-care and practice CDC recommended measures to prevent the virus from spreading including frequent handwashing and social distancing.  The health and safety of Felician students, faculty and staff, as well as, the greater community are in our prayers as we cooperatively address this health crisis.  We find strength in our Felician Franciscan values as we work to secure our mission and keep our community strong.

In peace and good health,

Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.
President, Felician University

NEW CHECKOUT PROCEDURES 2/20/2020

Greetings Students,,

As you may have read from President Prisco’s email, Felician University will be moving to virtual learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Due to the extreme circumstances around the COVID-19 virus, we are taking extraordinary actions to help mitigate the spread of the virus. That being said we are asking all students to return to the Residence Hall to retrieve their belongs. Our goal is to facilitate a checkout process that is orderly and keeps crowds on campus to a minimum. Please read over this information carefully before you call or email. We anticipate lots of questions and may not be able to respond to everyone as quickly as we would like. Thank for your patience!

If you are currently on campus
  • We will be reviewing previous requests and let you know if you have been approved to stay until the end of the Spring 2020 Semester. Meal service will continue to be available on campus. Note that after other students have left, some of you may be asked to move to different buildings on campus.
  • You will be notified by Friday, March 20th, at 4 PM If you are currently on campus and not approved to stay longer please make arrangements to move out by noon on Monday, March 23rd.
  • Students living in off campus, university provided housing will be brought back to campus if they qualify to remain in housing.
If you are currently on campus and able to leave
  • We ask that you check out as soon as possible. There is no need to sign up for a departure time. Once your room is empty and clean, please complete an express check out envelope and drop it in the box next to Elliott Security.
If you are currently away from campus and need obtain your belongs

Please log in to your self-service portal (https://felician.datacenter.adirondacksolutions.com/felician_thdss_prod/overview.cfm) and look under “Assignments.” Appointment times are 45 minutes. We are offering a limited number of spaces available in each building per time slot to prevent crowds in the buildings as people check out. It is important that everyone arrive during their appointment time. Appointments will be available daily from Friday, March 27th until Sunday, March 29th.

  1. If you are being picked up by family members, please ask them to wait in the parking/loading areas. Please ensure that anyone coming to campus is not experiencing symptoms of illness, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone who lives in or traveled to areas with large numbers of COVID-19 cases should not come to campus.
  2. Unless you have written permission from Residence Life AND you appear on the housing list you are not permitted to remain on campus and must vacate before Monday, March 23rd at noon.
  3. If you live beyond 250 miles from campus (based on the address the University has on file with the Registrar’s Office) and cannot come in person to gather your belongings in this time frame, please contact ResLife@Felician.edu.
If you are currently away from campus and took your belongings
  • If you took all your belongings home there is no need to return to campus. Simply let us know by emailing ResLife@Felician.edu.
  • If you accidentally took your keys home please place them in a padded envelope and mail them to:
Residence Life

Felician University
1 Felician Way
Rutherford NJ 07070

If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you:

  • Please email ResLife@Felician.edu with the date and time that you would like to arrive, and we will respond with instructions. Times must be within the stated guidelines, so you are home prior to 8 PM
Packing Up
  • You will need to bring your own boxes and hand trucks; no bins or hand trucks will be provided. When packing your belongings, we request that all family and friends remain in their vehicles. If you require assistance, please work with members of the community already in the residence halls to pack your things
  • Please coordinate with your roommate so that you do not pick the same checkout appointment and practice social distancing while on campus.
Express Check Out
  • After your room is empty and clean, you can seal your keys in an Express Check Out envelope, clearly print your name, building, and room on the envelope. Drop the key envelope off in the Drop box next to Elliott Security, and Check Out through your self-service account. Envelopes will be available at security in Milton and Elliott.
What are my options for storage?
  • Several local storage companies are currently offering discounts to college students. Here is the contact information for a local provider:

Carlos Canaan, General Manager
U-Haul Co. of East Rutherford
20 Poplar Street
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Phone: 201-355-5818 Ex.814077
Email: carlos_canaan@uhaul.com

I have items to donate. Is there a way to do that?
  • Unfortunately, due to the quick turnaround with planning, we are not able to collect donated items like we normally do at closing time. If you have items to donate, please seek out local service organizations such as Goodwill.
  • We will sincerely miss having you on campus for the rest of the school year. Thanks for your patience as we work through some very challenging circumstances. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again when it is safe to return.

Sincerely,

Ronald A. Gray, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and
Dean of Student Affairs

Student Affairs
One Felician Way
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone: 201-559-3564
Email: grayr@felician.edu

Dear Felician Students, Colleagues, Family, and Friends,

As we deal with the evolving and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Felician continues to make the changes and difficult decision-making this situation requires. I write to you today to share new and necessary decisions that are not unexpected, but are disappointing to us all.

In light of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities to minimize in-person interactions and gatherings, Felician will continue online learning for the remainder of the Spring semester. All University-sponsored Spring events will be canceled, postponed or transitioned to a virtual format until further notice.

I know our seniors and their families are anxious to hear about our plans for Commencement. We are committed to honoring our seniors when that becomes possible. Our Commencement Committee is dedicated to exploring all options that will be meaningful and celebratory for our graduates and their families including the traditional senior week activities, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremonies. We would love to have this the weekend of June 26 & 27; or if we must wait until Fall, September 11 & 12. Please know, that once you have met your degree requirements, you will be receiving your diploma regardless of when Commencement occurs.

STUDENTS, I am asking you for your continued cooperation for the following:

  • Please remain home. We care deeply about your safety and wellbeing, and the experts assure us that the best way to protect yourself and your family is to remain home. If you or your belongings remain on campus, arrangements are being made to facilitate a process to empty our dorms in the safest way possible. The Office of Residence Life will be communicating with on-campus students shortly. If you must stay on campus, we will obviously accommodate you.
  • Remain FULLY engaged in your learning. Communicate with your faculty and advisors as we remain in a virtual format for the Spring Semester and register for Summer and Fall. The Academic Success Center remains available for virtual tutoring and support.
  • Practice good self-care. Many campus resources continue, including call-in telephone sessions with the Counseling Center.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. Refer to Felician’s COVID-19 webpage for general updates and Commencement-specific updates; and your email and social media for ongoing Felician communications.

We are working diligently to resolve every detail to ensure the continuity of learning and maintain the strength of our Felician community. Understandably, uncertainty abounds, which is why we are working to stay connected with you through every area of the University and to sharing information as quickly as possible. I ask for your continued partnership and patience.

Disruption is uncomfortable and makes us all feel uneasy, but it is also a foundation for innovation, greater learning, and exercising the Felician Franciscan values that set us apart, empower our community, and will strengthen us in this uncertain time.

I am very grateful to our faculty and staff who have done an extraordinary job as they continue to deliver education and services to our students, which I am certain will continue through the semester. Thank you to our entire community for your ongoing support, continue to take care as we look to a safe and healthy future.

In Peace and Health,

Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff

You may be aware that Governor Murphy announced a series of new steps for New Jersey businesses and institutions, including higher education.

Please know that the steps Felician University took last week moving to online instruction comply with this Executive Order (EO) released earlier today. Universities have not been closed. They have been required to cease all in person instruction, which Felician has already done.

Thank you.

Office of Communications

As we closely monitor the public health updates and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States and around the world, the health and well-being of our Felician students, faculty and staff, and the larger community is our top priority.

The situation is rapidly changing. After careful consideration of the latest information, we have made the decision to transition all courses to online instruction beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until Saturday, March 28, 2020, to maintain the continuity of our education. Resident students are required to return home unless they meet the requirements for remaining on campus.

Dear Felician University Community,

Although there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on either the Lodi or Rutherford Campus, out of an abundance of caution, we are moving to online instruction. Felician University remains open and operational, and the semester continues.

Beginning on Monday, March 16th through Saturday, March 28th, classes will be held online. Our faculty have been working to prepare for this situation. Students will be contacted shortly regarding their individual courses of study. Students who need assistance with online learning can go to help.felician.edu or call the Felician Helpdesk at 201-554-0240.

Resident students will have the option of remaining on campus or going home. For those students who choose to stay on campus to continue their online learning, the dining hall and libraries will remain open. Amended guidelines for residence life will be in effect.

The safety of the Felician Community and the continuity of learning for our students are our highest priority. Our Felician Franciscan Values continue to guide us during this difficult time, and our commitment to our academic mission remains strong.

On behalf of the Administration, Faculty, and Staff we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation. We will continue to be thoughtful and thorough in our response and keep the community informed of our decisions. Remember to visit the University website often for updates, information on Athletics events, and other schedule changes.

Finally, please join us in praying for those whose health and lives are impacted by this virus.

In Peace and Health,

Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.
President

Dear Felician University Community,

Welcome back from Spring Break. As the media has been running 24/7 coverage regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we at Felician continue to monitor the situation. Be assured that our priority is to do all we can for your health and safety, and we are actively engaged in taking precautionary measures, as well as, making contingency plans.

Please be aware that while the risk of infection remains low, Felician University has launched appropriate procedures including advanced surface cleaning and disinfecting protocols across our campuses, and enhanced Dining Hall(s) sanitary procedures. Faculty are developing a course-continuity plan that will allow continued online instruction should the need arise. At the same time we encourage frequent hand-washing and other prevention measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

On March 4, 2020, the CDC made recommendations regarding student travel and protocols for testing and reporting any cases to the CDC. In addition, study abroad alerts were provided for countries upgraded to Warning Level 3. To best monitor our community in keeping with these standards we ask:

If you have traveled outside of the country, please notify us of where you have been. Click here to complete the Travel and Employment form regarding travel.

If you have traveled to any areas of concern (i.e. Italy, China), we ask that you return or remain home to “self-monitor” and “self-isolate” for the 14-day incubation period for the virus as recommended by the CDC, after which, with clearance from a healthcare provider submitted to our Student Health Center, you may safely return to campus.

We will provide regular updates guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Every Felician University decision regarding this evolving situation will be made with the best interests of our community in mind. We remain committed to best serve our community of students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. Thank you for working with us to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Our most updated information can be found on the Felician website here.

In Peace and Health,

Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.
President

Center for Health

Counseling Service

Student Abroad Updates

Felician University Presidential Announcement

Felician University Presidential Announcement

New Library Hours

FELICIAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES NEW HOURS OF SERVICE AS OF 3/20/2020

Our doors may be closed but we’re still here! https://felician.libguides.com/libraries

  • Electronic self-service resources are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Virtual Reference (WebChat) is available during the following hours:
    • Sunday: 4 pm – 8 pm
    • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 8 pm
    • Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 4:00 pm
  • Virtual Reference appointments (via Zoom) can be scheduled.

Counseling Service

Study Abroad Updates

Daily Prayer