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Special Message – February 25, 2022 for March Covid-19 Protocol Updates- In an email from President Bruce Murphy to the campus community:

Special Message – January 2022 University Re-Opening and Spring Semester Update              – From President Bruce Murphy:

An email sent to the Centenary University Community on December 27, 2021

Good afternoon,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the winter break.

The fall semester has continued to give us essential information and insights into how best to manage as we continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic together.

In order to ensure our campus community is safe, our administration team continues to meet regularly – even over the break – to make any policy changes.  While our fall semester was completed safely, we cannot lighten up on our efforts as we have experienced a cluster of positive cases on campus recently.  We took a proactive approach and conducted contact tracing and placed any positive cases or close contacts of positive cases in isolation/quarantine.

Furthermore, the continuance of positive cases prevents us from being able to return to normal college life and activities.

We recently revised our COVID-19 policies and procedures to ensure the safest and best semester for you. More information will be sent to you – students will hear from Student Life and employees from Human Resources with all of the details.

Things to note:

  • The Spring 2022 semester will begin on Monday, January 10th.
  • For the FIRST TWO WEEKS, the weeks of  January 10th and January 17th, courses meet online only.
  • Starting Monday, January 24th, all scheduled on-ground courses or those with an on-ground component will resume meeting on-ground as originally scheduled.
  • Face coverings are a proven method of reducing the spread of COVID-19 therefore until further notice, we are mandating the wearing of face coverings for everyone regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors and while in University vehicles – like our shuttle buses.
  • It will be mandatory that all resident students are required to be tested and cleared by health services prior to moving back on campus and you will need an appointment for clearance to move in. Please check your email for information from Student Life.
  • All Staff and Faculty will be asked to work with their supervisors to stagger times to be in the office and on campus for the return on January 3rd and until further notice. This will help us de-densify the campus, while ensuring we serve our students with support in person. More information will be sent from Human Resources.
  • In person gatherings will be allowed in small numbers in January 2022 and until further notice – no large gatherings. All efforts should be made to offer any meeting or event virtually.
  • To stay informed about all campus community Covid-19 information and infection rates, as well as our University dashboard, please visit our website. There is a link on our homepage.
  • If you would like to stay informed on what is going on in NJ, there is an app that provides up-to-date information on New Jersey news, and crucial COVID-19 metrics. You may visit the COVID Alert NJ webpage or visit our University website Covid-19 page for more helpful links.
  • Please continue to use Campus Clear app to update your status before coming to campus, if you are required to do so.  All visitors must check in at the Welcome Center in the Seay Building before entering campus.

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated if you are not already, or to get your booster. We will be working to offer vaccinations and boosters on campus and this information will be sent to you when confirmed. We are also working to offer Covid-19 testing on campus in January and will shared information as soon as dates are confirmed.

We want everyone to be safe and for us to finish the 2022 school year safely, in class. Again, these policy changes with details, will be emailed to you and will be posted to our website.

Finally, remember to stay informed by checking the Student COVID resource page as well as a COVID-19 dashboard that outlines all of the new protocols and policies that pertain to our semester.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office of Student Life at extension 2402 or Human Resources at

We look forward to a great, and safe Spring 2022 semester and stay Cyclone safe!

Thank you,

Dr. Bruce Murphy



9/23/2021 – Message from President Murphy regarding COVID 19 vaccination policy

4/1/2021Centenary University’s Restart Plan – Version 12

cover art for Centenary University's 2020-20221 Restart Plan - V12

Centenary University’s Official Winter 2021 PLAN FOR RESTART submitted July 28 to the Office of the N.J. Secretary of Higher Education.

Public Health Guidance

We encourage all members of the University community to employ the following social distancing techniques:

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We also encourage you to keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places, avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging, and limit in-person meetings.


Response to Covid-19 FAQ

Will the University require face coverings?
The University will update and change its policy on face coverings as required and as recommended by State and local officials. Campus signage pertaining to requirements for face coverings will reflect the threat status on our “Covid-19 Dashboard” which can be found here:  This policy also applies to the Equestrian Center and the Parsippany Campus.

How has Centenary University prepared to address coronavirus?
Centenary University has been monitoring the spread of coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began. The University has an Emergency Response Team that has been in close contact with public health officials to address this public health concern. These measures have included assessing and upgrading the sanitization of our campus facilities, monitoring student travel, and preparing with our faculty to move all instruction online.

What protocols has Centenary University followed for the safety of the campus community?
Throughout this process, Centenary University has followed all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the New Jersey State Department of Health, to stop the spread of coronavirus. Our priority remains the health and safety of our campus community.

How will the University maintain adequate supplies, such as personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies?
The Facilities Department, in coordination with University Purchasing, is charged with maintaining the inventory of cleaning supplies on campus to at least last through the fall semester.

  • The University will stock adequate supplies for the fall semester of:
    • Disposable face coverings
    • Face shields
    • Gowns, booties and bonnets (Health Services)
    • Gloves
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disinfecting wipes and/or alternate disinfecting products
  • The University will store and distribute cleaning supplies and other products for use on campuses as described in other areas of the Plan.
  • The University will monitor inventories of the supplies and replenish as required to maintain an adequate inventory of supplies at all times. Alternate products may be substituted, as necessary.

What is your plan for operation of computer labs? How will the institution implement social distancing measures and cleaning protocols in these facilities?
Computer labs on campus are open. Since students and faculty will be working in labs in closer proximity than classrooms, face coverings are required at all times in labs.

What is your plan for operation of computer labs? How will the institution implement social distancing measures and cleaning protocols in these facilities?

All lab spaces (science and computer) have been reorganized to maintain social distance and other hygiene protocols including:

  • Sanitizing wipes available in each lab.
  • Users expected to wipe all surfaces and equipment after each use. Instructors and staff to monitor and re-wipe if needed.
  • Daily cleaning by Facilities will further ensure surfaces and equipment are safe for next use.
  • For students borrowing laptops, all machines will be disinfected before and after distribution.

How will the library handle general safety procedures?

  • Outside Visitors to the Library are required to check in at the Welcome Center or to provide a self-check and clearance through the Campus Clear App.
  • Face coverings required for all.
  • Social distancing of six feet in effect.
  • Library surfaces, books, and computers that have been used to be cleaned throughout the day with significant disinfection daily.
  • Sanitization stations available.

What is the institution’s plan for transportation on campus?

  • The University will follow statewide guidance on transportation in compliance with State regulations/orders.
  • Driver and passengers in vans must wear face coverings at all times and socially distance, where possible.
  • Facilities will thoroughly clean vans daily using an EPA recommended cleaner and disinfectant. During cleaning, staff will wear appropriate protective gear, including face coverings and gloves, changed after each use, to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of the virus. Special attention will be given to cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces/objects.
  • Van drivers will wipe down all high-touch surfaces/objects after each trip and prior to new occupants entering the van using EPA recommended cleaner and/or disinfectant wipes.
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