Centenary University Alert

Centenary University Alert: Please visit the Centenary University COVID-19 area of the website to learn the latest updates.


8/14/2020 – Hear About Centenary University’s Reopening Plan

Over the past few months, a dedicated team at Centenary University has been planning for the return of our cyclones for the fall semester.

This multidisciplinary group represents every aspect of the operations of this University, from administration and faculty, to health services, student life, athletics, food service, security, and more. Our goal has been the safe return of our students to campus for the fall semester.


8/21/2020 – A Message from the Director of Health Services


7/15/2020 – Centenary University’s Response to COVID-19


6/18/2020 – Centenary University President Update


Date: 6/18/2020

Over the past two months, a dedicated team at Centenary University has been planning for your return this fall semester. This multidisciplinary group represents every aspect of the operations of this University, from administration and faculty, to health services, student life, athletics, food service, security, and more. Our goal has been the safe return of our students to campus for the fall semester.

  • The fall semester will begin on campus on Monday, August 31. Students will return home for Thanksgiving break, after which we will switch to remote instruction for the final two weeks of the semester. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, including for student-athletes who are in season, and students who need access to our labs or equine center to complete their coursework.
  • Hybrid courses will be utilized as much as possible to promote social distancing and provide flexibility to faculty and students. These courses will combine in-class and remote learning to reduce population density on campus.
  • Students who are not comfortable returning to in-person classes will be provided with the option of taking all courses remotely for the fall semester.
  • We are updating our guidelines and some of our facilities to promote social distancing on campus—including in our residence halls—and promote responsible hygiene practices such as proper handwashing. Social distancing will be introduced to student activities as much as possible to enhance student safety.
  • Centenary will continue to follow guidance for intercollegiate athletics from the NCAA and CSAC. Competitions will commence when it is deemed safe by these two entities, as well as the governor of New Jersey.
  • Students will notice changes in the operation of our dining hall and at Starbucks. These modifications will be announced at a later date.

Centenary will continue to follow the ongoing guidance issued by Governor Murphy, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Please continue to consult this website for the latest updates.


April 3, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued an executive order (104) directing all institutions of higher learning to cease in-person instruction until further notice. As a result, Centenary University has made the following decisions:

  • All classes are continuing to remain online instruction for the remainder of the semester.
  • All employees not designated Key & Essential will be asked to work remotely until further notice. Let me emphasize that all jobs at Centenary are important but some have been so categorized to meet this emergency. If you are unclear about your status, check with your supervisor. Please check in with Security if you are coming in to the office.
  • University offices continue to remain open.
  • This year’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9th, will be held in a virtual format. Check back for updates. All other events, will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • We urge our campus community to continue to practice social distancing, as recommended by national health experts, to slow disease transmission.

Centenary University received notice that one of our contractors has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is receiving appropriate medical care in a quarantined environment. We are disinfecting any area that the contractor may have come in contact with. Additionally any person that had close contact with this individual has been asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Centenary will continue to follow the ongoing guidance issued by Governor Murphy, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Please continue to consult this website for the latest updates.

5/29/2020 – Centenary University President Update


4/27/2020 – Centenary University President Update


4/20/2020 – Centenary University President Update


4/17/2020 – Centenary University President Update


4/12/2020 – Centenary University President Update


I know a lot of us are stressed during these trying times. I asked myself if there was something I could do to help folks manage their stress. Then I remembered that in 1990 I was asked to develop and deliver a program for soldiers and their families who were experiencing stress as a result of their participation in Operation Desert Storm. The 35-minute video here is based on that program that had positive results for hundreds of soldiers and their families. Please feel free to watch—and participate in—this video on Control of Stress.

4/6/2020 – Centenary University President on Control of Stress

Seek Professional Help

Visit the Counseling Center.

Email Andrea Bayer at Andrea.Bayer@centenaryuniversity.edu or to make an appointment, you may call 908-852-1400 ext 2125 or email Counselingcenter@centenaryuniversity.edu

Psychiatric Appointments will take place by phone. Dr. Opdyke will call you as scheduled. If you do not know when your appointment is please email Lorna.Farmer@centenaryuniversity.edu

Employees can access the Employee Assistance Program 24/7 by calling 1-800-854-1446 or by visiting www.unum.com/lifebalance

Self Help Wellness Tool: https://you.centenaryuniversity.edu/ Log in with your Centenary email and password.


4/3/2020 – Centenary University President on Grading Policy


4/3/2020 – Centenary University President on Commencement 2020


3/24/2020 – Centenary University President on COVID-19 Response


March 22, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued an executive order (104) directing all institutions of higher learning to cease in-person instruction until further notice. As a result, Centenary University has made the following decisions:

  • All classes will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.
  • Effective immediately, all employees not designated Key & Essential will be asked to work remotely until further notice. Let me emphasize that all jobs at Centenary are important but some have been so categorized to meet this emergency. If you are unclear about your status, check with your supervisor.
  • All public events will be cancelled until further notice.  Events such as Academic Symposium, Leadership Awards, Commencement, etc., will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • University offices will continue to remain open.
  • We urge our campus community to continue to practice social distancing, as recommended by national health experts, to slow disease transmission.

Centenary University has received notice today that one of our contractors has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is receiving appropriate medical care in a quarantined environment. We are disinfecting any area that the contractor may have come in contact with. Additionally any person that had close contact with this individual has been asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Centenary will continue to follow the ongoing guidance issued by Governor Murphy, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Please continue to consult this website for the latest updates.


March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Response


March 16, 2020: Notice Concerning Online Instruction

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued an executive order (104) directing all institutions of higher learning to cease in-person instruction until further notice. As a result, Centenary University has made the following decisions:

  • All classes will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.
  • All public events will be cancelled until further notice and events such as Academic Symposium, Leadership Awards, Commencement, etc., will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • University offices will continue to remain open.
  • We urge our campus community to continue to practice social distancing, as recommended by national health experts, to slow disease transmission.

Centenary will follow the ongoing guidance issued by Governor Murphy, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Please continue to consult this website for the latest updates.


March 13, 2020: Coronavirus Impact on Athletics

Athletics
Centenary University continues to follow guidance on intercollegiate athletics from the Colonial States Athletics Conference (CSAC) and the NCAA. Effective Friday, March 13th, the CSAC has cancelled all competition through Friday, April 3rd. In addition, the NCAA has cancelled all tournament play for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

As a result of these decisions, Centenary University has suspended all intercollegiate practices and competitions through Friday, April 3rd. We remain in close contact with the CSAC and NCAA on this evolving situation and will reevaluate as new guidance is issued. We’re very proud of our student-athletes, and we know they will meet this challenge.


March 12, 2020: COVID 19 Update


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