Health & Safety Protocols
Learn more about the University’s health and safety protocols to help protect the campus community from COVID-19 and reduce the spread of the virus.
Vaccinations and Boosters: All members of the Kean community are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster shot, if they are eligible, to help protect their own health and the health of those around them. You can make an appointment for a booster shot at locations across the state as well as at Union County's vaccination site in Downs Hall on the main campus.
Mask Mandate: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear masks inside all Kean buildings and classrooms. The only exceptions are when an individual is in a private space, such as a residence hall room or office, or when eating or drinking.
Reporting a Positive Case: Beginning on January 3, students who test positive for COVID-19 must report their test results to the University. Click here for a submission form. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should report the result to Walter McGee in Human Resources by email to email@example.com.
Every member of the Kean community plays an important role in protecting the health and well-being of our campus.
Together we will create a safe and welcoming learning environment for everyone.
Kean University transitioned to predominantly remote work and classes on Thursday, December 23, 2021. The remote period will continue through Sunday, January 30, 2022.
The campus is not closing; all student services will remain accessible both remotely and in person, and athletics, theatre and most other events will continue as planned. Some employees will be shifted to cohort work schedules during this time.
This shift to predominantly remote operations at Kean Union, Kean Ocean and Kean Skylands will minimize density and allow for thorough cleaning of campus facilities. The child care center also will continue to operate on its normal schedule.
Overall, the reduced density and remote work period will allow both students and employees an opportunity to minimize exposure and to get a COVID-19 booster shot to help protect themselves and their loved ones from serious illness.
Regular in-person operations are currently scheduled to resume on Monday, January 31. We will continue to update the campus community via email and this webpage.
Winter session courses will be conducted as scheduled. A majority of Winter session classes already are scheduled to be virtual; those scheduled in person will continue in person. Spring semester classes began as scheduled on January 18 and will be conducted virtually for two weeks until in-person classes resume on January 31. Students in clinical assignments will continue with those assignments as planned.
Residence halls opened as scheduled on Saturday, January 15, and residents can participate in virtual classes from their rooms or other locations on campus, such as the Miron Student Center, Nancy Thompson Learning Commons or campus computer labs. Commuters are also welcome in those campus spaces.
All students on campus must follow the University’s health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask while indoors with other people except while eating or drinking.
The University will provide both remote and in-person student services during this period. Details will be posted on the University’s website.
Students who commute and are feeling sick SHOULD NOT come to campus and should consult their healthcare provider for assistance.
Students who live on campus and are feeling sick should remain in their residence hall rooms and contact their resident assistant or residence hall director for support.
Students who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services at (908) 737-4882 before coming to the office.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report their test results to the University. Click here for a submission form.
If you have questions, contact Student Health Services at (908) 737-4880 or firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
Students should also report COVID-19 cases among any of their close contacts to receive information on quarantine protocols. The University will follow all state and federal guidelines on contact tracing.
To protect the health and safety of the Kean community, students and employees accessing any University facilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. More information about our COVID-19 policy for students is available here.
Students must submit their vaccination records through the PyraMED Patient Portal. Submission instructions are available here.
Employees were required to submit their vaccination records through Workday by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Submission instructions are available here.
The University is coordinating with the County of Union to arrange for vaccination appointments for students and employees, regardless of where they live, at the vaccination site in Downs Hall on the main campus. Register here.
Vaccination appointments are also available on the campus of Ocean County College. To register, visit ochd.org.
Students and employees who receive exemptions are subject to weekly testing during the semester. Testing is free and available on campus. The schedule will be shared with those subject to the requirement.
Other members of the Kean community can also schedule COVID testing appointments on campus here.
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear masks inside all Kean buildings and classrooms. The only exceptions are when an individual is in a private space, such as a residence hall room or office, or when eating or drinking.
Masks are available at the front desk of Kean Hall or Miron Student Center as well as in vending machines across campus.
All students were required to complete this safety training by Wednesday, September 15 to learn the health and safety measures in effect on campus to safeguard the campus community and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
To access the Safety Training Presentation, click here. Thank you for your participation in this important training program.
All members of the Kean community are encouraged to continue to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizing dispensers across campus to help prevent the spread of illness. If a dispenser needs to be replenished, please call the Housekeeping hotline at 908-737-5010.
The University will continue to employ enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the campus.
Spray bottles of a disinfectant effective against COVID-19 and paper towel dispensers have been placed in classrooms. Call the Housekeeping hotline at 908-737-5010 if the supplies need to be replenished.
A Plexiglas barrier has been placed in each classroom for the instructor’s use. If one is missing or damaged, place a work order at the Facilities and Campus Planning site here and select “Health/Safety” as the craft.
Office areas can request a spray bottle of disinfectant and paper towels by calling the Housekeeping hotline at 908-737-5010.
The restroom cleaning schedule is posted on the back of the door in each restroom. If a restroom requires attention between cleanings, call the Housekeeping hotline at 908-737-5010.
Students who use public transportation should take extra precautions with regard to hand hygiene and remember to wear a face covering and bring hand sanitizer. They should limit touching frequently touched surfaces and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to campus.
The Kean University division of Campus Planning reviewed all buildings in preparation for a safe return to campus. Major enhancements were made in the areas of indoor air quality, building operations, and enhanced cleaning protocols. All Kean University standards for facilities systems and procedures meet or exceed state Indoor Air Quality Standards.
Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness should use available sick leave as they normally would.
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should report the result to Walter McGee in Human Resources by email to email@example.com.
Human Resources will conduct all contact tracing and notifications according to state and federal guidelines. Employees should not engage in contact tracing individually.