Q. Are classes in-person?
Yes. Kean University returned to in-person instruction, research, residential life and activities on Wednesday, September 1. All Fall 2021 classes, with the exception of Kean Online courses and a limited number of select courses, will take place on campus.
Q. Do I have to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes or campus activities?
Yes. All students must be fully vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine to access any Kean University building or classroom unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Students must submit their vaccination records through the PyraMED Patient Portal. Submission instructions are available here.
In addition, all managerial staff, academic specialists, and employees aligned with the KFT and adjunct faculty unions must be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Employees should submit their vaccination status via Workday. Submission instructions are available here.
Q. I have an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption. Are there special rules I must follow?
Students who receive medical or religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement must be tested for COVID-19 weekly during the semester. Testing is free of charge and available on campus.
The testing schedule will be shared with unvaccinated students directly. Testing is mandatory. Anyone who does not comply will be subject to disciplinary action under the Kean COVID-19 Community Standards Policy for Students.
Q. Do I have to wear a mask?
Effective September 1, 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. Mask regulations are subject to change pending state, federal and University guidelines.
Q. What if I don’t have a mask?
Masks are available at the front desk of Kean Hall or Miron Student Center as well as in vending machines across campus.
Employees can obtain a washable face mask by contacting Kean’s Environmental Safety Officer, Suzanne Kupiec, at email@example.com.
Q. What else should I do to help stop the spread of the virus?
Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer stations throughout campus if hand washing is not possible.
Q. What if I don’t feel well?
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.
Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness should use available sick leave as they normally would.
Q. I tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
Students should report a positive COVID-19 test by using this form. Students with questions may contact Student Health Services at (908) 737-4880 or firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should report their result to Walter McGee in Human Resources by email to email@example.com.
Q. What happens if cases occur on campus?
Kean University is working closely with local health officials and will follow state and federal contact tracing guidelines and protocols in the event of cases on campus.
Q. What happens if a student violates the health and safety protocols on campus?
A: Students would be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Kean University COVID-19 Community Standards Policy for Students.
Q. I ride public transportation, what can I do to keep myself and others safe?
Students, faculty and staff who use public transportation should take extra precautions with regard to hand hygiene and remember to wear a face covering and bring hand sanitizer. Limit touching frequently touched surfaces. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to campus.
Q. Is the University taking other steps to improve safety?
There are several noticeable physical changes to campus, including plexiglass dividers and designated spots for distancing while waiting in lines. Enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting will continue campuswide using CDC-recommended and OSHA-approved disinfectants.
Q. Are residence halls and dining services open for Fall 2021?
Yes. Residential housing and dining services are available to students living on campus.