LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Ahead of the fall semester, Rider University in Lawrenceville revised its COVID-19 policies, rolling back protocols it had in place throughout the pandemic. These changes are “effective immediately,” the University said.
The University will no longer offer contact tracing or COVID-19 case management services beginning in the fall semester. Employees will no longer be asked to report to human resources if they test positive for COVID-19 starting Sept. 1, the university said.
Students who are not enrolled in fully online degree programs must be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of classes in any given semester. However, reminders are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged.
“It is up to each of us to take responsibility for our own health and help mitigate the spread given the resources at our disposal: vaccinations, boosters, mask-wearing, guidance from NJDOH and CDC, and self-monitoring of symptoms. “, said the University. in a note.
Students and employees will be required to monitor their symptoms and not come to campus or to class if they have symptoms. They should comply with NJDOH and/or CDC guidelines for next steps before returning to campus or the classroom, according to the memo.
With the transition of COVID-19 to endemic, many universities are now modifying the protocols put in place during the pandemic.
Princeton University last week revised its COVID-19 policies, the most significant being that booster shots are not mandatory for students and employees.