COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

University Operating Status
  1. Where can I find information on Rutgers' operating status?
  2. How is Rutgers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
Degree Completion
  1. I'm not on campus. Can my defense be held virtually?
  2. I want to submit my candidacy materials in person. Is the SGS open?
Student Services
  1. Are Health Services still available? Are Counseling Services still available?
  2. I'm an international students on a F-1 or J-1 visa, what do I need to know?
  3. Are there any emergency funds available for students in need?
  4. Is the Rutgers Food Pantry open?
International Students
  1. What do I need to know as an international student?
Policies
  1. What is the policy on P/NC grades for the spring 2020 semester?
Convocation/Commencement
  1. Is the SGS Convocation still going to be held? Is University Commencement still going to be held?
Research/Teaching Preparedness
  1. Does the SGS have online teaching resources available?
  2. What is the policy on research preparedness during this time?
  3. What is the policy on animal care during this time?
  4. What is the current status of research operations?

 

  1. Where can I find information on Rutgers' operating status?
    This information is available at newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/status.
  2. How is Rutgers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
    Information regarding the university's response may be found at coronavirus.rutgers.edu
  3. I'm not on campus. Can my defense be held virtually?
    Yes. Given current extraordinary circumstances, the SGS will permit remote defenses for candidates and their committee members. Please see the How to Apply for Degrees webpage for more information.
  4. I want to submit my candidacy materials in person. Is the SGS open?
    While the Dean’s office is open, all staff are working remotely, and all materials must be submitted electronically. If you have a degree materials-related question, please email sgs.degree.submissions@grad.rutgers.edu.
  5. Are Health Services still available? Are Counseling Services still available?
    Yes, but with limited hours and services. Visit Student Health Operating Status for more information. Please call 848-932-7884 to make a counseling appointment.
  6. I'm an international students on a F-1 or J-1 visa, what do I need to know?
    Rutgers Global has put together a FAQ to answer yoru questions.
  7. Are there any emergency funds available for students in need?
    As of April 27, 2020, we are closing the invitation to apply for SGS Covid-19 Emergency Funds. We are pleased to have been able to collaborate with the Graduate Student Association, who was a generous partner in this endeavor; we thank them for their compassionate assistance. Regrettably, we do not have additional resources to allocate at this very difficult time.
  8. Is the Rutgers Food Pantry open
    Yes. Please visit the Rutgers Food Pantry website for up-to-date hours and location.
  9. What do I need to know as an international student?
    For up-to-date information, please visit the Rutgers Global Alerts webpage.
  10. What is the policy on P/NC grades for the spring 2020 semester?
    Please view the updated policy. Students can find directions about how to switch a course grade to P/NC here.
  11. Is the SGS Convocation still going to be held? Is University Commencement still going to be held?
    Unfortunately, convocation has been canceled. University commencement will be held virtually. Please see this Rutgers Today article and the University Commencement website for more information.
  12. Does the SGS have online teaching resources available?
    Yes. Resources are available at our online teaching Sakai site. Assistant Dean Ramazan Güngör also hosts a weekly Webex workshop on the Fundamentals of Teaching Online.
  13. What is the policy on research preparedness during this time?
    Please see Senior Vice President S. David Kimball's memo on the topic.
  14. What is the policy on animal care during this time?
    Please see Senior Vice President S. David Kimball's memo on the topic.
  15. What is the current status of research operations?
    Please see Senior Vice President S. David Kimball's memo on research operations and contingency planning.