While public school districts reassess the safety of in-person learning amid near daily spikes in new COVID-19 cases, colleges and universities have followed suit, with several switching to remote learning for the winter session and some planning a temporary shift for the coming semester.
Below is a list of private and state institutions in the northeast that have announced a switch to virtual or hybrid learning models for the start of the spring classes:
Rutgers University: Rutgers University announced Tuesday it is switching to fully remote instruction, to the extent possible, until Jan 31. All employees, except workers who have been deemed essential, are also asked to work remotely until Jan 31. Students and employees are now required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine boosters, in addition to standard vaccinations against the virus, to be able to return to campus when in-person classes and work resumes.
Move-in to student housing on campus is postponed to Jan. 29-30 and dining halls will only serve to-go meals till Jan. 31.
Columbia University: The first two weeks of the spring semester will be conducted remotely, and booster vaccines are required for all eligible staff, faculty and students by Jan. 31.
Felician University: The spring semester will be taught remotely for the first two weeks, with in-person instruction scheduled to resume on Feb. 7.
Kean: The university has switched to a remote model and will continue to hold all classes online through Jan. 30. However, campus services will remain available in-person and over the internet.
NJIT: While the college has switched to remote learning for winter session courses until Jan. 10, it expects to return to in-person learning for the spring semester.
Princeton: Administrators are still planning on a return to in-person instruction come the start of spring semester. However, the school has pushed back the on-campus return date for undergraduate students to Jan. 14, a week later than initially expected.
All students are required to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 31 or within 30 days of becoming eligible for the extra dose.
This story will continue to be updated as more schools announce their plans for the coming semester.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.
Mary Ann Koruth contributed to this story.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: COVID spike causing these northeast colleges to go virtual Spring 2022