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COVID-19 and Student Disciplinary Action

COVID-19 Guidelines and Student Disciplinary Action

As the University begins a new semester, the ability to resume on-campus learning while maintaining a safe workplace and campus is very much dependent on cooperation by the entire community’s adherence to public health guidelines required by the Center for Disease Control and adopted by the University. It is the official policy of Montclair State University that all members of the campus community must follow the directives outlined in its Restart Plan.

All students (and employees) are expected and required to comply with the safety obligations in the Restart Plan. By adherence to these requirements which promote healthy behaviors, students (and employees) will mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which will provide an environment where they can learn, live, and work as safely as possible. 

However, non-compliance with the Restart Plan will result in disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to, being charged with any of the following policies: Failure to Comply, Residence Hall Regulations, Violation of Local, State or Federal Laws, and Violation of Written University Policy, Regulations and Announcements. Each reported incident will be reviewed by the Conduct Office on a case-by-case basis regarding the severity of action. Students are subject to being placed on interim suspension status while review is being conducted. Being held responsible for violation of these policies can result in consequences ranging from warnings or probation to suspension or expulsion.

As a reminder, students can find safety obligations in the Restart Plan. In addition, we wish to call the following to your attention:

Training Requirements

Students are obligated to complete the training. before returning to campus and complete the Hawk Check. Prior to coming to campus or leaving their residence hall each day. 

Face-covering Requirements

ALL students are required to wear face coverings of the type depicted in the Restart Plan when: on campus grounds where adhering to 6 feet social distancing is not possible; or within any facility, unless it is the student’s own residential room.

Academic Buildings

Students who enter academic buildings without appropriate face coverings will be reminded of this policy and will be directed to leave the building if they do not have a face covering.  Face coverings will be available for purchase or free (if available) at various locations on campus.

If students enter class without a face covering or remove the face covering within class, Faculty will have the authority to:

  1. request/require the student to leave the class, and
  2. report the student to the Dean of Students/Student Conduct for disciplinary action, and
  3. contact University Police

Residence Halls

Students who are in residence halls must wear a face covering except when in their room.

Students may be asked to return to their rooms to obtain their face covering and may be documented for failure to adhere to the request.

Social Distancing

Students are expected to maintain social distancing of 6 feet between people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.  This is required even if you are wearing a face covering.

Gatherings On Campus

Gatherings on campus will not be allowed unless social distancing can be maintained and facial coverings are worn.  The size of gatherings may not exceed the capacity limited by the most current Governor’s Executive Order on gatherings and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Threats Concerning COVID-19

Any student who threatens the safety of another via transmission of COVID-19 virus, whether actual or implied, will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, which can include, but not limited to the following: immediate removal from University premises and subsequent removal from student status at the University.

Self-Quarantine

Students who are coming from another State designated by New Jersey as a hotspot must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Jersey by either remaining off campus or remaining within their residential assignment. You can find the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions on NJ.gov.  Students who display symptoms of or been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19, must also remain off campus or self-quarantine within their assigned residential housing until they are medically cleared to return to their normal schedule; this must be coordinated by the student with the University Health Center.  Students may be provided reasonable accommodations during this period of time in coordination with the Disability Resource Center.

It is our expectation that all students will abide by the requirements in the University’s Restart Plan, which are partially highlighted herein and the full requirements listed on the University website, so that we can have a safe upcoming semester in these trying times. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.