COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
All students taking classes and/or participating in on-campus activities are required to provide proof of vaccination. In addition, TCNJ strongly recommends that students, staff, and faculty receive a booster vaccination when eligible (five months after the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or two months after the single J&J vaccination). Learn more about TCNJ’s vaccine requirement.
The TCNJ experience differs for students who are vaccinated and for those who have been granted an exemption.
Students who are fully vaccinated may:
- live on campus and participate in the full range of activities on campus. They do not need to physically distance or have routine COVID-19 testing if they do not have COVID-19-like symptoms.
- be subject to symptomatic testing, random asymptomatic testing, or regular testing if there is evidence of substantial or high transmission in the community.
- choose to maintain physical distance or wear a mask in spaces where it is not a requirement to do so.
Students who have been granted a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine must:
- observe physical distance and masking requirements while on campus.
- be tested on campus weekly for COVID-19 through Bergen New Bridge. (Students may choose to take additional tests on or off campus; off-campus tests are taken at their own expense.) Students must comply with this testing requirement or be subject to fines, restriction from registering for classes, and/or disenrollment from the college.
- quarantine if they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, even if they themselves have tested negative.
Students with an exemption are permitted to (while physically distancing):
- attend class in person. (Faculty have been provided with names of exempted students in their courses; staff have been provided with names of exempted students with whom they meet for advising, mentoring, or other high-contact interactions.)
- use the library.
- visit offices on campus.
- use the dining facilities.
- participate in varsity athletics (with potential restrictions for team travel).
- participate in club, organization, recreation, cultural or campus activities that do not involve high contact with others and for which physical distancing is feasible and enforced by the group.
However, students with an exemption are not permitted to:
- live in the residence halls.
- participate in club, organization, recreation, cultural, or campus activities that involve high contact with others and for which physical distancing is not feasible and enforced.
We invite all students, faculty, and staff, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, to take advantage during the semester of testing capacity on campus through Bergen New Bridge. Students with an exemption who come to campus must be tested for COVID-19 weekly on campus. Athletes should talk with their athletic trainer regarding special testing requirements.
Compliance with testing is required to participate in on-campus classes and activities. All students must register with and supply current medical insurance information to Bergen New Bridge to participate in the testing program. The testing program utilizes a rapid antigen test and provides same-day results.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information and FAQs
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be exempt from testing for 90 days afterward. To be placed on the exemption list, students must submit test results to Student Health Services via OWL, and employees must email test results to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Daily Self-Checkup
We continue to use the daily self-checkup feature of the Roar app, as it is a critical component of TCNJ’s health and safety initiatives. Please note that the expectations for its use are different for those who are vaccinated versus those who are not.
All unvaccinated individuals (including those who have an approved medical or religious exemption) who come to campus are required to complete the daily self-checkup. Doing so helps the COVID Outreach Team monitor symptoms and determine whether contact tracing needs to occur. Once you have completed the self-checkup, you will receive your health pass (green pass indicates being cleared, red pass indicates not cleared) for the day.
Another health and safety component of the Roar app is the self-report COVID Diagnosis feature, which allows you to indicate both recent COVID-19 testing and your test results. This process is separate from the daily self-checkup.
In keeping with best practice and consistent with state and CDC guidance, all members of the community who reside on campus or spend any amount of time on campus are asked to take Roscoe’s Pledge, which follows, to help ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and others. Roscoe’s Pledge will be monitored and updated as appropriate guidance changes in the coming weeks and months.
Effective March 12, the general mask mandate for TCNJ students and employees is rescinded. Despite this change, the campus will remain “mask-friendly.” Anyone wishing to wear a mask is encouraged to do so.
If You Have COVID-like Symptoms
Despite vaccination and/or previous COVID-19 infection, members of the community may become infected with COVID-19. In following New Jersey Department of Health and TCNJ guidelines, any community member who is exposed to COVID-19 will need to adhere to the proper testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols:
- Isolate. Stay home if you are ill and do not go to work or class.
- Complete the daily self-checkup in the Roar app to report your symptoms.
- Get tested at either the on-campus test site or an off-campus location.
- If you feel you need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider. Students can schedule an appointment with Student Health Services via OWL or by calling 609.771.2889.
In coordination with local health departments in Ewing and Mercer counties, the college will conduct contact-tracing outreach to inform individuals that they may have been exposed to the virus.
Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
Learn more about isolation and quarantine guidelines for individuals who have tested positive, close contacts, and those who are symptomatic but have tested negative. (A close contact is defined as someone who was less than six feet away from a person with test-confirmed COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period.)