RCSJ Releases Plans for Cumberland and Gloucester Campuses Amid Pandemic

By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

Rowan College of South Jersey released an announcement on Tuesday, July 7 about its fall semester plans for both the Cumberland and Gloucester County campuses. 

“As we continue to practice social distancing, many students are likely questioning the impact on their current education plans. Taking classes online may not be every student’s first choice; however, at this point in time, it is the safest,” RCSJ President Frederick Keating said in a press release. “The pandemic has caused our world to change, but that does not mean you must sit on the sidelines waiting for the return to normal. Do not allow life’s challenges to prevent you from achieving your dreams. Keep moving forward and making progress.”

Courses will be offered in one of three formats this fall: live online, online and hybrid formats. All students will have access to the same support services online that are typically offered on campus, such as tutoring, advising, student life, counseling, and wellness.

Live Online and Online courses will make up the vast majority of courses offered at RCSJ this fall., Online is more flexible since you’re able to choose when to complete your assignments and there’s no designated class meeting time. The Live Online option is set up like a typical in-person class with scheduled meetings that’ll take place via Hybrid courses will only be offered to students taking more hands-on courses like engineering, technology, nursing, and forensics, among others. 

According to RCSJ, the current plan is to begin the fall semester as scheduled on September 1 with extra safety precautions. Most college employees will continue to work remotely as RCSJ continues to follow guidelines and recommendations issued by the CDC and New Jersey’s Department of Health. 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the United States, the college’s regulations are subject to change

“Changes will continue to take place as RCSJ works to follow New Jersey State guidelines and develop a plan for the spring semester,” the university said in a release. “As the plan evolves, updates will be provided based on the latest information to keep students informed, with the hope of being back on RCSJ’s campuses by mid-January.”

The university also provided return-to-campus regulations for students, faculty, and university employees, which you can read here: https://www.rowan.edu/returntorowan

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.