Community building is at the heart of Student Centers and Activities’ mission, and we are committed to continuing this in a virtual format. Learn more about our services for Spring 2021 below. Please contact sca@echo.rutgers.edu with any additional questions.

General

Will Student Centers and Activities be open in Spring 2021?

The Department of Student Centers and Activities will be open. Student Centers will be open with modified hours of operations and limited services to support campus locations with residential populations. We will be hosting programs, events, and leadership development virtually.

Will offices within the Department of Student Centers and Activities be open?

Staff in the Student Centers and Activities Department will continue to work remotely. Email sca@echo.rutgers.edu for additional departmental information.

Or, you can reach each office directly at:

What policies are being put in place to ensure student, staff and faculty safety?

Student Centers will be adhering to Rutgers University and local governing agency policies. We have taken extra care in: ensuring social distancing measures are adhered to, cleaning public areas, and posting signage to inform all guest of policies to keep the Rutgers community safe.

I’d like to get more information. Who can I contact?

You can email Student Centers and Activities at sca@echo.rutgers.edu. You can also visit newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/2020status to learn more.

Student Centers

What Student Centers will be open?

The Busch, College Ave, and Livingston Student Centers will be open beginning January 19.

The Student Centers will be open Monday – Thursday from 9am – 10pm and Friday from 9am – 5pm. Centers will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

On what date will the Student Centers open?

Student Centers will be closed from December 24 through January 18. The main lobby of the Busch, College Ave, and Livingston Student Centers will be accessible to drop of COVID test kits, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm starting Monday, January 4. Campus community members will be able to swipe into the main lobby to drop of kits.

Are any food vendors open in the Student Centers?

Beginning January 25, both King Pita and Subway will be open in the College Ave Student Center.

King Pita
Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 3pm

Subway
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 3pm

Are the Student Centers only open for those students who will be living on campus?

Only members of the Rutgers Community (faculty, staff, and students) with a valid Rutgers ID will be able to gain access to the Center through designated entrances.

What resources are available in the Student Centers? Can I use computer labs, lounges, etc.?

In order to maintain social distancing and ensure the health and safety of the community the following services have been temporarily suspended:

  • Computer Lab in the College Ave Student Center
  • Information Kiosks
  • Lost and Found (only high value items will be accepted)
  • Printing Station at the Busch Student Center. However, if you need something printed please visit the Information Desk at one of the open Centers, and staff will be able to assist.

All the open lounges have been converted to accommodate social distanced study spaces.

WiFi is accessible throughout the Student Center, therefore students will be able to find the perfect space. If you cannot find a space, visit the Information Desk and they will try to assist.

Prayer, Nursing, and Mediation Spaces will remain available. Only one person will be able to enter the meditation space at a time.

Microwaves will be available, as will vending machines and ATMs.

Can I reserve space in the Student Centers for academic purposes?

Yes, you can now reserve personal meeting rooms for academic engagement (i.e., online classes, academic sessions, exams and meetings with professors and other Rutgers staff). Rooms are limited to one per day for three hours, with a maximum of two people. All Rutgers safety policies, such as mask wearing, must be adhered to. A current Rutgers ID is required to enter the Student Centers.

Students can reserve space at https://go.rutgers.edu/7oelbw7z and faculty and staff can reserve at centerres.rutgers.edu.

Will there be academic classes held in the Student Centers?

No.

How are the Student Centers being cleaned?

University Facilities will undertake inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of buildings and grounds in the weeks leading up to repopulation of the campuses. Generally speaking, this will include the following work:

  • Building tours to ensure that major systems are in working order and ready for increased occupancy
  • Maintenance assessments and repairs incorporating Centers for Disease Controls, New Jersey public health, and ASHRAE guidance where practical and feasible thereby assuring that:
    • HVAC systems are in proper working order
    • Lavatory ventilation systems are in proper working order
    • Dormant water systems are flushed
    • Plumbing drainage systems are in proper working order
  • Preventative maintenance measures in accordance with established schedules
  • Grounds tours to ensure that sites and parking lots are in conditions suitable for increased occupancy
  • Cleaning of public and high-traffic areas in buildings, including building lobbies, elevators, conference rooms, and lavatories
  • Provision of hand sanitizer stations in selected locations in buildings
  • Implementation of signage and graphics to promote health and safety measures, including social distancing measures, as described in this Operations Plan

Rutgers Environmental Services will prioritize work activities to focus on cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, common areas, student/recreation centers, restrooms, residence halls, and high-touch surfaces.

Restrooms, Locker / Shower Rooms
Restrooms, locker /shower rooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day, with additional cleaning/disinfecting in high-traffic restrooms and for any incident requiring attention:

  • Floors, sinks, countertops, toilets/urinals, door/stall door handles and mirrors will be cleaned and disinfected
  • Trash cans emptied/liners replaced
  • All paper product and hand soap dispensers will be checked and refilled as needed.

Public Areas (Entrances, Corridors, Stairwells, Elevators)
Public areas will be cleaned and disinfected four times per day:

  • Door handles, hand rails, and other high-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Bottle-fill stations cleaned and disinfected
  • Trash and recycling cans emptied/liners replaced
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers checked and refilled as needed
  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floor as needed.

Events

I am part of a student group. Can I book space outside of a Student Center?

In an abundance of caution, there will be no in-person student gatherings, events, or programs held on campus until university guidelines stipulate that it is safe to do so. At this time, no reservations can be made until March 31, 2021.  Reservations can be made via https://webapps.rutgers.edu/ems/.

Will the Involvement Fair be virtual this year? How can I sign up? How can I attend?

The Spring Involvement Fair will be held virtually this year on January 25 from 2pm-6pm. For more information on how to join and connect live with organizations on campus, visit programs.rutgers.edu/involvementfair/. Join live on January 25 at go.rutgers.edu/involvementfair.

Clubs, Organizations and Programs

Are student groups allowed to hold events in the Student Centers?

In an abundance of caution, there will be no in-person student gatherings, events, or programs held on campus until university guidelines stipulate that it is safe to do so. At this time, no event reservations can be made until March 31, 2021.

Are student clubs allowed to host in person events?

Regardless of size, there should be no in-person meetings, events, or gatherings in all student centers, academic buildings, and outdoor spaces. This also includes the suspension of trips, travel programs and service events. You should plan for all of your organization’s activities and meetings to be delivered virtually. 

I’m in a student group and I have questions about advisement, virtual events, and fundraising. Who can I contact?

Your Organization Advisor can assist you. Advisors are working normal business hours, Monday – Friday, and can be contacted via email. If you are unsure of who your organization’s Advisor is, please visit your organization profile page on getINVOLVED.rutgers.edu, and you will see their name and email listed.

Where do I find information on getting involved in student clubs and organizations?

Getting involved in organizations and other activities is a great way to make new friends and meet other students with similar interests. Involvement in organizations can also help you develop valuable skills that will assist you in your academic and career journeys. Visit our online engagement platform, getINVOLVED, to learn more about our 450+ student organizations  and opportunities for student engagement at Rutgers – New Brunswick. Remember that you have to log on to your getINVOLVED profile and update your information to become more involved and connected.

What student activities and campus programs can I expect for spring 2021?

Student Organizations and the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) have been hosting virtual programming and events throughout the fall semester and are making plans for the spring!  To stay informed about these events and other campus wide programs, visit getINVOLVED.

You will also want to make sure to join the Spring Involvement Fair, which will be held virtually on January 25 from 2pm-6pm. Learn more here.

How will clubs and organizations be supported virtually?

There will be virtual Leadershops hosted to help clubs and organizations prepare. Along with basic training that that is provided yearly (i.e., treasurer training, SABO, etc.), there will be additional sessions, such as understanding and utilizing engagement platforms (Webex, Zoom, and Teams), how to engage your community within your virtual environment, creating team goals, implementing values and expectations, delegating responsibilities, maintaining open communication, and creating  environments for everyone. Check out the schedule for Spring Leadershops here.

Will student clubs be hosting virtual events? How can I find them?

Yes! Events will be held virtually. Go to getINVOLVED.rutgers.edu and search for a specific club to see their upcoming events. Or, you can check out all of the upcoming events that will be held virtually by clicking on the “events” tab. You can also follow the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) on social media, or check out upcoming Student Centers and Activities events here.

Will budgets for student organizations funded by RUSA, RBGA and SEBS Allocations be impacted?

Each Allocations Board will send out more information to their respective organizations.

What are opportunities for leadership development and career readiness programs?

The Office of Leadership & Experiential Learning programs will be hosting the annual Mark Conference and Rutgers University Alternative Break community service opportunities. For more information click here.

In addition, we will be continuing to offer customizable trainings for student organizations, staffs and departments to help with communication, goal-setting, teambuilding, leadership style development and more.