Rider University is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing our campuses accordingly. The health and safety of each member of our community remain of the utmost importance. The University is using guidance from local, state and federal public health officials to inform our decision making.
This site is the official source of information about Rider's response to COVID-19 and will be updated to reflect new information as it becomes available.
The current situation
March 31, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Read the latest communications to the Rider community.
- Residence halls on both campuses are closed with limited exceptions. Public Health officials recommend that all residential students who are currently on campus and can return home do so as soon as reasonably possible. We understand many of you who are already off campus have belongings that remain in your room. Our updated guidance on move-out processes was sent to students on March 22.
- On March 21, Rider informed the campus community that a Westminster Conservatory instructor tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The instructor has received medical treatment and is self-isolating. The University notified the limited number of individuals who were in direct contact with the Conservatory instructor on the Princeton campus and directed them to self-isolate for 14 days. The building that was accessed by the Conservatory instructor, Princeton Hall, is currently closed and being thoroughly cleaned.
- All classes scheduled to begin or resume after the extended spring break will move to remote and alternative instruction beginning March 30 and will continue through the end of the spring semester, including exams.
- On March 31, Rider announced it will offer undergraduate students the option to convert any of their spring 2020 courses to pass/no credit, subject to conditions.
- On March 31, Rider announced it was working on a plan for students who were billed room and board charges for the spring 2020 semester, and who do not remain on campus during the spring semester remote learning period, to receive a prorated credit and/or refund for their housing and meal plans for the period of Monday, March 23, the first day after the originally scheduled spring break, through Tuesday, May 12, the last day of the spring semester..
- To help mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus, Rider has also issued updated the following policies and practices for employees until further notice.
- The Commencement ceremonies for both Rider and Westminster Choir College are being postponed. Westminster Reunions scheduled for May are also postponed. We are considering alternative plans and will announce them when we have a better idea of the status of the outbreak in the months ahead. Many other upcoming events have been canceled. If others need to be modified, postponed or canceled to promote the health and safety of our campus community, we will announce those details as soon as information becomes available.
- The University remains open, but Rider is adjusting many services according to official guidance about how to slow the spread of COVID-19. Dining services are going to be limited beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Meals in containers will be available for students, faculty and staff in the Mercer Room (in Daly Dining Hall) on the Lawrenceville campus and in the student center on the Princeton campus. Meals are for takeout only. The Student Recreation Center and Richard A. Coppola Pool are closed until further notice.
- Rider has been notified that a Westminster Conservatory student, who is not enrolled at Westminster Choir College or Rider University, and their parents have tested positive for COVID-19. The family remains under self-isolation. The University is notifying individuals who were in direct contact with the Conservatory student and her family on the Princeton campus. Those individuals are also self-isolating as a result. The buildings that were accessed by the Conservatory student and family over the weekend of March 7 and 8 will be closed for cleaning. These buildings include the Conservatory (Princeton Hall), Marion Buckelew Cullen Center and Robert L. Annis Playhouse. Out of an abundance of caution, Rider is announcing that all on-campus private instruction, lessons and classes offered through the Conservatory on the Princeton campus and its extension sites are suspended until further notice. All ensembles are postponed. Conservatory teachers will provide remote learning to their students if possible. If teachers decide to conduct lessons remotely, they will contact students directly with instructions.
- All outbound non-essential domestic and international university-sponsored air travel is suspended until further notice. Students and faculty traveling during spring break to any country with a CDC Level 3 travel health warning should contact their academic dean. Staff should contact their supervisors.
A message from President Dell'omo
"We don’t always have the chance to choose the situations we find ourselves in, but we can always choose how we respond to those situations. How we respond to this unprecedented situation matters, and I’ve been inspired by the response of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. I want to thank each of you who has responded to the demands of this moment not just by meeting them but exceeding them."
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