Rider University began monitoring the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in January and preparing our campuses accordingly. That work continues and is guided by two main priorities: protecting the health and safety of our campus and ensuring continuity of instruction for the spring 2020 semester.
Some of the major steps the University has taken in the past two months are summarized below.
This website serves as the official source of information regarding Rider’s response to COVID-19. It is updated regularly with new information as it becomes available. All this work was done in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
Last updated: April 29, 11:30 a.m.
Spring break was extended one week until March 27 to allow students and faculty to prepare for the potential of remote and alternative instruction.
Remote and alternative instruction began on March 30 and continues through the end of the spring 2020 semester, including exams. Summer I and II courses will also all be delivered remotely. The Westminster Conservatory has also moved to remote instruction where feasible.
Rider remains open with most functioning conducted remotely. Only essential employees are working on campus as needed. All other employees are working remotely. It is best to communicate with offices via email where possible. Main office numbers are being monitored remotely during the week.
Academic support is being provided remotely through the Academic Success Center and Student Accessibility and Support Services. Deans Offices are available for support and questions. The Libraries are providing remote services. Laptops were provided to students in need and information provided regarding no or low cost internet services. A pass/no credit option has been offered to undergraduate students for the spring semester.
All outbound non-essential domestic and international University-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.
All resident students on both campuses who could return home did so. Many have since returned to collect their belongings. Rider continues to accommodate, on a case by case basis, on campus international students and those who face other challenges.
A variety of services remain available to students remotely. They include, among others, Counseling Services, the Rider Resource Pantry and Student Health Center.
Student Affairs continues to be available to students and is working closely with the Student Government Associations and other student organizations and offices to promote remote events, activities and engagement this semester. No on-campus events or activities are being held. The Rider News continues to offer digital versions of the newspaper every week and 107.7 The Bronc WRRC FM, Rider’s student-run radio station, is up and running.
Rider has planned two rescheduled in-person Commencement ceremonies for our Lawrenceville and Westminster Choir College graduates. The Lawrenceville Commencement is planned for Sunday, November 1, at 1 p.m. at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton. The Westminster Choir College Commencement is planned for Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.
The application deadline for fall 2020 has been extended to June 1. Admissions and financial aid are supporting prospective students and their families with a variety of remote services and events.
- Rider announced on April 28 the process for issuing prorated credits and/or refunds to students who were billed room and board charges for the spring 2020 semester and who did not remain on campus during the spring semester remote learning period.
A message from President Dell'omo
"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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