NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Although the overwhelming majority of Rutgers classes will be held via remote instruction, school officials have confirmed about 8,000 to 10,000 students have moved into off-campus housing for the fall semester.
Having that many students living in apartments in New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Piscataway during the COVID-19 pandemic could present a problem considering that members of the city’s police department broke up a party where 100 or so college-aged revelers were playing loud music in and around a house on Guilden Street.
Capt. J.T. Miller, information officer for the New Brunswick Police Department, said summonses were issued for loud music.
It was just one of many parties near College Avenue on a recent Friday night, according to an nj.com report
The students apparently did not heed a letter sent university-wide via email earlier that day by Anne Newman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
According to the letter, Newman said that all students, regardless of whether they are living on campus or off campus, are expected to follow the school’s COVID-19 protocols.
In fact, she called for off-campus students to remain “vigilant with helping slow down the spread of the virus.”
“While we have done our best to implement protocols and protections on campus, we also need off-campus students to be vigilant with helping slow down the spread of the virus,” Newman said. “Given information and guidance about the realities of COVID-19, we encourage you to make good choices to protect yourself and the broader community.”
Addressing Rutgers students, Newman said, “We believe you are conscientious and mature enough to adhere to the public health expectations of Rutgers, New Jersey and New Brunswick/Piscataway.”
A spokesman for Rutgers told TAPinto New Brunswick that a little more than 1,000 students will be living on the New Brunswick campus this fall.
According to the school, there are 6,962 first-year students enrolled at Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, 1,505 at Rutgers–Newark and 802 at Rutgers-Camden.