SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University's President, Joseph E. Nyre, PhD, has notified the university faculty, staff and students that effective Wednesday, March 11 through Friday, March 13 all in person classes will be canceled to allow the faculty time to move all class material online. Effective Monday, March 16 classes will be held online due to caution in light of the spreading coronavirus disease. As of this time, Nyre reported, no cases of COVID-19 exist in the Seton Hall University community.


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Dear Members of the University Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests and staff are of paramount importance.

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in order to enhance New Jersey’s response to COVID-19.

Although no cases have been reported on our campuses, we have decided to suspend all in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, March 11, through and including Friday, March 13, 2020. All online courses and this weekend’s limited in-person courses will take place. All classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, March 22. Recognizing the evolving nature of the virus, an update will be sent on March 19 with additional information.

We are taking this action to: provide faculty with dedicated resources to assist them with moving course work online; continue cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, residence halls and other common areas; and provide students the option to relocate if desired.

For Students

The University remains open. Residence Halls and Dining Services will continue to operate.

At the School of Medicine, small group clinical skill exams and the NBME Self Examination will be held this week as scheduled.

The Law School remains on Spring Break this week and will convert to remote learning next week.

Students in internships, clinicals or student teaching should follow their placement site's guidance.

Students who feel ill should call Health Services at (973) 761-9175.

Students with questions regarding online learning should contact the Help Desk at (973) 275-2222.

For Faculty

Faculty should take their laptops home with them and prepare to begin offering online instruction beginning Monday, March 16.

A wealth of information is available on the KeepTeaching website to help you quickly mount your materials and lectures online. The TLT Center also has scheduled 30-minute sessions this week and next in the event you need help in preparing your materials. View the schedule.

Faculty who feel ill and not able to teach their courses online should notify their department chair. In addition, those who are under self-quarantine and following the CDC guidelines should remain out of work for 14 calendar days.

The Provost's Office will be sending all faculty an email with additional information later today.

University Employees

The University remains open. All non-faculty employees (including staff, administrators, union, temporary, part-time and non-benefit eligible employees) are expected to report to work as normal.

Those individuals who feel ill should notify their supervisor, seek appropriate medical attention and not report to work. In addition, those who are under self-quarantine and following the CDC guidelines should remain out of work for 14 calendar days. Employees who do not report to work because of illness or self-quarantine will not be charged sick leave during the 14-calendar day period and will receive regular pay.

We will continue to keep employees updated on the evolving situation and you will soon receive a communication from Human Resources with further details. If you have any additional concerns, please contact Human Resources at (973) 761-9177 or

All non-essential University travel is suspended until further notice. Employees with questions should contact their supervisor.

University Events

Daily Masses are continuing as scheduled.

We are reviewing all upcoming and planned University events and will announce decisions about individual events soon.

We are following guidance from the BIG EAST conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association in regard to scheduled intercollegiate athletic events. As of today, there are no changes to the schedules of our athletic teams. The men's basketball BIG EAST Tournament will continue as planned.

The University has implemented a number of actions to keep our community healthy and safe. Please remember to regularly consult the Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. You can submit additional questions here as well.

Seton Hall's founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, called for our community of faith to be "a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit." As we address these challenging and uncertain times, our greatest strength is our caring community. Together, let this experience renew in us our commitment and care for each other and all those who call Seton Hall home. Please keep all impacted nations, people and students in your prayers throughout the coming days.


Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.