As you transition back to campus, you may have questions regarding our return, what to expect, or best practices. Review the questions below to determine how to proceed. If you have a question not currently listed below, please email and if appropriate, we will add your question below. A link to Rutgers FAQ’s is also listed at the very end of this page. 

FAQ’s within GSAPP

  1. How can I request an exemption to the requirement that I submit proof of COVID-19 immunization?
  • Enrolled students may request an exemption from the requirement that they submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons.
  • Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are NOT automatically granted. The exemption request form is available to enrolled students by accessing the Rutgers Student Immunization Portal.  A valid student NetID and password are required to access the immunization portal.


  1. Do I need to participate in COVID testing?
  • If you are NOT vaccinated, you must sign up for weekly COVID testing.  You can simply email your request directly to:
  • As a reminder, you need to sign up for weekly testing if:

    You are not currently being tested weekly, and
    You will be returning to campus regularly to work, and
    You have not yet uploaded your vaccination information in the portal

  • If you are vaccinated, please upload your vaccination card here


  1. Are there other rules about being on campus?
  • GSAPP buildings continue to require swipe card entry, and university COVID visitor policies must be followed. While in GSAPP space, please wear your Rutgers ID.


  1. What are the vaccine requirements?


  1. Are clinical services taking place on campus/in person at GSAPP?
  • On campus clinical work through GSAPP’s centers is occurring under the specific direction of each Center – the DDDC, RCAAS and CPS. Please reach out to each Center Director for guidance and questions.


  1. If I'd like to start coming to campus to work or use my lab, am I permitted to do so?
  • Returning to campus for work is permitted, but work must be done with masking indoors and 6 feet of distance, regardless of vaccination status.  The university will continue to evaluate NJ state guidance and update accordingly. Please work with your supervisor to develop an individualized plan to return to campus based on operational needs over the summer.
  • All GSAPP Programs, Centers and Offices will be developing a specific Returning to Campus Plan, which will be in place over the summer and in anticipation of a return to on- campus work fully in the fall.


  1. What’s going on with telecommuting?
  • As of 5/20/21, the University extended its relaxation of telecommuting guidelines and expanded used of accrued paid sick leave to 12/31/21.  This is not an automatic extension of all current arrangements.  The extension will allow GSAPP flexibility with telecommuting as needed to meet the school's units' needs over the next few months. There will be additional GSAPP-specific guidance provided in the coming weeks.  As the university works toward bringing more and more functions back to campus, faculty, staff and students will be receiving ongoing and updated guidance about expectations, requirements or possible accommodations.
  • Please monitor your email, the GSAPP website, and relevant Teams sites for frequent updates as information becomes available. (Note that your official Rutgers email will be the address to which all urgent information is sent. If you do not already do so, please make sure to regularly check your Rutgers email and use it for all GSAPP business)
  • As was the case before COVID, several factors are involved in determining the short- and longer-term practice of telecommuting across different jobs within GSAPP and University-wide. Please speak to your supervisor about your personal situation.


  1. What is the status for in-person courses at GSAPP?
  • New guidance for higher education in NJ indicates that classroom social distancing restrictions have been lifted and classrooms may be returned to "pre-pandemic" levels. Specific course scheduling (rooms and capacities) will be determined by each Program/School.


  1. Where should I go to find the most up-to-date information about these questions?
  • GSAPP Faculty can find updated links and documents in the GSAPP Faculty Teams folder.
  • Center/Project Staff can find updated information by contacting their supervisor or Center/Project Director.
  • GSAPP students can find updated information from their program.


  1. What if I need an accommodation?


University FAQ’s

  • The University has provided a list of FAQs for the Fall 2021 semester located here.