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Fall 2020 Semester & COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2020 Semester

View the links below for University-wide and SSW-specific information on the fall 2020 semester. To keep the Rutgers community informed, university leaders are mobilized and involved in all aspects of university operations to address the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19. Visit the universitywide COVID-19 Information website for the most up-to-date information. 



Fall 2020 Class Format Information

Synchronous Remote (SR) classes: All classes formerly designated as on the ground in the traditional NB, Camden, and Newark programs will be offered in a synchronous remote format via Zoom. These classes will begin at their designated time on the schedule and run for 90 minutes. In addition to the 90 minutes of synchronous session, the class will require an additional 50 minutes of asynchronous work. Asynchronous activities (typically completed on your own time/schedule during the week) can include activities such as discussion boards, videos, group work following class (your professor may designate this time for group work, so please check the syllabus/CANVAS shell) or other small assignments. Your professors will be contacting you with the zoom link for your first classes. Please watch for them in your email. The exceptions to this are: 1) the 90-minute format is the MSW field education lab/seminar, which will meet synchronously for the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes, and; 2) weekend format classes (such as ACT classes) that will meet for their entire designated time.

Please note your synchronous classes will typically be recorded via zoom by your instructor and uploaded to a secure site where the class and instructor can review. This is to assist you in your learning and help students who may encounter technical issues. Please note that only members of the class and the instructor will have access to the recordings and they will not be used for any other purpose.

Fully Online Asynchronous Classes: Classes previously designated as online classes will remain in this format. These classes are fully asynchronous and have no scheduled meeting time in the schedule. They offer weekly modules with recorded lectures, faculty-led discussion boards, as well as other weekly assignments. The courses are designed to facilitate faculty and student interaction and engagement. They may have more than one due date during the course of a week. All these classes start on Tuesday sept 1 and you should log into your class on this date. 

How do I know if my class in synchronous remote or fully online? Please view your course schedule on then closely compare your schedule with the full online schedule of classes, which could be viewed here . Also, see our video below which provides a step-by-step tutorial.

I need help learning to use CANVAS/ZOOM: We are holding two SSW student training​ sessions on Monday August 31st from 7 to 8 pm and Wednesday Sept 2nd from 11 am to noon. The zoom links will be emailed to you from student affairs. 



Message from Field Education | August 2020

Dear RU SSW Field Education Students: 

As your field education faculty, we are looking forward to the start of the semester and the start of field education with great anticipation. We know that these are complex and challenging times and our experience this fall will be much different than we expected. Nonetheless, we believe it will be very meaningful. There is a great deal to be learned and a great deal for social workers to contribute during this crisis. 

With that said, we realize that many of you returning to field may have questions related to health and safety and we do want to provide you with some basic guidelines. Having said this, as we emphasize below, each field setting is unique and will have their own health and safety protocols. Please note the following:

  1.  As always, students are expected to adhere to all field education agency safety policies and procedures and all students and all students should receive a full orientation to the agency safety and policies and procedures by agency staff. This includes all policies and procedures related to COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing as well as COVID testing. Students are encouraged to inquire about these policies during their initial orientation or before. 
  2. The majority of RU SSW students are placed in non-medical settings. When medical grade PPE is not required by an agency, students are responsible for providing their own non-medical grade protective materials, such as face coverings (masks) and hand sanitizer and/or soap. Below please find a description of the different types of face coverings/masks. 
  3. For the smaller number of RU SSW students placed in health-related settings that require medical grade PPE (personal protective equipment), the field education agency is expected to provide the PPE. If the agency is unable to do so, the student will work with RU field education faculty/staff to arrange for RU SSW initiated procurement
  4. While the RU SSW field education department does not manage safety guidelines within individual field education agencies, we do encourage and expect all RU SSW students to comply with CDC standards around maskingsocial distancing and handwashing and/or hand sanitizer use. Moreover, if a student is feeling ill or is experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID-19, we expect that the student will not participate in field education, will stay home, and seek health care advice. 
  5. We ask all students to review the CDC website regarding COVID-19. 
  6. Testing: Some placements may require testing. As communicated through Student Affairs, Rutgers University is providing testing for students. Students are also free to obtain testing with their own health care providers or at other testing facilities. Students are responsible for providing any required documentation associated testing to their field education site. Please note that while only some sites may require testing, we do encourage students to seek testing before entering field education and to be tested at appropriate intervals as needed.

As always, please feel free to reach out to your field education faculty with any questions or concerns. Appropriate program/campus contacts related to COVID issues are:

Canvas Instructions for Online Learning

Below please find links to Canvas instructions.

General Canvas Resources

Canvas Mobile Apps

General Zoom Resources



Food Pantries

Mental Health
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on how to support yourself and others.

Internet Access

  • As of now, Rutgers libraries and computer labs are closed until further notice. Library services have moved to online-only. Spectrum announced that it is providing free internet access during this period and Comcast has price reductions as well. AT&T has also instituted some lenient payment rules.

Media and eBooks

Resources for Professionals

Employment Opportunities & Questions

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are opportunities to get involved in New Jersey and beyond. For a full list, visit's website

Social, Political, Economic Dynamics

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