Seton Hall announces plans for fall reopening, will forgo fall break
May22

Seton Hall announces plans for fall reopening, will forgo fall break

Seton Hall President Joseph Nyre announced that the University plans to reopen its doors to in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester using a “hybrid flexible” plan which will give students the option to attend classes either in-person or remotely. The plan makes Seton Hall one of the first colleges in New Jersey to announce a definitive reopening plan. According to the schedule laid out by the University, the academic year...

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Seton Hall calls for legal immunity for colleges if COVID-19 comes to campuses in fall
May21

Seton Hall calls for legal immunity for colleges if COVID-19 comes to campuses in fall

Testifying alongside several other college presidents on Tuesday, Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre laid bare before the New Jersey State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education what it would take to safely reopen campus in the fall. Nyre called for New Jersey to provide schools with rapid COVID-19 testing, mechanisms for contact tracing and personal protective equipment, as well as legal protections that would strip students and...

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Moody’s downgrades University’s bond credit rating, but outlook remains stable
May20

Moody’s downgrades University’s bond credit rating, but outlook remains stable

Seton Hall received its first credit rating downgrade in nearly 32 years from Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday. According to records available via Moody’s website, the change marks the only downgrade on record for Seton Hall from the company since it began tracking the University’s fiscal health in 1998. Citing a “material increase in leverage that will constrain the University’s financial flexibility,” the bond credit rating...

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Students unsure about a full return in fall but overwhelmingly oppose continuing remote learning, new Setonian poll finds
May19

Students unsure about a full return in fall but overwhelmingly oppose continuing remote learning, new Setonian poll finds

Seton Hall students appear to be divided over whether or not they will be able to return to campus in the fall, according to a new poll conducted by The Setonian. The poll, which ran from May 8 to May 17 and sourced responses from 104 Seton Hall students, found that 44% of survey respondents were unsure or did not have enough information to be able to say whether or not they think in-person classes would resume in the fall 2020...

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Academic advisor to roughly 300 students one of 150 University employees furloughed
May08

Academic advisor to roughly 300 students one of 150 University employees furloughed

An academic advisor who advised between 250 to 300 students was one of 150 University employees furloughed on May 1 according to an email sent to students from Social and Behavioral Science (SOBS) Department Chair Dr. Rhonda Quinn. According to the email, the furlough will last for the next two months. The furloughing of academic advisor Michael Carhart has raised questions for the University as to what kind of employees faced...

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Seton Hall student files lawsuit against University seeking tuition refund
May06

Seton Hall student files lawsuit against University seeking tuition refund

A Seton Hall student has filed a potential class action lawsuit against the University alleging that it has failed to deliver “the educational services, facilities, access and/or opportunities” that students paid spring tuition for. The three-count civil complaint, which was filed by Samuel Schoening in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, called the University’s online offerings “subpar in practically every aspect and a shadow...

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University announces new planning groups to chart course for campus reopening, non-reopening
May06

University announces new planning groups to chart course for campus reopening, non-reopening

Seton Hall announced on Wednesday that it would create two new working groups to begin laying out separate plans to reopen campus in the fall or keep its gates shuttered should public health officials deem it unsafe to return. The groups, referred to as Contingency Planning Group A and Contingency Planning Group B contain 11 and 28 members, respectively, hailing from various areas of Seton Hall’s faculty and administration. The groups...

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University moves start date of new provost up by a month citing uncertainty caused by pandemic
May05

University moves start date of new provost up by a month citing uncertainty caused by pandemic

Citing uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic, Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre announced Tuesday that the university would be accelerating the installation of incoming provost Dr. Katia Passerini. According to the University, Passerini’s start date will be moved up by a month to June 5 instead of her initial start date of July 1. Passerini will replace current interim provost Dr. Karen Boroff, who has served in her interim...

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Seton Hall accepts $5.7 million in CARES Act funding, $2.8 million of which will go to student financial relief
Apr30

Seton Hall accepts $5.7 million in CARES Act funding, $2.8 million of which will go to student financial relief

Seton Hall will accept $5.7 million allocated to the University by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, $2.8 million of which has been earmarked by the Department of Education to be disbursed to students. The news comes as Seton Hall announced Monday that it would furlough 150 employees amid financial unease brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal stimulus package, known colloquially as the CARES Act,...

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Seton Hall freezes pay, will furlough 150 employees in response to financial turmoil
Apr27

Seton Hall freezes pay, will furlough 150 employees in response to financial turmoil

University President Joseph Nyre announced Monday that Seton Hall will freeze employee pay and furlough 150 employees, effective May 1, in an effort to mitigate potentially tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a University-wide email sent from Nyre, employees that will be covered by the furlough include those whose positions require them to be on-campus and cannot work from...

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Executive Cabinet takes pay cut as University faces tumultuous financial future
Apr23

Executive Cabinet takes pay cut as University faces tumultuous financial future

Seton Hall’s Executive Cabinet announced Thursday that it would be taking a voluntary 10% pay cut amid the news that Seton Hall could be facing up to tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. University President Joseph Nyre, who leads the University’s Executive Cabinet, volunteered to reduce his salary by 20% in response to the crisis. Seton Hall’s Executive Cabinet has agreed to a 10%...

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University projecting ‘substantial’ financial losses as Faculty Senate sheds more light on possible fall semester plans
Apr18

University projecting ‘substantial’ financial losses as Faculty Senate sheds more light on possible fall semester plans

Seton Hall’s Faculty Senate president announced Friday that the University is preparing for the possibility of a massive financial hit that would strip the University of tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an executive committee report read to the Faculty Senate on Friday, Senate president Dr. Johnathan Farina said that the threats currently facing the University are “substantial” and...

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