Millions without power across state as Isaias batters New Jersey
Aug04

Millions without power across state as Isaias batters New Jersey

Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in New Jersey this afternoon, leaving nearly 1.3 million people without power statewide, according to a power outage map that tracks the state’s major utility companies.  Much of Essex County, where Seton Hall’s South Orange, Newark and Interprofessional Health Sciences campuses reside, remains under a tropical storm warning until further notice. According to the New York Office of the...

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Seton Hall files motion to dismiss tuition refund suit
Aug03

Seton Hall files motion to dismiss tuition refund suit

Lawyers representing Seton Hall University made a motion on Monday to dismiss a class action tuition refund lawsuit filed against it by former University student Samuel Schoening, which was filed back in May. In a 31-page memorandum submitted to the New Jersey Federal District Court, the University argued that the case should be permanently dismissed because the initial claims by Schoening “constitute claims of educational...

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New study finds symptom-based COVID-19 screening at colleges “not sufficient” to contain an outbreak on college campuses
Jul31

New study finds symptom-based COVID-19 screening at colleges “not sufficient” to contain an outbreak on college campuses

Universities may be able to reopen their doors safely for the fall 2020 semester if they test their student populations every two days for the coronavirus, according to a new study published Friday in the in the Journal of the American Medical Association Open Network. The study, which was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, the Yale School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, used computer...

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Rowan University to cut tuition by 10% in response to pandemic
Jul28

Rowan University to cut tuition by 10% in response to pandemic

Rowan University announced on Saturday that it would slash its tuition by 10% for the upcoming academic year in an attempt to assist students who may be struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The cut, which was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees over the weekend will reduce tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students by nearly $1,500 per semester to $12,938 and $21,970, respectively. Rowan...

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State confirms Seton Hall’s hybrid restart plan as other colleges backtrack
Jul25

State confirms Seton Hall’s hybrid restart plan as other colleges backtrack

Seton Hall’s Re-opening Operations Team (ROOT) announced Friday that New Jersey has confirmed its restart plan, a draft of which was published by The Setonian on July 14. The 69-page restart plan outlines how instruction, housing, dining and many other aspects of campus life will function this fall, but will only go into effect if New Jersey moves to stage three of its reopening process. The state has yet to provide a clear timeline...

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Exclusive: Details of the University’s COVID-19 restart plan revealed in draft filed with the state of New Jersey
Jul14

Exclusive: Details of the University’s COVID-19 restart plan revealed in draft filed with the state of New Jersey

Seton Hall’s in-person fall 2020 semester will be contingent on New Jersey’s ability to “safely enter Stage Three” of its reopening, according to a draft of the University’s restart plan submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education on July 2. The 67-page document, which was obtained by The Setonian on Monday following an Open Public Record Act request, has still not received feedback from the state and is...

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Seton Hall signs on to amicus brief in Harvard suit opposing deportation of international students
Jul10

Seton Hall signs on to amicus brief in Harvard suit opposing deportation of international students

Seton Hall announced on Friday that it signed on to an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit by Harvard opposing new Department of Homeland Security guidelines that would require international students to leave the country if their institutions plan for an all-online fall semester. Seton Hall University and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), of which the University is a member, have both released statements...

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Seton Hall announces intention to file fall reopening plan with state ‘as early as next week’
Jun26

Seton Hall announces intention to file fall reopening plan with state ‘as early as next week’

Seton Hall’s newly established Re-Opening Operations Team, or ROOT, announced on Friday that it would submit its full reopening plan to the state for approval “as early as next week,” marking the latest signal that the University is moving closer to announcing its full plan for a fall 2020 return. The announcement comes just over a week after new guidance from New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) in...

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Housing and Residence Life announces new COVID-19 occupancy rules eliminating triple dorms
Jun17

Housing and Residence Life announces new COVID-19 occupancy rules eliminating triple dorms

After weeks of discussion of reduced housing density, the picture of what the fall semester on campus might look like is becoming clearer — with reduced dorm occupancy forcing students in triples to split up. Seton Hall’s Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) emailed several resident students on Wednesday morning informing them that they must change their housing plans for the fall semester, with the University reducing...

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Seton Hall announces 3.5% tuition hike, 10% reduction in workforce in response to COVID-19 revenue losses
Jun11

Seton Hall announces 3.5% tuition hike, 10% reduction in workforce in response to COVID-19 revenue losses

Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre announced on Thursday that the University would raise tuition by 3.5% and room and board by 3%, marking the lowest tuition increase Seton Hall students have seen in nearly 2 years by nearly half a percent. The hike brings the total cost of tuition and fees for a fulltime student at the University to $45,290 per year, up from $43,780 last year. The announcement comes on the heels of the Board of...

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South Orange proposes budget cuts due to COVID-19
Jun11

South Orange proposes budget cuts due to COVID-19

Cuts to numerous departments have been proposed due to revenue loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the South Orange Village’s proposed municipal budget for 2020. According to the South Orange 2020 Municipal budget presentation the coronavirus pandemic led to an estimated revenue loss of $1.8 million for the South Orange Village. Village President Sheena Collum said this revenue loss was calculated by going to each...

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Murphy lifts stay at home order, raises limits on gatherings
Jun11

Murphy lifts stay at home order, raises limits on gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that he had formally lifted the state’s stay-at-home order after nearly three months of lockdown. “With more and more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer requiring you to stay at home, but we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe,” Murphy told reporters during his Tuesday press briefing. “And when you do go out, please continue to wear face coverings and keep a...

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