It is the College’s desire to ensure a safe and healthy environment, free from COVID-19 virus incidents. We ask for your assistance in keeping our community healthy by adhering to the Campus Health and Safety – Interim Policy.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
The College has instituted a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all employees who are not members of a bargaining unit, as well as all employees in the bargaining unit represented by The College of New Jersey Federation of Teachers (AFT), Local 2364. TCNJ will consider applications from employees subject to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for exemptions from the requirement as described below. Employees who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be subject to additional restrictions and requirements to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Follow these Instructions to Upload Vaccination Record.
- A newly hired employee may be considered for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if the employee provides a written signed statement explaining how immunization conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. A general philosophical or moral objection to the vaccination will not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. An employee may be considered for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they have a medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination and if failure to receive this immunization does not prevent fulfillment of the essential duties of the employee’s position. Conditions comprising valid medical contraindications to vaccine administration are those set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To apply for a medical exemption, a physician licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy, or an advanced practice nurse, in any jurisdiction of the U.S., or in any foreign country, must complete the COVID-19 VACCINE MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM Medical Exemption for COVID-19 Vaccine Form.
- Written statements required above must be submitted by the employee to the College by uploading the appropriate information into the employee’s TCNJ Oracle Cloud portal within seven (7) days of employment. Instructions for uploading the statements can be found at this link. Instructions to Upload COVID-19 Exemption Requests to Oracle Cloud.
Please note that in order to maintain a safe and healthy campus, employees who are granted a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be subject to certain requirements and limitations including, among other things, testing for COVID-19 virus once a week.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination protocols, along with information on COVID-19 related policies, requirements and expectations.
What should I do if I would like to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act?
Reasonable accommodation inquiries and requests from all members of the campus community can be emailed to the Accessibility Resource Center. The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) determines reasonable accommodations on an individual basis.
How do I provide proof of my vaccination against COVID-19?
Employees who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may submit proof of vaccination by updating their employee documents in the Oracle Cloud portal. Directions to complete the process are here: COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Instructions.
How do I provide proof of my booster vaccination against COVID-19?
TCNJ strongly recommends that employees receive a booster vaccination when eligible (5 months after the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or 2 months after the single J&J vaccination). Employees who have received a booster shot may submit proof of vaccination by updating their employee documents in the Oracle Cloud portal. Directions to complete the process are here: COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Reporting Instructions.
I have already had COVID-19. Do I still need to show proof of vaccination?
Yes. Effective with the vaccination requirement for AFT and non unit employees, employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to provide proof of vaccination by uploading your vaccination card to your Oracle Cloud portal.
I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to wear a face covering and maintain social distance?
Yes, employees who have completed the vaccination documentation requirement and whose record has been validated by the Office of Human Resources are required to wear a face covering.
I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to submit to COVID-19 testing each week?
If you have been fully vaccinated, submitted your documentation via the Oracle Cloud portal, and were informed by the Office of Human Resources that your documents are verified, you are exempt from testing.
If you have not been informed by the Office of Human Resources that your documents are verified, or if you did not submit a record of your COVID-19 vaccination via Oracle Cloud, you are required to submit to weekly testing.
I am fully vaccinated but I do not want to upload my vaccination record to Oracle Cloud. Do I need to submit to COVID-19 testing each week?
COVID-19 Testing Spring Semester 2022
We ask all members of our community to be tested on campus upon returning from spring break and before March 28. Employees and students with a vaccine exemption must continue to get tested weekly for the duration of the semester.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information and FAQs