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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Welcome to the fall 2023 semester

Welcome to the fall semester at Berkeley College, which begins on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. The health and safety of our College community remain our most important priorities. 

Fall 2023 courses offer a flexible approach 

During the fall 2023 semester, Berkeley College students will have the opportunity to select the course schedule that best meets their comfort level. Students may choose to attend classes in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid approach, which consists of a combination of online and onsite courses. There are a small number of classes with laboratory requirements in the School of Health Studies, as well as some lab or studio courses in the Graphic Design and Interior Design programs in the School of Professional Studies, which must be completed on campus. 

Click to view the Campus Operations Plan.

The full range of student support services and resources are available both on-site and online, including the Library, Academic Advisement, Office of Career Services, Student Development and Campus Life, Office of Accessibility Services, Center for Academic Success and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. New and returning students should check the Engage student portal ( for more information on department schedules. Personal Counselors in the Office of Student Development and Campus Life are available to help students with issues related to social, emotional, or academic facets. The Office of Accessibility Services can provide reasonable accommodations that support each student’s unique learning requirements and professional and personal goals. 

COVID-19 Vaccination and Face Coverings

Students are not currently required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend on-campus classes. Students enrolled in education programs within the School of Health Studies may be expected to comply with additional health and safety requirements during their clinical rotation. Some clinical rotation sites may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose(s) and/or use of N95 or surgical masks. Students should direct any questions to the appropriate department Clinical Coordinator.

Masks or cloth face coverings are strongly recommended on Berkeley College shuttles and in all indoor spaces on campuses.

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine as the best way to protect themselves, their families, and other members of the College community. Click on the links below to learn more about where you can get vaccinated.

New York Vaccinations

New Jersey Vaccinations 

Let’s all do our part to make it a great semester!

General Information

Fall 2023

As we begin the fall 2023 semester, courses will be offered in a variety of modalities, including:

  • Fully online courses with synchronous sessions
  • Fully on-site courses
  • Hybrid courses (components of online and on-site courses)

However, faculty should prepare courses to utilize Canvas and other approved Berkeley College technology to deliver remote instruction, if necessary. You may need to adjust or replace activities and assessments to support online instruction. Remember to communicate the changes in your course to students. Keep in mind that students may not have the recommended technology nor the appropriate technical skills to participate as they would in an on-site environment. Flexibility is critical to their success in this situation.

Substantive and regular communication with students is a required component for student success. It is important for faculty to establish and maintain open two-way communication lines with students.

Regardless of the modality, it is important to:

  • Maintain substantive and regular communication with students.
  • Provide flexible assignment deadlines.
  • Convert proctored exams to more accessible formats such as un-proctored Canvas quizzes, and authentic assignments or projects.

Instructional Strategies and Educational Technology to Support Remote (Synchronous and Asynchronous) Learning

Instructional Strategies for Student Success

  • Use Canvas Discussions to replace in-class discussions
  • Use Canvas Pages to add relevant worksheets, lecture notes, files, or other content to your Canvas course.
  • Use Canvas Modules to organize course content and activities.
  • Convert paper (hard copy) assignments to Canvas Online Assignments.
  • Convert on-site tests, quizzes, and exams to Canvas Quizzes.
  • Convert an in-class oral presentation assignment to a PowerPoint, Video, or Flipgrid assignment to be submitted as a Canvas Online Assignment.
  • Use Zoom or Canvas Chat to conduct office hours.

The Center for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology (CCIT) is available to support you with respect to any instructional needs that you may have. The CCIT can be reached at

For information regarding the Berkeley College Office of Accessibility Services or student accommodations, please visit:

For any technology issues or “how do I” questions related to the Canvas, faculty should contact Canvas support directly. Canvas Support is available 24/7 for all Berkeley College faculty by calling (833) 286-8936 or via a Chat with Canvas Support. Canvas also has excellent and videos that walk you through all the various functions in Canvas.

Educational Technology for Student Success

Canvas Announcements

Canvas Inbox

Canvas Chat

Canvas Discussions


Canvas Modules

Canvas Pages

Canvas Rich Content Editor

Canvas Assignment Groups

Canvas Online Assignments

Canvas Quizzes

Using the Gradebook and SpeedGrader

Share Content with Another Instructor

Share Content with Another Course

Manage Content Shared with You

Turnitin Support:

Zoom Support 24/7:

  • Call 1.888.799.9666 ext 2
  • Chat live with support by visiting your account and selecting “help” in the lower right-hand corner
  • Submit an online support request

Library Support

New York State Department of Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Up-to-date Information from New York State:

New Jersey Department of Health Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
Up-to-date Information from New Jersey:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH):

World Health Organization (WHO):

New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education:

More about Coronavirus COVID-19
From the World Health Organization:
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus from the World Health Organization:

Advice to Students Transitioning to an Online Environment

Berkeley College Tips for Online Success

Center for Academic Success Virtual Guidelines

Berkeley College will offer on-site, online, and hybrid options for our international students in the fall 2023 term, which begins on September 5, 2023.

Please note, all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air must to adhere to the following requirements:

  • All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply. Learn more about this requirement.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. 

Nori Jaffer, Ed.D.
Vice President, International
877-381-3237 ext. 4304

For questions relating specifically to the Global Alliance program, please contact:

Suzeana Stewart
888-307-5543 ext. 3333

We understand that members of the Berkeley College community may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety during this time. Berkeley College encourages students who feel anxious or worried about friends and family because of the coronavirus to contact a Personal Counselor by campus:

New York City
Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling

Woodland Park
Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling

Sheri Burkat, Personal Counselor
973-278-5400 ext. 1321

For faculty and staff, Berkeley College’s Employee Assistance Program is available to help:

The Employee Assistance Program is designed to assist families with balancing the demands of work with those of their personal lives. The Employee Assistance Program is a one-stop resource that offers consultation, information, and personalized community referrals, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you and your family members.

When you call, you will be assisted by expert consultants who can help with emotional well-being. These calls are confidential.

When face-to-face sessions are warranted, you may receive up to three.

You can call any time, day or night at 855-775-4357 or Online Work-Life EAP Resources

Additional details can be found on Berkeley365 – Human Resources – Benefits – Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Berkeley College continues to closely follow new information and guidance from the states of New York and New Jersey.

New York Reopening, Guidance, and Dashboards

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub and Dashboard

July 20, 2022 - Updates to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Students

April 25, 2022 - COVID-19 Task Force Update

April 20, 2022 - COVID Vaccination Requirements Postponed

March 22, 2022 - Update on Berkeley College Mask Policy

March 7, 2022 - COVID-19 Announcement for Students

January 27, 2022 - Winter 2022 Return to Campus

January 13, 2022 - Update on the Winter 2022 Semester

December 22, 2021 - Update on the Winter 2022 Semester

August 19, 2021 - COVID-19 Update and Virtual Town Hall

June 4, 2021 - COVID-19 Update: Returning to Campus

May 5, 2021 - Spring 2021 Semester COVID-19 Update

April 9, 2021 – COVID-19 Update and Town Hall Recording

March 18, 2021 – Winter 2021 Semester COVID-19 Updates

February 25, 2021 – Winter 2021 Semester COVID-19 Updates

January 26, 2021 – Winter 2021 Semester COVID-19 Updates

December 15, 2020 – Paramus Campus to Close for Cleaning Dec. 16 to Dec. 18

November 22, 2020 – Emergency Notification: Woodland Park Campus

November 13, 2020 – Newark Courses to Transition to Online Modality on Monday, November 16

November 12, 2020 – Berkeley College COVID-19 Dashboard

November 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Planning Update

November 3, 2020 – Information on NY and NJ COVID Alert Apps

September 8, 2020 – Message from the President: Welcome to the Fall Semester

July 31, 2020 – Message from the President: Institutional Update - NJ Restart Plan and Travel Advisories

June 19, 2020 – Message from the President: School of Health Studies and Fall 2020

April 26, 2020 – Message from the Provost: Welcome to the Spring Semester

April 3, 2020 – From the Provost: Important Message About the Spring 2020 Semester

April 3, 2020 – Commencement Update Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

March 27, 2020 – Message to Parents: Berkeley College's Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

March 27, 2020 – Berkeley College Student Resources by Department

March 19, 2020 – Berkeley College Commencement Update

March 17, 2020 – Institutional Update: COVID-19

March 12, 2020 - Message to Students: On-site Classes in New Jersey and New York to Move Online

March 12, 2020 – Berkeley College Student Resources

March 5, 2020 - Message from the President to the Berkeley College Community on Coronavirus COVID-19

February 27, 2020 - Message from the Office of Public Safety: COVID-19 Tips and Travel

January 29, 2020 - Health Update: Coronavirus COVID-19