COVID-19 Announcements and Updates

COVID-19 Announcements and Updates

For students

Rutgers University will require all students to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester. Please read a message from President Holloway on the path forward and the requirements necessary for the plan to welcome back all members of the community to our campuses. Students may request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Learn more about the vaccination process and requirements on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Operating Status

Mason Gross School of the Arts continues to operate throughout the pandemic, with a combination of remote instruction and carefully planned on-site use of facilities, following strict safety protocols. We accommodate the health and safety choices of students, staff, and faculty members. With an eye on the unfolding global health situation, we are planning to offer the option to return to campus partially or fully in September 2021. From our experiences to date, we are confident that we can operate successfully amidst changing global and local health conditions. For details on protocols for the fall 2021 semester, please view the Rutgers–New Brunswick FAQs.

2021 Commencement Ceremonies

President Holloway has announced that all spring 2021 commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually this semester.

Incoming Students

Scarlet Knight Interest Communities: One of the best parts of the college experience is making new friends and connections that can last a lifetime. Since classes this fall will be online and you will not be physically on campus, it is even more important for you to have the opportunities to meet other students and make connections when we are back on campus. We have just the opportunity for you to do that now! Start to build your Rutgers network by joining a Scarlet Knight First-Year Interest Community. Interest Communities are open exclusively to ALL new, first-year Rutgers students. Students must apply in order to participate by an August 23 priority deadline (or until the program has reached capacity).

Student Health

For the most up to date information on CAPS Counseling operating status please visit and follow these social media accounts:

Virtual Workshops

Drop-in virtual workshops are available via Webex and led by CAPS staff. No registration is necessary. These virtual workshops are NOT therapy or psychological treatment. Rutgers students need a phone or internet connection for video. Please email Annmarie Wacha-Montes at in advanced with questions or for accommodations.


Grade Change Polices and Academic Deadlines FAQ: Changes to grading policies and academic deadlines due to COVID-19 disruptions in academic instruction and progress.

Freelance Artist Resource: An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines

Springboard for the Arts: List of resources for information, exchange, and support.

Creative Capital Arts Resources: List of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.

COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations: Weekly updated list from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

For Faculty & Staff

Mason Gross Remote Support Course

Assisting Students in Crisis: Health Outreach, Promotion, and Education (HOPE) and CAPS have partnered to offer this training PowerPoint training to educate faculty and advisers on how to help Rutgers students navigate the impact of COVID-19.

For event patrons and performers

Friends of the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center,

We miss you and look forward to being together again. The ticket office remains open, remotely, and we are responding to emails and telephone messages.

Due to ongoing restrictions and social-distancing guidelines, all Mason Gross in-person events are canceled. We are awaiting word from the university and will follow all state and university directives regarding large gatherings. To that end, tickets will not go on sale until fall programming decisions are confirmed. Look for updates in your inbox, on Mason Gross social media, and on this page.

The safety and health of our student performers, faculty, staff, and patrons is our primary concern. We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented period. Remember, this is just intermission. The show will go on—eventually!

Meanwhile, sign up to our e-newsletter to receive monthly updates on what’s happening at Mason Gross and view our full events calendar to view our virtual events.

-Mason Gross Administration