The Bloustein School takes Rutgers University and school student policies, procedures and resources seriously. They help contribute to a more effiicent, effective, equitable and safe learning environment for it's community. A full listing of these policies and support areas are located in the online catalog.
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| Athletic Facilities
Athletic facilities are available on each campus. You need a valid Rutgers ID to use these facilities. The nearest facilities to our building are the Easton Avenue Gym (a.k.a. Rutgers Fitness Center) or the fitness center at the Cook Douglass Recreation Center. All University athletic facilities require a valid RU Connection / ID card for entry. They also require that you first pass a fitness test (a.k.a. Fit Check) before you can use any cardio vascular equipment. There is a small fee for this.
| Bicycle Racks
All students should explore green alternatives in their commute to the School. The Bloustein School has bike racks available for student use located by the front and back entrances of the building, as well as in the covered deck below. Please provide your own bicycle locks.
| Business Cards
Graduate students are permitted to purchase business cards at their own expense. Students interested in purchasing cards must go through the contracted University vendor Dupli Online. Students should specify that they would like the Rutgers University student business card with the Rutgers/Edward J. Bloustein School logo.
—Instructions for ordering student business cards (PDF)
| Campus Buses
The Bloustein School is located in the Civic Square Building on the College Avenue Campus. The EE bus route services our building. Bus routes and schedules can be found on-line.
| Career Development
There is support to graduate, matriculating degree students with respect to career development. Resume, cover letter, job and internship search support services are available. Several career sessions are held throughout the year to provide guidance, as well as individualized student support. Please see http://policy.rutgers.edu/students/careers.php. For more information or feel free to contact our Assistant Director for Career Services and Alumni Relations, Hillary Bardwell (firstname.lastname@example.org or at (848) 932-2987 – her office is on the 5th floor in room 567 down the hall from the 5th floor computer lab).
| Computer Labs
The computer labs in the Civic Square Building require a separate account registration and creation process. You will need to complete the Bloustein Computer Lab Form that can be found on your EJB USB drive and return it to Nicole DelBuono in room 357 for account creation. Please note that food is NOT permitted in any Bloustein computer labs ANY time.
| E-mail Accounts and NetID
All Rutgers students are required to create a Rutgers student email account (a.k.a. Eden email) as well as create a NetID for themselves. Both can be handled on-line.
| Health Insurance
New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 18A:62-15) requires that every person enrolled as a full-time student in a public or private institution of higher education maintain adequate health insurance coverage. Full-time Rutgers students are required to show proof of insurance coverage. Students must either waive (show proof of private health insurance) or will be enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Hard waiver details and online forms can be found on-line. The link will also be available on the student's tuition bill. Full-time students who do not show proof of adequate health insurance will be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan and the premium will be added to the student's bill. Students with private health insurance and part-time students may voluntarily enroll in a University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Please visit the University Health Plans website for details on plans and how to enroll. For all health insurance questions call 848-932-8285 for Rutgers Student Insurance Office.
Health insurance, student or private, is separate from Health Services on campus. For Health Services on campus using one of Rutgers medical or care offices, please visit the Rutgers Health Services website for more information. To schedule an appointment call: 848-932-7402.
| Human Subjects Certification
All Bloustein School graduate students must be certified in human subjects protection. Whether you work on data associated with surveys, or take a course that studies the same, this certification will enable you to be a part of that grant project or classroom experience now or in the future. There is an online exam that is available for certification purposes. Please visit the Protection of Human Research Subjects website or see your Methods I instructor.
Rutgers has offices for both on-campus and off-campus housing. Their contact information is as follows:
Graduate Housing Office – Phone: (848) 445-0750
Off-Campus Housing Office- - Phone: (732) 445-5737
Most students find their own housing off-campus during their second year. Some students live nearby in the New Brunswick, Highland Park, East Brunswick, or Franklin Township, while others commute to school from Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton, Princeton, etc. Be prepared for the relatively high costs of housing characteristic of the greater New York Metropolitan Area. Realtors may charge up to a 15% fee over and above the security deposit, and first and last months rent.
| ID Cards
There is no charge to obtain your first Rutgers student ID card, also known as the RU Connection card. However, you are required to be registered for at least one course in the fall in order to receive your RU Connection card. Aside from serving as your student ID, the RU Connection card is used to take out books from the library, doubles as your meal card at the dining halls, serves as your access key card to get into the Bloustein School, computer labs and Civic Square building parking deck after hours and on weekends. You may wait until your arrival here in the fall to obtain your ID card, or you can also stop by any of the RU Connection offices on campus during the summer to take care of this. A listing of all RU Connection offices, their locations and hours of operation can be found on their website. You will receive your RU Connection card on the spot, after your photo is taken. The whole process takes mere minutes to complete.
Library Information Session
The Bloustein School has arranged to have University Librarian, Dr. Karen Hartman, come to the Bloustein School on Friday, September 13th at 10:30 am to conduct an info session for our new Planning Masters and Ph.D. students. This session is designed to help introduce you to the resources of the Rutgers Library System. RSVP is required for this event which will be held in room 369. If you are interested in attending, please send notification to Lynn Astorga, Coordinator for Graduate Student Services (email@example.com). A separate session has been arranged for new MPP and MPAP students as part of their Public Policy Formation course. Please contact your Dr. Jocelyn Crowley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the student lounge on the second floor of the Bloustein School. The lockers have a key assigned to each one. A locker assignment form will need to be filled out and submitted to Marie O’Brien (room 175). Marie has office hours on Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. If keys are not returned at the end of your academic year, a charge of $95 will be assessed to your student account. Each end of June, the lockers are cleared out so you will need to remove your materials by then.
Student mailboxes are located on the second floor in the student lounge and are used only for school-related correspondence. You are encouraged to check your mailbox regularly for incoming mail, announcements about graduation, your program requirements, etc. All personal mail must be sent to your home address. In addition, the email address you provide to the school will be used to circulate important announcements in a timely fashion through the school's listserv.
| Mass Transit
The Bloustein School is a 5-10 minute walk from the New Brunswick Train station. Monthly discount student passes are available for NJ Transit, the state's mass transit train system. You have to pick up the certification form at the NJ Transit ticket counter. Then you must bring it to the Graduate Registrar's office (in the Administrative Services Building at Busch Campus) to have them certify that you actually are a student. The discount is 25% off the regular price for a monthly commuter pass. Alternatively, student discount rail tickets may be purchased one-month in advance via the web.
|New Jersey Residency
NJ Residency. Establishing NJ residency will reduce your tuition bill. Proof of residency may include employment in NJ (verified by a NJ W-2), a NJ license and motor vehicle registration and/or voter registration. Contact the State Motor Vehicle Department at (609) 292-6500 to find out the location of the nearest license bureau. Voter registration is done at the Middlesex County Clerk's office. To declare residency, fill out the residency analysis form available at the Graduate Registrar's office. Additional info is available via the the University Registrar's site as well. All questions regarding NJ residency must be directed to the Registrar at (732) 445-3556.
Parking for students is available throughout the city, by either parking curbside, metered, or in a municipal parking garage. After certain evening times and on weekends, students may park in the parking garage under the Civic Square Building – but will need to first register with the University Parking office to obtain the proper hangtag to do so. Upon purchase of your parking credentials, your RU student ID card will be activated by the Parking Office so that it can be used to access the Civic Square deck after hours during the week, and on the weekends. During the day, there is also additional parking available at the New Street Parking Deck, located on the corner of New Street and Joyce Kilmer Avenue, approximately 1 block from the school and the Rockoff Hall parking garage located at the corner of New and George Streets. These parking decks are hourly rated and options for the daytime hours. Finally, there is commuter and on-campus student parking, and for this, you should contact the University Parking Office for a special semester student rate for these options. You can apply for all your parking permits only AFTER you have registered for one or more classes. Visit the Parking Office website site for more information. Students who are only going to be driving to the School once or twice a week may be better fiscally served by simply paying the hourly parking fee at one of the nearby parking decks.
You can register for classes in person at the Graduate Registrar's Office, in the Administrative Services Building on Busch campus or via the web. New students are recommended to register for one or two of their required core courses over the summer. A list of required core courses for your academic program can be found on our website. You can change your registration (add or drop courses as needed) after you meet with your advisor on the first day of the semester, or throughout the entire first week of the semester, without penalty. Registration changes done after the first week of school may involve a late fee penalty. Changing your registration is done via the web or in person at the Registrar's Office. Tuition and fees are due after registration. It is only after you have registered for one or more classes that you are able to sign up for computer accounts (email), receive your very important RUConnection / ID card and get access to a parking permit and it usually takes a week or so for your registration to kick in.
| Student Lounge (second floor)
The 2nd Floor Student Lounge is the main area set aside for Bloustein graduate students. Equipped with a small kitchenette, cable television and generous seating, the Student Lounge is a common venue for study breaks and group meetings. Student mailboxes are located in the 2nd Floor Student Lounge as well. Students are requested to be considerate of others when using the kitchenette and other facilities in this shared space. All food should be consumed in this space and as a reminder no food is allowed in computing labs or TA/GA offices. At the end of every month all food, containers and materials within the refrigerator are cleaned out. Posted dates of these cleanouts will be on the refrigerator door. In addition, please do not store medications in the student lounge refrigerator for health reasons.
| Student Services
For questions about financial aid, academic standing and special disabilities accommodations, etc. please contact Asst. Dean Steve Weston via email or via phone at 848-932-2728. His office is located is located on the 1st floor, room 186. All other student life, student services concerns and housing questions can be directed to Lynn Astorga, Coordinator for Student Support Services via email or at 848-932-2727. Her office is located in room 184. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. When possible, contact RAPPS with any general questions about the School, Rutgers, or New Brunswick. We look forward to meeting you!
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