GSS COVID - 19 Updates
May 8, 2020

Last Updated: May 8, 2020


As members of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) are well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented and widespread disruption to normal operations within the Program and throughout the University. This page is intended to provide information and updates that are specific to GSS. University-wide guidance can be found on the University's COVID-19 Coronavirus Information page.


In compliance with Governor Murphy's “stay at home” order, all members of the Program, including faculty, students, visitors, lecturers, and staff, must work from home.


The GSS main office will be closed and all staff will be working remotely. All staff can be reached by email or their office phone, as calls are being routed to them while working remotely. If you don’t know whom to contact, please e-mail This mailbox is being monitored daily. 



The University has added the P/D/F option to all undergraduate courses. Faculty retain the option to elect the P/D/F-only grading option for their courses. 

All questions pertaining to the GSS certificate should be sent directly to Maria Papadakis.


Office: 609-258-5430 (calls get forwarded to her)

Cell: 609-216-4677 (please use freely)


In accordance with University directives all GSS courses shifted to virtual instruction effective March 23, 2020. Students should direct any course-specific questions or concerns to their instructors. GSS Staff are available to assist faculty as needed.


All department events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year have been canceled. The University has yet to make a decision as to whether Class Day and Commencement will be canceled.


When needed, faculty meetings will be held remotely using Zoom. 


Please visit this link for online library resources. 

Also, you can contact the Librarian for GSS, Sara Howard for help:



The Program worked with University mail services to arrange for mail and packages to be delivered every other week. Program members should not have personal packages sent to the office, and should have important mail re-routed to their home address.


Those who receive a paper paycheck will receive it at their home/local mailing address, not in their department mailbox. If you receive a paper paycheck you are encouraged to 1) update your home/local mailing address in HR Service (TigerHub for graduate students) and 2) sign up for direct deposit, also through HR Self Service or TigerHub. Those who are already paid by direct deposit will continue to be paid as usual.