For Students

Updated 8/3/2022

RWU’s Covid-19 guidelines for Fall 2022

August 3, 2022 

Dear RWU students, 

We are so excited to see you on our Bristol campus in just a few short weeks. We hope you're looking forward to a great year of engaged learning, hands-on research and internships, and vibrant campus life at Roger Williams University. In preparation for our year ahead, this message communicates important information about our Covid-19 protocols to help us all navigate the year ahead safely and successfully together.  

As one of the most committed and successful institutions maintaining in-person classes and activities over the past two years, RWU consistently has prioritized student and employee health and safety throughout the pandemic. Our university was the first higher education institution in New England to require vaccinations and all community members were required to participate in weekly testing leading to responsive case management, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation.  

Now, as we navigate the endemic stage of Covid-19 while continuing to maintain a high vaccination rate, it is important that we collectively begin to shift from institutional responsibility for prevention to individual responsibility. While all schools, campuses and communities will continue to experience positive Covid cases, it is time to shift from a crisis-response approach to a managed-care approach. To do so requires commitment from every member of our community. Please note that the intended audience for this communication is undergraduate students. University employees and students in the School of Law, University College and Graduate Studies will receive separate communications. 

Our Fall 2022 Covid policies have been updated to reflect this managed care approach, subject to further adjustment and notification as necessary. For the latest Covid protocols, visit our website

Vaccination 

Every student not previously granted a medical or religious exemption is required to complete a primary series of Covid-19 vaccination and to provide documentation through the Health Services portal. The first and second boosters are highly recommended upon eligibility, especially considering the continuing evolution of variants and sub-variants and diminishing natural immunity periods between infections. The University reserves the right to require additional boosters as determined necessary with advanced notice. No unvaccinated student may move into university housing, attend classes, participate in University programs, events and or activities, or begin employment without an approved medical or religious exemption from RWU. 

Masking  

As we enter the fall semester, RWU is recommending but not requiring masks in indoor settings, with the following exceptions: 

  • On all shared university transportation. 
  • Individual faculty can require masking in their classrooms or labs with advanced notice. 
  • Inside Health Services and the Counseling Center. 
  • When required to participate in activities, training, or employment with prior approval from designated university officials. 

Mask wearing (high quality N95 or KN95) in indoor settings is considered an effective and recommended practice by the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association and has been proven effective at RWU. The University reserves the right to require mask wearing in any indoor setting when deemed necessary, and we support any individual who chooses to wear a mask to protect themselves or others.   

Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing 

The University strongly recommends every student self-administer a rapid test prior to their first day on campus.  

Upon arrival to campus before classes start, all undergraduate students will be required to go through our centralized check-in process between August 25th and August 29th which includes a monitored rapid test. Information regarding the sign-up process for check-in, days and hours of operation, and requirements will be distributed by email to students on August 5th so please check your inbox! 

Student Testing During Semester 

The University will not be operating a surveillance testing center or require weekly testing of students at this time; this protocol is subject to change, however, if determined necessary based on prevailing conditions on campus and in the greater community. 

All individuals – regardless of vaccination status - are required to self-test or access eligible on or off-campus testing resources when experiencing symptoms. 

Every student will be provided with 2 rapid test kits for their room or apartment during the initial clearance testing period and as part of the Fall 22 Semester Roger’s Compact. Students will be expected to obtain and bring to campus at least 6 additional tests for self-testing on- or off-campus or at home, especially on nights and weekends, if symptoms develop. Free antigen tests for personal use can be obtained from the federal government at http://covidtests.gov. Insurance companies and many health plans are required to cover eight home antigen tests per covered individual per month.  

Students will be required to self-report their positive test through an online Etrieve form (link available August 22) or via QR codes posted on all residence hall room doors. Upon submission, students will receive instructions via email with isolation guidance that can be forwarded to faculty members. Students are responsible for contacting and making arrangements with professors to continue their learning. 

Notifying Close Contacts 

Students are responsible for notifying their own close contacts themselves. All students reporting positive results to E-trieve will receive information via email clarifying who is considered a close contact and a detailed script for notifying those individuals. Close contacts of infected individuals should test themselves on or after day five (day five = five days post-exposure) or if symptoms develop. 

Symptomatic Testing 

Student Health Services will continue to provide symptomatic testing for students, by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. Health Services should be used only for symptomatic individuals seeking a COVID test. SHS should not be used in cases of being a close contact and other examples of confirmatory testing. The university needs to prioritize and maintain availability for treatment of students with illness or injuries. 

Isolation 

The University is reducing but not eliminating isolation housing. As a guiding policy, students testing positive who live within 200 miles of campus will be required to leave campus and isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days (regardless of vaccination status) and then mask in all indoor settings for a period of 5 days upon return to campus. Under no circumstances should a student who tests positive attend class in-person, use University facilities, or participate in events or activities.  

Students living in apartment-style housing (Bayside, Almeida, North Campus Residence Hall or off-campus housing) will have isolation-in-place options, subject to suite and apartment agreements developed at the start of the semester. Residence Life staff will be available to facilitate those discussions for residential students. 

Quarantine  

As of this communication, students who are close contacts of a positive individual and have an approved vaccine exemption or are not fully up to date on recommended vaccine series (primary series and booster) will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days from last contact with infected individual and upon return wear a well-fitting mask in all indoor settings for 5 days. Those fully up to date with their vaccine series will not be required to quarantine but will need to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days and test on day 5. Additional updates will be posted to our Covid-19 website. 

Isolation/Quarantine Plan 

As part of Roger’s Compact 22-23, all students who live within 200 miles of campus will be required to develop an isolation/quarantine exit plan to leave campus should they test positive or need to quarantine. The plan must include the names of family and friends who they will call for transportation home or to another location. 

Questions & Information 

Visit our website for updates on RWU’s Covid-19 operational guidelines. For any further questions, contact Covid19@rwu.edu.  

In Conclusion: Make Smart Choices 

Our community has proven its care and support for one another through the most challenging years of the pandemic. We will continue to act together with the same mindful approach and respect for the health and safety of each other, our families at home and our local communities. Keep making smart choices and following the University guidance and together we will make this a fantastic year. 

Sincerely, 
John King, Vice President for Student Life 
Margaret Everett, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs  
Brian Williams, Chief of Staff 

August 3, 2022 

Dear RWU graduate students, 

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and looking forward to the fall semester at RWU. We are excited to get the semester going and are working hard on continuing to provide a healthy and safe learning environment as we continue to monitor the progress of Covid-19. In addition to starting your courses, we’re hoping everyone can stay healthy for some great activities from the Graduate Student Association including a Red Sox game, PPAC shows, happy hours, and more. Watch your email for more details. For now, please review the following information carefully.

As one of the most committed and successful institutions maintaining in-person classes and activities over the past two years, RWU consistently has prioritized student and employee health and safety throughout the pandemic. Our university was the first higher education institution in New England to require vaccinations and all community members were required to participate in weekly testing leading to responsive case management, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation.  

Now, as we navigate the endemic stage of Covid-19 while continuing to maintain a high vaccination rate, it is important that we collectively begin to shift from institutional responsibility for prevention to individual responsibility. While all campuses, cities and towns will continue to experience positive Covid-19 cases, it is time to shift from a crisis-response approach to a managed-care approach. To do so requires commitment from every member of our community.

Our Fall 2022 Covid-19 policies have been updated as follows, subject to further adjustment and notification as necessary. For the latest Covid-19 protocols, visit our website

VACCINATION

Every student not previously granted a medical or religious exemption is required to complete a primary series of Covid-19 vaccination and to provide documentation through the Health Services portal (students) or to Human Resources (employees). The first and second boosters are highly recommended upon eligibility, especially considering the continuing evolution of variants and sub-variants and diminishing natural immunity periods between infections. The University reserves the right to require additional boosters as determined necessary with advanced notice. No unvaccinated student may move into university housing, attend classes, participate in University programs, events and or activities, or begin employment without an approved medical or religious exemption from RWU. 

MASKING

As we enter the fall semester, RWU is recommending but not requiring masks in indoor settings, with the following exceptions: 

  • On all shared university transportation. 
  • Individual faculty can require masking in their classrooms or labs with advanced notice. 
  • Inside Health Services and the Counseling Center. 
  • When required to participate in activities, training, or employment with prior approval from designated university officials. 

Mask wearing (high quality N95 or KN95) in indoor settings is considered an effective and recommended practice by the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association and has been proven effective at RWU. The University reserves the right to require mask wearing in any indoor setting, and we support any individual who chooses to wear a mask to protect themselves or others.  

PRE-ARRIVAL AND ARRIVAL TESTING

The University strongly recommends every student self-administer a rapid test prior to their first day on campus. 

All Bristol-based, full-time students and part-time students who are able should go to centralized check-in on the Bristol Campus on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, August 29-31. More details will be forthcoming on available check-in hours. Centralized check-in will include a monitored Covid-19 rapid test. If you are unable to participate in the centralized check-in, you are required to complete a Covid-19 rapid test at home within 48 hours of your first class meeting, write your name on it in permanent ink, and email a picture of your result to me directly. If you test positive, you must remain home and isolate per the instructions below.

STUDENT TESTING DURING THE SEMESTER

The University will not be operating a surveillance testing center or require weekly testing of students at this time; this protocol is subject to change, however, if determined necessary based on prevailing conditions on campus and in the greater community. 

All individuals – regardless of vaccination status - are required to self-test or access eligible on or off-campus testing resources when experiencing symptoms. 

Every student will be provided with 2 rapid test kits during the initial clearance testing period for personal use at home and as part of the Fall 22 Semester Roger’s Compact. Students will be expected to obtain at least 6 additional tests for self-testing on- or off-campus or at home, especially on nights and weekends, if symptoms develop. Free antigen tests for personal use can be obtained from the federal government at http://covidtests.gov. Insurance companies and many health plans are required to cover eight home antigen tests per covered individual per month. 

Students will be required to self-report their positive test through an online Etrieve form (link available August 22) or via QR codes posted on campus. Upon submission, students will receive instructions via email with isolation guidance that can be forwarded to faculty members. Students are responsible for contacting and making arrangements with professors to continue their learning. 

NOTIFYING CLOSE CONTACTS 

Students are responsible for notifying their own close contacts themselves. All students reporting positive results to Etrieve will receive information via email clarifying who is considered a close contact and a detailed script for notifying those individuals. Close contacts of infected individuals should test themselves on or after day five (day five = five days post-exposure) or if symptoms develop. 

SYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Student Health Services will continue to provide symptomatic testing for students, by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm on the Bristol Campus. Health Services should be used only for symptomatic individuals seeking a COVID test. SHS should not be used in cases of being a close contact and other examples of confirmatory testing. The university needs to prioritize and maintain availability for treatment of students with illness or injuries. 

ISOLATION

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days (if vaccinated) or 8 days (if unvaccinated) and then mask in all indoor settings for a period of 5 days upon return to campus. Under no circumstances should a student who tests positive attend class, use University facilities, or participate in events or activities. 

Students living in graduate housing at Almeida will have isolation in place options subject to suite and apartment agreements developed at the start of the semester.  Residence Life staff will facilitate discussions informing the language in the agreements for residential students.

QUARANTINE

As of this communication, students who are close contacts of a positive individual and have an approved vaccine exemption or are not fully up to date on recommended vaccine series (primary series and booster) will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days from last contact with infected individual and upon return wear a well-fitting mask in all indoor settings for 5 days. Those fully up to date with their vaccine series will not be required to quarantine but will need to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days and test on day 5. Additional updates will be posted to our Covid-19 website

QUESTIONS & INFORMATION 

Visit our website for updates on RWU’s Covid-19 operational guidelines. For any further questions regarding Covid-19 protocols, please contact Covid19@rwu.edu.  

IN CONCLUSION: MAKE SMART CHOICES 

Our community has proven its care and support for one another through the most challenging years of the pandemic. We will continue to act together with the same mindful approach and respect for the health and safety of each other, our families at home, and our local communities. Keep making smart choices and following the University guidance and together we will make this a fantastic year. 

All the Best,

Marcus

August 3, 2022

Dear RWU students, 

We are so excited to welcome you to campus for the start of the fall 2022 semester. A very special welcome to incoming first-year students who will begin Orientation next week. We hope you are looking forward to a great year of engaged learning, hands-on research and internships, and vibrant campus life at Roger Williams University. In preparation for our year ahead, this message communicates important information about our Covid-19 protocols to help us all navigate the year ahead safely and successfully together.  

As one of the most committed and successful institutions maintaining in-person classes and activities over the past two years, RWU consistently has prioritized student and employee health and safety throughout the pandemic. Our university was the first higher education institution in New England to require vaccinations and all community members were required to participate in weekly testing leading to responsive case management, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation.  

Now, as we navigate the endemic stage of Covid-19 while continuing to maintain a high vaccination rate, it is important that we collectively begin to shift from institutional responsibility for prevention to individual responsibility. While all schools, campuses and communities will continue to experience positive Covid cases, it is time to shift from a crisis-response approach to a managed-care approach. To do so requires commitment from every member of our community.

Our Fall 2022 Covid policies have been updated to reflect this managed care approach, subject to further adjustment and notification as necessary. For the latest Covid protocols, visit our website

Vaccination 

Every student not previously granted a medical or religious exemption is required to complete a primary series of Covid-19 vaccination and to provide documentation through the Health Services portal. The first and second boosters are highly recommended upon eligibility, especially considering the continuing evolution of variants and sub-variants and diminishing natural immunity periods between infections. The University reserves the right to require additional boosters as determined necessary with advanced notice. No unvaccinated student may move into university housing, attend classes, participate in University programs, events and or activities, or begin employment without an approved medical or religious exemption from RWU. 

Masking  

As we enter the fall semester, RWU is recommending but not requiring masks in indoor settings, with the following exceptions: 

  • Masking is required on all shared university transportation. 
  • Individual faculty may require masking in their classrooms or labs with advanced notice. 
  • Masking is required inside Health Services and the Counseling Center. 
  • With prior approval from designated university officials, masking may be required to participate in designated activities, training, or employment. 

Mask wearing (high quality N95 or KN95) in indoor settings is considered an effective and recommended practice by the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association and has been proven effective at RWU. The University reserves the right to require mask wearing in any indoor setting when deemed necessary, and we support any individual who chooses to wear a mask to protect themselves or others.   

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement

The School of Law is requiring every law student to self-administer a rapid, at-home test prior to their first day on campus. This test must be completed within 48 hours of campus arrival, and the result must be submitted to the School of Law for verification. Please look for a separate email next week with information on how to submit at-home test results through Bridges.

Student Testing During Semester 

The University will not be operating a surveillance testing center or require weekly testing of students at this time; this protocol is subject to change, however, if determined necessary based on prevailing conditions on campus and in the greater community. 

All individuals – regardless of vaccination status - are required to self-test or access eligible on or off-campus testing resources when experiencing symptoms. 

Every student will be provided with 2 rapid test kits as part of the Fall 22 Semester Roger’s Compact. Students will be expected to obtain and have available at least 6 additional tests for self-testing if symptoms develop. Free antigen tests for personal use can be obtained from the federal government at http://covidtests.gov. Insurance companies and many health plans are required to cover eight home antigen tests per covered individual per month.  

Students will be required to self-report their positive test through an online Etrieve form. The link for this form will be available on August 22. Prior to August 22 positive law student cases should be emailed to health@rwu.edu. Upon submission, students will receive instructions via email with isolation guidance that can be forwarded to faculty members. Students are responsible for contacting and making arrangements with professors to continue their learning. Class absences will be handled under the Law School’s attendance policy as detailed in the Student Handbook.

Notifying Close Contacts 

Students are responsible for notifying their own close contacts themselves. All students reporting positive results to Etrieve will receive information via email clarifying who is considered a close contact and a detailed script for notifying those individuals. Close contacts of infected individuals should test themselves on or after day five (day five = five days post-exposure) or if symptoms develop. 

Symptomatic Testing 

Student Health Services will continue to provide symptomatic testing for students, by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. Health Services should be used only for symptomatic individuals seeking a COVID test. SHS should not be used in cases of being a close contact and other examples of confirmatory testing. The university needs to prioritize and maintain availability for treatment of students with illness or injuries. 

Isolation 

The University is reducing but not eliminating isolation housing. As a guiding policy, law students testing positive will be required to isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days (regardless of vaccination status) and then mask in all indoor settings for a period of 5 days upon return to campus. Under no circumstances should a student who tests positive attend class in-person, use University facilities, or participate in events or activities.  

Law students living on-campus in apartment-style housing (Bayside, Almeida, North Campus Residence Hall) will have isolation-in-place options, subject to suite and apartment agreements developed at the start of the semester. Residence Life staff will be available to facilitate those discussions for residential students. 

Quarantine  

As of this communication, students who are close contacts of a positive individual and have an approved vaccine exemption or are not fully up to date on recommended vaccine series (primary series and booster) will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days from last contact with infected individual and upon return wear a well-fitting mask in all indoor settings for 5 days. Those fully up to date with their vaccine series will not be required to quarantine but will need to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days and test on day 5. Additional updates will be posted to our Covid-19 website. 

Questions & Information 

Visit our website for updates on RWU’s Covid-19 operational guidelines. For any further questions, contact Covid19@rwu.edu.  

In Conclusion: Make Smart Choices 

Our community has proven its care and support for one another through the most challenging years of the pandemic. We will continue to act together with the same mindful approach and respect for the health and safety of each other, our families at home and our local communities. Keep making smart choices and following the University guidance and together we will make this a fantastic year. 

Sincerely, 


Lorraine Lalli, Associate Dean of Student Life & Operations
Colleen Brown, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
John King, RWU Vice President for Student Life 
Brian Williams, Chief of Staff