Reopening, and remaining open, during a pandemic is not a small undertaking. Many community members have played a role in the thoughtful planning, with safety and health in mind at every step, to allow Roger Williams University to resume our in-person and residential operations this fall.
As part of our plans for Reopening Roger, we are investing in frequent surveillance testing to mitigate and contain the spread of Covid-19, protecting our campus communities. Through an upcoming collaboration with the Broad Institute of Cambridge, Mass., RWU will be providing Covid-19 testing for students and employees. This investment by the university will be done with no charge to our campus community. Additionally, we are also exploring on-site testing capabilities that may provide rapid onsite results at a lower price-point per test.
However, the success of our institutional planning is dependent on all of the individual actions, choices, and behaviors that we each will perform daily. Hawks have always honored our responsibility to ourselves and to each other, and we will continue to rely on our shared commitment to protect the campus community.
As we return to campus, some things will be different: daily screenings for symptoms, frequent Covid-19 testing, the use of face coverings, maintaining six feet of distance from one another, and washing hands. These measures will enable the true work of the university –classes, lectures, research, and social interaction – to continue as normally as possible.
These past few months have demonstrated our strength and resilience as a community in the face of uncertainty and adversity. Roger Williams University is truly a community like no other. Our hearts and spirits are in this together, and that makes us stronger. Together, we will rise to this challenge.
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