Reopening Roger 2021-22

With the foundation of our extraordinarily high community vaccination rate, everyone is doing their part and making the smart choices that allow us to be safely together on campus.

Last Updated: 5/4/2022

For almost two years, the RWU community has demonstrated tremendous commitment to minimizing the risk of infection and transmission of the Covid virus, both on and off campus. We have protected ourselves while also prioritizing the protection of others, including our families, friends, classmates and teammates, maintaining low positivity rates while preserving in-person learning and campus engagement with few interruptions. 

Now, having reached a period of decreased infection with severe symptoms and hospitalization greatly reduced, masking guidance is changing nationally and regionally. After thoughtful deliberation from the twenty-six members of our RWU Covid Steering Committee, RWU has begin a stepped approach to masking and testing.  

Our goal is to gradually reduce mask requirements, while maintaining our commitment to self-screening and consistent testing. It is also our hope to reduce testing requirements for those both fully vaccinated and boosted in April.  

To support our institutional planning going forward, RWU has implemented new Covid Operating Levels. 

Effective Thursday May 5, 2022, the University will make the following  adjustment to our Covid operating level by retaining many features of Yellow while returning to a key prevention method within Orange. 

NOTE:  No Changes for School of Law Students, all current policies (ORANGE LEVEL) remain in place.

  • MASKING (KN94 or 95 preferred) will be required in all classrooms and labs (Bristol and Providence) beginning Thursday May 5, 2022 and through the end of the final exam period.  INDOOR MASKING in all other locations is recommended but not required and we will continue to follow all other policies established under Yellow operating level.
  • TESTING cadence will not change.  Through May 12, 2022, Vaccinated/Boosted student testing remains bi-weekly (you are welcome to test weekly) and Vaccine exempt or not boosted student testing remains twice weekly.  Testing center will be open 11 am – 5 pm Monday through Thursday
  • TESTING May 16 through May 19 will be available and is recommended before students travel home and at least once for Seniors in advance of Commencement week activities.  Testing center hours that week will be 11 am – 2 pm Monday through Thursday.
  • The Providence campus will continue testing Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday May 18, when the center will close. 
  • SYMPTOMATIC TESTING is critically important and remains available for students at Health Services during weekdays through Thursday, May 19th
  • Please DO NOT ATTEND CLASS, A FINAL EXAM, ANY ACTIVITIES, THE TESTING CENTER, OR USE IN-PERSON DINING IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS. Contact Health Services
  • For the remainder of the semester, students who test positive will now be fully responsible for notifying their close contacts and will be provided information to inform that communication.

Learn About RWU Covid Levels