Health & Safety Protocols

We all have a responsibility to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The simple actions you take each day help protect yourself and care for the RWU community.

Last Updated: 9/22/2021


Hawks Wear Masks
  • The University will continue with indoor masking for all community members for the remainder of the fall semester. This is important for our classrooms, common meeting spaces and all gathering indoors.
  • Two exceptions to the masking policy:
    • Residential students who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to remove masks within residence areas. Please note that employees must continue to mask inside residence halls, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Fully vaccinated students and fully vaccinated employees will be allowed to remove masks inside the Fitness Center.

Our Individual Responsibilities

Get Vaccinated

All students must be vaccinated and provide their vaccine card to the University, or submit an exemption request form. At this time, the deadline for submitting vaccination information and an exemption form has closed for the fall semester.

Wear A Mask

Reopening Roger wear-a-mask iconFace coverings continue to be a key tool in preventing exposure and containing spread of the virus. RWU requires all members of the campus community, regardless of vaccination status, to mask in buildings and at all indoor events


Wash Hands Frequently 

Reopening Roger hand-washing iconWash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds frequently, as well as whenever you've touched a commonly used surface. This prevents the spread of germs on surfaces and mitigates exposure to viruses. In every RWU restroom, air hand dryers have been disabled, and paper towel dispensers have been installed, to help contain the spread of the virus.

Stay Home If You Have Covid-like Symptoms

icon representing staying home with covid-like symptomsIf you are experiencing any Covid-like symptoms, stay home. That also means you should not come to campus for your regular testing appointments. For any flu-like symptoms, students should call Health Services, and faculty and staff should call their primary care physicians.

Reduce Environmental Impact

We need everyone’s help to reduce the environmental impact from COVID safety measures. We can adapt to these temporary necessities – takeout meals and increased package delivery – with a spirit of sustainability, and by taking the following actions:

  • RWU – Recycle With Us, using the color–coded recycling bins placed around campus, residence halls and offices.
  • Open your packages and leave the packing materials and boxes in the mailroom to be recycled.
  • Break down boxes before placing them in the dumpster. Use the space efficiently, compacting to fit as much as you can inside the dumpster.
  • Do not place recyclables inside plastic bags – the presence of plastic bags will send the entire dumpster load to the landfill instead.


While the pandemic remains with us, and at a level many had not anticipated, we have come together in incredible ways throughout this challenging time – and we can do that again this year. The university community did a terrific job with testing, screening, and masking last year, and it was the choices to prioritize our safety and well-being made by each one of us that resulted in our success. We are calling on everyone to do this again this year.

Continue to make smart choices in the weeks leading up to move-in or return to work. There is some uncertainty about what to expect from the virus and variants in the months ahead, but we will be guided in our operations and safety measures by what is happening around us and what our testing data tells us.

We can make this another great year, with all the opportunities for learning and a vibrant campus life that we have planned. We’re so excited to have you all back for a terrific academic year. Continue to check your email regularly for updates and we will soon fully update the Reopening Roger website, where you can visit throughout the year for information on our campus safety protocols and to monitor Covid-19 testing and cases via our dashboard. If you have any questions, please contact us through

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