Monkeypox is a viral illness that spreads from person to person through close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact. In the last few months, there have been thousands of cases reported in the U.S. As of Aug. 24, 2022, there were 40 confirmed cases in Rhode Island. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance of state and local public health agencies on prevention and management protocols. More detailed information about monkeypox can be found at www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/pdf/MPOX-info-teens-young-adults.pdf.
The campus community is encouraged to be vigilant and to proactively limit exposure to the virus by minimizing prolonged, close, intimate skin-to-skin contact during social gatherings, avoiding sharing clothing, bedding, or towels, and limiting number of sex partners.
A vaccine for prevention of monkeypox is available in limited supply. We encourage students who are eligible to get the monkeypox vaccine. Visit Rhode Island Department of Health: Monkeypox for more information about vaccine availability and eligibility.
If you think you have been exposed to monkeypox or if symptoms suggestive of monkeypox develop, call Health Services at 401-254-3156 to schedule an appointment, or see your health care provider. Students who have symptoms suggestive of monkeypox will be required to isolate in accordance with CDC and RI Department of Health guidelines. Given the length of isolation for this illness, going home to isolate will be an important consideration whenever possible.
Find up-to-date information on RWU's continued preparedness, action and response to COVID-19 here: Campus Covid-19 Updates
Students who test positive are required to use the COVID Self-Reporting Form. Once the form is submitted, the student will receive an email with isolation guidance.
What To Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19:
- Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days. Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to a person with COVID. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.
- Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 full days (fever 100.4 degrees F or greater, cough, congestion, sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, fatigue).
- If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Do not attend school or work until you get a negative test result.
- If you test positive, follow the isolation guidance.
- Get tested on day 6 after your last exposure. Test even if you don't have symptoms.
- If you test negative, continue to wear a mask through day 10.
Roger Williams University Health Services is committed to delivering confidential, evidence-based health care and fostering compassionate and collaborative partnerships with students, families, and the campus community.
We are patient advocates empowering students to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and behaviors to enhance their academic success, personal growth, and sustained well-being. We provide a safe, inclusive health care experience that welcomes, values, respects and affirms all members of our community.
The patient portal is a secure electronic format for accessing the following online services:
- New student required health forms
- Secure messages from Health Services staff
- Self-scheduling online appointments (currently not available due to COVID)
- Upcoming scheduled appointments
You are automatically registered once you receive your RWU student ID and email.
Login using your RWU Student Username and Password.
Rhode Island State Law requires that all incoming undergraduate students submit health forms and a current immunization record prior to arriving on campus.
All health forms must be entered electronically and uploaded in the patient portal. Forms will not be accepted by email, fax or mail.
Access health forms here.
Medical and Religious Exemption Forms
Students who for medical or religious reasons decline Rhode Island mandated vaccines, must complete the medical and/or religious exemption form. Upload the exemption form in the patient portal under immunization record.
Students who for medical or religious reasons decline the COVID-19 Vaccine must complete RWU’s Covid-19 Vaccine Exemption Request form by June 30th. Students will be notified of exemption approval status by July 16, 2022. Upload the exemption form in the patient portal under immunization record.
|**If Health Services does not receive completed health forms or a student is not compliant with Rhode Island mandated vaccines, a hold will be placed on the student's account and students will not be allowed to attend classes until cleared by Health Services.|
Health Services is open Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm (last appointment is at 4:20 PM).
To schedule an appointment:
- Call (401)254-3156 OR
- Use online self-scheduling available here.
Urgent walk-in appointments only.
RWU Health Services is committed to protecting student's personal health information (PHI) with the strictest confidentiality. We will not disclose PHI to Dean's, Professors, other University staff, parents, or other parties without a student's consent except in rare circumstances as required by law or in the case of an emergency. These exceptions include:
- Threat of immediate danger to self or others
- Reportable communicable illnesses, such as meningitis and sexually transmitted infections which constitute public health risks
- When clinicians or health records are subpoenaed by the court in legal cases
In the event of an emergency situation requiring hospitalization where it is impossible to obtain a student's consent, the parent or legal guardian will be notified by the hospital.
Students can request the release of medical information to outside providers by completing the Authorization for Disclosure of Medical Information
The transition to college is exciting. You will have great opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom. Stress is a natural aspect of college and life, and it usually passes. We can help you get off on the right foot by encouraging you to focus on being well.
Having a WELLNESS MINDSET will help you navigate your journey through college. A wellness mindset is based on the belief that taking care of all areas of your wellness will enhance your experience at RWU so that you can feel proud of your achievements and learn from your struggles.
Students who hold a wellness mindset are more motivated and confident to face college with self-awareness, effort, persistence and self-care. Goals take time and effort to turn into habits. Before arriving at school, try out some wellness habits that will help you succeed academically and personally at RWU. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Dispell the myth of the college all-nighter. You can sleep your way to good grades. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps your brain and body rebuild and reset so that you have energy to be fully present in class, concentrate and retain information.
- Notice your breathing. When you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, pause for a moment to take slow deep breaths and notice how your body feels as your breath moves in and out of your body.
- Get moving. Physical activity is one of the best ways to refuel your body with energy and relieve stress.
- Plan to be social. Making new friends takes effort and courage. Visit RWU website and start looking at all the student clubs, organizations and ways to get involved at RWU.
- Be okay with not being okay. You may find that you are feeling many emotions as you plan your transition to RWU. Remind yourself that it's okay to be nervous, excited, anxious, curious. The feelings you experience are okay.
- Practice gratitude. Thinking about what you are grateful for can increase your sense of well-being and happiness. At the end of each day, start your gratitude habit by thinking about what you are grateful for.
- Nourish your body. Food is fuel that you need to get through the day with energy and cognitive clarity. Notice how your body feels when you nourish it with nutritious foods.
- Think about the choice to drink or not to drink. Alcohol is a thing in college. There are students that drink and there are students who choice not to drink. Think about how you want your college experience to be and how alcohol may or may not fit into your overall goals.
CVS now offers same-day delivery of prescription medications using Shipt. Student's must be a member to be eligible for this service. Visit https://www.shipt.com/cvs for information and to become a member.
Medications are delivered to the Mail Room. Students are responsible for picking up their medications.