Health & Safety

As we continue to prepare for the fall, the health and safety of the campus community has been of paramount importance in our planning efforts. Ensuring the health of the campus community is a responsibility we all share, and it will require a sustained commitment from all of us as we modify the way we live, learn, and work together.

The University is implementing the best practices identified in Governor Northam’s phased “Forward Virginia” plan for gradually easing public health restrictions in Virginia, as well as the current recommendations from the University’s Resilience of Operations Working Group. This group is consulting with an infectious disease specialist and other physicians to identify a range of complementary interventions designed to mitigate the campus risks associated with COVID-19, which, taken as a whole, will promote community health and safety. These include:

  • A rigorous and phased Physical Distancing Framework that will apply to all aspects of campus life, including dining facilities, libraries, and classrooms
  • COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols
  • Daily health and temperature screenings for students, faculty, and staff
  • Plans and resources for isolating students who test positive for COVID-19 and quarantining close contacts, including the provision of health care and the ability to participate in classes remotely
  • Clinical protocols for treating COVID-19 and meeting student health care needs in the Student Health Center
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols consistent with CDC standards
  • Plans designed to promote healthy building environments, including enhancements to air handling systems

We will update the campus community throughout the summer with more information about our health and safety measures for the fall, including details about how our Physical Distancing Framework will work in practice.

Prior to Arrival on Campus

For 14 days prior to arrival on campus, students are required to monitor their temperature and symptoms and to engage in risk reduction practices, such as avoiding large crowds and gatherings and maintaining safe distance (at least 6 feet apart) from people outside of their family unit. UR is also following the CDC recommendations regarding quarantine after international travel. Students should not come to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus, and additional testing will be conducted throughout the semester. Students may be exempted from testing upon arrival if they have a negative test result from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.