Experiential Education COVID Health & Safety

In order to provide clear, concise, and consistent access to health and safety information, Experiential Learning staff from across campus and disciplines have compiled the following protocols and resources to assist in keeping our students and community safe during in-person experiential learning. We recommend you check back often as we will be updating this site with new changes or resources as they become available.



  1. Review the information on each site (below) paying particular attention to any protocol related to experiential learning or advised to review by your URI program administrators.
  2. After reviewing each site (below) complete the COVID Safety Acknowledgement Form which will document your understanding of the health and safety precautions related to your experiential learning. AND/OR complete any forms required by your major or program.
  3. Return your signed COVID Safety Acknowledgement Form to your instructor or experiential program administrator.
  4. Remember to check yourself for symptoms every day before attending your experiential activity. See the COVID Safety Acknowledgement Form for steps and links.
  5. Check back often to review the 3 resources pages below in order to Stay informed and Stay safe.


  • Review Fall 2021 Teaching-Related FAQs for URI Faculty
  • Utilize this site to stay up to date on URI, State, and Federal requirements and best practices related to field experience and experiential education practices.
  • If one of your courses includes an in-person experiential component, please link to this page and have your students follow the steps, complete the COVID Safety Acknowledgement Form, and submit to you as verification.
  • Communicate often with your industry/experiential partner sites to review any protocol changes or concerns.
  • We recommend having a plan for if you have a student who needs to self isolate or quarantine. This plan might need to be adjusted for each student or site but could include making up hours, working remotely, or completing online trainings or projects.
  • Feel free to contact CCEE or Department Experiential Staff to discuss questions or concerns (see list at bottom of page).

Employers/Industry Partners

We are continually working to ensure the health and safety of all students entering the community for experiential learning. If you have concerns regarding hosting URI students, please reach out to the Degree Granting College or Program contacts below, or Holly Hernandez, CCEE Assistant Director for Employer Relations. We look forward to working together to continue the safest and highest quality experiential partnerships that we can at this time.

Out of State Daily Self Symptom Checklist

Daily monitoring of one’s health and well-being prior to attending your Experiential Learning can aid in early detection of infectious disease and is an effective measure to prevent community spread of COVID-19. If your Experiential placement site is off-campus and your Experiential Site does not have any such self-assessment requirements, please:

Complete the CDC Self Check Symptoms assessment through the CDC website and comply with any CDC recommended actions resulting from the completion of their self-assessment form.
Review the following:

  1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past three days that are NOT explained by allergies or a non-infectious cause (such as a chronic condition)?
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Have you been directed to quarantine or isolate by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) or a healthcare provider (URI Health Services, primary care provider, etc.) during the last 14 days? Yes/No
  3. Have you been in close contact (less than 6 feet) with anyone with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days? Yes/No
  4. Have you traveled anywhere outside the 50 United States in the past 14 days? Yes/No
  5. Have you traveled to Rhode Island for a non-work-related purpose from a location with a high community spread rate (see list maintained by the RIDOH at https://health.ri.gov/covid/) within the last 14 days? Yes/No

If you answer YES to any of the symptoms or questions above, you MUST STAY HOME. Contact your Primary Care Provider, Experiential Learning URI Faculty/Program Coordinator, and Experiential Site supervisor.

URI Protocols

URI COVID-19 Health & Wellness


CDC Guidelines

Get the facts about Coronavirus


RI Department of Health

RI COVID-19 Information


COVID Related Technology Needs & Issues:

URI Experiential Learning Network Contacts

Who should I contact if I have questions specific to my major or college? Students – please reach out to your faculty member or college/major program coordinator. Faculty/Staff and Employers – please see the list of contact below. Not sure where to start? Feel free to reach out to Sarah Miller.

College of Arts & ScienceBrianne NeptinExperiential Education Coordinator
College of BusinessLynne FinneganExperiential Education Coordinator

College of EngineeringLauren CreamerCoordinator, Career Services & Employer Relations

College of Health SciencesKristin Fratoni SouzaExperiential Education Liaison
College of NursingAmy Creed
Experiential Education Coordinator
College of PharmacyBrett Feret
Erin Edmonds
Clinical Professor, Director of Experiential Education
BSPS Experiential Education Coordinator
College of the Environment and Life SciencesSarah PuckettUndergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Coordinator

Office of Teacher Education, School of EducationBetsy PalazzettiCoordinator, Field Placements
UCAS Center for Career & Experiential EducationKimberly Stack
Sarah Miller
Director, Center for Career & Experiential Education
Assistant Director, Experiential Education
URI Cooperative ExtensionKaylyn KeeneEnergy Fellows Program Coordinator

URI Cooperative ExtensionSejal LantermanRI Agriculture and Food Systems Fellows Program Coordinator