COVID-19 Updates

URI COVID-19 policies, guidelines, and requirements

The University strongly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated and obtain all recommended boosters to protect themselves from COVID-19. The vaccine has been proven to be safe and extremely effective in averting serious illness or death.

Students, staff and faculty who received COVID-19 vaccinations outside of Rhode Island are asked to upload their COVID-19 vaccination dates in the Health Services patient portal. Instructions are available here.


Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be asked to return home to isolate if it is safe for them to do so without using public transportation. Students unable to return home will be required to isolate themselves in their rooms for a minimum of five days and will be able to resume normal activities on day six, if symptoms have improved or resolved.  Click here for more information from the CDC regarding isolation guidelines. The RIDOH also has additional information regarding isolation guidelines.

Masking on campus

The University of Rhode Island will, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and best practices, no longer require community members to wear masks indoors on our campuses.

While wearing masks in indoor areas is now optional, there are people in our community who will continue to wear them. We encourage people to respect their choice. Please also stay home from work or class if you are sick. When people stay home, they help prevent the spread of illness on campus and allow themselves the opportunity to recover.

The University reserves the right to reinstate masking restrictions based on the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and Rhode Island Department of Health guidance and conditions on campus and in the community.

Testing on campus

At-home test kits will available at Health Services foyer (inside the main doors) during regular clinic hours. Please take tests as needed.

Faculty and staff who are symptomatic and/or exposed can contact their primary care provider or visit an urgent care center. Staff and faculty members who test positive for the COVID-19 virus should notify their supervisors. Faculty and staff should also notify their primary care providers, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at risk for severe disease, to determine whether they are candidates for antiviral medication.

Additional Resources

What to do when you are sick and experiencing symptoms.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick