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Fall 2021 Opening Plan & COVID Reporting

The Fall 2021 Opening Plan describes how Rhode Island College (RIC) will safely welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus this fall. COVID reporting data is based on processed test results as of the date the dashboard was updated. Numbers of cases may change on a daily basis.

Asymptomatic Testing On Campus

We understand that some students may be having difficulty obtaining COVID-19 testing in the community. Starting September 8, we will be offering asymptomatic testing on campus in order to accommodate those who have been unable to get tested.

DATES:

  • Starting September 20th: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
  • LOCATION: Sweet Hall-Asymptomatic Testing Center

While students will be able to attend in-person classes, students are expected to get a test before class, or if that is not possible, then on the same day. Proof of negative COVID-19 should be uploaded as soon as practicable.


Important Campus Updates

All RIC students are required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, all students will be required (vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or exempted) to provide documentation of a negative SCREENING COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to moving into the dorms or before your first in-person class on-campus.

COVID-19  Student Vaccine Information FAQs

All students will be required (vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or exempted) to provide documentation of a negative SCREENING COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to moving into the dorms or before your 1st class on campus. Thereafter, exempted students will test weekly on campus at the asymptomatic clinic.  Partially vaccinated will also continue to test until fully vaccinated (2 weeks after last vaccine dose).

All students vaccinated or exempted MUST have a COVID-19 test. 

The screening test is a negative COVID-19 test obtained 72 hours prior to your move-in to the dorms or your first on-campus class in person.  This should be obtained at a testing site near you, please refer to: https://covid.ri.gov/testing.  You must upload your negative test into the Medicat patient portal.  If you are having difficulty with the portal contact the Help desk at 401-456-8803.  

Contact Health Services to set up your vaccine on campus 401-456-8055.

Register for additional vaccine sites at vaccinateri.org.

(UNIVERSITY OF RI) OTHER CLINICS

Thurs. 9/16 Moderna  
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Memorial Union, Ballroom 

Students must upload their vaccination card into the MediCat portal to show proof of vaccination.

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students for the fall semester. Students must upload their vaccination card into the Medicat® Patient Portal. Students can access the portal via https://ric.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx or through MyRIC

If you are having issues logging into Medicat, you can call the Help Desk at 401-456-8803 or email a copy of your COVID vaccine card to healthservices@ric.edu. Additional information on exemptions can be found in forms in the Medicat portal. 

Students who live out of state are eligible to receive the vaccine at any clinics hosted by Rhode Island College. (See above regarding schedule.)

Or, click the links below to find vaccine resources in your home state: 
Massachusetts
Connecticut 
New York                
New Jersey             
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine  

The vaccination is required of all students. Unvaccinated students who have not received an exemption will not be permitted on campus for classes, activities or any RIC-sponsored events. The only exemptions are for either a religious or medical reason. If you wish to seek an exemption, forms and instructions are available on the Medicat patient portal. Your application will be processed and reviewed in Health Services, and you will receive further instructions in 3-5 business days, which will require your response.

Students with exemptions will be required to enter into our COVID-19 testing program, test weekly, and will need to follow additional mitigation practices (mask wearing, social distancing, daily health and wellness screenings, etc.) until vaccination is decided and completed.

Due to the higher risk of transmission and infection among unvaccinated individuals, we will need to take extra precautions to protect your health and the health of the campus community. Students with exemptions will be required to enter into our COVID-19 testing program, test weekly, and will need to follow additional mitigation practices (mask wearing, social distancing, daily health and wellness screenings, etc.) until vaccination is decided and completed.

Some students are enrolled in only on-line classes for the Fall semester.  If online-only students are in fact vaccinated, please upload your vaccine documentation into the Medicat patient portal or email a copy of your vaccine card to healthservices@ric.edu.

While you will be able to attend in-person classes, you are expected to get a test before class, or if that is not possible, then on the same day. Proof of negative COVID-19 should be uploaded as soon as practicable.

The asymptomatic surveillance clinic is in Sweet Hall dorm on the 1st floor for this semester.

Schedule:

  • Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Starting September 20th: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
  • LOCATION: Sweet Hall-Asymptomatic Testing Center

DO NOT ASK FOR TESTING AT SWEET HALL IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS--CALL HEALTH SERVICES AT 456-8055 (Option #5). Mask & Isolate as much as possible until you have spoken to a nurse.

DO NOT ASK FOR TESTING AT SWEET HALL IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS--CALL HEALTH SERVICES AT 456-8055 (Option #5).  Mask & Isolate as much as possible until you have spoken to a nurse. 

Contact Center for Health & Wellness-Health Services (option #5) and speak to a nurse and an appointment for testing will be made for you.  You should also self-report on the RIC website, COVID-19 page.

Forms and Resources

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COVID-19 Response Team

Office of Health Services

We are here to provide confidential and holistic primary health care to enhance the academic potential of our students.