COVID-19 Protocols For Students

Additional clarification for students assigned at clinical sites:

  • If the student is participating in classes on campus, the student is expected to follow RFU reporting and quarantine rules.
  • If the student is participating in a clinical experience and is otherwise engaged in learning on the RFU campus, then that student is expected to follow RFU rules for reporting and quarantine.
  • If the student is participating in a clinical experience and is not otherwise engaged in learning at the RFU campus, the student is expected to follow the clinical affiliate's guidelines for reporting and quarantine for clinical site activities. Additionally, the student is expected to follow RFU's reporting and quarantine guidelines for activities outside of the clinical site. If the affiliate has no established guidelines for reporting and quarantine, then RFU rules for reporting and quarantine will apply.
  • At the clinical site, the student must function as an essential health care worker. As an example of following both RFU's and the clinical affiliate's guidelines, the student may be allowed to go to their clinical site to further their education while also being required to quarantine outside of their clinical site.

Note that this clarification does not supersede or change rules regarding reporting and quarantine for students residing in RFU housing.

Positive COVID-19 Test

To ensure the safety of all RFU community members, protocols have been put in place for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

In order to return to on-campus or clinical activities, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be fever-free for 24 Hours, AND
  • All symptoms have demonstrated signs of improving, AND
  • There must be a minimum of 10 days since the first onset of symptoms.

If you tested positive but had no symptoms:

  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If the student meets the above criteria, then the student may submit either a negative test result or a document from a clinical provider clearing the student to resume activity. Once the appropriate documentation is received, the student has the responsibility to communicate those results to the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion immediately. Upon receipt of notification, Student Affairs and Inclusion will clear the student to return to on-campus or clinical activities. No student should return to on-campus or clinical activities without prior clearance from the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion. Please note, for students in the clinical environment, additional protocols may be required to return to the clinical rotations or engagement (students should expect to make up any missed time and/or work).

Additional Note: 

Any student who has recovered from COVID-19 but continues to test positive with no symptoms may provide documentation from their clinical provider if a determination is made that the student is demonstrating persistent shedding of viral RNA. In such cases, the university will require that a student submit their positive test result (after recovery) and clinician documentation of this conclusion in order to be cleared for educational activity. Routine testing for this student will be put on hold for 90 days. After which time, the student will be required to re-engage in testing and, if necessary, repeat this protocol. Students must continue to monitor for symptoms daily and must immediately report any symptoms per university guidelines.

Any student who has COVID-19 or who has an increased health risk by being exposed to COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition or is living with someone with increased risk may request academic accommodation via the academic accommodation procedures.

Possible Symptoms of COVID-19

To ensure the safety of all university community members, protocols have been put in place for those showing possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Students will be excused from any current activities/curricular requirements requiring in-person commitments either on campus or in a clinical setting (students should expect to make up any missed time and/or work).
  • Students will be directed to complete a COVID-19 test and that they must make an appointment with their provider of choice — which may include the RFU Health Clinics.
  • Results from the required COVID-19 test will need to be uploaded to the COVID-19 test reporting form.
  • If result is positive, see protocol above for positive test results for COVID-19.
  • If result is negative, the student must remain excused from current activities requiring in-person commitments on campus for 72 hours from when last symptoms were reported.
  • For return to the clinical environment, the student will also need to meet any additional requirements of their clinical site for return.

Exposure To Individual(s) With COVID-19

To ensure the safety of all university community members, protocols have been put in place for those who have been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • An affected student will fill out RFU’s COVID-19 Illness and Exposure Form. After review, if the student is determined to be at high or medium risk, the student will be required to quarantine and self-monitor for a minimum of 14 days (students should expect to make up any missed time and/or work).
  • Any exposed student who develops symptoms during quarantine will be required to test immediately (with an understanding that tests often require appointments).
  • An exposed student who has not developed symptoms will be required to take a test between 5-7 days after the exposure date.
    • If the test is negative, the student will remain in quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period and continue to monitor for symptoms.
    • Results from the required COVID-19 test will need to be uploaded to a reporting form provided to those taking a test.
    • If results are positive, see the “Positive COVID-19 Test” section at the protocols web page.
  • Any exposed student completing the 14-day quarantine and who has not developed symptoms or subsequently tested positive will be required to complete another COVID-19 test after day 12 to be cleared for educational activity upon completion of quarantine.
    • Results from the required COVID-19 test will need to be uploaded to the reporting form mentioned above.
    • If results are positive, see the positive test protocol mentioned above.
    • If results are negative and the student has been symptom-free for at least 72 hours, the student will be cleared to return to activities/curricular requirements requiring in-person commitments.
  • For return to the clinical environment, the student will also need to meet requirements of their clinical site for return.

Illness Not Deemed To Be Related To COVID-19

To ensure the safety of all university community members, protocols have been put in place for those who are ill and symptoms do not seem to correlate to COVID-19:

  • An affected student will fill out COVID-19 Illness and Exposure Form. After review, if the student is determined to be at low risk for COVID-19, the student will be directed for the following protocol.
  • Excuse from on-campus activities requiring in-person commitments for a minimum of 72 hours after last symptom is experienced (students should expect to make up any missed time and/or work).
  • If symptoms worsen and develop into possible case of COVID-19, follow COVID-19 Symptom protocol.