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 seven consecutive days, AND
  • The student must be symptom-free of other COVID-19 symptoms for seven consecutive days, AND
  • There must be a minimum of 14 days since the first onset of symptoms.

If the student meets the above criteria, then they need to make an appointment with their provider of choice — which may include the RFU Health Clinics — where a provider will perform an exam and administer a COVID-19 test. Once a negative result for COVID-19 is received, the results of this test will be provided to the student in the form of a letter, and 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).

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 — where a provider will perform an exam and administer a COVID-19 test.
  • 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 With COVID-19

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

  • An affected student will fill out 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).
  • After 14 days, the student will be required to complete a COVID-19 test
  • Results from the required COVID-19 test will need to be uploaded to the COVID-19 test reporting form.
  • If results are positive, see positive test protocol.
  • If 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.