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COVID-19 Exposure Protocols Travel Policy COVID-19 Safety Measures Testing and Vaccination

COVID-19 Exposure Protocols

Positive Test

Students, faculty and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 must complete and submit the appropriate Reporting Form.

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

  • The student, faculty or staff member must be fever-free for 24 hours
  • All symptoms have demonstrated signs of improving
  • There must be a minimum of 10 days since the first onset of symptoms

Any student, faculty or staff member who has COVID-19 or who has an increased health risk by being exposed to it due to an underlying medical condition or is living with someone with increased risk may request an accommodation. 

  • Students should request academic accommodation via the academic accommodation procedures. 
  • Faculty and staff members should contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.

Tested Positive, But No Symptoms

The individual may resume normal activity as long as 10 days have passed since the last positive viral test results for COVID-19, and there are still no symptoms. If the student, faculty or staff member meets these criteria, then the individual will be cleared to return to in-person activities.

No individual should return to on-campus or clinical activities without prior clearance from the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion or Human Resources. 

  • The student has the responsibility to communicate those results to the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion immediately. 
  • Faculty and staff have the responsibility to communicate those results to Human Resources. 

For students, faculty or staff in the clinical environment, additional protocols may be required to return to the clinical site, rotations or engagement (students should expect to make up any missed time and/or work). 

Any student, faculty or staff member who has tested positive will be excused from testing for 90 days, after which time, the individual will be required to re-engage in testing or follow the protocol in place at the time. 

Experiencing Possible Symptoms of COVID-19

Students, faculty and staff members must complete and submit the appropriate Reporting Form.

Students, faculty and staff members 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, faculty and staff members will be directed to make an appointment to complete a COVID-19 test. The individual can test at any location they choose, including the RFU Health Clinics. 

Students should email the test results to student.covid@rosalindfranklin.edu. Faculty and staff members should email the test results to hr@rosalindfranklin.edu. If the test is positive, see Positive COVID-19 Test Protocol.

For return to the clinical environment, the student, faculty or staff member will need to meet requirements of their clinical site for return. 

Travel Policy

All students, faculty and staff must follow RFU's Travel Guidelines for personal and university-sponsored travel.

University sponsored travel is prohibited unless approved. Please refer to the Protocol for Exceptions to the RFU Travel Policy.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Testing: Weekly testing for COVID infection will be required for unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions. Test results need to be sent to hr@rosalindfranklin.edu to ensure proper clearance to report to campus.

Masking on campus: Due to increasing infection rates in Lake County and northeastern Illinois, masks will be required in all locations on campus. We are evaluating policy to ensure appropriate safety practices when eating on campus and additional guidance in this regard will follow once finalized.

Physical distancing: While individual safety protocols developed for academic spaces will be followed, it will no longer be necessary for individuals to maintain six feet of distance on campus. Staircases and hallways will be open for all directions of foot traffic, with directional signage remaining in certain locations to encourage physical distancing when feasible.

Screenings for COVID symptoms: Self-screenings will be required before arriving on campus for faculty and staff using self-screening guidelines posted by the CDC. Symptoms to check will also be posted at all entrances. On-site screening, including temperature checks, will only be required for visitors, who must use the main entrance.

Enhanced cleaning: Schedules to clean spaces that include lecture halls, the Boxer Library, the DNA Cafe and student housing will follow guidelines established by the CDC. It is anticipated that the library and cafe will be open during cleaning that occurs during regular hours of operation.

Vaccines: COVID tests and vaccines are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies. At the RFU Health Clinics, vaccine and COVID test appointments can be arranged by calling 847-473-4357.

Questions regarding these expectations should be referred to the Human Resources Department at hr@rosalindfranklin.edu.

Testing and Vaccination

If you are interested in getting tested or vaccinated at our clinics, contact the Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics (RFUHC) at 847-473-4357 to make an appointment. 

For more information about the available COVID-19 vaccines, see: CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information.