What You Need To Know
In this section
Before you Arrive on Campus
Before coming to campus, any student, faculty or staff member must submit documentation demonstrating that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2022, all students, faculty, staff and visitors who will be on campus for any reason through Jan. 24 will be required to obtain a laboratory-based negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to their initial return to campus.
Covid-19 Exposure/Possible Exposure
Students, faculty and staff members who have a possible exposure to COVID-19 must submit and follow instructions on the appropriate Reporting Form. Students will be advised of next steps by Student Affairs, and staff and faculty members will be advised by Human Resources.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff members should email the test results to email@example.com. 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.
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.
Testing: Weekly testing for COVID infection will be required for unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions. Test results need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
Dear RFU Students, Faculty and Staff:
In preparation for returning to campus following Winter Break on Jan. 4, 2022, the following expectations and procedures will be in effect to ensure the health and safety of our university community:
Booster Requirement: As previously communicated, all on-campus students (including students in clinical rotations), faculty and staff are required to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, unless a previous exemption has been granted. Documentation of receiving a COVID-19 booster vaccination for those eligible must be uploaded to ADP (faculty/staff) and to Castlebranch or MedProctor (students) by Jan. 4. Those with future eligibility based on the date of their initial COVID vaccination must submit appropriate documentation within two weeks of their booster.
Return-to-Campus Testing: Beginning Jan. 4 2022, all students, faculty, staff and visitors who will be on campus for any reason through Jan. 24 will be required to obtain a laboratory-based negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to their initial return to campus. At-home test results will not be accepted. A copy of the printed negative test result will be required to gain entry to campus, please allow extra time to enter in anticipation of processing lines. Between Jan. 4 through 24, please enter campus through the Main Entrance, IRP Main Entrance, Morningstar Entrance or the South IPEC door; all other entrances will be closed during this period.
Winter Break Travel: Anyone planning to travel outside of their home state, including international travel, must follow the university's COVID-19 Travel Guidelines , which include filling out a travel registration form.
Ongoing protocols: All existing COVID safety measures will remain in place for the return to campus, including weekly testing for those remaining unvaccinated due to an approved exemption; wearing masks in all communal spaces; maintaining appropriate physical distancing; washing hands frequently; and staying home and completing a COVID-19 Illness form ( student or faculty-staff
These booster and testing requirements are necessary to prevent potential spread of COVID following a period when many of us will be traveling out of the region and visiting with friends and family outside of our normal routines. Increased case numbers and test positivity rates nationally and regionally are also cause for added vigilance. Your cooperation will help us safeguard everyone’s health and well-being as we resume all scheduled educational activities.
Nancy L. Parsley, DPM, MHPE
Gavin Farry, MBA
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration