Info for Students

Info for current nursing students related to COVID-19 and Monkeypox guidelines, vaccination requirements, and resources.

Vaccination & Booster Requirements

The University requires all matriculated students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses, or one-dose Johnson & Johnson). Medical exemptions may be considered under certain, rare circumstances. There are no religious exemptions. This policy pertains to matriculated students, with the exception of those in the RN to BS program. All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to get their COVID booster upon becoming eligible.

While the COVID-19 booster is not a current requirement, it is encouraged for any student who is eligible. Students who have not had a booster shot will be required to quarantine after an exposure, according to current CDC guidelines.

Please note: Medical, dental, and nursing students must follow the COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Vaccination Policy, which adheres to specific New York State regulations. More information is available here.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Students who are not yet vaccinated or need a booster should look to pharmacies and clinics in the local community, by searching  vaccines.govFor students who are unable to get the booster before arriving on campus for the spring semester, UHS will provide guidance on how to get the vaccine upon arrival, which likely will include directing students to one of the Rochester-area sites where the booster is available: the  Monroe County Mass Vaccination Site  and the  Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub .

See also: University of Rochester Coronavirus Vaccination FAQ's.

How to Upload Vaccine/Booster Documentation

*Note: When uploading a picture of your vaccine card, please make sure your full name and vaccine dates are visible. Student Affairs will be receiving a weekly report notifying us of UR Nursing students who have provided proof of vaccine.

  1. Log into UHSConnect . Students who have not previously registered for UHSConnect should click “Register” and enter their student ID number in the space for the UHSConnect ID and use their UR email address in all lowercase. Please also make sure your answer to the security question is longer than 6 characters. You will receive an email containing a link to set your password. The link is valid for 20 minutes.
  2. If you have trouble logging, please email
  3. Click Document Upload
  4. Click on the downward arrow under Document Type and select the document that you wish to upload (choose COVID Vaccination).
  5. Click Browse and find your document
  6. Click Save
  7. You will get a pop-up window that displays Upload Complete
  8. Click Close
  9. Log off of UHSConnect

If you have any trouble registering please email with your name, DOB, and student ID number, and someone from UHS will help you register.


How to Report Symptoms or a COVID Exposure

Find out what to do if you have COVID symptoms, you test positive for COVID, or you have been exposed to COVID-19 by visiting the University of Rochester COVID-19 Resource Center.

Building Access and Guidelines

Helen Wood Hall is open to all visitors and students. 

COVID-19 Compliance and Protocols

All students are expected to demonstrate compliance with the following:

  • Make the #URCommitment to act in the best interests of our community’s collective health and safety, in accordance with public health guidelines and directives from our state and local officials.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the conduct outlined in our Student Handbook.

If you have questions or concerns about something you have observed or are experiencing related to COVID-19, including gatherings, mask-wearing, social distancing, or any other issue that presents a risk to individual or communal health, please visit the University’s Community Concern page.

SON COVID-related violations will result in administrative review in line with the SON’s Policy on Academic and Professional Integrity in the Student Handbook.  Accordingly, allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Committee on Academic and Professional Integrity.


Classes, Labs, and Clinical Placements

Students should connect with their course faculty with questions about course format.

Resources and Support


Academic Support


Our Incoming Students Portal provides centralized access to SON resources for new students, including our academic calendar, course schedules, and information about financial aid, scholarships, parking, and other essential support services.

Information Technology Services provides hardware and software support, email, account, access, and backup assistance, and project support for SON students, faculty, and staff. To contact the Helpdesk, call (585) 275-7500.

Each school has a designated access coordinator who requests and maintains disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, and determines and develops plans for reasonable academic accommodations. Contact the School of Nursing Access Coordinator, Joseph Gomulak-Cavicchio at

CERC facilitates educational media, equipment, and technology resources for students. Students may contact (585) 275-5913 or with requests.

CAPS serves as a free academic resource for students looking to improve their learning strategies, critical thinking skills, study habits, or receive academic assistance in a particular content area. Services include instruction, group and individual tutoring, mentorship, career planning, and resume writing. Students may submit a self-referral form to request assistance.

Edward G. Miner Library provides access to materials, technology, and other essential library services. Remote services are available, and main library spaces and printers are available by swipe access 24/7.

LIFT is a student-led initiative within SON designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in learning and discussions related to leadership, advocacy, and diversity.

Our Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CoDEI) serves as a resource and support for students, faculty, and staff within the SON community regarding issues of diversity, equity and inclusiveness within the School of Nursing community.

Personal Support

UHS provides primary care, counseling, and health promotion services to students and employees in the University community. For questions related to COVID-19 protocols and testing, contact UHS at (585) 275-2662 or

CARE Network provides connection to resources for all students. You may initiate a self-referral or express concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting a CARE referral form.

UCC offers help for managing anxiety, stress, and depression. Any student experiencing a mental health concern can call the (585) 275-3113 to be connected to mental health support. 

Interfaith Chapel is a multi-faith community that provides spiritual and emotional support through dialogue, worship, and interfaith education. Leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions are ready to help. Contact The Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough at for more information or to schedule a time to speak with a chaplain. 

The Basic Needs Hub provides urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools for students who need financial assistance.

The Food Pantry is open to all Rochester graduate students.


Frequently Asked Questions


Currently, this format applies to the 22-23 academic year. However, should widespread outbreaks of the virus disrupt our stated plans, we reserve the right to amend protocols and institute additional guidelines or requirements if necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community. We have been continuously monitoring data and guidelines surrounding community health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to inform our educational planning for future semesters according to national, state, and local recommendations.

See also: University of Rochester Coronavirus Vaccination FAQ's.