Info for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff at the UR School of Nursing, and all UR employees working in Helen Wood Hall, may reference this page for updated information related to COVID-19 safety procedures, requirements, and resources specific to the School of Nursing.

The University of Rochester requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an approved exemption).

Face-masks are also required for everyone indoors on the University’s campuses and properties, regardless of vaccination status. Masking is also still required in all patient care zones, which includes Passport Health and Center for Employee Wellness areas, as designated by the UR Medical Center. 

Additional information for all University faculty and staff can be found on the University of Rochester Coronavirus Faculty & Staff webpage and the URMC Redesigned COVID-19 online portal. (URMC Network access required).


COV'21 Stickers

As we do during flu season, those who have been fully vaccinated will have the option to wear a small COV '21 vaccine sticker on their ID badge. You may choose to wear the sticker on either the front or back of your badge, or use a vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass to show you've been fully vaccinated. Stickers are not required, they are a voluntary solution to make it easier for groups of vaccinated people to meet without masks or social distancing.

To receive your sticker at the School of Nursing, email SONHelp and our team will meet you at a time that works for you.

Returning to Helen Wood Hall to Work On-Site

All faculty and staff who would like to return to work onsite no longer need approval from mission administrators. 

If working on-site, please note the following:

Complete the Dr. Chat Bot symptom survey before entering the building (or any University of Rochester facility), and receive a notification that you are clear to go into work that day.

The front door, west door (SRB loop), and the doors from SRB into HWH will be unlocked from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., the west door locking at 5 p.m. Locked doors with card readers will of course allow entry to those with a current URMC ID. All entrances to HWH will allow swipe access as they did before COVID at any time of day.

Effective Tuesday, Aug. 10, the University of Rochester is reinstating a face-masking requirement for everyone indoors on the University’s campuses and properties, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are alone and not in a public or shared space may unmask.
  • Any in-person meetings or group activities in conference rooms or other indoor spaces should be conducted with everyone being masked—regardless of vaccination status.
  • In the classroom, fully vaccinated instructors who can maintain greater than 6 feet distance from all class participants can unmask while instructing; class attendees must remain masked and the instructor should re-mask when class instruction is complete.
  • When eating in public or shared spaces on campus, everyone should remain masked up to the point of starting a snack or meal, remove their face mask to eat, and then re-mask when done.
  • Eating in a classroom during instruction is not permitted, and drinking (water bottles, coffee, etc.) should be minimized as much as possible.
  • Outdoors, everyone who is not fully vaccinated should wear a face mask on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible.

If you wish to use a meeting or classroom for a meeting please contact SON Room Scheduler for information. 


Working Remotely

The University continues to require the majority of employees to work remotely by indicating that all work that can be done remotely should continue remotely for the foreseeable future. The UR School of Nursing is developing a Return to Work plan for Aug. 2. 


Attending Meetings Remotely (Zoom)

Zoom video and web conferencing allows up to 300 participants to simultaneously collaborate over the Internet. You can attend video or audio meetings, share presentations, hold training seminars, and more from any location with a computer and Internet connection.

The School of Nursing offers virtual assistance with Zoom class sessions. Please contact at least one business day prior to your class and someone from our team can join your class session to help facilitate as needed.

For additional resources, see:

Instructional Design and Tech Support

The School of Nursing Instructional Design Team supports faculty in their pursuit of excellence in education to promote the success of all students. Together with IT Services, the team offers support with recording equipment, media assistance, and future course preparation, as well as designing online courses and implementing experiential learning strategies.

To request support, contact:

School of Nursing Instructional Design/IT Command Center

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
(585) 275-7500 (Urgent Issues)

Non-urgent/non-immediate support needs, email: and include and


Resources for Researchers, Research Administrators

Detailed information, applicable to all laboratory research at the University can be found on the Coronavirus Research at URMC webpage.

For a list of resources related to sponsored programs, pleased reference the Office of Research and Project Administration webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about COVID protocols for students?

The School of Nursing has put together information relevant to prospective students and current students. Please share these pages with your students as appropriate. You may also email with additional questions.

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