School of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

University of Rochester temporarily moving spring courses online for January. All School of Nursing labs and clinical rotations will continue to meet in person.  

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is following all guidelines and requirements announced by the University of Rochester on the COVID-19 Resource Center website

Classes for the Spring 2022 semester will temporarily move online for January. All labs and clinical rotations will continue in person.  

Latest updates:

For the latest updates regarding requirements, visit the University of Rochester website.

Requirements for Faculty/Staff, Students


Masks are required for vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals indoors. Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are alone and not in a public or shared space may unmask. Outdoors, everyone who is not fully vaccinated should wear a face mask on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Vaccination Requirements:

All students who are enrolled and plan to be on campus for the 2021-22 academic year are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Except for RN to BS Online Students). Any student who is currently eligible to receive the booster should do so before returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester.

Faculty and staff must have received at least one dose of the two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) or have received the single Johnson & Johnson dose by September 27. The University strongly encourages all faculty and staff to receive the booster when eligible.

See details below:

Info for Faculty & Staff

Info for Current Students

Guidelines for Visitors to Helen Wood Hall

Helen Wood Hall is open to visitors, including prospective students, who may schedule a visit during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors may enter through the main entrance facing Crittenden Blvd. Masks are currently required for visitors, regardless of vaccination status. 

All visitors must be asked the chat bot questions. There is a printable version and find the full updated guidance here.

Guidelines for Patient-Care Areas at URMC, including Passport Health and Center for Employee Wellness

Patient-care areas at the Medical Center campus and its offsite locations will continue with current masking and physical distancing guidelines that require all individuals to mask when working or walking within the building. 

The UR School of Nursing is not considered in the patient-care "blue" zone, however, Passport Health and the Center for Employee Wellness, which are located in Helen Wood Hall, are included as a patient-care zone. See full details about what areas fall in the patient-care zones vs. general campus zones with the Medical Center Patient-Care Zone Guidelines.


Questions or Concerns?

The site is intended to serve a comprehensive resource for all members of the SON community. For more information, you may visit the University of Rochester COVID-19 Resource Center or the online portal URMC Redesigned (University network access required).  

We have attempted to provide as much information related to SON protocols as possible. It will be revisited in the future as circumstances warrant, including if the health risks of COVID increase. If you have questions about the contents of this site or other feedback about items to be included on these pages, please email us at:

If you have questions or concerns about something you have observed or are experiencing related to COVID-19, 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.  Accordingly, allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Committee on Academic and Professional Integrity.