School of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

The latest information about the School of Nursing COVID-19 guidelines and requirements.


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

Latest updates:

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

Masking Requirements

In response to a current spike in COVID infections on campus, and in order to get everyone over the finish line of the spring semester, the University has decided, effective immediately, to reinstate for the time being the indoor face-masking requirement on the University campuses and properties. This requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and others—including those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. 

See details about Medical Center masking policies and guidelines on the URMC Intranet site (login required)

Vaccination & Booster Requirements

The University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses, or one-dose Johnson & Johnson) unless an exemption is granted.

All students, faculty, and staff are still strongly encouraged to get their COVID booster upon becoming eligible. Effective April 6, 2022, the booster requirement for all University students, faculty, and staff (including those at the University of Rochester Medical Center) has been put on hold indefinitely.


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. 

All visitors must be asked the chat bot questions. 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.