School of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

University of Rochester relaxes COVID restrictions, UR School of Nursing to follow University guidelines

The University of Rochester School of Nursing will follow new guidelines recently announced by the University of Rochester for a general campus zone, which remove many of the COVID-related requirements on campus, effective immediately. 

Broadly, the University is reopening operations and removing certain COVID-19 protocols (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.) where appropriate and as permitted by New York State.

Read the full announcement on the University of Rochester website.

Requirements for Faculty/Staff, Students

Masks: Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals indoors or outdoors; unvaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors. Unmasked individuals should be prepared to produce proof of their vaccine status via a copy of their official immunization card, the UR COVID-19 Vaccine Status app (for students), the New York State Excelsior Pass, an optional vaccination sticker on ID badge (for Medical Center), or other proof of vaccination as implemented by the University upon request.

Vaccination Requirements: All students who are enrolled and plan to be on campus for the 2021-22 academic year, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload proof of vaccination by Sunday, Aug. 1. (Except for RN to BS Online Students).

See details about these and other requirements, including daily screenings, for UR School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students below:

Info for Faculty & Staff
Info for Current Students

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.