In April 2021, Rutgers University announced that all students must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to campus. Students with religious and medical exemptions are not permitted to live in on-campus housing. The policy was intended to create herd immunity, decreasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Since the mandate was announced, it is now known that vaccinated individuals may not only become infected with COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant but potentially transmit the virus to others. The following protocol is intended to provide guidelines for testing and possible relocation of students living in on-campus residence halls on the New Brunswick campus. This protocol is based on recommendations of the New Jersey Office of Higher Education (Office of the Secretary of Higher Education – COVID-19 Resources (nj.gov) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) (cdc.gov). This protocol is subject to change based on the prevalence of COVID-19 positive numbers.
If a student is experiencing the following symptoms:
- Fever over 100.4 F or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Worsening or new onset of fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea
The student should notify Rutgers Student Health (RSH) at 848-932-7402 as soon as possible. If students have symptoms outside of normal business hours, they should call the RSH Nurseline at 1-800-890-5882 or go to the local urgent care of their choice.
If a student has any of these symptoms, they should stay in their residence as much as possible and wear a mask when going out beyond their residence. They should refrain from going to classes and accessing public spaces on campus such as student centers, dining halls, computer labs, and recreation centers among others.
If appropriate, RSH will direct the student to obtain a COVID-19 test kit at the nearest COVID-19 testing center. After completing and submitting the test, the student should remain in their residence room as much as possible until the results return (typically 24 hours, sometimes longer on weekends).
If a student living on-campus notifies Residence Life staff (Hall Director, Resident Assistant, Peer Mentor, Residence Life Coordinator, etc.) of their COVID-19 positive test, more information can be found below regarding housing protocols.