Campus COVID-19 Policies

Current COVID policies:

Travel Policy:

Rice no longer requires a 14 day self-quarantine following international travel, however it is strongly recommended that all travelers build in time after returning to make sure you are asymptomatic before returning to campus.

All international travel must be registered at travelregistry.rice.edu. More information on travel is available here: TRAVEL

Face Covering Policy:

Updated face covering policy 8/10/2020: All employees, students, contractors, and visitors on Rice’s campus must cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face cover. This is an important precaution to protect others — you may have the virus and not know it because you have no symptoms. Thus, everyone on campus is required to wear a cloth face cover as defined by the CDC and as delineated below:


Indoors – Face-coverings must be worn indoors at all times except:

  • When you’re in your own residential dorm suite.
  • When you’re alone in your own enclosed office, used only by you.
  • If you are faculty providing classroom instruction and you choose to substitute an alternate protective barrier, such as a face shield (you must stay at least six feet away from others).
  • When you’re eating or drinking, but you must stay at least six feet away from others

Outdoors -- Face-coverings must be worn outdoors at all times except:

  • When you’re alone in your vehicle.
  • When you’re eating or drinking, but you must stay at least six feet away from others

Physical Distancing:

While on the Rice campus everyone should practice physical distancing, whenever possible, and stay at least six feet away from other people. When this is not possible, a face covering must be worn both indoors and outdoors at all times when you're within six feet of someone else (except when you're in your residential dorm suite or when you're in your own office or space used only by you).