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 More information on travel is available here: TRAVEL

Face Mask Policy:

Updated face mask policy 11/09/2020: All employees, students, contractors, and visitors on Rice’s campus must cover their mouth and nose with a face mask. This is an important precaution to protect others — you may have the virus and not know it because you have no symptoms. The CDC states that there is growing evidence of the importance of wearing a mask, for both protecting you and others. The face-covering policy on campus has been updated to require not just any face covering, but specifically, face masks. A face mask must be multilayered, fit snugly against the sides of the face and under the chin without gaps, and completely cover the nose and mouth. It is preferable to have a moldable nose piece and adjustable ear straps to ensure a snug fit.

Among the face coverings that are not acceptable under the updated policy are masks made of single-layer material, gaiters, masks with valves, bandanas or any other face covering that does not fit properly and leaves gaps.

Face shields and eye protection offer extra protection and they’re always a good idea, but on the Rice campus, they must be accompanied by a face mask. (Exceptions may be granted by the CMT and the Provost for special teaching circumstances.)

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors at all times except:

  • Indoors – When you’re alone in your own enclosed office, which is used only by you, or when you’re in your own residential dorm suite.
  • Outdoors – When you’re alone in your personal vehicle, or when you’re eating or drinking (although while you’re eating or drinking, 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).