Campus COVID-19 Policies

Current Rice University COVID policies:

Vaccination Policy

Rice defines fully vaccinated as having received the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna regime plus a booster shot or the one-shot J&J vaccine plus a booster.

Students: ALL new undergraduate students and graduate students, including business school students, are required to submit a properly completed Health Data Form (HDF) to Student Health. More information is available on this page, including links to the Health Data Form and specific requirements for enrollment: https://health.rice.edu/new-students/health-data-form

Faculty and Staff: Vaccine boosters are required for all employees if it has been at least six months since you finished your two-shot Pfizer or Moderna regime. If you had the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you are not required to wait six months and you should get boosted with a second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. This requirement applies to all employees and students who come to campus unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption. As a reminder, the booster shot takes two weeks to be fully effective, and you must update your vaccination status with your booster information.

To provide proof of vaccination:

For Rice Employees (faculty and staff) - the following groups can help you answer questions about vaccination requirements:

  • General questions about the vaccination policy for employees should be addressed to Human Resources at people@rice.edu
  • Religious accommodation requests or questions should be sent to the Office of Access, Equity, and Equal Opportunity at aeeo@rice.edu
  • Medical exemption requests or questions should go to the Disability Resource Center at adarice@rice.edu

Face Mask Policy

We encourage – but do not require – everyone to carry masks at all times on campus and use their best judgment on when it’s appropriate to wear a mask. For people who have special health concerns or want a higher level of protection, a well-fitted KN95 mask offers good protection for the user and is significantly better than cloth and disposable surgical masks. We have a good supply of masks which you can order here.

People who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors at all times.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors always have the option to wear masks anywhere on campus at their discretion. We do recommend that you carry a mask with you, and err on the side of caution anytime you’re in a situation where you’re wondering whether you should wear it.


Testing Policy

  • Mandatory surveillance testing for fully vaccinated members of the Rice community is no longer required. [Rice defines fully vaccinated as having received the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna regime plus a booster shot or the one-shot J&J vaccine plus a booster.]
  • People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to test once per week using a COVID home kit provided by the university.