We have activated the Rice Community Information Center (RCIC) for anyone in our community to call with questions or concerns. The RCIC is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the number is 713-348-4224.

Campus Buildings

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, all buildings will be locked, and the only way to access them will be with a Rice ID. Everyone at Rice will have access to buildings as they currently do, whether it’s where they work or where they live. But we’re asking you to please carry your Rice ID card when accessing campus buildings.

Should you have any problems entering buildings you need to enter, please email accesscontrol@rice.edu or call ext. 3956 for assistance during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).

If you need help after hours, please contact RUPD dispatch at ext. 6000.

Campus service buildings, including Brochstein Pavilion, Fondren Library, the Rice Recreational Center, the Rice Memorial Center and Valhalla are closed. All public dining options on campus are closed until further notice.

Campus Services

These campus services essential for the health and safety of the university are still operating: the Rice University Police Department; Rice EMS; Environmental Health and Safety; Student Health Services; Housing & Dining, and Facilities, Engineering and Planning. In addition, all campus offices are providing services remotely or are being offered in modified form, including:

  • Cashier’s Office (modified schedule)
  • Delivery Services (modified schedule)
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (offered remotely)
  • Human Resources (offered remotely)
  • IT HELP Desk (offered remotely)
  • OISS (offered remotely)
  • Parking Office (modified schedule)
  • Registrar’s Office (offered remotely)
  • SAFE (offered remotely)
  • Shuttles (mostly stopped; modified schedule for a few routes)
  • SPARC (offered remotely)

For further information on these services, please refer to department websites or contact the departments directly.

Campus Store

The Rice Campus Store is closed until further notice but available online at ShopRiceU.com.

Campus Visits, Tours and Information Sessions

Campus visits, campus tours, lunch visits, class visits, admission information sessions, group tours and admitted students days offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission are cancelled through April 30. Click here for the latest updates.

All Public Affairs group tours scheduled through the Welcome Center have been cancelled through the remainder of the semester.

Dining Options

As the COVID-19 crisis impacts our campus community, Rice Dining has made changes to on-campus public dining operations moving forward based on the orders from Harris County to close restaurant dining rooms for the next 15 days. These implementations are subject to change as the situation is itself changing daily. Please check the Rice Dining page for the latest information.

Events Information

Athletic Events

All scheduled intercollegiate athletic competitions for the remainder of the 2020 spring calendar have been suspended indefinitely. For the latest on Rice athletics, please refer to their site.

On-Campus Events

All remaining Spring 2020 campus events are cancelled, including Beer Bike and Willy Week.

With any additional questions for events on campus, please email the Campus Events Manager Hollie Evans hrf1@rice.edu.


Please visit the undergraduate or graduate student page to see the latest information for housing policies.

May Commencement

Due to the announcement that national social distancing guidelines would be extended to at least the end of April, May commencement ceremonies on campus are being postponed to provide families plenty of time to cancel travel arrangements. To emphasize, commencement is not being cancelled, but rather Rice is postponing the normal on campus ceremony until a later date.

Rice will hold an online commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, for all who will complete their degree requirements at the end of this semester where the names of all graduating students will be read. Event details will be shared over the next few weeks.

As soon as this public health crisis has passed, there will be an announcement and preparation for an on campus ceremony in our central quad to celebrate Spring 2020 graduates. While the exact dates are not yet known, ample notice will be provided.

Parking and Shuttle Information

Parking: Those who are registered for parking at Rice and commuting to campus may now use any gated parking facility on campus with their key card.

The non-gated lots need to remain for those permits only. Also please note that the designated spaces in each facility still need to remain for those designates (e.g. RA, Magister, 24/7 Reserved, EV, Compact Car, etc.).

Shuttle: Below is the Spring/Summer shuttle schedule starting Monday March 23, 2020 until further notice. If you have any questions, please call extension 5223.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice

Rice University Shuttle System will operate as follows:

Monday - Friday 6am - 7pm, every 10 to 15 minutes

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 7pm, every 15 minutes

Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm, every 10 minutes

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 7pm, every 15 minutes

Wednesday 10am - 3pm, every 45 minutes

The passenger volume and pattern of demand are unknown so service adjustments will occur when required.

Night Escort will be provided by RUPD: 713-348-6000.

BRC/TMC, Rice Village and Undergraduate shuttle services are discontinued until further notice. For GPS app, go to: Ride Systems at your Apple Store or Google Play and download the program, then go to RICE.

Thank You for using the Rice Shuttle!

University Cleaning Protocols

Rice has implemented additional cleaning procedures that focus on the extra cleaning of touch points (e.g., door knobs, sweep/mop floors) using a germicidal disinfectant.

Rice will also be providing departments with cleaning supplies for human touch points within the work spaces, such as keyboards, public counters, credit card readers, phones, and shared surfaces and items. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus.