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FAQs: Spring 2022

Answers to questions about the spring semester

Information for students and families

As announced in a leadership message on January 20, the University is preparing for a return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 31. Residential students should make plans to return to campus starting January 29.

New requirements, health protocols, and other operational changes will be communicated to the University community in the near future. In the meantime, reference these FAQs below for the latest information about spring 2022. If you need further assistance, please contact

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Returning to campus / Classes and academics

As a reminder, students should delay their arrival to campus until January 29 or January 30, if possible. Reference the FAQs below for additional information, including for those unable to change their travel plans.

The University is preparing for a return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 31. As a result, the University plans to welcome students back to campus starting Saturday, January 29. Please do not return before that time, so that our staff and faculty can make the necessary preparations for student arrivals.

The semester started on time, with online classes starting January 12 at The College and Eastman. The University is planning to resume in-person classes on Monday, January 31.

Unless otherwise instructed, students should plan to return to campus on January 29 or January 30. Please do not return before that time, so that our staff and faculty can make the necessary preparations for your arrival.

Arts, Sciences & Engineering undergraduate and graduate students who absolutely cannot change travel plans or who have extenuating circumstances must send an email to for permission.

Your email should include:

  • Full student name
  • Date of arrival
  • Current on-campus housing assignment

Eastman students should contact John Hain, associate dean of academic affairs, at

Pre-arrival COVID testing requirements still apply regardless of arrival date. Students who arrive on January 29 or after will see a credit applied to their account for the pro-rated room and board.

Domestic students who are unable to schedule their arrival on campus until after January 30 should contact their academic dean to discuss their specific situation.

International students who won’t arrive until after January 30 should contact their academic dean as well as the International Services Office by sending an email to with the subject line “Spring Late Arrival” and the following information:

  • Name
  • UR ID
  • School
  • Date of arrival

Students who choose not to return to campus for in-person instruction for the Spring 2022 semester may request a leave of absence from their school’s dean’s office.

Yes, students are required to show a negative COVID-19 test upon returning to campus. This testing requirement applies to all residential undergraduate and graduate students on all campuses, including first-time students. Test results should be uploaded to UHSConnect.

If you have specific questions about testing, please reach out to UHS directly at (585) 275-2662 or

A clinically administered PCR test is preferred because they deliver the most accurate test results. This can be completed within 72 hours of arrival.

However, antigen kit results (self-test or rapid tests at a clinic) are acceptable but must be completed within 24 hours of arrival.

All proofs of negative tests should be uploaded to UHSConnect with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Date/time the test was completed
  • A photo of the negative result
  • An image of the test box with brand shown (if at-home test)

Uploading this information to UHSConnect is the proof that you have taken the test and received a negative result. No other action is needed.

Faculty are currently expected to provide online access to instruction and/or course materials to students who are unable to return by January 31. Online access to courses will be available while a student is in isolation, but not for the remainder of the semester.

Additionally, all students who test positive should follow the current isolation policy.

It is a requirement to be tested for COVID-19 before coming back to campus. If you absolutely cannot get this done, you should still come to Rochester. When you arrive, you will be provided options on a case-by-case basis. There are many public testing sites in Rochester that you can consider going to for the testing requirement.

There’s one main reason for this: A finite amount of isolation space. The University’s dedicated isolation spaces are rapidly being given to undergraduate students who test positive. This puts us at risk of having a student arriving on campus, testing positive, and having these spaces—in Whipple Park and at area hotels—be maxed out.

We strongly prefer that students recover at home prior to arriving to campus if they do test positive for COVID.

Residential Life / Dining Services / Athletics

Room and board charges will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis for students affected by the request to delay returning to campus, and financial aid will not be reduced. Students arriving to campus before January 29 will not have a reduction in any pro-rated dining or housing adjustments made during the period of remote learning. Students who arrive on January 29 or after will see a credit applied to their account for the pro-rated room and board.

Room and board will be prorated on a per diem basis. The staff in Residential Life and Dining Services expect to post all adjustments within 45 days of January 29.

Only students who arrive on January 29 or after will see a credit applied to their account for prorated room and board. Students who arrive prior to January 29 will not receive a prorated adjustment to room and board. For those who receive an adjustment, if money is still owed to the University, the adjustment will reduce the amount owed. If the account is fully paid, students may request a refund from the Bursar’s Office once the adjustments appear on their student financial account in UR Student.

Students eligible for a refund are encouraged to update their payment elections in UR Student so a refund can be issued via direct deposit. Instructions for updating the payment elections can be found on University IT’s website.

Spring meal plans begun on January 7 for students who were on campus due to extenuating circumstances prior to the January 29 arrival date. The meal plan start date for commuter students and students who have not returned to campus is still being determined.

Dining operations opened as planned beginning Saturday, January 8. The list of all hours of operation can be found on the Dining website.

In addition to several retail operations, Dining Services’ Residential Dining Facilities, Danforth and Douglass are open to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, seven days a week. Both swipe cards and declining balance are accepted at Danforth and Douglass. Eastman Dining Center reopened Friday, January 7.

Please contact Dining Services at with your name and UR student ID number. Meal plans will need to be activated before they can be used on campus.

Dining Services has extended the ability for students to use declining balance at off-campus restaurants on Grub Hub through the end of the remote-learning period. Students will be alerted of further extensions, as well as a deadline for the use of declining balance off campus.

In-person work for undergraduate students will be delayed until January 31, unless the manager/supervisor receives permission from the Interim Vice President for Research (for research-related work) or the Interim Provost for all other work.

All TAs and RAs are allowed to work remotely or in person if coordinated with their supervisor.

In order to be approved for in-person work during the remote learning period, all student workers must already be residing in Monroe County.

Residential undergraduate students approved to return to campus before January 29 due to extenuating circumstances will be required to limit their activity to essential activities only. This means leaving their room for studying, paid employment, exercise, musical practice (Eastman students), or to retrieve food or other essential items. There will be no organized in-person activities during this interim time and students should limit close contacts on and off campus.

No. For the safety and well-being of all undergraduate students living in residence halls, effective immediately non-University visitors/guests are not permitted inside a residence hall or student room. Currently, there is not a restriction on University students visiting another University student’s residence hall.

Winter intercollegiate Division III athletics will continue in accordance with NCAA guidelines. However, effective immediately, spectators will not be allowed at the home/Rochester sporting events.

Additionally, some Eastman recitals and performances will need to carry on without an audience with the exception of professors or instructors who need to attend for instructional or evaluation purposes.

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