Updated Sept. 18, 2020 (10:43 a.m.)



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Source: CDC

Rochester University is currently open for in-person instruction.

The university formed a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Team in the spring to develop policies and procedures for the campus. The plan is guided by the recommendations and policies of local, state, and federal health and governmental officials, and is designed to be adaptable and responsive to the most current scientific and public policy developments.

President Brian Stogner said the university is committed to keeping its community safe while also maintaining its mission to prepare students for professional and personal success as they serve in God’s world. “We intend to provide a safe environment for all students to pursue their studies in a setting designed to protect their health and safety while ensuring academic quality,” he said.

The academic program is being delivered with face-to-face, hybrid and online classes. Social distancing, masks, enhanced sanitation procedures and other measures have been instituted.
Key elements:

  • Social distancing for all classes and labs with limited class sizes
  • Facemasks will be provided by RU and are required for all students/employees until CDC removes recommendation,
  • Disinfecting across campus each day and in classrooms after each class
  • Hand sanitizer stations positioned throughout campus and in each classroom
  • Portable UV disinfecting scanners for labs/classrooms
  • Webcams and microphones installed in each classroom for enhanced virtual viewing
  • All classes can transition to virtual/online at any time needed
  • Daily student and employee screening and symptom checklist with COVID-19 testing for anyone who displays or reports symptoms
  • Residential students will have twice-daily screening and staggered meal schedules to increase social distancing
  • RU is working closely with the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and NAIA to determine next steps for intercollegiate sports.

Stogner said the Fall 2020 Campus Reopening Plan is subject to revision as new information and circumstances emerge. On June 29, 2020, the RU Preparedness and Response Team shared the following institution-wide plan: RU Preparedness and Response Plan » This summer RU hosted Virtual Town Hall Meetings. If you missed this meeting you may view it on YouTube. RU Virtual Town Hall, July 23, 2020 »

Rochester University Preparedness and Response Team (PRT)

The RU Preparedness and Response Team is in place and is following guidelines from the CDC and the State of Michigan to keep you safe and reduce the risk for SARS-CoV-2 spread. Campus community members with COVID-19 questions/concerns that are not answered on this page are encouraged to submit questions to the University’s Preparedness and Response Team using the Contact PRT form below.

Important Links

RU COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan »

RU Student COVID Resource Page »

RU Employee COVID Resource Page »

Town Hall Meeting Transcripts »

WHAC Announces Plan for Fall Sports »

Rochester University CARES Grant »




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As the crisis with COVID-19 continues to develop and the situation changes rapidly, we at Rochester University continue to be committed to providing a quality education while doing all in our power to protect the health and safety of the University community.