University, Athletics Department Taking COVID-19 Precautions

On behalf of URI President David M. Dooley: 

The University of Rhode Island’s cornerstone values seek to create and maintain an environment conducive to personal health and wellness. With the continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have an imperative to take actions that slow the spread of this virus and protect those most vulnerable in our communities.

This is a difficult and extraordinary situation, and we recognize that people throughout our community are concerned for their personal health and that of their families and friends. 

The health and well-being of the URI community is our top priority while ensuring the continuity of education and research, therefore, the University of Rhode Island is taking the actions listed below. We do not undertake any of these changes without careful consideration of the hardships and inconvenience that they may impose. Thank you for your patience and your understanding, as we navigate this challenging situation.

We understand that students, families, faculty and staff will have questions. Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 12), the University will operate an information hotline, and those who have questions may dial 401-874-3082. The hotline will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Face-to-face undergraduate and graduate classes on all URI campuses canceled through March 20;
Students encouraged to remain off campus through April 3

Beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, 2020 all face-to-face undergraduate and graduate classes on all campuses are canceled.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, through at least Friday, April 3, 2020, all undergraduate and graduate classes will be delivered remotely. All face-to-face instruction is suspended. This includes any class meetings.

Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Individual faculty are expected to be in contact with their students regarding their plans for remote instruction prior to Monday, March 23, 2020.

All administrative and faculty offices remain open as usual.

URI is committed to maintaining our daily operations and completing the semester. Therefore the residence halls will remain open and operational.

Students living in undergraduate residence halls should consider delaying their return to campus through April 3, 2020. The University understands that remaining at home may not be possible or prudent for everyone.

What does this mean for URI’s athletic teams that are in-season?

Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, all URI campus activities – including intercollegiate athletic competitions – with 100 or more in-person participants are canceled or postponed through April 3, 2020.

To ensure that our athletic teams remain able to compete, we are restricting game attendance to only players, coaches and essential staff of the teams in competition, now through at least April 3, 2020.


What about away competitions?

If the opponent’s campus is open for athletic activity, URI’s teams will be permitted to travel and compete.

What does this mean for teams/student-athletes that are not in season, but have team activities scheduled prior to April 3?

Team-related activities will continue as scheduled, as they do not exceed 100 in-person participants.

What if a student-athlete needs to return to campus before April 3?

We request all resident students who anticipate needing housing to complete a "Statement of Intent" about their plans between now and April 3. This will ensure continued access to their room and allow us to plan for services for those living on-campus. The Statement of Intent form will be available via MyHousing (e-campus) under "Applications/Forms."

With a pre-April 3 return, access to university functions such as dining, recreation, health services will be available, but limited.

As the residence halls will continue to be available, whether students choose to use them or not, no refunds will be issued.

Will on-campus dining halls be open?

Dining will provide daily service to our residents, with hours and locations to be posted on and through the Student Affairs app. 

What additional steps can we take to reduce risks and stay safe?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and warm water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel;
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue;
  • If you are sick, stay home from work, school. Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Do not share utensils, water bottles, or other personal items. Many germs that cause viral illness are spread through saliva;
  • Wipe down common items like phones, keyboards, doorknobs, and railings with a disinfectant;
  • Do not travel if you are sick. 
  • If you have a recurring fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your primary care doctor.