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Things you need to know before returning to campus:
Last Updated: August 27, 2021

We're excited for a larger return to campus this fall. This page contains all of the resources for returning to campus to keep our community safe. 

If you have symptoms, tested positive or were exposed to someone with COVID-19

We ask all Barons to notify us if you believe you have been exposed to, are sick with or have tested positive for COVID.

What if I have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Stay home, and do not come to campus.

  • Complete this form to notify Public Safety who will assess your circumstances, conduct any necessary contact notification, and provide you with a date for a safe return.

  • Notify your instructor or supervisor.

  • Return to campus once the conditions provided by Public Safety have been met. 

What if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

  • If you are unvaccinated, stay home, and do not come to campus.

  • Complete this form to notify Public Safety who will assess your circumstances, conduct any necessary contact notification and provide you with a date for a safe return.

  • If vaccinated, complete this form. You do not have to quarantine, but you must wear your mask and should get tested after 3-5 days.

Mask guidelines on campus

Everyone should wear a mask when you’re inside and cannot maintain a distance of six feet from another person.

In the classroom we ask all students to follow their instructor's guidance regarding masks.

Please refer to the CDC website for guidance on the type of mask you should wear.

Attending class safely
  • Per the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are revising our mask policy to require masks indoors when social distancing is not possible – regardless of your vaccination status.

  • Close contact is being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

  • Each classroom has hand sanitizer and wipes.

  • Every classroom will be sanitized every day utilizing state-of-the-art disinfecting technology.

  • Ongoing efforts to mitigate indoor, airborne risk.

What if someone isn’t wearing a mask indoors within six feet of another person?

  • Ask them politely to mask up. 

  • If that doesn’t work, contact Public Safety at ext. 2100 or (856) 434-7233.

Working safely
  • Per the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are revising our mask policy to require masks indoors when social distancing is not possible – regardless of your vaccination status.

  • Close contact is being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

  • Ongoing efforts to mitigate indoor, airborne risk.

What if someone isn’t wearing a mask indoors within six feet of another person?

  • Ask them politely to mask up. 

  • If that doesn’t work, contact Public Safety at ext. 2100 or (856) 434-7233.

General safety guidance
  • Per the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are revising our mask policy to require masks indoors when social distancing is not possible – regardless of your vaccination status.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Disinfect your work space before and after use.

  • RCBC encourages people to get vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although students in many Health Sciences programs are required to be vaccinated in order to complete their clinical requirements hosted at partner facilities, there is no global mandate for most students and staff at this time. This is consistent with other New Jersey community colleges and the requirements of state and federal health officials. Please click here for information to find a vaccination site in New Jersey.

What if someone on campus has COVID?

If a faculty member has COVID:

  • Submit the COVID reporting form to Public Safety.
  • Notify your appropriate academic dean.
  • Teach remotely if able; otherwise a substitute faculty will be assigned.
  • Students will receive instruction via email on how they will continue to attend class (remotely/in-person).
  • Public Safety will notify anyone who was in close contact with further instructions.

If a student has COVID:

  • Submit the COVID reporting form to Public Safety.
  • Notify your professor.
  • Attend class remotely.
  • Public Safety will notify anyone who was in close contact with further instructions.

If a RCBC staff member has COVID:

  • Submit the COVID reporting form to Public Safety.
  • Notify your direct supervisor.
  • Work remotely if able.
  • Public Safety will notify anyone who was in close contact with further instructions.
Vaccine requirements for Health Sciences Students

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), within its mission to “transform lives by delivering innovative, high-quality and affordable educational experiences in an accessible and diverse environment,” seeks to provide a safe and effective educational experience for all students, faculty, and staff and all others who may come in close contact with RCBC students, faculty or staff.

As a result of the current state of the Coronavirus pandemic, several health and safety protocols have been either implemented by RCBC, imposed on RCBC by partners who offer experiential learning opportunities, or both.

One such health and safety protocol is the requirement that all Health Science students and faculty provide verification of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to participating in clinical experiences. The close nature of clinical experiences, as well as the often-vulnerable position of patients to illness, necessitates that students and faculty demonstrate this measure of protection.

As a result, all Heath Science program students and faculty must provide verification of vaccination against COVID-19 two weeks before participating in clinical experiences.

There are no alternative avenues for RCBC health science students to experience high quality, real world situations and gain the skills necessary for success if they are unable to participate in the live clinical environment. 

Therefore, students who have not provided proof that they have been fully vaccinated two weeks before their clinical experience will be de-registered from their program. Students with specific questions may address them with their program director.