Re-entry Frequently Asked Questions

For comprehensive information, read the Rush University Re-Entry Plan before returning to campus.

Before Coming to Campus

What do I need to do before returning to campus?

1) Read the Re-Entry Plan for detailed information.

2) Students, staff, teaching faculty and researchers will be required to self-screen for symptoms on a daily basis using the Student COVID Screening Pass. Depending on your results, the pass will provide you with approval to return to campus or direct you to schedule a COVID-19 test.

3) We highly recommend that all students on campus participate in the biweekly University Campus COVID Screening Test. Click here for more details.

If you are having issues logging in to the daily self-screen pass, please contact the IS University Help Desk using any of the options below.

  • Call 312.563.2527 (3-CLAS)

  • Email

  • Walk-up assistance at METC on Floor 9 of AAC


Is it safe to use public transportation? What about carpooling?

We encourage campus members who use public transportation or participate in carpooling or ride-sharing to read and follow the CDC Protect Yourself When Using Transportation guidelines.

Campus Entry

What do I need to know about re-entering AAC?

The designated entrance to AAC is from the 4th Floor, near the bridge from the parking garage. The first floor of AAC will remain closed.

A thermal scanner has been installed on the 4th Floor entrance from the parking lot. The attendant at the information desk will be monitoring everyone entering the building and providing a hospital approved mask for anyone who needs one.

If you are arriving via public transportation, the Rush shuttle or on foot, use the Atrium, Professional Building or Parking Garage elevators to access the 4th Floor. You must bring your ID to gain entrance.

Will masks be required

Yes, hospital grade approved masks are mandatory on the Rush campus at all times unless you are eating, in which case, social distancing is required. Masks must be covering your mouth and nose at all times, unless you’re in a designated area to eat and drink.

Where can I get a mask?

Hospital approved masks are provided to every person entering a building on the Rush campus. If your mask is lost or soiled during the day, return to the entrance to obtain a replacement. Reminder: cloth masks are not approved for use in any Rush buildings.


How often will classrooms be cleaned?

Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized once a day, at the end of the day. Disinfectant cleaning wipes will be available in all classrooms. It is recommended that you wipe your desk and chair before and after use. Masks will be required for everyone inside of the building, and hand sanitizer is available at multiple stations on every floor in AAC, as well as in all open classrooms, labs and study spaces.

Will equipment used for instruction and testing be sanitized?

Yes. Equipment will be sanitized once a day, while computer testing labs will be cleaned before each testing session. Disinfectant cleaning wipes will also be available in these spaces at all times.

How frequently will bathrooms be sanitized?

Bathrooms in AAC will be cleaned three times per day. If needed, the bathrooms can be cleaned more frequently.

With study spaces at reduced capacity and social distancing requirements, will there be a place for students to go if there is a break between classes?

Study spaces will be used with reduced capacity on floors 2, 5, 7 and 9. Rules will be posted in these spaces on how to maintain social distancing guidelines. If you are not on campus for in-person classes or on a clinical rotation, please study off campus.

How do I get to the bookstore?

The first floor entrance to AAC will remain closed, so the AAC elevators should be used to access the bookstore.

Health and Testing

Will COVID testing be mandated for all students before coming to campus?

COVID testing is highly encouraged for all students who are returning to campus. All students who want a test will be provided with one at Rush, free of charge. Please review details about how to schedule a test.

Mandatory testing upon return to campus is only required for students living in Tailor Lofts who will receive direct communications about testing requirements.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID at a non-Rush facility?

Contact your program director, and email and inform them of the positive test. They will provide instructions for quarantine and return to campus clearance.

If one student in class tests positive for COVID, will all students need to be tested and quarantine at home?

Everyone should be wearing a mask while in class or lab because this is considered a low risk exposure and therefore the rest of the class would not need to be quarantined. Follow all recommended infection prevention and control practices, including wearing a facemask and actively monitoring yourself for fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and follow protocols outlined in the Student Guidelines for Re-Entry.

Not wearing a mask on campus without approval may be viewed as not adhering to the Rush University Student Conduct Policy found on the Student Complaint Portal under the “Policies” heading.

In the event that you were not wearing a mask and a classmate or anyone else in close proximity to you tests positive for COVID, you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. Your program director will ensure that this does not reflect on your attendance for any clinical or laboratory experiences.

Detailed information about how and when to quarantine can be found on the CDC website.

If I test positive, how do I keep up with class work?

Please contact your program director or course instructor to create a plan for ongoing engagement in your coursework.

What will happen if there is another outbreak or stay-at-home order?

If there is another COVID outbreak that requires us to implement stay-at-home precautions, all instruction will be delivered remotely. In-person labs and clinical rotations may be suspended in order to protect the health of students and those in the medical center and our partner sites. Your program director will contact you directly if this affects your program of study.

What happens if the course director tests positive? What about staff working in the same office environment?

If a faculty or staff member tests positive, employee health will make recommendations regarding care for that person and will make recommendations regarding quarantine and testing. The course director and college dean will make recommendations regarding access to the course and ongoing teaching on a virtual platform until additional arrangements can be made, if necessary.

Who is monitoring whether the on-campus daily self-screening form is submitted? What are the consequences if someone doesn’t comply?

Daily monitoring for symptoms using the COVID Sreening Pass is on the honor system, but reports will be generated to enhance compliance and will be transparently shared with colleges and university leadership.

Who should a student contact if they are in a classroom situation they think is not respecting social distancing?

Immediately contact your faculty member or course director for any issues of non-compliance regarding masking, social distancing, or other safety measures outlined in the campus Re-entry Plan.

If students don’t feel comfortable approaching faculty or fellow students who are non-compliant, they should file a confidential and anonymous complaint using the student complaint process found here.

Filing an anonymous/confidential complaint would also be advised when an instructor is not properly managing a classroom where students are not compliant.

What are the exposure protocols for students in clinical rotations?

Students in clinical rotations should follow the same exposure and quarantine procedures as clinical workers at their site.
Students should also notify their clinical coordinator and follow the procedures for monitoring symptoms, testing or quarantine as determined by the clinical site.


Professionalism and Compliance

What am I required to do as a student regarding re-entry?

The expectation is that you will read the Rush University Re-entry Plan, specifically the Guiding Principles, Student Guidelines and University Guidelines, and adhere to the policies.

You are also expected to participate in daily self-screening for symptoms using the COVID Screening Pass. If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate, please continue to conduct yourself with professionalism. We strongly encourage that you take these guidelines and policies seriously to protect your own health, and the health of your surrounding community.

I don’t want to miss in-person classes. What should I do if I only have one symptom?

If you need to stay at home or self-isolate because you develop a symptom of COVID-19, please be assured that your college/program director will develop a plan so that your academic progress can continue. Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild or limited.

Do University policies and guidelines apply to me when I’m off-campus?

Your compliance with policies, both on and off campus, will prevent the spread of coronavirus. We strongly encourage you to take personal responsibility as future health care professionals to comply with public health measures such as masking, social distancing and self-monitoring for symptoms.