RIC pushes back start date to allow more time for students to get vaccinated
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Rhode Island College is pushing back the start date for the 2021 school year to allow more time for its students to get vaccinated.
The new start date will be Wednesday Sept. 8. The previous start date was Aug. 30.
Students are still able to move into dorms starting Thursday until Saturday this week with a second move-in period planned for Sept. 2-3.
RIC has required its students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus. Medical and religious exemptions are allowed.
Students who are not vaccinated and do not have an exemption will receive a “COVID-19 Hold” via Health Services and cannot report to campus.
Students will also need to upload a copy of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to returning to campus regardless of their vaccination status.