URI students head back to campus, hope for a normal school year

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Colleges across Rhode Island were swarmed with incoming freshman and returning students moving back to campus, all hoping for a sense of normalcy ahead of the new school year.

Parents moving their children into their dorms at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus say the process has felt normal, amid the pandemic and delta variant.

“This year other, other than we’re masking up when we go in [buildings] it’s like a normal year. Feels like a normal year and that’s big,” said Paul Zangari, father of a rising junior.

Masks are required in all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

The University has also mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all students and staff. Those approved for exemption will have to get tested twice each week.

A majority of students all sharing the same message.

“We’re definitely looking forward to a normal school year,” said sophomore RA Helin Can.

Between their nerves, new roommates, and masks, freshman tell ABC6 the move-in process was smooth overall. Now, they just need to adjust to a new chapter in their lives.

“It was good to like get out of the house and experience a new home with a whole bunch of people that we don’t really know,” explained freshman Logan Bukowski. “Once you realize everyone is in the same boat as you it definitely takes a lot of pressure off it.”

A whopping 98% of students are fully or partially vaccinated, according to the University.

Classes are starting up Wednesday.

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