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Student Policy FAQs

*CCRI requires all full- and part-time students enrolled for in-person classes to be vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption.

Why do we need to be vaccinated and boosted? 

The Community College of Rhode Island, with the support of the Rhode Island Department of Health, is working to ensure that the entire college community remains as healthy and safe as possible as we get back to in-person classes. The COVID-19 vaccines are proven safe and effective preventive measure. 

Do I still need to wear my mask on campus even if I am vaccinated and boosted? 

Masking is optional for all employees and students. We strongly encourage individuals who are not yet vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious exemption to continue to wear a high-quality (KN95 or N95) mask. And, we strongly support and respect all individuals who choose to continue to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

When am I eligible to receive my booster shot? 

According to the CDC, individuals who are five months beyond their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two months beyond their single J&J dose are eligible to receive a booster shot.

How do I upload my booster shot information? 

To upload your proof of vaccination, log into MyCCRI and click the “For Students” tab. On the right-hand side, you will see a “Vaccine Verification” window, which guides you through the step-by-step process of uploading either your final vaccination card or completed exemption form. You can find step by step instructions here

I previously submitted a medical/religious exemption, which was approved. Do I need to resubmit it for the booster policy?  

No. If you already have an approved medical or religious exemption, you do not need to resubmit it. Remember, unvaccinated students or students with an approved exemption must show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours EACH time coming to campus and must undergo daily COVID screening to gain entry to campus. CCRI provides free rapid tests for unvaccinated students and students with medical/religious exemptions at the on-campus testing clinics. 

What is the deadline for receiving my booster shot and uploading my information? 

Students eligible to receive their booster shot must provide proof that they received their booster shot by their first in-person class. In-person classes are scheduled to start on February 14. 

Students not yet eligible to receive their booster shot will have 30 days after eligibility to upload proof of the booster shot. 

Do I need to get a booster shot if I’ve tested positive for COVID?  

Yes, all students enrolled in in-person classes need to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 by their first in-person class. A prior COVID-19 infection does not exempt a student from this  requirement.  

What do I do if I lost my vaccine card? 

If you were vaccinated in Rhode Island, you can view and print your proof of vaccination through the following portal: https://portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord/s/. If you were vaccinated in another state, please consult that state’s Department of Health. 

How do I upload my vaccine card or exemption form?  

To upload your proof of vaccination, log into MyCCRI and click the “For Students” tab. On the right-hand side, you will see a “Vaccine Verification” window, which guides you through the step-by-step process of uploading either your final vaccination card or completed exemption form.  For step by step instructions, click here.

Do I need to be tested and, if so, how often? 

All students and visitors to CCRI must show proof of vaccination (and boosted when eligible) or a negative rapid COVID test within 72 hours each time coming to campus or wear a mask at all times to gain entry to any of our four campuses. Those who arrive without proof of vaccination or a negative test can also receive a rapid COVID test at one of CCRI’s on-campus testing sites.

I previously tested positive for COVID and cannot get tested for 90 days. What do I do?

If you previously tested positive for COVID and cannot get tested for 90 days, you MUST show proof of your positive test result each time coming to campus. After the 90-day window, you are subject to CCRI’s testing policy. Once you upload proof of your vaccine/booster, you no longer need to show proof of previous infection or a negative test.

Do you accept results from a home COVID test?

No. CCRI can only accept proof of a negative COVID test result from tests performed by state or community testing sites that provide results to the RI Department of Health.  CCRI cannot accept a home test result. Individuals who arrive without proof of a negative test will be directed to take a rapid test at CCRI’s on-campus testing site.

Can I still attend in-person classes until I get my booster shot? 

Students who are not eligible to receive the booster by the date of their first in-person class may still attend class, however they are required to receive the booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible.  

I am unvaccinated and only taking online classes. Can I come to campus to use the library, computer lab, or for other purposes?  

Yes.  Our campuses remain open to all students, however, all students, employees and visitors must show proof of vaccination/booster or a negative rapid COVID test within 72 hours of coming to campus. Those who have neither will be required to wear a mask at all times to gain entry to any of our four campuses.

How long after testing positive for COVID can I get a booster shot?  

If 5 months have passed since you completed the Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months have passed since you completed the Johnson & Johnson series, you can receive the booster dose as long as it’s past your 10-day isolation period and your symptoms have improved.