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Things you need to know before returning to campus:
Last Updated: January 31, 2023

Rowan College at Burlington County is offering online and in-person classes for the fall semester so students can select what works best for their learning styles and individual health circumstances. This page contains all of the resources for returning to campus to keep our community safe. 

If you have symptoms or tested positive for 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?

  • Regardless of vaccination status, a high-quality mask should be worn for 10 full days from exposure date. On day 6 you should get tested for COVID-19.
Mask guidelines on campus

Masks will be optional except for these circumstances:

  • If you’re in a classroom, lab, office or student services consultation room and an instructor or staff member requests that a mask be worn.

  • In healthcare clinical settings.

  • When you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • When you are instructed to wear a mask by a healthcare provider

  • If you feel ill with upper respiratory symptoms.

  • After returning to campus from a covid-19 positive diagnosis.

  • When you are instructed to wear a mask by Public Safety.

Please be mindful:

  • If you prefer to wear a mask, you may always do so.

  • Be respectful of someone whose opinion about masking differs from yours.

  • Please continue to bring a mask, but the college has a supply if you forget.

  • The college will adjust this policy if health guidance changes.

  • Anyone who has been confirmed positive, experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID is still required to fill out this form and await guidance from Public Safety.

Attending class safely

What if someone isn’t wearing a mask indoors when they should be?

  • Ask them politely to mask up. 

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

Working safely

What if someone isn’t wearing a mask indoors when they should be?

  • Ask them politely to mask up. 

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

General safety guidance
  • 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).

If a student has COVID:

If a RCBC staff member has COVID:

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.