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This message was sent to the Rockefeller community from the Office of the Executive Vice President on December 30, 2021 at 2:40 p.m.
Subject: December 30 update on COVID-19 policies

Dear members of the Rockefeller community,

Given the continuing surge in positive COVID-19 cases in the city and beyond, the university is extending the guidance issued on December 15 through the end of next week. Please see this link for the complete listing of policies and guidance that is being extended through next week.

Remote work: Employees who can reasonably work remotely are asked to communicate with their supervisors about working fully remotely through January 7, 2022. Supervisors have full discretion in determining the ability of employees to work remotely. Do not come to campus unless it is deemed necessary.

RU Healthy: All employees and students continue to be required to complete the RU Healthy self-health assessment prior to reporting to RU facilities for work. Note that the RU Healthy tool is designed to facilitate review and response from OHS in instances where symptoms, positive tests or contacts with people who tested positive are reported. OHS will provide follow up instructions as needed directly to the affected employee or student.

RU Strong testing: the lab is offering a testing date on Tuesday (1/4) in addition to the usual Thursday (1/6) testing date. Anyone who does come to campus on Monday or Tuesday next week must submit a sample for PCR testing on January 4. Please return these samples to the Green Dropbox in Founder’s Hall by 9:30 AM on Tuesday, 1/4.

If you have any questions about the current policies and guidance, please send an email to

If you have any questions about the RU Strong testing program, please send an email to

We will issue another update next week.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and each other. Wishing you and yours some well-deserved downtime and a safe, peaceful and happy New Year.



Timothy P. O’Connor, PhD

Executive Vice President

The Rockefeller University