Response to COVID-19

Fall semester begins with changes to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Changes are happening daily. As we try to keep everyone updated, we remind you to follow the university’s safety guidelines and do your part by wearing face coverings inside and outside of buildings, standing 6 feet apart and washing your hands. Testing is required for all students.

The asks we’re making are meant to keep each other healthy and preserve the option of on-campus learning. Small sacrifices in the big picture of this pandemic.

Please, do your part by being positive, respectful and patient with each other as we learn how to be together in this new environment. Thank you. And welcome back. 

Frequently Asked Questions

All of us are counting on each other to stay healthy and to preserve the option of on-campus learning. Please, do your part by being positive, respectful and patient with each other and with the faculty and staff as we learn how to be together in this new environment.

Peter Rodriguez

Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business

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Rice Business New Travel Guidelines

In keeping with the CDC’s recommendation to avoid nonessential travel and Rice’s guidance against domestic and international travel, Rice Business has made the decision to cancel all school-sponsored travel, such as career treks (Week on Wall Street, Seattle, Silicon Valley) and the travel component of global courses through December 31, 2020. This includes Global Field Experiences and Global Offsite Electives. It is subject to extension through the spring.

While we are canceling the travel component of the GFE and Global Offsite Electives, the courses will continue as scheduled through a virtual platform. Also, the semester exchange program has not been canceled for students who have already received nominations.

Rice Business relied on many entities to make this decision, including the CDC, International SOS (ISOS) and U.S. Department of State, Rice University Crisis Management Advisory Committee and student leadership. The considerations include exit and entry bans for many countries, quarantine requirements, and strained health systems. 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and our community at large. We will continue to monitor the global pandemic and state of affairs and will re-evaluate this decision for the spring semester.


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