COVID-19 Health Report Form

All Rice Students who live on or are daily coming to campus, Faculty and Staff should assess themselves DAILY for symptoms, check your temperature and report any symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 to the CMT by completing the Health Report Form immediately. For the safety of yourself and others, do not wait to report.

The most important safety actions to take today and everyday are:

  1. Daily check for symptoms and monitor your temperature
  2. Notify change in health or possible exposure by completing the Health Report Form.
  3. Wear your face covering when around others
  4. Stay 6 ft away from others
  5. Clean surfaces around you
  6. WASH YOUR HANDS and avoid touching your face

Building Access

PIs should work with their department to request badge access from RUPD for graduate and undergraduate students.

RUPD and Rice EMS

RUPD and Rice EMS continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For emergencies, call 713-348-6000 (from a campus phone, dial x6000).

Delivery Services

Delivery Services will start deliveries Mondays through Fridays to the departments and residential colleges on Monday, August 10, 2020.

There will be only one (1) delivery/pick-up a day.  Delivery Services’ staff will leave our office at 9:30 am and will make deliveries all day.

Departments that are still closed right now, but will reopen soon, please send an e-mail to Rita Aleman,, so we can add you to our list of departments that will be open.

The Campus Post Office will reopen Monday, August 24, 2020.

Chemistry Store schedule

Beginning June 1, the Chemistry Store is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-3pm. This is the RS1 schedule, and likely to expand hours of operation as research increases. Please contact Carlos Cabello at or 713-348-3255 for orders or questions.

Campus Visitors

Send vendors or visitors the Rice policies on COVID-19 safety prior to any campus visit. A Rice individual should meet the vendor or visitor at the designated building entrance and ensure compliance of Rice policies.

Fondren Library

Fondren Library is now open exclusively to Rice ID card holders, offering limited access and services Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Only the entrance on the east side – the academic quad side – will be open. Access for most patrons will be restricted to the first floor, but staff and students with offices or carrels on other floors will be allowed to visit their spaces. Face masks will be required at all times.

Library patrons can continue requesting books or other items through OneSearch and will be available after a 24-hour processing period. They can be picked up near the circulation desk and checked out at the self-service kiosks. At this time, the library will continue to support researchers only online, except for limited on-site support at the Woodson Research Center. Library hours will be expanded starting the week of August 24.


Team members should place their trash bags outside the lab and office (with the top tied) for trash pickup on campus. Replacement bags will be supplied.

Lab Gloves

Lab gloves should be removed when leaving the laboratory. It is not recommended to wear gloves in elevators and public areas unless you are transporting materials that require personal protection. In those cases, use the one-hand glove rule when walking containers between areas. Always open doors with a non-gloved hand. Gloves should not be re-used.

Lone Worker Safety

Working alone is not recommended in laboratories due to safety risks in the case of an accident or medical emergency. However, if a PI allows for a lone worker, the PI must establish lone worker safety practices with the lab members. Below are suggestions to aid in lone worker safety:

  • Prohibit certain classes of hazardous activities from being practiced by lone workers.
  • Scheduled regular check-ins by phone call, text, or email.
  • Set up a “Zoom buddy” (friend, lab mate, or another lone worker) that could see or hear you in case of an emergency.
  • Use an emergency alert device between 2 individuals present in adjacent spaces in close proximity.
  • Ensure that all participants are aware of the lab location and RUPD phone number (713-348-6000) in case of an emergency.

COVID-19 Research

Rice University has launched a website featuring Rice’s research and academic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates and additions for the site can be sent to

Faculty Club

The Faculty Club at the Cohen House will begin to offer new, limited dine-in options inside the Club beginning Monday, August 10. This service is available for Faculty Club members and limited, reserved seating is being offered under the Rice Crisis Management Team guidance. Currently, seating will be kept to two persons per table and a reservation is required in advance.

Please check for updates at for more information as additional units begin to come back online.

Curbside at the Club

The popular Curbside at the Club will continue Monday through Friday each week, with both breakfast and lunch hours.

  • Breakfast is available from 7:00 am until 9:30 am – including spectacular coffee service
  • Lunch is available from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm – weekly specials offered
  • Curbside pick-up is available with NEW selected menu items from 4pointTac0 and @Sammy’s

Brochstein Pavilion – Little Kitchen HTX

Little Kitchen HTX has opened in the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion. There are terrific breakfast and lunch items. Boxed breakfasts and lunches are also available.

*Beginning Monday, August 4, hours are:*
Monday though Friday 8:00 am until 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 7:00 am until 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 7:00 am until 5:00 pm

*Beginning Monday, August 24, regular operational hours begin:*
Monday through Friday 7:00 am until 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

Campus Store

Inside the RMC, the Campus Store is open for Rice students, faculty and staff.


Please contact your PI, department, or