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IMPORTANT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 17, 2020

Dear Current and Prospective RIC Students,

I have talked to many students who are asking about the college’s plans for the fall semester. Students have shared with me their views, optimism and concern about the fall including health and safety concerns, interest in on-campus housing and athletics as well as wondering if there will be face-to-face, hybrid and/or online instruction.

Right now we have a number of planning committees who are working to finalize their recommendations and proposals that will become part of our college’s fall plan. This plan, which will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) on Monday, June 15, will detail those steps that we will take to safeguard the health and safety of the campus while ensuring that we continue to fulfill our instructional mission. 

 Campus leadership teams have considered a number of planning scenarios, from fully on-campus and limited on-campus opportunities to a delayed opening, and fully remote. In an effort to be proactive, we are planning for a realistic scenario that aligns with Governor Raimondo’s phased reopening plan for the state. Our approach allows us to implement a fall plan and to assess throughout the fall semester whether the spring 2021 semester will be remote or in-person.          

To give you a sense of the scope, our plan includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

Academic Advising

Academic Instruction

Access to Buildings

Adams Library



Campus Buildings

Campus Events and Activities

Campus Life/Campus Activities

Campus Tours

Career Development


Class Scheduling and Class Sizes

Classroom Mitigation Strategies

Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitation

Code of Conduct

Common Areas


Commuter Students

Computer Lab

Conferences and Events

Contact Tracing

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Disability Services

Donovan Dining Center

Employee Support

Employee Training

Employee Travel

Enrollment and Recruitment

Faculty Engagement

Faculty Travel

Financial Aid

Freshman Class Experience

Freshman Cohort Model

Graduate Education

Health Education

Health Screening

Hygiene and Mitigation Practices

Illness in the Workplace

Instructional Design and Technology Use

Isolation and Quarantining


New Students

Occupancy and Limits on Occupancy

Outbreak on Campus

Program Placements

Prospective Students

Public Safety

Recreation Center

Remote Teaching and Learning

Residence Halls

Residential Life


Rhode Island College Foundation Support

RI Nursing Education Center

Screening Protocols

Social Distancing Compliance

Space Utilization

Students from Historically Marginalized Identities

Student Health Center

Student Organizations

Student Travel

Student Tuition and Fees

Student Union

Supply Chain for PPE and Other Supplies



Transfer Students


Verbal and Visual Screening

Waste Disposal

Welcome Center

Workforce Development Hub


In terms of residence hall living, dining and intercollegiate athletics, planning is currently underway. Final determination of these student services and activities will be made in the coming weeks. Freshmen learning communities are also being planned for incoming students who have yet to register.

Once the draft of the plan has been completed and shared with RIDOH, the planning document will be made available for review by the campus community.  The plan is expected to be finalized following review by RIDOH in mid-July.

I am incredibly proud of all our students who made it through this past academic year and congratulate those of you finishing up your senior year in high school. On behalf of the entire campus community, whether it be via online or face to face, we cannot wait to welcome you back.

Yours in education,

Frank D. Sánchez

Page last updated: July 24, 2020