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All of us in the Division of Student Success are working to make sure that you are still able to meet basic needs, receive academic support and take care of yourself in the midst of this situation.

At this time, there are a number of updates that we would like to share:

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and in order to support your academic success, the college has developed an alternative grading policy, which will change current departmental and college grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

If you should have any questions about academic instruction, please send an email to the Office of the Provost.

Some dates have been changed due to the coronavirus situation. Midsemester grades are now due March 25. Last day to withdraw from class is April 3. Fall 2020 registration for degree students has been moved to April 13. Consult the academic calendar for details.

We are continuing our efforts to make sure that you have access and the ability to complete your courses remotely. If you have any questions, visit the technology support page of the RICremote website for information about accessing free Wi-Fi or mobile hotspots from local and national providers to support your remote learning needs.

The Disability Services Center (DSC) is working collaboratively with User Support Services, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) and members of the faculty and staff to ensure that reasonable disability accommodations are met within the remote, accessible learning environment.

Students seeking accommodations for a disability who have not yet registered with DSC should e-mail dsc@ric.edu to request a virtual appointment. Students who are already registered with DSC for accommodations were sent specific guides and resources to their RIC student e-mail accounts with information about transitioning to remote learning, and should follow up with DSC staff regarding any individual questions. Additional Information is also available on the DSC’s Website including a COVID-19 Guide to Student Accommodations.

Even in the remote learning environment, we want you to know that the Office of Institutional Equity, Affirmative Action and Title IX is here to support you regarding matters concerning equitable treatment and opportunity in employment, educational programs and activities as well as ensuring compliance with non-discrimination policies ,laws and regulations related to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

As a reminder, the Office enforces the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, marital, citizenship status or status as veteran.

If you should have any questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity, Affirmative Action and Title IX.

You can continue to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan and course registration, if needed. Advising appointments may be conducted by email, phone and/or video chat depending on instructions from your advisor. Check your RIC email frequently and follow the guidelines provided by your advisor.

We encourage students who have not met with their academic advisor to schedule an appointment soon by contacting their advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is or do not see one listed, contact the Department Chair for your major.

If you are an exploring major, make your advising appointment with your academic advisor using Starfish. The advising team in OASIS is open for virtual appointments.

If you have any questions or concerns about advising , contact Chris DaCosta, director of academic advising, at cdacosta@ric.edu or reach out to the advising team in OASIS at 401-456-8083 or by email at oasis@ric.edu.

Tutoring services are available to students for subject tutoring, study skills, math and writing. Appointments can be made through RIC’s WC Online.

The Writing Center continues to host e-Tutoring sessions until May 10th for the spring semester. You can make appointments, upload writing for review and a writing specialist will provide feedback within 48 hours of the appointment time. After May 10th, the Writing Center will resume e-Tutoring sessions on May 26th, the day after Memorial Day, for the summer sessions.

The Math Learning Center and Tutorial Services will also host virtual tutoring appointments with you. If you are seeking assistance with study skills and transitioning to online/remote learning, you can make an appointment with OASIS’s Academic Development team.

The Math Placement Exam will be hosted online by appointment. Email Megan DiBonaventura at mdibonaventura@ric.edu to schedule a testing time. Information will be emailed to the students who are registered for the test the morning of test day.

To make any tutoring appointment, please log on to RIC’s WC Online. You can also check on Smarthinking for additional online tutoring options.

For additional questions, please contact the following:
Jayne Nightingale, Tutorial Services at jnightingale@ric.edu
Megan Di Bonaventura, Math Learning Center at mdibonaventura@ric.edu
Clarissa Walker, PhD, Writing Center at cwalker@ric.edu.

You may also call OASIS at 401-456-8083.

Summer 2020

As a reminder, both sessions for Summer 2020 will be taught remotely.

Registration for Summer 2020 is now open for all undergraduate and graduate degree and non-degree students until the last day of add/drop for Summer Session I (May 22, 2020) and Summer Session II (July 6, 2020). Universal Advising Holds (UAD) are not assigned to degree students for summer session registration.

Fall 2020

Registration for Fall 2020 semester is still continuing. If you have not contacted your academic advisor to release your Universal Advising Hold, please email them to schedule a time to discuss your plans and course registration. If you have no holds, please log on to MyRIC to register for classes.

For more information about Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 Registration, visit the Records Office website, or to speak with the Records Office email: records@ric.edu. The Records Office is open for virtual appointments.

Rhode Island College is pleased to share some good news with you. As part of the recently passed federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.This fund will provide important relief to students impacted by the educational and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The RIC CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Task Force is working swiftly to establish policies and guidelines, as well as to determine student eligibility. More information about the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund will be available soon.

The Financial Aid Office will continue to assist students with navigating the process of applying for need-based financial assistance from Rhode Island College, Federal grants and loans, or the Federal Work Study program. Students should complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other documents required by the Financial Aid Office. Rhode Island College’s FAFSA code: 003407. For more information about applying for financial assistance visit the Financial Aid website, or to speak with the Financial Aid Office please email financialaid@ric.edu.

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance for summer sessions must submit a Rhode Island College Summer 2020 Financial Aid Application, in addition to filing the 2020-2021 FAFSA. These forms are available at http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/Pages/Forms-and-Publications.aspx.

If you are planning on registering for summer courses at Rhode Island College, and are interested in applying for summer financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the awarding process. ​ The Financial Aid Office is open for virtual and phone appointments.

Under the U.S. Department of Education's guidance issued March 5, and pursuant to federal law, institutions may make Federal Work Study (FWS) payments under certain limited circumstances to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working at both on and off campus FWS jobs.

Given the unique nature of the circumstances related to the COVID-19 outbreak and the college’s decision to transition to remote learning, students who are paid on the FWS program as of March 5, will continue to be paid for any previously agreed upon hours they were scheduled to work each week. These hours will be paid at their current wage rate, up to the limit of their work study award, or the limit of the college’s FWS allocation for 2019-20.

Students receiving FWS funds must continue to be matriculated and enrolled for at least 6 credits. Students should continue to submit their regularly scheduled hours for each payment week and have their employer approve their hours. Students are asked to ensure that their direct deposit information is up to date.

For more information, please contact Jim Tweed, Dean of Enrollment Management, by phone at 401-456-8845 or via email at jtweed@ric.edu.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and in order to maintain equity among students to progress towards degree completion, the college is instituting an alternative grading policy which will change current departmental and college grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

Details can be found at COVID-19 - Grading for Spring 2020 on the Records Office website.

If you should have any additional questions, please send an email to the Office of the Provost.

The RIC Counseling Center cares about the mental and physical well-being of our students and College community. While the Counseling Center remains open, students are encouraged to contact (401) 456-8094 to schedule a virtual appointment. After business hours, students seeking to connect may contact the HOPE line at (401) 456-HOPE (4673).

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1

RI Department of Health public line: (401) 222-8022.

If you are ill or believe you might have COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or RIC Health Services. Please do not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider unless you are experiencing a medical emergency.

If you have questions about COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health have a number of resources. If you have questions after hours, please call 211.

Given the global crisis, housing operations will be implemented using a method that takes into consideration the recommendations, restrictions, and guidance of the CDC and RIDOH.

  • Residential Life and Housing staff is currently preparing for the fall 2020 semester. Housing contracts and deposits ($200) are being accepted for Fall 2020.
  • To initiate this process please visit http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/Pages/Apply-for-Housing.aspx by May 8th for returning students, and June 1st for incoming students.
  • Should any changes occur and a bed space is not utilized, students will be refunded any deposit and/or payment towards room and board.

The college remains open.

Contact the appropriate campus offices for hours of operation. However, pursuant to Executive Order 20-04, here is our policy on events and gatherings:

All events, regardless of size and including those organized by outside community partners, are cancelled through May 16.

While on campus student programming has been cancelled, we have scheduled virtual student programs to help you stay connected and engaged.

If you have questions about campus events, contact the Office of Campus Events and Conference Services at 401-456-8900 or events@ric.edu.

The college has limited external public access to its buildings and facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Specifically, through signage posted throughout our facilities, we are asking all members of the external public to limit their use of college facilities for essential purposes only.

Effective immediately and out of an abundance of caution, public use of Donovan Dining Center and Adams Library are prohibited. The Recreation Center is closed until further notice.

Students, faculty and staff will continue to have access to the facilities and buildings. The public can still connect with the college through our website.

Seniors, thank you for your many emails and phone calls regarding how important the Commencement ceremony and related activities are to you as you come to the end of your college journey at Rhode Island College. We want to reiterate our earlier message that although we are unable to celebrate Commencement in person as planned on May 16, we are committed to recognizing your accomplishments at a later time.

Visit the commencement website for details.

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions and have also provided a list of links to specific areas that can be most helpful right now:

Academic Instruction and Student Completion

• ADA accommodation questions - Disability Services
• Transcripts, grades, questions, and more - Records Office
• Academic support (tutoring, navigating online instructions as well as assisting students with advising needs as we prepare for future semesters) - OASIS

Financial Matters and Student Employment

• Your financial concerns and aid - Financial Aid
• On-campus employment Career Development Center or your immediate supervisor

Food and Housing

• Food and housing insecurity concerns - Learning 4 Life
• Available on-campus food options – Donovan Dining Center
• On-campus housing – Residential Life and Housing

Health and Well Being

• COVD-19 and other health concerns - Health Services
• Talking about anxiety and stress – Counseling Center

Students seeking support should contact Learning for Life for details and may apply using the Student Emergency Funds online form. The Economic Crisis Response Team will work expeditiously to ensure a timely response to students. Preference is given to unforeseen financial circumstances impacting basic needs (housing, food, access to technology) during the Coronavirus response.

Effective Monday, March 23, the Department of Inter-collegiate Athletics will provide remote academic advising to student-athletes according to the schedule below:

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tony Rainone
(401) 632-7243
arainone@ric.edu

Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dolores Passarelli
(401)456-8254
dolores.passarelli@gmail.com

Remote advising hours may be adjusted as necessary based upon the circumstances.

Student-athletes should have all necessary paperwork together prior to contacting their advisors.

For more information, please contact Don Tencher, Athletic Director.

Learning remotely doesn’t mean that you cannot stay connected. The Unity Center has limited hours and has moved to online platforms to create space and community for students to connect. Please check their Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts @unitycenterRIC for up to date virtual opportunities to see friends, enjoy group movie nights, live karaoke sessions, and a running music playlist. The Unity Center also has resources for community engagement and self-care on their webpage.

As the virus and the response continues to evolve, please make sure to check your campus emails (including your spam or junk folders, just in case), visit our website, or send us an email if you have any questions: stayinformed@ric.edu.

Page last updated: May 06, 2020