Campus Alerts

Campus Status: Clear

The Ringling College of Art and Design campus is operating as usual.

Sarasota and Manatee county beaches are experiencing higher than usual symptoms of red tide. The Ringling College campus is not currently affected.

 

About Red Tide

Below is some information about Red Tide from the Mote Marine Laboratory website and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

You can also find a helpful “Top 10 Red Tide Fact Card” and a “Red Tide FAQ” card from the Sarasota Department of Health here.

What is Red Tide?
A red tide, or harmful algae bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic algae (plant-like organism). In Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. To distinguish K. brevis blooms from red tides caused by other species of algae, researchers in Florida call it “Florida red tide.”

How does this affect Ringling College?
At this point, the Ringling College campus is not affected. We are operating as usual.

Can students still go to the beach?
Currently, several beaches are being monitored for higher than usual red tide levels. According to Mote Marine Laboratory, “Some people experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat) when the Florida red tide organism, K. brevis, is present and winds blow onshore. Offshore winds usually keep respiratory effects experienced by those on the shore to a minimum. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, to avoid red tide areas.”

“Swimming is safe for most people. However, the Florida red tide can cause some people to suffer skin irritation and burning eyes. People with respiratory illness may also experience respiratory irritation in the water. Use common sense. If you are particularly susceptible to irritation from plant products, avoid an area with a red tide bloom. If you experience irritation, get out of the water and thoroughly wash off. Do not swim among dead fish because they can be associated with harmful bacteria.”


Campus Tests

We schedule campus-wide tests twice a year. During the test you could receive alert messages via four different modes of communication: 

  • Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and e-mail addresses 
  • Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other devices 
  • Text messages to SMS accounts 
  • If you need a message sent to a TTY device, please contact Robert Graham dps@ringling.edu in the Public Safety Office

If you would like to update your contact information, please follow the instructions below.
 


Update Contact Information

As part of the Ringling Community, you could receive alert messages via four different modes of communication:

  • Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and even e-mail addresses
  • Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other text-based devices
  • Text messages to e-mail accounts
  • Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired

If you feel that your contact information is not current in our system:
Students - Contact Jessica Nagy (jnagy@ringling.edu)
Faculty/Staff - Contact Human Resources 

If you feel that you did not receive a message because of a technical issue, please contact admin@ringling.edu

 

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