COVID-19 FAQ

Back to Updates

For the Latest Updates on Fall 2020 Classes Click Here

Students | Staff & Faculty | General Public

 

Students:


Q: Is Ringling College closed?

A: Ringling College remains open and operational at this time. All students should remain where they are and NOT return to campus for the remainder of the semester. We are currently following the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are making every effort to reduce the risk of spread and maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community.

Effective March 23, all Spring 2020 semester courses will be moved to online delivery.

 

Q: What is Ringling College doing to protect the community?

A: The health and success of our community, on and off campus, is at the forefront of our decision making. Our goal in transitioning to remote instruction is to protect the health of our broader community. By reducing the number of people and opportunities for transmission of the virus on campus, we also make it possible for those who must work on campus to effectively employ social distancing strategies. We will continue to make informed decisions based on the latest science and guidelines for protecting the health of all members of our community while continuing to deliver the highest standard of art and design education.

 

Q: Will Public Safety Services change?

A: Public Safety Officers will be suspending all mobile security escort services beginning March 18 until further notice to comply with recent CDC recommendations. Officers will be able to offer a walking security escort on the Ringling College campus if needed. You can reach Public Safety at 941 359 7500.

Q: How long will classes be delivered online?

A: Effective March 23, all Spring 2020 semester courses will be delivered online/remotely through the remainder of the semester. Over the past two years, primarily in preparation for a hurricane evacuation, we fully implemented Canvas as our online LMS, along with Zoom video conferencing. Zoom is available within Canvas and as a stand-alone communication solution for faculty to connect with their students and each other.

Given the hands-on nature and ‘making’ required in certain studio and 3D courses, individual faculty members will be in communication with students about these unique situations.

The decision to move to online teaching has been implemented in an effort to minimize any unnecessary risk for our faculty, students, and staff, and we thank you in advance for your full cooperation, patience, and support during this time.

 

Q: How will time zone differences be handled?

A: If you know you will be in a time zone that will make the regular class time difficult for you to attend or you cannot attend, we advise you let the faculty know as soon as possible. This will help them to make alterations to the teaching plan that will best accommodate the geographic spread of the students.

If class meetings are scheduled at a time that you cannot attend, please write directly to the faculty and teaching staff to ask about expectations for attendance and alternative options.

Q: Can Ringling’s network and IT systems support the increased demand of online use?

A: YES! Absolutely. In fact, Ringling College is extremely well-equipped with the technology and network power to facilitate the highest standard of online learning.

Students will be able to remotely access the on-campus network and computing power from anywhere (in the world) that they have an internet connection. For further instructions on how to access campus computers remotely, please check your Ringling email.

 

Q: How can I get access to the IT help desk?

A: We want you to feel as connected as possible during this time. You are always free to reach out to IT with any questions at support@ringling.edu. Our IT technicians can even shadow your screen remotely to assist with any issues you might experience.

 

Q: If the current IT system is not performing, can we fix it?

A: Yes; if you experience IT connectivity issues, please contact us at support@ringling.edu.

Q: I can’t move home. Can I stay on campus?

A: We know there will be difficult and extenuating circumstances for students who cannot leave campus by noon on Sunday, March 22 or who do not have another place to go. If you have an extenuating circumstance that would prevent you from departing campus by the deadline, email Resident Life to discuss your individual situation. reslife@ringling.edu

 

Q: I need some essential items from my campus housing. How do I get them?

A: At this time, we are allowing any students who are able to do so to come to campus and collect their belongings through noon on Sunday, March 22. However, if you are unable to come to campus due to travel or financial restrictions, please email Resident Life with a list of items essential to your learning or personal health. The Res Life team will pack and ship these items to your desired location. To help ensure everyone is able to receive the items they need to continue the semester, please request only those items with a direct impact to your learning or health.

 

Q: What does this change to remote instruction mean for our Student Services?

A: We understand how important it is to remain connected to your peers while completing your courses remotely. Student Life is working to create a series of virtual experiences and online clubs to encourage remote engagement. For any questions about clubs or online activities, please contact Student Life. studentlife@ringling.edu

Regarding your Student Health Services, our aim is to continue providing these services. Student Health Insurance coverage will remain active through July 31 and is valid both here locally and anywhere in the US. For further information about access to urgent care centers, counseling sessions, medication refills, and other medical issues, please contact the Ringling College Health Center. medical@ringling.edu

 

Q: For International students, what does this change mean for our housing availability if I cannot get home?

A: If an international student has extenuating circumstances relative to travel difficulty, you should submit a request for special consideration to remain in housing to reslife@ringling.edu
 

Student Health Center - Medical FAQs

Student Health Center - Counseling FAQs

Student Health Center - Student Health Insurance Plan FAQs

 

Q: Will on-campus dining facilities remain open?

A: Hammond Commons will currently remain operational with limited menus and hours of operation. Our dining staff is taking every precaution to maintain healthy and safe food operations, including moving away from self-service and offering fresh-made meals to-go in compostable containers. We have closed the seating area inside the dining hall to encourage social distancing. For updated hours of operation and menus, please continue to check the dining website.

Outtakes Quick Cuisine, Roberta’s Café, and Brickman Café will be closed until further notice.

 

Q: If I have to self-isolate in my room on campus, how will I receive food/essential items?

A: Our Resident Life and Dining staff will work together to coordinate with you and provide meals, groceries, and essential items in a drop-off, no-contact mode to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

Q: Are all on-campus events canceled?

A: While there are currently no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Ringling College campus, we have taken the action to cancel all upcoming on-campus events, including FutureProof, Avant-Garde, Accepted Students Day, and Best of Ringling shows.

We are, however, planning exciting ways to celebrate Accepted Students Day, Best of Ringling and Senior Shows online. As we develop these plans and have more details about them and about Commencement, we will be sharing those specifics with you.

 

Q: What about Commencement?

A. Since my message to you of April 6, 2020 regarding Commencement, we have continued to consider how to celebrate the milestone achievement of your graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design. Although we are no longer able to deliver a full online Commencement ceremony as we had originally planned, we will be using the website to recognize your achievements. A special surprise will be available on our homepage at www.ringling.edu beginning on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM. You will also soon be receiving a shipment containing your cap and gown, if you ordered one; any honor cords you have earned; keepsake Commencement programs and announcements; and an alumni logo pin. Your diploma and diploma cover will follow separately, showing a conferral date of May 9, 2020. We recognize that nothing can replace the experience of walking across the graduation stage and receiving your degree in front of your classmates and loved ones. We want you to have that experience, so we invite you to process with the Class of 2021 next May. If you are at all interested in participating in the 2021 Commencement exercises, please fill out this form to ensure you receive additional information about that opportunity early next spring. We would love to see you return to campus and have the kind of ceremony you deserve.

 

Q: What about PreCollege?

A: We are planning for PreCollege to take place as scheduled. Ringling College is actively working on contingency plans and will communicate those plans if they become necessary.

Q: Will Ringling College be issuing Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students?

A: Ringling College has applied for and accepted funds from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. As an institution, we have made the decision to allocate these funds to our current students demonstrating the highest level of need as determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 FAFSA. Consequently, CARES Act grants will be provided to students with an EFC of less than $20,000. Grant amounts will vary since they will be based on each student’s individual EFC.

Students who qualify will be notified by email by June 2, 2020. Once the email has been received, students who have been awarded the CARES Act grant must accept the grant on their NetPartner account by June 30, 2020. The acceptance of the grant requires students to validate that they will be using these funds to pay for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

CARES Act grants will be applied directly to students’ accounts. The Bursar’s Office will process an e-Refund (e-Refund may be set up on the Ringling student portal) or send a paper refund check to the student’s permanent address on record within two weeks of acceptance on NetPartner. Students who need to update their permanent address on file may do so by contacting the Registrar’s Office at registrar@ringling.edu

If students have any questions regarding the CARES Act grant, they may contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@ringling.edu. Students who do not qualify for the grant but who have special circumstances, such as a job loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, may email the Office of Financial Aid office at finaid@ringling.edu for special consideration. Note that any exceptional consideration would be based on availability of funds.

 

Q: Will Ringling College be issuing refunds for tuition, dining or housing?

A: Ringling College is committed to delivering instruction throughout the semester to ensure seniors graduate and are supported to launch successful careers. We are further committed to ensuring that returning students make progress towards their degrees. Students who complete their Spring semester courses will receive full credit. Student Services will continue to be available to students throughout the semester. Therefore, since the College is continuing to deliver instruction and services, tuition will not be refunded.

Prorated refunds for on-campus housing and dining have already been processed for all eligible students.  If you have questions about the status of your housing and/or dining refund, please contact the Bursar’s Office at billing@ringling.edu.

Starting on Monday, April 13th, Ringling College began the process of issuing refunds of the $500.00 Commencement fee.  The recent stay-at-home order issued by Governor DeSantis's has changed what we thought we could do in terms of creating a meaningful celebration of the Commencement Ceremony for May 9.  As such, we are continuing to review the best way to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 graduates and welcome them to the ranks of our alumni. Given this new development, we have made a decision to reverse the graduation fee. Graduates will still receive a cap, gown, and tassel if they have placed an order for these items. The Commencement announcements, program, honor cords, diploma covers, and diplomas will be mailed separately to each graduate.  Although Commencement will not be in its usual format of an in-person event, we assure you that we will do all that we can to make it memorable and to celebrate the significant achievements of our graduates.

Graduation fee refunds for all eligible students have been processed.  If you have questions about the status of your refund, please contact the Bursar’s Office at billing@ringling.edu.

 

Q: How will my Student Health Insurance be affected?

A: Student Health Insurance coverage will remain active through July 31 and is valid both here locally and anywhere in the US. For further information about access to urgent care centers, counseling sessions, medication refills, and other medical issues, please contact the Ringling College Health Center at medical@ringling.edu.

 

Q: What if I have unanticipated expenses such as travel costs?

A: We recognize that our efforts to ensure the safety of the entire community have raised unanticipated challenges. We are fully committed to ensuring that we help students who need financial support during this time. Requests should be made to the Office of Financial Aid by emailing finaid@ringling.edu. When submitting your request, please provide appropriate documentation verifying your additional expenses.

 

Q: What is the easiest way for me to receive my housing and dining refund?

A: We would recommend having E-refund set up on your account. If you do not have this option established, you can do so via the Ringling Portal.

How to access/set up E-refund:

  1. Log in to Self Service from the Ringling Portal, my.ringling.edu
  2. Click on the ‘Finances’ tab
  3. Next, click on the ‘Make a payment’ link
  4. From this window, you can access your Account information, Bills, Recent Payments, as well as create a Parent PIN.

To create a Parent Pin:

  1. On ‘Make a Payment,’ under the Parent PIN section, click on ‘Add New’
  2. Fill out the form
  3. Receive confirmation email
    1. Only students may create PINs
    2. Parents or Authorized Users have access only to make payments, view payment history and check the balance on student accounts

Get in touch with the Bursar’s Office at billling@ringling.edu if you are having trouble accessing your account.

 

Q: I am a student worker and now I cannot work on campus. Can I get any help?

A: Ringling College is generally unable to provide funding for a student’s inability to work due to COVID- 19, however if this creates a significant financial hardship, please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid by emailing finaid@ringling.edu for assistance.

If you were living on campus and now are not, you will receive a prorated refund for your housing shortly which will assist with your living costs.

If you are a dependent, domestic student and your parent borrowed a PLUS Loan, there may be the possibility of increasing that loan to receive a refund. The amount allowed for an increase will vary by student. Please have your parent borrower email finaid@ringling.edu if you need to increase the PLUS Loan or would like to inquire about the amount available for a refund.

Q: How can I protect myself and others around me?

A: Practice universal social distancing measures, including maintaining a six-foot distance from others, respectively staying away from sick people, limiting your movements, and avoiding public spaces and large, crowded gatherings. Universal social distancing is critical to protecting everyone.

Promote good, basic hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve; avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and staying home when you are sick. 

Take steps to lower your risk at meetings and events, including holding video or teleconference meetings, modifying in-person interactions, and maintaining a six-foot distance.

 

Q: What should I do if I feel sick?

A: COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, we encourage you to call your health care provider to discuss your treatment plan, which may involve a period of self-isolation.

Medical Services remains open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Please call for immediate assistance or consultation with the Physician’s Assistant at 941.309.4000.

If you choose to attend a Sarasota Memorial Walk-in Clinic, please call ahead as some hours at clinics have been reduced.

For students, if your illness prevents you from attending class, let your faculty know as soon as possible.

 

Q: I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?

A: We understand and recognize the additional anxiety and emotional strain this situation is placing on all of us. Our Counseling Services will still be made available through teleconferencing and Zoom video chats for students, and consultations regarding student concerns are available to staff and faculty.  Same day appointments are available! To access these services, please contact our Counseling Center at counseling@ringling.edu.

We also support and encourage self-care during these stressful times. Remember that sleep and exercise promote a healthy immune system.

Employees should also feel free to utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

Q: Will the Goldstein Library remain open?

A: At this time, Goldstein Library will remain operational for faculty and staff. Please use your campus ID for access. The Library, including the use of the computer labs and Cintiq stations, will not be available for in-person student use in an effort to follow CDC guidelines. The closure to students will take effect at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 through the remainder of the semester. Students will be able to access the campus computers remotely.

 

Q: Are the Galleries open on campus?

A: All Ringling College campus galleries are currently closed and will remain so until further notice. We hope to bring about some virtual exhibitions, so please stay tuned! These closures include the Patricia Thompson Gallery, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Gallery, Crossley Gallery, Willis Smith Gallery, Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, MadeBy Gallery, and Project Space 340 (PS340). For any campus gallery-related questions, please contact galleries@ringling.edu.

The campus Art and Supply Store will close physically at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Online access will be available.

Q: Are visitors still allowed on campus?

A: Our current goal is to minimize the number of people on campus, including visitors, in order to slow the potential spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the Ringling College community are asked to help in this effort.

 

Q: Are campus tours being offered at this time?

A: We encourage you to consider carefully any discretionary travel in accordance with CDC guidelines at this time. However, should you still decide to visit campus, please reach out to our Admissions Office to discuss the options for tours. Any tours will be limited and conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing and preventing spread.

Our Admissions Counselors are available via video conferencing and look forward to talking with you! Please get in touch with us at admissions@ringling.edu / T: 941 309 0195.

 

Staff & Faculty:


Q: Is Ringling College closed?

A: Ringling College remains open and operational at this time. All students should remain where they are and NOT return to campus for the remainder of the semester. We are currently following the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are making every effort to reduce the risk of spread and maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community.

Effective March 23, all Spring 2020 semester courses will be moved to online delivery.

 

Q: What is Ringling College doing to protect the community?

A: The health and success of our community, on and off campus, is at the forefront of our decision making. Our goal in transitioning to remote instruction is to protect the health of our broader community. By reducing the number of people and opportunities for transmission of the virus on campus, we also make it possible for those who must work on campus to effectively employ social distancing strategies. We will continue to make informed decisions based on the latest science and guidelines for protecting the health of all members of our community while continuing to deliver the highest standard of art and design education.

 

Q: Will Public Safety Services change?

A: Public Safety Officers will be suspending all mobile security escort services beginning March 18 until further notice to comply with recent CDC recommendations. Officers will be able to offer a walking security escort on the Ringling College campus if needed. You can reach Public Safety at 941 359 7500.

Q: How long will classes be delivered online?

A: Effective March 23, all Spring 2020 semester courses will be delivered online/remotely through the remainder of the semester. Over the past two years, primarily in preparation for a hurricane evacuation, we fully implemented Canvas as our online LMS, along with Zoom video conferencing. Zoom is available within Canvas and as a stand-alone communication solution for faculty to connect with their students and each other.

Given the hands-on nature and ‘making’ required in certain studio and 3D courses, individual faculty members will be in communication with students about these unique situations.

The decision to move to online teaching has been implemented in an effort to minimize any unnecessary risk for our faculty, students, and staff, and we thank you in advance for your full cooperation, patience, and support during this time.

 

Q: How will time zone differences be handled?

A: If you know you will be in a time zone that will make the regular class time difficult for you to attend or you cannot attend, we advise you let the faculty know as soon as possible. This will help them to make alterations to the teaching plan that will best accommodate the geographic spread of the students.

If class meetings are scheduled at a time that you cannot attend, please write directly to the faculty and teaching staff to ask about expectations for attendance and alternative options.

Q: Can Ringling’s network and IT systems support the increased demand of online use?

A: YES! Absolutely. In fact, Ringling College is extremely well-equipped with the technology and network power to facilitate the highest standard of online learning.

Students will be able to remotely access the on-campus network and computing power from anywhere (in the world) that they have an internet connection. For further instructions on how to access campus computers remotely, please check your Ringling email.

 

Q: How can I get access to the IT help desk?

A: We want you to feel as connected as possible during this time. You are always free to reach out to IT with any questions at support@ringling.edu. Our IT technicians can even shadow your screen remotely to assist with any issues you might experience.

 

Q: If the current IT system is not performing, can we fix it?

A: Yes; if you experience IT connectivity issues, please contact us at support@ringling.edu.

Q: Will on-campus dining facilities remain open?

A: Hammond Commons will currently remain operational with limited menus and hours of operation. Our dining staff is taking every precaution to maintain healthy and safe food operations, including moving away from self-service and offering fresh-made meals to-go in compostable containers. We have closed the seating area inside the dining hall to encourage social distancing. For updated hours of operation and menus, please continue to check the dining website.

Outtakes Quick Cuisine, Roberta’s Café, and Brickman Café will be closed until further notice.

 

Q: If I have to self-isolate in my room on campus, how will I receive food/essential items?

A: Our Resident Life and Dining staff will work together to coordinate with you and provide meals, groceries, and essential items in a drop-off, no-contact mode to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

Q: Are all on-campus events canceled?

A: While there are currently no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Ringling College campus, we have taken the action to cancel all upcoming on-campus events, including FutureProof, Avant-Garde, Accepted Students Day, and Best of Ringling shows.

We are, however, planning exciting ways to celebrate Accepted Students Day, Best of Ringling and Senior Shows online. As we develop these plans and have more details about them and about Commencement, we will be sharing those specifics with you.

 

Q: What about Commencement?

A. Since my message to you of April 6, 2020 regarding Commencement, we have continued to consider how to celebrate the milestone achievement of your graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design. Although we are no longer able to deliver a full online Commencement ceremony as we had originally planned, we will be using the website to recognize your achievements. A special surprise will be available on our homepage at www.ringling.edu beginning on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM. You will also soon be receiving a shipment containing your cap and gown, if you ordered one; any honor cords you have earned; keepsake Commencement programs and announcements; and an alumni logo pin. Your diploma and diploma cover will follow separately, showing a conferral date of May 9, 2020. We recognize that nothing can replace the experience of walking across the graduation stage and receiving your degree in front of your classmates and loved ones. We want you to have that experience, so we invite you to process with the Class of 2021 next May. If you are at all interested in participating in the 2021 Commencement exercises, please fill out this form to ensure you receive additional information about that opportunity early next spring. We would love to see you return to campus and have the kind of ceremony you deserve.

 

Q: What about PreCollege?

A: We are planning for PreCollege to take place as scheduled. Ringling College is actively working on contingency plans and will communicate those plans if they become necessary.

Q: What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

A: You should not report to work on campus if you have symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater along with cough or shortness of breath). You should report your absence to your department head/program director and Human Resources, and self-isolate for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication. If you are not well enough to continue online instruction, please notify the Academic Affairs front desk and your department head/program director as soon as possible to plan for any assistance you may need.

 

Q: What if I need to take care of a family member who has the symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19?

A: If you have the responsibility to care for a sick family member, you should discuss with your department head/program director who will consult with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Human Resources. You will need to self-quarantine for 14 days after the 72-hour period following the resolution of the family member’s symptoms. If you develop symptoms, please follow the guidance for steps to take if you have symptoms.

 

Q: What is the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine?

A: Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, because you are ill or showing symptoms.

Self-quarantine is avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible, but you remain healthy.

 

Q: I returned from overseas travel, a cruise, or a domestic area that I believe to be a high-risk location. Do I need to get clearance to return to campus?

A: Yes, you will need to get clearance before returning to campus.

 

Q: Where can I get clearance?

A: Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 941-359-7619 or by email at HRmail@ringling.edu before returning to campus. Human Resources will notify you, your department head/program director, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs by email of the clearance to return to campus or the requirement not to return to campus. 

 

Q: What happens if I don’t get cleared?

A: You will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, to monitor symptoms, and to not report to campus. You should discuss with your department head/program director who will consult with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Human Resources.

 

Q: What if I or a family member is at high risk or has an underlying health condition?

A: You should discuss the condition with Human Resources. Medical documentation will be required.  

 

Q: I have a meeting, conference, event, etc. planned. Do I still go?

A: We advise you to consider the need to travel at all due to the travel advisories and restrictions that are changing daily. Many events have already been canceled. Please check with your department head/program director. If you are still approved to attend, please follow all social distancing precautions to limit interactions with others whenever possible:

 

·        Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people

·        Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and kissing

·        Avoid using public transportation, taxis, and ride sharing

·        Avoid crowded spaces; use the telephone, email, texting, and video conferencing whenever possible

·        Avoid contact with older people, people with chronic health problems, and pregnant women

 

Q: What happens if someone on campus is sick?

A: Coming to campus can increase the spread of an illness. Therefore, we ask faculty not to come to campus if they are sick.

 

Q: I am stressed, anxious, and/or concerned about COVID-19. What can I do?

A: We know the news about COVID-19 can be stressful.  Please feel free to utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

Q: What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

A: You should not report to work if you have symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater along with cough or shortness of breath). You should report your absence to your supervisor and Human Resources, and self-isolate for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication. Follow normal procedures to take leave.

 

Q: What if I need to take care of a family member who has the symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19?

A: If you have the responsibility to care for a sick family member, you should report your absence to your supervisor and Human Resources. You will need to self-quarantine for 14 days after the 72-hour period following the resolution of the family member’s symptoms. Telecommuting may be an option for a temporary period. Supervisors need to determine whether the work that is currently being done can be accomplished in an effective manner by telecommuting. Please speak with your supervisor, who will also discuss your request with Human Resources. If telecommuting is not feasible, follow normal procedures to take leave. If you develop symptoms, follow the guidance for steps to take if you show symptoms.

 

Q: What is the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine?

A: Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, because you are ill or showing symptoms.

Self-quarantine is avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible, but you remain healthy.

 

Q: What do I do if I must provide child care during the current public/private school closing?

A: As a reminder, children should not be brought to work for safety and insurance reasons. Employees who must provide child care due to a school closure may request alternate (flex time) or remote work arrangements for a temporary period, as applicable and available. Supervisors need to determine whether the work that is currently being done can be accomplished in an effective manner by telecommuting. Please speak with your supervisor who will also discuss your request with the Human Resources. If telecommuting is not feasible, follow normal procedures to take leave.

 

Q: I returned from overseas travel, a cruise, or a domestic area that I believe to be a high-risk location. Do I need to get clearance to return to work?

A: Yes, you will need to get clearance before returning to work.

 

Q: Where can I get clearance?

A: Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 941-359-7619 or by email at Hrmail@ringling.edu before returning to work. Human Resources will notify you and your supervisor by email of the clearance to return to work or the requirement not to return to work.

 

Q: What happens if I don’t get cleared?

A: You will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, to monitor symptoms, and to not report to work. Telecommuting may be an option for a temporary period. Supervisors need to determine whether the work that is currently being done can be accomplished in an effective manner by telecommuting. Please speak with your supervisor who will also discuss your request with the Human Resources. If telecommuting is not feasible, you may be eligible for Administrative Leave with Pay and you will be notified by Human Resources.

 

Q: What if I or a family member is at high risk or has an underlying health condition?

A: You should discuss the condition with Human Resources. Medical documentation will be required. Telecommuting may be an option for a temporary period. Supervisors need to determine whether the work that is currently being done can be accomplished in an effective manner by telecommuting. If telecommuting is not feasible, follow normal procedures to take leave.

 

Q: I’m a staff member and do not teach. Do I need to return to work?

A: Yes, the College offices remain open and all staff are asked to report to work as usual. If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to work and follow the guidance for steps to take if you have symptoms.

 

Q: I have a meeting, conference, event, etc. planned. Do I still go?

A: We advise you to consider whether to travel carefully due to all of the travel advisories and restrictions that are changing daily. Many events have already been cancelled. Please check with your supervisor. If you are still approved to attend, please follow all social distancing precautions to limit interactions with others whenever possible:

·        Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people

·        Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and kissing

·        Avoid using public transportation, taxis, and ride sharing

·        Avoid crowded spaces; use the telephone, email, texting, and video conferencing whenever possible

·        Avoid contact with older people, people with chronic health problems, and pregnant women

 

Q: What happens if someone on campus is sick?

A: The CDC states that employees who become ill with influenza-like symptoms at work during a pandemic should leave the workplace. Therefore, employees who report to work sick will be sent home. Supervisors should contact Human Resources in the event that employees are sent home for any reason.

 

Q: What if I’m just feeling really stressed worrying about COVID-19 and would prefer not to be at work around others?

A: To help ensure continued delivery of instruction and services, College offices remain open and all staff are expected to report to work as usual. We are currently assessing our capabilities for telecommuting for various functions. You may request to use available vacation and/or personal leave if your supervisor determines there is no negative impact on business operations.

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help you handle stress. Please feel free to utilize the program by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

 

Q: What should I do to request approval to work remotely?

A: First, speak with your supervisor to determine the tasks/deliverables that should be completed if working remotely; what your remote work schedule will be (half-day, full-day, flexible hours, etc.); which (if any) applications and systems will need to be accessed to accomplish necessary work; and what (if any) additional access and/or equipment might be required to fulfill your responsibilities while working remotely. Your supervisor will work with Human Resources to determine the feasibility and priority of your request.

 

Q: Once students are no longer on campus, shouldn’t all employees work from home?

A: No. While we are temporarily operating under alternative arrangements, we are not closing. A number of students will remain on or near campus during remote instruction, and the College must continue to provide care and support for them, which will require employees to remain on campus. In addition, other employees will need to be on campus to support remote instruction and other key operations.

 

Q: I am stressed, anxious, and/or concerned about COVID-19. What can I do?

A: We know the news about COVID-19 can be stressful. Please feel free to utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

Q: How can I protect myself and others around me?

A: Practice universal social distancing measures, including maintaining a six-foot distance from others, respectively staying away from sick people, limiting your movements, and avoiding public spaces and large, crowded gatherings. Universal social distancing is critical to protecting everyone.

Promote good, basic hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve; avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and staying home when you are sick. 

Take steps to lower your risk at meetings and events, including holding video or teleconference meetings, modifying in-person interactions, and maintaining a six-foot distance.

 

Q: What should I do if I feel sick?

A: COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, we encourage you to call your health care provider to discuss your treatment plan, which may involve a period of self-isolation.

Medical Services remains open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Please call for immediate assistance or consultation with the Physician’s Assistant at 941.309.4000.

If you choose to attend a Sarasota Memorial Walk-in Clinic, please call ahead as some hours at clinics have been reduced.

For students, if your illness prevents you from attending class, let your faculty know as soon as possible.

 

Q: I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?

A: We understand and recognize the additional anxiety and emotional strain this situation is placing on all of us. Our Counseling Services will still be made available through teleconferencing and Zoom video chats for students, and consultations regarding student concerns are available to staff and faculty.  Same day appointments are available! To access these services, please contact our Counseling Center at counseling@ringling.edu.

We also support and encourage self-care during these stressful times. Remember that sleep and exercise promote a healthy immune system.

Employees should also feel free to utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

Q: Will the Goldstein Library remain open?

A: At this time, Goldstein Library will remain operational for faculty and staff. Please use your campus ID for access. The Library, including the use of the computer labs and Cintiq stations, will not be available for in-person student use in an effort to follow CDC guidelines. The closure to students will take effect at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 through the remainder of the semester. Students will be able to access the campus computers remotely.

 

Q: Are the Galleries open on campus?

A: All Ringling College campus galleries are currently closed and will remain so until further notice. We hope to bring about some virtual exhibitions, so please stay tuned! These closures include the Patricia Thompson Gallery, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Gallery, Crossley Gallery, Willis Smith Gallery, Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, MadeBy Gallery, and Project Space 340 (PS340). For any campus gallery-related questions, please contact galleries@ringling.edu.

The campus Art and Supply Store will close physically at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Online access will be available.

Q: Are visitors still allowed on campus?

A: Our current goal is to minimize the number of people on campus, including visitors, in order to slow the potential spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the Ringling College community are asked to help in this effort.

 

Q: Are campus tours being offered at this time?

A: We encourage you to consider carefully any discretionary travel in accordance with CDC guidelines at this time. However, should you still decide to visit campus, please reach out to our Admissions Office to discuss the options for tours. Any tours will be limited and conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing and preventing spread. 

Our Admissions Counselors are available via video conferencing and look forward to talking with you! Please get in touch with us at admissions@ringling.edu / T: 941 309 0195

 

General Public:


Q: Is Ringling College closed?

A: Ringling College remains open and operational at this time. All students should remain where they are and NOT return to campus for the remainder of the semester. We are currently following the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are making every effort to reduce the risk of spread and maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community.

Effective March 23, all Spring 2020 semester courses will be moved to online delivery.

 

Q: What is Ringling College doing to protect the community?

A: The health and success of our community, on and off campus, is at the forefront of our decision making. Our goal in transitioning to remote instruction is to protect the health of our broader community. By reducing the number of people and opportunities for transmission of the virus on campus, we also make it possible for those who must work on campus to effectively employ social distancing strategies. We will continue to make informed decisions based on the latest science and guidelines for protecting the health of all members of our community while continuing to deliver the highest standard of art and design education.

 

Q: Will Public Safety Services change?

A: Public Safety Officers will be suspending all mobile security escort services beginning March 18 until further notice to comply with recent CDC recommendations. Officers will be able to offer a walking security escort on the Ringling College campus if needed. You can reach Public Safety at 941 359 7500.

Q: Are all on-campus events canceled?

A: While there are currently no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Ringling College campus, we have taken the action to cancel all upcoming on-campus events, including FutureProof, Avant-Garde, Accepted Students Day, and Best of Ringling shows.

We are, however, planning exciting ways to celebrate Accepted Students Day, Best of Ringling and Senior Shows online. As we develop these plans and have more details about them and about Commencement, we will be sharing those specifics with you.

 

Q: What about Commencement?

A. Since my message to you of April 6, 2020 regarding Commencement, we have continued to consider how to celebrate the milestone achievement of your graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design. Although we are no longer able to deliver a full online Commencement ceremony as we had originally planned, we will be using the website to recognize your achievements. A special surprise will be available on our homepage at www.ringling.edu beginning on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM. You will also soon be receiving a shipment containing your cap and gown, if you ordered one; any honor cords you have earned; keepsake Commencement programs and announcements; and an alumni logo pin. Your diploma and diploma cover will follow separately, showing a conferral date of May 9, 2020. We recognize that nothing can replace the experience of walking across the graduation stage and receiving your degree in front of your classmates and loved ones. We want you to have that experience, so we invite you to process with the Class of 2021 next May. If you are at all interested in participating in the 2021 Commencement exercises, please fill out this form to ensure you receive additional information about that opportunity early next spring. We would love to see you return to campus and have the kind of ceremony you deserve.

 

Q: What about PreCollege?

A: We are planning for PreCollege to take place as scheduled. Ringling College is actively working on contingency plans and will communicate those plans if they become necessary.

Q: Are visitors still allowed on campus?

A: Our current goal is to minimize the number of people on campus, including visitors, in order to slow the potential spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the Ringling College community are asked to help in this effort.

 

Q: Are campus tours being offered at this time?

A: We encourage you to consider carefully any discretionary travel in accordance with CDC guidelines at this time. However, should you still decide to visit campus, please reach out to our Admissions Office to discuss the options for tours. Any tours will be limited and conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing and preventing spread.

Our Admissions Counselors are available via video conferencing and look forward to talking with you! Please get in touch with us at admissions@ringling.edu / T: 941 309 0195

Q: How can I protect myself and others around me?

A: Practice universal social distancing measures, including maintaining a six-foot distance from others, respectively staying away from sick people, limiting your movements, and avoiding public spaces and large, crowded gatherings. Universal social distancing is critical to protecting everyone.

Promote good, basic hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve; avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and staying home when you are sick. 

Take steps to lower your risk at meetings and events, including holding video or teleconference meetings, modifying in-person interactions, and maintaining a six-foot distance.

 

Q: What should I do if I feel sick?

A: COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, we encourage you to call your health care provider to discuss your treatment plan, which may involve a period of self-isolation.

Medical Services remains open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Please call for immediate assistance or consultation with the Physician’s Assistant at 941.309.4000.

If you choose to attend a Sarasota Memorial Walk-in Clinic, please call ahead as some hours at clinics have been reduced.

For students, if your illness prevents you from attending class, let your faculty know as soon as possible.

 

Q: I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?

A: We understand and recognize the additional anxiety and emotional strain this situation is placing on all of us. Our Counseling Services will still be made available through teleconferencing and Zoom video chats for students, and consultations regarding student concerns are available to staff and faculty.  Same day appointments are available! To access these services, please contact our Counseling Center at counseling@ringling.edu.

We also support and encourage self-care during these stressful times. Remember that sleep and exercise promote a healthy immune system.

Employees should also feel free to utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

Q: Is the Sarasota Art Museum (SAM) on the Ringling College Museum Campus open to the public?

A: No. After careful consideration of guidance from our public health authorities regarding COVID-19, including the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have decided to close the Sarasota Art Museum (SAM) until we are confident that we may assure the safety and health of our visitors and students. This closure includes all public programs and events.

Public Safety Officers on the Museum Campus will be suspending all mobile escort services beginning March 18 until further notice to comply with recent CDC recommendations. Officers will be able to offer a walking escort if requested.

Q: Are courses canceled at OLLI, Studio + Digital Arts, and Englewood Art Center locations?

A: While there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the Ringling College Museum Campus or at the Englewood Art Center, we want to ensure the continued health and safety of our students, volunteers, and instructors. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution Ringling College of Art and Design has decided to cancel Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Studio + Digital Arts (S+DA), and Englewood Art Center (EAC) classes and programming until further notice. Students, volunteers, and instructors are asked not to come to campus during this time.

We appreciate your support of lifelong learning and look forward to seeing you when classes resume.

 

Q: Are you honoring refunds for Continuing Studies courses?

A: We are honoring full refunds for Continuing Studies courses, but if you would like to donate your current paid tuition to help support lifelong learning, please call 941-309-5111 or email olli@ringling.edu by March 23, 2020. A generous donor has committed a match up to $10,000 so all donations will have double the impact during this time!

 

Request Info