Fall FAQ

Fall FAQs

Recent Updates | General | Student | Staff | Faculty

 

This list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides information related to Fall 2020 at Ringling College of Art and Design. The list is a living document that will be updated often as information becomes available or changes and as plans are developed and refined. We are monitoring the local and regional COVID-19 situation daily and considering that information in our planning.

If at any time you have questions that are not addressed by the information in this list, please direct them to one of the email addresses below.

 

Table of Contents

 

Recent Updates


General > Health and Safety
 

What factors are being used to monitor the local and regional COVID-19 situation?

Ringling College currently monitors the local, regional, and state COVID-19 situation daily using case numbers, positive test rates, local ICU bed availability, and local hospital bed availability data from the Florida Department of Health and our medical partner, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. During the academic term, the College will continue to monitor these factors and its own experiences, including positive test rates from the campus community, availability of isolation and quarantine locations on campus, and availability of sufficient support staff.
 

What is Ringling’s plan if there is an outbreak on campus?

The College has instituted health protocols to help mitigate the risk of spread on campus. However, we cannot guarantee a campus community free from risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we recognize that it is likely that people in our community will fall ill. We have procedures in place, developed in consultation with the Sarasota County Department of Health and our medical partner, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to isolate and/or quarantine individuals who become ill or exposed. We have also worked with those same partners to develop procedures for contact tracing. However, if the pace of spread were to outpace our capacity, we would take appropriate measures to protect the Ringling community, up to and including possible transition to remote learning and work.
 


 

General > Campus Operations
 

Will Public Safety continue providing security escorts?

Mobile security escort services remain suspended until further notice to comply with physical distancing recommendations. However, Officers will offer a walking security escort on the Ringling College campus if needed. You can reach Public Safety at 941-359-7500.

 


 

Student > Health and Safety

Will I be required to provide COVID-19 test results if I do not live on-campus?

If you are a non-residential student planning to come to campus to use the College’s facilities, you will need to follow the health and safety protocols that have been established to help mitigate the risk of infection for our Ringling College community. These protocols include use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, maintaining physical distancing, adhering to rigorous personal hygiene standards, and providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.

 

Will I have access to Health Services if I choose the remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester?

If you choose to learn remotely and to live on-campus, then you would retain access to the College’s Health Services. All enrolled students have access to counseling services, including individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis appointments. Psychiatric medication management also remains an available service. There may be some restrictions to ongoing counseling and medication management depending on where a student resides. In these cases, the Health Center will work with students to find a provider who can maintain the necessary prescriptions, if needed.

 

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19 during the semester, the student would be moved to a specified on-campus location for isolation. The Student Health Center will work with the affected student to conduct contact tracing using protocols established in collaboration with the Sarasota County Department of Health. Once in isolation, the student will be checked daily by our medical practitioners and will have a counselor assigned to them for additional daily checks. If a student is extremely ill, the medical staff will arrange to have the student transported to the hospital if necessary.

If the student is on a meal plan, food will be delivered to them. Presently, the plan is for students to select food items from the scheduled food menu for the day. Students not on the meal plan may purchase a 14-day isolation meal plan for $245. This plan may be added should the need for isolation (or quarantine) occur. Students may also choose to order from external options via various delivery services. Student Life will assist students in identifying their food options.

Students who share a direct bedroom space with the affected student will be moved to isolation as well, even if they are asymptomatic. Suitemates will be interviewed to determine whether they meet the criteria for quarantine and they will be asked to closely monitor their symptoms. Food would be handled in the same manner as described above during this time.

The residence hall space of the isolated student(s) would be cleaned and disinfected. Before a student can leave isolation and be deemed well, the student must be fever-free for 72 consecutive hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication. At that point, the student would be tested again for COVID-19. A negative COVID-19 test result to be released from isolation. 
 

What is the process for seeking an accommodation?

Students with a documented disability seeking an accommodation should contact Student Access Services at SAS@ringling.edu to discuss the process.
 

What COVID-related treatment does the school health insurance cover?

Ringling's student health insurance provider is United Health Care Student Resources. General information about coverage under the plan can be found at https://www.universityhealthplans.com/letters/letter.cgi?group_id=370. Information related to COVID-19 coverage is available at: https://www.uhcsr.com/faqs.
 

What additional health-related supplies should I bring with me when I start school?

Though the College will provide each student with one reusable cloth face covering, we strongly encourage you to bring several additional ones to ensure you have a stock that can be rotated through the week. You should also bring a personal thermometer for your daily self-administered health screening; disinfectant wipes; and hand sanitizer.

 


 

Student > Academic Instruction
 

How do I choose the remote learning option for Fall 2020 semester courses?

If you would like to choose to learn online for the Fall 2020 semester, please fill out the Online Course Request Form not later than Friday, July 31, 2020. If any of your current Fall courses cannot be delivered online, your Academic Advisor will be in touch to recommend an alternate course option. Please note that you may select this option as either a residential (live on-campus) or a non-residential (live off-campus) student. Students with housing contracts who choose to learn remotely and live off-campus will need to cancel their housing contracts for the full year. We will be developing a process for students who wish to return to on-campus living in the Spring semester, which will be shared in mid-November. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of Spring housing for those students until we better understand the Fall housing commitment and the need for isolation spaces. If you need to request an extension to the due date of your tuition payment to fully consider this option, please contact billing@ringling.edu before July 22 to work out an alternate payment arrangement.

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option, what services and facilities will I be able to access?

You would have remote access to the College’s hardware and software, the Library’s resources, certain Health Services offerings (please contact counseling@ringling.edu for specific information), Student Services, Career Services, and virtual Student Life programming. 

 

Will the remote learning option be available for the Spring 2021 semester?

We will continue to monitor the local and regional COVID-19 situation throughout the Fall to determine our choices for the Spring semester. However, at this time, we do not plan to offer a remote learning option for the Spring semester.

 

How will incoming first-year students who select the non-residential remote learning option receive their College-issued technology? 

Pen-display notebooks loaded with the necessary software for first-year students choosing to learn online and live off-campus will be delivered to their current addresses, within the United States, prior to the start of classes. Plans for delivering notebooks to international students living abroad are still under review. We will share those arrangements in an upcoming FAQ.

 

What adjustments have been made to optimize the online learning experience?

The online courses we are offering in the Fall semester are taught by the same professional faculty that teach them each semester. Faculty with online courses planned for the Fall semester are designing their courses to meet the level of excellence expected of a Ringling College education. They are planning their lessons to be effective in achieving the course learning outcomes while providing opportunities for engagement and interaction. We utilize Canvas, with Zoom, to help manage and optimize the online learning environment. Through our robust remote access protocol, students will be able to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the software and hardware they need for their course projects. Academic Affairs is working alongside Institutional Technology (IT) to ensure our online learning experience is optimal. Tech support is an important component – please visit https://it.ringling.edu/tech-support for a listing of resources available to students.
 

How will incoming first-year students receive their College-issued technology?

Pen-display notebooks for first-year residential students will be delivered to their room assignments prior to check-in. First-year commuter students will receive notification from IT that their notebooks are available for pick-up prior to the start of the semester. First-year international students who cannot gain visas or are not able to travel to the U.S. due to a travel ban will be notified by IT about alternative ways to obtain suitable notebook technologies.
 

What if I can’t get to the United States in time for the start of classes because of visa issues or travel bans?

We are developing online options to serve some international first-year students who are unable to travel to the United States by the start of Fall semester due to delay in attaining student visas and/or travel bans. International first-year students in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, and Motion Design, and Business of Art and Design (BOAD) will be able to begin their undergraduate degree programs online as full-time students for the Fall semester. International first-year students in other majors should contact the Head of their Department (degree program) to discuss options.
 

What if I am an American citizen living abroad who cannot get back into the country in time for the start of classes?

First, you will need to provide validation that you are affected by a travel ban or other impediment to returning to the United States in time for the start of Fall classes. Then, if you are a first-year student enrolled in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, Motion Design, or Business of Art and Design (BOAD), you will be able to begin your undergraduate degree programs online as a full-time student for the Fall semester. If you are an incoming first-year student in another major or an upper year student in any major, please contact the Head of your Department (degree program) to discuss options.
 

How will online courses account for differing time zones?

A number of online courses for international students in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, Motion Design, and Business of Art and Design (BOAD) will be offered at multiple times so that synchronous online learning experiences can best occur. We continue to refine our plans for delivering online courses and will share more specific information soon.
 

If I am an incoming first-year student, what happens if I choose to defer my acceptance until next year?

We do hold acceptances for one year in all programs except for Computer Animation. If you received a merit scholarship, you would be able to retain that award for one year, unless you are a Computer Animation or a United World College (UWC) student. You would not retain the Presidential Scholarship were you awarded one, as they are competed for annually.

Students will need to fill out a new Common Application for 2021, which goes live on September 1, 2020. They can, but do not have to, submit a new portfolio. A new recommendation letter is not needed. If students attend another institution in the 2020-2021 academic year, the GPA of that semester could jeopardize their admission if it is below a 2.0. Additionally, students who attend another institution in the 2020-21 academic year would re-apply as a transfer student on a new Common Application and would need to submit the transcript from the college they attended as part of the new application. Please contact Admissions (admissions@ringling.edu) for more information.
 

What if I am a returning student and want to take a gap year? What is the process for returning?

If you are considering taking a gap year for the 2020-21 academic year, please contact your Advisor (advising@ringling.edu) as soon as possible to discuss the implications to your course map and degree completion timeline. Our sequenced curriculum can make it difficult to take a gap semester. Your Advisor can help you understand the best options for your particular situation.

 


 

Student > Financial/Enrollment
 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will my tuition be reduced?

Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as a premiere art and design college both nationally and internationally. We have offered this remote learning option to provide an opportunity for those who wish to continue their studies in this manner. The College has maintained its stellar faculty, supported students with additional investments, and acquired tools to optimize the online course experience. While we strongly believe that on-campus experiences offer the most effective Ringling College education, the provision of this option in no way reduces the cost of delivering this education. The same faculty and support staff remain committed to your success. As such, tuition will remain as scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. 

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, when would I see the room and board fees come off my bill?

Once your request has been processed, it will be forwarded to Residential Life so that the housing assignment and meal plan (if any) may be removed. The Bursar/Student Accounts staff update account changes daily, so adjustments to the bill should be reflected within 3-5 business days from notification of final processing.

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will I see any fees come off my bill?

Generally, all fees will remain the same. The College may identify certain services that cannot be delivered in a virtual environment and relevant adjustments may be forthcoming. For example, for students residing outside the United States, the health insurance fee will be removed. For some first-year students, the technology fee may need to be adjusted if the notebook computer cannot be delivered to your residential address. Please return to these FAQs for updates.

 

Will choosing the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester impact my financial aid?

Most scholarships and grants in support of tuition and fees will be unaffected. Eligibility for financial support of room and board costs through specific awards, external grants, or loans may be impacted. If you have specific concerns, you should contact finaid@ringling.edu to discuss your particular situation. 

 

If I choose the remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will I be able to work as a student employee?

If you choose the residential remote learning option this Fall, or can commute to campus to work, you are eligible to apply to work on campus as a student employee. If you choose the non-residential remote learning option and cannot work on campus, you will not be eligible for student employment. 

If you are working as a student employee, you will need to follow the health and safety protocols that have been established to help mitigate the risk of infection for our Ringling College community. These protocols include use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, maintaining physical distancing, adhering to rigorous personal hygiene standards, and providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to coming to campus.

 

Will the College be reducing tuition for this academic year?

Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as a premiere art and design college both nationally and internationally. A degree from Ringling College denotes a quality of instruction and a caliber of skills attainment that follow you into your career and for the rest of your working life. We have transitioned from our one traditional face-to-face instructional modality to five different course delivery models to help mitigate the risk of returning to campus for the Fall semester and have invested in tools to optimize the online course experience. Additionally, we have taken precautionary measures to help ameliorate the risk of spread, such as installation of hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipe stations, provision of face coverings, provision of covered outdoor space for student life and other programming, and others. While absolutely necessary, these actions come with costs. As a result of these factors, tuition will remain as scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. The College dedicates a significant amount in its budget each year for institutional financial aid to assist students. This year, the College has committed nearly $20 million to aid students in need of financial assistance. If you have financial concerns, please reach out to finaid@ringling.edu.
 

How do I apply for an extension on my bill payment?

Billing due dates are set to assist the College in properly preparing for the Fall semester. We understand, though, that sometimes an extension is needed to complete the financial arrangements. If you are looking for an extension, please email billing@ringling.edu, making sure to provide a reason for the extension request and the date by which the arrangements can be completed.
 

What kinds of financial aid are available?

Additional information on scholarships and grants can be found at https://www.ringling.edu/financialaid. Students receive their merit aid packages upon acceptance.Eligible students that file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) may receive additional grant and loan support. For returning students who have filed the FASFA, there is still CARES Act funding available to support eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. If you have extenuating circumstances, such as significant family income losses or medical expenses this year, please contact finaid@ringling.edu for assistance.

 

 

General


Reopening/Calendar

 

What is Ringling College’s reopening plan for Fall 2020?

Ringling College will open this Fall 2020 with in-person, hybrid, and online instructional delivery modalities, with safety protocols in place to mitigate risk of infection for our students, faculty, and staff. Guiding principles used to determine options for instructional modalities are the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty; academic excellence; and institutional continuity. In general, the in-person delivery modality reflects our institutional values of experiential learning, campus community building, and immersive experiences. Our hybrid modality will be used for courses in which learning outcomes can best be achieved as a blend of online with some face-to-face experiences. Online delivery is a strong pedagogical approach for certain courses that allows students to meet learning outcomes while providing optimal experiences. Online delivery will also serve some incoming first-year students who cannot arrive for the Fall due to issues with attaining visas and travel bans; help provide continued instruction for some students who fall ill; and assist with instructional continuity should the campus be impacted by other emergencies.

Decisions about specific instructional modalities for individual courses are determined by an assessment of the impact of the delivery type on the ability to achieve course learning outcomes and the unique facilities needs of each course. Though this work is ongoing, we have already determined that we will be able to meet the course learning objectives for our Liberal Arts and Art History courses through online delivery for the Fall.

Instructional Delivery Modalities for Fall Semester 2020

In-Person: Class meets in-person as usual. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing.

In-Person with Remote Teaching: Class meets in-person as usual with the instructor in another location appearing on-screen. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing. Opportunities for students to occasionally connect in person with faculty will occur. (These classes typically have special high-end computing and software needs.)

Hybrid: Class has an assigned room and the instruction will take place with a combination of in-person meetings and online sessions.

Online (Liberal Arts and Art History): Class meets solely online. Both synchronous format during the assigned time and asynchronous delivery are possible. No room will be assigned.

Online (Studio): Class meets online primarily and may have several in-person meetings scheduled as needed. No room will be assigned.
 

Course Listing for all 14 Majors this Fall 2020

This document lists every fall course along with the teaching modality as described above. These listings may change before the Fall semester starts as departments finalize teaching plans and in response to COVID-19 circumstances. Please note that student course schedules in Self-Service have not yet been updated to reflect the modalities for Fall courses. In the following weeks, those changes, along with changes to room locations and other adjustments to accommodate the new teaching requirements for Fall, will be made and reflected in Self-Service. Heads of each Department will share more information as it becomes available over the coming weeks.

When will classes start? End?
Fall semester classes will begin on Monday, September 7, 2020. Classes will end on December 19, 2020. The Thanksgiving break will be canceled, with classes taking place on Wednesday, November 25 and Friday, November 27, 2020. The full 2020-21 academic calendar is available
online.

How will changes to the calendar allow Ringling College to protect the health and safety of the community?
Delaying the start of Fall term by two weeks allows us to monitor the region’s COVID-19 situation and ensures sufficient time for the College to implement protocols to mitigate the risk of infection as we welcome students, faculty, and staff to campus for the Fall semester.

 


 

Health and Safety - Screening, Testing, Tracing
 

Will COVID-19 testing be available/required?

Before a student is eligible to be on campus (including moving into their residence halls and attending in-person classes), proof of testing must be provided to the Student Health Center. Comprehensive directions will be sent to students and information about testing specifics can soon be found at www.ringling.edu/healthservices.

This first round of testing will provide our baseline status. Following this initial testing, 10% of the Ringling College community will be randomly selected at regular intervals for testing.

Students, faculty, and staff are also expected to do a self-administered health screen each day before determining whether to attend class or come to campus. See "Will faculty, staff, and students be required to conduct routine daily health and temperature screenings?" for details on the self-screening.
 

Will faculty, staff, and students be required to conduct routine daily health and temperature screenings?

We are asking individuals to monitor their own health daily. Individuals should pay particular attention to symptoms such as the following: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, fever of 100.4 or greater, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies.

If you have any of these symptoms, DO NOT REPORT TO CLASS OR WORK.  See "What should I do if I become ill?"
 

What should I do if I become ill?

If you have symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies), or if you feel generally like you have a cold or flu, DO NOT REPORT TO CLASS OR WORK.

Students should contact the Student Health Center’s Medical Services by phone at 941-309-4000. During the Fall semester, faculty and staff are also eligible to consult with and be assessed by the Student Health Center for COVID-related concerns and symptoms.

Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare providers, their department heads or supervisors, and Human Resources at 941-359-7619 for information about current return-to-work protocols and the use of appropriate leave.

Expect to self-isolate until you have had no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved and at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
 

Is Ringling College working with a particular medical/scientific agency for guidance and advice?

Ringling College and its Student Health Center is working closely with our medical partner, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and the Sarasota County Department of Health to ensure we are implementing testing and safety protocols based on the latest scientific-based information. Guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association are being followed.
 

Will the faculty, staff, and students be notified if someone on-campus tests positive for COVID-19?

The Ringling College community will be notified should a member of its community test positive for COVID-19. However, due to requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the community will not be notified of the individual’s name or other identifying information.

How will we mitigate potential spread on campus if a member of the campus community tests positive?

Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate away from campus until they receive a return-to-work certification from their healthcare provider.

Students who are suspected of possible exposure will be isolated while awaiting testing results. If a student does test positive, the impacted student will be moved to a specified location for isolation. Suite/roommates may be quarantined if deemed appropriate through contact tracing interviews. The Student Health Center will work with the affected student to conduct contact tracing in collaboration with the Sarasota County Department of Health using established medical protocols.
 

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Self-isolation involves someone’s isolating themselves from other community members due to symptoms of infectious disease, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Such isolation is achieved, for example, by ill students not attending classes or dining in communal spaces. Students experiencing symptoms should contact the Student Health Center immediately for evaluation and further direction. The Student Health Center will work with Dining Services and Residence Life to ensure students’ needs are being met. Self-isolation should continue until the Student Health Center informs them that they are no longer contagious.

Faculty and staff should self-isolate at home and contact their medical provider for evaluation and further direction. They should also alert their supervisors and Human Resources.

Isolation involves a mandatory separation of an ill Ringling College student, faculty, or staff member from other community members. Isolation will be required when there a student, faculty, or staff member is suspected or confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 test.

If two students share a bedroom and one student has tested positive, both students will be placed in isolation. The affected student(s) will be placed in alternative housing and we will work with Dining Services to have food delivered. In addition, students will be expected to participate in as many classes as possible virtually during this time, as their health permits. Medical personnel will conduct daily check-ins and student(s) will be assigned a therapist for case management needs as they may arise. Student(s) will be required to remain in isolation for the duration recommended by the Sarasota County Department of Health in collaboration with Student Health Services.

Faculty and staff should isolate at home or in accordance with recommendations of their medical provider.

Quarantine involves isolating Ringling College faculty, staff, or students who are healthy but who may have been exposed to another known individual, on- or off-campus, who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is currently defined as a 14-day period. Affected student(s) may be placed in alternative housing and we will work with Dining Services to have food delivered. In addition, students will be expected to participate in as many classes as possible virtually during this time. Medical personnel will conduct daily check-ins and a student will be assigned a therapist for case management needs as they may arise.

Faculty and staff who are healthy but who may have been exposed to another known individual, on- or off-campus, who tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine at home and alert their medical providers, supervisors, and Human Resources.
 

What factors are being used to monitor the local and regional COVID-19 situation?

Ringling College currently monitors the local, regional, and state COVID-19 situation daily using case numbers, positive test rates, local ICU bed availability, and local hospital bed availability data from the Florida Department of Health and our medical partner, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. During the academic term, the College will continue to monitor these factors and its own experiences, including positive test rates from the campus community, availability of isolation and quarantine locations on campus, and availability of sufficient support staff.
 

What is Ringling’s plan if there is an outbreak on campus?

The College has instituted health protocols to help mitigate the risk of spread on campus. However, we cannot guarantee a campus community free from risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we recognize that it is likely that people in our community will fall ill. We have procedures in place, developed in consultation with the Sarasota County Department of Health and our medical partner, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to isolate and/or quarantine individuals who become ill or exposed. We have also worked with those same partners to develop procedures for contact tracing. However, if the pace of spread were to outpace our capacity, we would take appropriate measures to protect the Ringling community, up to and including possible transition to remote learning and work.

 


 

Campus Operations
 

What safety measures are required in Ringling College academic and administrative buildings?

Each distinct location on campus requires a different set of safety measures depending on the specific use. Each of the following measures, or a combination of the following measures, may be required or encouraged in each space.

  • Face coverings will be required in public and shared spaces within buildings and where maintaining physical distancing is difficult or not possible. The College will provide one reusable cloth face covering to all students, faculty, and staff. Students should bring additional face coverings with them to school so that they are able to rotate coverings each day for optimum hygiene.
  • Hand sanitation stations have been installed across campus.
  • 6-foot distance markers will be installed for areas likely to experience lines.
  • Elevator capacities will be reduced and use of face coverings required in elevators.
  • Reception and other high-interaction areas may be fitted with physical barriers, like Plexiglas surrounds or sneeze guards.
  • In-person meetings and interactions will be limited.
  • Restrictions on the use of certain common areas will be imposed.
  • Use of kitchens, break rooms, and restrooms will be limited based on size.
  • Use of shared coffee makers will be discontinued.
  • Employees are encouraged to eat in areas where physical distancing can take place, such as private offices or outside.
     

Will new cleanliness and sanitation protocols be in place?

Enhanced cleaning protocols are already in place. These protocols include increased frequency of sanitation for high-touch areas such as door knobs and door facings, elevators, restrooms, and furniture surfaces in public spaces. Restrooms will have signage closing off use of some stalls/urinals to help maintain appropriate distancing. Water fountains are closed, though bottle refill stations remain available for use.
 

Will the College be installing sneeze guards or other physical barriers?

The College is requiring the use of face coverings when in public or shared spaces, which should reduce the need for physical barriers. However, the College does have the ability to create Plexiglas sneeze guards from materials immediately available if they are deemed appropriate. Facilities has installed some of these sneeze guards in high-traffic offices and areas, such as reception, over the past several weeks. As staff resume on-site work, managers should assess whether the sneeze guards that have been installed are sufficient for their areas. If modifications are desired or a new solution identified, managers should request further assessment by Facilities through submission of a School Dude ticket.
 

What measures are being taken to reduce COVID-19 transmission through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems?

Ringling College is maintaining the HVAC systems according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, which includes inspecting and cleaning equipment, making necessary repairs, and changing filters regularly with MERV-rated filters that are appropriate for each system.

Many of the College’s HVAC systems are controlled through Building Automation Systems (BAS). The BAS monitors spaces with sensors to adjust the HVAC systems when the building is occupied to increase the ventilation in these areas.

The College is following relevant recommendations from professional and governmental organizations, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As recommended by ASHRAE, all of the College’s HVAC systems have remained active during the pandemic. The air exchange has been upheld in all buildings to maintain indoor air quality.
 

Will face coverings be encouraged in all settings or only settings where distancing is not possible?

Faculty, staff, students and visitors must have a face covering available whenever in public and shared spaces and must wear them anytime they cannot maintain a safe physical distance from others. Because the movements of others within buildings cannot be known or anticipated, which could lead to inadvertent interactions at less than 6 feet of distance, the use of face coverings is required in public and shared spaces within buildings.

All faculty and staff, and students will be provided with a reusable, washable cloth face covering. Campus members are also highly encouraged to provide their own face coverings so that they may rotate them for optimal hygiene.
 

Why are face coverings being recommended?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends use of face coverings to protect against the transmission of COVID-19. Research suggests that wearing a covering over the mouth and nose reduces the forward distance traveled by exhaled breath by more than 90 percent. Since COVID-19 spreads largely through droplets in the breath, wearing a face covering, along with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, significantly helps to slow the spread of the virus.
 

How is Ringling College evaluating and changing the design/usage of classrooms and gathering places for safe usage?

We are assessing our physical spaces to identify maximum capacity with 6-foot physical distancing. Flexible seating will be removed to ensure appropriate density, and, as necessary, permanent seating/stations will be marked as out-of-use. Some common areas may be closed for a period of time.
 

What physical changes or adaptations will we make to our academic and administrative buildings, student centers, and residential halls?

Permanent physical changes will be made only as a last resort. Furniture will be rearranged to encourage appropriate physical distancing. Signage will be posted to identify room and elevator capacities, line spacing, directional flow where appropriate, and safety protocols.
 

What will the occupancy limits be on classrooms, conference rooms, student centers, gathering places, meetings, etc?

Occupancy limits for spaces will be determined by the ability to maintain 6-foot distancing coupled with the need to keep gatherings at less than 50 persons, per CDC and Florida public health guidelines. Requests for events with over 50 attendees will not be approved. We encourage the continued use of email, phone, and Zoom conferencing to limit person-to-person interactions.
 

Will the dining hall be open for faculty and staff use?

Yes, though faculty and staff will be asked to refrain from visiting the dining hall until 1:00 PM to help decrease density of the dining facility.
 

When will the Main Campus open to the general public?

We expect to welcome the general public back to our Galleries (with a very limited number of exhibitions this Fall; visit www.ringling.edu/galleries for updated information), Madeby, the Bookstore, and select campus tours, though the timeline is still pending. Guests on campus will be expected to comply with all safety measures in place at the time of their visit.
 

Will Public Safety continue providing security escorts?

Mobile security escort services remain suspended until further notice to comply with physical distancing recommendations. However, Officers will offer a walking security escort on the Ringling College campus if needed. You can reach Public Safety at 941-359-7500.

 


 

Travel
 

Will travel limitations be implemented?

Ringling College is prohibiting non-essential travel for employees and encouraging all members of our community to consider limiting non-essential personal travel. Should travel be necessary, students are asked to report it to Student Life. Anyone engaging in travel may be asked to self-quarantine upon return.

The state of Florida is being named a state of rising cases of COVID-19. As a precautionary measure to help maintain health and safety, beginning at midnight on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the city of Sarasota is requiring all individuals over 18 years of age to wear a face covering in public spaces inside establishments and outside where physical distancing is not possible. This initial ordinance is in effect for two months, but may be extended.

International travel has many restrictions and often requires a 14-day self-quarantine.

 


 

Events and Gatherings
 

What is our institutional policy on number of attendees, approved locations/reasons?

The College is following CDC and state guidelines for gatherings.
 

What safety measures will we have in place for events and gatherings?

The same safety measures that we have in place for general campus activities would be required for events and gatherings: Physical distancing; modified occupancy levels; signage; availability of hand sanitation; face coverings; and others that may be required at the time of the event.
 

How will we educate students/community/public prior to the event?

Any advertising or marketing for planned events or gatherings should clearly communicate requirements to participate, including and especially, safety protocols.
 

Will we screen attendees via temperature checks or health assessments?

Attendees to planned events or gatherings will be notified in advance of requirements to participate. At this time, temperature checks are not required, but attendees will be asked to self- monitor their health status and be encouraged to decline attendance if they have symptoms related to COVID-19.
 

When will we allow external use of our facilities?

A definitive answer to this question is not yet known, but external use of our facilities will not occur prior to August 1, 2020.

 


 

Library and Art Galleries
 

How will we go about reopening the library and art galleries?

Library and Gallery Staff have already begun providing services on campus; however, those services may be limited at this time. Please contact Kristina Keogh, director of library services, at research@ringling.edu or Tim Jaeger, director and chief curator of galleries and exhibitions, at galleries@ringling.edu for the most current services and hours available.

How is the College evaluating and changing the design/usage of the library and art galleries for safe usage?
As with other public spaces on campus, face coverings are being required; occupancy limits are being reconsidered to accommodate physical distancing requirements; signage is being added to address spacing and traffic flow where appropriate; additional hand sanitizing stations are being installed; and occupancy limits of elevators are being determined and signage posted.

 

When will outside visitors be permitted?

This has not yet been determined.

 


 

OLLI, Studio + Digital Arts, Englewood Art Center, Ringling College Museum Campus, Soundstages and Post-Production Facility
 

When will the Sarasota Art Museum open to the public?

This has not yet been determined.
 

Will visitors be required to wear face coverings?

At this point in time, yes, it is expected that all visitors to the Museum Campus, including to the Sarasota Art Museum and Continuing Studies (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Studio and Digital Arts) will be required to wear face coverings.
 

What other safety protocols will be required for the Sarasota Art Museum?

As with public spaces on the main campus, face coverings will be used; occupancy limits are being reconsidered to accommodate physical distancing requirements; signage is being added to address spacing and traffic flow; additional hand sanitizing stations are being installed; and occupancy limits of elevators are being communicated.
 

When will Continuing Studies space reopen to students?

Continuing Studies, which includes the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (OLLI), Studio and Digital Arts, and Englewood Art Center (EAC), continues to offer courses through online delivery this summer. Beginning this Fall, it is anticipated that online delivery with some face-to-face instruction, will be offered.
 

What safety protocols will be required?

As with public spaces on the main campus, face coverings will be used; occupancy limits are being reconsidered to accommodate physical distancing requirements; signage is being added to address spacing and traffic flow; additional hand sanitizing stations are being installed; and occupancy limits of elevators are being determined and signage posted.
 

When will we begin allowing external use of the Soundstages and Post-production facility?

This has not yet been determined.
 

What safety protocols will we require?

In general, the safety protocols for the Soundstages and Post-production facility will follow the rules for the main campus: occupancy limits are being reconsidered to accommodate physical distancing requirements; signage is being added to address spacing and traffic flow; additional hand sanitizing stations are being installed; and occupancy limits of elevators are being communicated. Some modifications may be made to accommodate the unique nature of industry and needs of the productions.

 

 

 

Student


Health and Safety
 

Will I be required to provide COVID-19 test results if I do not live on-campus?

If you are a non-residential student planning to come to campus to use the College’s facilities, you will need to follow the health and safety protocols that have been established to help mitigate the risk of infection for our Ringling College community. These protocols include use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, maintaining physical distancing, adhering to rigorous personal hygiene standards, and providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.

 

Will I have access to Health Services if I choose the remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester?

If you choose to learn remotely and to live on-campus, then you would retain access to the College’s Health Services. All enrolled students have access to counseling services, including individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis appointments. Psychiatric medication management also remains an available service. There may be some restrictions to ongoing counseling and medication management depending on where a student resides. In these cases, the Health Center will work with students to find a provider who can maintain the necessary prescriptions, if needed.

 

How and when will we screen students?

Before a student is eligible to be on campus (including moving into their residence halls and attending class), proof of testing must be provided to the Student Health Center. Comprehensive directions will be sent to students and information about testing specifics can soon be found at www.ringling.edu/healthservices. At the start of term, all students, faculty, and staff will be tested for COVID-19. This first round of testing will provide our baseline status. Following this initial testing, 10% of the Ringling community will be randomly selected at regular intervals for testing.

Students, faculty, and staff are also expected to do a self-administered health screen each day before determining whether to attend class or come to campus. See "Will students be required to do a daily health screening before attending class?" below for additional details on self-screening.
 

What is our contact tracing strategy and process?

Ringling College has taken significant safety precautions, such as physical distancing of 6 feet and requiring the use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, including meeting rooms and classrooms. These measures significantly reduce risk even when in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. However, understanding the need for preparedness, the Student Health Center is working closely with the Sarasota County Department of Health to develop and execute contact tracing protocols. When it becomes known that a student, faculty, or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, that individual is immediately interviewed to best understand whom they have been in contact with on campus and those community members will subsequently be contacted if quarantine is necessary.

Although identities of students, staff, and faculty are protected, a communication will be sent to the College community noting that a member of the Ringling community has been infected.

If a student has been identified as being at high-risk of having had close contact with an individual who has tested positive, the student will be moved to a quarantine space for 14 days. All efforts will be made to assist students in continuing with coursework if they need to be in isolation or quarantine.

Faculty or staff identified as being at high-risk of having had close contact with an individual who has tested positive will quarantine at home.
 

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Self-isolation involves someone’s isolating themselves from other community members due to symptoms of infectious disease, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Such isolation is achieved, for example, by ill students not attending classes or dining in communal spaces. Students experiencing symptoms should contact the Student Health Center immediately for evaluation and further direction. The Student Health Center will work with Dining Services and Residence Life to ensure students’ needs are being met. Self-isolation should continue until the Student Health Center informs them that they are no longer contagious.

Faculty and staff should self-isolate at home and contact their medical provider for evaluation and further direction. They should also alert their supervisors and Human Resources.

Isolation involves a mandatory separation of an ill Ringling College student, faculty, or staff member from other community members. Isolation will be required when there a student, faculty, or staff member is suspected or confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 test.

If two students share a bedroom and one student has tested positive, both students will be placed in isolation. The affected student(s) will be placed in alternative housing and we will work with Dining Services to have food delivered. In addition, students will be expected to participate in as many classes as possible virtually during this time, as their health permits. Medical personnel will conduct daily check-ins and student(s) will be assigned a therapist for case management needs as they may arise. Student(s) will be required to remain in isolation for the duration recommended by the Sarasota County Department of Health in collaboration with Student Health Services.

Faculty and staff should isolate at home or in accordance with recommendations of their medical provider.

Quarantine involves isolating Ringling College faculty, staff, or students who are healthy but who may have been exposed to another known individual, on- or off-campus, who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is currently defined as a 14-day period. Affected student(s) may be placed in alternative housing and we will work with Dining Services to have food delivered. In addition, students will be expected to participate in as many classes as possible virtually during this time. Medical personnel will conduct daily check-ins and a student will be assigned a therapist for case management needs as they may arise.

Faculty and staff who are healthy but who may have been exposed to another known individual, on- or off-campus, who tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine at home and alert their medical providers, supervisors, and Human Resources.
 

What safety protocols are in place to help mitigate the risk of spread in class?

Instructional space seat capacities in our classrooms, labs, and studios will be reduced to ensure that a 6-foot distance can be maintained between all persons in the space. Additionally, students and faculty are expected to wear face coverings during class. The most current recommendations indicate that the risk of spread diminishes greatly when all parties are  using face coverings.
 

Will students be required to do a daily health screening before attending class?"]

We are asking individuals to monitor their own health daily. Individuals should pay particular attention to symptoms such as the following: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, fever (as described below), headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies. If you have symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies), or if you feel generally like you have a cold or flu, DO NOT REPORT TO CLASS.

Students presenting any of the above symptoms should contact the Student Health Center’s Medical Services by phone at 941-309-4000 to be assessed. The Student Health Center will provide a class excuse if appropriate.
 

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive, that student will be moved to a specified location for isolation. Students who share a direct bedroom space with the affected student will be moved to isolation as well, even if they are asymptomatic. Suitemates will be interviewed to determine whether they meet the criteria for quarantine and they will be asked to closely monitor their symptoms. The Student Health Center will work with the affected student to conduct contact tracing in collaboration with the Sarasota County Department of Health using established medical protocols.
 

What should I do if I have COVID-like symptoms?

If you have symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies), or if you feel generally like you have a cold or flu, DO NOT REPORT TO CLASS.

Students presenting any of the above symptoms should contact the Student Health Center medical services by phone at 941-309-4000.
 

What do I do if I have an underlying health condition or am otherwise concerned about my health?

Please call the Student Health Center to schedule a consultation with a medical provider. It is also prudent to work with your doctor at home to determine if it is in your best interest to return to campus at this time.

Our current instructional plans call for numerous courses to be delivered in an online format, including all Liberal Arts and Art History courses. Students approved to remain at home due to health concerns would be able to continue taking these online courses if they were already enrolled at the start of the Fall semester. For courses being delivered with other modalities, students should contact their Department Heads. Exact experiences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
 

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19 during the semester, the student would be moved to a specified on-campus location for isolation. The Student Health Center will work with the affected student to conduct contact tracing using protocols established in collaboration with the Sarasota County Department of Health. Once in isolation, the student will be checked daily by our medical practitioners and will have a counselor assigned to them for additional daily checks. If a student is extremely ill, the medical staff will arrange to have the student transported to the hospital if necessary

If the student is on a meal plan, food will be delivered to them. Presently, the plan is for students to select food items from the scheduled food menu for the day. Students not on the meal plan may purchase a 14-day isolation meal plan for $245. This plan may be added should the need for isolation (or quarantine) occur. Students may also choose to order from external options via various delivery services. Student Life will assist students in identifying their food options.

Students who share a direct bedroom space with the affected student will be moved to isolation as well, even if they are asymptomatic. Suitemates will be interviewed to determine whether they meet the criteria for quarantine and they will be asked to closely monitor their symptoms. Food would be handled in the same manner as described above during this time.

The residence hall space of the isolated student(s) would be cleaned and disinfected. Before a student can leave isolation and be deemed well, the student must be fever-free for 72 consecutive hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication. At that point, the student would be tested again for COVID-19. A negative COVID-19 test result to be released from isolation. 
 

What is the process for seeking an accommodation?

Students with a documented disability seeking an accommodation should contact Student Access Services at SAS@ringling.edu to discuss the process.
 

What COVID-related treatment does the school health insurance cover?

Ringling's student health insurance provider is United Health Care Student Resources. General information about coverage under the plan can be found at https://www.universityhealthplans.com/letters/letter.cgi?group_id=370. Information related to COVID-19 coverage is available at: https://www.uhcsr.com/faqs.
 

What additional health-related supplies should I bring with me when I start school?

Though the College will provide each student with one reusable cloth face covering, we strongly encourage you to bring several additional ones to ensure you have a stock that can be rotated through the week. You should also bring a personal thermometer for your daily self-administered health screening; disinfectant wipes; and hand sanitizer.
 


 

Academic Instruction

How do I choose the remote learning option for Fall 2020 semester courses?

If you would like to choose to learn online for the Fall 2020 semester, please fill out the Online Course Request Form not later than Friday, July 31, 2020. If any of your current Fall courses cannot be delivered online, your Academic Advisor will be in touch to recommend an alternate course option. Please note that you may select this option as either a residential (live on-campus) or a non-residential (live off-campus) student. Students with housing contracts who choose to learn remotely and live off-campus will need to cancel their housing contracts for the full year. We will be developing a process for students who wish to return to on-campus living in the Spring semester, which will be shared in mid-November. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of Spring housing for those students until we better understand the Fall housing commitment and the need for isolation spaces. If you need to request an extension to the due date of your tuition payment to fully consider this option, please contact billing@ringling.edu before July 22 to work out an alternate payment arrangement.

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option, what services and facilities will I be able to access?

You would have remote access to the College’s hardware and software, the Library’s resources, certain Health Services offerings (please contact counseling@ringling.edu for specific information), Student Services, Career Services, and virtual Student Life programming. 

 

Will the remote learning option be available for the Spring 2021 semester?

We will continue to monitor the local and regional COVID-19 situation throughout the Fall to determine our choices for the Spring semester. However, at this time, we do not plan to offer a remote learning option for the Spring semester.

 

How will incoming first-year students who select the non-residential remote learning option receive their College-issued technology? 

Pen-display notebooks loaded with the necessary software for first-year students choosing to learn online and live off-campus will be delivered to their current addresses, within the United States, prior to the start of classes. Plans for delivering notebooks to international students living abroad are still under review. We will share those arrangements in an upcoming FAQ.

 

What can I expect my courses to look like this Fall?

Course instruction will be accomplished through a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. The specific course content and learning outcomes and competencies will dictate the delivery modality of the academic instruction.

See our Academic Delivery Plan.
 

How will I participate in classes if I have to be quarantined or isolated?

Plans are currently underway to enable some students to continue their studies via online delivery. Exact experiences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
 

What if I can’t get to the United States in time for the start of classes because of visa issues or travel bans?

We are developing online options to serve some international first-year students who are unable to travel to the United States by the start of Fall semester due to delay in attaining student visas and/or travel bans. International first-year students in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, and Motion Design will be able to begin their undergraduate degree programs online as full-time students for the Fall semester. International first-year students in other majors should contact the Head of their Department (degree program) to discuss options.
 

What happens if campus has to close because of an outbreak? Will instruction continue online?

Our increased safety protocols are intended to reduce the risk of an outbreak on campus, and plans are in place to respond should there be an increased number of infections within the campus community. We are also working closely with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the Sarasota County Department of Health. However, we also realize that even with established safety measures, we cannot guarantee that an outbreak that could possibly overwhelm our structure would not occur. If that were the case, a move to online instruction is likely.
 

What adjustments have been made to optimize the online learning experience?

The online courses we are offering in the Fall semester are taught by the same professional faculty that teach them each semester. Faculty with online courses planned for the Fall semester are designing their courses to meet the level of excellence expected of a Ringling College education. They are planning their lessons to be effective in achieving the course learning outcomes while providing opportunities for engagement and interaction. We utilize Canvas, with Zoom, to help manage and optimize the online learning environment. Through our robust remote access protocol, students will be able to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the software and hardware they need for their course projects. Academic Affairs is working alongside Institutional Technology (IT) to ensure our online learning experience is optimal. Tech support is an important component – please visit https://it.ringling.edu/tech-support for a listing of resources available to students.
 

How will incoming first-year students receive their College-issued technology?

Pen-display notebooks for first-year residential students will be delivered to their room assignments prior to check-in. First-year commuter students will receive notification from IT that their notebooks are available for pick-up prior to the start of the semester. First-year international students who cannot gain visas or are not able to travel to the U.S. due to a travel ban will be notified by IT about alternative ways to obtain suitable notebook technologies.
 

What if I can’t get to the United States in time for the start of classes because of visa issues or travel bans?

We are developing online options to serve some international first-year students who are unable to travel to the United States by the start of Fall semester due to delay in attaining student visas and/or travel bans. International first-year students in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, and Motion Design, and Business of Art and Design (BOAD) will be able to begin their undergraduate degree programs online as full-time students for the Fall semester. International first-year students in other majors should contact the Head of their Department (degree program) to discuss options.
 

What if I am an American citizen living abroad who cannot get back into the country in time for the start of classes? 

First, you will need to provide validation that you are affected by a travel ban or other impediment to returning to the United States in time for the start of Fall classes. Then, if you are a first-year student enrolled in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, Motion Design, or Business of Art and Design (BOAD), you will be able to begin your undergraduate degree programs online as a full-time student for the Fall semester. If you are an incoming first-year student in another major or an upper year student in any major, please contact the Head of your Department (degree program) to discuss options.
 

How will online courses account for differing time zones?

A number of online courses for international students in Computer Animation, Game Art, Illustration, Motion Design, and Business of Art and Design (BOAD) will be offered at multiple times so that synchronous online learning experiences can best occur. We continue to refine our plans for delivering online courses and will share more specific information soon.
 

If I am an incoming first-year student, what happens if I choose to defer my acceptance until next year?

We do hold acceptances for one year in all programs except for Computer Animation. If you received a merit scholarship, you would be able to retain that award for one year, unless you are a Computer Animation or a United World College (UWC) student. You would not retain the Presidential Scholarship were you awarded one, as they are competed for annually.

Students will need to fill out a new Common Application for 2021, which goes live on September 1, 2020. They can, but do not have to, submit a new portfolio. A new recommendation letter is not needed. If students attend another institution in the 2020-2021 academic year, the GPA of that semester could jeopardize their admission if it is below a 2.0. Additionally, students who attend another institution in the 2020-21 academic year would re-apply as a transfer student on a new Common Application and would need to submit the transcript from the college they attended as part of the new application. Please contact Admissions (admissions@ringling.edu) for more information.
 

What if I am a returning student and want to take a gap year? What is the process for returning?

If you are considering taking a gap year for the 2020-21 academic year, please contact your Advisor (advising@ringling.edu) as soon as possible to discuss the implications to your course map and degree completion timeline. Our sequenced curriculum can make it difficult to take a gap semester. Your Advisor can help you understand the best options for your particular situation.

 


 

Residential Experience
 

What will the residential experience be?

Community is a large aspect of the residential life experience and you will still be a part of a strong community. Caring for each other within that community has always been a distinct value, but it becomes even more important given the circumstances we face with COVID-19. You have a critical role in helping to keep all members of the community healthy and safe, and there will be strong expectations and requirements to help mitigate risk within housing and on-campus.

The opportunity to live as part of a creative living and learning community will still be very much at the forefront. You will be amongst your peers, which we know provides great opportunity for collaboration and learning. However, some of the ways these interactions occur will just be different. With the exception of your living space with roommates, we will need your cooperation respecting the distancing requirement of 6 feet and wearing face coverings to help protect everyone.
 

What safety protocols will be in place in residence halls?

Some changes to the residential life experience that will be necessary to help mitigate the risk of spread and to keep you and the Ringling College community safe are identified below.

  • To best mitigate risk, student move-in will be spread-out over multiple days. Specific move-in times will be scheduled by Residence Life with students.
  • All students coming to campus will be required to provide COVID-19 test results for tests administered within the previous 5 days of arrival to campus. Students will not be able to check-in to housing or to attend class without the verification of negative test results within the specified time frame. More details can be found below.
  • Students are encouraged to ship as much as possible ahead of time to assist with expediting the move-in process. Shipped items will be placed into your fall room assignment and will be there upon your arrival.
  • Only one family member per student will be allowed into the housing facility. An informal health questionnaire with temperature screening for both the student and family member will be administered upon arrival Family members and students will be required to wear face coverings during move-in.
  • Seating capacities and locations will be clearly identified within housing common areas to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times inside housing facilities whenever you are outside of your residential room or apartment. Though the College plans to provide students with a reusable, washable face covering, they may not arrive in time for the beginning of classes. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to bring your own supply to ensure you have enough on-hand.
  • Some common areas within housing facilities, like shared kitchens, will be closed until it is safe and responsible to re-open them.
  • Programming and floor meetings will still occur, though their formats may be different (e.g. via Zoom rather than in-person).
  • There will be no visitation by guests from outside the College community allowed in campus residences during this COVID-19 period.
     

How will the move-in process work?

Additional information about move-in will be forthcoming from Residence Life. Your specific move- in time will be scheduled to manage the density within spaces. Below is some general information about Fall 2020 move-in process.

Required COVID-19 Testing
All students must obtain and provide the Student Health Center with a baseline COVID-19 test result prior to being allowed on campus with unrestricted access to buildings and peers (including obtaining your room key for housing move-in). To live on-campus and attend classes, the Student Health Center must have verification of a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within five days of arrival to campus.

  • It is highly recommended that students make every attempt to be tested before coming to campus, as you will not be allowed to check-in to campus housing or attend in-person classes until a negative test result is verified by the Student Health Center.
  • A test must be completed within a five-day window of entry to campus. Results of tests taken outside of this window will not be accepted and a student will be asked to complete another test.
  • Only DNA-based PCR COVID-19 tests will be accepted.
  • If you are having trouble finding a testing site in your home community, please contact the Student Health Center (941.893.2855; covidtest@ringling.edu) and a testing kit will be sent to you. The cost for the mailed test provided by Sarasota Lab Company would first be submitted to the student’s health insurance and the remainder billed directly to the student. The test may be covered by some insurances, but coverage is not guaranteed. This test is a self-administered saliva swab from the mouth. It takes up to 24 hours to process results once received by Sarasota Lab Company, so please plan accordingly to obtain results within the 5-day window of your arrival to campus.
  • For those students who live locally or who will be in the area prior to moving to campus, a list of alternative testing sites that use DNA-based PCR tests will be listed on the website (www.ringling.edu/healthservices) by August 1, 2020.
  • In the event that a student must be tested through the Student Health Center at Ringling College, they will be asked to remain off-campus until the test results are received. In this scenario, students may not move-in to their campus residences or attend class, so please plan accordingly. The Student Health Center will be open for testing starting Monday, August 31, 2020.
  • If you receive a positive test result, DO NOT COME to campus until cleared by a medical professional. You will then need to provide the Student Health Center with documentation from a medical professional, including a new negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Throughout the semester, Ringling College will randomly select 10% of the student population to complete a COVID-19 test at regular intervals. Ringling College will administer those tests and will assume the cost of that testing.

Student Housing

  • Housing Move-in Dates
    • August 20-23: All International Students (both new and returning) traveling into the United States. Specific check-in time will be scheduled by Residence Life. More information on process will be forthcoming.
    • September 2-3: New Domestic Students. Specific check-in time will be scheduled by Residence Life. More information on process will be forthcoming.
    • September 4-5: Returning Students. Specific check-in time will be scheduled by Residence Life. More information on process will be forthcoming.
       
  • International Student Move-In (August 20-23)
    • International students who are traveling to Ringling College from outside the United States will be required to quarantine for two weeks (14 days). Per CDC guidelines, there are current travel restrictions for several countries. Quarantine can be accommodated in your on-campus residence if you do not have another place to stay. If you need to quarantine on-campus, you will be asked to complete an initial COVID-19 test.
    • International students may choose to quarantine off-campus prior to arrival and will be required to demonstrate proof of having been in the United States for 14 days prior to coming to campus. These students will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test within five days of moving into their residence hall on-campus. This testing can be obtained through the Student Health Center on-campus or at the various sites listed at www.ringling.edu/healthservices (coming August 1, 2020).
    • Upon coming to campus, a student will check in at the Student Health Services building between 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. If arriving outside of this time, please contact reslife@ringling.edu so that alternative arrangements can be made.
    • Staff will also check to see if all health form paperwork and immunizations have been successfully completed. If there are outstanding immunizations, students will be given an appointment time to receive needed immunizations at the Student Health Center. A hold will be place on student accounts until proof of immunization has been received. For international students that quarantine on-campus, a follow up COVID-19 test will be administered at the end of quarantine and before the beginning of classes.
       
  • New Student Move-in (September 2-3)
    • Upon coming to campus, a student will check in at the Roskamp Exhibition Hall. Written test results will be collected and verified for falling within five-day window. Students without such documentation will be given test kit to complete a self-administered test and asked to remain off-campus for up to 24 hours until results can be validated. Results obtained by a student’s local doctor can be faxed to 941-359-4854.
    • Staff will also check to see if all health form paperwork and immunizations have been successfully completed. If there are outstanding immunizations, students will either complete the necessary immunizations at that time or be given an appointment time to receive immunization(s) at the Student Health Center. Student accounts will then be put on hold until proof of immunization is received. Students with holds on their accounts are not able to check-in to housing or attend in-person classes.
    • Students who could not acquire testing at home or who did not choose to have a test kit mailed to them to complete in advance of arrival to campus can be tested at the Student Health Center on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1. Students would then receive their results prior to their assigned move-in time on September 2 or 3.
    • Once a negative test result is received, students will be given their room key during their designated check-in time.
    • Students may only have one family member accompany them during the move-in process. A general health screening and temperature check will be conducted for both the student and family member prior to being allowed to start move-in. o Students who have a negative test may proceed through campus without restriction, adhering to physical distancing rules and wearing face coverings in public and shared spaces.
       
  • Returning Student Move-In (September 4-5)
    • Students must obtain written negative test results prior to coming to campus. Students will not be given their room key until test results are verified by the Student Health Center. Written test results will be collected and verified for having been administered within a five-day window prior to arrival to campus by Student Health Center staff. Students who do not have the required test results will be given a test kit to complete a self-administered test and will not be able to move-in to campus housing until a negative result is received and verified.
    • Results that were received from local primary doctors can be faxed to 941-359-4854.
    • Students who could not acquire testing at home or who did not choose to have a test kit mailed to them to complete can be tested at the Student Health Center between Monday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 3. Students would then receive their results prior to their assigned move-in time on September 4 or 5.
    • Students may only have one family member accompany them during the move-in process. A general health screening and temperature check will be conducted for both the student and family member prior to being allowed to start move-in.
    • Students with approved negative test results who are given residence keys for move-in may not let roommates into the space unless they are also approved for move-in. Failure to comply with this requirement is a violation of the Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.
       
  • Commuter Student Arrival to Campus
    • Upon arrival to campus, all commuter students will need to show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within the five days prior to arrival on-campus. If students are unable to get tested near their locations, they can be tested at the Student Health Center Monday, August 31, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Students cannot return to campus or attend in-person classes until a negative test result is verified by the Student Health Center. A student can drop off test results at the Student Health Center, fax results to 941-359-4854, or email to covidtest@ringling.edu.
       
  • Specific to New Commuter Students
    • New students who are commuting to campus should plan to arrive to Roskamp Exhibition Hall on Wednesday, September 2 or Thursday, September 3 to submit a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 5 days prior to arrival to campus and to have immunizations reviewed for completion by Student Health Services. If you are unable to obtain a test elsewhere prior to that time, you may complete a test at this time. Students cannot return to campus or attend in-person classes until a negative test result is verified by the Student Health Center. A student can drop off results at the Student Health Center, fax results to 941-359-4854, or email covidtest@ringling.edu. More information about testing can be found at www.ringling.edu/healthservices.

 

Will there be enhanced cleaning and disinfecting?

All residence hall common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Students should bring their own cleaning supplies for regularly disinfecting their bathrooms and other living spaces in their apartments, houses, suites, and rooms.
 

Will our common areas be open?

  • Seating capacities and locations will be clearly identified within housing common areas to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times inside housing facilities whenever you are outside of your residential room or apartment.
     
  • Some common areas within housing facilities, like shared kitchens, will be closed until it is safe and responsible to re-open them.
     

 

Dining

 

What changes are being made to dining services to help mitigate risk of transmission?

Our dining vendor, Chartwells, has instituted a number of trainings and protocols for its staff in alignment with current CDC recommendations to help mitigate the risk of infection. Protocols will be instituted to decrease density and points of contact. For example, diners can expect one-way traffic management to help them navigate entrance, server, and dining/seating areas; new capacity thresholds for each dining location; implementation of multiple swipes per visit so guests can get a meal for now and a meal for later; launch of to-go offerings and online ordering capabilities; elimination of buffet-type self-service; use of floor decals and signage to help diners follow proper distancing; and discouraging use of cash. Additionally, self-serve filling stations will be removed and all beverages will be in cans and bottles. Pre-packaged, disposable utensils will be used and plates, bowls, and to-go containers will all be disposable.

To help manage the volume of meal participants and decrease density, adjustments may be made to meal times and meal times may be assigned. Campus dining facilities will also be closed to the general public.

 


 

Financial/Enrollment

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will my tuition be reduced?

Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as a premiere art and design college both nationally and internationally. We have offered this remote learning option to provide an opportunity for those who wish to continue their studies in this manner. The College has maintained its stellar faculty, supported students with additional investments, and acquired tools to optimize the online course experience. While we strongly believe that on-campus experiences offer the most effective Ringling College education, the provision of this option in no way reduces the cost of delivering this education. The same faculty and support staff remain committed to your success. As such, tuition will remain as scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. 

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, when would I see the room and board fees come off my bill?

Once your request has been processed, it will be forwarded to Residential Life so that the housing assignment and meal plan (if any) may be removed. The Bursar/Student Accounts staff update account changes daily, so adjustments to the bill should be reflected within 3-5 business days from notification of final processing.

 

If I choose the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will I see any fees come off my bill?

Generally, all fees will remain the same. The College may identify certain services that cannot be delivered in a virtual environment and relevant adjustments may be forthcoming. For example, for students residing outside the United States, the health insurance fee will be removed. For some first-year students, the technology fee may need to be adjusted if the notebook computer cannot be delivered to your residential address. Please return to these FAQs for updates.

 

Will choosing the non-residential remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester impact my financial aid?

Most scholarships and grants in support of tuition and fees will be unaffected. Eligibility for financial support of room and board costs through specific awards, external grants, or loans may be impacted. If you have specific concerns, you should contact finaid@ringling.edu to discuss your particular situation. 

 

If I choose the remote learning option for the Fall 2020 semester, will I be able to work as a student employee?

If you choose the residential remote learning option this Fall, or can commute to campus to work, you are eligible to apply to work on campus as a student employee. If you choose the non-residential remote learning option and cannot work on campus, you will not be eligible for student employment. 

If you are working as a student employee, you will need to follow the health and safety protocols that have been established to help mitigate the risk of infection for our Ringling College community. These protocols include use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, maintaining physical distancing, adhering to rigorous personal hygiene standards, and providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to coming to campus.
 

Is the college providing emergency financial aid to students and families during this time?

As a recipient of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, the College awarded grants in amounts ranging from $500 to $1200 to its highest need students. Additional grants were also made available to eligible students based upon an application process. Some international students with demonstrated need were provided additional support for summer residency. If you have additional need for financial support, please contact finaid@ringling.edu.

CARES Act 45-Day Report

 

Will the College be reducing tuition for this academic year?

Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as a premiere art and design college both nationally and internationally. A degree from Ringling College denotes a quality of instruction and a caliber of skills attainment that follow you into your career and for the rest of your working life. We have transitioned from our one traditional face-to-face instructional modality to five different course delivery models to help mitigate the risk of returning to campus for the Fall semester and have invested in tools to optimize the online course experience. Additionally, we have taken precautionary measures to help ameliorate the risk of spread, such as installation of hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipe stations, provision of face coverings, provision of covered outdoor space for student life and other programming, and others. While absolutely necessary, these actions come with costs. As a result of these factors, tuition will remain as scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. The College dedicates a significant amount in its budget each year for institutional financial aid to assist students. This year, the College has committed nearly $20 million to aid students in need of financial assistance. If you have financial concerns, please reach out to finaid@ringling.edu.
 

How do I apply for an extension on my bill payment?

Billing due dates are set to assist the College in properly preparing for the Fall semester. We understand, though, that sometimes an extension is needed to complete the financial arrangements. If you are looking for an extension, please email billing@ringling.edu, making sure to provide a reason for the extension request and the date by which the arrangements can be completed.
 

What kinds of financial aid are available?

Additional information on scholarships and grants can be found at https://www.ringling.edu/financialaid. Students receive their merit aid packages upon acceptance.Eligible students that file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) may receive additional grant and loan support. For returning students who have filed the FASFA, there is still CARES Act funding available to support eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. If you have extenuating circumstances, such as significant family income losses or medical expenses this year, please contact finaid@ringling.edu for assistance.

 


 

Travel
 

Will travel limitations be implemented for students?

Ringling College is prohibiting non-essential travel for employees and encouraging all members of our community to consider limiting personal travel. Should travel be necessary, students are asked to report it to Student Life at studentlife@ringling.edu and may be asked to self-quarantine upon return.

Travel restrictions are changing on a regular basis so students should pay close attention when making any travel decision. International travel has many restrictions frequently requiring a 14-day self-quarantine.

 


 

Resources

What mental health resources are available to students?

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 Zoom video telehealth for students; consultations regarding student concerns are available to staff and faculty. Same-day appointments are available. To access these services, please contact the Peterson Counseling Center at counseling@ringling.edu.

Please also utilize the self-guided support app, Welltrack, which you can sign into using your Ringling College email address. MySSP, a multi-language, international, 24-hour therapy service, is also available to all Ringling students on the student health insurance.

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

 


 

Student Life and Support Services
 

What will student life programming look like?

The Student Life staff is working to develop a wide array of social and educational programming and engagement activities that will work within the health and safety guidelines and Ringling College’s new policies, procedures, and expectations related to COVID-19. A number of programs will be offered in an on-line format throughout the academic year, including from Student Activities, Leadership Development, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Residence Life, Career Services, Student Volunteerism, Recreation and Wellness, Health Services, Clubs and Organizations, and Campus Ministry. We welcome your creative ideas about ways you would like to engage! Please send any ideas you have to studentlife@ringling.edu.

The College is enacting the below changes to mitigate risk of transmission.

  • The Susan Palmer Fitness Center will remain closed.
  • Club sports will be suspended.
  • Any in-person student events must be approved by the College and adhere to College guidelines on gatherings.
     

What will be available in terms of other student support services?

All student support services will continue to be available to students. Most meetings will occur in an on-line format (e.g. as a scheduled Zoom session); however, if an in-person meeting is necessary, students and staff will be expected to adhere to the distancing guidelines and to wear face coverings. Specific information about scheduling appointments will be forthcoming from the various offices.
 

What is the schedule for New Student Orientation?

New students will receive information about the required online Orientation program around July 15. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a series of other available workshops and sessions. The main aspects of New Student Orientation will occur on Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6, with sessions on September 4 particularly for parents and family participation. All Orientation programs, sessions, and activities will take place in an online format.

 

 

 

Staff


Health and Safety
 

What if I am an individual at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC?

  • The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions; please review the above link for the most up-to-date identifications.
     
  • Employees in the identified groups should consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with their healthcare provider. Employees in the above groups who cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others during work should consider wearing a mask regularly and speak with their supervisor and healthcare provider.
     
  • Supervisors or employees should contact Human Resources to confidentially discuss instances potentially needing an additional accommodation for someone who has identified themselves as being at higher risk for severe illness and therefore unable to work in conditions assigned to them.
     

What if I do not have options for childcare?

Employees who must provide child care due to a school or daycare closure may continue to work remotely for a temporary period, as applicable and available. If telecommuting is not feasible, follow normal procedures to take leave.
 

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?

If you have the responsibility to care for a sick family member, 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, DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS OR WORK. Contact your healthcare provider, your supervisor, and Human Resources for information about current return-to-work protocols and the use of appropriate leave.

If care for your sick family member requires your full attention, you should report your absence to your supervisor and follow normal procedures to take leave.

If you are able to continue working remotely while caring for your family member, discuss with your supervisor the changes to your routine that may be required to complete your work.
 

What if I’ve used all my COVID Leave and working remotely isn’t feasible?

You can make use of any Vacation, Personal, or Sick leave that you still have available in your current use year, or you can ask Human Resources about borrowing from next year’s accrual. You should also talk with your supervisor to see if any new opportunities for telecommuting have come up.
 

Are mental health resources available to staff?

We understand and recognize the additional anxiety and emotional strain this situation is placing on all of us. Staff and their families can make use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

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

 


 

Campus Operations

 

Will the College provide sanitizing wipes and other disinfectants for use by faculty and staff?

Yes. Facilities is managing these needs for the College.
 

How do I place an order for sanitizing wipes or other disinfectants for my area?

Use School Dude to put in a request for sanitizing wipes or disinfectants.

 

 

Faculty


Health and Safety
 

What if I am an individual at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC?

  • The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions; please review the above link for the most up-to-date identifications.
  • Employees in the identified groups should consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with their healthcare provider. Employees in the above groups who cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others during work should consider wearing a mask regularly and speak with their supervisor and healthcare provider.
  • Supervisors or employees should contact Human Resources to confidentially discuss instances potentially needing an additional accommodation for someone who has identified themselves as being at higher risk for severe illness and therefore unable to work in conditions assigned to them.
     

Are mental health resources available to staff?

We understand and recognize the additional anxiety and emotional strain this situation is placing on all of us. Staff and their families can make use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-855-387-3727 (Toll-free) or visit the Human Resources webpage for more information.

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

 


 

Academic Instruction

 

How will we deliver academic instruction?

Course instruction will be accomplished through a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. The specific course content and learning outcomes and competencies will dictate the delivery modality of the academic instruction.

See our Academic Delivery Plan.
 

How do we serve faculty/students with underlying health issues or safety concerns about being on-campus or in a classroom?

The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions; please review the above link for the most up-to-date identifications.

Individuals in the identified groups should consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with their healthcare provider. Individuals in the above groups who cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others while on campus should consider wearing a mask regularly and speak with their healthcare provider.

Faculty members, supervisors, or employees should contact Human Resources to discuss instances potentially needing an additional accommodation for someone who has identified themselves as being at higher risk for severe illness and therefore unable to work in conditions assigned to them.

Students who may require additional accommodations should contact the Student Health Center.
 

How can we help ensure students do not come to class when they are sick?

In addition to testing, students are expected to do a self-administered health screen each day before determining whether to attend class or come to campus. If a student reports that they are not feeling well, please direct them to consult with the Student Health Center by calling 941.309.4000.
 

What safety protocols are in place to help mitigate the risk of spread in class?

Instructional space seat capacities in our classrooms, labs, and studios will be reduced to ensure that a 6-foot distance can be maintained between all persons in the space. Additionally, students and faculty are expected to wear face coverings during class. The most current recommendations indicate that the risk of spread diminishes greatly when all parties are  using face coverings.
 

What happens if campus has to close because of an outbreak? Will instruction continue online?

Our increased safety protocols are intended to reduce the risk of an outbreak on campus, and plans are in place to respond should there be an increased number of infections within the campus community. However, we also realize that even with established safety measures, we cannot guarantee that an outbreak that could possibly overwhelm our structure would not occur. If that were the case, a move to online instruction is likely.

 


 

Financial/Enrollment

 

How is the college providing emergency financial aid to students and families during this time?

As a recipient of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, the College awarded grants in amounts ranging from $500 to $1200 to its highest need students. Additional grants were also made available to eligible students based upon an application process. Some international students with demonstrated need were provided additional support for summer residency. If you have additional need for financial support, please contact finaid@ringling.edu.

 


 

Campus Operations

Will the College provide hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and other disinfectants for use by faculty and staff?

Yes. Facilities is managing these needs for the College.
 

Who is responsible for ensuring sanitizing wipes or other disinfectants are available in my classroom?

Facilities will be maintaining these items across campus. However, should you encounter one that requires a refill, you can use School Dude to request it.

 

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