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RIC Students: Campus Updates Fall 2021

March 9, 2021

Dear Students,

This past year you have been resilient, and you have been bold. You have joined the College’s efforts to keep the RIC community healthy and safe, and we are grateful.
With health and safety at the center, we are actively preparing for a full return to on-campus, in-person teaching and learning at Rhode Island College in the fall.  We know the value an active campus community filled with classes, activities, students, faculty, staff and visitors brings to the student experience, and we will do our best to ensure that each member of our community can participate safely.

Here are just a few of the preliminary details:


  • Spring 2021 Commencement activities will combine both in-person and virtual elements.
  • Summer classes will be offered in a predominately remote environment.
  • Fall 2021 classes will be in-person, with some classes offered online, in either synchronous, asynchronous or hybrid format. 
  • Academic advising will be offered in person with options for virtual appointments and consultation.
  • Experiential learning, such as clinicals and other placements will be in person, with virtual/hybrid options.
  • Adams Library will continue to be open as it has throughout the course of the pandemic.

Student Experience

  • The college will have on-campus housing offerings for students. 
  • The recreation center will be open to students and members of the campus community.
  • Dining services will be offered in the Donovan Dining Center, with options for outside dining and grab-and-go options also available.
  • Student services will be offered both on campus and virtually to provide greater support. This includes those services offered at RIC through the Office of Academic Support Services, Career Services, Financial Aid, Learning for Life, Center for Scholar Development, Records, Tutoring, Military Resource Center, Disability Services and more.
  • Student athletes will be allowed to practice, play and compete.
  • Campus activities will be offered in person, bringing together a unique and diverse set of social, educational and cultural events for students at Rhode Island College with some virtual options and enhancements.
  • Student health and counseling services will be available on-campus and virtually to accommodate the needs of our students.

The college will continue to follow Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) guidance with all of our planning.  In addition, we will prioritize the health and safety of the RIC community while expanding access and flexibility.

This initial communication gives a broad overview of our plan, but is not meant to include every detail.  We understand you may have questions, which will be answered over the coming months. We will continue to keep you informed of our plans as we move forward.  If you should have any immediate questions, please email

Thank you for your continued engagement, and we wish you continued success throughout the rest of the spring semester. 

Best wishes always,

Ducha Hang, PhD
Interim Vice President for Student Success

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