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Student Experience

Student Experience

Career Development

The Career Development Center will provide career services to students virtually. We will also work with the Office of Academic Advising to support students exploring majors or seeking alternative careers and/or majors.

Career Development will be continuing with the following:

  • Career Services and Professional Development:
    • Virtual Programming (coffee chats, virtual job fairs, workshops, resume reviews and LinkedIn/Portfolium critiques)
    • Graduate Student support
  • Enhancing experiential learning opportunities through Employer Relations
    • Employer Advisory Board – comprised of community partners from business and industry
    • Employer Outreach - work with employers for listing of employment opportunities, internships and micro-internships (project-based work)

To respond to the pandemic, Career Development will provide support for students impacted by unemployment with a COVID-19 Job Placement Response Plan.  Career Development Center will do this by:

Counseling Center

Services provided at the Counseling Center are offered to all students whether they are living on or off campus. The Counseling Center is performing 100% of their student visits remotely and has  telepsych visit protocols. 

The Counseling Center is providing sessions such as their “drop in” video-group for any RIC student who wishes to connect with others and process experiences. 

Dining Services

Dining Services will be available for the Spring 2021 Semester and all services will be provided in accordance with the most current RIDOH and RI Department of Commerce Guidelines. Dining Services has tested processes in place to support all guest food service needs including those for Residents who are required to Isolate, Quarantine, or Shelter in Place. For additional information please visit our website at Donovan Dining Center.

Disability Services Center (DSC)

To ensure adherence to American Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, the Disability Services Center will continue to support the academic plans for students registered with that office. The DSC staff will collaborate with various departments across the campus and will work to identify specific and effective assistive technology and other resources necessary to ensure remote teaching and learning.  

Working with members of the campus-wide Accessibility Committee, the DSC will ensure all regulations regarding masks, one-way hallways and classroom setups are accessible to students with health, mobility, and sensory disabilities. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to supporting all students from historically marginalized identities, including: international students, undocumented students, DACA-status, mixed-status households, students with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, English language learners, culturally diverse students, students who may experience racism and xenophobia, first generation students, and aged-out foster youth.

The College supports students from historically marginalized identities by facilitating and providing: 

  • Regular and ongoing culturally affirming and inclusive communication via website, social media, and email about COVID19-related developments.
  • A sense of belonging communication space to acknowledge students from marginalized identities and to advance our commitment to antiracist culture and values.  
  • Support and meeting students’ technology needs and equipment loans for students experiencing hardship.  
  • An online bias incident response reporting form that students (and others in the RIC Community) can use as a means of reporting bias whether on campus or in a virtual modality. 
  • A checklist for Faculty: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Considerations for Teaching and Learning Through COVID-19; This is developed in consultation with faculty serving on Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) and will be available as a resource for RIC Online Faculty trainings through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). 
  • Meet student (non-academic) emergency needs through campus resources like the Learning 4 Life program and other on and off campus emergency resources and support systems. 


In light of our predominately remote learning environment, we anticipate making select reductions in fees. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are still in process and notifications will be made as soon as possible.

Recreation Center 

Physical and mental health is important during these times. The Recreation Center is open to all RIC students for the spring semester. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Residential Housing 

We will continue to have on-campus housing, but at a greatly reduced capacity to ensure the health, safety and success of our residential student population.

Residential Life and Housing is requiring all students to present a negative COVID test result before returning to the residence halls this spring. It is also highly encouraged that students receive a flu vaccination. Resident students will also be required to get on-campus COVID testing weekly. Students may be asked to isolate or quarantine pending results.

Students living on campus will have the opportunity to participate in virtual and in-person programs that promote a sense of belonging and support overall wellbeing.

Student Activities

Student Community Government (SCG) Incorporated, Student Union, Student Activities, and the Unity Center worked together to develop a proposal for offering programs and services for students that will be hosted virtually. Programs will be held with students using a platform that promote one-on-one engagement as well as small group interaction.

The collaborative programming efforts of SCG, Student Activities, Student Union, and the Unity Center bring together a unique and diverse set of social and education events for students at Rhode Island College. Throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to participate in programs among three main categories: educational engagement, active programming and passive programming. For the latest programs and events, please check out our campus events listing.

Student Health Services 

Services provided at the Student Health Services (SHS) are offered to all students whether they are living on or off campus.

Student Health Services operates M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For requests for services after Hours and Weekends: students are directed to call campus police. Campus police then notify the on-call Health Services provider who calls the student back and performs phone triage. 

Student Travel

College-sponsored student travel has been suspended for Spring 2021, including study abroad, academically-related travel, national student exchange and co-curricular travel.  

Student Union

Our staff in the Office of Campus Life have been actively preparing robust student programming for the upcoming year. While most activities will take place in a virtual setting, there may be limited in-person programming. 

Student organizations will meet virtually and student organization offices will be closed for the semester. Any other student activities or meetings that must be held in person must be approved in advance and be held in accordance with health and safety protocols.

The Student Union will be open, including Student Mailboxes and the Campus Card Office.

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Do you feel distressed or wish to speak with someone? Call the 24/7 Rhode Island College HOPE line: 401-456-HOPE (4673).

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Page last updated: January 21, 2021