Ridgewater & COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updates to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below were made as of 8/18/2020. Monitor your emails and class announcements on a daily basis to receive updates. For more FAQs and information on Fall Semester 2020, please visit our Fall 2020 page.
General Ridgewater College Information
- Is Ridgewater College open?
Ridgewater is open to current and prospective students. We are closed to the general public. Our hours are 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday until the semester starts on August 24. Beginning August 24, our campuses are open 7 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday. The campus is closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Individuals interested in visiting the college and learning more about our programs can schedule a visit to learn more. In-person and virtual visits are available.
- You can meet with academic advisors, financial aid officers, or admissions specialists through virtual appointments.
- Select courses will take place in a face-to-face or blended/hybrid setting starting August 24. Please check your course schedule on e-Services and read the notes for your class delivery.
- The gymnasium and fitness centers will not be open for use by faculty, staff or students during Fall Semester 2020. The Create Space on the Hutchinson Campus will be available to students for use as part of classroom activity only; the Create Space will not have open hours.
Using the college for social gatherings or games is not be permitted. Students not following social distancing guidelines will be asked to leave.
Read more about our guidelines for coming to campus on the Fall Semester 2020 page.
- What will Fall Semester 2020 look like for Ridgewater College?
Ridgewater will offer its full array of courses and programs in Fall 2020 through a mix of on-campus (face-to-face), remote, and online synchronous and asynchronous courses. Decisions on course delivery are based on the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, along with the effectiveness of instruction and support services for students.
Read more information on the Fall Semester 2020 page.
Fall Semester 2020
- What is Ridgewater doing to protect students and the college community?
Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. In addition to our standard cleaning protocols, we have added the following preventative measures: Implementations of extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently. This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. Use of electrostatic cleaners in particular areas. We recently started using a new disinfectant that kills germs and viruses faster.
- Unprecedented changes to course delivery to make instruction as safe and successful as possible. (Read more on the Fall Semester 2020: COVID-19 webpage.)
- Required masks for all students, employees, and visitors. (Read more on the Fall Semester 2020 webpage.)
- Required COVID-19 self-screening form for all students, employees, and visitors that attend campus.
- Improved availability of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though the proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.
- All classrooms are in the process of undergoing rigid cleaning as an added precaution.
- What can students, faculty and staff do to protect themselves and each other?
We encourage students, faculty and staff to follow the prevention tips and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, to safeguard the learning environment and the workplace, to the extent reasonably possible, Minnesota State colleges, universities, and system office are also subject to Executive Order 20-81 which requires all employees, students, and visitors to wear face masks or face coverings in all buildings as well as other designated confined spaces. A COVID-19 self-screening form will be required for all students, employees, and visitors that attend campus. Read more about masks and the self-screening form on the Fall Semester 2020 webpage.
Fall Semester 2020
- Are masks required while on campus?
Yes. All individuals on our campuses – employees, students, visitors, vendors and service providers – are required to wear a face mask/covering upon entering any college building.
Those entering campus must also complete a COVID-19 self-screening form, available at the front entrances, or through our website.
Please refer to our Fall Semester 2020 page to view more information on masks and the self-screening.
- Can I bring my children with me to campus if I don’t have anyone to watch them?
No. While we recognize that the K-12 closure has created challenges for parents, only current students, faculty, and staff are allowed on campus at this time.
- What should I do if I am sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect I am infected with the virus?
To limit the potential for exposure to other people, if you have a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and cough, do not come to campus or go to work. Take the following actions:
- Do not come to campus – isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing other people
- Seek medical advice from your primary care medical provider (please call first)
- Notify your instructor so they know you are ill and may not be able to attend a class.
Information for Ridgewater Students
- How does the COVID-19 situation impact my federal student loans?
On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. You can find more information about how this may impact you here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
- Will Ridgewater faculty and staff still offer office hours?
Yes. While most faculty will not be on campus, they will offer virtual office hours. Please reach out to your instructor if you have questions on their office hour times.
You can also meet with academic advisors, financial aid officers, or admissions specialists through virtual appointments.
- How does COVID-19 impact international students?
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ sheet provided by US Customs and Immigration Enforcement.
- I am very stressed or anxious about this situation. Where can I get help?
This is a challenging time and many of us are feeling stress or anxiety. United Healthcare is offering a free emotional support help line for all students through Optum, one of their subsidiary companies. Their 24/7 toll-free helpline number, 866-342-6892, is free of charge and open to any student. Our Ridgewater Counselors, Dawn Bjork-Pedersen and Lisa Wagoner, are also available to help students.
Ridgewater College, in coordination with state and local health departments, is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, a new respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus that is affecting people in countries around the world, including the United States.
The College is taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the College campus community and will continue to update the campus on this informational webpage and through campus emails and Star Alert text messages as necessary.
This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 as it relates directly to Ridgewater College. This is a rapidly evolving situation. See the most up-to-date information at: