At Ridgewater College, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. We, along with our colleagues at Minnesota State, continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and remain committed to taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our faculty, our staff, and our students.
Our Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan contains comprehensive information on the steps Ridgewater College has taken to provide a safe and healthy environment for all members of our campus community. You may also visit our Summer Semester 2021 page for the most updated and semester-specific information and frequently asked questions.
Recent changes related to COVID-19 on our campuses include:
With the state mask mandate lifted, we no longer require masks in our campus buildings. You may choose to continue wearing a mask while on campus, but you cannot require others to wear a mask. If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear a mask. Please note, if conditions change, a mask requirement may be reinstituted, but for now we are “mask free”.
Campus Screening Tool
Effective 5/24/21, we no longer require a COVID self-screening process in order to be on campus. The screening tool has been taken off the website and the screening stations on each campus have been removed.
Distancing and Capacity Restrictions
As of 5/28/21, we no longer have limits in place for room capacity or size of classes and group gatherings. In addition, we are not requiring physical distancing as in the past. (However, if conditions change, distancing and other requirements could be re-implemented at any time).
The State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations at this time, however, we ask that you please consider getting vaccinated to help us continue to move back to normal conditions on our campuses.
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Is Ridgewater College open?
At this time, our campuses are open to students, prospective students and the public. Our spaces will be available for lease for public events on a case-by-case basis beginning June 1, 2021. For students wishing to schedule a campus tour, please visit ridgewater.edu/visit. (Please note: not all areas of campus are currently open or available for use by students, faculty, and/or staff. Visit our Summer Semester 2021 page for more information).
Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test Results and Exposures to Positive Individuals
If you are a student or an employee who has been on a Ridgewater College campus in the last 14 days and:
- Has tested positive on a COVID-19 test – AND/OR
- Has had possible exposure to someone who has tested positive to the COVID-19 virus – AND/OR
- Are experiencing new or worsening Symptoms (per CDC) matching those of COVID-19 that cannot be explained by other reasons
Please submit our COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form and be sure to inform (call or email) your instructor(s) or supervisor.
Customized Training and Continuing Education Courses
Customized Training and Continuing Education at Ridgewater College is currently holding classes virtually as well as face-to-face, both on campus and off. In person classes can be scheduled, providing they are held as allowed per the latest direction of the Governor, Office of Higher Education, the Minnesota State College and Universities System, and Ridgewater College. All individuals involved in the delivery of face-to-face classes are subject to screening protocols and health guidelines as established by both the college and/or the client site hosting the classes. Please contact your Training and Outreach Manager or the Customized Training department if you have specific needs or questions.
General Frequently Asked Questions
- Will Fall Semester 2021 be back to "normal"?
Yes — but it will be a “new” normal, given all that we learned during COVID! At this time, we are planning to be back to normal as far as offering classes, student activities, and student services in person again, having all campus buildings open, and welcoming the public back to visit our campuses. Courses will continue to be offered in a variety of formats to meet student needs and provide flexibility; those formats include in-person, hybrid/mixed and fully online. All student services offices will be open again, with most of our staff returning to campus beginning July 26th.
- What will Summer Semester 2021 look like at Ridgewater College?
Ridgewater is excited to offer its full array of courses and programs during Summer Semester 2021 through a mix of on-campus (face-to-face), remote, and online synchronous and asynchronous courses and gradually begin opening up our campuses to more in-person activities as well. More details can be viewed on our Summer Semester 2021 page.
- Will Ridgewater faculty and staff still offer office hours?
Yes. While most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until July 26th, they will offer virtual office hours. Please reach out to your instructor if you have questions on their office hours.
You can also meet with academic advisors, financial aid officers, or admissions specialists through virtual appointments.
- What is Ridgewater doing to protect students and the college community?
Please explore our Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan for comprehensive information on the steps Ridgewater College is taking to provide a safe and healthy environment for all members of our campus community.
- What should I do if I have been exposed, have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19?
Please reference the Screening and procedures for those exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 section on our Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan for more information on what to do if you are sick.
You may also want to refer to the COVID-19 Exposure Action Guide.
More important information from the Minnesota Department of Health:
- What to Do if You Are Sick
- Symptoms and Testing: COVID-19
- Is it COVID-19
- What to Do if You’re Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results
- Do I need to wear a mask in Ridgewater College (or any Minnesota State college and university) buildings?
No. Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and to stay 6 feet from others. Individuals who are vaccinated do not need to wear a mask, but may wish to wear one, and are welcome to do so.
- How do we know if everyone who isn’t wearing a mask is vaccinated?
We don’t know, but according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, staying home if they are sick or not feeling well, washing their hands often, and practicing good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.
- Why isn’t Minnesota State requiring all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated?
Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated. In addition, a number of our colleges and universities have been working with MDH to offer vaccination clinics to their faculty, staff, students, and campus communities, and are developing strategies to offer additional clinics prior to fall term.
- Why isn’t Minnesota State requiring masks on its campuses or in the system office?
Governor Walz’ Executive Order 21-23 states that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask, and all people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated. These guidelines are also supported by the CDC and the MDH. As noted above, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated.
- I’m not comfortable knowing people who likely aren’t vaccinated aren’t wearing a mask. What are my options?
Anyone who wishes to do so can wear a mask for self-protection. In addition, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, stay home if they are sick or not feeling well, wash their hands, and practice good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene. Again, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community/system office to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated.
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