Fall Semester 2021
Welcome, Ridgewater Warriors!
While the safety of our students and employees remains our #1 priority, we are excited to be able to offer a “return to (almost) normal” — or the new normal — with a full mix of in-person, hybrid, and online classes and activities. Additionally, in-person athletics, social, and club events and activities will resume on our campuses. The one exception is that mask will be required when you are inside our buildings. This requirement is based on the recommendations of the CDC.
Any future changes will be communicated to students and employees promptly. We are excited to welcome you to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. As always: we are strong, determined, and resilient — we are Warriors!
Forms of Instruction for Fall Semester 2021
|Online Only classes will be offered online, with no in-person interaction. Some online classes are asynchronous, which means there are no required video conference meetings where you need to meet at a certain time; others are synchronous, which means you must engage with the instructor at a scheduled time.||Select classes will operate with face-to-face interaction in a classroom, lab or field experiences for all course work.||Blended / hybrid courses will include scheduled in-person meetings/classes, as well as online learning.|
Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
Fall Schedule & Course Delivery
- How do I know if my classes will be taught face-to-face on campus, online/remote, or hybrid?
Check your course schedule and read all the notes. You can review your course schedule by logging in to e-Services with your StarID and password. If you do not know or cannot remember your StarID or password, please visit starid.minnstate.edu for assistance.
- What is the difference between blended/hybrid, face-to-face, online asynchronous and online synchronous?
- Online Only (remote) classes will be offered online, with no in-person interaction.
- Some online classes are asynchronous, which means that there are no required video conference meetings which you need to join at a certain time.
- Others are synchronous, which means that you must engage with the instructor at a scheduled time.
- Face-to-Face – Select classes will operate with face-to-face interaction in a classroom, lab or field experiences for all course work. Some course assignments may be delivered in alternative formats, but the majority of the course is delivered in-person in a space that has been prepared to accommodate students and faculty safely.
- Blended/Hybrid (face-to-face and online) courses will include scheduled in-person meetings/classes, as well as online learning. Classes that need to have a hands-on component will be given priority for face-to-face delivery.
COVID-19: Masks, Vaccinations, Screening, Exposure, Testing, Travel, etc.
- Do I have to wear a mask if I'm coming to campus?
As of Monday, August 9, every person entering a Ridgewater College building must wear a mask at all times while indoors. The only exception is when an individual is alone in an enclosed space, but as soon as anyone else enters that space, a mask must be worn by all individuals in that space. The mask must fully cover the mouth and nose. Plastic half-masks or full plastic face shields are not acceptable substitutes.
- Am I required to be vaccinated from COVID-19 to attend Ridgewater College or come to campus?
No. We strongly recommend that our employees and students get vaccinated but it is not required. The latest information on vaccinations can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccination web page.
- Do I need to do the COVID self-screening form when I come to campus?
Right now, the daily COVID self-screening is not required. However, it is possible at some point in the future that the self-screening requirement may be reinstated.
- What should I do if I am exposed to someone with COVID, have COVID symptoms myself, or test positive for COVID?
#1: It is important that you do not come to campus if you are sick, test positive, or have possibly been exposed. You will put others at risk if you do so.
#3: Notify your instructor or supervisor.
#4: Follow the instructions you receive from Tressa and do not come to campus until you’ve been cleared to do so.
- Is social distancing required at Ridgewater College?
No, at this time, physical/social distancing is not required.
- Is Ridgewater College offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Ridgewater College students and employees?
No. The latest information on vaccination availability and locations in Minnesota can be found here: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine .
Students should also monitor their Ridgewater email for notifications on local vaccination opportunities.
- Is COVID-19 testing available on campus for students or employees?
No. Information on testing locations in Minnesota can be found here.
- What happens if someone in my class tests positive for COVID-19? Will I be notified and what should I do?
The College requires that anyone who tests positive or has a possible exposure to someone with COVID19 report their positive result or possible exposure via our COVID Reporting Form. Upon notification, the College’s Safety Administrator will begin the investigative process including contact tracing and if necessary, notification of others who may have been impacted. Given the sensitive nature of sharing private medical information, the names of those who test positive for COVID-19 will not be shared with the college as a whole. However, the college’s Safety Administrator will follow up on all positive COVID-19 tests and depending upon the results of initial investigation and contact tracing, will take the necessary steps to notify those individuals who have been impacted and implement action plans. We continue to work closely with MDH and county officials to communicate and track COVID-19 cases as we become aware of them.
If notified, a student should follow the directions provided by the Safety Administrator as to any required quarantine or isolation. Additional guidance is available in our Exposure Action Guide and this What to Do if You Are Sick guide.
The College President will provide reports of positive cases on campus to the college on a regular basis to keep you informed.
COVIDaware MN App
In addition to college notifications, the COVIDaware MN App is another resource available. COVIDaware MN is Minnesota’s exposure notification system. It will notify you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can also use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. COVIDaware MN is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location. The app was made available by the State of Minnesota, in partnership with PathCheck Foundation. It uses your phone’s Bluetooth signal and exposure notification technology developed by Apple and Google.
General Information, Student Technology, and Resources Available
- Are all areas of the college open for Fall Semester 2021?
Yes. All areas of our college are open and available for students, including library/tech center, bookstore, food service (Willmar Campus only), gym, fitness centers, etc. Our hours of operation are generally 8am to 4:30pm, though some areas may vary slightly.
- Do I need a parking permit and student ID? If so, how do I get these?
Yes, parking permits are required for Fall Semester 2021.
Yes, your Student ID, or “Warrior Card,” is used for the following:
- Resource Checkout at the Campus Libraries
- Book Ordering in the Campus Bookstores
- Discounts at Local Businesses in the Hutchinson and Willmar, MN Area
- Free Admission to Ridgewater Sporting Events
- Free Admission to Ridgewater Theatre Productions
- Recreational Equipment Checkout from Student Life
If you are an online student, you can request your student ID online using the Warrior Card Request Form. You will need to log into the form using the same login you use for your Ridgewater email:
- Your StarID Password
On the form, you may choose to pick up your ID at the front desk of your respective campus or have it mailed via USPS to your home address.
If you prefer to complete your student ID in person, you may come to the Student Life desk in the Commons in Hutchinson or the Cafeteria (Building A, Upper Level) in Willmar. Hours that the desk is open are subject to change, so please refer to this page, Student Life email notifications, and postings at the desk for a current schedule. If you cannot come during the scheduled Student Life desk hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Please specify your campus in your email.
- What should I do if I need technical assistance?
Technology support is available through the Minnesota State and Ridgewater College. Contact Minnesota State’s one-stop support for technology services line at 1-844-456-3876.
Areas of Assistance Days of Operation Hours Star ID
Monday – Thursday
If you need technical assistance outside of the areas listed above, please contact the Ridgewater College IT team in one of the following ways:
- What kind of equipment/technology will I need to complete an online course?
Typically you will need access to the following items for the best online learning experience:
- Laptop, computer or tablet
- Webcam or built-in camera
- Headset, earbuds, or a microphone/speaker
- What if I do not have a computer, webcam or internet to participate in online classes?
If you do not have a computer to participate in online/remote classes, our library computer labs will be set up with social distancing for use on both the Hutchinson and Willmar campuses. Please let your advisor or instructor know ASAP if you have any problems, concerns, or needs related to technology. We may have other resources available to assist you.
- Do I need a different login to access my online courses via Zoom?
No. You can log in to your zoom account using your StarID and StarID password. If you do not know or cannot remember your StarID or password, please visit starid.minnstate.edu for assistance.
For more information on using Zoom, please visit our Technology Support and Resources page.
- What if I need an accommodation for a class?
If you have concerns about a current accommodation, please contact Ridgewater College Disability Services.
- How does COVID-19 impact international students?
Please refer to the COVID-19 US Custom and Immigration Enforcement FAQ sheet.
Maintaining a Clean and Safe Campus
- How do I best protect myself and others from COVID-19?
The College continues to monitor and follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota State System Office which focus on keeping our campus safe. The latest information from the CDC on protecting yourself and others can be found here.
- Do I need to bring my own cleaning supplies to clean my office/work station?
Ridgewater employees will not be required to bring their own cleaning materials but may do so if they wish. Cleaning supplies including sanitizing wipes, disinfectant spray, dry cloths, and hand sanitizer have been deployed to all work areas. Please contact Maintenance directly if you need additional supplies for your office or work area. Currently, both campuses are setup with a “maintenance on duty” number that anyone can call for assistance. Our Maintenance team is responsive and should be able to arrive with needed supplies in a timely manner.
- Hutchinson Campus:
- Willmar Campus:
Prior to the start of classes, we will provide cleaning supplies to our face-to-face classrooms. It is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes germs and dust by using detergents or soap and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects by using chemicals, and also lowers the risk of spreading infection.