Summer Semester 2021
Welcome, Ridgewater Warriors!
While the safety of our students and employees remains our #1 priority, we are excited to be able to focus our plans for Summer Semester 2021 on a gradual “return to normal” with expanded in-person classes and activities. Additionally, as of 5/18/21, masks are no longer required on our campuses. And starting 5/24/21, self-screening will no longer be required. Looking ahead, Ridgewater College anticipates a full return to campus for Fall Semester 2021, including in-person classes, in-person club and athletic events, and increased in-person social opportunities and campus activities.
As we kick off the Summer 2021 semester, remember: we are strong, determined, and resilient — we are Warriors!
Forms of Instruction for Summer 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.|
Summer 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
Summer 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: Exposure, Masks, Screening, Testing, Vaccinations, Travel, etc.
- 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.
#2: Complete our COVID Exposure Reporting Form and contact Tressa Lukes, Safety Administer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text message at 320-212-1556;
#3: Review our COVID Exposure Action Guide for further information.
#4: Follow the instructions you receive from Tressa and do not come to campus until you’ve been cleared to do so.
- Do I have to wear a mask if I'm coming to campus?
No. As of Tuesday, May 18, 2021, masks are no longer required at Ridgewater College. (However, if COVID conditions change at any point in the future, the mask requirement could be reinstated).
- Do I need to do the COVID self-screening form when I come to campus?
As of May 24, 2021, the daily COVID self-screening will no longer be required. (However, if COVID conditions change at any point in the future, the self-screening requirement may be reinstated).
- Is social distancing required at Ridgewater College?
Yes, as of today, distancing is still required. However, if the Governor lifts restrictions on May 28th as was announced recently, the distancing requirement may go away on May 28th. Students and employees will be notified of any change to the distancing requirement.
- Am I required to be vaccinated from COVID-19 to come to campus?
No. We strongly recommend that our employees and students get vaccinated but it 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.
- Do I need to need to quarantine if I travel out of state or internationally?
Ridgewater College ‘s Guidance for Personal Travel during the Pandemic:
To assist students and employees who are considering travel plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled the following information to help you safely plan your personal travel and reduce risks to the college community upon your return.
It is important to note that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC also currently recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel outside of the United States.
With that information and maintaining a safe campus environment in mind, we ask all students and employees to recognize the potential risks that personal travel may present to you and to others in the college community upon your return, and to consider postponing or limiting any unnecessary travel, especially out-of-state or international travel, until the risk of the pandemic has significantly reduced.
In addition, the following advice should be considered before making travel plans:
- Since travel advisories, guidance and quarantine requirements by country and state can change quickly, it is important for those who wish to travel to do their research to determine conditions and requirements for their travel destination:
- If traveling internationally or across international borders, you should check with the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.
- Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you can enter the country. If you test positive upon arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time; you may even be prevented from returning to the United States as scheduled.
- If you travel to a high-risk location, including within the U.S., or if, during travel, you participate in activities where social distancing was not maintained, be aware that you may be required to quarantine and employees may be required to work from home for 14 days upon return from travel. (The requirement to quarantine will be determined through discussion with the Ridgewater College Safety Administrator and/or your supervisor prior to or immediately upon return, considering the most up-to-date information at the time).
If you do choose to travel after doing your research, we ask that you:
- Review and follow the CDC’s “Travel During Covid19” guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
- Consider avoiding high-risk locations as noted on the CDC site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html (Areas are ranked by their level of COVID risk: High=Level 3, Moderate=Level 2, Low=Level 1)
- Consider the activities or factors that may add additional risk to you during your travels, such as:
- Attending any large gatherings of people, indoor and outdoors
- Contact with others who are not wearing masks
- Contact with anyone who has COVID, or is suspected of having COVID, or may have been exposed to COVID
- Engaging in any activities where you are not able to social distance (excluding air or vehicle travel).
- Interacting with or attending events with persons from various locations, particularly high-risk locations.
- Follow the CDC’s After Travel Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
Additionally, employees should talk with their supervisor in advance about their plans for personal travel outside of the state or country to review the potential risk of possible complications that could impact your safe return to work.
What Areas of the Campus are Open?
- What are the college's hours and which doors/entrances will be open?
Our campuses will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm. In some cases, our campuses may be open on weekends for classes offered through Customized Training and Continuing Education. The maps below show which entrances will be open.
Doors (main door 100 & 350)
Open 7:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Hutchinson East Campus: (TBD)
Doors (500 & 550)
Open 7:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F
Open Saturday & Sunday per class schedule (CTCE)
Doors (main door, 4, 7, 29, 35, 36, 37, 52, 65, 71 & 74)
Open 7:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Doors (13 & 22)
Open 6:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Customized programming (TBD door 10 managed by CTCE)
Open 7:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F
Open Saturday & Sunday per class schedule
View the door access maps below:
- Willmar Campus Door Access Map
- Hutchinson Campus Door Access Map
- Hutchinson East Campus Door Access Map
Employees: If you have a key or fob you will be able to gain access at any time to the doors that you normally access. The times above are specific to public and student access.
- Will the campus bookstore be open?
Bookstore hours for Summer Semester 2021 are as follows:
- Willmar Campus: Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm
- Hutchinson Campus: Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm
Books and supplies MUST be purchased online.
Bookstore hours will continue to be reevaluated and are subject to change. View the Bookstore webpage for more information on hours and ordering.
Please contact call 320-222-5590 (Willmar) or 320-234-8524 (Hutchinson) if you have questions or concerns.
- Will the libraries and/or computer labs be open for students to access computer resources, internet and technology?
Yes. The libraries on each campus will be open on a reduced schedule from 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday during Summer Semester 2021, beginning June 1 and continuing through August 5. Our libraries will serve as computer labs: computers, internet and technology resources are available for students to use in each library.
The libraries will be closed May 17-28. The libraries will also be closed August 9-17th, reopening on Wednesday, August 18.
- Will food service be available on campus?
No. Food service is closed for the Summer. Vending machines will be available at both campuses. Additionally, the Bookstore will have snacks and other food items available for purchase when open.
- Will the fitness centers, gymnasium, student lounge areas and Create Space be open?
The gymnasium and fitness centers will be open for use by the athletic teams over the summer. Is has not yet been determined if they will be open for use by faculty, staff or other students during Summer Semester 2021.
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.
Student lounge areas may be used by students taking classes on campus; however, social distancing must be practiced at all times.
- Will there be in-person student activities happening on campus during Summer Semester?
Yes, on a limited basis as part of our gradual return to normal. Social distancing must be practiced at all times.
Student Technology, General Information and Resources Available
- 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.
- How do I obtain a parking permit or student ID? Will I need them?
Parking permits are not required for Summer Semester, and no parking fee will be assessed for Summer Semester.
Your Student ID gives you access to special discounts at local businesses in Willmar and Hutchinson. You may need a Student ID because:
- You are a new students and didn’t receive an ID due to COVID-19 and virtual new student registration days
- Your current ID is expired
- You lost your ID
Complete the online Warrior ID Request Form to request your ID. You will need to log into the form using the same login you use for your Ridgewater email:
- Your StarID Password
IDs will be printed and mailed the first and third week of each month, typically on Wednesdays.
- 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 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
- 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
- What is Ridgewater doing to keep the campus community safe during the COVID pandemic?
The College has worked closely with state and local officials to develop protocols that follow the CDC’s guidelines and focus on keeping our campus safe. The strongest line of defense we have to limit the spread of COVID-19 includes following the personal safety guidelines:
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet
- Wash your hands regularly
In addition, the College is following cleaning protocols recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for high traffic areas. Explore our Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan for more information on cleaning.
- 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:
- Email – email@example.com
- Call – 320-552-0167
- Willmar Campus:
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call – 320-212-1351
Prior to the start of classes, we will provide cleaning supplies to our F2F 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.
- Hutchinson Campus: