What's open at Rhode Island College?

Alexis Rapoza

News Editor

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PROVIDENCE, R.I., -- For the second consecutive semester, a majority of classes at Rhode Island College have been entirely online. For many college students, the last year has been spent on Zoom and classroom discussions have become synonymous with Blackboard posts. Although most services offered at RIC have been temporarily cancelled or put on hold and most clubs are meeting virtually, there are some on-campus offerings that students can take advantage of.


Here is a comprehensive list of everything open on the Rhode Island College campus as of Spring 2021:


Adams Library


Beginning January 19, the Adams Library was closed to the public. Members of the RIC Community (students, faculty and staff) are allowed to take advantage of the library’s services in person provided they show a RIC ID or the Rave Guardian App. Levels 1A and 1B are closed until further notice. This semester, students can take advantage of free black and white printing by using the desktop computers on Level 3. Face masks are required at all times.


To borrow technology, fill out this online request form. To borrow any other library materials, a request can be made through the library request form. For more information on the library’s COVID-19 procedures, please visit their website at library.ric.edu.


Recreation Center


The Recreation Center is currently open for all RIC students. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Bookstore


The Bookstore is open for the Spring Semester. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Students are encouraged to order online and utilize curbside pickup whenever possible to limit the amount of people in the Student Union Lobby.


Donovan Dining Center


The dining center is open for all students, faculty and staff during the Spring semester. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


The dining center had introduced several COVID-19 mitigation measures including a modified menu and temporarily suspended service in self-service areas such as the salad bar.


Seating in the dining center is available at reduced capacity. All non-residents eating in the dining hall must leave their contact information at the cashier station.


The Cafe


The Cafe will continue to operate as takeout only for residential students. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Guests must preorder all food using the GET app. Students can use flex points, campus points or credit/debit cards.


IT Help Desk


The Help Center is open for students, faculty and staff to utilize. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be accepted. For any issues that may require in-person assistance email helpdesk@ric.edu


The Help Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls


The Workforce Development Hub is open for a select amount of in-person classes and meetings.


Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, on weekends and evenings if necessary.


For more information, contact Jen Giroux at jgiroux@ric.edu


Counseling Center


The Counseling Center remains closed for in-person appointments during the Spring 2021 semester. Appointments are available through phone or video-conferencing.


To schedule an appointment, leave a voicemail at 401-456-8094. Staff remain available over the phone Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The RIC HOPE Line is available 24/7. To speak with a license clinician call 401-456-HOPE (4673)


Health Services


Health Services is available through telemedicine visits only. If an in-person appointment is determined to be necessary during your telemedicine appointment, an in-person visit will be scheduled. Telemedicine services are available to both commuter and residential students.


To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call 401-456-8055. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


COVID-19 Testing


Symptomatic testing and asymptomatic testing is available to select portions of the RIC community.


Residential students who are experiencing symptoms may call 401-456-8055 to schedule a test.


Asymptomatic testing takes place in the Recreation Center. Those who are eligible to participate in this testing program include; student athletes, clinical students, RIC employees who have customer facing roles, faculty that teach in-person classes and residential assistants. Testing will take place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Since February 10, RIC has identified 14 cases of COVID-19 amongst the campus community. Commuter students account for 50% of cases, while 14% are residential students and 7% are faculty/staff.


Since August, RIC has identified a total of 222 positive COVID-19 cases. Commuter students account for 58% of cases, while residential students make up 23% of cases and faculty.staff account for 19% of cases.


For more information on upcoming virtual events, visit theanchorweb.org/events.


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