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Remote Learning FAQs

Do I need to be vaccinated to take classes on campus?

No. While being fully vaccinated is one option, CCRI is also allowing students, faculty, and staff coming to campus for the first week of summer session classes to show a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their first day arriving on campus. Those who show proof of being fully vaccinated, which means two weeks since you received the last dose of the vaccine, do not need to be tested to gain access to campus on their first day of classes.

Will the library be open this semester?

Yes. Our campus libraries are offering in-person and full virtual assistance this summer. Visit the Library webpage for information on all services and resources. Curbside pickup and drop off services will also be available at all three locations. 

How will I know if my class is online or in person?

In-person classes will be listed on your schedule with an accompanying room number. Online courses are listed as either online, synchronous (courses in which you are required to be online at the same time as your professor at the days and times on your schedule), or asynchronous (courses in which you can log in to the class and do your work at any time).

Am I eligible for the COVID Summer Scholarship?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • A Rhode Island resident who qualifies for in-state tuition and fees pursuant to the Residency Policy as adopted by the Council on Postsecondary Education.  
  • Enrolled in a CCRI associate degree or undergraduate certificate. 
  • Enrolled at CCRI anytime within the Spring 2020 – Spring 2021 semesters. CCRI will determine enrollment as of February 15, 2020 (Spring '20), July 15 (Summer), October 15 (Fall), and February 10, 2021 (Spring '21). The National Student Clearinghouse will also be used to determine enrollment. 
  • Did not earn an associate degree or bachelor’s degree. This requirement includes May 2021 graduates. 

For more information on available scholarships and eligibility requirements, visit our COVID Recovery Scholarships webpage. 

Do I still need to wear a mask on campus if I am vaccinated?

Yes. While Gov. Dan McKee’s new guidance states that fully-vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a face mask while at work, CCRI at this time will continue to require faculty, staff, and students to wear a mask/face covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status. This decision was made with the intent to keep our college community's health and safety as our top priority.

What other resources will be available on campus?

While our campuses will be open for the Summer 2021 semester, student access to campus will be limited to those with on-campus classes, appointments to meet with a professor, advisor or other CCRI staff, or to utilize one of the limited on-campus services like the open study spaces, computer lab, among other resources. Visit our on-campus resources guide for information on which resources are available in addition to hours of operation.  

Will study areas and classrooms be disinfected between uses?

Yes. CCRI’s Facilities Management Department has enhanced protocols for cleaning materials and frequency while using appropriate personal protective equipment. Many of the custodial services you have seen in the past in public spaces will continue as normal while, in addition to our standard cleaning, the college is using CDC-approved disinfectant products to sanitize frequently-touched surfaces. CCRI will also use disinfectant mist machines that increase the number of surfaces cleaned, and ensure hard-to-clean surfaces are disinfected in classrooms before the start of the first class and after the last class of the day. 

Will the cafeteria be open in the summer?

Dining Services, including cafeterias and on-campus catering, will be limited for the summer sessions. Vending machines for snacks and drinks, as well as fresh sandwiches, will be available throughout the semester.

Will the bookstore be open this summer?

No. However, students can still shop online and purchase textbooks, bus passes, clothing, gift cards, and other supplies. All orders will be shipped and additional questions can be forwarded to [email protected] Students can also order textbooks and course materials online.