FAQ’s for Our Fall Return to Campus

Update: On Monday, August 3, 2020, RMCAD decided to delay fully reopening through the Fall A term. Instead, we will offer online instruction paired with increased on-campus resource access by appointment through a Blended+ learning environment. Click here to learn more.

RMCAD’s campus will officially reopen for modified in-person instruction on August 31, 2020, the start of our Fall A term.

The RMCAD COVID-19 Task Force has developed a plan, supported by specific policies and protocols, to guide our behaviors and prioritize the health, wellness, and safety of our community.

To prepare yourself, please thoroughly read the key elements of the Fall plan below. If you still have questions, join our student Q+A session on June 10 at 11:45 a.m.


Will masks / PPE be required on campus?

Face coverings will be required on campus (private offices exempt), and we will provide supplementary masks and gloves to those in need.

How do I get PPE if I don’t have it or forget to bring it?

Mask dispensers will be positioned around campus for easy access. If you are unable to find a dispenser, the front desk or the library will be able to assist you. If you need gloves for specific work, your instructor will provide them. Hand sanitizer will also be available at the front desk and throughout campus.

What should I do if I see someone on campus who is not wearing a mask?

Prior to campus reopening, a new Code of Conduct related to COVID-19 will be posted that all community members are required to follow. Directions on what to do in these situations will be outlined in the Code of Conduct.

How will temperature checks work?

Everyone’s temperature will be taken upon entering campus facilities. Because of this precaution, you may need to arrive earlier than usual to get to your classes and work on time. Additional instructions will be provided closer to the Fall start date. If you arrive on campus and do show symptoms or have a  temperature above the acceptable limit, you will be provided with protocol for next steps.

What if I am high-risk or live with someone who is high-risk?

If you are high-risk, live with someone who is high-risk, or may need some flexibility due to childcare or child’s school-related issues, you should request an accommodation. More information about this process is forthcoming.

What sanitization protocols will be in place?

The Facilities team is currently in process of modifying the campus to minimize health and wellness risks to students and staff for the fall return. New sanitization procedures are in place for all campus spaces as well as campus equipment and technology. Ample sanitization stations will also be available, and additional health and safety signage will be posted to guide you.

What measures are being taken to facilitate social distancing?

Six-foot parameters are in place throughout campus and new traffic patterns, such as one-way stairwells, will be implemented. Additional health and safety signage will be posted to guide you. In addition, events and group gatherings will remain virtual and recreational spaces closed until further notice.

What if there is a COVID-19 outbreak?

We are fully prepared to return to a remote work and blended learning environment if needed. If at any point you feel anxious about your health and safety on campus, we encourage you to take online classes. Contact your advisor or advising@rmcad.edu to discuss moving online.

How will RMCAD trace contact?

Contact tracing will be conducted with Jefferson County Public Health. In the event of an outbreak, anyone who may have come in contact with an infected individual will be notified by the JeffCo Public Health Department.

What if I think I might have been exposed COVID-19?

Students will be required to report any COVID-19 symptoms so that we can support them with special accommodations and instructions.

All students and employees on campus will receive daily temperature checks, limit non-essential travel, and self-quarantine for 14 days after possible exposure.

How will Faculty and Staff prepare for the return?

We will use a phased approach to bring staff and faculty back to campus, allowing flexibility for continued remote work on a case-by-case basis as needed.


How will this affect my classes?

All courses will incorporate online learning to some extent. Some classes will meet regularly, some classes will have a revised schedule with reduced required hours of face-to-face instruction, and some classes will continue in the blended format online.

How will this affect class schedules?

Classrooms will feature adjusted scheduling around room capacity, social distancing, safety, and traffic patterns. Course sizes will be reduced when meeting on campus.

When will I be able to see my Fall A schedule?

Fall A schedules will be available to view in the student portal in August, and Student Advisors are ready to assist with changes if needed.

How does this affect my already scheduled classes?

Classes are being audited to give priority to those that have the strongest need for in-person instruction. Above all, we are working to make sure that you and your peers are safe and minimizing risks. Once schedules are released, you can work independently with your Student Advisor to understand how you will engage with your courses.

When will I be informed of my course modalities?

By the end of July, we will know the status of each individual class. Full schedules will be posted in August for review.

What if I don’t feel comfortable returning to campus or if I am high-risk for COVID-19?

Online classes are still available so that you don’t have to pause your education. Contact your Advisor or advising@rmcad.edu to discuss moving to an online modality.

How can I meet with my Advisor?

You can schedule an online meeting with your Advisor at any time to discuss concerns regarding your classes. Email advising@rmcad.edu to schedule an appointment.


How will campus spaces, equipment, and technology be sanitized?

RMCADs Campus will employ new cleaning methods that will be performed post classes and after each workday taking place throughout the semester. This process will involve the use of a misting disinfectant on classroom surfaces and technology.

What will classroom adjustments look like?

Six foot parameters are in place throughout campus. Within our classrooms, this will mean that many spaces are going to have some modification. One example would be blocking off every other computer in a lab to provide ample space between seats.

All other campus lab procedures are in place and unchanged. As a reminder, please do not modify cables or stations in any way.

Some Campus classrooms will be outfitted with cameras to allow students attending the course to utilize a teleconference software to participate in courses that are in session. Faculty will receive additional training to utilize this equipment during the week of August 31.

What will office adjustments look like?

Six-foot parameters will be in place in communal offices. If you would like further clarification on your unique space, contact your manager.

Will the Rose Cottage Cafe / Grab and Go be open?

The cafe will be open and food will be available, however you will need to place your order in advance and practice social distancing in the cafe area. Seating will be limited.

The Grab and Go will be available with a new touchless system.

Masks may be removed to eat, however they must be worn immediately before and after eating.

Will the Spectrum Store, Student Lounge and social areas be open?

Social gathering areas and lounges will be accessible, however they will have new layouts and distancing guidelines in place to minimize capacity.

Will campus tours still be available?

Tours will continue at a limited capacity at specific intervals throughout the day to maintain a safe environment for both the campus community and visitors.


How will my Financial Aid be impacted?

Your Financial Aid will continue to be awarded based on your enrollment status and FAFSA eligibility. If there are any changes to your Fall schedule, your awards will be adjusted and you will receive a new award letter.

How will I be impacted if I am a work study?

Contact Tracy Craven at tcraven@rmcad.edu to discuss your work study position.

How can I meet with my Financial Aid Advisor?

You can reach your advisor by phone or email using the directory below. If you aren’t sure who your advisor is, please email FinancialAid@rmcad.edu for assistance.

Active Students:
A – G: Cat Correa: ccorrea@rmcad.edu, 303-225-8611
H – O: Shannon Alexander: salexander@rmcad.edu, 303-225-8611
P – Z: Patricia Johnson: pjohnson@rmcad.edu, 303-567-7346

Future Campus Students:
A – G: Carrie Slauson: cslauson@rmcad.edu, 720-643-4213
H – O: Sandi Ruby: sruby@rmcad.edu, 303-567-7293
P – Z: John Klocek: jklocek@rmcad.edu, 303-567-7343


What should I do about housing?

At our off-campus housing partner, The Regency, move-in will be the weekend of August 14, 2020. If students are unable to honor their lease term for any reason at the Regency due to COVID-19, they will need to give the Regency 60 days notice to have their lease terminated. For more general Housing FAQ’s like where to live and how to find a roommate, visit rmcad.edu/housing.

Will the Spectrum Store, Student Lounge and social areas be open?

Social gathering areas and lounges will be accessible, however they will have new layouts and distancing guidelines in place to minimize capacity.

Will there be events on campus?

Events and group gatherings will remain virtual until further notice.

What about The Mine?

The Mine will be open to students in need of food items and supplies, however, will follow social distancing guidelines to limit the number of people in the space at one time. Access may also be limited to certain hours during the day. 


What if I currently have equipment checked out from TECHBAR?

Students presently utilizing long term blended learning checkout equipment picked up from campus and the TECHBAR must return that equipment on or before September 8, 2020.

You may return that equipment in one of two ways:

1. You may bring your technology to campus yourself. You will need to call the front desk at 303.753.6046 before you come to campus to alert them to when you will be arriving with your equipment.

2. If you are unable to come to campus, we can send you a box with a prepaid shipping label to mail your equipment back to us. Contact techbar@rmcad.edu for details.

What if I want to check out new equipment from TECHBAR?

Checkout processes will continue during the fall semester following standard procedures with the additional note that this process will take longer than usual to account for more detailed cleaning practices.

There are always so many people in the TECHBAR. What are we doing to practice social distancing in that space?

The TECHBAR will be leveraging the mobile application and a queueing process on walk in assistance requests in the space. The called and queued users will be allowed in the TECHBAR two at a time.

Users can sign up on the mobile app qr code to attain a place in line then wait in the Rose Cottage Cafe nearby for a TECHBAR work study to call your name.

Users without the mobile app may request their name be taken, but we are asking for all users who are able please download the RMCAD Mobile App.

What if I need assistance with equipment?

Any students coming in for assistance in the TECHBAR should expect an extension on the time it will take to resolve issues to allow for the cleaning of equipment before assistance.

If you do not want to have your equipment disinfected, the TECHBAR will be unable to assist with that request.


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