Coronavirus Info Center
Last Update: May 15 @ 12:15 pm - HEEERF Reporting
Last Update: May 15 @ 12:15 pm – HEEERF Reporting
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting:
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Richard Bland College 30-Day Fund Report
May 15, 2020
Overview of Funding:
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions.
Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.
Richard Bland College (RBC) addresses questions for the “30-Day Fund Report” below:
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
RBC Response: RBC completed and submitted the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The Offices of Finance and Financial Aid have established a process in order to deliver no less than 50% of the funding to students for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
RBC Response: RBC was allocated $410,367 in funding to be distributed for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.
3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
RBC Response: As of this initial 30-day reporting period, no funding has been distributed to students.
4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
RBC Response: At this time, we estimate 600 students will be eligible to participate in the program.
5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
RBC Response: As of this initial 30-day reporting period, no students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CARES Act.
6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
RBC Response: We are using an application process for students to apply for the CARES funding, to include the students completing the FAFSA form to determine eligibility. Students are asked to complete the FAFSA if they had not already done so by May 15 and all students should fill out a COVID-19 Application form for funding by June 1, 2020. Once we determine all students who are eligible to receive the funding, the students will receive an equal share: full amount for full-time students, and half of that amount for less than full-time students. Our goal is to begin awarding the funds mid-June.
7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
RBC Response: The Office of Financial Aid has sent several emails to students with instructions on applying for the FAFSA and the RBC COVID-19 Application for funding. The instructions are easy to follow and includes the link to the application. The application can also be accessed via mobile devices. We have also established a COVID-19 email address firstname.lastname@example.org where students can send any questions or concerns. The Office of Financial Aid is monitoring the applications received and sending out reminder notifications as needed.
Click here for a pdf of the document.
Spring Semester Grading Options
Spring Semester Grading Options
Updated: April 8 at 12:15 pm
Richard Bland College remains committed to student success even through the COVID-19 crisis, which has required us to convert all Spring 2020 courses to remote learning. In light of this situation, the College will amend its grading scale for this semester offering students three options: 1) a standard letter grade 2) a Pass+, Pass-, Withdraw or 3) an Incomplete grade. The scale below details the College’s amended grading policy for Spring 2020 courses.
GradeGrade Definition P+Pass with a grade of “C” or higherP-Pass with a grade of “D”IIncomplete means you agree to complete any remaining assignments prior to 10/30/20. At that date you will receive a P+, P-, or F. The F would apply if the student had an F at the end of Spring 2020 semester, and did not complete outstanding work.WWithdrawal from a course without penalty by May 10, 2020
Students will be able to make their decision on a course-by-course basis. If no preference is indicated, the default will be to a standard letter grade. Students are asked to give each course considerable thought, as the P+/P-/W/I option may impact their future academic/educational plans, and scholarship eligibility after attending Richard Bland College. Students are strongly encouraged to seek consultation from their learner mentor, the financial aid and registrar offices prior to selecting an option other than a standard grade. The student, not RBC, its agents or assigns, is solely responsible for any academic, financial or other impact of any grading decision. Details on the grade option selection process will be provided by the end of April. All of Virginia’s public 2-year and 4-year institutions are working to establish transfer guidelines related to this emergency grading policy change.
RBC Helping to Connect the Community
RBC Helping to Connect the Community
Updated: April 15 at 11:45 pm
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is providing students and community members free WiFi access in the parking lot outside Maze Hall on Johnson Road. The College has expanded access to help provide Internet service for those without connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand that every home may not have dependable Internet access, and RBC wants to ensure that all of our students, and the community, can complete studies or other important daily tasks that require reliable service,” says Lashrecse Aird, Chief of Staff.
Details of RBC’s WiFi access are as follows:
- WiFi use is available for Richard Bland College students and the community.
- A limited number of tables are available on the perimeter of the Maze parking lot for outside WiFi access.
- Visitors are encouraged to remain in their vehicles while accessing WiFi. Those who choose to use outside space must follow CDC guidelines on social distancing.
- Speed of WiFi is affected by the number of connections at any given time. Each session is limited to one hour.
- Users accessing RBC’s WiFI are responsible for their own devices. The College is unable to provide technical support.
- Power for charging devices is not available.
- Public restrooms are not available.
The College Police Department provides continuous patrol and video surveillance to provide a safe environment. To contact Campus Police, call 804-862-6111.
MySTic Tutoring Information
Updated March 26 @ 3:30 pmThe Math & Science Tutoring Center is available to students virtually. One-on-one video and phone tutoring is available. Students can find the schedule in a Canvas announcement on their Learner Mentor’s Canvas site.
President Sydow's COVID-19 Update
President Sydow’s COVID-19 Update
March 24 @ 5:00 pm
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Virginia Governor Northam issued two new directives that will go into effect at midnight tonight and remain in effect for at least 30 days:
- All K-12 schools will remain closed through the school year.
- All recreation and entertainment, restaurants (except take-out or delivery) and non-essential businesses are mandated to close. Only “essential services” like health care facilities, banks and grocery stores will remain open, and these entities are expected to increase compliance with sanitization and social distancing.
The RBC management team has reviewed the impact to the College resulting from these newest directives, with a continued focus on how best to continue to meet the needs of our students while, at the same time, limiting COVID-19 exposure. Highlights are as follows:
- Having received clarification that higher education is not mandated to close, the College will remain open and available to meet the needs of those we serve. CDC and VDH guidelines for sanitization and social distancing will continue to be observed. Furthermore, in recognition of employee concerns, flexibilities are available to non-instructional employees as follows:
- No employee is required to work during this time. However, if you choose not to work, you must take leave.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, are considered high risk, or are exposed to COVID-19 up to 80 hours of Public Health Emergency Leave is available.
- Full-time employees not planning to report to campus for work due to COVID-19 concerns will be granted up to 5 days (40 hours) of paid leave. This leave has been established in an effort to relieve hardship. To be considered for this leave, approval of a senior-level administrator and the HR Director is required.
Contact HR for additional information on all of these available options, or with specific questions or concerns.
- In light of heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it has been determined that RBC lacks adequate resources to enforce mandated social distancing and crowd control in residence halls. Therefore, all dormitories will close for all students, effective Saturday, March 28 at 12:00 noon. This closure will remain in effect for the remainder of the spring semester. Details are available on the College website. Any residential student should contact Ada Walker in the Office of Residence Life immediately with any concerns. ORL is assisting residential students, international and domestic, in identifying viable options for accommodation based upon their individual situations.
- If the spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate, the College is assessing options for further limiting the risk of exposure by enabling virtual access to some or all non-instructional services. Should it become necessary to provide virtual services, the following will occur:
- Supervisors will determine on a department by department and/or employee by employee basis when telework is a viable option. Supervisors will notify employees of telework rules and requirements as stipulated by DHRM and RBC HR. All employees who telework will be required to submit to their supervisor and HR detailed documentation of work completed on a daily basis.
- Those employees who are designated as essential personnel will report to work during normal business hours or as directed.
To be clear, there are no immediate plans to move to a virtual or telework environment for non-instructional employees. The College remains open.
RBC.edu continues to be the best central source for all information related to RBC’s COVID-19 response. Look there first for new information and updates.
We need your help! As members of the RBC community, each of us has the responsibility to limit COVID-19 exposure.
- Please stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms of flu, cold, COVID-19, etc.
- Any member of this community who has been asked by public health officials to self-quarantine or self-isolate must follow those directives and should not be on campus.
- Please maintain a safe distance at all times – 6 feet per CDC.
- Please limit travel to essential outings only, e.g., food, pharmacy, etc.
- Please be good stewards of College resources. This is a challenging time for each of us, but if we all work together we will limit the financial impact.
- Please remain calm, compassionate, and positive. Each of us deal with fear, stress and anxiety differently. We need to remember to take care of each other and those we serve. This does not occur by feeding negative emotions.
Please take very good care of yourselves. Whenever we reach the other side of this and things return to normal, your energy, expertise, passion, and presence will be the keys to renewal at RBC. I look forward to that day!
Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.
Richard Bland College of William & Mary
Tips for Remote Learning
Tips For Remote Learning
March 18 @ 12:30 pm
We recognize that the last week has been uncertain for all of you and we appreciate your patience as we consider what is best for the RBC family with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Please review the information below as it will help you understand resources available that can help you to be successful as we move towards online classes for the remainder of the spring semester.
Student Information Update Form*
In order for us to maintain contact with you via the appropriate address and phone number, we ask you to complete the form found via the following link:
*Thank you to those who have completed this form!
Students Without a Laptop
Students needing a Chromebook for remote learning can contact the library at email@example.com.
Tips for Remote Learning & Tutoring
With classes moving entirely online – that’s right, there will be no classes taking place on campus, rather all course work is available via Canvas – we understand the stress you are under moving from face-to-face to remote learning. The document attached to the email sent by Provost Dezenberg on Monday, March 16, 2020 with the announcement that classes will be online-only moving forward provides some excellent information regarding technology requirements. Below are some other resources to assist you in making this transition.
Tips for Success – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEldg-G3lqQ
8 Strategies for Getting the Most Out of an Online Class – https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/tips-for-taking-online-classes/
To access tutoring, Smarthinking Tutoring is available in all Canvas sites on the left-side panel of each course. This service is available 24/7, please take advantage of this invaluable resource. In addition, students can ask writing questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, though they are encouraged to use Smarthinking for proofreading and copy editing. For all services, students should plan for a response within 24 hours.
More information about the Math & Science Tutoring Center’s plans in light of COVID-19 will be shared on a later date. Until then, please use Smarthinking.
Concerned About Access to Course Materials? VitalSource May Help!
VitalSource Helps is a program designed to support students and instructors who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving to distance learning to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program is made possible by the leading publishers and resellers in US higher education. The program offers free access to tens of thousands of eBooks through May 25, 2020 to students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the US. Find more information via the link below:
You Are Our #1 Priority
Know that we are here for you and we know you can succeed, just let us know how we can help you!
For up-to-date information on RBC’s decisions regarding COVID-19, please visit www.rbc.edu.
Wishing you good health and safety,
The Student Success Team
FAQs related to the coronavirus at RBC (March 17 @ 4:10 pm)
Richard Bland College Coronavirus FAQ
March 20 @ 4:20 pm – Library hours March 23-27 are 8 am – 5 pm and are limited to state guidelines.
To help students and family members navigate through the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it relates to policies and procedures at Richard Bland College of William & Mary, please refer to the detailed documents available in both word and pdf formats. Should you have additional questions, please email email@example.com
How do I contact someone at Richard Bland College on questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Students and family members can email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions not answered in the FAQ document.
How will I receive updates about any actions I need to take?
Updates will be communicated via Statesman email and the RBC website.
Why has the College extended its’ Spring Break until March 22, 2020?
Our priorities are to ensure a safe campus environment while supporting our students’ academic goals. Extending Spring Break through March 22 allows time for ongoing monitoring of this rapidly evolving situation and to prepare the campus for next steps in accordance with state and federal recommendations.
Why is the College moving its classes to an online format?
This action is being taken in the interest of the health and safety of our campus community, as well as the wider community, as we follow guidance on social distancing to try to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Our faculty and staff will be working closely with individuals who have concerns about remote learning.
Is the semester going to be extended on account of the additional spring break week?
It is possible that spring semester will be extended, but no decision has yet been made.
Will the College remain open?
Yes, the College is open, and the business of the College will continue until further notice.
Health, Wellness, & Prevention
Has any member of the RBC community been diagnosed with the Coronavirus?
There are currently no reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Richard Bland College or in our immediate area.
What is RBC doing to prepare if there is a report of the virus involving members of the RBC community?
If a residential student tests positive, they will be moved to a room of isolation for 14 days and will be reported to the Virginia Department of Health. If a faculty or staff member tests positive, they should stay at home in isolation and contact their primary care provider.
What if I recently traveled to any of the affected areas and have concerns that I may have been exposed to coronavirus or have symptoms?
Students, faculty, and staff who will be returning from a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 travel notice area or other areas of risk should heed the CDC’s guidance. Residential Life will assist on a case by case basis with residential students requesting the option of isolation to pursue self-quarantine.
What preventative actions should I take at this time?
Consult the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for information and guidance on how to take responsibility for limiting the spread of disease. If you are sick or have any symptoms you should plan to stay home. Students should communicate with their professors, employees should communicate with their supervisor and HR.
Where should I go to get tested for coronavirus?
You should consult with your health care provider.
Should I wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
What happens if I live on campus and the College closes?
Residence halls will remain open through the end of the semester, and essential personnel are in place to provide all needed services.
If I am approved to remain on campus, can I stay in my current room?
Residential life is in the process of assessing preventative measures related to the coronavirus, which may entail changes, such as fewer people to each suite. Students are urged to be flexible and to cooperate fully with staff. Everyone’s first priority is the health and safety of our students.
What if I need to access something in my dorm room after I have left campus?
If you are not returning to campus, you must pick up your items by Wednesday, March 18 by 5pm. Any items not removed by that deadline will be packed and stored for ten days. If you have special circumstances, you can email email@example.com or call 804-862-6161 to schedule an appointment.
If a student has on-campus housing and leaves to go home during this time, will the student receive a prorated housing refund?
Housing and related services remain available to all residential students. The deadline for refunds has passed. Therefore, refunds will not be issued to those who opt not to return to campus for the remaining weeks of spring semester.
Will the College help students pack and store their belongings?
There are currently no support services available to assist students in packing and storing belongings.
Can I leave my car on campus?
The College cannot assume responsibility for vehicles left on campus. College policy is that abandoned vehicles will be removed from campus.
What will happen to my mail if I opt not to stay in the residence halls?
Students are advised to submit the USPS Change of Address form.
Is the RBC bookstore open?
The bookstore expects to keep regular hours. Any change to the hours will be indicated at https://www.bkstr.com/richardblandstore/home.
Will Statesman gym and the weight room be open?
How do I access my courses remotely?
Students will continue to use Canvas to access their courses.
Is there someone who can help me troubleshoot should I have technical difficulties accessing classes remotely?
For support accessing Canvas, contact STAC at STAC@rbc.edu or (804) 862-6401. For support accessing course specific technologies, contact the faculty member teaching your course.
My home is in a different time zone than my course. How can I participate in course activities given virtually given the time difference?
Please contact your faculty member if you have scheduling issues due to time zone difference.
How will students have access to texts/books that are not e-books?
Please contact the faculty member teaching your course on how to gain access to course materials.
What resources are available for virtual class assignments and tests if I do not have the required computer equipment or access to the internet?
The College remains open, and internet access is available on campus. Please contact the RBC Library at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a device checkout if a Chromebook is needed. In addition, you have online access to Office 365, which includes OneDrive (Microsoft version of Google Drive), Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. You can access the entire suite by logging into Statesman Mail from www.rbc.edu and clicking the menu button in the upper-left corner of the screen. See the menu button below.
Can I study from my home country during this time?
Yes, international students may study from their home country for the spring semester due to the COVID-19 emergency.
Will work study students continue to work?
Students involved in work study should contact their direct supervisor.
Will I receive financial aid funds if I choose to withdraw from the College?
Please visit the Financial Aid site for the current policy on Title IV refund.
Will I be able to meet with the Provost and/or the Director of Academics while I am not on campus?
Yes. Students will be able to continue to receive support and have meetings with the Provost and/or Director of Academics if needed. All meetings will be conducted over the phone or using Zoom.
Will I be able to meet with my Learner Mentor while I am not on campus?
Yes. Students will be able to continue to receive support and have meetings with their Learner Mentor as needed. All meetings will be conducted over Canvas, the phone, or using Zoom.
Will dining services still be available?
Presently, the Parsons Café is open, and shuttle services are available. The College may modify the hours and/or the location of food services to best accommodate those living on campus.
What is happening with RBC Athletics?
Following the recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19, the NJCAA will cancel all spring competition effective immediately. This includes practices, regular season, postseason and championship play. This measure unfortunately ends the spring season for the RBC softball and beach volleyball teams.
Will commencement occur as planned?
At this point, we expect commencement activities to proceed as planned. However, should this change, we will provide as much advance notice as possible.
Will campus events be cancelled?
RBC is following state guidance regarding events. More information is forthcoming on events scheduled in April and beyond.
Will counseling services be available while classes are offered remotely?
For counseling information, please visit the Counseling website. Tele-counseling and virtual counseling are available.
Can I still utilize my academic accommodations?
Yes, you can utilize your academic accommodations; however, it is the student’s responsibility to remind instructors of individual assigned accommodations. If you need of a Letter of Accommodations to provide your instructor, please contact disability services at email@example.com.
For any students who did not previously request accommodations and need of them with class delivery becoming remote, you will need to visit the Office of Disability Services webpage via www.rbc.edu and complete the appropriate application.
Spring Classes to Resume Remotely March 23 (March 16 @ 12:15 pm)
Message to RBC Students, Faculty, and Administration
March 16 @ 12:15 pm
Even as we continue to prioritize the health and security of RBC’s community, academic leaders and faculty are hard at work to ensure that students have the opportunity to complete their spring semester courses and programs. In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the College will offer options for students to complete spring semester coursework via remote instruction, effective March 23, 2020.
This week faculty and the academic support team are focused on preparing for this instructional shift. Our goal is to make the transition a smooth one for all students, and we intend to do everything possible to help students complete their spring semester coursework.
In certain cases, incompletes may be offered at the discretion of instructors and/or academic leadership. Special requests for onsite support will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learner Mentors, Library, IT and other campus teams are prepared to support students by advising on how best to navigate this change, including how to proceed if access to technology and/or high speed internet is problematic. Students are encouraged to review the attached letter which provides guidance on next steps.
Maria E. Dezenberg, PhD
Richard Bland College of William & Mary
How to prepare for remote instruction (March 16 @ 12:20 pm)
Following the decision of the President’s Council today, RBC classes will resume through remote instruction (online) on Monday, March 23. Now is the time to be prepared. Please consider the following necessities as you think about your preparations for adjusting to remote instruction.
- Access to a computer, Chromebook, or other device capable of accessing Canvas and your Statesman Mail (Outlook). NOTE: Smartphones and tablets are often not substitutes and lack compatibility or capability necessary for online coursework.
- Operating System: Windows 7 or higher, Mac OSX 10.6
- Software: MSOffice 2016 or Office365 (preferred), Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash
- Browsers: Mozilla Firefox (preferred) or Google Chrome (preferred). Note: Pop-up blockers need to be disabled for Canvas.
- Access to a reliable and speedy Internet connection.
- Ability to:
- Open a browser and locate the website you need.
- Log into your RBC email, Canvas, and Banner accounts.
- Open, create, and save a Word document.
- Open a PDF file.
- Open, create, and send an email.
- Attach a file to an email or Assignment in Canvas.
- Save your files to accepted file types.
- NOTE: Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .rtf
If you require assistance in obtaining access to technology or assistance with operation, you can contact Statesman Technical Assistance Center at STAC@rbc.edu or (804) 862-6401. Your instructor can also assist you with accessing material and completing and turning in assignments properly through Canvas. Remember that you can access the entire Online Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) through your Statesman Mail (Outlook) account by clicking on the top left corner square (9 dots) of Outlook in your browser.
As faculty prepare for remote instruction, it is highly likely that due dates and some assignments will change. We ask you to be flexible with these changes in expectations. Communication is key. Email your questions or concerns to your professors on a consistent basis and they will respond. Instructors understand that changes can create stress and introduce new obstacles to completing coursework. They want to be understanding and flexible while also delivering the same rigorous education you would expect to receive in the classroom.
As President Sydow stated, our priority is to protect the health and safety of each member of the campus community by limiting the spread of the virus while ensuring that students are able to complete their courses and programs of study. For those students who wish to return to campus, please take responsibility for limiting the spread of disease—flu, common cold, COVID-19, etc. Consult the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for information and guidance.
To reiterate for those students who plan to return to campus despite the move to remote instruction, those returning from a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 travel notice area or other areas of risk should not return to campus until they can demonstrate that they have tested negative or show no symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Finally, it is important to take actions to reduce stigma surrounding those affected by COVID-19 and to ensure the mental health and well being of our entire Richard Bland College community. There is no connection between COVID-19 and race, ethnicity, or national origin. Jokes or teasing that may seem innocent may only serve to further alienate those affected by COVID-19, or to isolate or cause anxiety for those who are unaffected but remain far away from their homes, families, and support systems. Please continue to speak out against negative behaviors or messages, and encourage each other through positive and compassionate words and actions. RBC’s mental health support services continue to be available: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 862-6263. You can also call national mental health hotlines listed on the website of National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and don’t hesitate to contact your instructors with questions. We thank you for your flexibility in dealing with this unprecedented event.
Be encouraged. Take heart. Stay safe. We are all in this together!
- Access to a computer, Chromebook, or other device capable of accessing Canvas and your Statesman Mail (Outlook). NOTE: Smartphones and tablets are often not substitutes and lack compatibility or capability necessary for online coursework.
President Sydow's Statement on the Coronavirus - (Updated March 16 @ 2:30 pm)
President Sydow’s Statement on the Coronavirus
Updated March 16 @ 2:30 pm
Earlier this afternoon, Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency in response to the public health risk posed by the spread of coronavirus in Virginia. Although there are currently no reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Richard Bland College or in our immediate area, our priority is to protect the health and safety of each member of the campus community by limiting the spread of the virus to the extent possible, while, at the same time, ensuring that students are able to complete their courses and programs of study.
Spring Break Extended
To allow time for ongoing monitoring of this rapidly evolving situation and to ready the campus in accordance with published protocols and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health and other health agencies, spring break for students will be extended to Sunday, March 22. Classes in one form or another will resume on Monday, March 23.
College Remains Open
Richard Bland College remains open; the extended spring break is for students only.
Preparation for Remote Instruction
The Provost and Director of Academics are arranging for intensive professional development for faculty focused on the effective delivery of remote instruction, and this mandatory training will commence on Monday, March 16. This is in preparation for the possible move to remote instruction either for all students, or for students on an individual basis, should that become necessary. Provost Dezenberg and Dr. Gurnick will send a follow-up email with additional information.
Out-of-State Travel Suspended for Commonwealth Employees
The Commonwealth has suspended for 30 days all out-of-state travel for state employees.
Cancellation of Events
All RBC sponsored events that are scheduled prior to April 10 and that are expected to draw crowds larger than 100 people will be canceled. At this point, we expect Founder’s Day and commencement activities to proceed as planned. However, should this change, we will provide as much advance notice as possible.
Following the recent recommendations of the CDC, the NJCAA has decided to cancel all spring competition effective immediately. This will include practices, regular season, postseason and championship play. Along with cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that point in time. Athletes will be updated in the coming days about eligibility for spring sport athletes. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.
Employee Health and Well Being
If you or someone you live with is immunosuppressed or a member of a high-risk group as defined by the CDC, please do not attend campus activities or come to work. Also, provisions for telework are available to any employee who is symptomatic. More information will be forthcoming from HR Director Cassandra Standberry.
Students, faculty, and staff who will be returning from a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 travel notice area or other areas of risk should not return to campus until they can demonstrate that they have tested negative or show no symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Please take responsibility for limiting the spread of disease—flu, common cold, COVID-19, etc. Consult the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for information and guidance.
Stay tuned …
As we continue to receive new information and make decisions in real-time, updates and notifications will be posted on social media and at rbc.edu. The website will have the most up-to-date information, so please encourage colleagues and students to go there first.
Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.
Richard Bland College of William & Mary
Residential Life Housing Information and Survey (Monday, March 16 @ 11:15 am)
To all Residential Students — Coronavirus Update
The highest priority for the College and the Office of Residence Life (ORL) is to provide each of you a safe and secure home where you can pursue your academic goals. We have been actively monitoring the current outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and will continue to do so. Nevertheless, the Residence Halls will remain open for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester for all of those who choose return to campus.
If you decide to return to campus, and we hope you will, we ask for your cooperation as we shift some of our policies and services as required by the situation. For the remainder of the semester, we will be enforcing a strict no-visitation policy, whereby no outside visitors will be allowed in the residence halls. Also, depending on certain circumstances, we may modify the hours and/or the location of Food Services to best accommodate those living on campus. And we will ask that all returning students consent to being moved to a different room, if necessary, and that rooms and suites be made available for disinfection or sanitization as required.
Should you decide not to return to your room for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, you must remove all personal items from your rooms/suites by Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00pm.
To provide you the best possible experience, it is very important that we know your plans for the remainder of the semester. Please let us know your intent by completing a survey by Monday, March 16th at 1:00pm by clicking the following link
The Office of Residence Life
COVID-19 Prevention at RBC Press Release (March 9, 2020)
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is using spring break week to take proactive measures to make its campus healthier during the current flu season and in preparation for a potential coronavirus outbreak.
Under the direction of Chief of Police Jeffrey S. Brown, RBC has installed new sanitizer stations in each administrative, academic and residential building across campus. Through the use of multi-modal communications, RBC’s Emergency Management Team has deployed a comprehensive awareness campaign to promote good hygiene.
“Richard Bland College is actively educating and preparing for the potential risks and disruptions that the flu and COVID-19 could bring to the Commonwealth and the campus community,” says Brown. “The College wants to promote and encourage a culture of cleanliness and good health.”
Posters around the RBC campus support time-honored hygiene messages: “Cover Your Cough,” “Wash Your Hands,” and “Stay Home If You’re Sick.” According to Brown, “the techniques to prevent the flu are the same techniques that would be used to protect individuals from a COVID-19 incident.”
Richard Bland’s messaging throughout campus reinforce tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. national public health institute, to help stay healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, using soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand).
- Use a hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to running water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, cough, and shortness of breath (symptoms of COVID-19). Seek medical attention immediately if you may have been exposed.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
COVID-19 Resource Links
Virginia COVID-19 Links
- Virginia Dept of Health COVID site
- Virginia Dept of Human Resource Management (VDHRM)
- Emergency Office Closing guidance
- Virginia Employment Commission – unemployment info
- Virginia Department of Education
Governor Northam / State Level Announcements
- March 17 –Gov directs adherence to 10-person gathering ban, quarantine for high-risk individuals, workers and employer support –
- March 17 – Public Health Emergency Order limiting to 10 person gatherings
- March 12 – Gov declares state of emergency
- Executive Order 46 (2019)- Emergency Prep and Responsibilities of State Agencies
Coronavirus Travel Bans
This page provides information and guidance on the Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus, issued on January 31, 2020; and the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus, issued on February 29, 2020.
- suspend entry into the U.S. of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2, 2020
- suspend entry into the U.S. of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on March 2, 2020.
- do not apply to any aliens who is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
In addition, on January 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared that the Novel Coronavirus represents a public health emergency in the U.S. Consequently, the following restrictions on U.S. citizens returning from travels in China were implemented. The restrictions are effective starting 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei province in the 14 days prior to their entry to the United States will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they have been provided proper medical care and health screening
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been anywhere else in mainland China in the 14 days prior to their entry to the United States will undergo “proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry,” and up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine” to ensure they’ve not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.
If you plan to travel internationally, please be sure to have the proper documents to re-enter the U.S.:
- F-1 (I-20) students, see a list of what you need.
- J-1 (DS-2019) students, Language House Fellows, and scholars, see a list of what you need.
We also recommend the following documents:
- A copy of your unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed via Banner Self-Service.
- A copy of your U.S. arrival and departure history
- Proof of stay from your travel destination such as hotel reservation
The information above is provided as practical help from knowledgeable experts on the currently understood effects of the Travel Ban. However, nothing posted here is legal advice to any individual. Legal advice can only be provided by an attorney directly representing an individual client.
Housing & Dining Refund Information
Housing & Dining Refund Information
April 1 @ 3:15 pm
Dear RBC Student,
I am hopeful this message finds you and your family in good health. Over the past three weeks, so much has changed for all of us. During this stressful time, the College has committed to providing a rebate for a portion of your housing and dining costs. The following message explains how the rebate will be generated.
During the spring 2020 term, you either lived in College housing, had a meal plan through Dining Services, or both. As a result of a state mandate requiring the College to terminate your on-campus housing and dining contracts early due to COVID-19, a rebate will be automatically applied to your student account.
Eligible students in the following categories will receive rebates:
- For students who were in housing and paid for housing, you will receive $1,000 to offset the cost of housing and meals.
- For students who were in housing and received a housing waiver, but paid for meals, you will receive $300 to offset the cost of meals.
- For commuter students who prepaid for a meal plan, you will receive $200 to offset the cost of meals.
Your rebate will be applied in the following order:
- Directly to your student account
- To pay off any outstanding charges
- If there is a remaining balance, a rebate check will be sent to you via U.S. mail:
- Please log into Banner and review your permanent address to ensure that it is correct.
- If the address needs to be changed, please complete the Student Information Update Form
Please contact the College at 804-862-6100 or at email@example.com if you have questions about this process.
Rebates will be processed beginning April 1st. We will send an email notification when your rebate check is processed. If you have questions about your rebate after it has been processed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience and understanding as these rebates have been calculated and finalized. Take care and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus when it is safe.
Paul S. Edwards
Chief Business Officer
Richard Bland College
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