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FALL 2020 Campus Reopening Plan
This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the "Higher Education Reopening Guidance," which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

Campus Reopening

New (April 8, 2021): Update to the campus community 

Richard Bland College’s mission is to actively engage every student in the learning process and to deliver a consistently high-quality educational experience. To achieve these goals, the College is preparing for the safe return of students, faculty and staff for fall 2020.

To ensure a collaborative, cross-departmental approach to the complex challenge of reopening RBC’s campus, a tiger team was formed in May, 2020 to identify campus reopening options, assess the pros and cons of each option, and to develop a reopening plan that prioritizes the College’s mission while safeguarding the health and safety of the RBC community by adhering Virginia’s Public Health Guidelines for Higher Education, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. View the Statesman Strong Pledge, the College Operations Plan, and the Face Covering Policy.

RBC then assembled the Safe & Secure Taskforce to formulate the final plan for reopening and ensuring a safe environment in fall 2020. Taskforce members include:
Jeff Brown – Director of Special Projects & Operations (Chair)
Lashrecse Aird – Chief of Staff
Cassandra Standberry – Director of Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer
Joanne Williams – Director of Government Relations & Communications
Eric Kondzielawa – Director of Operations & Capital Assets
Preston Bousman – Business Manager/Residential Life & Café
Celia Brockway – Acting Director of Student Success
Dr. Mary Gurnick – Acting Director of Academics
Scott Newton – Director of Athletics/COVID Training Lead
Dianna Lester – Development Assistant


The RBC Safe & Secure team encourages you to review all current information available for Health & Safety, Students & Families, Faculty & Staff, Alumni & Friends, and Frequently Asked Questions. Guidelines and recommendations are changing, so please visit this site often to view updated information. If you have questions, please click the box below to submit.

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