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OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY

The learning and engagement facilitated by having in-person interactions with faculty and fellow students are at the core of a Ringling College of Art and Design education. Indeed, it is Ringling College’s culture and why we are so exceptional. Our studio-based curriculum is designed around the foundational belief that the skills and concepts needed to become discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in art and design are best delivered and received through the in-person, hands-on learning experience. Additionally, the many life and leadership skills fostered by the vibrant on-campus experiences that we provide as part of our commitment to developing the whole student are critical to preparing you for life and successful careers.

Although our incredible faculty and staff were able to find creative ways to deliver our uniquely immersive curriculum and student life programming remotely at the continued level of excellence expected from a Ringling College education, that modality, for the reasons above, is not optimal. We have also heard the concerns of students and faculty about the need for the social aspect and intricacies of skills development that can best happen in physical classroom, studio, and lab settings. Ringling College is at its heart a community of creatives who are best able to develop to their highest potential in environments that foster collaboration, co-creation, and spontaneous idea generation. Despite the advances of modern technology, that is why we believe in-person experiences remain the best way to educate our students. 

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Protecting Myself and Others – General Guidelines

To help control the spread of the virus, it is strongly recommended that all students, staff, and faculty are fully up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. 

In light of the low incidence in case numbers of COVID-19 among campus community members and risk assessments of the local communities, protocols for the Main Campus have been reevaluated, and the following guidelines are effective immediately:

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings in interior shared spaces, including classrooms, labs, or studios will now be OPTIONAL. However, faculty may request that students wear face coverings based on factors such as the opportunity for distancing and health concerns of faculty or student members in the class.
  • Face coverings outdoors are optional.
  • Face coverings should be worn to individual comfort level and everyone's choice to wear face coverings should be respected and supported.
  • Face coverings are REQUIRED in the following areas/circumstances:
    • Hammond Commons serving areas
    • Student Health Center medical areas
    • Film production areas
    • Large indoor gatherings, such as during Commencement ceremonies.

Testing

  • Scheduled testing of unvaccinated individuals and surveillance testing of vaccinated individuals is no longer required.
  • COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are available at no cost to campus community members who have signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who have had a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 at the Student Health Center, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed.
  • Community members are encouraged to follow the CDC guidance based on their particular situation and community risk levels: COVID-19 Community Levels

We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and may adjust our protocols if there is a substantial shift in campus and community case numbers, and/or a change to CDC recommendations.

​If you have specific symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, new GI symptoms, loss of taste or smell, or a runny or stuffy nose not related to allergies), DO NOT GO TO CLASS OR REPORT TO WORK.

​Students with any of these symptoms should contact the Ringling College Student Health Center at 941-309-4000 or medical@ringling.edu. Faculty and staff exhibiting potential COVID-19 symptoms should contact their healthcare provider, supervisor, and Human Resources at 941-359-7619 or hrmail@ringling.edu.

CAMPUS CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

Facilities Operations is currently maintaining a daily cleaning cycle of all academic and administrative buildings, as well as residence hall community spaces. The daily cleaning cycle incorporates disinfecting of the spaces, along with disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails. 

Facilities Operations distributed tubs of disinfecting wipes to classrooms, computer labs, breakrooms, lobbies, lounges, laundry rooms, and other areas for use in wiping down surfaces, keyboards, phones, and other high-touch and personal surfaces. Additionally, more than 195 hand sanitizer dispensers are maintained at building entrances, elevator doors, stairway doors, classrooms, computer labs, dining spaces, and other locations across campus.

Facilities Operations is using Vital Oxide (EPA registration number 82972-1) as the primary disinfectant for the College. Vital Oxide is an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, which indicates it falls into the lowest toxicity category given by the EPA. It is also National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)-registered for no-rinse required on food-contact surfaces and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Vital Oxide is proven effective in killing Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Norovirus, Legionella pneumophilia, E. coli, the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu), and other pathogens in independent testing. It is also on the EPA’s list of Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens, and Human Coronavirus Claims for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (List N). Vital Oxide does not require the applicator to wear personal protective equipment, and when applied in the spray-bottle form, it requires no waiting time for re-entry into the areas where it was used.

SAFE COMMUNITY STANDARDS PROMISE

The Safe Community Standards Promise, which all students coming to campus are required to sign, acknowledges students’ commitment to and understanding of the health and safety protocols and standards of behavior they are expected to maintain on-campus. Students were sent a link to review and sign this document prior to arrival to campus.