Decatur – When the spring semester resumes at Richland Community College, classes will move to an online instructional method for the remainder of the semester. At this time no face-to-face instruction or services will be available and updates will be provided as circumstances change. The college has not decided its summer semester plans for instruction at this time.
Richland President Cris Valdez related, “Under these extremely fluid circumstances in response to the COVID-19 event, our decisions are informed by the safety and health of our staff and students. In an effort to curtail the spread of the virus, we are requiring students to start their online instruction method when instruction resumes on March 23.” Students with questions about the online instruction can contact Online Learning – by emailing [email protected] (days, evenings, and weekends) or by calling the Online Learning Help Desk at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6376 (Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm).
Valdez noted, “We are aware that some of our students will experience technology and connectivity barriers as it relates to the online instruction environment. The College is working diligently to develop resources and tools to mitigate and eliminate said barriers.” Student Success Services are available through remote access, and will remain accessible through online services, text, phone, email, and video conferencing. If students have questions for their coaches, please reach out to them via email or call (217) 875-7211, Ext. 6267. Coaches are currently scheduling virtual and phone appointments to assist with registration and other enrollment-related questions.
More information can be found on the Richland website at www.richland.edu/coronavirus, where updates will be posted regularly.