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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our college community is our highest priority.  As this is an evolving situation, we want to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the larger CCRI community aware of the latest information on the coronavirus, and what the college is doing to prepare for the risk of a potential outbreak.


3/17/2020: The deadline to voluntarily withdraw from a course is extended to April 24, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, we believe CCRI has an imperative to take actions that will slow the spread of the virus in our communities and protect our students, faculty and staff. 

As part of this ongoing effort to limit the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and to mitigate potential community spread of the virus, CCRI has made the decision to move to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. 

From now through Friday, April 3, the majority of our workforce is working remotely.  Employees should not report to work on any of our campuses. We will continue to evaluate the situation as we move forward in the coming days. There are some exceptions to this directive, and individual employees will be notified by their managers if they are expected to report to the college.

Moving to remote working

Classroom Instruction Moving Online

 All face-to-face instruction is suspended and all classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester will be held remotely online. Faculty have been trained to transition their class to the remote learning platform, Blackboard. Technical and other support will be available during the period that remote teaching is required.

We understand that transitioning to remote instruction is a significant adjustment for everyone in our community, and we are committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff through this process.  Over the past few weeks, college leadership has been planning for a range of scenarios, including this one, and as a result, the process of adapting courses and in-person instruction for online learning has already begun. 

Moving to remote teaching

During this time, certain student programs are suspended until further notice, including:

  • Workforce partnership programs
  • Student employment
  • Work-study programs

Likewise, the college is assessing the status of the following student programs and will updated information when it becomes available:

  • Labs
  • Studio availability
  • Music and theater productions
  • Internships
  • Fieldwork
  • Clinicals

Next Steps

It is important to stay informed during this transition. We will continue to send out updates to our college community. All students, faculty, and staff should monitor their CCRI email and frequently check our website for important information regarding this transition to remote learning and working and other actions we are taking to ensure the continuity of college operations. 

If students have specific questions or concerns, please contact Michael Cunningham, Dean of Students, by email at Faculty should contact their department chair or dean and staff should contact their supervisor or manager.

CCRI Travel Policy (Domestic and International)

CCRI has suspended all college-sponsored domestic* and international travel for the near future. This includes any international travel associated with the college as a CCRI employee or student, including travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or other private entity.

Governor Gina Raimondo has urged a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who has traveled outside of the United States. In addition, all CCRI faculty, staff and students who have traveled to any countries considered by the CDC as a Level 2 or 3 risk in the last 14 days and going forward must notify the college and should remain at home until 14 symptom-free days have passed from the date of your return to Rhode Island. A full list of the countries and regions considered travel risks by the CDC is available online.

If you are asked by RIDOH to self-quarantine or if you have traveled to one of the identified countries in the past 14 days, please notify CCRI at the contacts below:

  • Students
    Email Dean of Students Michael Cunningham at for guidance on classes. Please provide your name, CCRI ID, contact information, and details related to your self-quarantine.
  • Faculty and Staff
    Email Director of Human Resources Sybil Bailey at for guidance on work. Please provide your name, contact information, department or direct report, and details related to your self-quarantine.

If you are in self-quarantine, you should also inform RIDOH’s Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 401-222-2577, who will provide guidance and any necessary support services.

CCRI is in regular communication with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) and looks to RIDOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance to inform our decision-making.

The college has established an Incident Command Response (ICR) team consisting of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Public Safety, Administration, and Communications. The ICR works together throughout the day to assess information as it becomes available and to make decisions based on the most up to date information. 

Being informed is important. Please monitor updates from RIDOH and the CDC. We will also continue to provide information to you as we learn more.

* Exceptions to the domestic college-sponsored travel suspension will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in advance in writing. Requests for exceptions to this temporary measure should be made to your respective vice president or associate vice president for review.