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Fall 2020 Semester

These past few months have been challenging for students who've either already had to adapt or adjust to a remote learning format during the COVID-19 pandemic, or are attempting to tackle a college course load for the first time under these new conditions.

No matter your situation, we're here to guide you through the process. This section will provide all the information you need to get ready for the upcoming semester, from how your courses will look in the fall to which grants may be available to assist you in your studies. If you have any additional questions about remote learning at CCRI, check out our FAQs page, our COVID Student Manual, or email Advising & Counseling for more information. Good luck this semester! 


Common area reservations

While our campuses will be open for the Fall 2020 semester, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires the college to limit the number of people on campus at any given time. Students are welcome to come to campus, but we strongly request they do so only for their classes being held on campus or for a scheduled appointment with a professor, advisor or other CCRI staff member.

We also recognize that students who rely on CCRI campuses for internet access will need safe, physically-distant spaces to work and study. We have set up common spaces for students to work and study on each Campus.

Please use this Common Space Reservation System to reserve physically-distant desks in the on-campus common areas. Note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each campus for any date and time. Spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. (A new link to reserve an appointment for the following week will be available 3 pm each Friday.)

Please note you do not need to use this reservation system if you have a pre-scheduled appointment, are coming to class, or using the Computer Labs (for more information on Computer Labs, click here).

Campus entrance points

To allow for the required COVID-19 screening of all individuals arriving at each of our four campuses, access will be limited to specific entrances.  When arriving on campus, please follow the directional signage and social-distancing decals leading to each entrance. All other access points on each campus will be marked “Exit Only.”

To gain access, you will also be required to confirm the reason for your visit to campus using our COVID Health Checker


Listed below are the entrance points for each campus:

Knight Campus*

1. The “new” ramp
2. Ground Floor Side Entrance (accessible entrance)
– Located by the elevators on the ground level 
*Accessible parking will be available in the short-term parking lot and behind the main structure

Flanagan Campus

1. Entrance B

Liston Campus*

1. Entrance A
*Faculty parking lot will be closed

Newport Campus

1. Main Entrance

Course descriptions

We want you back on campus and are committed to making it a flexible, safe, and healthy environment. While we don’t have all the answers yet, we want to explain the course options you have moving forward. In the fall 2020 semester, you can expect to see four different course types under “location”:

  • Online (DL Web): Fully online asynchronous classes. You can log in to the class and do your work at any time. Appears on "Look Up Classes" and "Course Search" as Meets Online, DL WEB.
  • Synchronous (SY): Fully online synchronous classes. You are required to be online at the same time as your professor at the days and times on your schedule. Appears on "Look Up Classes" and "Course Search" as Remote Synchronous Learning, REM, or SY and includes days and times. 
  • Asynchronous (AN): You can log in to the class and do your work at any time. These courses were scheduled to be on campus pre-COVID-19, but have been adapted to remote. Appears on "Look Up Classes" and "Course Search" as Remote Asynchronous Learning, REM, or AN and does not include days and times.
  • On-Campus: You will need to come to the specified campus and classroom at the scheduled days and times. Appears on "Look Up Classes" and "Course Search" as having a designated campus (KN, FL, PV, NE, or WS) and designated room, and includes days and times. Be sure to review campus safety requirements that include designated building entrances and exits, wearing masks, and social-distancing protocol.

Campus resources (in-person appointments)

All campuses are closed to the public for the Fall 2020 semester and students are encouraged to continue taking advantage of our virtual resources, however, you can schedule to meet in person with a faculty member or book an in-person appointment for a limited variety of on-campus services, including: 

Textbooks and course materials

You can start purchasing textbooks and course materials online for the Fall 2020 semester beginning on Monday, August 24 at our official CCRI Bookstore website. Virtual store hours and pickup options are also available. 

In the meantime, students can access the site to preview which course materials they will need before making their purchase. School supplies and CCRI gear are always available for purchase on the website.

If you need any additional help with ordering books, requesting refunds, or accessing your digital purchases, check out these helpful tutorials! 

Financial Aid

Applications for new grant opportunities are available for students for the Fall 2020 semester. Students should follow the links on our Financial Aid website to submit their grant applications.


The CCRI Library has announced its available services for the Fall 2020 semester. Check out our Library Services website for complete details on how to request research materials, search for e-books, or borrow laptops and tablets. 

The CCRI libraries will deliver services online, complemented by curbside delivery of books, laptops, and tablets. Onsite library staff will manage the curbside delivery process. We will staff the libraries in Providence, Warwick, and Lincoln for pick-up and drop-off services from Monday–Friday, 8 am–4 pm; and the Newport library will offer this service Monday–Thursday from 12–4 pm.