RMC moves to online classes, cancels public events until April 13

BILLINGS, Mont., March 16, 2020 – Rocky Mountain College is joining other educational institutions in Montana to take steps to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and help protect the health and safety of our students and community.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, the College will move to online/alternative instruction through April 13, 2020. All College events and College-sponsored travel are canceled through April 13. In conjunction with the NAIA’s decision to suspend its spring sports seasons, RMC athletic practices, travel and competition have been suspended during this time period as well. The College will continue to monitor the situation and address instruction and activities after April 13 in the coming weeks.

Residence halls and dining services will remain open for students living on campus. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely or on campus in support of educational delivery at Rocky Mountain College. Academic resources, including the library and computer labs, will remain open to students, but the campus community is encouraged to act responsibly by staying home if sick.

“For more than 142 years, Rocky Mountain College has been committed to delivering our educational mission,” said RMC President, Dr. Bob Wilmouth. “Our College is known for its resilience. I am deeply thankful for the effort that has gone into preparing for this transition to temporary online instruction and remain grateful for all that our faculty and staff continue to do to promote the safety and success of our students.”

Rocky Mountain College has canceled all College-sponsored and hosted events through April 13, and some after April 13. Those canceled events include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Ryniker-Morrison Gallery Show: "Retrospective Exhibition" by Mark Moak - March 19
  • Battlin’ Bears and Brews - March 31
  • Presidential Lecture Series: Jeffrey Mader - April 2
  • Spring Endowment Luncheon - April 7
  • Academic Awards Banquet - April 7
  • Athletic Awards Ceremony - April 13
  • RMC Health and Wellness Fair - April 15
  • Scholarship Recognition Dinner - April 17
  • RMC Spring Football Game
  • Annual Health Fair and Wellness Screening - April 15

No decision has been made on the 2020 Rocky Mountain College Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for May 9. Those plans will be communicated in the coming weeks.

We recognize the effects that these changes have on our students, employees, and the larger College community. We will continue to work closely with state and local health officials to ensure that we are taking the steps necessary to keep our students and campus community safe. For updates on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at Rocky Mountain College, please visit www.rocky.edu/coronavirus.