RMC Coronavirus Information

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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.

The College has moved to online/alternative instruction through the end of the semester. All College events and College-sponsored travel are canceled through the end of the semester. In conjunction with the NAIA’s decision to suspend its spring sports seasons, RMC athletic practices, travel and competition have been suspended as well. The College will continue to monitor the situation and address instruction and activities after the end of the semester in the coming weeks.

Though this is an evolving situation and we must observe all current or new local, state, or federal orders, it is our hope to have residence halls, food service, and other essential College functions open for the remainder of the term for those students who believe that staying on campus is their best safety decision. But we would like to emphasize that, should students have a safe and appropriate alternative residence, we encourage them to go there.

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You can take simple steps to limit the spread of this or any virus:

CDC Recommendations to Prevent Spread of Disease

  • Stay home when you are sick (and until your symptoms are gone).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have a fever, cough or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

If you're worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Riverstone Health Coronavirus Hotline at 406.651.6415

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Student / Family Information +

The College has moved to online/alternative instruction through the end of the semester. The College will continue to monitor the situation and address instruction and activities after the end of the semester in the coming weeks.

Though this is an evolving situation and we must observe all current or new local, state, or federal orders, it is our hope to have residence halls, food service, and other essential College functions open for the remainder of the term for those students who believe that staying on campus is their best safety decision. But we would like to emphasize that, should students have a safe and appropriate alternative residence, we encourage them to go there.

Specific questions about how classes will proceed from this point forward should be directed to class instructors via email. If you are unable to contact your instructors, please notify the Dean of Students Office at studentservices@rocky.edu and we will make inquiries on your behalf.

Computer Labs: Computer labs will remain open to ensure students have access to computers and Wi-Fi. Access to labs will be restricted to students with ID only. We are practicing social distancing across campus, please keep lab usage capped at 8 for bigger labs and 4 for smaller labs. 

Counseling Services: The Counseling Office and College Chaplain are committed to providing mental health resources for the RMC community and supporting students during this uncertain time.  If you are a current client or student seeking mental health care, please contact Cynthia Hutchinson, campus counselor, at hutchinc@rocky.edu or the Chaplain, Kim Woeste at chaplain@rocky.edu.

Residence Halls & Dining Services: Residence Halls and dining services will remain open for students with meal plans. Hours of operation for dining services can be found by visiting the food services page. If you have questions about housing, please refer to the Housing COVID-19 FAQ page.

Graduation: A decision has not been made about Commencement Spring 2020. You will also be able to check the commencement website for updates.

On-call Staffing (Housing, Safety, Facilities): Students can reach on-call staffing by calling 1-406-238-SAFE (7233). 

Travel Guidelines: Rocky Mountain College has suspended all College-sponsored travel through the end of the semester. This includes sports teams and student clubs and organizations. If you decide to take a personal trip outside the state, you may be restricted from returning to the campus, depending on your health and the risk of COVID-19 in the area you visited. While inconvenient, this will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

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The College has moved to online/alternative instruction through the end of the semester.

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Staff Information +

Rocky Mountain College Human Resources is continually monitoring COVID-19 developments and will update this page as information changes. We will provide additional communication and guidance for supervisors as developments warrant.

On March 15, RMC supervisors were asked to begin the next step of social distancing by phasing in arrangements for employees to work from home whenever possible. Employees should continue to look for email communications from their supervisors. 

The College remains open, and on-campus staffing will continue to meet mission-critical operations such as student housing, dining services, computer labs, etc. Please note that all buildings were closed on March 18. However, faculty and staff will be able to access their building and personal offices as needed using their ID badge.

Please review the complete RMC Human Resources COVID-19 guidelines for information on a number of topics, including workplace procedures, college hiring, remote work, hourly employee procedures, sick policy, and guidance for workers at higher risk.

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