Update on the Coronavirus from RCBC 

Last updated September 1, 2020.

Information for Students

Register for Fall
Keep the momentum of your education going. The fall semester begins August 28. To view all important dates, click here.

To see our safely returning to campus plan for fall, click here.

Current students, register now by logging into BaronOne. New students, get started by clicking here.

Resources
To see a list of available campus resources and how to access them, click here.

Online Courses
Students studing online should visit the RCBC Study Online webpage and then click Blackboard Tutorials to become familiar with standard Blackboard tools and how to access their classes online. To be sure you are ready, verify that you are using a Supported Web Browser.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Rowan College at Burlington County was granted $3,750,316 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

  • As of September 1, we have awarded $1,741,200 tp 3,067 students, and transmitted $1,669,950 to student accounts.

  • As of August 1, we have awarded $1,672,600 to 3,063 students, and transmitted $1,669,950 to student accounts. 

  • As of July 15, we have awarded $1,644,250 to 3,116 students, and transmitted $1,549,450 to student accounts. 

  • As of July 1, we have awarded $1.6 million to 3,101 students, and transmitted $1.5 million to student accounts. 

  • Approximately $1.5 million will be disbursed directly to students around May 15.

  • The remaining funds, at least $200,000, will be set aside for emergency grants that students can apply for through their WebAdvisor or Self Service accounts.

Eligible recipients were prioritized by:

  • Income

  • Programs that have higher costs and include many hands-on and/or clinical courses

Initial estimates include over 3,000 students receiving $400 or $800 grants. An estimated 3,783 students are eligible for Title IV funding under the Higher Education Act of 1965.   These estimations are pending final eligibility review. 

The college has certified to the Department of Education that it intends to use 50 percent of these funds, or $1,875,158.00, to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

Information for Faculty and Staff

All instructors should be familiar with their Blackboard courses as a matter of best practices. All classes are available in Blackboard for both educational value and contingency planning. Beginning March 16, 2020, all classes will transition online. 

All employees should visit the RCBC intranet and review the OIT Training webpage on how to access all remote, online services.

Blackboard
The college provides Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate for all credit course sections, and faculty may also utilize other resources after consultation with their division dean. Faculty should visit the RCBC intranet Blackboard Training (available through BaronOne) and then review the common Course Development Tasks. To be sure you are ready, verify that you are using a Supported Web Browser then review the following instructions for preparing your online classroom. ​

Google Suite

BaronOne (OneLogin)

Telephones

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.​

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours the campus will be open for available services?

  • The Food Pantry is the only on-campus service available to students on Tuesdays. All other in-person services are suspended. To learn more about available resources, click here.

How long will the college restrict in-person activity? 

  • New Jersey is in Stage 2 of the reopening. We are currently running a very limited number of on-campus labs for certain Health Sciences courses to catch up on course work that could not be completed remotely. If New Jersey remains in Stage 2 at the start of the fall semester, most classes scheduled for on-campus will meet online. To view the college's safely returning to campus plan, click here.

I am currently pregnant and have a young child. If the virus presents itself in the surrounding areas, will working from home be an option as my role can be executed via telecommuting?

  • We will move in this direction if conditions warrant doing so and in accordance with the guidance of county and state health officials.

What if I'm sick or under quarantine?

  • Follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and stay home. We have asked supervisors not to penalize employees for using sick time and instructors not to penalize students for missing class due to Coronavirus issues. Classes impacted by Coronavirus will continue to proceed online through Blackboard.

What if I'm in a health sciences program with an off-campus clinical?

  • The continued availability of off-site clinical rotations have been impacted by the specific site policy and response. When necessary, we will pursue alternative clinical sites.

What if I have an underlying health condition?

  • Everyone should follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendation and communicate your specific concerns with your instructor or supervisor.

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues, please know that we are monitoring all guidance from public health officials.

If conditions change in our area, we are prepared to implement contingency plans, which will ensure the least possible disruption in college operations.

Our facilities team is taking extra precautions when cleaning and disinfecting the campus. Please use standard procedures to help prevent the spread of illness recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

COVID Alert NJ

New Jersey announced the launch of COVID Alert NJ, our state’s new exposure notification app. We encourage our students, faculty, staff and community members to download and use COVID Alert NJ, which is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This will help our state with contact tracing efforts to manage and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Stay Updated

We will continue to keep our community updated on this situation. A copy of all emails sent regarding the coronavirus are documented below.

*Please note information listed below was accurate at time of delivery, but may be out-of-date as global conditions change rapidly. 

Return to campus update – 74 days to fall semester (students) - June 15, 2020

Dear Barons,

Over the past two weeks, our task force has made significant progress in researching how we will safely return to campus this fall. While there is much to do before the fall semester, we have achieved tangible progress in both planning and implementing a plan to re-open the campus, as long as we can do so safely and in accordance with guidance from local, state and federal authorities.

Class schedules: The academic deans have presented a plan that aims to limit the number of people on campus and in classrooms. We will finalize the plan this week, and you should begin to see a shift in many of the classes currently shown in WebAdvisor as on-campus to online. Students who have registered for a class will be notified via their RCBC email address if a change in format occurs.

Once this is complete, we will continue to work on some innovative ways that we offer classes to give us greater flexibility should the positive trends we have seen over the past couple of weeks suddenly reverse course.

Facilities: We have begun to install plastic dividers in classrooms and public-facing offices. We will limit the number of classrooms in use and spread out the timing of classes to ensure we can accommodate more frequent cleanings. All classrooms will have hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipes for you to use. We have also made a number of investments in personal protective equipment such as masks and thermometers.

Your voice: We will issue a survey in early July that will solicit your input on returning to campus and other pandemic issues to inform the final plan. I also plan to schedule a town hall forum later in the summer to update you on the plan and invite you to provide further feedback. Your voice is critical to this process, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Staff: Departments have crafted plans to limit staff on campus by alternating between working on campus or remotely. Whether a staff member is on-campus or working remotely, we will ensure that students have access to the services they need to succeed and that we have precautions in place for safe social distancing.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we all respond to a situation that is unique in our history. I will have further communication to you about re-opening by June 29.

Return to campus update – 74 days to fall semester (staff) - June 15, 2020

Dear Barons,

Over the past two weeks, our task force has made significant progress in researching how we will safely return to campus this fall. While there is much to do before the fall semester, we have achieved tangible progress in both planning and implementing a plan to re-open the campus, as long as we can do so safely and in accordance with guidance from local, state and federal authorities.

Class schedules: The academic deans have presented a plan that aims to limit the number of people on campus and in classrooms. We will finalize the plan this week, and you should begin to see a shift in many of the classes currently shown in WebAdvisor as on-campus to online. Students who have registered for a class will be notified via their RCBC email address if a change in format occurs.

Once this is complete, we will continue to work on some innovative ways that we offer classes to give us greater flexibility should the positive trends we have seen over the past couple of weeks suddenly reverse course.

Facilities: We have begun to install plastic dividers in classrooms and public-facing offices. We will limit the number of classrooms in use and spread out the timing of classes to ensure we can accommodate more frequent cleanings. All classrooms will have hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipes for you to use. We have also made a number of investments in personal protective equipment such as masks and thermometers.

Your voice: We will issue a survey in early July that will solicit your input on returning to campus and other pandemic issues to inform the final plan. I also plan to schedule a town hall forum later in the summer to update you on the plan and invite you to provide further feedback. Your voice is critical to this process, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Staff: Departments have crafted plans to limit staff on campus by alternating between working on campus or remotely. Whether a staff member is on-campus or working remotely, we will ensure that students have access to the services they need to succeed and that we have precautions in place for safe social distancing.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we all respond to a situation that is unique in our history. I will have further communication about re-opening by June 29. 

--

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Safely returning to campus this fall (students) - June 1, 2020

Dear Barons,

As summer approaches, I wanted to update the community on our plans for the fall semester. We are committed to resume in-person, on-campus activities as long as we can do so safely and within the guidance of state and federal authorities. Recent trends indicate this is likely to occur.

I know this news may raise mixed feelings in our community, and I pledge that we will explore all options to keep the campus community safe while providing as many alternate instruction options as possible for those who prefer to remain online.

Public Safety Director Andrew Eaton is leading a task force charged with exploring a range of strategies designed to keep us safe. Some of the ideas on the table include limiting how many people can be on campus at one time, offering courses that can easily pivot from online to in-person, having fewer in-person and more online classes, and disinfecting classrooms more frequently. We will meet, if not exceed, the social distancing mandates required by law.

The schedules and protocols that we were used to in January will be different from the way we operate in the fall. I have asked the committee to make our safety the top priority while being creative in how we reimagine the college. We will provide an opportunity to gather input from students, faculty and staff as part of this process.

Understanding that we all have many questions about envisioning re-opening our facilities, I will provide regular updates as we finalize details. You will receive another update by Monday, June 15 – or sooner – as we achieve certain milestones. We will also provide an opportunity to meet virtually as a community later this summer so we can hear directly from you and address your concerns.

I look forward to addressing our community’s concerns in the coming weeks and cannot wait for us to return to campus in an orderly, safe and healthy manner.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Safely returning to campus this fall (staff) - June 1, 2020

Dear Barons,

As summer approaches, I wanted to update the community on our plans for the fall semester. We are committed to resume in-person, on-campus activities as long as we can do so safely and within the guidance of state and federal authorities. Recent trends indicate this is likely to occur.

I know this news may raise mixed feelings in our community, and I pledge that we will explore all options to keep the campus community safe while providing as many alternate instruction options as possible for those who prefer to remain online.

Public Safety Director Andrew Eaton is leading a task force charged with exploring a range of strategies designed to keep us safe. Some of the ideas on the table include limiting how many people can be on campus at one time, offering courses that can easily pivot from online to in-person, having fewer in-person and more online classes, and disinfecting classrooms more frequently. We will meet, if not exceed, the social distancing mandates required by law.

The schedules and protocols that we were used to in January will be different from the way we operate in the fall. I have asked the committee to make our safety the top priority while being creative in how we reimagine the college. We will provide an opportunity to gather input from students, faculty and staff as part of this process.

Understanding that we all have many questions about envisioning re-opening our facilities, I will provide regular updates as we finalize details. You will receive another update by Monday, June 15 – or sooner – as we achieve certain milestones. We will also provide an opportunity to meet virtually as a community later this summer so we can hear directly from you and address your concerns.

We have many significant items on our agenda this summer: re-opening the campus for fall, updating our strategic plan and addressing the new enrollment/fiscal challenges that have emerged from the pandemic. For these reasons, as well as consideration of all the needs in our community right now, we will remain operational on Fridays during the summer.

I look forward to addressing our community’s concerns in the coming weeks and cannot wait for us to return to campus in an orderly, safe and healthy manner.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Federal coronavirus funding now available - May 12, 2020

Rowan College at Burlington County has received $1.8 million provided by the federal government to assist eligible students whose education has been impacted by the shift to online learning during the pandemic.

In distributing these funds directly to students who meet criteria established by the federal government, our priorities were low-income students, and those in higher cost programs that have significant hands-on and clinical components. Students who meet this criteria will see grants posted in their WebAdvisor account by mid May.

We have also established an emergency fund for students who may have specific needs because of the virus. You can find this application with more details posted on your WebAdvisor and Self-Service accounts.

To be eligible for any of these funds, students must complete all requirements of the financial aid process even if you aren’t already receiving aid. Visit fafsa.gov if you haven’t applied.

If you have any questions, please email financialaid@rcbc.edu.

Summer remotely - April 17

Dear Barons,

As announced during this week’s town hall, we will provide classes exclusively online this summer.

  • All summer classes will be online.
  • Students can register now for online courses.
  • More courses will be added soon to replace those listed as on-campus.
  • Students who have already registered for on-campus courses will be notified whether the class has been converted to online or cancelled.

As we continue to monitor the public health conditions, I remain hopeful that we may soon turn the corner toward normalcy, but recognize that there is no indication that we will be cleared to return to campus for the summer session.

Thank you to all who have kept our community strong and moving forward in these uncertain times.

Be safe!

--

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Baron strong (students) - April 2, 2020

The past few weeks have proven what I’ve always known: community college students, faculty and staff are among the most resilient people in the world.

As we are in the third week of remote learning, I wanted to thank everyone for your cooperation, collaboration and patience in making sure that education continues in these uncertain times.

Rowan College at Burlington County will emerge from this crisis as a stronger community. I know the transition has been difficult on some, but we remain committed to provide the best support we can. Please continue to share your concerns through the FAQ link on rcbc.edu/coronavirus or join me for our weekly Facebook Live town halls. Even if we don’t answer you directly, these questions are reviewed and help guide future communications to the community.

We have resources to help you at rcbc.edu/resources.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Baron strong (staff) - April 2, 2020

Dear Barons,

The past few weeks have proven what I’ve always known: community college students, faculty and staff are among the most resilient people in the world.

As we are in the third week of remote learning, I wanted to thank everyone for your cooperation, collaboration and patience in making sure that education continues in these uncertain times.

Rowan College at Burlington County will emerge from this crisis as a stronger community. I know the transition has been difficult on some, but we remain committed to providing the best support we can. Please continue to share your concerns through the FAQ link on rcbc.edu/coronavirus or join me for our weekly Facebook Live town halls. Even if we don’t answer you directly, these questions are reviewed and help guide future communications to the community.

We have resources to help you at rcbc.edu/resources.

It’s important to keep some sense of normalcy in this new environment in which we find ourselves:

·         We continue to meet virtually.

·         We had a successful visit by a Middle States Commission on Higher Education peer review team.

·         Our food pantry remains open, and we continue to host blood drives when these services have taken on greater urgency.

One thing that hasn’t been normal is the dedication of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. We are joining the N.J. Council of County Colleges in highlighting Barons who have been heroes during the pandemic, whether you’re a front-line healthcare worker or delivering groceries to senior citizens. If you know someone, please email marketing@rcbc.edu.

Please remember that helpful resources are available at rcbc.edu/resources.

I hope all of your family is safe and healthy.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

NEW spring withdrawal date extension - March 30, 2020

Due to challenges the Coronavirus has presented, we are extending the spring withdrawal date to May 1.

We know the transition to remote learning has been difficult for some, and we encourage you to give it some more time and keep working. Our goal is to help you succeed.

To this end, there have been many conversations about implementing a pass/fail system this semester. We will make an announcement about this before the May 1 extended withdrawal deadline to give students plenty of time to assess their options before making a plan.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to advising@rcbc.edu.

With support,

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
RCBC President

Graduation and other spring events - March 25, 2020

Every day brings a decreasing chance that global conditions will improve to the point in which we can hold large gatherings on campus this spring.

Faced with this reality, we must cancel Rowan College at Burlington County’s in-person graduation ceremonies, as well as all other spring events that cannot occur online, for the health and safety of our community. We will not resume in-person instruction this spring.

I look forward to celebrating the achievements of the Class of ’20 on-campus, in-person, as soon as it is safe enough.

To those who are graduating, I offer my sincere congratulations. In normal conditions, your achievements are noteworthy, and in these uncertain times, they’re truly extraordinary.

Please continue to monitor the college’s social media and rcbc.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Update after Governor’s stay at home executive order - March 22, 2020

In compliance with the executive order Gov. Murphy issued over the weekend, Rowan College at Burlington County cannot keep the library opened as originally planned. Most resources are available online.

We understand this may cause additional hardships during an already difficult time. Advisors will be reaching out to students tomorrow to help those who are struggling during this transition. Please let us know if you need assistance so we can get through this crisis together.

Other than Public Safety and Facilities staff, as assigned by their department, and those coming for blood drives or the Food Pantry during its posted hours, no one may come to campus without explicit permission of their vice president.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please use rcbc.edu/resources to learn how to access college services remotely.

Reduced operating hours (students) - March 19, 2020

I would like to thank everyone for your cooperation and patience in extraordinarily uncertain times.

As our classes and most staff have transitioned to operating remotely, we will further limit campus operations for the health and safety of our community.

Starting Monday, March 23, the college will limit on-campus availability to students and staff from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be no on campus activity on Tuesdays and Thursdays except for the Food Pantry, which is currently open to students on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Please visit rcbc.edu/resources to see how you can access services and rcbc.edu/coronavirus for updates and a form to send us your concerns.

Reduced operating hours (staff) - March 19, 2020

I would like to thank everyone for your cooperation and patience to ensure education continues in extraordinarily uncertain times.

As our classes and most staff have transitioned to operating remotely, we will further limit campus operations for the health and safety of our community.

Starting Monday, March 23, the college will limit on-campus availability to students and staff from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be no on campus activity on Tuesdays and Thursdays except for the Food Pantry, which is currently open to students on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Staff are encouraged to work remotely. These operating hours are limited for staff who need to be on campus. If you do not need to be on campus, please stay home. Your vice president will add clarity on whether your office has functions that require staff on-campus.

Please monitor rcbc.edu/coronavirus for updates and rcbc.edu/resources for a list of how students can access resources.

Coronavirus update – How long? (students) - March 16, 2020

Many people have asked us how long we will remain in an online environment. Although we hope this emergency ends sooner, we are prepared to finish the spring semester with as much activity online as possible.

During this time, we will provide frequent updates to the community in a variety of formats, whether via an update email like this, Facebook town hall live sessions or smaller emails about specific services. You can expect to hear from us at least three times per week.

We know that there is a chance that this pandemic may alter plans for the graduation ceremony and summer session. We will announce a decision for these no later than April 20.

We know these are unsettling times and appreciate the cooperation from everyone to make this go as smoothly as possible. Please visit rcbc.edu/resources for the latest information about what services are available.

Coronavirus update – How long? (staff/faculty) - March 16, 2020

Many people have asked us how long we will remain in an online environment. Although we hope this emergency ends sooner, we are prepared to finish the spring semester with as much activity online as possible.

During this time, we will provide frequent updates to the community in a variety of formats, whether via an update email like this, Facebook town hall live sessions or smaller emails about specific services. You can expect to hear from us at least three times per week.

We know that there is a chance that this pandemic may alter plans for the graduation ceremony and summer session. We will announce a decision for these no later than April 20.

We know these are unsettling times and appreciate the cooperation from everyone to make this go as smoothly as possible. Please visit rcbc.edu/resources for the latest information about what services are available.

To help adjust to an online environment, we have the following resources available to help you work away from campus:

  • We have established a portal that lists available technology resources, provides tutorials and can answer many of your questions.
  • Faculty-specific guidance is available on the intranet as well as on the rcbc.edu/coronavirus.
  • McGraw Hill is offering a free webinar on how to convert face-to-face instruction to online at noon on Wednesday. Click here to register.
  • If you missed an announcement, the Coronavirus website also contains an archive of global updates sent to the community.
  • A list (which may change from week to week) of how to access services is posted at rcbc.edu/resources.

As a small gesture for those who continue to come to campus, we are implementing casual dress until we can lift the restrictions for on-campus activities.

Please be safe and remember to wash your hands often for 20 seconds at a time.

Transitioning to online courses for students - March 13, 2020

We would like to provide some clarity on what you can expect next week when most courses go online.

  • Your instructor will post a message on Blackboard by Monday, March 16 to let you know when your first assignment will be available. That material will be available by Friday, March 20.
  • A very limited number of classes will occur in-person if they cannot be conducted online for extraordinary circumstances. If your course is included, you will receive a separate communication from your instructor.
  • We will keep a limited number of resources available on campus. Please visit rcbc.edu/resources to see what is available to you.

Please continue to monitor and provide feedback at rcbc.edu/coronavirus.

Coronavirus update to faculty (Online Courses) - March 13, 2020

Transitioning courses to online for faculty

  • Faculty should post a message in Blackboard by Monday, March 16 advising their students when the first lesson will be available – no later than Friday, March 20.
  • Faculty should transition their coursework online by Friday, March 20 and be prepared to remain online through the spring semester.
  • A limited number of on-campus facilities will remain accessible to students to ensure continuity of specialized programs. They will be listed at rcbc.edu/resources.

More information from Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang follows:

As we continue to be responsive and proactive during the current Coronavirus threat, and though there have been no confirmed cases on our campus, RCBC will be temporarily transitioning to an online delivery format beginning Monday, March 16 for as long as necessary, which could include the rest of the spring semester.

While RCBC has for many years supported every course section with an online Blackboard shell, the current and extraordinary circumstance marks the first time that all faculty and students are being asked to transition to a remote learning format. Naturally, faculty who have not previously taught online, as well as students who have not taken an online course or have limited online access from home, will have questions and concerns on how to best accomplish this transition. As we all work to provide continuity of instruction and services for our students, flexibility and resilience will be of the utmost importance. We thank all college personnel and students in advance for their cooperation and dedication during this temporary period of on-campus disruption.

  • For classes that can be transitioned to an online format, resources regarding the many Blackboard instructional tools including how to develop curriculum-supportive exercises, assignments, discussion threads, journals, wikis, and assessments, for example, can be found at rcbc.edu/coronavirus. These tools are available to support faculty in delivering instruction and in communicating regularly with students. While we do not have the opportunity to completely pause instructional delivery as we convert the balance of the spring curricula to a remote delivery mode, faculty should post a message on Blackboard by Monday, March 16 to let students know when the first assignments and related course materials will be available. These materials must be available by Friday, March 20.
     
  • For off-site educational experiences, such as health science clinical sessions, speak to your program director or division dean.
     
  • It is understood that some classes cannot be easily conducted online or off-campus, such as laboratories including the sciences, software-specific computer classes, culinary, design and art classes, music, theater, etc. In these cases, and for the time being, limited and modified access to on-site college facilities may be made available. The division deans will provide details to faculty, who will then communicate with students.
     
  • Regularly scheduled online courses will not be affected by this transition.
     
  • For students who have limited online access from off-campus locations, please visit rcbc.edu/resources for information regarding limited on-campus resources. This option is also available for students accessing email and Blackboard from a smart phone who have limited data plans and seek to avoid accruing additional expense.
     
  • Faculty office hours and advising should take place remotely, including via email or through the free teleconferencing options that are provided in our Google calendar appointments. We do not recommend faculty give out their personal phone numbers or other personal contact information.

If you have any questions about Blackboard, please email Distance Learning at dlearn@rcbc.edu.

Coronavirus update to staff - March 13, 2020

Colleagues,


During this time, your health and safety is a paramount concern. To reduce the chance of exposure, our facilities team has increased its efforts to sanitize the campus and we have limited the number of people who will be on campus. This is no specific threat on campus and would like to share these enhanced steps that we have taken for employees. As this situation rapidly evolves, this guidance may also change.

For your convenience, a list of resources that remain available are listed at rcbc.edu/resources

1.    Is the college closing in response to this COVID-19 public health emergency?
No. The college will continue to operate by moving as many face-to-face courses as possible into an online format. This and other measures support the recommendations of public health authorities to promote social distancing during this emergency.

2.    Will college employees be able to work remotely?
To the extent feasible, vice presidents can arrange for employees to work remotely. Managers are responsible for establishing reasonable expectations and standards for remote work when authorized. Managers are also authorized to create partial remote arrangements as conditions warrant.

Some areas of the college will remain physically open under a managed access plan, which means there are some tasks that cannot be performed remotely.  

3.    What happens if I am unable to work in order to self-quarantine (even if not sick), recover from illness, care for a dependent or other reason related to the COVID-19 emergency?
Employees may use accrued sick time or any other available form of leave for self-quarantine, even if they are not sick, when it is required or recommended by public health authorities, by health care providers, or with approval from their vice-president. Standard time notifications requirements are suspended.

4.    What if I do not have any available leave?
Employees with insufficient accrued sick leave may use up to 10 unearned sick days (they may accrue negative sick leave balances of up to 10 days) for illness, to meet self-isolation or quarantine requirements, or for the active care of others because of disruptions relating to COVID-19. RCBC reserves the right to recoup this time from the final paycheck of employees who terminate before they rebuild their accrued sick time. The Human Resources Department will post the appropriate form on the intranet for this purpose. Again, this policy is subject to modification as circumstances warrant.

5.    What if I am not ill, but need to care for a family or household member due to closures of schools, day care centers, or other breakdowns in care arrangements?
The answers to questions 3 and 4 apply to this circumstance.

6.    Will the same rules apply if I am a part-time employee?
Part-time employees may be authorized to work remotely pursuant to question two.  Part-time employees are also eligible to utilize paid accrued leave pursuant to question four.

 

Update on RCBC’s Coronavirus plan - March 12, 2020

We are closely monitoring global circumstances and are doing everything in our power to balance ongoing access to education and the health and safety of our community. We wanted to share enhanced actions we are taking to keep our community safe:

  • As a precautionary measure and for the welfare and safety of our students and staff, we are suspending on-campus classes, in-person services, and events effective – Friday, March 13 at all locations. If a program cannot be delivered remotely, program-specific guidance will be forthcoming.
  • Staff members, including full-time faculty, are expected to work tomorrow, but may use leave time for this day without advanced notice.
  • Walk-in student services will be closed at all locations at 3 p.m. today.

This announcement is precautionary. We are not aware of any specific health concern on the campus.

We know that this announcement brings further questions and we will issue specific guidance before 5 p.m. tomorrow. We will continue to post updates and receive feedback through rcbc.edu/coronavirus.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Coronavirus questions and concerns - March 11, 2020

In our quest to keep you informed as we address the Coronavirus concern, please see the frequently asked questions that we have received about our current state and potential steps the college could take.

Why are we holding classes?
The guidance from all county, state and federal health and education officials has been to continue regular activities. The facilities team has been cleaning much more frequently to disinfect frequently touched places like doorknobs and hard surfaces.

What would necessitate moving all classes online?
We would convert to online instruction, using tools such as email or Blackboard, upon recommendation from a public health agency or if a person on campus tested positive for Coronavirus. There is no indication that this step is necessary at this time. We will notify the entire community and provide specific instructions before this occurs.

When should I stay home?
If you are ill, think you may have been in contact with someone who is ill, or recently returned from a country with a Level 3 Health Notice, stay home in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What about attendance policies?
Students will not be penalized for absences that follow CDC recommendations. Staff will not be penalized for using sick time for these absences. Faculty compensation will not be reduced for instances of quarantine or illness related to the Coronavirus threat.

Students who are ill or quarantined, will be expected to complete coursework using online tools such as email and Blackboard in close collaboration with their instructor.

How would class continue if an instructor is ill or quarantined?
In this scenario, we would assign a substitute instructor, or depending on the situation, conduct the class via email and Blackboard.

What should I do now?
Stay calm. Wash your hands and follow the recommendations of public health agencies. We have included resources at rcbc.edu/coronavirus.

Coronavirus information No. 2 - March 10, 2020

As we follow the latest developments of Coronavirus, please make sure you can log into and access the resources available in BaronOne including Blackboard.

There is no indication that college operations will be disrupted, but we are prepared to shift educational delivery online through Blackboard if conditions warrant doing so.

If you have trouble accessing online resources, please click here for the Student Help Desk.

If you are ill or quarantined, please follow CDC recommendations and stay home. Email your instructor as soon as possible to report your absence, and plan to participate in coursework via Blackboard.

During this time, we will waive grade penalties for absences due to illness or quarantine.

For updated information, please visit rcbc.edu/coronavirus.  

Coronavirus information No. 2 (staff) - March 10, 2020

Dear Barons,

We have all been concerned with Coronavirus over the past few weeks. I have spoken with many different groups of our community and have heard your concerns. We are addressing the issue with the seriousness it deserves.

Our decisions have been grounded in fact and expert guidance from county, state and federal health officials who have indicated that we should stay open until they issue a directive otherwise, or we have the confirmation of a person testing positive who has been on campus.

As we continue to monitor the development of Coronavirus, we wanted to remind staff to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and stay home if you are sick.

The college will not penalize employees for using sick time if they have symptoms associated with Coronavirus or are following quarantine protocols. If you have a specific circumstance that requires clarification, or insufficient leave time to cover the absence, please reach out to Human Resources at humanresources@rcbc.edu. The college will update information about Coronavirus at rcbc.edu/coronavirus.

If you are going to miss work for these reasons, please communicate with your supervisor and follow your department’s regular procedures for illness.

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Dr. Michael A. Cioce
President

Rowan College at Burlington County

Coronavirus information - March 5, 2020

I met this afternoon with members of the college’s Coronavirus committee and wanted to assure you that we have been following all guidance from public health officials. The college is prepared to implement contingency plans, if conditions in our community change. We are prepared, not panicked.

Please visit rcbc.edu/coronavirus for the latest information for RCBC students, faculty and staff. We welcome your questions and will respond to them through this page.

Our facilities team is taking extra precautions to clean and disinfect the campus. If warranted, we are prepared to take further action to ensure the least possible disruption.

Your health is our top priority. Please follow the advice from health officials to prevent the spread of illness such as staying home if you’re sick, washing your hands and disinfecting frequently touched objects.

Dr. Michael A. Cioce
RCBC President