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COVID-19 Response Information

If you have further questions or concerns regarding the College’s response to COVID-19, please email us at:
Covid_19_Student_Questions@rasmussen.edu.

Please continue to check this site for the most up-to-date information.

Rasmussen College is committed to ensuring that your educational journey remains uninterrupted to the greatest extent possible and will continue to provide important updates regarding your academic schedule. 

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April 3, 2020 (2:10 p.m.)

As we prepare to start the new academic term next Monday, we wanted to express our appreciation for your understanding and flexibility in these unprecedented times. Over the past couple of weeks, we have had to make some difficult decisions that directly affect your educational journey, and have tried to do so in a way that ensures your future success to the greatest extent possible.

Rasmussen College faculty and staff are hyper-focused in their preparation for the Spring Term. They have responded to this crisis with grace and grit, operating under unparalleled circumstances to ensure residential courses have been transitioned to online versions where possible. They have implemented new technologies for virtual simulation. They have strengthened online resources to ensure high-quality learning opportunities remain.

We are aware that this also may be very different for you, and want to assure you that resources will be available to assist in your learning.

In short, we are ready for you!

Since 1900, we have weathered world wars, recessions, depressions, 9/11 and even the 1918 flu pandemic. It will be vitally important for you to stay in communication with your instructors and your advisor–now more than ever before. We do not know exactly what the future holds, but we encourage you to join with us in moving forward with purpose, wisdom, and courage.

Together, we will get through this!

We will miss seeing students on campus during the next term–and, like you, we cannot wait until we are all able to return to some sense of normalcy. We know that each of you will face this new term embodying the spirit that has made Rasmussen College a strong and vibrant institution for the past 120 years.

Start the term strong! Stay strong!

If you have any questions related to the College’s response to COVID-19, please continue to check here for the most up-to-date information. You may also contact your student advisor, admissions advisor or faculty members directly; or email Covid_19_Student_Questions@rasmussen.edu.

April 3, 2020 (12:20 p.m.)

This update is applicable to new students starting in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate and Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs.

On March 26, 2019, Rasmussen College sent a notification of changes to the application and enrollment phases of the admissions process to student starting in April, but indicated that these changes did not apply to those starting in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs.

We are committed to helping all students, including those in our law enforcement programs, begin their educational journey at Rasmussen College but needed, first, to verify that any changes made were acceptable to the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Rasmussen College has been working with the POST Board and is now ready to announce changes that will streamline the entrance and acceptance policy and process so you can begin your educational journey with as little difficulty as possible in light of current events. Please review the remainder of this update carefully to ensure you understand how these changes will affect you.

Your Admissions Advisor will be reaching out soon to review this information with you. In the meantime, if you have questions, please reach out to them directly to discuss any concerns you may have. You may also send questions to Covid_19_Student_Questions@rasmussen.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Rasmussen College community. Most importantly, we wish each of you the best and hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy.

Revisions:

The Revisions Clause of the enrollment agreement you signed states that Rasmussen College reserves the right to add, withdraw, terminate, or revise any course, program of study, provision or requirement for enrollment and/or graduation, student service, educational activity, or campus operation or location.

To help you start your educational journey, Rasmussen College is invoking this right as it applies to the requirements for enrollment for the April 6, 2020, start date; and this update serves as your notice. As described in detail below, we have revised the requirements for enrollment.

Current Requirements for Enrollment:

According to the Rasmussen College Course Catalog, acceptance to Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs is conditioned upon the following requirements for enrollment:

  1. Complete an application and enrollment agreement.
  2. Complete an attestation of high school graduation or equivalency; and, if required, submit high school verification documentation, including international high school documentation.
  3. Complete the Rasmussen College entrance placement assessment and achieve a score at a level that does not require Developmental Education coursework; or provide a college transcript indicating a grade of C or higher in college-level English and/or Mathematics.
  4. Complete an experiential online orientation, unless exempted.
  5. Submit immunization records, if required by state and/or program of enrollment.
  6. Submit to and pass a background check through Rasmussen College’s chosen third-party vendor and through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  7. Submit official transcripts, if applicable, to program of enrollment.
  8. Any other program-specific admissions requirements as listed in the Rasmussen College Course Catalog, including the submission of a certified driving record, two-page written autobiography, health physical, and psychological evaluation.

An applicant must complete the requirements for enrollment to meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds.

Modified Requirements for Enrollment:

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rasmussen College has decided that for applicants in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs with an enrollment agreement effective for the April 6, 2020, start date, acceptance at Rasmussen College is conditioned upon the following requirements for enrollment to meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds:

  1. Complete an application and enrollment agreement.
  2. Complete an attestation of high school graduation or equivalency; and, if required, submit high school verification documentation, including international high school documentation.
  3. Complete the Rasmussen College entrance placement assessment and achieve a score at a level that does not require Developmental Education coursework; or provide a college transcript indicating a grade of C or higher in college-level English and/or Mathematics.
  4. Complete an experiential online orientation, unless exempted.
  5. Submit immunization records, if required by state and/or program of enrollment.
  6. Submit unofficial transcripts, if applicable, to program of enrollment.
  7. Any other program-specific admissions requirements as listed in the Rasmussen College Course Catalog, including the submission of a two-page written autobiography.

An applicant must complete the requirements for enrollment to meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds.

What This Means to You:

The following changes apply to those enrolling in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs only. All other students should reference the communication sent on March 26, 2020. Note: That prior communication is listed on this webpage under the header of “March 26, 2020 (6:55 p.m.)”.

Application and Enrollment Agreement. Based on where you are in the progress of your enrollment, you have already met this requirement.

Attestation of High School Graduation or Equivalency. When completing your application, you filled out the High School Diploma or Equivalent Data section, which included a signed attestation that the information you provided was true and correct to the best of your knowledge. However, if Rasmussen College has any reason to believe that the information provided was not accurate or if Rasmussen College finds any conflicting information, then the College must evaluate the validity of the high school completion.

While you may begin attending on April 6, 2020, you will not be able to receive an acceptance letter or meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds until any conflicts are resolved. Depending on the individual circumstances, this may include, but is not limited to, providing official high school transcripts, having international transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency, or providing a secondary school completion credential for homeschooling.

If this requirement is not met by July 13, 2020, you will not have met an admissions requirement of Rasmussen College and maybe subject to dismissal.

Rasmussen College Entrance Placement Assessment. Because the Rasmussen College Entrance Placement Assessment is already taken online, there should be no interruption to the completion of this requirement based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Standard exemptions continue to apply as outlined in the Rasmussen College Course Catalog.

Experiential Online Orientation. Because the Rasmussen CollegeExperiential Online Orientation is already taken online, there should be no interruption to the completion of this requirement based on the COVID-19 pandemic. While you may begin attending on April 6, 2020, you will not be able to receive an acceptance letter or meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds until this requirement is completed. If this requirement is not met by July 13, 2020, you will not have met an admissions requirement of Rasmussen College and may be subject to dismissal.

Immunization Record. Those enrolling through campuses located in the State of Minnesota completed the Immunization Record for Students Attending Post-Secondary Schools in Minnesota form as part of your enrollment document packet. If there is any conflicting information or if the form needs to be signed by a medical provider or signed by a notary, depending on your choices, then it must be completed by May 21, 2020, to ensure compliance with Minnesota Statute § 135A.14.

While you may begin attending on April 6, 2020, you will not be able to receive an acceptance letter or meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds until this requirement is completed. If this requirement is not met by May 21, 2020, you will not have met an admissions requirement ofRasmussen College and may be subject to dismissal.

Unofficial and Official Transcripts. For those enrolling with a start date of April 6, 2020, in the Law Enforcement Academic Certificate or Law Enforcement Skills Certificate programs, the official college transcript(s) requirement has been suspended as a requirement for enrollment due to delays in the release of college transcripts by closed colleges and universities. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing this requirement with the submission of an unofficial transcript or unofficial grade report.

The submission of an official transcript(s) has been designated an active student requirement prior to the second term of enrollment for the designated programs.

An enrolling student choosing to start on April 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the submission of an official transcript is now an active student requirement that must be submitted by July 13, 2020, and failure to submit the necessary official transcript(s) may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a failure to submit official transcript(s).

Two-Page Written Autobiography. Because the two-page written autobiography can be completed remotely and submitted via email, there should be no interruption to the completion of this requirement based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Certified Driving Record. For those enrolling with a start date of April 6, 2020, in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs, submission of a certified driving record has been suspended as a requirement for enrollment. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing this requirement.

The submission of a certified driving record has been designated an active student requirement prior to the second term of enrollment for the designated programs.

An enrolling student choosing to start on April 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the submission of a certified driving record is now an active student requirement that must be submitted by July 13, 2020, and failure to submit the necessary certified driving record may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a failure to submit a certified driving record.

Psychological Evaluation. For those enrolling with a start date of April 6, 2020, in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs, completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Psychological Test has been suspended as a requirement for enrollment. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing this requirement.

The completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Psychological Test has been designated an active student requirement prior to the second term of enrollment for the designated programs.

An enrolling student choosing to start on April 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Psychological Test is now an active student requirement that must be submitted by July 13, 2020, and failure to complete it may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a failure to completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Psychological Test.

Health Physical. For those enrolling with a start date of April 6, 2020, in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs, submission of a health physical has been suspended as a requirement for enrollment. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing this requirement.

The submission of a health physical has been designated an active student requirement prior to the second term of enrollment for the designated programs.

An enrolling student choosing to start on April 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the submission of the health physical is now an active student requirement that must be submitted by July 13, 2020, and failure to complete it may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a failure to submit a health physical.

Background Checks. For those enrolling with a start date of April 6, 2020, in Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs, the background checks have been suspended as requirements for enrollment due to courthouse closures, courthouse delays across the United States and closure of fingerprinting vendors. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing this requirement.

While the background checks are no longer a requirement for enrollment, they have been designated active student requirements prior to the second term of enrollment for Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate or Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs. If, by July 13, 2020, a background checks have not been passed, as determined by Rasmussen College in its sole discretion, then you may be subject to administrative withdrawal and there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to July 13, 2020.

When completing the background check prior to July 13, 2020, if an adverse decision is made to not allow you to continue into a second quarter of enrollment, then you will be allowed to finish your current courses in the Spring Quarter 2020.

When running a background check through Rasmussen College’s third-party vendor, it is likely that you will not be able to continue into a second quarter of enrollment if the background check results show convictions that include, but are not limited to:

  • any felony conviction
  • any conviction related to violence (e.g., assault, crimes against a person, battery, domestic abuse/violence, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest)
  • any conviction related to drugs (e.g., possession, manufacturing, selling, possession with an intent to distribute)
  • any conviction related to theft or fraud (e.g., theft, robbery, shoplifting, larceny, Medicare fraud, obtaining goods by using a false or expired credit care, identity theft, forgery)
  • any conviction related to sex crimes (e.g., indecent exposure, sexual battery, prostitution, lewdness, inducement, lewd and lascivious behavior, any conviction resulting in inclusion on the sex offender registry)
  • any conviction related to offenses against vulnerable populations (e.g., luring or enticing a child, child abuse, negligent treatment of children/elderly/disabled adult, exploitation)
  • multiple DUI/DWI/OWI convictions (or single violations in combination with other related offenses)
  • probation violations

It is also unlikely that you will be able to continue if you have been arrested for and are awaiting the final disposition of any crime, including, but not limited to, those listed above.

When running a background check through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, it is likely that you will not be able to continue into a second quarter of enrollment if you have been convicted of any of the crimes listed in Minnesota Administrative Rule § 6700.0700.

An enrolling student choosing to start on April 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the background check is now an active student requirement that must be completed by July 13, 2020, and may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College if not completed or if it is not passed. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a background check.

Previous COVID-19 Updates

April 1, 2020 11:00 a.m. (Update related to admissions requirements in the Healthcare Certificate, Healthcare Associate’s degree, and Health Sciences Associate’s degree programs that include E102 Pathway to Patient Care Seminar Course)
March 26, 2020 6:55 p.m. (Students who are new starts, re-entered or transferred—either programs or campuses)
March 26, 2020 5:30 p.m. (School of Health Sciences students)
March 24, 2020 5:15 p.m. (All students)
March 19, 2020 2:45 p.m. (Students enrolled in Field Experience Courses of Early Childhood Education programs)
March 18, 2020 5:50 p.m. (Wisconsin students)
March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.  (Wisconsin students)
March 17, 2020 (All students)
March 15, 2020 (Students enrolled in Practical Nursing, Professional Nursing, and Bachelor of Science [pre-licensure entrance options] programs)
March 14, 2020 (Students enrolled in Bachelor Completer programs utilizing the 6-week session/12-week quarter academic calendar)
March 13, 2020 (All students)
March 6, 2020 (All students)

 

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