Hurricane Ian Response Information

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Relief supplies available to Fort Myers students, faculty and staff

A delivery truck full of supplies was delivered today to help aid Fort Myers students, faculty and staff impacted by the hurricane. Supplies include water, non-perishable food, hygiene products, baby formula and diapers.

Supplies can be picked up at the Rasmussen University Fort Myers campus pantry, 9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Suite 100, during campus hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Our gratitude goes out to all of the members of our Rasmussen community across the nation who provided donations through the Wishlist.


Monday, October 17, 2022

Emotional Trauma Support available for Fort Myers students

Hurricane Ian was a distressing event that left physical evidence of destruction. But many people are dealing with the unseen impacts. If you feel like one moment you are handling the stress of recovery, and the next you are experiencing a continuum ranging from anxiety to numbness, know you are not alone. Common symptoms of trauma include:

  • Memories that are like a shadow following you constantly
  • Flashbacks to the events
  • Overwhelming grief leading to hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Distress from triggers, such as wind, water, loud noises
  • Lack of interest in activities that once brought fulfillment

Processing these traumatic events and navigating the grief of loss will take time. While there is no instant formula to return to internal peace and calmness, the journey toward recovery can be attainable when supported by others.

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18, the Rasmussen University community will offer online and in-person support to cope with the difficult road ahead through multiple techniques. The online and in-person support groups will be facilitated by Cynthia Lindenmeyer, Online Chaplain, American Public University System.

For the next three weeks, group sessions will be held on Tuesdays and one-on-one sessions are available on Thursdays and Fridays. Sign up for sessions here: https://calendly.com/revdrcynthialindenmeyer


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fort Myers schedule updates

Information on the full extent of Hurricane Ian’s damage in our Florida communities continues to evolve. Our utmost concern is for your safety and wellbeing, and how we can support you both personally and academically. Over the next week, we will be conducting welfare checks for all our Florida students in the path of Hurricane Ian.

As of today, Tuesday, October 4, Rasmussen’s current plan of action for the Fort Myers campus includes the following. Please note that timelines may need to be modified on account of ongoing impacts from the hurricane.

  • Online courses started on Monday, October 3.
    • Students with access to electricity and internet are welcome to get started on their coursework.
    • Deadline extensions for week one discussion assignments are available for students who live in communities impacted by the hurricane. Students should contact their faculty to request an additional extension for written assignments, if needed.
    • We are shifting week one discussion forum deadlines (for both Term 1 and 11-week courses) in the fall quarter. Both the initial and reply posts in discussion forums will now be due on Saturday, October 8.
    • Attendance will start being tracked on Monday, October 17.
    • Students have until October 24 to finalize their fall schedules.
  • Residential courses in our nursing and health sciences programs will start Monday, October 17.
    • These residential courses will now end on Friday, December 23.
  • We know everyone’s circumstances are different, and some of you live in communities that have been impacted more than others by Hurricane Ian. If you are not prepared to begin on these dates, please contact your student advisor to discuss options for continuing your education, including the option of taking a stop out or short-term leave and return.

    Please note that you will need to work with your student advisor to process a short-term leave or stop out, and both options may impact any financial aid you are eligible to receive.
  • Rasmussen has partnered with Togetherall, an online community that offers peer-to-peer mental health support in an anonymous space at no cost. Students can access the Togetherall community here.

Additionally, we are in the process of organizing relief efforts in the area and will update you once those are available.

Please continue to check this page periodically for updates on the Fort Myers campus.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Quarter Start for Fort Myers Students Delayed Two Weeks

We continue to learn about the full extent of damage to the Fort Myers community. We understand that many of you have been displaced from your homes, are without power and internet service, and have limited or no access to food, water, and gas. The National Guard is still undertaking rescue work and have asked community members not to move into or around the Fort Myers area.

Our utmost concern is your safety and wellbeing, and how we can support you both personally and academically.

Today, Rasmussen University academic and operational leaders met to discuss a plan of action. Our current plan is to delay the start of the term by two weeks for Fort Myers students. The term will now run October 17-December 23.

We know everyone’s circumstances are different, and some of you have been more impacted than others by Hurricane Ian. If the two-week delay is not enough time for you to prepare for the start of the term, you have the option of taking a short-term leave and return or a stop out.

Please note, that you will need to work with your student advisor to process a short-term leave or stop out, and both options may impact any financial aid you are eligible to receive.

We will continue to update you in the coming days as we learn more. Please stay safe and take good care of yourself and your loved ones.
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