Hurricane Ian Response Information

October 4, 2022

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 includes the following. Please note that timelines may need to be modified on account of ongoing impacts from the hurricane.

Fort Myers:

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • If you are not prepared to begin on these dates, please contact your student advisor to discuss options for continuing your education (see below).

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

North Orlando:

  • Repairs are in progress at the North Orlando campus, and it was determined that we can reopen the facility to welcome students on Monday, October 10.
  • Online courses started on Monday, October 3.
    • 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.
  • Residential courses in our nursing programs will start Monday, October 10.
  • If you are not prepared to begin on these dates, please contact your student advisor to discuss options for continuing your education (see below).

Central Pasco, Tampa/Brandon and Ocala:

Campuses re-opened on Monday, October 3, to welcome students to the new quarter. Deadline extensions for week one discussion assignments are available for students enrolled at this campus who live in communities impacted by the hurricane. Students should contact their faculty to request an additional extension for written assignments, if needed.

For All Florida Students:

Regardless of campus location, we are shifting week one discussion forum deadlines (for both term one and eleven-week courses) in the fall quarter. Both the initial and reply posts in discussion forums will now be due on Saturday, October 8.

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.

Check our Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources page periodically for updates on federal and local assistance available.

Options for Continuing Your Education:

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 the delayed starts or extended assignment deadlines do not provide enough time for you to prepare for the start of the term, you have 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.

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

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