Hurricane Ian Response Information

Thursday, October 6, 2022

North Orlando campus update

Due to additional flooding today (October 6) in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Rasmussen’s North Orlando campus has been deemed uninhabitable by the local fire marshal. We are happy to report that all students, faculty and staff were able to safely evacuate. However, the campus is closed effective immediately.

Rasmussen is fortunate that previous plans were already in place last week to temporarily shift operations to an alternate location in Orlando, so we will now pivot again to that original plan.

Our utmost concern is for your safety and wellbeing, and how we can support you both personally and academically. Faculty and staff will be working throughout this weekend to welcome you Monday, October 10 to our temporary location at 8541 Southpark Circle in south Orlando.

Online classes are not impacted by the move to the temporary location.

Please check this page periodically for the most up-to-date information for our North Orlando campus community.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Residential courses in our nursing programs will start Monday, October 10.
  • 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.

Please continue to check this page periodically for updates on the North Orlando campus.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Update on your Upcoming Term at Rasmussen

As we continue to learn about the full impact of Hurricane Ian on the Orlando community we want to offer some updates on your upcoming term at Rasmussen.

Our North Orlando campus facility has experienced some level of damage, though we are not yet sure of the extent. We have another facility option in the area we can utilize but will need time to prepare that location to welcome residential students.

Today, Rasmussen University academic and operational leaders met and determined the following plan of action for North Orlando campus students:

  • Students in programs that are entirely online will start on Monday, October 3.
  • Students in our residential nursing programs will now start Monday, October 10.
  • Nursing students who are only enrolled in the first 5 ½-week term have the option to take 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. For now, please know that we are here to support you both personally and academically.

Please stay safe and take good care of yourself and your loved ones.

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