Rend Lake College releases plan for Fall 2020

INA, Ill. (June 30, 2020) — With the Fall 2020 semester weeks away, Rend Lake College has a plan in place for instruction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for full details, as well as how to enroll and start the process for advisement and financial aid.

“Rend Lake College leadership has put an immense amount of work into planning a safe learning environment for students this upcoming semester,” said RLC President Terry Wilkerson. “We are going to continue our efforts to provide a top-quality education while staying in compliance with health guidelines.”

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This plan is subject to change at any time as the college monitors the COVID-19 situation. RLC will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Illinois Community College Board. That means practicing social distancing, wearing masks, offering wellness checks and other measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. Student account balances for the fall semester are due July 15. Fall textbooks and supplies may be ordered online beginning July 20. If at any point Illinois reaches Phase 5, consideration will be given to lift restrictions. 

“There have been and will continue to be challenges during this unprecedented time, but RLC faculty and staff are committed to finding solutions and resources to help our students succeed," said RLC Vice President of Instruction and Student Affairs Lori Ragland.

What will instruction look like? Fall classes will begin as planned in an online, remote or hybrid format. Students will not be on campus the first two days of the semester — Aug. 17 and 18 — to allow time for faculty direction via Canvas — the college’s online learning platform. A majority of the hybrid options are for courses where hands-on learning is a necessity.

“We are placing a high priority on those curricula that rely heavily on face-to-face components and have attempted to accommodate those needs,” Wilkerson said.  


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Types of courses:

Online courses — These follow the traditional 16-week schedule. A majority of lecture classes will be entirely online. Additionally, several lecture/lab courses have been approved for online delivery. Instructional materials, videos and assignments will be posted in Canvas with completion deadlines.

Remote courses — These courses will be conducted online where students meet virtually for instruction via Zoom at a scheduled time and date.

Hybrid courses — All courses that feature a face-to-face component will be offered as 12-week courses. A percentage of the class will be taught online while another percentage will be in-person in a lab environment. How much of the class is taught face-to-face depends on the specific course. The 12-week classes begin Aug. 17 and end Nov. 6. Final exams will be held Nov. 9-13, excluding Veterans Day on Nov. 11.  Students will not be allowed on campus after Nov. 13. Additionally, eight-week courses that have a face-to-face component will be changed to a six-week schedule.

“We are taking a conservative approach in order to provide some stability and consistency in preparation of another stay-in-place order.  Since this would require all hybrid courses to move entirely online, students should anticipate the majority of face-to-face instruction to take place during the first eight weeks of the semester," Ragland said.

Classes are being offered in sessions. These include …

16-Week (Aug. 17 – Dec. 4)
12-Week (Aug. 17 – Nov. 6)
8-Week 1 (Aug. 17 – Oct. 9)
8-Week 2 (Oct. 13 – Dec. 4)
6-Week 1 (Aug. 17 – Sept. 25)
6-Week 2 (Sept. 28 – Nov. 6)
Intersession (Dec. 14 – Jan. 15)
Special (TBD)

What about fees and drop dates?
 RLC is waiving its $20 per credit hour fee for online and hybrid classes this fall. A full-time student taking a 15-hour course load would save $300 for the semester in fees for online instruction.

If the online experience is not working out, students can drop the class within the first quarter of their session to receive a full refund. Otherwise, the drop date — not including the full refund — has been extended to the final day of class.

How do I get started? To see RLC’s complete plan for the Fall 2020 Semester, visit You can get your college experience started in three simple steps: enrollment, advisement and financial aid. Visit to learn more about signing up for classes or testing. Campus visits are still available on a limited basis by appointment. Call (618) 437-5321 to schedule an appointment. The college’s summer office hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Important Student Information - Updated 8/3/2020

Rend Lake College Students:

Due to COVID-19, changes have been made regarding fall semester.  Please read through the following information carefully. You are encouraged to check Warriormail and Canvas on a daily basis for specific guidance. General updates and changes to the following plan will be available on the RLC website and social media.

Fall Course Schedule

Students were mailed the following with their fall schedules. Please review and note the following:

  • The last column on your schedule, Course Type, indicates how each course will be delivered; online, remote, or hybrid.
    • Online: Instructional materials, videos, and assignments will be posted in Canvas for you to complete independently by the posted deadline.
    • Remote: Class meetings will be held remotely using Zoom. You will need to be available for class remotely on the days/time indicated on your class schedule. The Zoom meeting ID/link will be placed in your Canvas course.
    • Hybrid: Class meetings will be a combination of online, remote, AND face-to-face. You will need to be available for class on the days/time indicated on your class schedule.
      • Do not come to campus the first two days of the semester, August 17 & 18. All hybrid classes will meet virtually via Zoom for at least the first class session. The Zoom meeting ID/link will be placed in your Canvas course. 
      • Your instructor will provide further direction in Canvas regarding the dates you will be permitted on campus or an assigned location.
      • Hybrid classes are scheduled as 6 weeks or 12 weeks. All hybrid classes will end no later than November 13.
    • Online and Remote courses will not have any sessions on campus and the majority follow the normal 16-week semester (select courses are scheduled less than 16 weeks).
    • Pay close attention to the Dates column on your schedule which indicates when your class begins and ends. The fall semester calendar with important dates is below.
    • Course information may be in Canvas up to 1 week prior to, but no later than, the start date.
    • Courses may be dropped through the last day of class. A full refund will be provided for courses dropped within the first quarter of the session.
    • If you need to revise your schedule, contact your advisor.
    • Changes to the academic calendar: Classes will be held on September 16 and October 13. Fun Fest has been cancelled and Faculty/Staff In-Service rescheduled.
    • Holidays/No Class: Labor Day (Sept. 7) | Columbus Day (Oct. 12) | Election Day (Nov. 3) | Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) | Thanksgiving (Nov. 26-28)

Fall Semester Calendar


First Day of Class

Drop Date for Refund

Midterm Date

Last Day of Class
(last day to drop without a refund)

Final Exams

16 Weeks

August 17

September 11

October 9

December 4

December 5-10

8 Week 1

August 17

August 28

September 11

October 9


8 Week 2

October 13

October 23

November 6

December 4


12 Weeks

August 17

September 4

September 25

November 6

November 9-13

6 Week 1

August 17

August 26

September 4

September 25


6 Week 2

September 28

October 7

October 16

November 6









December 14

December 21

December 30

January 15


Fall Semester Business Hours

Campus visits will be limited; appointments are strongly encouraged.  Facial coverings are required at all times.  Read through the self-monitoring checklist on campus doors prior to entering.  Do not come to campus if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have related symptoms.

RLC Bookstore

  • Fall textbooks and supplies may be ordered online. Sign in to your student account at
  • Books may be shipped or select a date for curbside pickup.
  • The Bookstore will be open during business hours beginning August 19 with limited capacity.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

  • The LRC computer lab will be open by appointment only during business hours beginning August 19. To schedule computer time, go to

Food Service

  • Subway on campus and vending machines are closed. Snacks and beverages are available at the Bookstore.

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