Building Access

  • Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, academic buildings will be unlocked Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 8:30 pm. Please remember to complete your daily health check before coming to campus. 
  • Faculty and staff access after 8:30 pm and on weekends will require a key or card swipe. Questions? Contact Tammie Gelderman at 828-262-7106 or watkinsts@appstate.edu.

Latest Updates

Each update reflects the latest guidance as of that date and time stamp. Please note this is a rapidly developing situation. Links provided direct to the latest information available. Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.

08/11/20 - Email (Returning to campus: Information and Updates document)

08/14/20 - Email 

08/20/20 - Email

01/28/21 - Email

About the Building

Opened in 2011, the 123,376 square-foot, six-story building is located at 151 College Street, Boone, North Carolina 28608, next to the Plemmons Student Union and Belk Library. 

The College of Education building houses the following departments:

The building also houses the following centers:

LEED Certification

The Reich College of Education was awarded LEED® Silver certification in 2013 by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting, a green vegetative roof and use of reflective roofing to reduce high solar reflectivity and lower cooling costs, water-conservation plumbing features, water-efficient landscaping, solar hot water panels, and an energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system. In addition, many of the building materials used for the project had recycled content and were manufactured or harvested regionally, such as floor covering and wood panels.

Learn more about the RCOE's certification through Environmental Literacy Student Videos.

LEED Information 

The US Green Building Council began the LEED program (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) to encourage, recognize, and standardize what it means to be a “green facility.” Through a series of 4 rankings, LEED certifies buildings in this sustainably-friendly manner. LEED Silver is the third-highest ranking, with the highest being LEED Platinum.

Need a space to take your online class?

Many students have a combination of face-to-face and virtual classes. We have designated the following spaces as areas for students to use to take online classes:

Room NumberAvailabilityCapacity
RCOE 020Monday - Friday
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE 237Monday - Friday
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE 239Monday - Friday
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE 329Monday - Friday 
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE 331Monday - Friday 
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE 431Monday - Friday 
(7:00am - 8:30pm)
RCOE RotundaMonday - Friday
(7:00am - 8:30pm)

Signage and social distancing must be observed and masks must be worn. Please be courteous of those with whom you share spaces, utilizing earbuds, etc. Learn more here.

Rooms are reserved for students in Elementary Education Blocks I and II and Special Education Block. Learn more here.

Individual study rooms - only 1 person in a room - are available by reservation for students to study, take exams, or participate in online courses. Email the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling hdpc@appstate.edu with your reservation request. The subject line should note “study room request.” Learn more here

Classroom configurations, capacities, and room set-up

Instructional areas consist of twelve classrooms, seven seminar rooms, four seminar/conference rooms, four small conference rooms, one PC computer lab, one Mac computer lab, one active learning space, and one green screen room, as well as the Gordon Gathering Hall, which can be converted into one to three large classroom spaces. All classrooms are equipped with overhead projectors and computer stations. 

To access floor plans, faculty and staff need to :

  1.  log in with their university credentials,
  2.  click this link: FLOOR PLANS - by building

There will be a search box at the top of the page to help find by building name. For the College of Education building, search for "RCOE".

Classrooms are configured to meet the requirements of 6 ft. for physical distancing.  Signs are placed in each classroom with a maximum seating capacity.  Extra tables and chairs have been removed where possible. Where storage is not available, chairs may be wrapped and remain in rooms.

If you move furniture to address your pedagogical needs, please return to the original configuration for the next class.

Building Flow

Maintaining social distancing in our hallways will be essential. It is imperative that we not congregating in the hallways and common areas of the RCOE.  

The RCOE Administrative Council has developed the following recommendations to possibly help minimize the congregation of students waiting to enter/exit classrooms. Read them here.

How to Reserve a Room

To reserve space in the College of Education building, click this link. Faculty and staff will need to log in with their credentials to access the calendar. 

Questions? Contact Tammie Gelderman at 828-262-7106 or watkinsts@appstate.edu.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Facilities Operations has hired additional temporary staff to support cleaning in each building. Our regular custodial team members will be working throughout the building to clean and sanitize. Classrooms will be cleaned as time permits between classes.  A product called Vindicator will be sprayed on tables and handles and wiped down to disinfect. Custodial staff will be provided with a class schedule to prepare for cleaning. 

Disinfecting wipes will be available in each classroom for faculty and/or students to wipe down their respective stations upon entry for added protection. Additional disinfecting wipes for common areas and copiers throughout the building as well as for use with manipulatives and technologies that may be used with students and faculty are also available. 

Hand sanitizer stations have been placed at each entrance to the building.  There will be additional stations at various locations throughout the building. Each department and unit will receive a 1-gallon container of sanitizer with a refill.  Facilities will monitor and refill classroom supplies.  Departmental and unit staff can order refills through Facilities when needed.

Lost and Found

The James Center for Student Success and Advising holds items that are found in the College of Education for approximately one semester. To inquire if your lost item has been found, please visit the first floor or email jamescenter@appstate.edu. Items that have not been claimed within approximately one semester will be donated.

Other Space Capacities

Bathroom Capacity Restrictions

At this time, there are no restrictions on bathroom occupancy.

Elevators Capacity

Elevators will be restricted to a maximum of 1 occupant

Break Rooms

Break rooms will remain open for use.  However, social distancing, face-coverings, and cleaning are required. Individuals are discouraged from sharing coffee pots, utensils, and other sharable items.

Water Fountains

 Water bottle refills stations are located on the first and third floors:

Water Bottle