Wellness: Policies & Procedures
All Add/Drops are completed by the student registered on-line using SIS.
Students may add or drop Wellness activity courses during the seven-day add/drop period for each term. This period is from Monday-Sunday of each term. Students cannot be added to or dropped from classes after this period ends. Students are NOT automatically dropped from a class if they never attend and are solely responsible for dropping a course during the official add/drop period as established by the Institutes' Office of the Registrar.
Students wishing to receive an audit grade in a wellness course can do so at the time of registration on SIS. Courses taken for "audit" carry no credit and do not apply toward graduation requirements, satisfy prerequisites or count toward determining enrollment status. Generally, students who enroll as an "audit" wish to participate in the class primarily for the activity benefits, rather than for credit. Registration for an audit must be done using SIS during the first 7 days of each quarter, Monday-Sunday. No audits can be processed after the Add/ Drop period. Classes that are audited carry the same course fee as courses taken for credit.
All injuries that occur in Wellness classes must be reported to the instructor regardless of how minor they may appear. An Incident Report will be completed at the time of the injury. If emergency medical treatment is required, the instructor will contact RIT Public Safety. Medical expenses resulting from class injuries must be covered by the Institute's student health insurance or the student's private health plan. No expenses are covered by the Wellness Instructional Program.
Credit by Experience
Retroactive credit may be granted for certain independent activities if completed within one year before matriculation at RIT. A formal written request must be submitted that clearly outlines the activity that is being considered for wellness education credit along with all documentation of the experience (signatures of instructors/copy of certificate). A minimum of 15 hours of a previous activity is required. Formal requests should be submitted to Dugan Davies
Course Fees and Recreation Membership Fees
Most Wellness activity courses carry a nominal fee (non-refundable after the add/drop period has ended) that is included in the tuition bill from the Student Financial Services office. The Institute covers the first two classes up to $120 in class fees. Some Wellness activity courses are held off-campus and carry various course fees. All fees are listed on the course descriptions on SIS.
All RIT registered students receive automatic access to the Student Life Center and Field House. Students only registered for a wellness class will be provided access if the class is needed to fulfill a graduation requirement. Access will be granted upon review by the Student Life Center Main Office.
Wellness course grades are primarily based on attendance and issued as Satisfactory, Fail or Incomplete. Wellness activity classes are a graduation requirement but are not averaged into a student's GPA.
An Incomplete ("I") may be given to students who do not fulfill attendance and/or course requirements (due to illness, injury or personal reasons) at the instructor's discretion. The student is responsible for making arrangements with the instructor to complete the course requirements within two academic quarters following the quarter in which the "I" was issued. If not completed within two quarters, the "I" grade is changed to an "F" on the student’s academic transcript.
Access Services provides interpreting support for deaf/hard of hearing students in all colleges. Many Wellness classes are flagged for having interpreting support throughout the registration process. Interpreting services are less likely to be available for classes that are not flagged for support.
Registering for a course is NOT a request for services. To request service, visit the Access Services web site.
It is the student's sole responsibility to withdraw during the allotted time period as established by the Office of the Registrar (before the end of the 8th week of the quarter). All withdrawals from classes are completed by the student on-line using SIS. If this procedure is not followed accordingly, the student may be issued an "F". Once a student is registered for a class, he/she is responsible for attending class and fulfilling the requirements of the course (or must follow the proper add/drop/withdrawal process listed above). No refunds are granted for "withdrawing" from a course. After the 8th week, with extenuating circumstances, students may withdrawal via paper format. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more detailed information.