International Faculty Orientation (IFO)

Welcome to RIT!  As an RIT faculty member at one of our international campuses you’re not just teaching a course, you are joining RIT’s community of teaching and learning excellence. You will play a fundamental role in the lives of RIT students!  The orientation materials provided on this website will introduce you to critical information, resources, and where to find support at RIT.  Your international campus staff will have other important information and are available to answer any questions you might have about RIT's procedures and processes.  We encourage you to review the materials below at your convenience.  The materials have been designed to provide support throughout the academic year.  If you have any questions, contact the Faculty Development Team at

Faculty Career Development

The Faculty Career Development team manages programs and services for RIT faculty at all stages of their career including new faculty orientation, several faculty grant programs, RIT’s faculty mentoring program, the academic leadership development program, and other special events and programs. Contacts:  Cheryl.Herdklotz. and Anne Marie Canale,  


Student Information System (SIS)

The Student Information System (SIS) is used to view your schedule of classes, obtain class rosters, and to submit grades.  All instructors have access to the SIS Faculty/Staff Information Center, which includes the Faculty Guide to the SIS.  View the tutorial below for instructions on how to get started with SIS. You will need Adobe Flash Player on your computer to view the tutorial. Click here to download Adobe Flash Player Contact: Tina Sturgis, Senior Associate Registrar,

Starfish - Academic Alert System

RIT’s academic alert system allows instructors to send timely feedback and information to students regarding their performance in a course. These tutorials will serve as an introduction to the system including:

  • An overview of the system and its purpose.
  • User roles in the Starfish system and processes.
  • How to access the Starfish system and send academic alerts through Progress Surveys.
  • How to access additional training and support for the Starfish system.
  • Contact: Stephanie Bauschard,

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), a unit of the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) at RIT Main Campus, provides support for faculty who wish to improve their teaching effectiveness.  Whether you'd like to learn new features of myCourses—the learning management system at RIT—or new teaching strategies, we provide real-time consultations and just-in-time support.  Here are some of the resources available to you: 

If you have questions that aren’t answered by our digital resources, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a conversation.


myCourses is the course management system of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  myCourses provides a variety of tools that allow instructors and students to access course materials and interact online.  

RIT Library Resources

This tutorial provides you with an overview of the many resources available to you and your students, on campus and online.

Academic Integrity


Turnitin is a web-based tool that checks for originality in written work.  We have created a series of short tutorials on understanding originality checking, navigating a Turnitin originality report, and understanding the parts of an originality report.  

High Tech Cheating

Studies show cheating on homework assignments and on exams occurs at an alarming rate.  As high school and college students gain more tech skills, the ways in which they cheat evolve.  Are you familiar with terms such as contract cheating, article spinning, and papermills?  Do you think students should be allowed to drink a soda during an exam?  Have a smartphone with them?  Learn about the studies on academic cheating and the methods being used to cheat.  This video is a brief overview of the topic with links to available resources on the High Tech Cheating Guide.