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COVID-19 Updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIT has moved to an entirely-online format in order to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The simple newness of this situation can lead to questions. RIT has established a central web site at which you can find answers to questions of general interest:

 

https://www.rit.edu/coronavirus/

 

Here we will do our best to answer your Honors-related questions. (In an effort to cut down on email traffic, this is where we will be posting any updates, so please keep an eye on this page as we navigate this situation.)


Events

As you are aware, RIT has made the incredibly tough decision to cancel all events, including Commencement. This, of course, means that Honors events have been canceled too. The Honors Spring Dinner on April 3 has been canceled, as well as Honors Pizza Fridays for the rest of the semester. In addition, RIT has indefinitely postponed the Accepted Student Open Houses.

 

Honors Commencement Reception:

 

With the cancellation of Commencement, we have also had to cancel our Provost Reception. This will not impact your status as graduates of the Honors Program, but it was a  heartbreaking decision for us.  

 

We would like to highlight our seniors on our social media by sharing their post-graduation plans and a photo. If you would like to be included, please email us your plans and photo to honors@rit.edu. We will also be completing the photo slideshow we usually display at this event and sharing it with students and their families as a reminder of your time at RIT and a celebration of your accomplishments. 

 

We have ordered stoles to be worn at graduation and will decide how to get these to you at a later date to wear when RIT honors your accomplishments at graduation.

 

Virtual Events:

 

Honors Council and the Office are working together to bring you some virtual events while we are all at home during the semester. This may include weekly trivia or puzzle games. Please stay tuned for more information! 

Academic Requirements

  

Honors Courses:

 

In accordance with the University's decision for students to have the option to use a Satisfactory/Pass/No Pass grading structure, we will be waiving the B- grade requirement to earn Honors Points for Honors Courses for the Spring 2020 semester. Honors Points will be awarded for any Honors Course that students pass.

 

Honors Options:

 

We know that a number of you were in the process of completing Honors Options in order to earn points. We have been in touch with the faculty members, and have told them that you will be contacting them. Please work creatively with your professors to find ways that you can complete the Option.  One of the requirements is that you present your work in an appropriately public setting.  If you cannot do that this spring, we ask that students not graduating participate in the fall Research & Creativity Symposium.  If you are graduating, please contact Kerrie Bondi.

 

Research:

 

If you were in the process of completing your research requirement, please reach out to the Honors Program at honors@rit.edu for a conversation about options.

 

Professional & International Experiences:

 

We understand many study abroad trips and extra co-ops may have been cut short, which may impact your points. Please reach out to the Honors Program at honors@rit.edu for a conversation about points.

Contacting Us

The Honors Office will remain closed until RIT reopens campus, but we can still be reached via email or over social media, as necessary. All general questions can be directed to honors@rit.edu. If you need to contact Kerrie or Kathy specifically, they will also be checking their emails daily. 

 

Also, feel free to connect with us on LinkedIn. This is a great way to keep in touch with everyone in the program!

 

We also have a new Discord server for Honors students to connect, so feel free to jump on and talk to your peers!

Tips and Tricks for Online Learning & Social Distancing

The online environment is new to many of us (at least in our educational endeavors), so we have compiled some tips and tricks for how to manage online learning and ensure success, personally and academically. Keep checking this page for updates as we learn what works best for us, and follow us on social media for more updates on how to succeed.

  • Make sure you are scheduling rest and downtime into your day— both as an investment in keeping worktime efficient and productive, and as an investment in your quality of life.  It is not healthy or sustainable to work continually from the morning until late at night.
  • Use changes of location and lighting to help switch between working to relaxing modes. Try not to do work in bed.
  • The Academic Success Center is still open and has online resources for students, which can be found here.
  • Get outside and get some fresh air. Social distancing doesn't mean you can't leave your house, just be safe and wash your hands!
  • Try to exercise at least a few times a week. It can help clear your brain and release dopamine, while also helping you feel better physically.
  • Utilize technology to stay connected to your friends and family. Set up a Zoom call with your friends you don't get to see or your relatives you can't see right now.
  • Try out a virtual background during a Zoom call in order to spice up an otherwise monotonous group meeting. Make sure you stay focused though!
  • Mute your mic when you're not talking during class.
  • Make sure you're taking care of your mental health. Things are hard, but if you need to talk to somebody, reach out. People are here for you, care about you, and want you to succeed.