Academic Support

We understand this may be a stressful time for you. RIT has made academic continuity a priority, and we’re here to help you transition to online and other modes of learning successfully. As instruction continues, so will all student support services.

Tutoring, Coaching, Assessments

The Academic Success Center is here for you! All services are available online. Services include:

  • Tutoring (math, physics, biology, and chemistry)
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Assessments 
  • Academic coaching

College tutoring centers (e.g. GCCIS, KGCOE, SCOB, CET, and NTID) also offer tutoring support online. Information on how to access college tutoring services as it becomes available will be posted here.

If you have any questions, email asc@rit.edu and your question will be answered by one of the team. Students can request a virtual meeting here. The email address will be monitored by multiple team members, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. Please include a phone/video relay number.

Writing Commons

The Writing Commons provides online consultations utilizing the WCOnline platform. RIT students can make appointments to meet with a writing consultant through chat, video, and shared document functions.

You can make an appointment up to 7 days before your desired time. 5 minutes before the start time of the appointment, log back into https://rit.mywconline.com/ and click on the yellow box that represents your appointment. Click “Start or Join Online Consultation” and a new window will open with instructions on the various functions of the interface. Once you have read those instructions, you can upload or copy/paste your writing into the main text field, and you and the consultant can start communicating about your goals for the session.

The appointment form includes a question about any platforms other than WCOnline you would like to use during the session. Through email and WCOnline, you and the consultant can decide on an arrangement that works for you both. For anyone looking for real-time captioning, Google Meet has that functionality. 

All start times in WCOnline are Eastern Standard (ET) Time Zone. If you're not in Rochester or the Eastern Time Zone, please remember this when booking and beginning your appointment. If you do not join the meeting or the consultant does not hear from you within 15 minutes of the start time, your appointment will be marked as missed.

Tips for Organizing Your Work

Time management and organization are key to successful online and distance learning. This Study Tool Kit has resources to help you create a foundation for productive learning. 

We have found students who develop a predictable routine and work habits achieve academic success. As you transition to online learning, here are some key habits to cultivate: 

  • Create a daily routine. This will keep you on schedule to complete assignments. Set up regular times for course work, and stick with these. You may even want to follow your regular class schedule even if your classes will not be held online live.
  • Find and organize a dedicated workspace. Try to find a space where you can focus on your work. It may not be ideal, or perfect, but using the same space each day will help support your learning routine. 
  • Get organized. Take the time to map out your work and deadlines so you stay on track.  

Here are some additional resources for staying organized while studying online. 

Videos

Articles

Student Support for Distance Learning

We have provided resources to help you progress toward your academic goals while learning via alternative methods. These include remote learning tips, help with myCourses and Zoom video conferencing, and communication strategies.

More information on student support for distance learning and technology

Accessibility & Accommodations

The RIT community is committed to access and inclusion for members of the Disability and/or Deaf communities. Accessibility is of critical importance as we transition to online and alternative methods of course delivery.

More information on accessibility and accommodations

FAQs

Coursework

Students should not drop off assignments or mail assignments. Instead, students can scan documents or use mobile applications to convert the assignment to a PDF and send it electronically. For more information on Microsoft Office Lens/PDF Scan, go to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Faculty members are determining how alternative delivery methods will work for each course. They will communicate to students directly.

Students should communicate with their instructors and academic advisors about their course progress and any concerns they may have as the semester progresses.

Grading

Grading for summer is following traditional grading methods. For more information on summer sessions, go to rit.edu/summer.

Academic Calendar

Registration is open for the first set of summer sessions that will be offered in an online format. Undergraduate and graduate students can take advantage of a six-week session (May 14-June 24) and a 12-week session (May 14-Aug. 5). Graduate students can also enroll in a targeted seven-week session (May 14-July 2). An additional six-week summer session will be held online June 29-Aug. 5. The complete list of course offerings is available on the RIT Summer Online 2020 webpage.

There remain many unanswered questions given rapidly evolving conditions but RIT is committed to on-campus learning and plans to have campus open as soon as possible. It is important that students register for fall classes as they normally would at this time of year. This will help ensure students have a seat or are on the waitlist and that courses are not cancelled due to low enrollment.

Enrollment for fall semester began on Monday, March 30. Students should log in to SIS (Student Information System) and check their enrollment appointments. Students with questions about which courses to enroll in can reach out to their academic advisors. Students who need help with contact information for their academic advisors can send an email to advising@rit.edu. Email registrar@rit.edu with enrollment appointment questions.

Advising

Yes, please work with your advisor to determine the best method (virtual meeting, telephone call) for an advising meeting.

Scholarships

Students on the Rochester campus who have been awarded RIT Merit Scholarships are normally required to maintain a minimum of a 2.8 GPA. Moving forward, we are suspending that requirement. As long as students are in academic good standing, they will retain their merit scholarships.

Textbooks

Students who rented books will receive an email, which will contain a link to print a free UPS shipping label to send the books back to the store when they are finished with them. Due date remains the same. Please check the Barnes & Noble website for more information. Students will need to know their order ID to generate the label. If they do not have it, they can email the bookstore at sm614@bncollege.com.

Effective Sunday, March 20, Barnes and Noble@RIT will be closed until further notice. Anyone wishing to order products and items can do so on the website and orders will be shipped out on a regular basis.

For the remainder of the spring semester, RIT students will have access to free eTextbooks from Barnes & Noble Education Inc., through its partnership with educational technology provider VitalSource Inc. Students can log onto VitalSource Bookshelf using their RIT email address to find and view course materials from participating publishers. Help accessing materials is available at VitalSource.

Barnes & Noble College (Barnes & Noble @ RIT) is extending textbook rental return dates on an as-needed basis. Students who rented books will receive an email, which will contain a link to print a free UPS shipping label to send the books back to the store when they are finished with them. Please check the Barnes & Noble website for more information. Students will need to know their order ID to generate the label. If they do not have it, they can email the bookstore at sm614@bncollege.com.

Barnes and Noble@RIT is closed until further notice. Anyone wishing to order products and items can do so on the website and orders will be shipped out on a regular basis.

Yes, the AccessText publishers have made digital versions of their books available for free to anyone with an “edu” email address. Their digital books are available on RedShelf and VitalSource. Each person can get up to seven digital books for free until May 25, 2020.  

VitalSource Instructions:

  1. Go to www.vitalsource.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  2. Login and click on "My Bookshelf" in top right corner.
  3. Then click on Explore in the top left corner.
  4. Search for the book you need and add it to your Bookshelf and start reading.

RedShelf Instructions:  

  1. Go to www.redshelf.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  2. Login and go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds
  3. Scroll down a little and click on the button, "Access Free eBooks"
  4. Search for the book you need and 'view details' and then 'Add to My Shelf'

Library & Other Resources

Many library resources and services are available online and can be found on the Wallace Library Coronavirus Response webpage. Librarians are available to provide online instruction sessions for classes, research assistance, and help locating resources for students' classes and assignments.

Yes. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the Writing Commons will be open for online consultations only. Utilizing the same WCOnline platform used for scheduling during the semester, RIT students can make appointments to meet with a writing consultant through chat, video, and shared document functions. Students can make an appointment up to seven days in advance. Five minutes before the start time of the appointment, log back into https://rit.mywconline.com/ and click on the yellow box that represents your appointment. For additional questions, email Phil.Shaw@rit.edu, Writing Commons Coordinator, or Pam Kincheloe, University Writing Program Director, pjknge@rit.edu.