Co-op and Student Employment

Students should continue their assignments, and follow guidance from their employers about workplace policies. ​Unless advised by the co-op employer, students should report for new co-op assignments and follow guidance from their employers about work policies. 

FAQs: Co-op

Yes. The decision to move classes to online delivery for RIT's main campus does not have any impact on students currently on co-op. Students should continue their assignments, and follow guidance from their employers about workplace policies. 

​RIT co-op students are employees of the university and should follow human resources guidance for RIT employees as to whether they report to work.  For specific questions, co-op students should contact their RIT supervisor. 

Students should speak with their co-op manager if they are concerned about their job, or alternatives the company is offering employees. Career services coordinators are available to students and employers to help facilitate discussions.

All RIT Housing is closing. Unless otherwise instructed by RIT, students residing in university housing must vacate their assigned space.

Cooperative education is for a limited time only and with established start and end dates. Eligibility for unemployment compensation is governed by state law, and in most circumstances co-op students are not eligible for unemployment compensation at the end of their co-op experience. In the event that a student is terminated from a co-op position prior to its originally scheduled end date, eligibility for unemployment compensation, if any, will be determined by the specific facts of the termination and applicable state laws. In the state of New York, co-op students are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources or the NYS Department of Labor Information on Novel Coronavirus.

​Unless advised by the co-op employer, students should report for their assignments and follow guidance from their employers about work policies. However, we strongly advise you to reach out to your employer as soon as possible to see if there have been any changes and to confirm employment details.

The university will provide flexibility to help students meet their degree requirements for cooperative education when COVID-19 has impacted their previously agreed upon plans for employment. If you are a student whose co-op employer has canceled your co-op, please contact your career services coordinator. Career services coordinators will work with students and academic departments to determine how to best proceed based on their unique circumstances.

RIT cannot control travel students may undertake while on co-op outside the university. We strongly suggest that students follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and federal guidelines. Co-op students who travel to any countries designated as Level 3 (“avoid all non-essential travel to this destination”) according to the CDC’s Travel Health Notices will not be allowed back on the RIT campus for 14 days after their return. RIT co-op employees are covered by RIT travel policies. 

​Career services coordinators will work with students and academic departments to determine how to best proceed. Before a student makes a decision to change agreed upon employment terms, they should contact their career services coordinator for guidance.

Students should contact RIT’s International Student Services (ISS) for any questions related to work or travel visas. Career services coordinators will work with students, employers and academic departments to determine how to best proceed based on their unique circumstances. 

Departments will provide some flexibility about completing co-op requirements, and each student's situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students will continue to have support from their career services coordinator, plus all online resources such as RIT’s Handshake Platform (the primary source of co-op and full-time jobs posted for RIT students).

FAQs: Student Employment

The Student Employment Office (SEO) is working to match impacted students with departments that have student employment needs. Students in Rochester whose positions have been impacted should contact the SEO with a request for reassignment as soon as possible. No further steps are needed for students who have already submitted this request. 

The positions that will potentially be available may be very different from what students were doing previously in departments. RIT’s priority is finding work for students who need it. If students choose to decline an employment offer, they may not receive a different employment offer.

Students who are reassigned must reach out to their home supervisor to inform them of their new assignment. Students working on campus will use their existing badge number to punch in and out at the time clock. Students working remotely will email their time daily to both their home supervisor and the supervisor of their reassigned position. Exact time must be reported, no rounding.

Checks will not be sent to departments, nor can they be picked up from the Payroll Office. RIT strongly recommends that all student employees sign up for direct deposit. Go to Oracle Employee Self-Service and select “My Banking Information” in order to enroll in direct deposit. Students who continue to receive wages by check must make sure that RIT has their current address updated in SIS.

All employees who are required to work on campus must adhere to required social distancing, practice appropriate personal hygiene, and follow all cleaning procedures for their work areas.

If their home department has the ability to provide work for students, then they may continue to work for them, as long as they are still in the United States. 

At this time, job reassignments will only be available to those remaining in the Rochester area. If additional positions are available after all students in the Rochester area have been placed, RIT will open them up to those outside of Rochester.