Health, Safety, and Wellness

The health and safety of the RIT community is a priority. Know that all measures being put into place are designed to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. Medical experts across the globe have made it clear that social distancing is imperative to containing the spread of the virus, protecting the most vulnerable and preventing the medical system from being overwhelmed. 

Any student who feels ill should contact the RIT Student Health Center (585-475-2255 or studenthealth@rit.edu) or your personal physician (faculty/staff/students) to discuss your recent travel and symptoms. Your health professional will provide guidance about where best to seek care.

A live chat option is available to students on the Wellness Portal Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can use the live chat to ask Student Health Center staff questions regarding immunizations, required forms, insurance, or appointment scheduling.

Any essential employees who will be in direct contact with students, visitors, or non-RIT employees while performing their RIT duties must wear a face covering. More information, including how to obtain a mask, is available on the Face Covering for Essential Employees webpage.

RIT Counseling and Psychological Services and NTID Psychological Services encourages social distancing and is offering telemental health services to all students located in New York state, both ongoing counseling and urgent care needs. Supportive telephone/video consultations for students outside New York state remain available. These are supportive calls are meant to provide information resources and are not a replacement for therapy. Counselors are available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 585-475-2261 or at caps@rit.edu. Additionally, RIT’s 24-hour mental health line remains active at 1-855-436-1245.

More information on how to access services is available on the RIT Counseling and Psychological Services website.

Counseling and Psychological Services is now providing on-going support groups to help students manage this crisis. Learn more and register on the RIT Counseling and Psychological Services website.

There have been positive cases for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the RIT community. Those who have tested positive and are on campus have been quarantined and are being closely monitored by RIT’s Student Health Center. Those who have tested positive and are living off campus have been quarantined and are being monitored by their physicians.

We are not allowed to share that information due to privacy concerns.

Those in quarantine and isolation have been provided information regarding RIT's expectations during this time. If you believe someone is acting inappropriately, you may contact Public Safety, who will reach out to the individual and follow up as appropriate.

Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy.

  1. Take their temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.

RIT is allowing people in quarantine to take a private 30-minute walk for fresh air once or twice a day. They should keep their distance from others, at least 6 feet, and stay out of dining facilities.

People in isolation have shown signs of illness. RIT has asked that they be separated from the general population for a period of time and should stay inside, away from others.

If a person tests positive or has symptoms that are determined to be most likely COVID-19, isolation will last a minimum of seven days and requires 72 hours without fever without taking any fever-reducing medicines. For those on campus, student health center staff will provide guidance that isolation is complete.

RIT has reached out to close contacts and asked them to quarantine. They have done so.

Dining Services will supply meals to students in on-campus quarantine/isolation. Facilities has increased area cleaning. Public Safety is monitoring hallways, elevators, and the community to ensure adherence to quarantine. Quarantined/isolated students are required to strictly maintain physical separation from rest of RIT community.

We are taking multiple steps to ensure constant cleaning on campus. In addition, buildings have been closed and only personnel deemed “essential” under the New York Governor’s orders are on campus.

Any student who feels ill should contact the RIT Student Health Center (585-475-2255 or studenthealth@rit.edu) or your personal physician (faculty/staff/students) to discuss your recent travel and symptoms. Your health professional will provide guidance about where best to seek care.

When in doubt, contact the SHC for advice about self-care. If you think you need to be seen, contact SHC to make an appointment. Students who experience significant cough, worsening of chronic asthma symptoms, fever that lasts more than 2-3 days, dizziness, and/or dehydration should be evaluated. If symptoms are severe and urgent assistance is needed, contact the Student Health Center and/or 9-1-1 for transportation.

All university international and nonessential domestic travel is prohibited. Domestic travel that is considered essential must be approved by the appropriate division vice president.

If you have been in a location that is rated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “Level 3” or in other areas noted by the CDC or the Monroe County Health Department as high risk, or if you have participated in events where the exposure to COVID-19 was likely, you will need to quarantine yourself for 14 days.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing. Person-to-person spread is occurring through respiratory droplets from coughing/sneezing or via touch from contaminated surfaces.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are ill with a cough, it is a good idea to wear a mask to avoid sharing your germs with others. If one is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, shoulder, or a tissue. Wash your hands immediately after disposing of your tissue.

The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CDC has a global map of confirmed Coronavirus cases, and Johns Hopkins University offers an interactive map and dashboard.

There are no testing kits on campus, though we work closely with area hospitals and the health department if testing is indicated. If students are concerned about whether they have Coronavirus, they are encouraged to call the health center so we can assess their risk and direct them to the appropriate place for care.

People in the U.S. may be worried or anxious about friends and relatives who are living in or visiting areas where Coronavirus is spreading. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, toward those of Chinese or other Asian ethnicities, or people who were in quarantine.

Stigma is discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how Coronavirus spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger toward ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.

Self-Quarantine Instructions

If you have been in contact with someone who has known or suspected COVID-19 or traveled to areas with high disease incidence, it may be reasonable to self-quarantine for 14 days.

More information on self-quarantining