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RIT student employees are covered by New York State's Workers' Compensation if injuries are incurred while on the job. If students are unable to continue to work due to an illness or an injury sustained, other than in the course of employment, the student will be eligible for New York State statutory disability benefits. In either case, contact your supervisor immediately for instructions. Students are not eligible for sick pay, holiday pay, or unemployment insurance benefits. However, if required to work on an Institute Holiday, students will be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked.


RIT Student Employees are eligible for the NYS Paid Family Leave Program (NYS PFL).  This program provides job protected, partial paid leave for RIT students to:

  • bond with a new child
  • care for an eligible family member with a serious health condition
  • help relieve family pressures when an eligible family member is called to active military service


Additional details can be found on the HR-Benefits website.