Communications to RIT Community

This is a collection of messages that have been distributed to the RIT community as updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021

On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) had been made available. This COVID relief legislation, which was signed into law in December 2020, supports an expansion of emergency funding for higher education institutions to address the effects of COVID-19.

RIT has been awarded just over $17 million and, in accordance with Federal regulations, will be distributing a minimum of $5.190 million directly to students. RIT is working on an allocation formula and expects to announce the emergency grants to students in a few weeks when the federal government releases the funding. When finalized, RIT will share how the funds will be distributed via the RIT Ready website.

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Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

The Fall Planning Task Force—along with the Academic Planning, Infrastructure and Health Technologies, and Community Readiness committees— was formed to develop creative strategies and contingency plans to enable a safe and successful reopening for the Fall 2020 Semester. In addition to members of the RIT community, both local and national public health experts were engaged to help us develop our plans and protocols.

Federal CARES Act of 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) for distribution to colleges and universities to help offset costs to students and institutions resulting from campus disruptions due to the coronavirus. CARES Act Emergency Grants have been fully distributed. This is for informational purposes only.

Learn more about the Federal CARES Act