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.

Learn more about the CRRSAA

Latest News

  • May 13, 2021

    four cloth face masks.

    How dirty is your mask? We put it to the test  

    WHAM-TV talks to Mary-Anne Courtney, lecturer; Andre Hudson, school head; and Christy Tyler, associate professor, all in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, about bacteria on cloth face masks and proper disposal of used face masks.

  • May 3, 2021

    four researchers wearing PPE looking at a sample in a petri dish.

    Faculty, students innovate when plans for saliva testing changed

    Once RIT secured enough antigen tests for students for the spring semester, plans for administering saliva tests were put on hold. But this did not stop faculty and students in RIT’s College of Science from creating a Plan B of new lab activities, research, and community outreach.

  • April 19, 2021

    student poses with cardboard cut-out of tiger mascot with sign Tiger Testing This Way.

    Students help massive Tiger Testing effort run smoothly

    RIT student Kerri Zalba usually shows off her talents on the soccer field, but this year, she has expanded her extracurricular activities to include working for the massive COVID-19 Tiger Testing effort happening weekly on campus.

  • April 12, 2021

    students at individual stations receiving a nasal swab.

    Tiger Testing takes a village

    The success of RIT’s Tiger Testing campaign is made possible by campus-wide collaborations involving more than 100 employees working behind the scenes to support RIT’s COVID-19 response.

  • March 19, 2021

    tiger logo on the turf field.

    Expanding Open Recreation Opportunities

    For the remainder of the spring semester, the Student Life Center is expanding open recreation opportunities for individual and distanced group activities among students, faculty, and staff.

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