Communications

This is a collection of messages that have been distributed to the RIT community as updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 protocols can be found in the RIT Safety Plan.

RIT Ready Newsletter

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way we learn, live, work, and share in our community. The RIT Ready Newsletter, distributed to faculty, staff, and students through Message Center, is designed to help you plan and stay organized in this evolving environment by sharing the latest information you need to stay safe, healthy, productive, and engaged.

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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 Relief

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021

On May 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced emergency grants will be provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 for postsecondary education. The American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. RIT is currently reviewing the requirements to distribute funds to students and will have more information in the coming months.

Learn more about the ARP Act

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 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. CRRSAA funds have been fully distributed. This is for informational purposes only.

Learn more about the CRRSAA

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (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