Community Expectations

The health and safety of the RIT community is a priority. All measures put into place are designed to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

Get Vaccinated

In order to provide the safest possible learning and living environment, RIT will require full COVID-19 vaccination for undergraduate and graduate students prior to coming to the Henrietta campus for Fall 2021.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Mask Guidelines

Members of the RIT community who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear face masks while indoors. Those members of the RIT community who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face masks (minimum of two-ply cloth) while indoors in the presence of others, indoors moving through space occupied by others, or outdoors in crowded outdoor settings.

Face masks and physical distancing are still required, regardless of vaccination status, in the Student Health Center and the NTID Audiology Clinic. In addition, face masks are required while on public transportation.

Wearing a mask is a great way to protect yourself and others from the spread of disease. Be respectful of other people’s choice to wear a mask – they may be trying to protect themselves or you.

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Mask Guidelines

Until further notice, face masks will be required indoors for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status. We are disappointed to have to make this decision, but, due to the highly contagious Delta variant, COVID-19 transmission rates are increasing in many parts of the country, including Monroe County. This move is in line with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State, and Monroe County Health officials.

The indoor mask requirement applies at all times, except when alone, in a private office with the door closed, your living space, or while eating. In addition, members of the RIT community who are not fully vaccinated are also required to wear face masks outdoors in crowded settings when distancing cannot be observed.

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Immediately and until further notice, face masks are required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Based on updated guidance from the CDC, New York State, and Monroe County Health officials, masks are required indoors for persons vaccinated or unvaccinated in all campus buildings starting immediately.

Yes. The indoor mask requirement applies at all times, except when alone, in a private office, your living space, or while eating. In addition, members of the RIT community who are not fully vaccinated are also required to wear face masks outdoors in crowded settings when distancing cannot be observed.

Yes. New York State recommends any county where the COVID transmission rate is substantial or high, individuals should wear facial coverings while indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

Until transmission rates decline sufficiently, the mask mandate is a short-term solution to slow the spread of the Delta variant, which appears to be much more easily transmitted.

All staff and adult visitors at Margaret’s House should be masked indoors in alignment with standard RIT policy.  Regulations for children will be provided to families by Margaret’s House staff in accordance with all RIT and Child and Family Services requirements.

Wash your Hands

1

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

2

Use hand sanitizer when you cannot use soap and water

3

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Stay Home if Sick

Stay home if you are sick, and do not come to campus. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Loss of taste, smell or appetite
  • Chills or fever higher than 100⁰ F (37.8⁰ C)
  • Sore throat
  • Unusual headache or eye pain
  • New cough or change in cough
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Report a COVID-19 Violation

Your concern for the health and safety of the RIT community is appreciated. If you encounter an unmasked individual on campus who is not in a private office, living space, or eating, use these tips to help you respond: directly ask the individual to put their mask on; communicate a general reminder about the mask requirement with everyone in the space; or connect with a responsible party, such as a supervisor or lab manager for assistance.

If you observe ongoing violations related to COVID-19 protocols and/or refusal to wear a mask even when requested, please complete a COVID-19 report.