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.

Vaccine and Booster Requirements

All students, faculty, and staff on the Henrietta campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Spring Semester. In addition, RIT is requiring faculty, staff, and students to obtain a booster shot by Monday, January 31, or within 14 days of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.

There are additional vaccination requirements for large-scale indoor public events.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Event Safety Guidelines

To better protect the RIT community, large-scale indoor public events will have additional safety requirements. These guidelines will be revisited periodically and revised, depending on public health concerns and warnings. The current guidelines address masking, food served at events, and vaccination requirements.

Learn more about the event safety guidelines

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

Face masks are required indoors for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status. The indoor mask requirement applies at all times, except when alone, in a private office with the door closed, in your living space, or while eating. The CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. RIT strongly encourages double masking with a disposable mask covered by a cloth mask.

Disposable and cloth masks are available at the Welcome Center and Campus Center, as well as many other sites around campus. Employees may request KN95 or similar masks through their site safety monitors.

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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


Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds


Use hand sanitizer when you cannot use soap and water


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. An online form to assist with symptom monitoring is available. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In addition, RIT community members shall not be on campus if they have been:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not fulfilled the mandatory isolation period required by public health officials, or
  • Advised to stay home by a medical professional due to COVID-19 concerns pursuant to CDC or local health department COVID guidance, or
  • In close contact with a confirmed case within the timeframe determined by state and county health officials based on vaccination and booster status.

Contact Tracing

A positive test for COVID-19 will trigger contact tracing, which is coordinated through the Monroe County Department of Public Health. All members of the RIT community are expected to comply with contact tracing efforts.

Learn more about contact tracing

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.