Prevention

Stopping the Spread

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

Wash your hands

Wear your mask

Watch your distance

Daily Health Screen

To assist with symptom monitoring, faculty, staff, and students must complete the RIT Daily Health Screen every day, seven days a week, whether or not they are coming to campus. The screen will provide users with instructions on how to proceed if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Access the screen online

Learn more about the Daily Health Screen

Physical/Social Distancing

Physical distancing requires that member of the RIT community ensure that they maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time members of the RIT community are indoors in the presence of others or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks regardless of the distance between themselves and others.

Personal Face Masks

Any time members of the RIT community are indoors in the presence of others or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks regardless of the distance between themselves and others. RIT is purchasing a supply of face masks and will provide them to students and employees in the fall.

Accessible masks will be provided to individuals based on requests for accommodations.

Learn more about face masks

Thermometers

The university has purchased a large supply of thermometers that will be distributed to all students and employees to help them monitor their COVID-19 symptoms.

Personal Key Devices

RIT will have personal key devices for sale at multiple retail outlets including Bytes, the Café & Market at Crossroads, the Corner Store, and Shop One. These devices are made of copper and allow users to open door handles, push elevator buttons, use touchscreens, and interact with other commonly touched surfaces without using their hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

The university will provide all students and employees with two washable cloth masks and a thermometer.

Multiple retail locations on campus will have personal key devices for sale. These devices are made of copper and allow users to open door handles, push elevator buttons, use touchscreens, and interact with other commonly-touched surfaces without having their hands touch them.

The university also will provide all students and employees with two washable cloth masks and a thermometer. You may also want to consider bringing additional face masks, personal-size bottles of hand sanitizer or hand soap, and cleaning supplies for your room.

Remember to engage in healthy habits including, but not limited to:

  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance
  • Wearing your face mask
  • Staying home if ill

Students are required to wear face masks in classrooms. If a student does not wear a face mask, they will be asked to leave the classroom by the faculty member. If a student fails to leave the classroom when instructed to do so by the faculty member, that student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Physical distancing requires the RIT community to ensure that they maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time members of the RIT community are indoors in the presence of others, or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face coverings regardless of the distance between themselves and others.

Face shields are not a replacement for face masks. Unless otherwise provided as an accommodation to a disability, the only time a face shield may be worn without a face mask is when a faculty member is behind a Plexiglas barrier in teaching settings and is wearing a face shield that covers all sides of their face.

No. Masks with valves do not prevent the spread of COVID-19 and they are not considered acceptable for use on campus. Any mask that has a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) allows droplets to be released from the mask, putting others nearby at risk. Simple cloth masks made of a few layers of cotton prevent most of the potentially infectious respiratory droplets from escaping into the air around you.

If an individual has concerns about wearing a face mask, they can request an accommodation.

We discourage students from traveling outside of the RIT community. If travel is essential, students should follow New York state guidance regarding mandatory quarantine at that time.