Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation will be mandated for anyone who tests positive, whether they are vaccinated or not. Quarantine is required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated and deemed to have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Decisions regarding isolation and quarantine are made in accordance with County Department of Public Health guidance regarding risk based on proximity of contact, ventilation in the space where contact occurred, whether masks were worn, the duration of contact and vaccination status. Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus, should self-isolate in accordance with the public health guidelines in the county/region where you tested, and consult with your health care provider if needed. Do not return to campus until cleared by your local department of health or physician.

Isolation will be mandated for anyone who tests positive, whether they are vaccinated or not. Quarantine is required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated including eligible boosters and deemed to have been in close contact with a confirmed case. It is strongly advised that individuals get a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure or if symptoms develop.

Quarantine Requirements and Options Ahead of Spring Semester

Students may be required to quarantine before arriving to campus for the Spring Semester. All students need to review the quarantine requirements set forth by New York state and RIT. Students with an RIT housing assignment who are required to quarantine before circulating on campus may choose to quarantine on their own independently or participate in the University Coordinated Quarantine option.

Learn more about quarantine requirements and options

For Students

It is strongly advised that individuals get a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Students can obtain these tests by contacting the Student Health Center.

Students should notify the Student Health Center of their positive test result by completing the Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting form located in the My Forms section of the RIT Wellness Portal. If a member of an RIT student’s household (roommate, suitemate, housemate, etc.) shows symptoms of COVID-19, that person should be tested. While awaiting test results, that student, if unvaccinated should not go to work or class and instead, should quarantine until the evaluation is complete.

During any period of isolation or quarantine, students will undergo active monitoring by the Student Health Center and will self-monitor for symptom development and check temperature regularly. For students residing in campus housing who test positive or have a suspected case of COVID-19 or have had a high risk exposure, RIT will provide alternative housing if necessary to ensure adequate separation from the community for the duration of any isolation or quarantine period. Students who are required to isolate or quarantine will have access to telehealth and student health services. Faculty will work with students in isolation or quarantine to allow them to make academic progress. Students residing on campus will also be supported by coordination of meals for their applicable on-campus meal plans, trash pickup, and laundry support.

Upon information that an individual has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, notifications will be made to appropriate RIT departments—which may include the Registrar, Facilities Management Services, Residence Life, and Student Auxiliary Services—detailing the facilities used, or potentially used, by that individual if that usage could pose a risk to the community.

For Employees

It is strongly advised that individuals get a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure, or sooner if symptoms develop. Employees should contact their primary care physician or a community testing site.

Faculty and staff should upload their positive test results to RIT Employee Self-Service, call the Employee COVID Symptom/Exposure Hotline at 585-475-6040, and notify their supervisor. 

If a member of an RIT employee’s household shows symptoms of COVID-19, that person should be tested. While awaiting test results, that employee, if unvaccinated or not yet boosted, should not go to work and instead, should quarantine until the evaluation is complete. Employees should refer to the COVID-19 Symptom/Exposure/Absence Process Information for Employees on the HR web for details on reporting requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If students receive a positive COVID-19 test result, the health department in the state in which you tested in will reach out to you regarding the need for isolation until the infection clears. This may mean your arrival to RIT is delayed. RIT is prepared to support your educational efforts if this must occur.

Students who live in on-campus housing requiring isolation will be moved to alternative housing. Students in isolation will have their own sleeping room and bathroom. Students who do not reside on campus are expected to isolate or quarantine at their off-campus residence and comply with all instructions from the local health department. If off-campus students do not have the ability to isolate in place, the Monroe County Department of Health may be able to assist.

Employees with positive tests will be required to follow isolation procedures as dictated by the Monroe County Department of Health. They should also report this information through Oracle’s MyInfo application.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should speak with their personal health care provider (employees) or the Student Health Center (students). Need for testing, quarantine, and isolation will be determined based upon each individual’s situation and risk assessment. 

Testing for cause (having symptoms or significant exposure) and randomized surveillance testing for students will be overseen by the Student Health Center, in an on-campus testing area dedicated to COVID-19 testing. Faculty and staff will be directed to their personal provider for testing or a New York State Department of Health testing site. Most insurance covers testing for cause.

Any student reporting symptoms via the Daily Health Screening will be directed to contact the Student Health Center to be assessed. Assessment will include a review of symptoms and their health history. If a symptomatic student does not reach out directly, a staff member from the Student Health Center will make contact with the student. If testing is recommended and/or symptoms are of sufficient concern, students will be placed in precautionary quarantine or isolation, depending upon the circumstances. Testing for cause (having symptoms or significant exposure) will be available on campus at the Student Health Center. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, contact tracers will interview the student and determine whether there are additional individuals who need to be placed in quarantine or isolation. RIT will have trained contact tracers to assist the Monroe County Department of Health.

RIT will work with students who live on campus and must travel to a restricted state for an emergency to see if quarantine space is available. If space is available, quarantine housing will be provided. Students can connect with casemanagement@rit.edu for post emergency travel quarantine options. Students living off campus will have to quarantine in their off-campus housing or make other arrangements.

Students traveling to the RIT campus from international locations, including Canada, must adhere to all NYS Travel Guidelines and RIT requirements.

RIT’s public dashboard includes the number of students in precautionary and mandatory quarantine, while the state dashboard only tracks the number that are in mandatory quarantine. On the state dashboard, precautionary isolation cases are included in the precautionary quarantine numbers.

Quarantine means that you will have to stay in your assigned quarantine housing for 10 days. You must monitor yourself for any potential symptoms of infection including cough, fever, chills or muscle aches, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or new loss of sense of smell or taste. You must check your temperature in the morning and evening, and report symptoms or elevated temperature to your health care provider. We expect all students to participate in our Daily Health Screen every day, throughout the semester.

If you are in university housing or university sponsored quarantine, you will report any concerning symptoms to our Student Health Center at 585-475-2255. You do not need to wear a mask when you are alone in your room.

No. You cannot go to work or school, participate in social activities, or visit any public places. You should stay in a well-ventilated room that is your own living space in a home or apartment setting, or a single hotel room. You should not be spending in-person time with friends or family.

All students will continue to have access to telehealth and telemental health student services. Faculty will work with isolated or quarantined students to ensure they can continue their academic work. Students residing on campus will also be supported by meal delivery for their applicable on-campus meal plans, trash pickup, and laundry support.

Students in isolation and quarantine can use their meal plan funds, dining dollars, or Tiger Bucks to pay for their meals and supplemental grocery boxes. Meals need to be ordered by the student on the myLife portal where they also indicate dietary restrictions and preferences. Microwaves and fridges are in each room. Packs of bottled water will be available in the rooms. Students can also order food to be delivered from outside vendors at their own expense, if they wish.

If students experience concerning symptoms, they should call RIT Student Health Center at 585-475-2255. A health care provider is on-call and available by phone for urgent concerns when our RIT Student Health Center is closed.

Students in isolation and quarantine can use their meal plan funds, dining dollars, or Tiger Bucks to pay for their meals and supplemental grocery boxes. Meals need to be ordered by the student on the myLife portal where they also indicate dietary restrictions and preferences. Packs of bottled water will be available in the rooms. Students can also order food to be delivered from outside vendors at their own expense. Instructions on how to order from off-campus vendors are provided to students when they arrive.

We encourage students who can isolate or quarantine at home to do so. They need to be able to get home by private vehicle. Parents can come and pick up their children. We would recommend all wear masks in the car to reduce risk of exposure to parents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students should notify the Student Health Center of their positive test result by completing the Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting form located in the My Forms section of the RIT Wellness Portal.

For students residing in campus housing who test positive or have a suspected case of COVID-19 or who are required to quarantine due to a high risk exposure, RIT will provide alternative housing if necessary to ensure adequate separation from the community for the duration of any isolation or quarantine period. Students who are required to isolate or quarantine will have access to telehealth and student health services. Faculty will work with students in isolation or quarantine to allow them to make academic progress.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms:

  • You must isolate for 10 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for your positive test. 
  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you may end isolation after 5 days following a discussion with the Student Health Center (students) or your care provider (employees).
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until 10 days after the day of your positive test.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive:

  • Your isolation period starts over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms with reassessment of readiness to leave isolation on day 5.
  • You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have significantly improved.
  • If you continue to have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until you have completed your isolation period.

If you are fully vaccinated OR are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster:

  • Quarantine is not required
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others even at home for 10 days
  • Get tested if you develop illness symptoms or fever
  • A test day 5 is recommended.  Students may contact the Student Health Center to arrange.

If you are not fully vaccinated or are fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but haven’t yet received it:

  • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible for a full 10 days (even if you test negative- see below).
  • You may get a test on or after day 5 and if that is negative, you may circulate in the community wearing a well-fitting mask.
  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms .
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.  
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.