Quarantine and Isolation
Given the reduced severity of current COVID variant infections, mildness of the illness, and the vaccination status of our community, isolation policies have changed. Ill students will need to isolate in their current housing situations.
All members of the RIT community are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of any illness before coming to campus every day. If you are likely to spread illness, do not come to campus.
If You Test Positive
Students who test positive for COVID-19 should upload the test result or image of home test to the Student Health Center. You will receive self-care instructions for isolation which you may share with faculty or employers as needed. As is the case for all illness, there is access to our health professionals through telehealth and in-person services as needed. Currently, CDC and Monroe County Department of Public Health isolation is a minimum of five days, with day 0 as the day of symptom onset or positive test, whichever came first. Isolation may be longer if symptoms persist. Masking is recommended for an additional 5 days.
RIT is not providing separate isolation and quarantine housing for the spring semester. Students in RIT housing will remain in their residence hall room or apartment except to pick up food, use the restroom, or attend a medical appointment. If you are not comfortable staying in your residence space, you may return home or to an alternative location via private transportation. In this case, it may be helpful to consider your temporary housing options before the start of the semester, so you are prepared should you become positive.
Tell roommates and close contacts you have COVID-19, so they can take proactive steps to monitor their health.
While in isolation, or if you are too ill to attend class, please contact your faculty directly to make up for missed work. Your secure message from the Student Health Center can serve as an acknowledgment of your isolation time if required.
Wear a well-fitted mask at all times except when eating, sleeping or using bathroom facilities (e.g., showering, brushing teeth). N95, KN95 and KF94 masks are among those that provide the greatest protection.
Clean shared spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens, immediately after use.
Roommates of Isolating Students
Wear a high-quality, well-fitted mask at all times except when eating, sleeping or using bathroom facilities (e.g., showering, brushing teeth). Masks are widely available on campus.
Students living in shared bedrooms may request an air purifier to further improve ventilation. To request an air purifier, submit a Help Desk ticket.
Test yourself when you learn of the exposure and again in five days. Test immediately if you become symptomatic.
Clean shared surfaces regularly.
RIT is not providing separate isolation and quarantine housing. It may be helpful to consider your temporary housing options with your roommates before the start of the semester so you are prepared should any of you become positive.