RIT COVID-19 Alert Levels


Current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level
Green (Low Risk with Vigilance)

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Current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level
Yellow (Low to Moderate Risk)

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Current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level
Orange (Moderate Risk)

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Current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level
Red (High Risk)

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We understand that despite RIT’s safety protocols, RIT cannot guarantee a COVID-free environment. We all play a role in keeping our RIT community healthy and safe against the spread of COVID-19.

This alert level system will enable RIT to respond quickly to rapidly evolving health conditions. And it is up to each member of the RIT community to wear a mask in public, wash hands frequently, and watch your physical distance.

A sign language interpreted video of the information on this webpage is available

Indicators used to determine alert level

RIT is monitoring a variety of indicators daily and looking at three-day trends. Indicators include:

  • Symptoms reported through the Daily Health Screen
  • Compliance with safety protocols
  • Number of positive cases on campus
  • Wastewater surveillance trends
  • Isolation/quarantine capacity on campus
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Infections in the local community

RIT has created a dashboard to help better assess how to modify current practices and protocols to support the health and safety of our community.

View the dashboard  

Green (Low Risk with Vigilance)

What does this mean
Underlying threat of outbreak remains, but virus prevalence is low.

What to expect
Physical distancing, masks required, capacity for rooms limited to 50 percent, non-instructional gatherings of 50 people maximum, blended in-person and online learning, visitors allowed on campus.

Yellow (Low to Moderate Risk)

What does this mean
Prevalence of virus is low, but indicators show potential for increase in transmission.

What to expect
Non-instructional indoor gatherings limited to 25 people and targeted testing.

Orange (Moderate Risk)

What does this mean
Prevalence has increased above baseline and indicators show rates of infection increasing.

What to expect
Gatherings limited to 10 people, visitors prohibited, close areas such as the Student Life Center where people congregate, limit research activities, reduce staff to essential. RIT will consider canceling co-curricular activities, shifting learning to fully online, suspending shuttles, and making dining carry-out only.

Red (High Risk)

What does this mean
Spike in prevalence; hospital capacity strained.

What to expect
Implement depopulation of campus/remote operations, except essential on-campus employees to support students remaining on campus, and move all classes to online format within seven days of red level announcement.

Communications

Timely and accurate communications is central to the success of our plan. RIT Alert may be used for a health emergency; however other methods such as Message Center, email, News & Events Daily, and the RIT website are preferred.

COVID-19 alert levels will be posted daily on the RIT homepage and RIT Ready homepage. An email will be sent to RIT students, faculty, and staff through the Important Institute Announcements category of Message Center if the campus status elevates. All messages that are sent through Message Center will also be posted to the RIT Ready Communications page. RIT social media accounts will also be used to disseminate information, including daily on Twitter.

Latest communications
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Read more about RIT's COVID-19 Alert Level system
A sign language interpreted video of the information on this webpage is available