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 (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 to Severe Risk)

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We all play a role in keeping our RIT community healthy and safe against the spread of COVID-19. We must continue to be extremely vigilant and not let our guard down.

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.

Indicators used to determine alert level

RIT is monitoring a variety of indicators daily and looking at three-day trends. No single indicator necessarily triggers movement to a level; a combination of factors are considered. 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 (e.g. Monroe County, town of Henrietta)

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

  • No mask requirement outdoors, with some stipulations for people who are immunocompromised or not fully vaccinated that are unable to be less than 6 feet apart.
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask or physically distance indoors on campus, except within the Student Health Center, NTID Audiology Clinic, and while on public transportation.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should be prepared to show proof via a copy of their immunization card or the New York State Excelsior Pass.
  • While indoors or outdoors within the presence of others, people who are immunocompromised or not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.
  • Anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so. We ask all in our community to be respectful to those who feel safest wearing a mask in public.

Yellow (Moderate Risk)

Mask requirements

  • Wear a mask when you are not in your immediate bubble of close contacts (e.g., roommates, housemates, partners).
  • When dining with others, remove your mask only to eat or drink and put your mask back on immediately whenever talking.
  • These practices should be followed whether you reside on or off campus.

Gatherings

  • There are no changes to instructional spaces.
  • Capacity for non-instructional spaces limited to 50 percent (e.g. Ritter Arena, Gordon Field House).
  • Non-instructional indoor events are limited to 50 people.

Residence Halls, guests, and visitors

  • As of March 10, students who reside in RIT housing are allowed to host one guest in their living space, provided that the guest is also an RIT student who is currently approved to circulate on campus.
  • Students living off-campus are strongly advised to follow the same practice.

Dining

  • Indoor dining seating areas have been reduced to a maximum of two people per table, and six feet of distance must be maintained at all times.
  • Dining is allowed in designated dining areas in academic buildings, as long as six feet of distance is maintained between individuals with masks removed only to eat and drink.

Transportation

  • Shuttle occupancy will be at 50 percent.

Orange (Moderate to High Risk)

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

Mask requirements

  • Masks must be worn outdoors at all times when in the presence of others.
  • When dining with others, remove your mask only to eat or drink and put your mask back on immediately whenever talking.
  • These masking practices should be followed whether you are on or off campus.

Residence Halls, guests and visitors

  • All common residential areas (lounges, kitchens, etc.) are reduced to 25 percent capacity or fully closed depending on use type. Specific occupancy restrictions will be posted in the various spaces. In the spaces that remain open, eating will not be permitted and masks must be worn at all times.
  • Students living in university residential areas are not permitted to have guests in their room/apartment. Residents are not permitted to visit other floors or apartments.
  • Students living off-campus are strongly advised to follow the same practice, and not have guests to their residences.

Dining

  • Seating in indoor dining areas have been reduced to a maximum of two people per table and six feet of distance must be maintained at all times.
  • Dining is still allowed in designated dining areas in academic buildings, as long as six feet of distance is maintained between individuals.
  • If eating outdoors, larger groups may eat together, but six feet of distance must be maintained between each person.

Events

  • All non-instructional indoor events/activities are limited to 10 people.
  • Outdoor events will continue to adhere to the 33 percent capacity limit and will require participants to wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distancing.

Team sports

  • The suspension of activities and practices for all intercollegiate athletic teams, club sports, and intramurals remains in effect until further notice. The suspension of activities and practices does not apply to training services and supervised strength and conditioning for intercollegiate athletics, which will continue by appointment only and only in accordance with the provisions of the RIT Safety Plan.

Performing arts clubs

  • Participants must be masked and maintain distance at all time.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask (i.e. wind or brass instruments, vocalists, etc.) the activity must occur outside and participants must be 12 feet apart
  • Performing arts activities that involve physical activity (i.e. dance) must occur outside whenever possible. Participants must be 12 feet apart and masked whether outdoors or indoors.

Red (High to Severe Risk)

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

What to expect
Actions may include the potential depopulation of campus/remote operations, except essential on-campus employees to support students remaining on campus, and potentially moving 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
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