RIT Safety Plan in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guiding Principles

Faculty, staff, students, visitors, and other invited guests (the “RIT community”) are expected to fully comply with the provisions of this RIT Safety Plan (the “Safety Plan”), any other plans mandated by applicable federal and state agencies, and other policies, procedures, and guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all individuals on the RIT campus. Failure to do so may result in corrective action including, but not limited to, termination of employment for employees, dismissal from the university for students, or removal from campus for visitors and invited guests. Unless noted in this plan, normal operating procedures apply.

Requirements for All Members of the RIT Community

Vaccine Requirements

RIT employees (including temporary employees), students, and extended visitors* (as defined below), are required to be fully vaccinated. Prospective students and families coming onto campus solely for purposes of visiting and/or touring the campus, are not required to be fully vaccinated unless they meet the definition of extended visitor. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 1) two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines); or 2) two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). The vaccination requirements apply to individuals age 6 months and older.

RIT employees will need to provide proof of full vaccination in Oracle Employee Self-Serve and attach appropriate documentation. RIT students must provide proof of full vaccination by logging onto the RIT Wellness Portal. Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or on the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL).

Employees who are unable to receive the vaccine for specific medical or religious reasons can follow the employee request for accommodation process. Students who are unable to receive the vaccine for specific medical or religious reasons can follow the exemption process through the Student Health Center. Visitors are not eligible for an exemption.

*Extended visitors are defined as individuals who are (will be) physically on the RIT Campus for more than 6 consecutive days or more than 10 days in a rolling 4-week period. This does not include contractor/supplier employees whose work areas are physically (utilizing construction fencing, or construction barriers) separated from the campus population. Ensuring compliance with this and all other requirements in the Safety Plan is the responsibility of the Contractor/Supplier and the sponsoring department.

Symptom Monitoring

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.

RIT community members shall not be on campus if they have been:

  • Diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet fulfilled the mandatory isolation period required by public health officials,
  • Advised to stay home by a medical professional due to COVID-19 concerns pursuant to CDC or local health department COVID guidance, or
  • In close contact with a confirmed case within the timeframe determined by state and county health officials based on vaccination status.
  • All community members must fulfill all required protective measures (including wearing a face mask, if required for a period of time) as indicated by public health officials.
  • Contractors/Suppliers are responsible for notifying their employees of this requirement. Ensuring compliance is the responsibility of the Contractor/Supplier and the sponsoring department.

What to Do if You Suspect/Confirm COVID

Students and employees who have symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive should follow the guidance from the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Employees should contact their primary care physician for guidance and follow the COVID-19 Symptom/Exposure/Absence Process Information for Employees on the HR website for details on reporting requirements related to COVID-19.

For-cause testing is available in the Student Health Center. Telephone, secure messaging or PyraMED chat are contact options. Students are required to report any positive test result to the Student Health Center.

Face Masks

Face masks are optional indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status except in certain locations noted below. This includes individuals with exemptions or accommodations that require the use of face masks. However, all members of the RIT community are asked to keep a spare mask handy.

Members of the RIT community, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, are required to wear face masks in healthcare facilities, including the Student Health Center, Rochester Regional Health Family Clinic, and the NTID Audiology Center.

Hygiene

Hygiene and sanitation requirements from the CDC and the DOH shall be adhered to. These requirements include:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when you cannot use soap and water (should have alcohol content of at least 60%)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and mask with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and yawns, and immediately wash or sanitize your hands
  • Avoid sharing of personal items

Transportation

Ridership of campus shuttles and buses will be at 100% capacity.

Mental Health and Well-Being

COVID-19 has altered many facets of life for members of the RIT community. These changes can take a toll on our emotional well-being and may result in stress, fear, and/or anxiety. Please be aware that the following resources and services are available to support you.

Additional Resources for Students:

Academic Considerations for Students

Classrooms, studios and labs may operate at full capacity. Individuals are not required to wear face masks when in classrooms, studios and/or labs. Students who are unable to attend class in person due to illness or an order of isolation or quarantine should contact their faculty member for guidance on making up any missed work.

Communications

Timely and accurate communication is central to the success of our plan. The latest information on reopening plans, health and safety best practices, FAQ’s, and other pandemic related information can be found on the RIT Ready website. For further questions, RIT has established a Call Center: 585-475-3500 or 1-833-323-0002.