Spring Semester Information and FAQs

RIT remains committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for Spring Semester 2022.

We understand there will be challenges in the coming weeks. We are deploying our contingency plans and will continue to adjust our policies and practices as new information becomes available and circumstances dictate.

  • We remain committed to an in-person start of the Spring Semester on Monday, January 10.
  • We highly recommend getting a COVID-19 test before returning to campus.
  • We now are requiring a booster vaccine.
  • We will continue the indoor face mask mandate and strongly encourage the doubling up of surgical and cloth masks and the use of KN95 masks. We have a supply of surgical masks on hand and are procuring KN95s.
  • We will continue our wastewater surveillance as an early detection tool and measure of trends, both up and down.

In response to the evolving pandemic, we are making the following additional changes for the start of the semester:

  • Guests will not be allowed in university housing.
  • Spaces for isolation and quarantine will be increased.
  • Robust take-out options for dining will be provided.

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions as we prepare to start the spring semester. We will continue to add to this information.

Testing

More information is available on the COVID-19 Testing page.

We are encouraging students, faculty, and staff — regardless of immunization status — to get a PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test before returning to campus. But it is not a requirement.

As we did last semester, we will continue to test weekly those students who are unvaccinated. In addition, we will test those students who are symptomatic. Our current wastewater surveillance provides strong indicators as to the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. We will continue to monitor wastewater and make additional testing adjustments as necessary.

If you completed an at home test, take a picture of the positive test result and submit it via the Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting form located in the My Forms section of the RIT Wellness Portal.

Vaccines and Boosters

More information is available on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster page.

Yes. Wegmans will be on campus to provide the COVID-19 booster vaccine to students, staff, and faculty. You must register for an appointment. See the webpage section on booster clinics for more information.

After testing positive for COVID-19, you will need to postpone getting your booster until your symptoms have resolved and you have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation. In most cases, this shouldn’t be longer than two to three weeks. We will allow for a 30-day grace period following booster eligibility if one is recovering from a COVID-19 infection.

After testing positive for COVID-19, you will need to postpone getting your vaccination until your symptoms have resolved and you have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation.

In order to most fully protect against severe illness and community spread of the COVID-19 virus, RIT is requiring that all students get a booster shot as outlined in the recently updated policy unless an approved exemption is on file. Refusal to comply could lead to disruption of RIT accounts or removal from the university. RIT will make every effort to support the successful compliance of our full student body.

The requirement of a booster is an RIT work rule. Similar to other RIT work rules, if this requirement is not met, employees will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

Positive Tests and Quarantine/Isolation

More information is available on the Quarantine and Isolation page.

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.

Masks

Yes. We will soon release times and locations for mask distribution.

Academics

Returning students can check SIS to see if there are online options available within their degree requirements and can follow up their advisors if they have additional questions about their schedule. It is, however, highly unlikely that a fully online schedule will be available.

At this time we intend to hold commencement in-person.

Housing

Guests are not permitted in on-campus housing. When permitted, guests must abide by the requirements of the Safety Plan

Students who reside in RIT housing may host guests in their living space provided that the guest(s) is also a resident of the same residence hall or apartment community. Guests must abide by the requirements of RIT’s Safety Plan. Room/suitemates must agree upon any guests in the room/apartment.

This policy will be adjusted as needed in response to COVID transmission rates at RIT and the surrounding community. Any adjustments to this policy will be communicated to residential students via email.

Personal aides, nurses, caregivers, or any other reasonable accommodations provided to students with disabilities are not considered to be guests.

RIT will monitor compliance and infection rates; this guidance may be modified as a result.