Stopping the Spread

The health and safety of the RIT community is a priority. All measures put into place are designed to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

Wash your hands

Wear your mask

Watch your distance

Protect Yourself and Others

Get Vaccinated

In order to provide the safest possible learning and living environment, RIT will require full COVID-19 vaccination for undergraduate and graduate students prior to coming to the Henrietta campus for Fall 2021.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Wear a Mask

Any time members of the RIT community are in the presence of others or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks that covers your nose and mouth regardless of the distance between themselves and others. It is OK to not wear a mask outdoors as long as you maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Learn more about acceptable face masks

Why wear a mask? With an incubation period of up to 14 days, you can spread COVID-19 without knowing you’re sick.

Wear your mask correctly:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or on your forehead

Take off your mask carefully:

  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Hand wash or place in the washing machine
  • Wash hands immediately after removing

Wash your Hands


Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds


Use hand sanitizer when you cannot use soap and water


Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Watch your Distance

Physical distancing requires that members of the RIT community ensure that they maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time members of the RIT community are indoors in the presence of others or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks regardless of the distance between themselves and others.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Stay home if you are sick, and do not come to campus.

Know the Symptoms

  • Persistent cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • 100.4+ fever 
  • Muscle pain/headaches 
  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of taste/smell

Other symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Chills
  • Diarrhea

Complete the RIT Daily Health Screen

To assist with symptom monitoring, faculty, staff, and students must complete the RIT Daily Health Screen every day, seven days a week, whether or not they are coming to campus. The screen will provide users with instructions on how to proceed if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. If someone experiences symptoms after completing the Daily Health Screen, they must complete it again that same day.

Access the screen online

Learn more about the Daily Health Screen

Limit Travel Outside of Rochester Area

We strongly recommend that students, faculty, and staff do not travel outside the Finger Lakes Region (Monroe and adjacent counties) unless absolutely necessary. If travel must occur, please remember to follow all safety precautions and refrain from participating in group gatherings where distancing and masking is not occurring.

Prepare and Plan Ahead

Stay Informed and Adhere to Guidelines

As a member of the RIT community, it is your responsibility to understand and adhere to RIT guidelines and expectations.

Set Expectations using Signage

Use the pre-designed COVID-19 signage resources or create your own materials to set expectations for how you want community members to engage in the space. Consider how you’d like members of your club or student organization to act in a meeting, how students should act in your classroom setting, etc.

Signage resources

Keep Safety Supplies On-hand

Recommended safety supplies to have on hand:

  • Masks: Learn more about acceptable face masks
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Thermometers: RIT is in the process of distributing thermometers to all students and employees to help them monitor their COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Disposable tissues
  • Disposable gloves
  • Personal Key Devices: RIT has personal key devices for sale at multiple retail outlets including Bytes, the Café & Market at Crossroads, the Corner Store, and Shop One. These devices are made of copper and allow users to open door handles, push elevator buttons, use touchscreens, and interact with other commonly touched surfaces without using their hands.

Have a quarantine bag ready:

  • Clothing/undergarments, socks, comfortable footwear
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotion)
  • Laptop and phone chargers
  • Thermometer to monitor temperature