Prepare Your Student
Dining During Orientation and Beyond
We recognize that there have been some questions about dining options and wait times during Orientation this week. We had to make many changes to our procedures in order to prioritize the heatlh and safety of our community, which have included a reduction of capacity in our dining locations. As students just are now coming back, we are learning a lot, including where we need to make adjustments. There were some long lines earlier this week during Orientation dinners—this was our fault as we didn't know exactly how things would play out. Orientation and Dining staff were able to quickly make changes that reduced the lines, including better spacing of dinner times for groups, extending hours of operations, and adding more food trucks throughout Orientation. From my observations, I'm happy to say it has gotten better each day!
With that being said, we are aware that there will be kinks in the plan, adjustments will need to be made, and there will likely be more lines than we typically experience in a non-COVID world. Please know that we are watching closely and pivoting as needed. Remember too that our students will learn quickly what works for their schedules. It always takes new students a couple weeks to learn how to best use our dining locations and their meal plan; we recognize that there are a few additional barriers this year but we are confident with a little patience on all of our parts, we will figure it out.
Please direct your student to the Dining website to learn about locations and hours as they learn what will fit into their class schedule this week.
Communicating with Your Student
As your student settles in over the next few weeks, let them take the lead in communication. Don’t worry—they will eventually text you! Feel free to check in but know they might not have time for a lengthy phone call every time you reach out.
As the semester progresses, expect your student’s mood about life at RIT to fluctuate. As a parent, you are often the first point of contact when something is wrong. Know that issues tend to resolve themselves with time and emotions will balance out—you often hear things at their worst.
Advice from a current RIT parent:
“Keep everything in perspective. You are not only as good as your most recent grade. Make thoughtful choices and decisions, but nothing is worth freaking out over.”
Virtual Tiger Activities Fair
There are many opportunities for students to engage in clubs and organizations during their time at RIT. The Virtual Tiger Activities Fair—held on August 22-23—is a great way for students to meet several clubs and organizations and learn where they can get involved with other students that have similar interests. Students can find information about how to participate in the fair by logging into CampusGroups with their RIT username and password, and search for “RIT.”
RIT Care Packages is an exclusive gift service provided by RIT Dining. Send your student warm thoughts with a care package, a delicious cake or a pizza break! Send a little love, whether it is to wish them a happy birthday, good luck, or just because. Care Packages must be ordered by date listed and may not be ordered outside of the timeframe listed.