Life At RIT
As a parent of a college student, it can be painful to hear that your student isn’t feeling well, is struggling, or isn't happy. Even if the problem is as simple as a cold, it will be hard to not be right there for your son or daughter. It will be difficult for your student to not have you there as well, but there are resources at RIT to help your student through the small and large health issues.
If your student is sick and needs to visit the Student Health Center, allow him or her to make the appointment. This way, your student can work the appointment around class schedules and learn to advocate for his or her own health needs. You should, however, help your student understand how to use insurance and refill prescriptions while at RIT.
While college is a time for opportunity and growth, the pressures of college life can lead to stress and anxiety for some students. As a parent, you know how your student responds in stressful situations, and may recognize when your student needs help. If you have mental health concerns about your student, remind them that they can talk to someone at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). If you are unsure how to approach this topic with your student, you can call CPS for advice.
RIT is focused not just on providing health care for students, but also on creating an environment where students can think about their wellness on a broader level. Student Wellness Services assists students in learning how to take care of themselves and develop healthy lifestyles across all areas of life.
Below are campus health resources for your student, including mental health resources, wellness services, and access services.
Student Health Center (SHC)
The SHC provides healthcare to all students through staff who work with students to make healthy choices, care for themselves, and utilize the health care system effectively. The SHC website has information on insurance, services, how your student can make an appointment, and required forms, including immunization records.
Immunizations—All students must comply with RIT and New York State immunization requirements before attending classes. Follow this link for information about what immunizations are required, as well as the required documentation.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
RIT's Counseling and Psychological Services provides short-term, time-limited counseling to help students address issues of academic and personal concerns. Students can make an appointment by walking in to the CPS office (located in the August Center) or by calling CPS. If students need to talk to a mental health provider outside of regular business hours, they should call 1-855-436-1245. While counselors cannot share whether or not your student is a client at CPS or details about sessions, staff can offer general recommendations about what you, as a parent, can do based on your observations of your student's behavior.
RIT provides resources for all areas of wellness: career/academic; emotional; environmental; financial; physical; spiritual; and social, including:
Center for Recreation and Intramurals
RIT offers programs, services and facilities to meet the recreational needs of RIT students and the community, including several recreational facilities, intramurals, and other programming.
Student Wellness Services
Student Wellness Services includes prevention, education, counseling, and support for students in a variety of areas related to wellness, including alcohol and other drugs, contraception, eating disorders, nutrition, smoking cessation, and stress reduction.
Wellness Instructional Program
RIT students are required to take two different wellness courses before they graduate. These non-credit courses are designed to assist students in making healthy academic and social decisions. Wellness courses cover a wide variety of topics, including fitness, recreation, and outdoor education, as well as seminars on health and wellness topics.
Disability Services Office (DSO)
DSO is committed to providing equal access to programs and services across campus to students with disabilities. Students new to DSO can request accommodations and services on the DSO website.
Department of Access Services (DAS)
DAS provides accessible education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Services include interpreting, note taking, and captioning services. Students can request services online.