RIT Ready Updates
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
If your student has not begun the COVID-19 vaccination process, please help them schedule an appointment immediately as the length of time between shots will vary for two-dose vaccine series. After they’ve completed the vaccination process, students should complete the COVID-19 Vaccine form on the Wellness portal and upload a photo or scanned copy of their vaccination card or receipt with name, date of birth, name of the vaccine, and the date(s) of the shots. It is expected that all students will make every effort to complete a COVID-19 vaccine series and provide proof of full vaccination by August 1, 2021.
As in the case with other required immunizations, there is a process for accommodating medical and religious exemptions. Students seeking a philosophical exemption to RIT’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement must complete the Request for Philosophical Exemption Form. RIT requires this form to be notarized.
More information on vaccines, including FAQs, can be found on the RIT Ready website.
Requirements for Non-Vaccinated Students
Students who are not fully vaccinated at the time of their arrival, including those who have an approved exemption, are expected to have a COVID-19 test prior to or upon arrival on the RIT campus and will be required to participate in weekly testing starting the first week of classes. Community members who are not fully vaccinated will also be required to wear a face mask (minimum of two-ply cloth) while indoors in the presence of others, indoors moving through space occupied by others, or outdoors in crowded outdoor settings. Full vaccination occurs 14 days after the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Daily Health Screen
One of the ways we monitored the health of our campus over the past year included the Daily Health Screen. It was a key indicator of COVID prevalence. With vaccination rates on the rise and revised state guidance, we have decided to discontinue the Daily Health Screen as of Friday, July 9 (last day required to complete). Please remind your student that if they are feeling ill or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact the Student Health Center.