News and Deadlines
Alert Level Moves to Orange
Last week, RIT elevated our COVID Alert Level to Orange. This will prompt changes in the way we operate for the remainder of the semester. Please review the Orange mitigation strategies on the RIT Ready website.
End of Semester Checklist
Please encourage your student to complete the End of Semester Checklist and let us know their plans for break. Students who live in RIT housing and off campus should complete the checklist.
Availability of COVID Testing
RIT has a limited supply of COVID tests for students who need a test before leaving for the Thanksgiving break. Appointments must be made in advance. Tests are available November 16-19. Students can sign up here. Students must have an appointment to be tested; there will be no walk-ins. For those students unable to be tested on campus, we recommend checking testing availability through New York State here.
If the test is positive, please remember:
- Monroe County Department of Health will be notified and will issue a mandated isolation order.
- Student will be required to isolate for at least 10 days from the testing date.
- Student will not be permitted to travel using public transportation (buses, planes, trains) until the isolation period is complete.
- Student can travel in a personal vehicle, by themselves, if they do not stop at a rest stop, restaurant, etc. Once at their destination, they would complete isolation there. Anyone traveling with the student who has tested positive for COVID must adhere to health guidelines, including wearing a mask and contacting your local health department regarding a probable 14-day quarantine.
- Student must be prepared to provide a list of close contacts (with contact information) for the two-day (48 hour) time period before the test.
- Students currently living in campus housing will be provided the option to stay in university-sponsored housing for isolation.
Flu Vaccine Requirement
RIT is requiring all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for any reason receive a seasonal flu vaccination by the start of Spring Semester. Students must provide proof of having received the seasonal flu vaccine by submitting documentation to the Wellness Portal. Proof should include name, date, and documentation that it was a flu vaccine. Students with a medical or religious accommodation will be receiving a secure message through the health portal that we have a file of record.
Students can get the vaccine at the Student Health Center for $20. Students can also get the flu shot at a local retail pharmacy or when they return home for winter break.
Spring Semester to Begin January 25
RIT classes for spring semester will begin January 25. The last day of classes for spring semester will be Wednesday, May 5, with final exams running May 7-13. Commencement is scheduled for May 14-15. The semester will also include three “recharge” days and one reading day prior to final exams. The recharge days have been incorporated into the calendar to give students and faculty additional break days throughout the semester and help account for the elimination of spring break.
Spring semester billing notices will be generated during the first week of December and are due by January 15, 2021. More information about payment options can be found on the Student Financial Services website.