RIT students enrolled in the Fall 2022 academic semester must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster if eligible.
All students enrolled for the 2022 academic semester. This applies to all students, including those enrolled in fully remote online degree programs, students on co-op and individuals participating in online-only continuing education programs.
Log into the RIT Wellness Portal to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine form and upload a photo or scanned copy of your vaccination card or receipt with your name, date of birth, name of vaccine, and the date(s) of the shots.
If you are seeking medical exemption from immunizations, sufficient documentation must be submitted by your medical provider (MD, DO), including reason for contraindication and end date (if applicable) and any additional documentation. Please have your medical provider write a letter or chart note on letterhead with contact information, detailing the type of medical exemption (i.e. a single vaccine or all vaccines) and the medical rationale.
Upload proof from your medical provider by selecting Immunization Exemption (Medical) in the Document Upload section on the RIT Wellness Portal or fax your letter/documentation to the Student Health Center at 585-475-7788.
If you are seeking a religious exemption to immunizations, you must complete the Request for Religious Exemption Form. Religious exemption requests must be notarized and require specific detail regarding both the sincerity of your religious beliefs and the tenets that prohibit vaccination. Once completed, please submit your request by selecting Immunization Exemption (Religious) in the Document Upload section on the RIT Wellness Portal or fax your letter/documentation to the Student Health Center at 585-475-7788.
If you are an RIT employee or family member of an RIT employee and take 6 or more credit hours at RIT, you are considered a student under the NYS Public Health Law 2165/2167. Therefore, employees and family members must comply with established NYS and RIT immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with RIT.
If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to RIT, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization. If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily.
NOTE: DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements. We must receive your vaccination records.
Online or Off-Campus Program/Major
All incoming students must provide valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster with an RIT-approved vaccine, including students studying online or off-campus.
If all courses are completely online or off-campus, you are not subjected to immunization compliance for MMR, meningococcal receipt of information, or meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW). If your program is online/off-campus, but you attend an on-campus orientation, on-campus course or other event, you are subjected to immunization compliance.