Thanksgiving Break

We want to wish the RIT community a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break!

The university will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 and will re-open on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

The Department of Public Safety will remain open 24/7 and can be reached at 585-475-3333 or via text at 585-205-8333. For emergencies, please call 911.

Adjusted Building Hours

The Campus Center, Monroe Hall, and Student Alumni Union will be closed from 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. These buildings will be open on Sunday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to midnight. 

The Gordon Field House & Activities Center and the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will re-open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 with adjusted hours for the weekend. For a full list of Gordon Field House & Activities Center, Hale-Andrews Student Life Center hours, and Judson-Hale Aquatics Center hours visit the Recreation Facilities website

The Red Barn Climbing Gym will be open on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-6 p.m. 

The Wallace Library will be closed from 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. For more information visit the RIT Libraries website

Adjusted Service Hours

Visit the Dining Services website for a list of dining facilities and hours of operation. 

Looking to grab a bite to eat on Thanksgiving? You don't have to look too far!

  • The Commons at RIT
    Open 11 a.m.-midnight
    Thanksgiving meal served 2-6 p.m.
  • Baxter's Restaurant at The Radisson
    6-10:30 a.m. and 5-10 p.m.
    175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • China Buffet
    Call 585-427-0240 for hours 
    3333 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Coco Garden
    11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    420 Jefferson Road #12, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Cracker Barrel
    7 a.m.-10 p.m.
    2075 Hylan Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Denny's 
    Open 24 hours
    911 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Golden Corral
    10 a.m.-9 p.m.
    450 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • IHop
    6 a.m.-3 p.m.
    556 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Raj Mahal
    11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.
    368 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Royal of India
    11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.
    300 Park Point Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Tandoor of India
    11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
    376 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Uno's 
    4-9 p.m.
    1000 Hylan Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Wegmans
    Open until 4 p.m.
    650 Hylan Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Palmer Foods is sponsoring a Turkey Giveaway at the RIT FoodShare! Students who visit the FoodShare between Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 23, can enter to win an 8-10 lb. turkey breast with preparation instructions. Winners will be notified on Monday, Nov. 25.

The FoodShare Center will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will re-open at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Adjusted bus schedules can be found on the Parking and Transportation website

In addition, RIT has partnered with TrailwaysNY to offer buses from RIT to NYC this holiday season. 

Counseling and Psychological Services

The Counseling and Psychological Services office will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, Dec. 2. 
For urgent matters that cannot wait for business hours, call 1-855-436-1245 to speak with a mental health provider or call Public Safety at 585-475-3333.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, Dec. 2. 
If the Student Health Center is closed, you are ill, and need advice about what to do, please contact our after-hours nurse advice service by calling the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 and selecting the nurse advice option.
If there is a medical emergency call Public Safety at 585-475-3333 or text 585-205-8333.

The Bates Study Center will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and re-open on Sunday, Dec. 1 with normal hours.

The Sol Study Center will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and will re-open on Sunday, Dec. 1 with normal hours.

Information for Staff and Faculty

While many offices and services will be closed during the Thanksgiving break, some departments may remain open.  

Student employees and supervisors should communicate prior to the break so there is a clear understanding of when departments close and reopen, and what the work needs/expectations are during that time.  

Any student employee who works during the Thanksgiving Break must adhere to the 20 hour per week limit, and must report their time accurately.  Questions regarding Early Release Pay or payment for hours worked by student employees during the break can be directed to the Student Employment Office at 585-475-2631. 

Rochester Events and Happenings

There are many local events happening in the Rochester area this holiday season. If you're looking for something to do during the Thanksgiving Break, check out the Visit Rochester events calendar and Democrat & Chronicle events calendar for a full list of ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is also a time where many people give back to their communities as a way of giving thanks. If you are interested in finding a place to volunteer and give back to your community, visit the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement website for a list of available volunteer opportunities.