Thanksgiving Break

Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Break!

The university will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 and will re-open on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.

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, Schmitt Interfaith Center, and Student Alumni Union will be closed from 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26 at 7 a.m. These buildings will be open on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.    

The Gordon Field House & Activities Center and the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will re-open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 with adjusted hours for the weekend. The Global Village Gym and Baker FIT will remain open 24/7 with swipe access during the break. For a full list of Gordon Field House & Activities Center hours, Hale-Andrews Student Life Center hours, and Judson-Hale Aquatics Center hours visit the Recreation Facilities website.

The Red Barn Climbing Gym will be closed Nov. 22-26, and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27 with regular hours. Hours of operation, fees, and additional information can be found on the Red Barn Climbing Gym website.

Up-to-date information regarding hours of operation for the Wallace Library can be found on the RIT Libraries website

Adjusted Service Hours

Select dining locations will be open over the break. View dining location information and hours of operation >

Gracie’s will be serving an all-you-care-to-eat traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with plant-based options available. 

Both FoodShare locations (FoodShare East, located at Mark Ellingson Hall, Room 1050, and FoodShare West, located at 113 Riverknoll) will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26. Regularly scheduled services will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Margaret's House will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

The RIT Service Center will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and reopen on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 a.m.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 27. 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.

Counseling and Psychological Services

The Counseling and Psychological Services office will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 27.

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.

RIT Transportation Services will be running reduced shuttle schedules during Thanksgiving Break. There will be no shuttle service on Thanksgiving Day. Please visit the Shuttle Schedules for schedule updates and the Passio Go app for live tracking of our shuttles.

RIT partners with My Bus Home to arrange one-way and round-trip transportation for all academic breaks in private, fully insured motor coach buses. Learn more about My Bus Home >

Information for Students

Before leaving for Thanksgiving Break, students living in RIT Housing should set clear expectations with roommates about a cleaning strategy, and be sure to do the following: 

  • Empty and clean out the microfridge 
  • Remove all trash and recycling from your room or living space  
  • Wash out all trash and recycling bins in your space 
  • Vacuum 
  • Discard perishable food items 
  • Donate unopened food to RIT FoodShare 

Check out the Room Cleaning Checklist

Information for Staff and Faculty

The university will officially close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Employees normally scheduled to work during this time will receive three hours of “approved with pay” time. Please refer to the Holiday Early Release FAQs or contact your HR Manager if you have any additional questions.

Student employees who work 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 are 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.

RIT Men's Hockey hosts New Hampshire on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 5:05 p.m. in the Gene Polisseni Center. Tickets are available at online or the Gene Polisseni Center Box Office. Tickets for students are $5, RIT Faculty/Staff/Alumni start as low as $8, and general public tickets start as low as $12. 

Purchase RIT Men's Hockey Tickets

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.