Institute News

  • August 10, 2020

    professor teaching from podium behind a plexiglas barrier.

    RIT faculty look ahead to classroom instruction this fall

    COVID-19 has challenged the university to consider an even more creative academic portfolio with blended, online, split A/B, and flex class options. To prepare for in-person instruction, RIT has upgraded academic buildings and classrooms. And physical distancing and face coverings, required of faculty and students in classrooms, together provide some of the greatest protection against the spread of COVID-19.

  • August 7, 2020

    Current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level: Green: Low Risk with Vigilance.

    COVID-19 alert system aims to identify, reduce risk

    RIT is developing an alert system that systematically defines levels of COVID-19 prevalence and transmission risk within our community. Each level will be associated with predetermined actions aimed at reducing risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • July 24, 2020

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    RIT launches daily health screen for monitoring COVID-19 symptoms

    RIT is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. The new policy will help protect the health and safety of the community at RIT and in the Greater Rochester area during the ongoing pandemic. Starting July 27, the university will launch the RIT Daily Health Screen website and call-in option.

  • July 20, 2020

    professor wearing a mask stands in the front of a classroom behind a plexiglas barrier as three students sit six feet apart.

    RIT course schedules near completion

    As the RIT community prepares to return to campus this fall, an environment of physical distancing and reduced classroom occupancies has added a new component to the course scheduling process. Throughout the summer, every college has worked to rebuild the fall schedule to accommodate the unique requirements of the fall semester.

  • July 15, 2020

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    Blog: Mapping sustainability in the post-COVID landscape

    Governments and businesses around the world are re-evaluating their priorities as they work to ensure public health and economic security in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Is sustainability in the face of climate change among those priorities?

  • July 14, 2020

    collage of 15 RIT employees with the words: What's Your Diversity?

    RIT community members connect across cultural lines through ‘What’s Your Diversity?’ program

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, RIT’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion wanted to create a way for faculty and staff to connect with people from different backgrounds despite the limitations that come with physical distancing. In April, they launched the “What’s Your Diversity” program, a weekly storytelling and dialogue hour held via Zoom that allowed RIT faculty and staff to share how diversity impacts their lives.

  • July 2, 2020

    Worker in industrial setting

    Blog: What is life cycle assessment (LCA)?

    One of the most common methodologies for quantifying sustainability is life cycle assessment (LCA). It can give businesses, policymakers, and consumers valuable data for understanding the environmental impact of industrial processes and systems.

  • July 2, 2020

    graphic that reads: workplace safety plan: guidelines for RIT employees.

    Workplace Safety Plan in response to COVID-19 available

    RIT's “Workplace Safety Plan in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” focuses on the health and safety of our faculty, staff, student employees, visitors, and other invited guests, and is aligned with applicable local, state, and federal laws.

  • June 18, 2020

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    Tigers Helping Tigers fundraising event features performing artists

    RIT is hosting a virtual event to raise money for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Division of Diversity and Inclusion General Support Fund, and other funds that directly impact students. "Tigers Helping Tigers: An Event to Move Students Forward" will include pre-recorded performances from RIT students and student groups and will be streamed online.