Rochester Institute of Technology has issued new guidelines for students preparing to start the fall 2020 semester.
Those guidelines include mandatory COVID-19 testing.
All students, staff, and faculty must have a COVID-19 test prior to coming onto campus, and must provide evidence of a negative result in order to return.
“I definitely think it’s necessary. We have people from all over the world coming to RIT, and it’s great that they want to host in-person classes, but it definitely is necessary to get those testings in and have the quarantine afterwards,” said RIT student Anthony Fitzpatrick.
Spectrum News spoke with members of the RIT Ultimate Frisbee team who received word of the new protocols on Monday. They plan to abide by the testing rules and participate in potential quarantines that RIT could institute depending on future guidelines from the state.
“I really wish we had more notice for the whole, like, ‘self-quarantine for two weeks thing,’ because I had plans to go visit my family I hadn’t seen in a while,” said RIT student Matt Hall.
Students say they think this will make the campus safer.
The Institute’s website states the protocols will include such things as pre-arrival training, onsite health screening, contact tracing, social distancing, masking, and more.
“Obviously you’re going to have people complaining about it, you know, there’s people who are complaining about contact tracing and masks, but if it prevents someone from getting sick, a professor from getting sick, you’re walking around campus, RIT is huge,” said Fitzpatrick. “You’re in contact with hundreds, if not thousands of people every single day. It’s absolutely necessary … If it helps you not get sick and it helps your classmates and peers not get sick I think it’s 100 percent worth it.”
RIT states its multifaceted approach to COVID-19 testing will not only take place at the start of the semester, but will last throughout the entire school year.