Physical Distancing and Face Masks

 

Physical distancing requires the RIT Croatia community to ensure that they maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance between themselves. While members of the RIT Croatia community are indoors on campus, in the presence of others, or moving through spaces occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks, regardless of the distance between themselves and others. Also, while members of the RIT Croatia community are outdoors, near the vicinity of the campuses (10 meters around all entrances, exits and accesses) and in the presence of others, or moving through space occupied by others, they must wear acceptable face masks, regardless of the distance between themselves and others. RIT Croatia will provide face masks to all employees, and make face masks available to all students at the beginning of the academic year.

Face masks must: (1) cover both the nose and mouth while being worn, (2) be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, (3) not be shared, and (4) be properly stored or discarded. Face masks are not required if working alone in a closed door office or private room, except if required by another policy or procedure.

Acceptable face masks include:

  • Cloth face mask – Homemade or commercially manufactured, and are washable. They must be washed at a minimum temperature of 60⁰ and/or replaced on a daily basis. Unless the responsibilities of the member of the RIT Croatia community require use of a specific face mask, use of personal face masks is allowed, provided they permit for proper covering of the nose and mouth, and are in compliance with all applicable RIT Croatia policies, rulebooks, and handbooks. Members of the RIT Croatia community shall be responsible for procuring, washing, and/or replacing personal cloth face masks.
  • Disposable mask – Commercially manufactured and disposed of on a daily basis.
  • Medical grade surgical mask –approved for use in health care settings. To be replaced in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • N95 Respirator – approved for use in health care settings or other approved areas with known respiratory hazards. To be replaced in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Accessible mask – Masks provided to individuals based on requests for accommodations due to a disability as defined under applicable national laws. Requests for accessible masks will be considered on an individualized basis by a responsible department.


Students will be required to wear face masks while on campus. If a student refuses to wear a face mask, they will be asked to leave the campus by the faculty or staff member. If a student fails to comply they shall be subject to disciplinary sanction. As per the Student Conduct Expectations set in Student Handbook, these sanctions can vary from disciplinary probation to disciplinary expulsion.

Faculty will wear a face mask while teaching, or wear a face shield that covers all sides of their face. Face shields are not a replacement for face masks. Unless provided as an accommodation to a disability, the only time a face shield may be worn without a face mask is when a faculty member is in a teaching setting. Face shields will be provided for all faculty members. All Faculty and Teaching Assistants that need toindividually demonstrate course material, which puts them in close contact withstudents to individual students must wear both a face mask and a visor.

Tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, restrooms, small conference rooms, shared small offices) will be occupied by only one (1) individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face masks and all other physical distancing rules can be followed. If occupied by more than one person, the occupancy of these tightly confined areas must be kept under 50% of regular maximum capacity.

All of the above mentioned measures are mandatory forclasses held outdoors as well as during all field trips, excursions, sitevisits, and similar.

If an individual has concerns about wearing a face mask, they can request an accommodation. Accommodations will be reviewed on an individual basis.