Communication Methods

RIT uses a layered approach to reach the campus community in notifying about emergency situations. Many methods are used so that community members will receive a notification by at least one of the methods.

IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATIONS - RIT Public Safety will send an initial immediate notification using RIT Alert if they determine that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses and immediate threat to the campus community.

FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION - University News provides follow-up information after an immediate notification using RIT Message Center, RIT Facebook, RIT News Twitter, and

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS - University News Services may use RIT Alert and the other channels of communication for important notifications, but there is no immediate threat to the campus community. The channels of communication may vary depending on the situation.

Internal RIT channels:

  • RIT Message Center: An emergency message is delivered via e-mail and to the MyRIT portal. The entire RIT community (students, faculty, staff) will receive emergency messages via e-mail.
  • Social media: RITNews Twitter and RIT Facebook
  • Web sites: and
  • “Cancellation/emergency hotline”: (585) 475-7075
  • RIT’s Main number: (585) 475-2411
  • Voice Mail: A voice mail blast is sent to nearly 3,000 faculty and staff.
  • Use of emergency calling trees
  • Delivered written instructions and posted flyers
  • Radio station WITR-FM (89.7)
  • Campus Cable TV: RIT’s Education Technology Center (ETC) has the ability to pre-empt all cable channels on campus.

External Channels:

  • Students, faculty and staff are advised to stay tuned to Rochester-area media.
  • TV - Channels 8, 9, 10, 13 and 31 will carry closed-captioned messages during emergency announcements.
  • Radio - Emergencies, cancellations/closing will also be announced on the following radio stations: WBEE-FM (92.5), WCMF-FM (96.5), WDKX-FM (103.9), WDVI-FM (100.5), WHAM-AM (1180), WITR-FM (89.7), WPXY-FM (97.9), WRMM-FM (101.3) and WXXI-AM (1370).
  • Newspaper (online):