Mar 23rd 2020

College of Architecture Student COVID-19 Resources

The College of Architecture has assembled the following resources to address questions and concerns you may have as we move to a fully virtual teaching environment. Please note that different courses will likely have different mixes of technology and approaches. You already should have received detailed directives from your professors. You will need access to a working computer with internet connectivity as well as a microphone and camera.

College of Architecture Facilities

As of last Friday, March 20, all of the College of Architecture’s facilities were closed until further notice.

For questions regarding the Materials Workshop, Michael Gillhouse ( mgillhou@iit.edu) is available online to offer advice during normal working hours.

Access to Architecture Buildings

Based on student requests to retrieve items left in studio, the college will allow individual students access during pre-assigned 15-minute windows on Thursday, March 26.

Visits to the building must be for critical items only. We will make additional accommodations when appropriate to address studio table and locker clean out. Note that 3410 and Tech Central students will be assigned times before 1 p.m. and S. R. Crown Hall students will be assigned times after 1 p.m. on March 26. Students must bring their Hawk ID cards and will have access to their own studio tables and lockers only.

Email Mark Osorio ( mosorio1@iit.edu) before 5 p.m. on March 25 using the subject line: Student Access. When requesting via email, please indicate your building, studio area, and locker location.

PLEASE NOTE: For all of our health and safety, no one should come to campus to retrieve materials who either (1) has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or (2) is running a fever.

Graham Resource Center Remote Resources

In accordance with Illinois Institute of Technology libraries and American Library Association recommendations, the Graham Resource Center will close to patrons until further notice to ensure safe conditions for all. While we’ll miss your presence and inquisitive minds in the interim, know that remote research support is on tap moving forward.

Our new research guide connects you with remote resources, research support, and other services. You can access it here.

On the front two pages, you’ll find quick tutorials for:

  • • Reference via email and chat
  • • Research assistance and instruction via video chat
  • • Document delivery: book and journal scans within fair-use parameters
  • • ILL article requests from I-Share institutions
  • • Updates to circulation policies and suspension of all fines


For specific questions, contact Kim Soss at soss@iit.edu.

Online Digital Resources

Based on feedback from your faculty, the attached document lists the most frequently used digital platforms and links for (mostly) free downloads. Here are a few more specific details based on the questions we have received thus far:

While there is no compatible software available for Mac users requiring AutoCAD 3ds Max, utilizing the options below will enable you to run the PC version on your Mac hardware—


The Rhino 6 sales team has confirmed that students can use alternate email addresses if their 90-day free trial is expiring, with no restrictions.

For those in need of financial support for connectivity, Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi for low-income families. You can learn more here.

Contact Mark Osorio (mosorio1@iit.edu) if you have trouble accessing the links provided, or if you need to arrange for an appointment next week for remote assistance with the Boot Camp or Mac program installation and 3D Studio Max.

2020 Fall Advising/Registration: Remote Advising


The 2020 fall class schedule will be published online on Monday, March 23. Advisers will reach out to undergraduate students to discuss their schedules and provide the registration PIN. All advisers will document a student's recommended fall schedule and PIN in DegreeWorks. Graduate students will be able to see their registration PIN in their myIIT portal (Welcome Tab) beginning Monday, April 6.

Registration begins April 6 with the following schedule:

  • • Monday, April 6: Student-athletes, students with disabilities, ROTC
  • • Tuesday, April 7: Graduate students, fourth- and fifth-year undergraduates
  • • Wednesday, April 8: Third-year undergraduates
  • • Thursday, April 9: Second-year undergraduates
  • • Friday, April 10: First-year undergraduates and non-degree-seeking undergraduates

Students may have holds on their accounts that might affect their ability to register for classes. A list of holds and whom to contact regarding these holds can be found here.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please email Cynthia Torres at ctorres2@iit.edu.

The Last Day to Withdraw from Courses Is Monday, March 30

Students should consult with their adviser before withdrawing from an ARCH/LA/AURB course.

For every student, the ramifications for withdrawing from any course will be different. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to understand the impacts on scholarships and aid. Student-athletes should consult with the Department of Athletics about maintaining their eligibility. International students should consult with the International Center if they make changes to their schedule that will put them less than full time. Students may petition for a late W through the Registrar's Office. Late withdrawal is usually only granted for special or unforeseen circumstances, and documentation must be provided.

Illinois Institute of Technology’s COVID-19 Response and Additional Resources

Your well-being is our concern. Please visit www.iit.edu/COVID-19 for up-to-date information and communication regarding university plans and policies as well as for important information from government authorities regarding COVID-19.

For more information, please visit chicago.gov/2019-nCoV or cdc.gov/coronavirus, email coronavirus@chicago.gov, or call 312.746.4835.