Mascot may refer to a couple of different symbols that represent(ed) RIT and its athletic teams.
Prior to 1955
Prior to 1955, athletic teams referred to themselves as "The Techman" or "The Blue Grey."
Harry Watts and several letterman choose the nickname "Tigers" to better personify the basketball team and RIT athletics.
SPIRIT, a two month old Bengal tiger was purchased for $1000 from Dallas, Texas. He was nicknamed the "Flying Tiger." SPIRIT II was purchased by Seneca Park Zoo and RIT in honor of him after SPIRIT's death in 1964.
On November 10, 1989, the Bengal tiger statue was dedicated. By this point, "RITchie," the bengal tiger had become RIT's official mascot. 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Alumni Relations:Mascot