- Have any cases of coronavirus been reported at FIU?
Because most of our university operations have been remote for weeks, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among members of the community do not present a risk to other members of the FIU community. However, in an abundance of caution, we are still attempting to keep track of any members of the community who might need our support as they fight this disease. Please review updated procedures that have been put in place to facilitate the sharing of information in a way that observes federal and state privacy laws.
- Is FIU open?
For the safety and well-being of the FIU community, the university is still operating in a remote working/learning environment, but the Florida Board of Governors has approved FIU’s plan to repopulate the our campuses. The health and safety of the university community remains our top priority.
All summer classes (sessions A, B and C) are remote and online. The fall semester will begin August 24, 2020, with a variety of classes available through face-to-face, certified hybrid, approved synchronous remote, and quality designed fully online courses.
Most FIU faculty and staff will continue to work remotely through at least August 8, 2020, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, and the campus continues to remain closed except to visitors who have an appointment. All on- and off-campus events have been canceled or postponed through at least August 24, 2020.
Anyone permitted on campus – faculty, staff, students, vendors – must observe physical distancing, wear a facial covering at all times and wash their hands frequently. These measures are crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Failure of vendors permitted on campus to wear a facial covering or practice physical distancing will result in their being asked to leave. Faculty, staff and students who do not adhere to these requirements will be subject to appropriate discipline.
In an effort to assure that university buildings and facilities not in use remain secure, FIU transitioned to a schedule similar to our holiday closure schedule back in March. As such, all general-purpose classrooms have been secured.
Read more details for Faculty and staff.
FIU Libraries: All libraries are closed to the public until further notice but online services remain. The library has created a Library Services page that is updated frequently with the latest information about new, expanded options for ebooks, ejournals and other teaching materials.
Live WebChat reference service hours have been expanded to 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Reference service is also available via phone, email and IM.
Additional important information for students & faculty:
- Due dates will be extended to correspond to the period that the Libraries remain closed.
- Students, faculty and staff will NOT be charged overdue fines for the duration of the closure.
- Blocks in Student Financials due to past fines and fees will be removed temporarily to allow students to register for summer sessions.
Recreation centers and pools: The recreation centers and pools on both campuses are closed until further notice.
Limited food and retail options: Limited food options will remain open on both campuses to serve on-campus residents who may not be able to go home and the limited number of faculty and staff who will remain on campus. For hours of operations, please visit Shop FIU.
Wells Fargo: On-campus Wells Fargo is closed until further notice.
University Credit Union: As of June 1st, hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campus Chiropractor: By appointment only. Call 305-348-8069.
College Optical: As of June 1st, hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (305) 348 -8439. No walk-ins. For additional questions or concerns, please send an email to email@example.com.
FIU One Card: FIU’s One Card office is operating remotely until further notice. You can contact them at 305-348-2273 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff will walk you through what is needed to obtain a new or duplicate ID card. Specific instructions on how to pick up your card will be explained by the One Card staff. E-mails will be checked and addressed Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Withdrawal request form processing will proceed as usual since this is an online process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call 305-348-2273 or send an email to email@example.com.
FIU museums: The Frost Museum, The Wolfsonian-FIU and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU are closed to the public, including events, until further notice.
Student Health Clinics and pharmacy: Student Health Clinics and the pharmacy are operating on a modified schedule until further notice – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No walk-ins will be accepted at this time. Please call 305-348-8385 to schedule an appointment.
Children’s Creative Learning Center: The Children’s Creative Learning Center follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools calendar, so the center is closed until further notice.
Dorms: Due to the pandemic, dorms are closed to all except a select group of students. For exceptions and move-out instructions, see the Housing section.
Counseling & Psychological Services/Victim Empowerment Program: For hours and operation, see the Students/General section.
Student food pantries: For hours and operation, see the Students/General section.
FIU Panther TECH Scheduled Pick-up: As of June 1st, purchases can still be made by phone (305-348-8324) or online. Delivery or curbside pick-up is available. For more information, please call 305.348.8324 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ricoh: As of June 1st, orders can be made via phone or email. The store is still closed to the public.
Gabor: Staff is available via phone or email. The office in PG6 is still closed to public walk-ins.
Barnes and Noble: While the stores remain online-only as of June 1st, remote support services are available for students and faculty:
Free access to course materials via VitalSource Helps: This Barnes and Noble program is designed to support students and faculty who may have lost access to course materials due to the shift to remote learning.
Free textbook rental return in United States: Barnes and Noble is providing free domestic shipping on all textbook rental returns through June 15.
Sell your books back for cash: Barnes and Noble at FIU has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation’s largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books. Shipping is free within the United States. If you would like to return your textbook rentals, see information provided above.
Free domestic shipping on all online orders: FIU’s Barnes and Noble is ready to pack and ship anything from merchandise to books to gaming essentials. Shipping is free within the United States, and you can use your FIU Cash or Credit Card to order.
For more information, please visit Shop FIU.
Santi Hair & Nail Salon: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment only. Call 305-348-7666 to schedule your appointment.
- Will there be dining on campus this fall?
Yes. Panther Dining is taking extra precautions to ensure safe dining and social distancing for guests. All dining seating areas have been updated to observe social distancing measures that follow CDC guidelines. In addition to increased cleaning in general, high-touch surfaces will be disinfected and sanitized hourly and certain locations will be closed throughout the day so that deeper disinfecting can occur.
Face masks will be required of all guests and associates (those cooking and serving as well as administrative personnel and managers). All Panther Dining associates and vendors delivering food products will be health screened prior to each shift by a designated safety manager.
There will be take-out options for guests who aren't comfortable dining in at Panther Dining locations.
A webpage is being developed that will include more detailed information about what dining will look like in the fall. That link will be shared as soon as it is available. The webpage will include an FAQ section on COVID-19 and dining as well as some short, behind-the-scenes videos showing these changes in action.
- Will university events continue to take place?
On-campus and off-campus in-person events are canceled or postponed through at least August 24, 2020, unless they are mission critical to student success. Proposed in-person events must be linked to student learning and/or safety- and health-related matters. Event approval requests must be submitted to the Division of External Relations, Strategic Communications and Marketing.
For more information on commencement see Students/General.
- Are the shuttle buses going to run this fall? If so, how is FIU going to ensure cleanliness and physical distancing in them?
Yes, services for Panther Mover, Panther Express and CATS shuttle services will be running in the fall. Schedules will remain the same with departures every 30 minutes from each campus beginning at 6 a.m. and running through 10 p.m. with a last departure at 11 p.m.
Due to decreased occupancy in each vehicle in order for the university to comply with physical distancing requirements, additional buses will be added if demand warrants it.
The following safety protocols will be implemented to ensure cleanliness and physical distancing:
- All transportation services will operate at a maximum of 50 percent passenger capacity.
- Barriers will be installed between the drivers and the passengers.
- Face coverings will be required at all times for both passengers and driver.
- Hand sanitizing lotion will be available on all shuttles and installed in all bus stops.
- A swiper will be mounted on every dashboard to avoid One Card exchange.
- Sanitation wipes will be provided for the disinfection of personal seating areas.
- Indicators will be placed on available seats noted in green so riders know where they can sit.
- All buses/shuttles will be thoroughly cleaned daily with a disinfectant mist.
- Drivers will receive COVID-19 best practices training.
For additional information, please visit Parking & Transportation.
- Will the gyms be open?
Yes. The Wellness and Recreation Centers at both MMC and BBC plan to reopen in the fall. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, the centers will be making adjustments to their hours of operation, equipment layout, facilities and programming. There will also be more frequent cleaning during the day and thorough sanitizing of all equipment and facilities nightly. A variety of programs and services are available via online platforms. Check out those offerings.