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Frequently Asked Questions


General Operations/Closures


  • 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 collegeoptical@fiu.edu.

    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 onecard@fiu.edu. 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 onecard@fiu.edu.

    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 panthertech@fiu.edu.

    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.


Financial Assistance


  • How can I get help to pay for my educational expenses?

    We know that there remains a great deal of need in our community and want to do everything possible to help our students stay enrolled and on track toward timely graduation. Students who are having trouble meeting financial obligations are encouraged to request assistance.

    If you are a currently enrolled FIU student, please apply for financial assistance today through go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest. Please note, this will take you directly to a section in MyFIU and you will be required to sign in.

    Even if you think you do not qualify for funding, please fill out the application. We are committed to helping our students in need through a variety of avenues, including private funding.

  • What was the CARES Act and how did it help FIU students?

    As of June 5, 2020, FIU had allocated all of its CARES Act funds to eligible students. Students who were not awarded CARES Act funds and are still in need should apply for financial assistance at go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest. FIU is working on additional funding sources to help meet student needs.

    To address the pressing financial need of students due to the disruption of campus operations from coronavirus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provided funds for direct emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

    For more information about how CARES Act funding was allocated, please visit the CARES Act page.

  • I was not eligible for CARES Act financial assistance. Is there any financial help available to me?

    If you need emergency aid, please complete an emergency aid request form at go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest. Assistance offered through this process may also be in the form of referrals or non-financial assistance. Financial assistance is subject to availability of funds and student eligibility as determined by FIU. Every student is encouraged to submit an application. If you did not meet the requirements for CARES Act funding, FIU will evaluate your application to determine whether other forms of financial and non-financial assistance may apply.

  • What is FIU doing for everyone else?

    FIU and its partners are working actively to lend a hand to those who need it:

    Faculty & Staff: Faculty and staff members needing support may contact the Office of Employee Assistance for an appointment. You may email the office at oea@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2469. To learn more about our services please visit the Human Resources Assistance and Wellness page. 

    Hospitality workers: More than 140 South Florida restaurants have helped employees through the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Relief Fund. As of April 7 th, grants totaling more than $830,000 have been given to independently owned restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Many of these family-operated establishments are owned by FIU alumni, have hired FIU student interns and have even given graduates their first job. The program awards grant of up to $15,000 per business ($500 per employee).

    To receive assistance from the relief fund, business owners must apply. The fund was launched with $1 million, including a founding donation of $500,000 by the Chaplin School, taken from the proceeds given yearly to the school by the South Beach Wine & Food Festival®. Additional donations came from school partners Bacardi USA and Badia Spices, in addition to other corporations and individuals for a total of nearly $1.2 million to date.

    Small business owners: The Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) is providing assistance to local small businesses. As of April 6, the center has helped local businesses obtain nearly $3.5 million in Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans, which provide up to $50,000 loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


Students


Fees

  • Why do I still have to pay fees while learning remotely?

    At FIU we understand that many of our students and their families have been impacted by job loss and other economic and personal challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have asked why certain fees are still being charged while the university is learning and working remotely. We hope the explanations below help clarify.

    Parking fee: FIU is reducing the student parking fee (formally known as the Transportation Access fee) by $50 for the summer term. The parking fee helps pay for the garages, which cannot be built using states dollars, and covers costs associated with maintenance and repairs.

    Distance Learning fee: There is no Distance Learning fee associated with classes being taught remotely because of the pandemic. These classes were designed originally to be taught face-to-face and are now being delivered remotely to allow students to continue their studies from home. Many of the remote classes may still have students and faculty meeting via videoconferencing on specific days and times.

    A Distance Learning fee of $30 per credit is assessed only for online courses, which are courses that are designed and developed specifically to be delivered online. Faculty designing the courses leverage dedicated online instructional designers and educational technologies reserved for fully online courses. These classes can access the course 24/7. The Distance Learning fee funds the infrastructure and team that helps deliver these courses.

    Student Health fee:  These funds pay for several services that have remained open, continue to assist students remotely and provided virtual engagement opportunities such as Student Health Clinic, Counseling and Psychological Services, Victim Empowerment Program, Disability Resource Center, and Healthy Living Program. If you need assistance, please call for an appointment.

    For a Telehealth appointment please call 305-348-8385 for MMC and 305-919-5620 for BBC. For the safety and welfare of all, please call ahead.

    The on-campus pharmacy is also open. Please call 305-348-0276 to refill or transfer your prescription.

    Athletics fee: Even though all athletic programs have been suspended temporarily in accordance with NCAA rules, there are significant fixed costs associated with the maintenance of our sports facilities. At FIU we typically do not have athletic events during the summer but want our fields and courts to be ready for students as soon as we resume campus activities.

    Activity fee: This fee supports the Graham and Wolfe centers, and Wellness and Recreation Centers and funds student organizations, campus life and helps pay costs that the university is required to pay even though students are learning remotely. During this time, programing such as virtual fitness classes, Life Skills Series, Club Fair, Greek Information Sessions and special speakers are facilitated through this fee.

    Materials and Supplies/Equipment Use fees: Fees for course materials and supplies and equipment usage are not being charged.

    Revenue Shortfall

    While some university expenses may be lower while we are learning and working from home, revenues that are used to keep fees low -- facility rentals, food sales and other activities – have disappeared. Reduced revenues and additional expenses associated with COVID-19 are expected to create a shortfall greater than the $19 million FIU is set to receive in CARES Act funding. We must find ways to strike a balance in this new normal.

Admissions

Academics

  • What types of class formats will be offered in the fall?

    Students will be able to choose from four class formats that suit them best: in-person, hybrid, remote or online. Each of the four ways to take classes has different expectations and requirements of students. 

    In-person classes will take place on campus at set times with changes in classroom layout and seating to accommodate for physical distancing requirements. In-person classes may use Canvas.

    Hybrid classes have both in-person, classroom sessions on campus and out-of-classroom learning experiences. Hybrid classes will have a set schedule for the days and times the in-person classes meet. The breakdown is about a third to two-thirds of the in-person classroom sessions, and the rest of the out-of-classroom experiences may be completed through Canvas, other online resources, or with experiential learning at off-campus sites.

    Remote classes are 100 percent off campus, but classes are held virtually at a set day and time. This is a temporary digital alternative to the classic classroom experience. Students and instructors meet virtually during the scheduled meeting days and times listed in PantherSoft. Learners should carefully evaluate the attendance requirements for these classes. Remote classes use Canvas. There is no distance learning fee for taking a remote class.

    Online classes are taught using Canvas and are completely off campus. These classes offer students the flexibility of having a course designed to be available on-demand for those who have commitments or lifestyles that make it hard to meet at scheduled times. Learners still must complete assignments by deadlines or due dates within the fixed course timeframe. Please note that there is a distance learning fee associated with fully online classes.

  • Will all classes be offered either online or remotely in the fall?

    No, but 70 percent of FIU’s fall schedule – that’s literally thousands of classes – is being offered either remotely or online, and many of the on-campus classes also have online or remote sections.

  • Can I choose the format of my classes (remote, online, hybrid, in-person)?

    You can choose the format you prefer among the modalities the course will be taught in, but be aware that not every class can be offered in every format.

  • Will all classes be taught in all four modalities (remote, online, hybrid, in-person)?

    No, not all classes can be offered in all formats, but the colleges and departments have done their best to offer as many courses in multiple formats as they can.

  • What are my options if a class is only being offered in a format I’m not comfortable with?

    The colleges and departments have done their best to offer as many courses in multiple formats as they can, but not all classes can be offered in all formats. If you find that a course you want to take is not offered in a format that you’re comfortable with, please check your program of study and/or your Panther Degree Audit to see what other courses you might take.

    You may need to substitute a class you want with another course that fulfills your graduation requirements. If you’re interested in specific electives to help meet graduate or professional school entrance requirements, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor. 

    If you cannot find a replacement course or you need to take a specific course this fall in order to graduate in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, please contact your advisor.

    If you find you’re still having difficulty with your fall schedule or cannot make an appointment with your advisor, please visit AskCharlie.fiu.edu for additional information and to request additional assistance.

  • I’d like to take all of my classes via online or remote formats only. Can I do that?

    Yes, so long as the classes you need to take are being offered in either of those two formats. There are thousands of online and remote classes to choose from, and many of the on-campus classes also have online or remote sections.

     

    The colleges and departments have done their best to offer as many courses in multiple formats as they can, but not all classes can be offered in all formats. Check your program of study and/or your Panther Degree Audit to see what other courses you might take if a course you want is not being offered via remote or online formats in the fall.

    You may need to substitute a class you want with another course that fulfills your graduation requirements. If you’re interested in specific electives to help meet graduate or professional school entrance requirements, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor.

    If you cannot find a replacement course or you need to take a specific course this fall in order to graduate in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, please contact your advisor

    If you find you’re still having difficulty with your fall schedule or cannot make an appointment with your advisor, please visit AskCharlie.fiu.edu for additional information and to request additional assistance.

    If you are an international student, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program has temporary exemptions for the Fall 2020 semester. You should also contact the FIU Office of International Student & Scholar Services.

  • I signed up for a class that will be taught face-to-face, but I’ve decided I’m not comfortable with that. What are my options?

    If you’re worried about coming to campus, you should choose remote or online classes only. You may not get the elective course or the instructor that you prefer, but not all classes can be offered in all formats. Check your program of study and/or your Panther Degree Audit to see what other courses you might take.

    You may need to substitute a class you want with another course that fulfills your graduation requirements. If you’re interested in specific electives to help meet graduate or professional school entrance requirements, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor.

    If you cannot find a replacement course or you need to take a specific course this fall in order to graduate in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, please contact your advisor.

    If you find you’re still having difficulty with your fall schedule or cannot make an appointment with your advisor, please visit AskCharlie.fiu.edu for additional information and to request additional assistance.

  • Will I be able to watch lectures from home even if the class is in-person? I’m in a high-risk group.

    If you’re in an at-risk group then you should register for online or remote classes. If you need help finding a suitable replacement for a course that is only offered on campus, please visit AskCharlie.fiu.edu for additional information and to request additional assistance.

  • Will attendance be mandatory for in-person classes?

    If you registered for an on-campus course (courses that are listed as “In-person” or “Hybrid”), you will be expected to attend your in-person class. If extenuating circumstances arise once the semester starts, communicate with your professor as soon as possible. 

    For your safety and those around you, you should take only remote or online classes in the fall if you have family members who are in high-risk health categories. You shouldn’t have a problem registering for a full schedule of classes since over 70 percent of courses in the fall will be offered remotely or online with a large number of on-campus classes having remote or online sections. Check your program of study and/or your Panther Degree Audit to see what other courses you might take if a course you want is not being offered via remote or online formats in the fall. 

    You may need to substitute a class you want with another course that fulfills your graduation requirements. If you’re interested in specific electives to help meet graduate or professional school entrance requirements, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor.

    If you cannot find a replacement course or you need to take a specific course this fall in order to graduate in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, please contact your advisor.

    If you find you’re still having difficulty with your fall schedule or cannot make an appointment with your advisor, please visit AskCharlie.fiu.edu for additional information and to request additional assistance.

  • I won’t have access to a computer this fall to take my classes remotely or online. What do I do?

    Any currently enrolled FIU student may request a loaner laptop or hotspot at no charge by filling out an equipment loaner form.

    You may use the device for as long as the pandemic continues. If you graduate, you must send the device back.

  • Will ASL students be allowed to take courses on campus?

    Yes. FIU students who are deaf and rely on American Sign Language (ASL) for communication will have the same opportunities to take courses on campus that are available to all students. 

    To access ASL services, students will need to enroll in their course(s) based on the current course availability and request ADA accommodations through the Disability Resource Center. ASL interpreter services will be made available to students who are deaf and will be provided in the same manner and modality in which the course and class meetings are being conducted.

  • Will graduate courses be in-person?
    For both graduate and undergraduate courses, it will be up to each program to decide which way courses will be offered.
  • Will fall labs be canceled?

    For the most part, labs will be offered where possible. If you’re a student who wishes to take a lab in the fall, you should log into Panthersoft and register for the lab you need. If the lab isn’t available, you should consult with your advisor for a possible substitute.

    In the summer, the majority of labs were offered as needed except for a few lab courses. The lab courses that could not be offered had substitute courses that were offered to the students. Accommodations were made for students to conduct labs remotely through virtual lab course offerings, curated video courses for students or other alternatives so that students were able to get the required instruction. There were no in-person lab workshops.

  • Is there a difference between my remote courses and online courses?

    Yes, there is a substantial difference between remote courses and online courses.

    Remote courses: Courses utilizing remote instruction were originally designed to be taught in face-to-face or hybrid environments. These courses have been redesigned temporarily for the Spring 2020 and Summer A and C 2020 semesters to be able to allow students to continue their studies without the need to come to campus. Many of these remote classes may still have students and faculty meeting together virtually at specific times (synchronously). Faculty have implemented multiple solutions to meet the immediate teaching needs of remotely communicating with students and delivering course content, assignments and announcements. Some of the technology being utilized include Zoom, Canvas, email, social apps and other technology tools. We want to ensure our learner community that they are still receiving a high-quality FIU education. That has not changed with the added challenge of having to replace on-campus meetings with “remote” options. To access any support related to your course delivery, many resources and trainings are made available to you at canvas.fiu.edu.

    Online courses: In contrast, online courses/programs are designed and developed over a several month period and updated on a regular basis, specifically to be offered fully online. Faculty designing online courses leverage dedicated online instructional designers and educational technologies reserved for fully online courses. These resources for both communication and multimedia production add richness and interaction to the delivery of fully online courses and programs which are designed from the beginning to be offered in an asynchronous environment (no expectation of everyone meeting at the same time).

  • How does my classes being taught remotely benefit me?

    Transitioning to a remote working/learning environment has allowed students to continue to progress toward graduation while supporting the safety and well-being of the FIU community.

  • FIU is using Honorlock or other online proctoring services in my remote courses. I’m worried about my privacy while using these services. Do I have other options?

    When the university transitioned to remote learning in mid-March, it entered into an agreement with Honorlock to provide our instructor/student community with an online proctoring solution, with no direct additional cost to the student. Honorlock provides services that facilitate remotely proctored exams. There are several reputable online proctoring companies, including Honorlock, that monitor the test-taker to ensure the academic integrity of exams.

    Honorlock publishes a Student Privacy Statement that explains how the technology works and what it is capable and not capable of doing. While online proctoring may be new to most and uncomfortable to some, it is a viable solution that supports the continuity of our academic enterprise and preserves academic integrity. Additional guides and resources on Honorlock are found on the canvas.fiu.edu website in the Remote Proctoring area for students.

  • I’m struggling making the transition to online learning. Where can I get help?

    Tutors in the Center for Academic Success (CfAS) have transitioned to remote operations. Tutors are available for online tutoring sessions through Zoom.

    For general information about how to get started with remote learning, check out the Student section of the Canvas Help Center.

    Individual Appointments 

    The following procedures are for individual appointments ONLY.

    • Email  cfas@fiu.edu with the following information
      • Name, Panther ID, email,  course, and desired date and time
      • Please include 2-3 other appointment options in case the day and time is already scheduled
    • An email confirmation will be sent with the tutoring session information and the tutor’s Zoom Personal Link ID.
    • On the day of your session, go to  fiu.zoom.us
    • Sign in with your  FIU student credentials
    • Select “Join A Meeting”
    • Enter Meeting ID or Personal Link ID


    TLC Workshops

    TLC workshops are being conducted through ZOOM. The following procedures are for TLC workshops ONLY.

    • Your TLC facilitator will email you the Meeting ID for the session.
    • Go to  fiu.zoom.us
    • Sign in with your FIU student credentials
    • Select “Join A Meeting”
    • Enter Meeting ID or Personal Link ID

    Tutors are strongly encouraging students to use a laptop or desktop computer since mobile devices do not include all features provided by Zoom.

  • Do I need to come to campus for class?

    Beginning July 1, you can check your Fall 2020 schedule by logging in to your Student Portal to see how your classes will be offered (in-person, hybrid, remote or online). Due to physical distancing restrictions in the classroom, very few classes will be taught in-person at FIU this fall. The majority of classes will be taught via remote or online course instruction.

    Dual enrollment students should follow the same protocol as FIU students.

    BBC’s MAST Academy is following the Miami-Dade County Public Schools calendar.

  • How can I return my rental books without going to campus?

    If you need to return your rentals, you can do so by printing your free UPS shipping label.

    You’ll need your order number and bookstore account email address. You should have received an email with your order number via email when you made the rental transaction whether in store or online. One free shipping label per rental order/transaction will be provided, so if you rented three books on one order/transaction, you would need to send all three back at the same time to take advantage of the free UPS shipping.

    There will be free shipping for the foreseeable future on all domestic returns (no free shipping on international returns)

    For additional assistance, please email fiubook@fiu.edu.

Housing

  • Will students be able to live on campus in Fall 2020?

    Yes, but on-campus residents must maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet, wear facial coverings, wash hands frequently and use the P3 app daily.

    All on-campus residents will be required to sign a housing agreement addendum acknowledging the risks associated with COVID-19.

  • Will there be changes to the way students live on campus?

    Most rooms will house a single student, and a maximum of four students will share a bathroom.

    Lounges and other common areas will be closed, and events will be virtual. Guests and visitors will not be allowed inside FIU housing until the university determines it is safe to lift this restriction.

  • Are all housing buildings going to be open?

    Yes, the university anticipates that all housing buildings will be occupied.

    Two buildings in University Apartments have been set aside to isolate residents who test positive for COVID-19.

  • Are residents who are still in the dorms allowed to have guests visit?

    No.

  • What happens if a housing student tests positive for COVID-19?

    A housing student who tests positive for COVID-19 is relocated to an designated isolation room in our University Apartments. The student will remain there as they recover unless they need to be taken to the hospital for additional treatment and support. All high touch and common areas in the building where the student lived will be decontaminated. Roommates directly exposed will be asked to move into a separate quarantine space in University Apartments. Students in isolation or quarantine will have meals delivered to them if needed. Once the student with COVID-19 has no symptoms and has two negative tests for covid-19 they will be allowed to return to their original assignment. Students who are in quarantine are allowed to return after 14 days if they do not develop symptoms. Housing & Residential Life staff will remain in contact with all students involved to support them.

MMC

BBC

General

  • Are there any special rules I will need to follow if I’m on campus in the fall?

    Yes. In an effort to ensure everyone’s safety, individuals who come to campus in the fall must comply with certain procedures. You will be required to complete the P3 screening app (details coming soon) every time you come to campus. If you are exhibiting any symptoms or feeling ill, you should stay home.

    You must wear a facial covering while at FIU, including during class. Additionally, you must practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet or more. Finally, we are asking everyone to wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when it is not possible to their hands with soap and water.

  • What’s happening with commencement?

    Summer Virtual Commencement will take place on Sunday, August 2nd at 2 p.m.

    Many of you have been asking questions regarding commencement. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding virtual commencement and other options.

    If I participate in the Virtual Commencement can I still participate in a traditional ceremony in the fall?
    Yes! All summer graduates will be able to participate in both the virtual ceremony along with a traditional ceremony in the fall. We are creating additional commencements in the fall semesters so that summer graduates have the opportunity to graduate with their fellow seniors/cohorts, etc. These ceremonies will be separate ceremonies specifically for summer seniors, not just adding them into the planned fall commencements. You will still be given your moment, along with your fellow classmates, to share and celebrate this experience.  

    When will the fall commencement dates be announced?
    We are closely following the COVID-19 safety guidelines mandated by the state. The dates for Fall Commencement are TBD. 

    What if I can’t attend a traditional ceremony in the fall?
    We understand that not all students can attend in-person ceremonies but may still want a picture with President Rosenberg. If you can’t attend a traditional ceremony in the fall, after the pandemic has subsided and it is safe to return to the university, President Rosenberg will make himself available for a photo opportunity with the graduate, taken in regalia, to commemorate the occasion. 

    Can graduates still purchase regalia, class ring and graduation merchandise?
    Herff Jones has established an online store for those who would like to purchase regalia and/or a class ring and is offering free shipping within the United States to personal or business addresses. This option is available to all FIU students who still wish to order their grad gear. Any unopened, unused product can be returned – details at www.herffjones.com/collegereturns. Additionally, graduates can purchase FIU mementos and merchandise online through Barnes & Noble at fiu.bncollege.com – also with free domestic ground shipping on all purchases.

    How will Virtual Commencement work?
    On August 2nd at 2 p.m., the virtual ceremonies will launch on the vendor’s website. You will be able to watch at any time after 2 p.m. Each school will have their own ceremony. You will be able to click on your college’s ceremony, and watch the president’s and dean’s remarks, and graduate slides that will contain the name of the graduate, degree and a photo and/or video they submit.

    There will also be a search bar under the ceremony video where graduates can search their name and receive a 45-second clip unique to them. The clip will include footage of the university, a quick message from President Rosenberg and their graduate slide.

    Can I download the clip and share it with my family and social media?
    Yes! Once downloaded, you will be able to keep the clip and share it with your loved ones.

    How do we submit a photo and video for the virtual ceremony?
    In the coming days, graduates will receive an email from the FIU commencement team with the link to submit their photo and/or video.

    How do I register for Virtual Commencement?
    You do not need to register for virtual commencement like you did for the traditional ceremony. You will just need to submit your photo and/or video through the link the commencement team will be sending in the next coming days.

    What is the cutoff date to apply for graduation in order to participate in the virtual commencement?
    May 22, 2020, was the cutoff date.

    What if I don’t submit a photo and/or video?
    If you do not submit a photo and/or video, you will still be part of the ceremony and have your own slide. The photo that will be used will be your FIU One Card photo. You will still also receive your unique 45-second clip. *This does not apply to students with FERPA designation.*

    What type of photo should I submit?
    We recommend you submit a headshot or even your best selfie!

    What should I say in my video and how long should it be?
    We recommend you express your gratitude to those who helped you get to this memorable moment and your love for FIU! The video should be no longer than 15 seconds. Don’t forget to show your Panther Pride!

    If you have any further questions, please email askcommencement@fiu.edu. Please make sure to check the commencement website for updates. 

  • What is the status of summer internships?

    Employers are assessing their internship needs for summer and fall. Students who have received offers for the summer are encouraged to contact their recruiter. In many instances, employers are offering virtual internships. Students also should consider micro-internships. These are short-term, paid professional projects that provide opportunities to gain experience.

    For the time being, the university recommends that students do not relocate for summer internships. The FIU in Washington D.C. team is supporting students in obtaining virtual Summer 2020 internship opportunities and in-person internship opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. For questions about internships in Washington D.C., please contact Eric Feldman.

    FIU students can seek assistance with their professional development by logging into FIU’s job platform for students and alumni. The platform offers meetings with a career coach, virtual workshops and networking events with employers.

  • Are the student food pantries at MMC and BBC open?

    The FIU student food pantries are still available. In lieu of the weekly 10-pound food allowance, students can receive pre-made bags containing both an assortment of food and non-perishable items at the following distribution locations during the following hours:

    Modesto A. Maidique Campus Pantry
    GC Main Office (GC 1210)

    Monday through Thursday, 12:30-5 p.m. Phone: 305-348-6995 or 305-348-3204

    Biscayne Bay Campus Pantry
    WUC Panther Square- Information desk

    Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone: 305-348-6995

  • Do student employees need to report to work?

    Student employees who work on campus must check with their supervisor about remote work arrangements.

  • Are the Counseling & Psychological Services/Victim Empowerment Program still seeing students?

    CAPS/VEP is currently operating remotely. Scheduled appointments will be held over the phone or by videoconference (through a HIPAA-compliant platform). If you would to schedule an appointment, please call 305-348-2277 and leave a message for a call back.

    If you are in need of immediate services, please call our 24-Hour hotline 305-348-2277 (CAPS) to speak with a licensed clinician.

  • What can I expect if I go to FIU Student Health with respiratory symptoms?

    If you are feeling ill, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Whether you want to see a doctor at FIU Student Health or your own personal physician, please call ahead and let the doctor’s office know the symptoms you are having. Be sure to stay away from others, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently.

    As soon as possible, make notes about where you have been in the past two weeks and the people you have been in contact with. Should you be diagnosed with coronavirus, doctors will need these notes to trace the virus and help keep others healthy.

    If you chose to go to an FIU Health facility, you will be evaluated and possibly tested for the regular flu. If the doctor determines that further testing is needed, you will be tested for the coronavirus. If you are tested for coronavirus, you can expect to get results back in a 24 to 48 hours.

    If you have been tested, you will be quarantined at home. If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t, you still would want to stay away from others until you feel better.

  • Who needs to self-quarantine?

    Students need to self-quarantine if they have been directly exposed to someone who either has tested positive for COVID-19 or to someone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Self-quarantine is effective 14 days from the following:

    1. The day a physician advised you to self-quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines

    2. The day you were tested for COVID-19

    Students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 need to self-isolate.

    You do not need to self-quarantine if you are showing regular cold symptoms.

    • While in Self-Quarantine:

      • You are expected to remain at home and avoid contact with others for a period of 14 days, even if no symptoms of illness are present.

      • You must monitor and record your temperature twice a day.

    If you start to have symptoms of respiratory illness or fever, you should call your doctor to explain the situation before going to your doctor’s office, emergency room or hospital.

    Students with concerns may contact FIU Student Health Services at 305-348-2401.

    If you’re a student living off campus: You should quarantine at home with your family.

    If you’re a local student living on campus: You should quarantine at your off-campus home with your family.

    If you are a student living on campus who can’t quarantine off campus: You must contact the front desk of your residence hall before arriving to campus so staff can assist you in setting up a place to quarantine on campus.

    Here are the front desk numbers:

    • University Apartments
      305-348-1050

    • University Towers
      305-348-3836

    • Lakeview Hall North
      305-348-1176

    • Lakeview Hall South
      305-348-1171

    • Parkview Hall
      305-348-7635

    • Everglades Hall
      305-348-1328

    • Panther Hall
      305-348-3982


Faculty & Staff


Visit COVID-19: HR Information for more FAQs.

  • Can I access my office or lab?

    During the current remote working environment, essential functions are typically those which must continue in order to ensure the health/safety of the university and ensure the continuity of key operations. In the current remote working environment for FIU, there will be essential functions that will require some level of presence in research laboratories, both wet and dry.

    Our focus is on the health and safety of the university community. We are assessing requests for needs to maintain essential laboratory activities on a case-by-case basis. In order to better manage the decisions on allowed essential laboratory functions, we are providing a request formwhich can be completed then submitted for review and approval.

  • I’m faculty. Do I need to teach an in-person class in Fall 2020?

    University leaders are mindful that many of our faculty are confronted with threats to their health from COVID-19. We appreciate that more than 700 faculty have taken our remote teaching badge to enable state-of-the-art teaching and learning approaches to this extraordinary situation that grips us.

    Faculty have worked hard to provide a full range of course modalities for students this fall in collaboration with their department chairs and deans. Faculty assignment will be based on the instructional and research needs of the respective unit with a student-centered approach at the core of unit decision-making.

    FIU’s priority is timely graduation for all our students. Faculty may work on campus or remotely depending on student and research needs and in consultation with unit supervisors.

  • I’m staff. Do I need to report to work?

    Our professional staff, like students and our faculty, have significant family responsibilities that must be addressed. We thank our staff for their continuing ability to get much done under difficult circumstances. Most of the professional staff will continue to work remotely through at least August 8, 2020.

    Supervisors must work with their teams in the coming weeks to determine which members of the staff perform functions that will require their physical presence on campus this fall. Recommendations for staff to return should be submitted to the corresponding dean or vice president for approval. Those who can work from home should continue doing so. Supervisors are encouraged to accommodate those who self-disclose a health vulnerability associated with COVID-19 or who live with someone who has such a vulnerability, so that they can continue working remotely.

    To facilitate this process, Provost Furton and Human Resources Vice President El pagnier Hudson are developing a new remote work policy. Please look for more details in the coming weeks. Also, please review the COVID-19 Emergency Policy, which may be useful for faculty and staff challenged with leave balances.

  • I’m doing a lot of videoconferencing on Zoom. Is there anything I need to watch out for?

    The Division of Information Technology shared these tips on how to avoid security issues while using Zoom.

  • What can I expect if I go to FIU Health with respiratory symptoms?

    If you are feeling ill, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Whether you want to see a doctor at FIU Health or your own personal physician, please call ahead and let the doctor’s office know the symptoms you are having. Be sure to stay away from others, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently.

    As soon as possible, make notes about where you have been in the past two weeks and the people you have been in contact with. Should you be diagnosed with coronavirus, doctors will need these notes to trace the virus and help keep others healthy.

    If you chose to go to an FIU Health facility, you will be evaluated and possibly tested for the regular flu. If the doctor determines that further testing is needed, you will be tested for the coronavirus. If you are tested for coronavirus, you can expect to get results back in a 24 to 48 hours.

    If you have been tested, you will be quarantined at home. If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t, you still would want to stay away from others until you feel better.

  • I teach a class. How do I convert a face-to-face course to remote instruction?

    Converting a previously face-to-face course to remote instruction will require appropriately adjusting your syllabus. You should communicate with your students immediately and continuously to let them know what is expected going forward. FIU has the resources in place to assist with modifying your course delivery method. Resources are available at canvas.fiu.edu/coronavirus.

    Now is the time for all faculty to work with online resources and professional support available at FIU so as to meet the teaching and learning needs of students. Effective remote learning assignments, technological tools, Canvas, Zoom, etc., are available to all faculty.

    Course Continuity Resources

    A multi-disciplinary team – FIU Online, Media Technology Services, and Center for the Advancement of Teaching – are working seamlessly to help those who need and/or want additional support in utilizing the technological tools that will support you during this time of remote instruction.  Resources are available at  canvas.fiu.edu/coronavirus

    For support with Canvas, please visit the FIU Canvas Help Center at  canvas.fiu.edu/support or call 305-348-3630 for 24/7 phone support. You may also contact the Academic Continuity workgroup by emailing acadcont@fiu.edu.

    The Faculty Resource Centers at both MMC (GL 150) and BBC (ACI – 148) are available for walk-in support. The BBC center is open Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MMC center has extended hours Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Training opportunities for faculty in Canvas, Zoom and other technology tools can be found  canvas.fiu.edu/training/faculty

    Your academic unit leadership and dean’s designee (listed below) is available to work with you to document your course continuity plan and report back to university leadership and the academic continuity team. You may also reach out to her/him directly to receive support and guidance.  

    Academic Affairs Point of Contact

    CARTA
    CASE
    COB
    CEC
    CNHS
    PHSW
    Honors
    SHTM
    SIPA
    Law
    COM
    ORED
    Libraries

    Immediate next steps for faculty

    In accordance with the  Canvas Usage Initiative, all face-to-face courses have an existing corresponding Canvas course shell. To access your course, you need to navigate to canvas.fiu.edu. Here is a checklist of items to help you keep teaching.

    Initial Setup
    For ActionResources & Solutions

    Verify that you are able to access your course(s) by logging into our university’s learning management system, Canvas.

    Go to Canvas.fiu.edu and click on the “Login” button to be taken to the Canvas Login page. Log in with your FIU Username (example: jdoe) and Password.

    Provide the course syllabus in Canvas. Plan on first updating and then uploading your syllabus document or develop one in the Syllabus Tool in Canvas.

    Learn How to Add a Syllabus to your Course.

    Ensure that you know where to locate readily available Canvas Help resources.

    Go to Canvas.fiu.edu to familiarize yourself with the “How To” guides

    Key items to consider in your course continuity plan

    Ongoing Maintenance
    For ActionResources & Solutions

    Making plans for communicating with students fully online

    Canvas Announcements
    Canvas Discussions
    FIU E-Mail

    Possible adjustments to assignments and assessments

    Canvas Assignments

    Consider what course materials you will need to create, curate or update in order to teach remotely.

    Canvas.fiu.edu
    FIU Libraries
    Linkedin Learning
    NBC Learn

    Identify options for holding class and office hours virtually.

    Zoom
    Canvas Conferences

    Think about how your methods for evaluating student learning will be moved to a digital space.

    Canvas Quizzes

  • How can I best prepare to ensure as little disruption as possible to my research and lab work?

    For a comprehensive guide, visit: Resources for FIU Research Community

  • Who needs to self-quarantine?

    Self-quarantine protocol continues to be in place for faculty and staff who have been directly exposed to someone who either has tested positive for COVID-19 or to someone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Self-quarantine is effective 14 days from the following:

    1. The day a physician advised you to self-quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines

    2. The day you were tested for COVID-19

    Self-isolation requirements are also in place for employees who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19. 

    Self-quarantining is not mandatory if you are showing regular cold symptoms. In these cases, regular Sick Leave provisions prevail.

    If your position requires physical presence on campus but you are considered part of a vulnerable population (e.g. immune deficiency, pregnant, etc.), you may request a remote work arrangement upon the approval of your supervisor. Please note that medical confirmation of your condition must be provided. Other work that can be performed remotely should be assigned as feasible. If remote work is not feasible, you may be allowed to use leave with coordinated approval of your supervisor and the Division of Human Resources.

    • While in Self-Quarantine:

      • Ensure that a Leave of Absence (LOA) form has been completed (the LOA form may be completed by the employee, the HR Liaison or the immediate supervisor)

      • You are expected to remain at home and avoid contact with others for a period of 14 days, even if no  symptoms of illness are present.

      • You must monitor and record your temperature twice a day.

        • If you have had no symptoms after 14 days,  a medical clearance form is no longer required, however, you must complete an attestation (provided by  hrleaves@fiu.edu) to be signed and returned.

        • If you start to have  symptoms of  respiratory illness or fever, you should call your doctor to explain the situation before going to your doctor’s office, emergency room or hospital. The Medical Clearance form must be filled out by your medical provider and sent to hrleaves@fiu.edu once you have been cleared to return to work.

      • After completion of the self-quarantine period, you will transition to the FIU work protocol. Currently, remote work is expected to be in place until at least April 4 th.

Can't find what you're looking for? Visit COVID-19: HR Information for more FAQs.


Prevention & Containment


  • Is it going to be required to wear a facial covering in class?

    Yes.

  • How is physical distancing going to be maintained in the classroom for in-person classes?

    FIU will be providing multiple solutions depending on the seat type. We will be separating the tablet armchairs by 6 feet and marking the spots. In rooms with fixed seats, we will be taping the seats that cannot be used to maintain a minimum of 6 feet between students. Rooms with tables and chairs are being rearranged to keep the proper distance. All seats that cannot be used will be clearly labeled as such. 

  • Will there be temperature checks before entering classrooms?

    No. Instead all faculty and students will be required to complete the P3 screening app every time they come to campus. If anyone is exhibiting any symptoms or feeling ill, they should stay home.

    The wearing of facial coverings will be required for everyone while at FIU, including during class. Additionally, everyone on campus must practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet or more. Finally, we are asking that everyone wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when it is not possible to wash one’s hands.

  • Are labs taking special precautions?

    Labs will follow CDC and FIU protocols as well as any special requirements that may be instituted by faculty and lab managers to protect students.

  • How do I report a potential or confirmed case of COVID-19?

    Because most of our university operations have been remote for more than two weeks, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among members of the university do not present a risk to other members of the community. However, in an abundance of caution, we are still attempting to keep track of any FIU students, faculty or staff 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 while observing federal and state privacy laws.

  • Is FIU offering COVID-19 testing?

    On April 7th, FIU partnered with Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health, and the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition to open a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site.

    Testing takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week by appointment only. The entrance to the site is located on S.W. 107th Avenue and 20th Street.

    Appointments must be made by calling 305-499-8767. The call center opens at 9 a.m. and takes appointments for the following day until all 300 slots are filled. To qualify for testing, a person must be at least 12 years old.

  • Is FIU quarantining students?

    Housing student who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a designated isolation room in MMC’s University Apartments. The student will remain there as they recover unless they need to be taken to the hospital for additional treatment and support. All high touch and common areas in the building where the student lived will be decontaminated. Roommates directly exposed will be asked to move into a separate quarantine space in University Apartments. Students in isolation or quarantine will have meals delivered to them if needed. Once the student with COVID-19 has no symptoms and has two negative tests for covid-19 they will be allowed to return to their original assignment. Students who are in quarantine are allowed to return after 14 days if they do not develop symptoms. Housing & Residential Life staff will remain in contact with all students involved to support them.

  • Are there any precautions I can take to stay healthy?

    Yes. This is the time to redouble your hand hygiene efforts, observe good coughing etiquette and keep your distance from anyone who is ill (at least 6 feet).

    For more details on how you can help prevent the spread of disease, please review these tips from the CDC. If you haven’t already, please get a flu shot. It will not protect you from coronavirus, but it will help keep you from getting sick with the flu.

    If you are sick, please stay home and consult a medical professional. DO NOT show up at a medical facility for treatment without calling ahead first and advising the office of your symptoms if you have fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

    Students with concerns may call FIU Student Health Services at 305-348-2401.

    Faculty, staff and other members of the community may contact FIU Health at 305-348-3627 (DOCS).

  • Is there anything else I should be doing?

    Because coronavirus is a pandemic, your preparations should include contingencies and supplies you and your family will need should you have to quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days. Make sure you have enough food and medication for every member of your family, including pets.

    The most important step every member of the FIU community can take right now is to stay informed and make sure that all friends, family and colleagues are aware and following the guidelines outlined by the CDC and related FIU protocols.

    FIU will continue monitoring the development of the coronavirus situation and keep the university community informed as necessary.

  • What does it mean to self-quarantine?

    Self-quarantine means you should stay in your place of residence, take your temperature twice a day (both the Student Medical Clearance Form and faculty/staff Fitness-For-Duty Certification forms have temperature logs to make it more easy to monitor your temperature) and not go out until the quarantine period of 14 days is over. Should your temperature rise during your quarantine, please consult your doctor. Do not show up at an urgent care facility, hospital emergency room or doctor’s office unannounced – be sure to call first to let them know you have been in quarantine.

    Any home being considered for self-quarantine should follow these minimum standards: 

    • Accommodations
      • Ability to provide a separate bedroom for the person in self-quarantine
      • One bathroom designated for use by the person in self-quarantine
    • Actions and resources for the self-quarantined person
      • Do not go to work, school or public areas, and do not use public transportation, ride-apps (e.g. Uber)  or taxis.
      • Separate yourself from other people in your home.
      • Take and document your temperature twice a day (A.M. and P.M.)
        • If you develop a fever and/or flu-like symptoms, call your health care provider and explain your contact history and your signs and symptoms (include temperature readings).
        • Other symptoms and signs to look for include: coughing, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and runny nose.
      • Obtain food and necessary items using an internet provider/delivery service or from others in the household – do not go out and about into society.
      • Stay 6 feet away from other family members inside the home.
      • Avoid sharing household items: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
      • Wash laundry thoroughly. In general, wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
      • Practice hand and respiratory hygiene.
      • Work/study from home using modern technology.

    At the end of the quarantine, if you are free of symptoms and have followed quarantine procedures, you must make an appointment with your doctor or FIU Student Health (for students) or FIU Health (for faculty/staff). In all instances, please be sure to call ahead and let the office know you have been in quarantine. 

    Students: Students with concerns may contact FIU Student Health Services at 305-348-2401.

    Faculty and Staff: The Fitness-for-Duty Certification form must be filled out by your medical provider and submitted to Human Resources (PC 224 at MMC or HL 322 at BBC). Faculty and staff who have questions can call the Division of Human Resources at 305-348-2181 (MMC) or 305-919-5545 (BBC).
  • What can I expect if I go to FIU Health with respiratory symptoms?

    If you are feeling ill, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Whether you want to see a doctor at FIU Health or your own personal physician, please call ahead and let the doctor’s office know the symptoms you are having. Be sure to stay away from others, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently.

    As soon as possible, make notes about where you have been in the past two weeks and the people you have been in contact with. Should you be diagnosed with coronavirus, doctors will need these notes to trace the virus and help keep others healthy.

    If you chose to go to an FIU Health facility, you will be evaluated and possibly tested for the regular flu. If the doctor determines that further testing is needed, you will be tested for the coronavirus. If you are tested for coronavirus, you can expect to get results back in a 24 to 48 hours.

    If you have been tested, you will be quarantined at home. If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t, you still would want to stay away from others until you feel better.


Travel


  • What is the status of student, faculty and staff travel?

    FIU’s International Travel Committee (ITC) continues to monitor the developing COVID-19 pandemic and is cognizant of faculty, staff and students being anxious to resume traveling for academic and business purposes. Taking into consideration information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization and FIU’s own experts, the following restrictions are in place: 

    • International travel for faculty and staff remains suspended for the Summer semester, until July 31, 2020. The same restriction remains in place for visiting scholars and delegations from abroad. There is no guarantee that this suspension will be lifted after July 31, so faculty and staff should not commit to trips (i.e. planning with partners abroad or booking airfare).
    • Individual international travel by FIU students (i.e. for field work or conference attendance) remains suspended for the duration of the summer semester, until July 31, 2020. 
    • Only international trips associated with scientific contributions toward reducing the COVID-19 pandemic or trips otherwise deemed essential may be granted an exception. Travel exception petitions may be submitted online for ITC review. The ITC will evaluate the associated risks and outline conditions under which an exception for travel may be granted for approval by the provost.

    If a travel exception is granted, the traveler will be advised that he or she must:

    • Submit a travel authorization request (TAR) via the regular process in Panthersoft after obtaining ITC approval. Attach ITC approval email to TAR and expense report as supporting documentation.
    • Follow the requirements and recommendations stipulated in FIU’s International Travel Policyand the TAR travel advisory.
    • Register the trip with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) and forward enrollment confirmation (auto-email) to intltravel@fiu.edu.
    • Check in with FIU Global (contact global@fiu.edu) for a pre-departure briefing on destination-specific risks, arrival (abroad and returning home) requirements such as mandatory quarantine, insurance coverage in- and exclusions etc.

    International degree-seeking students are invited to enroll for Fall 2020. Should they be permitted to travel to the United States to pursue their studies, these students must be prepared to follow the regulations and guidelines of health and state/local government officials as well as institutional restrictions that will be enforced to ensure a safe learning environment.

    Further information concerning in- and outbound travel for Fall 2020 is forthcoming soon and will be aligned with protocols established by the Campus Repopulation Task Force

    Should conditions improve significantly in the meantime, restrictions may be modified. For questions concerning these restrictions, please contact Gitta Montoto, ITC interim chair, at gmontoto@fiu.edu.

Study Abroad

  • What is the status of the university’s study abroad programs?

    FIU has suspended all Study Abroad programs (including faculty-led, third-party, inbound and outbound exchanges, service learning, alternative breaks and internships) until December 1, 2020. Additionally, all educational programs on cruise ships are suspended until the time that the university deems it safe to resume such programs. A decision concerning Education Abroad programs after December 1, 2020, will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester.

    For additional questions regarding student travel and/or study abroad programs, please contact Executive Director of FIU Global Mobility Alejandra Parra at Alejandra.parra@fiu.edu.