- Have any cases of coronavirus been reported at FIU?
The university informed the FIU community April 1 that a university employee recently tested positive for COVID-19. The Academic Health Center Building Four (AHC4) at MMC, where the employee has been, has been closed temporarily for decontamination of some areas. The few members of the staff who could have come into contact with this person have been notified and are in self-quarantine.
Additionally, FIU was notified on March 24th that a student tested positive for the coronavirus. The student informed the university that the only time the student was on campus at the Law Library was March 7. Based on the fact that 17 days had passed since the student was on campus, it is unlikely that other members of the university community were exposed. The student was tested off campus and self-reported results to the student’s dean.
A member of the staff that tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in March (as reported previously) is recovering well at home. Based on the history of the employee, it is likely a travel-related case and the employee has not been back to campus since returning from the trip. As such, there is no indication, thus far, that the FIU community has been exposed by this individual.
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 has transitioned to a remote working/learning environment.
In addition to spring classes being remote and online through the end of the semester, university officials announced March 30th that Summer A and C will also be remote and online only. Decisions regarding Summer B will be made at a later time.
Faculty and staff will be working remotely at least through Saturday, May 2nd.
In an effort to practice social distancing, our campuses are open only to students, faculty and staff with urgent need to access study or work material, to students who have stayed in student housing and to those who are providing basic services to them. Otherwise, the campuses, including all student housing, remains closed to visitors.
In an effort to assure that university buildings and facilities not in use remain secure, FIU will transition to a schedule similar to our holiday closure schedule effective Wednesday, March 24,th at 8 a.m. All general-purpose classrooms have already 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.
College Optical: College Optical is open, but they will not be performing any eye examinations until after May 9th. They are open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. processing orders for contacts and glasses. In addition, they are open to help with any adjustments or repairs.
All orders placed during this period will be shipped free of charge. If you would like to place an order, please call (305) 348 -8439. For additional questions or concerns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to Friday, 8 a.m.-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: If you have ordered any devices, accessories or have a completed repair from FIU Panther TECH, you can pick them up at the store’s loading dock between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. We ask that you please call ahead to confirm that your purchases have arrived by calling us at 305.348.8324 or by emailing us at email@example.com. To learn more about picking up packages from FIU Panther TECH, visit panthertech.fiu.edu/specialpickup.
Barnes and Noble: While the stores remain closed, 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 April 25.
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.
- Will university events continue to take place?
All on- and off-campus events are canceled through May 10.
For more information on commencement see Students/General.
- Are transportation services still running?
Services for Panther Mover, Panther Express and CATS shuttle services have been discontinued until further notice. For more information, see Parking & Transportation.