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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 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: The FIU One Card office is operating remotely and is available to print your new or replacement One Card if you are currently on campus or in need of the physical card. Photo upload for new One Cards and payment for replacement cards is available remotely. If you are in need of a One Card now, please e-mail OneCard@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2273 and Sophie will help you coordinate everything that’s needed.

    If you are a new student and want to get your FIU One Card but do not need it immediately, please look out for an e mail from us with instructions on how to obtain your One Card at a later date. If you are a new student to FIU and have attended virtual orientation, you should have received a link to upload your photo and government-issued ID.

    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: FIU’s three museums – The Wolfsonian, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum and The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU – are currently closed but working on reopening strategies in close consultation with leadership. The museums continue to release digital and virtual programs on a regular basis via their websites and social media.

    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 center is closed until further notice but will reopen in the fall after implementing the necessary program changes to ensure a safe educational early childhood program for currently enrolled families. 

    The center is making modifications to its operational hours and implementing the following protocols:

    • reduced class sizes
    • daily health checks
    • modified drop-off and pick-up routines
    • limiting adults and visitors in the building
    • adapting activities to maintain social distancing
    • increasing outside playtime
    • cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and toys frequently

    Due to the current restriction on class size, the center is not enrolling new children to begin in the fall semester at this time. However, you are welcome to submit a Request for Admission Form via email to cclc@fiu.edu to place your child on the waiting list. If an opportunity for enrollment becomes available throughout the school year, the center will notify families as quickly as possible. To check your child’s status on the waiting list, please call 305-348-2143 or send an email to cclc@fiu.edu.

    For more information about the center’s program, please visit children.fiu.edu.

    To find more information about currently open child care centers, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program is available to provide assistance to parents about child care centers that are currently open. To reach a CCR&R specialist, please call 305-646-7220. For more information, please visit the ELC CCR&R website.

    For information regarding open child care centers in Broward County, please vist the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County Child Care Resource & Referral website or call them at 954-377-2188.

    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 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. The Office of Business Services is working closely with our food services partners (Chartwells, Vicky Café, Barnes and Noble) and the FIU re-population task force to determine what restaurants will be open for the fall semester. This decision will be determined by the percentage of faculty, staff and students projected to be on campus and where classes and activity will be taking place. Food service has been available since remote learning and working went into effect in March and will continue to be available to serve the needs of the population living and working on campus.  

    Our partners have provided us with detailed reopening plans that include safety precautions using CDC and Miami-Dade County guidelines for reopening restaurants. This includes reduced seating, plexiglass barriers and social distancing. 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. Additionally, there will be take-out options for guests who aren’t comfortable dining in at Panther Dining locations.

    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.

    As we move closer to the fall semester, hours of operations for all locations will be listed on the shopFIU webpage along with the FIU Mobile App. In addition, shopFIU and Chartwells will have dedicated webpages with videos and resources regarding the new normal in on campus dining.  

  • If the library will be closed will the Starbucks at GL be closed, too?

    Not necessarily. If there is access to the first floor, Starbucks is able to open. 

    As we move closer to the fall semester, hours of operations for all locations will be listed on the shopFIU webpage along with the FIU Mobile App. In addition, shopFIU and Chartwells will have dedicated webpages with videos and resources regarding the new normal in on campus dining. 

  • 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.

  • Will Bird Scooters still be allowed on campus? 

    Yes, but they can only be used on university sidewalks and while crossing the street at crosswalks. Additionally, they must be operated at reasonable speed and users must show due regard to traffic, pedestrians, property of others and the surface of the sidewalk or pavement, among other conditions.


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


International Students

For the latest information regarding Fall 2020 requirements, please visit International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) FAQs.

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: For Fall 2020 courses that require materials and supplies, the fee will be charged. Supplies will be made available to the students for those courses that are remote and require the supplies.

    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

  • Will there be any tutoring offered?

    Tutoring through both the Center for Academic Success and the Center for Excellence in Writing continues to be offered remotely. FIU is still exploring when it will be safe to offer in-person tutoring services.

  • If I can't find a class that fits in my schedule, can I still do transient?

    You can take courses as a transient, but you should check with your advisor first about any specific requirements or approvals needed. If you are taking classes at FIU and another institution, you will need to complete the concurrent enrollment form. If you are going to take all classes elsewhere, it would be the consortium agreement. Learn more at OneStop.

  • Will the law school hold in-person classes in the fall?

    Some classes at the College of Law are currently scheduled to be held on campus, either as in-person or hybrid courses. Please check the color-coded course schedules (1L and upper-level) and the FAQs found at the COL Registrar webpage for more detailed information.

  • For classes that require field hours, are they still going to be required?

    That answer is specific to each course. Please contact your department.

  • Is it an issue if I have two remote classes scheduled at the same time and day?

    Yes. Attendance is expected in remote classes on specific days at specific times. You need to schedule your remote classes so that meetings days and times do not overlap. Please reach out to your advisor for assistance or the Ask Charlie site if you need further help askcharlie.fiu.edu.

  • For online labs, will we need to supply the materials, or will it be held as virtual lab simulations?

    In most cases, all of the lab work will be virtual or with some sort of in-person lab boot camp/workshop at a later date. In the case that materials are needed, faculty have arranged for students to pick items up safely from FIU. It is not likely that you will need to supply any lab materials on your own, but be sure to read your syllabi as soon as you get them to ensure you have all that you need for your courses.

  • Can I find out how a class will be taught (in person/hybrid/remote/online) before registering for it?

    You can use filters to specify course modality when you search for classes. Also, the Class Notes section contains important information. When you click on the course, you’ll find its delivery method indicated in Class Notes. If a course has a physical meeting location, then it is on campus (in person or hybrid). 

  • Will in-person classes follow social distancing guidelines?

    Yes. All classroom seating is being redesigned to account for a 6-foot social distancing requirement. In rooms with movable seating, only the appropriate number of seats are available and the room is being marked off to show where the seats need to be. For classrooms with fixed seating, the seats that can be used are being marked and the seats that cannot be used are being made inaccessible. Students must also maintain awareness of their own personal space and not congregate by doors or teaching podiums. 

  • With the transition from in person to remote and online classes, will there be systems set up to ensure that students receive the same quality of education they would have in previous semesters? If I feel that the remote or online course is not of quality, who can I reach out to in order to discuss improvements in virtual curriculum?

    Remote classes and online classes have different course structures. Remote classes have an expectation of virtual class meetings each week in conjunction with content and assignments in Canvas while online classes do not meet virtually (except rarely in some courses for proctored exams) with the expectation that everything that is needed for the course is contained in or accessible through Canvas. 

    In order to help ensure quality instruction in remote classes, FIU formed the Academic Continuity Team which is comprised of experts in educational technology and instructional design from FIU Online, Education Technology Services, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. This team created remote teaching workshops for faculty that focus on technical and pedagogical tools. FIU also worked with the Office of Faculty Leadership and Success and the United Faculty of Florida to develop guidelines for remote classes – these include the requirement to use Canvas, to have scheduled class meetings, and to use Canvas to communicate class expectations. The university also expanded hybrid course design and certification workshops (from a typical 30 faculty each summer to 150 faculty this summer). To date, nearly 850 faculty have received a Remote Teach Ready microcredential, and more are registered.  

    Approximately 1,000 one-to-one pairings were made in Summer 2020 for faculty teaching online classes to receive individual course design support for designing their new online classes. This instructional design support meets Panther High Quality design principles which are based on the nationally recognized Quality Matters standards.

    If you have concerns regarding the instruction or the course design (ease of locating/accessing course content and/or assignments), the first step should be to communicate with your instructor. The best way to provide feedback is from your experience. Examples include things like: “When we have virtual class, I find that the background noise from other students is distracting. Can you please ask people to mute themselves?” or “I am finding it difficult to keep up with taking notes and understanding what is being said. Can you please record our class meetings and post them in Canvas?”

    If there are concerns that you feel uncomfortable discussing with your instructor, the first step would be to email the chair of the department. If that does not lead to a satisfactory resolution, then the next step would be to contact the dean’s office.  

  • Students are told to stay home if they are sick. However, some students that are academically driven will still come to school because they do not want to be penalized for being absent. Will there be any regulations put in place to relieve this? Especially mandatory regulations concerning attendance that professors include in their syllabus. 

    FIU has developed a Panthers Protecting Panthers mobile and desktop application (https://panthersprotectingpanthers.web.app/) which is currently in beta testing. All employees and students will be expected to use it daily. Anyone who indicates they have a COVID-19-related symptom will be asked to stay home and stay in communication with their instructor so as not to fall behind. At this time, the university’s repopulation team is working with academic units to more clearly outline expectations and policies. Look for more information about the app coming soon. 

    Also, the university requires anyone on campus to wear a face covering and will be providing cleaning supplies for students to wipe down their seats in the classroom. Anyone not wearing a face covering will be asked to leave campus and may be subject to further action. This includes employees and contractors. 

  • Do you think it is possible to get the same learning experience for a laboratory online? Under the circumstances, would it be more appropriate to waive some classes for those due to graduate?

    FIU asked faculty to identify laboratories that must have a face-to-face component and those lab classes are either being offered on-campus in the fall or faculty have designed special, zero-credit lab “boot camps” that can be offered later in the semester and/or in small, physically distanced environments. For other labs, faculty have found commercial and/or non-profit virtual simulations and have built lab experiences around those. 

  • Will all the classes that are in person or hybrid be recorded? 

    There is no guarantee that recordings of lectures or other class activities will be made available. This is why it’s very important to maintain open communication with your faculty during the term. If you think that a recording will be beneficial to your learning, you may want to suggest this to your professor. Something like, “I really want to be able to pay attention to what you say, but I’m having a hard time doing that and taking notes. Could you please record our classes and post them in Canvas?” Note that some faculty may be hesitant to do this because other students may have requested that they not be recorded.

  • What will happen with programs that require internships and/or practicums?

    Since the requirements and approved accommodations vary for each program, we recommend that you reach out to your program or academic unit contact as soon as possible to confirm how they will be handling this.

  • Due to new guidelines and having a limited amount of students per class, will they add more sections for labs for students during the fall semester? 

    We are continuing to work with departments to ensure that there are seats available (either remotely, online or in-person) for students. If you’re not able to find a seat in a course you need, please contact your advisor first as they can help identify potential alternative courses. If you still need assistance, please visit the Ask Charlie site for information and to contact Charlie for help. He’ll be able to check on the possibility of additional seats or alternative arrangements. 

  • If I am a commuter and contract the virus, will I be able to switch to remote learning until I test negative and then switch back to in-person learning?

    We have asked all faculty who are teaching in-person classes to have options for students who may temporarily need to be absent from class. You will technically still be enrolled in your on-campus course but will be able to complete work remotely. Please work closely with your professor to ensure you have access to the information you need while you are not able to be in the classroom. If you test positive for COVID-19, the Panthers Protecting Panthers app will generate instructions for you to follow before returning to campus. 

  • Will the spring semester offer more in person or hybrid classes, or does FIU believe that remote classes will remain for the 2020-2021 school year?

    At this time, we are expecting to be fully back on campus by spring, but we continue to monitor the situation closely.

  • 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 research labs be open in the fall?

    Research labs will be open in the fall (many have remained open throughout the pandemic). Approval for lab openings will only be granted through a request to the Research Office. The approval process requires a safety plan that includes physical distancing, which inevitably will reduce the number of people in a given lab at a given time, as well as the wearing of face coverings and other required Personal Protective Equipment.

    Teaching labs will also be required to have safety procedures. Those are in the process of being developed in the same manner as classrooms.

  • 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?

    Yes, but all of these changes are being made so that FIU Housing & Residential Life and Bayview Student Living can promote a healthy and caring living environment for our on-campus residents.

    We are strongly encouraging students to be tested for COVID-19 before coming to campus and to quarantine for 14 days before arrival. Free testing will be available at the Fairgrounds testing site adjacent to MMC. You can make an appointment online. The testing site is open seven days a week, beginning at 9 a.m. Look for additional testing options to be announced in the coming weeks.

    Housing at FIU is unique among college campuses in that no matter the configuration of a given suite, our bathrooms are shared by a maximum of four residents. This creates pods of students – much like a family at home – who will live together, protect each other and let staff know if there are any concerns so they can be addressed immediately. 

    Outside of the suite or apartments, we are mandating that all students always wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing. We are cleaning all commons areas with electro-static disinfecting fog four times a day and wiping down high-touch areas to help reduce the potential for transmission. Our activities and programs will be virtual to create fun and quality experiences but reduce unnecessary interactions. Students will not be allowed to have guests or visitors.

  • 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

  • Can students who have leases for on-campus housing (including Bayview) for the 2020-2021 academic year cancel their leases without penalty if they choose to?

    We understand that some students may choose to live at home during the pandemic based on their own risk factors and we support that decision. At this time, we are waiving all housing cancelation penalties. Bayview Student Living, which is run by a private company independent of the university, has reduced their cancellation fee to $250 and the fee can be applied to a Spring lease. 

    Residents and parents who have questions should contact Housing & Residential Life at housing@fiu.edu or call 305-348-4190. Please note that your health is our top priority and we look forward to welcoming you to campus for fall 2020 in a supportive and caring environment.

  • Will there be reduced occupancy/density in campus housing (including Bayview)? For example, will an apartment with four bedrooms and two shared bathrooms be occupied by four people, or will the occupancy be reduced to less than four?

    With the university’s guidance, we have not been required to reduce the occupancy in a 4-bedroom/ 2-bath unit due to all bed spaces being single occupancy. However, if a student wishes to be in a reduced occupancy unit, we are offering our studio units until they are sold out and will be offering a 2/2 with the second bedroom locked off. This option will be offered during the Fall 2020 semester only with the chance to renew in Spring 2021 semester should we have more students move in during that time. 

  • How will staggered move-ins work?

    Students will be moving in from August 13-23 and must register for a time slot. A maximum of 4 people per hour each day from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. will be allowed to move in. Students can sign up for a one-hour move-in time slot beginning July 6 by visiting the student housing portal through MyFIU

    Each resident will be allowed two helpers/family members to help with the move, and all parties will be required to wear masks at all times while on campus. 

    Each student will be given the use of a cart for one hour to unload their vehicle and move items to their unit. All carts will be wiped and sanitized by staff in between uses.

    For additional information, check out Housing’s Move In page.

General

  • There currently is no active BBC SGA. It was promised that there would be special elections for SGA this summer, but no election has taken place. At this moment, students need a student voice more than ever. When will an election take place for the students at BBC?

    The university is working with SGA advisors and executives to identify next steps for BBC. 

  • What opportunities does FIU have available to students who want to make a difference with the impact COVID-19 is having? Are there volunteer opportunities or internships available?

    There are ways you can still volunteer in our current remote environment. Check the Center for Leadership website to learn how you can get involved.

  • Will clubs (including fraternities and sororities) be allowed to meet in person in the fall?

    Based on current trends with COVID-19, the university is recommending that all organizations continue to meet via Zoom or other online forms.

  • Will the Honors College be adjusting its events/volunteering requirements? The place where I volunteered has suspended operations. 

    Engagement points:

    • Engagementpoints will not be required or enforced but we will still collect attendance (via PID or swipe) to track involvement for recognition awards.
    • Engagementpoints will count for ONE Honors point across ALL events.
    • Engagement events will be virtual or small group in-person events that focus on quality over quantity.
    • Students will still be encouraged to attend events to continue to create community amongst Honors College students.

    Community Service Hours:

    • Community service hours willnot be required but will be encouraged.
    • Students can still submit their hours through MyHonors to track service for recognition awards.
    • A volunteer email will be sent out to encourage students to interact with the community.
    • The college will focus on creating a few events centered on service that students can do together.
  • 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

Nursing Students

  • For nursing, what will happen regarding the clinical rotation portion of our curriculum? Will we be returning to the hospitals or will we be sticking to remote learning?

    The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences is working directly with each of the programs within the college (i.e., nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, communication sciences disorders, and health services administration) to identify ways to best fulfill their respective clinical, internship or other requirements in a way that continues to support clinical and academic excellence. We are following the best guidance and recommended practices from health officials, accrediting bodies and professional licensure boards. 

    Prior to the COVID-19 health crisis, evidence-based research demonstrated the effectiveness and benefits of simulated clinical experiences in the education of students in the clinical disciplines  (i.e., one hour of clinical simulation to substitute for one hour of in-person clinical experience up to 50 percent of the clinical hours) in meeting clinical competencies. Therefore, use of 50 percent simulation within our nursing curriculum, as approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and in response to hospitals’ cancellation of clinical rotations during the pandemic, is being explored to  meet clinical experience requirements to encourage timely program completion. 

    Development of practice/academic partnerships to provide opportunities for all of our students to work with clinical staff at community-based clinical sites during the pandemic is being explored to resume on-site clinical learning opportunities as soon as possible. Such clinical experiences are being designed to secure on-site clinical learning opportunities for our students and to support the increasing healthcare needs of our community. 


Faculty & Staff


Visit COVID-19: HR Information for more FAQs.

Work Remotely vs. Return to Campus

Health & Well Being

Sick Leave

  • If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, is sick leave covered/paid?

    It depends on each employee’s particular circumstance. For asymptomatic employees, continued remote work, if available, could be an option. For some employees who are unable to work, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides payments (up to a maximum amount) for certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Once employees have exhausted their FFCRA allocation and all their leave time,  employees may be  eligible to apply for the new FIU COVID-19 Emergency Leave Program that allows for additional sick hours for qualifying employees. This is available up to December 2020. 

    Should you have any additional questions, please contact Benefits Administration at benefits@fiu.edu.

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.


Athletics


  • Are we still having football season? If so, will we be able to attend football games?

    Discussions have been ongoing within Conference USA and others around the country, and at this point in time, we are planning on playing this fall. However, managing the health and wellbeing of our students in a pandemic is our priority and a constantly evolving situation, so the decision to participate in the football season might change depending upon information available at the time. There has been no final decision made yet regarding fan attendance at the games. 

  • Will other fall sports beside football proceed?

    At this time, the university is planning on proceeding with fall sports. However, managing the health and wellbeing of our students in a pandemic is our priority and a constantly evolving situation, so the decision to participate in the fall sports season might change depending upon information available at the time.