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RESTART FALL 2020:   See FIT’s plans and guidelines for fall campus operations, teaching, and learning.

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Remote Teaching and Academic Support

More information is forthcoming regarding fall 2020 semester plans. Please check back soon. Visit fitnyc.edu/restart for the most recent developments.

The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to providing continuous academic support to students and pedagogical assistance to faculty as the College moves to remote instruction.

Academic Student Support Areas and the Library are open and are available remotely to provide assistance and support to students throughout the semester.

NEW Teaching and Learning Technology Resources

Academic Advisement Center 
Advisement is available online.

Academic Skills Tutoring Center
Tutoring is available online; appointments should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. 

Career and Internship Services
The Career and Internship Center is operating remotely; students can make appointments for virtual career counseling sessions, or visit the Virtual Drop-In Q&A forum

Fall 2020 Internships: Fall 2020 internship and career planning courses will be conducted remotely. FIT recommends that all students intern in remote/virtual internships. Should you choose to participate in-person at an internship site, you must adhere to current state and local COVID-19 directives, plus CDC guidelines. All students who will participate in a Fall 2020 academic-credit internship must electronically sign the COVID-19 Internship Waiver no later than August 28th. For details click here.

Gladys Marcus Library  
Librarian services and library resources are available online. Librarians can provide assistance by chat, text, email or phone. Information about online materials and services are available on the Library’s website.  

Writing and Speaking Studio 
Consultations are available online.

Academic Honor Code
As a reminder, FIT's Academic Honor Code continues to be in force. Students who copy another person's idea or written work and claim it as original are in violation of FIT’s policy on academic integrity. 

Grading Policy  
The Adjusted Grading Policy for Spring 2020 is no longer in effect.  FIT has resumed its regular grading policy.

Withdrawal Policy
The last day to officially withdraw from a course is up until the last day of the 13th week of a fall or spring semester. The student will receive a final grade of WD for a course withdrawal completed in this time frame. WD grades do not affect GPA. To officially withdraw from a course, students must submit a Course Withdrawal Form, completed and signed by them and their instructor, and e-mailed to the Registrar's Office.

Technical Support

Blackboard is FIT's learning management system for all online and face-to-face taught courses. The Open SUNY Help Desk provides students help with questions or issues using Blackboard. Call (800) 875-6269 or visit the Blackboard Help Page.

Information Technology at FIT 
If you should encounter problems with login, contact the FIT Help Desk at (212) 217-HELP or [email protected] and visit their web pages for important notifications. To open a ticket, please visit IT Self-Service Portal

PrintFX, FabLab & Tech Support
Students are invited to "drop in" and ask staff members questions regarding: 3D Modeling, Laser Cutting, Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs, MS Office or General PrintFX or Technology questions. To access, log into your FIT email account during any session and send the PrintFX team a chat message. (Please note you must only use your FIT email address for chat messages).

SUNY System Support

SUNY Student Resources for Remote Learning

SUNY Student Resources for Mental Health, Nutrition and Technology

SUNY Drop-in Student Support Sessions

SUNY Resources for Active Military and Veteran Students

Will classes be offered in person or remotely this fall?

Under FIT’s plan for reopening, all fall 2020 undergraduate classes are being offered in online and remote environments. Class sections listed as "online" are conducted in a traditional online environment, with students logging in on their own schedule to do the coursework. "Remote" classes meet via teleconference at scheduled course times when attendance is required; students will receive login information and instructions after they register. (Note: All remote classes are taught in Eastern Time (ET).) FIT is using a hybrid approach for teaching studio/lab courses in the School of Graduate Studies.

Use this link to search the list of fall 2020 course offerings. 

1. Select Fall 2020 in "Search by Term" field. 

2. Click Submit.

3. Select the Subject of the course you are searching for.

4. Enter the Number of the course you are searching for.

5. Click Class Search. The course listing will include the "attribute," and will indicate whether the course is to be offered remote or online. A few graduate studio/lab courses will be offered in-person and will be designated with an "in person" attribute. 

In addition, faculty and students can find the most up-to-date section information by accessing their schedules.

Is the academic calendar the same? 

The fall 2020 semester will run August 31–December 23 for all remote classes. Select classes offered in the School of Graduate Studies will be online only after November 24 when the campus closes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Student Questions

What student services are available at this time?

FIT continues to offer many remote services to help support you in your academics, such as advising, tutoring, and more (please see Support for Students tab above). For other student services, please click on the following link

Does FIT still have the “S” grade option?  What is the grading policy? 

The Adjusted Grading Policy for Spring 2020 is no longer in effect.  FIT has resumed its regular grading policy.

How can I get the materials and books I need for my classes?

FIT's Barnes & Noble Bookstore can ship books and course related materials to students through its website.  It has also expanded the digital format availability of course materials which provides students access to materials immediately after orders are processed.  Students will also be able to shop in-person.  In addition, check the Gladys Marcus Library which has many textbooks and readings available virtually.

Can I participate in a credit-bearing internship in fall 2020? What are the guidelines?

Yes. Click here for information on the process and deadlines.  Fall 2020 internship and career planning courses will be conducted remotely. FIT strongly recommends that all students intern in remote/virtual internships. Should you choose to participate in-person at an internship site, you must adhere to current state and local COVID-19 directives, plus CDC guidelines. All students who will participate in a Fall 2020 academic-credit internship must electronically sign the COVID-19 Internship Waiver no later than August 28th. For details click here.

Faculty Questions

How will I be teaching my classes in fall 2020?

Your schedule should indicate whether the section you are teaching is offered hybrid, remote (synchronous) or online (asynchronous).  If you are unsure, contact your department chair.  

In whatever format you will be teaching, the overall goals and course learning outcomes of the course should remain the same. There are many resources available from the Office of Online Learning and Academic Technologies as well as the Center for Excellence in Teaching to assist you in planning.

Do I have to use Blackboard for my remote and online classes? Do I have to use Blackboard Collaborate?

Since all FIT courses are set up in Blackboard, it is a useful place to serve as a kind of virtual home classroom. Many FIT faculty members already use this system as a way to email students, take attendance, share resources, and more.

FIT supports Blackboard Collaborate; Google Meet, which is part of G Suite; and Webex. There is no requirement that you use particular tools, as long as your students have access to them.  Find tools that work for you and consistently utilize them; students find it confusing when tools change frequently.

Can I change my class time when I hold remote classes?

Please meet at the time scheduled for the course. Otherwise, students may run into scheduling conflicts with other classes.

How should I order books and materials for the classes I am teaching?

FIT's Barnes & Noble Bookstore is reopening and can ship books and course related materials to students. In addition, it has expanded the digital format availability of course materials to provide students with access to materials immediately after an order is processed. If you have not yet entered your information on texts required for the course(s) you are teaching in the Fall, please log into Faculty Enlight. Please contact the bookstore with any questions about classroom materials (212-217-5690). In addition, share your textbook and reading information with the Gladys Marcus Library and they will investigate options for students to access through the library. You may also consider adopting an OER textbook.

What other support is available to me for fall teaching? 

Please see the Support for Faculty tab on this webpage.

What about grading? Can I use pass/fail grading?

Faculty should provide grades according to the traditional grading mode set for their class.  The adjusted grading policy for Spring 2020 is no longer in effect. 

I have additional questions related to teaching remotely and academic policies. Who should I ask?

Please begin by asking your department chair, who will be an excellent resource at this time.

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