What to Expect on Campus
Managing Entry to Facilities: All students and employees entering FIT facilities must wear a mask/face covering and show Public Safety officers a green health signal on #CampusClear. Building codes require all doors to be available for exit, so doors cannot be designated as “entrance only.” During normal (non-emergency) operations, Public Safety will encourage slowed building entry and exit to increase distances between those entering the buildings; however, 6 feet may not be realistic depending on the overall campus occupancy, therefore enforcement of masks is important. Signage is used to encourage students, faculty, and staff to self-monitor the pace of entry/exit and traffic flow patterns.
Hallway Traffic: Occupants are encouraged to walk on the right side of hallways. Signage is used to encourage behavior modification, and hallway dividers will be considered if problems occur.
Elevators/Escalators: Occupants are encouraged to limit elevator occupancy to ensure appropriate social distancing and to limit escalator density to one person every six (6) treads. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the stairs.
Enforcement: Public Safety enforces the requirement for wearing face masks. A supply of face masks will be available for first-time violators of the State’s Executive Order. Second-time violators will be turned away. Public Safety will remind students, faculty, and staff to socially distance, but will not chastise or criticize non-conformists.
Cleaning and Maintenance: The college has implemented a wide range of protocols to clean and maintain all areas of the campus. Read the details here.
Museum and Library Facilities Are Closed
While portions of the Goodman Resource Center are open, The Museum at FIT and the Gladys Marcus Library, which are both housed in the building, are closed to in-person visitors at this time.
The Museum at FIT is currently hosting online events as well as online exhibitions. Visit fitnyc.edu/museum for more information.
The Gladys Marcus Library continues to provide online research and instruction support for faculty, staff, and students. Visit the library website for a full list of services and current hours, or drop into library virtual office hours to chat with a librarian (Monday–Thursday, 1–2 pm).
Social Distancing Planning
Classrooms, Labs, and Studios
To comply with 6-feet social distancing, the Office of Space Planning calculated the capacity for classrooms, labs, and studios.
View detailed social distance space planning document (.PDF) showing the square footage and dimensions of relevant spaces.
Offices and Workplaces
Space Planning has square footage, staff assignments, and configurations for most offices. Occupancy has been calculated and if more space is needed for distancing, staggered attendance will be scheduled.
Facilities Management has installed clear plexiglass panels in offices with a large number of visitors and is following recommendations from Environmental Health and Safety staff.
Space Planning has calculated COVID-19 occupancy standards for public spaces, and occupancy levels will be enforced by removing furniture and/or limiting the number of people.
The Residence Hall plan addresses density issues in the residence halls currently in use, as well as health and safety and cleaning protocols. Read more information about Residential Life procedures here.