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RESTART FALL 2020: FIT has developed a plan for fall campus operations, teaching, and learning.   Read the details of our plans here.

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Residence Halls

Housing will be made available in the residence halls for students who are in need of accommodations as long as space is available, keeping social distancing and all necessary health and safety measures in place. Priority for housing will be given to students who need access to studios and labs for their coursework and to those with extenuating circumstances. Move-in will begin in late August, and residents will be subject to additional policies and expectations for the duration of their stay.  

Students who paid a housing deposit for the fall who would like to live on campus should indicate their interest using this form. Students who do not wish to live on campus in the fall may either hold a space for the spring semester with their current deposit, or request a refund. Please indicate your plans by completing this form. All responses must be submitted by 5 pm on July 29, 2020. Students who did not apply for fall housing but would like to do so may submit an application through My Housing on MyFIT. Applications will be considered if space is available, after fulfilling the requests of residents who have already made deposits.

Students planning to move into a residence hall from locations that are on the New York State quarantine list will be required to arrive at least 15 days before the start of in-person classes. These students must be quarantined in their residence hall rooms for the 14-day period.

New guidelines for living in the residence halls including roommates, visitation, etc., will be established in order to ensure the health and safety of our residential community

Housing Assignments 

Housing assignments will be made to keep students who have in-person classes living together.

Move-In Process 

Move-in will be conducted over an extended period of time with strict parameters to reduce contact among individuals. Students requiring 14 days of self-quarantine will move in so that it can be completed prior to the start of classes.

Students will be expected to adhere to high social distancing protocols during this time and the health of students will be monitored throughout.  Students will be limited to one (1) additional individual (family member, etc.) assisting them with move-in. FIT volunteers will not be utilized to move students in and students will be expected to move their own belongings. All residents and guests will be required to wear masks while moving into the buildings and will be encouraged to use hand sanitizing stations in the lobbies of each building.

Health and Safety Protocols and Policies

The following adjustments are being made to living public and shared spaces in the residence halls in order to create social distance and maintain health protocols. 

Lobbies and Common Areas 

  • Furniture to be removed and stored so that lobbies can be used as a socially distanced waiting area 
  • Contactless drop off area to be established in the lobby for deliveries 
  • Computer lounge and work room furniture to be arranged with workstations 6 feet apart 

Kaufman Fitness Center's status is the discretion of Athletics and Recreation.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Residential Life will work closely with campus partners for the ongoing cleaning, maintenance and servicing of the residence hall facilities.  This will include:

  • Adhering to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintaining logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection. 
  • Conducting regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities and more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high risk areas used by many individuals and for frequently touched surfaces.
  • Providing and maintaining hand hygiene stations throughout the residence halls
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g. light tables, sewing machines, washing machines) can be wiped down before/after use. 
  • Coordinate with Residential Life on protocol for performing routine and emergency maintenance on student residences and quarantine spaces

Public Health Education for Students 

Students will need to be educated on aspects of personal protection, hygiene practices, and what to do if they become ill. Residential Life will develop a multi-faceted educational campaign in conjunction with FIT Health Services to provide this information to residents. 


Additional policies have been designed to be in compliance with current state and local guidelines and are subject to change as conditions may change and guidance may evolve. They are designed to provide the safest living environment possible and are reliant on each member of the residence hall community to uphold them not only for their safety but the safety of others.  Campus officials have the right to enforce these policies at any point to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action as well as progressive sanctions as high as suspension or expulsion and/or removal from on-campus housing (and permanent denial of campus residency). Please be advised that Residential Life reserves the right to modify these policies at any time. Updates will be communicated to all on-campus students by email.

An outline of these policies includes:

  • Reduced use of communal bathrooms
  • Personal hygiene expectations
    • Masks are required whenever going outside and walking around the buildings. 
    • Students must sanitize their hands whenever entering their residence hall.
  • Group Gatherings
    • Masks are required at any meeting. 
    • Groups of ten or less allowed
  • Laundry Rooms
    • Masks are required.
    • No more than seven people at a time in Coed, fifteen people at a time in Kaufman. Only one person at a time in Alumni and Nagler.  
    • Students will only use machines and not linger after use.
  • Lounges/Work Rooms
    • Masks are required in lounge spaces. 
    • Lounges are only open from 8am-12am. 
    • No more than ten residents in a lounge at a time. 
    • Residents must properly clean their work area when done using sewing machines and equipment
  • Visitation
    • No overnight or Day Guest visitation is allowed. 
    • Residents are unable to visit other residence halls. 
    • Residents who are receiving deliveries will receive contactless deliveries in a designated lobby area.