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Spring 2021 Communications Archive

Below are the official communications sent to the FIT community during the spring 2021 semester about campus operations around the coronavirus pandemic. 

For FIT NYC Students and Employees:

Dear FIT Student,

As we continue to develop and improve on our Fall 2021 reopening plans, it is essential that you upload your COVID-19 vaccination card to the FIT Student Health Services Portal. This will not only assist you in keeping your FIT student medical records updated but will also help us as we work to put in place appropriate health and safety measures for members of our campus community.

Thank you for working with us to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment. Good luck with your end of semester projects and finals.

Have a great summer!

Shadia A. Sachedina, EdD
Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students

Anne Miller, NP, MS
Director of Health Services

To the FIT Community:

We are pleased to announce that the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is now available at FIT.

You can schedule an appointment in one of two ways:

• Online via the Health Services Portal, available 24/7:

  1. Log in to the FIT Health Portal at fit.studenthealthportal.com with your FIT username and password.
  2. Click "Appt. Scheduling" then "Schedule Appt."
  3. Accept the Terms of Service.
  4. Select a "Date From" and a "Date To" (the Date To must be no more than 14 days from Date From).
  5. Select "Reason for Appointment = COVID-19 Vaccine."
  6. Click Search.
  7. Click a Provider under the date and time you prefer to schedule the appointment.

• By phone by calling Health Services at (212) 217-4190. For hours, please visit the Health Services Hours webpage.

We are excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the vaccination program and know that it will get us closer to ensuring a safe and healthier campus environment.

For immediate questions and/or concerns, please contact Health Services at (212) 217-4190. We would be happy to assist.

Sincerely,

Dr. Cynthia M. Glass
Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations

Anne Miller, NP, MS
Director of Health Services

Dear FIT Student,

Great news! The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is now available at FIT. Take advantage of this great opportunity and schedule your vaccination appointment via the Health Services portal as soon as possible.

You can schedule an appointment in one of two ways:

• Online via the Health Portal, available 24/7:

  1. Log in to the FIT Health Services Portal at fit.studenthealthportal.com with your FIT username and password.
  2. Click "Appt. Scheduling" then "Schedule Appt."
  3. Accept the Terms of Service.
  4. Select "Date From" and "Date To" (Date To must be no more than 14 days from Date From).
  5. Select "Reason for Appointment = COVID-19 VACCINE."
  6. Click Search.
  7. Click a Provider under the Date and Time you prefer to schedule the appointment.

• By phone by calling Health Services at (212) 217-4190. For hours, please visit the Health Services Hours page.

We are excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the vaccination program and know that it will get us closer to ensuring a safe and healthier campus environment. 

For immediate questions and/or concerns, please contact Health Services at (212) 217-4190. We would be happy to assist.

Sincerely,

Shadia A. Sachedina, EdD
Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students

Anne Miller, NP, MS
Director, Health Services 

Dear Undergraduate Students, 

Recognizing the impacts caused by the coronavirus on your academic journey and in response to requests for the college to consider extending the “S” grade option for the academic year 2020–2021, we are pleased to remind you that President Brown has approved an extension to the “S” grade policy.

As a result, you will be able to select up to six credits of coursework taken during spring 2021 semester for which a grade of “S” can be assigned in lieu of a normal letter grade. 

The dates for requesting an "S" grade for spring 2021 are as follows: With the exception of thesis and capstone courses, all courses for which you are earning passing grades are eligible for consideration. You will have a two-week period—from May 24 to June 8—during which to review your grades and apply for the “S” designation for the courses of your choice within the six credit limit. 

We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your academic department on the impact of an “S” grade on future transcript reviews. 

Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Records and Registration and the Director of Financial Aid Services in order to ensure that the assignment of an “S” grade will not have a negative impact on your financial aid status. Once this has been determined for the courses that you have selected, the Registrar will assign the “S” grade.

Grades of “S” are not calculated in the GPA, but credit will be received and recorded on your academic transcript. Please see the procedural details of the Adjustment to Grading Policy for spring 2021 on the Registrar's website.

It is our hope that this special option for the 2020–2021 academic year will provide you with the flexibility you have been seeking.

We want to thank you in advance for your patience and wish you the very best for a successful conclusion to your spring 2021 semester.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected].

Cordially,

Giacomo M. Oliva
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Catherine O’Rourke
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Dear FIT Students,

As we approach the end of the spring semester, I have received many inquiries about whether we will continue to function remotely for the summer sessions and for the fall semester.

While we continue to plan and confer with SUNY about a final resolution regarding our status, I am encouraged by the many signs that point in a positive direction for fall 2021.

First, I can say that the 2021 summer sessions will remain remote. We do not expect to have clearance in time for the first summer session. Additionally, in recent years many of our summer courses have been offered remotely, so this will be a continuation of that practice.

As far as the fall semester, our goal is to come back to campus in person—this means either fully in person or in a format that is a combination of in person and remote instruction. The most recent message from SUNY leadership is that they plan to allow in person instruction for the fall 2021 semester and that campuses should begin planning for that now. They further advise that campuses need to be flexible and continue to monitor the state, local, and SUNY guidance as planning moves forward. We also understand that there will be issues to discuss around international students who are unable to travel to the United States and other special circumstances. 

There are factors that may result in a different decision and the most likely would be a mandate from the state based on new concerns about the virus. However, as I am sure you are aware from the news media, supplies of the vaccine are more available and the effectiveness of the vaccine is noteworthy, even in regard to the variants. Further, access to the vaccine has expanded to include everyone over 16 years old and, in NYC the mayor announced that 80,000 municipal workers will return to their offices starting May 3. Even though the data about the number of COVID-19 cases and the variants continues to evolve, these are all very good signs that with continued diligence and attention to established protocols, our community should be able to plan for a return to normal functioning.

In the meantime, I will continue to discuss with the community how best to support and maintain the college as a strong and viable educational institution, while ensuring the health, safety, and concerns of our community: all faculty, students, and staff.

I understand and share the stress that has been caused by continued uncertainty, but it is my hope that the latest message from SUNY will allow us to put in place more definitive plans for an in person fall semester with the input of our community. I so appreciate the cooperation and resilience each of you has shown during this extraordinarily difficult time, and I am looking forward to the time when we can be together on campus again.  

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology

Dear FIT Community,

As we approach the end of the spring semester, I have received many inquiries about whether we will continue to function remotely for the summer sessions and for the fall semester.

While we continue to plan and confer with SUNY about a final resolution regarding our status, I am encouraged by the many signs that point in a positive direction for fall 2021.

First, I can say that the 2021 summer sessions will remain remote. We do not expect to have clearance in time for the first summer session. Additionally, in recent years many of our summer courses have been offered remotely, so this will be a continuation of that practice.

As far as the fall semester, our goal is to come back to campus in person—this means either fully in person or in a format that is a combination of in person and remote instruction. The most recent message from SUNY leadership is that they plan to allow in person instruction for the fall 2021 semester and that campuses should begin planning for that now. They further advise that campuses need to be flexible and continue to monitor the state, local, and SUNY guidance as planning moves forward.

There are factors that may result in a different decision, and most likely that would be a mandate from the state based on new concerns about the virus. However, as I am sure you are aware from the news media, supplies of the vaccine are more available and the effectiveness of the vaccine is noteworthy, even in regard to the variants. Further, access to the vaccine has expanded to include everyone over 16 years old and, in NYC the mayor announced that 80,000 municipal workers will return to their offices starting May 3. Even though the data about the number of COVID-19 cases and the variants continues to evolve, these are all very good signs that with continued diligence and attention to established protocols, our community should be able to plan for a return to normal functioning.

In the meantime, I continue to work with the Faculty Senate and UCE leadership to share any information that I receive from SUNY. As many of you know, we have jointly surveyed the faculty about the fall semester, and we will survey staff shortly as well. Those results will be part of our analysis as we discuss how best to support and maintain the college as a strong and viable educational institution, while ensuring the health, safety, and concerns of our community: all faculty, students, and staff.

I understand and share the stress that has been caused by continued uncertainty, but it is my hope that the latest message from SUNY will allow us to put in place more definitive plans for an in person fall semester with the input of our community. I so appreciate the cooperation and resilience each of you has shown during this extraordinarily difficult time, and I am looking forward to the time when we can be together on campus again.  

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology

To the FIT Community:

We are writing to provide new and updated information regarding COVID-19.

Vaccine Update

Based on the updated NYS DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Program guidance, as of Tuesday, April 6, New Yorkers 16 and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at any state or local health department operated vaccine site. Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder to find a location.

Please contact your health care provider or visit covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov for more information.

COVID-19 Testing

The following information pertains to COVID-19 testing and vaccine coverage under FIT’s Aetna Choice POS II and Aetna EPO plans.

There is no cost-sharing for COVID-19 tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration to detect or diagnose COVID-19, to detect virus antibodies and tests awaiting emergency use authorization, developed in and authorized by a state that has notified Health and Human Services (HHS), or determined appropriate by HHS. Further, there is no cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing items and services relating to the administration of the test or the evaluation of the need for the test provided either in person or virtually. “No cost-sharing” means that you cannot be charged a deductible, copayment, or coinsurance; however, regulations do not prohibit balance billing, which may occur.

If you have questions about plan benefits, coverage, exclusions, or claims payments, contact Aetna at 800-962-6842.

Additional Resources

The Families First Act (FFA) authorized the issuance of emergency supplemental benefits to households receiving SNAP benefits. For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. For more information, visit fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

Dear FIT Student,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education has provided a second HEERF grant, through the CRRSAA Act, to assist students during the qualifying emergency. FIT was awarded $3,517,700 in HEERF II funding for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency grants to eligible degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students.

Eligible students are those who have already filed the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and met other SUNY/Federally mandated criteria including the following:

  • At the time of the student HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant notification and disbursement, a student must have been an eligible degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student registered in coursework on or after the census date for the award term spring 2021 to be consider for HEERF II funds. The census date for spring 2021 was February 23, 2021.  No student can be eligible for the HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant before the census date for the award term of the HEERF II Funds.
  • At the time of HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant notification and disbursement, a student must have an EFC below the Pell threshold (EFC < = 5,711 for 2020-2021 Financial Aid year) as determined by a FAFSA on file with FIT for the award term of the HEERF II/CRRSAA. FAFSAs selected for verification, the Pell-eligible EFC must be verified prior to notification and disbursement, if the verification group could change the EFC.
  • Eligible students do not need to satisfy all of the criteria for being eligible for Title IV financial aid. However, a student must satisfy all Title IV financial aid eligibility criteria that are required to generate a valid EFC from their 2020/2021 FAFSA (i.e., non-rejected FAFSA) and a student’s FAFSA C-flags for citizenship must be cleared (if exists). You may determine what your EFC is by logging into your FAFSA at fafsa.gov.
  • Students enrolled in a study-abroad program, and satisfy all other eligibility criteria, are eligible as long as FIT remains the home campus and is the campus responsible for awarding Title IV financial aid for the award term of the HEERF II Grant. Students matriculated in online academic programs are also eligible if they satisfy all eligibility criteria.  As per SUNY’s discretion to choose, FIT has determined that non-matriculated, non-degree, and visiting students will not be eligible for the grant.

Eligible students for a HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant will automatically be notified by the FIT Financial Aid Services Office via their FIT email address. Award recipients may also choose to decline the HEERF II Grant. Students may not appeal for additional grants from the HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant fund. Students who demonstrate exceptional need, as determined by the college, may also receive an award. 

Please note that DACA and international students are not eligible to receive the HEERF II/CRRSAA Grant.   

HEERF II Student Aid funds may be used by students for any components of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) and/or childcare.

Funds will be refunded 100% to the student. Due to FIT operations being remote for the spring 2021 semester, it is recommended that you sign up for the E-Refund option immediately if you do not already have a E-Refund account. To do so please read the following instructions:

  1. Log in to MyFIT https://myfit.fitnyc.edu/
  2. Click on the Student Tab.
  3. Click on Pay Student Account and View E-Bill.
  4. Click on the tab for eRefunds.
  5. Click on Set Up Account.
  6. Fill out the form and save your information.
  7. Make sure your bank account number is correct and up to date as this is where your refund will be routed.
  8. When a refund is sent to your account, a notification will be sent to your FIT email address.
  9. If you do not have an E-Refund account, you will receive a check by mail which will significantly delay receipt of your grant.
  10. Should you have any immediate questions, please contact the Financial Aid Services Office at [email protected].

Best, 

Catherine O’Rourke
Interim VP for Enrollment Management and Student Success

To the FIT Community:

We are writing to let you know that based on the updated NYS DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Program guidance, people age 50 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any state or local health department operated vaccine site. 

Eligible groups now include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 50 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers, and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions.
 

Please contact your healthcare provider or visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for more information.

Dear Students,

We are writing to remind you that a revised plan for the Spring 2021 semester was put into place on February 9 that impacts spring break (March 29–April 4) for FIT students. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and under the direction of the State University of New York (SUNY), please note the following:

For the School of Graduate Studies students, spring break is canceled and all graduate classes will be held during the week of March 29 through April 4.

Spring break will now be a “wellness week” and all undergraduate students studying remotely are strongly discouraged from traveling during this time from March 29th to April 4th. If a student chooses to travel they must adhere to relevant travel advisories and submit detailed travel plans to FIT via the Student Success Solution link noted on the Campus Restart 2021 webpage.

All FIT on-campus lab/studios will be closed during this period. Any student wishing to access the on-campus labs/studios after April 4, must adhere to a mandatory 7-day precautionary quarantine with attestation of such and the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered in New York State 72 hours prior to accessing the labs/studios. Results of your test can be uploaded to the Health Services student portal.  

Any student found to be in violation of these expectations will be subject to disciplinary action via the FIT Code of Student Conduct and the SUNY Chancellor’s Uniform Sanctioning in response to COVID-19 Student Violations Policy.

If you have any questions about the college’s plans noted above, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you. Wishing you a healthy and successful spring semester.
 
Sincerely,

Shadia A. Sachedina, EdD
Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Dean of Students

To FIT employees,
 
Earlier this semester, you received an email that outlined access protocols for the FIT campus during the spring semester. This email can be found at the following link: 2021 Communications Archive 
 
The purpose of this follow-up email is to further clarify both the access protocols and the implications of these protocols for access to specific college spaces. In addition, this communication details the cleaning protocols that are being followed to ensure that all classrooms, studios, labs, and offices are cleaned and disinfected in accordance with their scheduled and approved use.
 
Please note that these guidelines and protocols are in place to best ensure the health and safety of our community.
 
Updated Access Guidelines
 
Pre-approval: Employees must have the approval of their immediate supervisor, their dean or director, and the vice president who administers their office or department in order to access campus during the spring semester. Each vice president has submitted to the Office of Human Resources an approved list of employees who will be on campus, including the estimated frequency of the employee’s access and the facilities that the employee will use. This approved list is used to report the total on-campus population for the spring semester as well as to establish testing schedules, contact tracing, and cleaning protocols.  
 
Testing: All employees (100%) must schedule a COVID-19 test with Health Services each week that they are on campus. Weekly testing is required by SUNY and is carefully monitored and reported.

Entering Campus Buildings:  
All employees must:
  • Tap their FIT ID to enter through the Pomerantz lobby turnstiles or to gain entrance to offices on the floors at 333 Seventh Avenue;  
  • Swipe their FIT ID in the Goodman or 236 West 27th Street access pads; or
  • Sign in with Public Safety at either Feldman or Dubinsky. (Access through Dubinsky is available to only Building and Grounds or Health Services personnel.)
Using these official methods to enter campus buildings will allow FIT to continue to monitor the daily campus population.
 
#CampusClear: When accessing campus buildings, employees must display a green “good to go” #CampusClear signal or complete a #CampusClear paper or digital form.
 
Cleaning Protocols

Labs/Studios/Classrooms: Labs, studios, and classrooms scheduled for use during the spring semester are being cleaned and disinfected daily by Buildings and Grounds (B&G) based on Book It, the course, or employee schedule. See the full list of these labs/studios/classrooms. 

All other labs, studios, and classrooms not listed are offline and will be cleaned by B&G on a weekly basis. Among these are FIT Remote Labs classrooms that should not be accessed in order to protect the setup and usage by faculty and students. These FIT Remote Labs classrooms have a "Do Not Enter" sign, which must be heeded.  

Administrative Spaces: Administrative spaces included in the approved spring 2021 office usage list are cleaned daily, Mondays through Fridays, by B&G. See the list of these administrative spaces.
 
All other office spaces will be considered offline and will be cleaned weekly by B&G.

Restrooms: Restrooms located near labs, studios, and classrooms that are scheduled for use this semester will remain open and accessible to students and employees. Open restrooms can also be found near the lobbies of every academic building. ADA and all-gender restrooms remain open. Restrooms at 236 West 27th Street and 333 Seventh Avenue will continue to remain open and accessible to students and employees. Open restrooms are cleaned and disinfected twice daily. See the list of all open restrooms. 

Closed restrooms feature signage indicating the location of the nearest open restrooms.

Public Spaces: Lobbies, corridors, elevators, escalators, and stairs continue to be cleaned on a daily basis. Special attention is paid to door handles and handrails.  

Thank you for your attention to these access requirements and cleaning protocols that, again, are intended to enhance the safety and well-being of our community.

Sherry F. Brabham 
Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration

To the FIT Community:

As the COVID-19 vaccines have become more readily available, some of you may have already received your vaccine(s) or have vaccine appointments scheduled for the future. We understand that your appointment(s) either occurred or may occur during your regularly scheduled work hours.

To accommodate appointments that fall during your scheduled work hours, please discuss with your supervisor the time you need to be away from work. You will not be required to utilize your leave banks; time taken during your regular working hours related to your vaccine will be excused (to a maximum of 4 hours per vaccination) and must be reported on your monthly leave report under leave code COVID-19.

You will also need to provide a copy of your official immunization card in order for the time to be excused. You can easily do so by clicking on FIT Employee COVID-19 Immunization Reporting and uploading a copy or photo of your official card. If you are receiving a vaccine with two required doses, please submit a copy of the card after the first and the second dose.

If you previously charged a personal leave bank, please submit a copy of your official immunization card via FIT Employee COVID-19 Immunization Reporting and indicate that you need your leave bank adjusted. 

In the unfortunate event you are unable to work as a result of adverse effects of the vaccine, you must utilize your personal time bank.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources via the HR Solution Center.

To the FIT Community:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided COVID-19 related leave, expired January 1, 2021.  

Although the FFCRA has expired, we know the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting our daily lives. Therefore, we want to advise you that:

  • Certain paid leave may still be available under state law or through FIT accrued leave time.
  • You must still report any COVID-19 diagnosis, quarantine order, isolation order, or other impact on your work status related to COVID-19, through the HR Solution Center.  
  • You must continue to use the time and attendance system and report any leave taken in a timely manner in order to maintain accurate leave accruals and avoid leave overuse. Please see below for further instructions on how to charge the appropriate time bank.
  • All restrictions and requirements for visiting or working on campus remain in place. Please review the following link for this information: Campus Access and FIT IDs

Employees who are subject to a quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 

Employees who cannot do their work remotely as a result of a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 when that order is issued by the State of New York, New York Department of Health, a county department of health, or any governmental entity authorized to issue such an order may be eligible for paid leave under the New York State COVID-19 Leave law.

This paid leave applies to the employee’s own health condition, where the employee is in the process of being tested, or the employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation order. Employees should indicate time missed from work (if unable to work remotely) in the time and attendance system, under the COVID-19 bank.  

Time missed from work due to other COVID-19 related reasons 

Employees needing to care for an individual subject to an order of quarantine and who are unable to work remotely may use paid time off accruals during the time missed from work. 

Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis must notify HR immediately for further guidance.      

If you have any further questions, or need to report a COVID-19 related matter, please utilize the HR SOLUTION CENTER.

Dear Students,

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and under the direction of the State University of New York (SUNY), we have put into place a revised plan for the spring 2021 semester that impacts spring break (March 29–April 4) for FIT students. As such, please note the following:

For School of Graduate Studies students, spring break is canceled and all graduate classes will be held during the week of March 29 through April 4.

Spring break will now be a “wellness week” and all undergraduate students studying remotely are strongly discouraged from traveling during this time from March 29 to April 4. If a student chooses to travel they must adhere to relevant travel advisories and submit detailed travel plans to FIT via the Student Success Solution link noted on the Campus Restart 2021 webpage.

Any student wishing to access the on-campus labs/studios after April 4, must adhere to a mandatory 7-day precautionary quarantine with attestation of such and the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered in New York State 72 hours prior to accessing the labs/studios. Results of your test can be uploaded to the Health Services student portal.  

Any student found to be in violation of these expectations will be subject to disciplinary action via the FIT Code of Student Conduct and the SUNY Chancellor’s Uniform Sanctioning in response to COVID-19 Student Violations Policy.

If you have any questions about the college’s plans noted above, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you. Wishing you a healthy and successful spring semester.
 
Sincerely,

Shadia A. Sachedina, Ed.D
Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Dean of Students

To the FIT Community: 

In accordance with New York State and SUNY’s Covid-19 containment and response strategy, all SUNY colleges have been directed to continue Covid-19 testing on their campuses.

In the interest of providing a safe work environment during these times, the college administration previously entered into an agreement with the UCE for mandatory testing of employees who are scheduled to work on campus on a recurring weekly basis. As a result, those identified FIT employees will be mandated to participate every week in Covid-19 testing.  This is a change from the fall 2020 semester when employees were tested every two weeks.

FIT will continue our partnership with Quest Diagnostics to administer these tests for employees, beginning the week of February 1, 2021. Testing is by appointment only and consists of a simple self-administered nasal swab under the supervision of FIT Health Services. The test is conducted on an appointment basis during normally scheduled work hours.

For those employees working after hours and on the weekends, a self-test kit can be requested through the HR Solution Center.  

If you are an employee who is NOT regularly scheduled to be on campus, you will NOT be tested.

COVID-19 tests are available at no cost.

You will be able to schedule an appointment in one of two ways:

1. Log in to the FIT Health Portal with your FIT username and password.

Please note: Although we are using the student portal, employee information will be collected and separated out into the secure employee database.

  1. Click Appt. Scheduling then Schedule Appt.
  2. Accept the Terms of Service.
  3. Select Date From and Date To (Date To must be no more than 14 days from Date From).
  4. Select Reason for Appointment = COVID-19 SURVEILLANCE TESTING.
  5. Click Search.
  6. Click a Provider under the Date and Time you prefer to schedule the appointment.

OR

2. Call Health Services at (212) 217-4190 to schedule.

You should schedule your appointment as soon as possible. 

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 but recovered from your symptoms, you may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, you will be excused from testing for 90 days unless you develop new symptoms of possible Covid-19. Employees in this situation must continue to self-monitor during the 90-day period and campus access will be granted with clearance via the #CampusClear app. 

Please contact a Human Resources team member via the HR Solution Center with any questions or concerns.

Dear Deans and Chairs,

I write to inform you that SUNY has made the decision to suspend all summer study abroad programs, due to the ongoing pandemic. This afternoon my office informed faculty who were scheduled to lead undergraduate programs abroad of this decision, as well as students who applied for those programs. I have included the letter sent to faculty who were still scheduled to lead programs abroad for your reference below.

We hope that virtual opportunities for international study, both at FIT and through other SUNY campuses, will emerge in the coming days.  Please encourage faculty who were scheduled to lead programs abroad to consider pivoting to virtual teaching of their course, if possible. The OIP coordinators discussed virtual possibilities with most of the faculty leaders some weeks ago, in anticipation of a possible cancellation by SUNY.  The coordinators are now reaching out to the faculty who, until today, were planning to take students abroad, to discuss the feasibility of this concept. We are very aware that a virtual option will not be possible in the case of many FIT programs, however.  

Deans, please also forward this message to your Chairs Councils so all chairs are informed.

Let me know if you have questions.  We remain hopeful for Fall study abroad programs.

All the best,  

Deirdre C. Sato, PhD
Dean for International Education
Office of International Programs

Dear FIT Students, 

Welcome back to the start of a brand new semester! We hope that your first week of classes has gone smoothly, and that you are all getting warmed up and ready to dive into another round of engaging curricular and co-curricular series of courses and events. We want to remind you that FIT student support services are always available to provide you with support and assistance as you work to not only navigate your online learning but keep yourself mentally and physically safe and sound.

Noted below are various resources that contribute to your success at FIT. We have worked together to provide a vast array of virtual services geared specifically to your needs. Our academic support services will provide you with the tools and resources needed to help you successfully adjust to a remote learning platform. Additionally, we offer engaging opportunities through virtual athletic recreational classes, nutritional workshops, meditation and mindfulness, interactive town hall sessions with your Student Government, virtual chats with medical professionals in Health Services, and even group therapy sessions and one-on-one tele-counseling with our Counseling Center! You can expect that FIT support services are in place to ensure that you have a successful student experience.

By that same measure, we also expect that as a member of the FIT community that you will adhere to our community standards, and conduct yourselves with kindness and respect toward others. Familiarize yourself with your student rights and responsibilities found in the FIT Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook, make sure that you understand your rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and keep yourself on track by staying abreast of deadlines by checking the FIT academic calendar. Most importantly, feel confident in the knowledge that our student support services are especially designed to serve as a resource and support network in order to give you a positive college experience.


Academic Support Services

Academic Advisement Center


Academic Skills Tutoring Center

  • Remote Office Hours: First two weeks of the semester: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm. From the third week of the semester on: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–8 pm, Friday, 9 am–5 pm, Saturday, 10 am–3pm
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Schedule an Online Consultation: Find out how
  • For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/tutoring


Career and Internship Services


Placement Testing


The Writing and Speaking Studio


Gladys Marcus Library


Barnes & Noble at FIT Bookstore

  • Current Store Hours: For the week of January 25: Monday–Tuesday, 9 am–5 pm; Wednesday–Thursday, 10 am–4 pm; Friday, 10 am–3 pm
  • Textbooks can be ordered online here. Supplies can be ordered online here. Orders by phone (212-217-5690) are possible for special supplies with FIT Express payment method only.
  • Textbook Rentals: If you rented a textbook that you will need to return to the bookstore, simply follow this link to create a UPS label to send your textbooks back to Barnes & Noble by May 19, 2021. You'll need to enter your rental number and email address in the provided fields. Then print your label, package your books securely using packing tape, make sure the label is covered entirely by clear packing tape, and drop off at your nearest UPS location (not the U.S. Postal Service).
  • Questions: You can use the Barnes & Noble at FIT Contact Form here
  • For more information, visit: fashion.bncollege.com


Student Success Services

Dean of Students

  • Remote Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm
  • Phone: (212) 217-3800. All calls will be returned within the same business day, with the exception of calls placed in the evening, which will be returned the next business day
  • Live Chat: Catch us on Google Hangouts at [email protected] during remote office hours
  • Email: [email protected]
  • For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/deanofstudents


Residential Life  

  • In-person Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–5 pm (Available remotely on Fridays)
  • Phone: (212) 217-3900
  • Email: [email protected]
  • On-Campus Emergencies: Call FIT Public Safety at (212) 217-7777
  • Off-Campus Emergencies: Call 911
  • Summer & Fall 2021 Housing information available later this semester
  • For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/residentiallife
     

Dining Services


Counseling Services  

  • Remote Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am–7 pm. All remote office hours are by appointment only
  • Make an Appointment:
    • Call Us: (212) 217-4260. All calls will be returned within the same business day. Calls left after hours will be returned ASAP on the next business day.
    • Live Chat: Log into the FIT Health Portal using your FIT credentials. Click “Chat” and then “New Chat.” Live Chat Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon–2 pm. The Counseling Center Chat service is for making appointments only. The Counseling Center at FIT does not offer emergency coverage after business hours. If the Counseling Center is closed and you would like to speak to someone immediately, please contact 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355). NYC WELL is a 24/7 confidential counseling hotline where you can speak, text, or chat with a counselor who is able to talk with you about your needs and your situation.      
  • Emergencies: Please contact the National 24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifelife at (800) 273-8255, NYC Well at (888) NYC-WELL (692-9355), and/or FIT Public Safety at (212) 217-7777 (on campus) or 911 (off campus). A listing of International Suicide Crisis Hotlines can be found online here.
  • For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/counseling 


Health Services

Health Services is operating remotely and the Health Center on campus is open. For an in-person appointment, you must have a virtual appointment first by calling us at (212) 217-4190 or Live Chat virtually online with a provider here. 

Flu vaccines are available on an appointment basis. Call the Health Services Office at (212) 217-4190 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 testing is available on an appointment basis. Watch this short video to learn more. Call the Health Services Office at (212) 217-4190 to schedule an appointment.
Office/In-person Appointment Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm

Telemedicine/Live Chat Hours: Available online here Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am–5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am–8 pm

After-Hours Care: If you need medical attention when FIT Health Services is closed, you may seek medical care from other facilities such as the nearby facilities listed here. Please keep in mind that payment is required for receiving care from any of these facilities. Please contact your insurance company to verify coverage and remember to have your health insurance card with you when seeking care. Urgent care is different from emergency medical services; an urgent condition is not life-threatening, but may cause serious medical problems if not promptly treated.

On-Campus Emergencies: Call FIT Public Safety at (212) 217-7777

Off-Campus Emergencies: Call 911

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Visit this FIT webpage to see how FIT is handling the coronavirus. For information on coronavirus including how to protect yourself, travel information, and frequently asked questions, visit the CDC.gov coronavirus (COVID-19) site. You can also text COVID to 692692 for real-time updates from NYC Emergency Management

Questions: (212)-217-4190 or Live Chat

For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/healthservices 
 
Athletics & Recreation 

Live Virtual Fitness Classes on Google Meet: Spring 2021 classes run from January 25–May 8. Classes are free and there's no need to register—just drop in when you can. It's online learning made fun!  

On-Demand Virtual Fitness Classes on IGTV: Can't join us live? Many classes are also available to you on-demand, 24/7!

Remote Office Hours and Contact Information:

Google Hangouts Chat: [email protected] during Virtual Office Hours, Monday–Friday, 11 am–2 pm, or Tuesday and Thursday, 6–8 pm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: Reach a live representative Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm at (212) 217-4210

For more information, visit us on Instagram or at the Athletics and Recreation website at fittgers.com

Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) and
Child Care Assistance Programs (CAP)  

  • Remote Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm
  • Phone: (212) 217-4170. All calls will be returned by the close of the business day. Messages left after EOP's close of business will be returned the next day. Urgent outreach to counselors should be directed by email.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Appointments with Program Counselors:
  • For more information, visit: fitnyc.edu/eop 


May we all have a safe, peaceful and healthy spring semester.

Be Well,
The FIT Student Services Support Team

To the FIT community,

With the start of the spring semester, we write to remind you of the guidelines for college building access.

Continued adherence to mandates for face covering and social distancing is necessary for anyone coming to the FIT campus. 
Following the New York State mandate, a face mask is required to be worn at ALL times, except when eating or drinking, when more than 6 feet away from others in an indoor/outdoor space, and when working alone in a workspace such as an office, lab, or mechanical space. While on campus and in all FIT buildings, all students and employees are required to wear face coverings (masks or face shields) and maintain appropriate social distance—a minimum of 6 feet—from others.

If you arrive at FIT without a face covering, a Public Safety officer will give you a disposable mask. You will also be reminded that masks must be worn at all times and that, should you return to campus at a later time, you must arrive with your own face covering. Properly worn, a face covering must completely cover both your mouth and nose. If you remove your face covering, please understand that others will ask you to put it back on because the importance of wearing face coverings at all times must be reinforced in order to best keep the community healthy and safe.

In order to ensure compliance with appropriate social distancing and density limitations, more than 7,000 signs have been installed across the campus—in lobbies, elevators, escalators, corridors, and studios/labs. Please read these signs and comply with the directions.

Employees and students are reminded that office hours, group meetings, or one-on-one mentoring sessions with or among students or employees may not be conducted in person while on campus. Instead, critical meetings with both small and large groups should be held remotely via Google Meet, Webex, or conference call. 

In addition, employees and students must maintain appropriate social distance when greeting one another and when conferring on academic or operational matters.
Both restrooms and studio sinks will be fully stocked with soap and paper towels in order to ensure proper and frequent handwashing. If a restroom needs restocking, there is a QR (quick response) code that you can scan and send an immediate message to Buildings and Grounds that a space needs attention. Staff will respond within an hour, if not sooner. Moreover, hand sanitizing stations have been installed on every floor of every building.

CAMPUSCLEAR HEALTH SCREENING
FIT’s daily health check is required for all employees and students prior to arrival on campus. 

All students and employees are required to complete FIT’s health screening process via the #CampusClear mobile app or website in order to receive permission to come to campus. Completion of the brief survey will yield the current date in green with a smiley face stating, “you are good to go,” or the current date in red with a sad face stating, “not cleared for campus access.”

Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to show Public Safety officers the “you are good to go” smiley face in order to enter FIT-owned or -rented properties.

Information about downloading the #CampusClear app to your smartphone or accessing #CampusClear via the web—as well as details about #CampusClear—is available on the FIT Restart website.  

BUILDING ACCESS
Building entries have been designated for specific members of the FIT community to reduce density and ensure social distancing while also improving efficiency and safety. In addition, protocols are also in place for contractors and other FIT service providers.

Student Access
With the appropriate signal, based on the #CampusClear reading, student access to academic buildings is as follows:

Dubinsky – Students will be required to show their #CampusClear green signal to enter the dining hall to pick up meals. Until New York allows dining indoors, all meals must be taken outside. 

Feldman – Students who have reservations to use studios or labs will be given access through the Feldman lobby. They will be required to provide the following information to Public Safety:

  • A valid FIT ID (Please see additional information about IDs below.)
  • A #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day
  • A confirmation of a reservation to access a studio/lab
    All three items are required for entry through Feldman to FIT’s studios or labs.

Goodman – Graduate students who are taking courses in Goodman may enter through the Goodman lobby and will be required to provide the following information to Public Safety:

  • A valid FIT ID (Please see additional information about IDs below.)
  • A #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day
  • In addition, students will be required to swipe their ID cards in a card reader which will confirm that they have permission to access graduate classrooms in Goodman.

Graduate Classrooms at 236 West 27th Street -- Graduate students who are taking courses on the first or fourth floors of 236 West 27th Street will be required to provide the following information to the Public Safety officer stationed outside near the building entrances:

  • A valid FIT ID (Please see additional information about IDs below.)
  • A #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day
  • In addition, students will be required to swipe their ID cards to enter the classrooms on both the first and fourth floors.

Employee Access

Dubinsky – Employees who want to enter the dining hall must show a valid FIT ID and a #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day. 

Only college Facilities and Health Services employees will be permitted to enter the building beyond the dining hall to report to work in accordance with procedures required by FIT and FIT’s contract partner, UG2.

Pomerantz – Employees will enter the academic buildings through the Pomerantz Center lobby. They will be required to display a #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day. They will then tap their valid FIT ID card at a lobby turnstile for access; should there be a problem with the ID or the turnstile, Public Safety will be available to resolve the issue. Public Safety will not grant courtesy access through the turnstile until it is confirmed that the individual is a current FIT employee.

Goodman – Museum, library, and graduate school employees may enter through the building lobby and will be required to show a #CampusClear green light/ smiley face signal, valid for the current day. In addition, employees will be required to swipe their ID cards in a card reader, which will confirm that they have permission to access offices, classrooms, or other spaces in the building.

236 West 27th Street – Employees with offices or classrooms in 236 West 27th Street may enter through the building lobby and will be required to provide the following information to the Public Safety officer stationed outside near the building entrances:

  • A valid FIT ID (Please see additional information about IDs below.)
  • A #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day.
  • In addition, employees will be required to swipe their ID cards to enter their office or classroom on the appropriate floor.

333 Seventh Avenue – Employees with offices in 333 Seventh Avenue will report first to the 16th floor to show their #CampusClear green light/smiley face signal, valid for the current day, to the Public Safety officer on duty. They may then report to their offices, tapping their IDs to gain entrance on the appropriate floor. Every employee must independently “tap in” to the floor to ensure that accurate information will be available if needed for contact tracing.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND SPRING SEMESTER STICKERS
To ensure that all students and employees who are coming to campus will have valid IDs and spring semester stickers, the following protocols are in place:

New Students
New students have been asked to submit a personal photograph that can be used to produce their FIT IDs. We have requested that new students do this in recent years, making the ID production process more efficient and allowing Public Safety to preprint IDs. Students are then able to pick up an ID that is waiting for them, rather than waiting in queues for IDs to be produced.

For new students who will be living in the residence halls, Public Safety has delivered their IDs to the Residential Life staff, who will distribute them upon the students’ move-in. If a student did not send in a photo, Public Safety will be set up to take photos and produce IDs at the time of move-in at the residence hall(s).

For new students who are approved to reserve studio/lab spaces during the semester, Public Safety will have their preprinted IDs available in the Feldman lobby. Names will be checked against a list that verifies that they are approved for access to the building and their IDs will be given to them the first time they come to Feldman for reserved studio/lab time. If the student has not submitted a photo for a preprinted ID, Public Safety will take photos and generate an ID on a case-by-case basis in the Feldman lobby.

For new students who do not live in a residence hall or are not approved to reserve studios/labs, IDs will not be produced or distributed for the spring semester.

Continuing Students
For continuing students living in the residence halls, spring semester stickers will be provided to the Residential Life staff for distribution.

For continuing students who have approval to reserve studios/labs, Public Safety will distribute stickers to those students as they sign in at the Feldman lobby to access the studio/lab.

For continuing students who do not live in a residence hall or are not approved to reserve studios/labs, stickers will not be distributed for the spring semester.

Employees
Spring stickers are being distributed through the semester by Public Safety at the respective lobby desk (see above employee access information) to employees who sign in for access to offices/classrooms. If employees do not access campus, they will not receive a spring sticker.

We will continue to update you about access protocols throughout the semester as well as add critical information to the FIT Restart webpage at fitnyc.edu/restart.

Thank you.


Sherry F. Brabham
Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Division of Information Technology is pleased to continue to offer students remote-only access to the Computer Commons, rooms CC15 and CC15A, via FIT Remote Labs, powered by Leostream.

If you are scheduled for any courses using FIT Remote Labs (FRL) to access on-campus computer classrooms, you have already received prior email notices detailing how to use FRL at your class’s scheduled date and time.

To use FIT Remote Labs to access the Computer Commons, you will need: 

  • A computer (tablets and mobile devices are not compatible) 
  • A reliable internet connection 
  • An up-to-date browser

How to use FIT Remote Labs: 

  1. Install the Duo Mobile app (step-by-step instructions). Note: Duo is required for two-factor authentication. Click on the appropriate button below or search the App Store/Google Play for “Duo Mobile.”
  2. Enroll in Duo (step-by-step instructions).
    Tech Tip: If you enrolled in Duo previously and are using a new phone/device or phone number to enroll, contact TechHelp now
  3. Go to fitlabs.fitnyc.edu on your computer and sign in with your FIT username and password to begin using FIT Remote Labs (step-by-step instructions). 
  4. Once you sign in, you will be directed to the Resources window displaying the workstations you may access. The computers are displayed by the location and the operating system of the computer, e.g., Common Lab: CC15 (PC). Click Connect to launch a connection to a desktop (view next steps and more tips on using FRL). Note: You do not have to connect to a computer with the same operating system as you are using, i.e., Macs can connect to “PC,” Windows can connect to “Mac.”

    Tech Tip: The Computer Commons computers will display as “Common Lab.”

FIT Remote Labs Best Practices 

We encourage all our students to follow FIT Remote Labs’ best practices so that everyone can have the best experience. 

  • Remote use of the Computer Commons still requires adherence to all applicable FIT policies.
  • When you are finished working on your FIT Remote Labs computer, sign out properly; do not just close the tabs (step-by-step instructions). 
  • Limit virtual visits to three hours to allow other students the opportunity to use the FRL services. 
    • We will monitor lab workstation usage, and students who are abusing the time limit will be warned to follow best practices. Repeat violations of the time limit could result in revocation of FRL access to the Common Labs as well as notification to the dean of students.
  • Save your work regularly, and allow enough time for files to save completely at the end of your virtual visit. 

FIT Remote Labs Unavailable During Scheduled Maintenance 

FIT Remote Labs services may be unavailable, or service may be impacted during scheduled maintenance. Students are advised to avoid accessing FIT Remote Labs computers and end any sessions before the maintenance times. Failure to do so may result in a loss of work. Scheduled maintenance is posted on the FRL Message Board as well as on our System Status page

Need More Help with FIT Remote Labs? 

Our teams are here to help. We have created online instructions with tips and solutions to common issues encountered. 

Thank you, and we wish you the best with your spring courses.

Dear FIT Student,

In accordance with New York State and SUNY’s COVID-19 containment and response strategy, if you are a residential student, a student with face-to-face classes or a student who will be regularly accessing campus to use labs and studios, you are directed to participate in weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing. Please schedule an appointment no later than Friday, January 29.

Students who are learning remotely and have no plans to be on campus will not be tested. 

You will be able to schedule an appointment in one of two ways:

1.    Click Appt. Scheduling then Schedule Appt.

2.    Accept the Terms of Service.

3.    Select Date From and Date To (Date To must be no more than 14 days from Date From).

4.    Select Reason for Appointment = COVID-19 SURVEILLANCE TESTING.

5.    Click Search.

6.    Click a Provider under the Date and Time you prefer to schedule the appointment.

OR

  • Call Health Services at 212-217-4190.

You should schedule your appointment by Friday, January 29, and must take your test the following week. Should you choose not to comply with this SUNY directive, you will be unable to access on-campus FIT resources, which include the ability to work in the labs and studios or attend in-person graduate classes currently being held. Additionally, if you reside on campus, you will not be eligible to continue living in the residence hall.

Testing times are Mondays from noon to 6:30 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The test is a self-administered PCR test but will be overseen by healthcare professionals. Rest assured that appropriate guidance will be provided throughout the process. Any concerns and or questions can be directed to Health Services at 212-217-4190.

*NOTE: If you have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days you do not need to retest for 90 days. When the 90 day period is up you will need to resume weekly testing. You must send a copy of your positive COVID-19 test to Health Services. Copies of labs can be uploaded to the FIT Health Portal at fit.studenthealthportal.com.

Some information about the test is noted here:

We intend to utilize the SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Qualitative NAAT - The SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT) since it is a qualitative, multi-target, molecular diagnostic test that aids in the detection of COVID-19. Details on the nasal self-collection are available here. The PCR testing method for COVID-19 works by detecting genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 cannot be confused with the genetic material from other viruses, which means this COVID-19 diagnostic test is highly specific. With a 95% sensitivity, this test almost never gives a false positive. If you are tested for COVID-19, and the test comes back positive, you can be confident that you are infected with this virus. The reported rate of false positives is less than 5%.

Sincerely,

Shadia A. Sachedina, Ed.D
Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Dean of Students

Welcome, FIT faculty.

The Division of Information Technology is committed to assisting our faculty in meeting your needs and your students’ needs as we continue in the remote learning environment. In this continued effort, we created the Faculty Toolkit for Remote Teaching, your one-stop shop for all your remote teaching technology questions, including: 

  • Remote Teaching Tools 
  • FIT Remote Labs 
  • Hosting Web Meetings 
  • And More! 

We know that you care deeply about your students’ having the resources and support they need to succeed, whether learning is in a physical classroom or a virtual one. We encourage all faculty to direct students to the Student Toolkit for Remote Learning to answer their common IT remote resource questions. We will email the students directly as well.

Technology is often complex and remote learning has introduced even more tools for you to learn; that’s why we will be sharing Tech Tips throughout the semester—“byte”-size information that will provide value quickly.

Tech Tip #1: Create your Technology Backup Plan 

The Division of Information Technology has created redundancy to ensure services are available with as little downtime as possible. While we make every effort to make sure resources are available and classroom and work time are uninterrupted, there are unforeseeable circumstances that impact services, such as weather, hardware failure, or an outage from a service provider. Additionally, you may experience local power or internet outages from your remote working location. Therefore it's always good to have a technology backup plan and communicate your plan with your students. A few suggestions to include in your plan: 

  • Know where to check for scheduled maintenance or a known outage impacting services. For IT-supported service, please visit our System Status page 
  • How you and your students communicate with each other 
  • Your backup service for Web Meetings (How to use FITs Video Conferencing Planforms)
  • How to use your phone or another device as a hotspot 

Questions? Comments? Open a ticket at TechHelp.fitnyc.edu or call (212) 217-HELP (4357). 

We wish you a safe and successful spring semester.

To the FIT Community:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided Covid-19 related leave, expired January 1, 2021.  

Although the FFCRA has expired, we know the Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting our daily lives. Therefore, we want to advise you that:

  • Certain paid leave may still be available under state law or through FIT accrued leave time.
  • You must still report any Covid-19 diagnosis, quarantine order, isolation order, or other impact on your work status related to Covid-19, through the HR Solution Center.  
  • You must continue to use the time and attendance system and report any leave taken in order to maintain accurate leave accruals and avoid leave overuse. Please do so in a timely manner.
  • All restrictions and requirements for visiting or working on campus remain in place. Please review the following link for this information:  https://www.fitnyc.edu/campus-reopening/campus-access-ids.php

Employees who are subject to a quarantine or isolation order related to Covid-19 

Employees who cannot do their work remotely as a result of a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19 when that order is issued by the State of New York, New York Department of Health, a county department of health, or any governmental entity authorized to issue such an order may be eligible for paid leave under the New York State Covid-19 Leave law.

This paid leave only applies to the employee’s own health condition. It  cannot be used for leave related to family members who are subject to a quarantine or isolation order. Employees who choose to self-isolate or are advised by their personal health care provider to quarantine absent an order from the government are not eligible for this paid leave. Employees will be required to use their paid time accruals during this time missed from work if unable to work remotely.   

Time missed from work due to other Covid-19 related reasons 

Employees who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical  diagnosis will need to use paid time off accruals during the time missed from work.  Employees needing to care for an individual subject to an order of quarantine and who are unable to work remotely may use paid time off accruals during the time missed from work.   

If you have any further questions, or need to report a Covid-19 related matter, please utilize the HR SOLUTION CENTER and an HR team member will follow up with you directly.

Dear FIT Community,

As you know, the Governor has announced a multi-phased vaccination schedule for New York State. To help you better understand where FIT stands in the process and our eligibility status for students, faculty, and staff, we are sharing the information we have at this point.

Phase 1b, which is the current phase being conducted, has been updated to include higher education employees but only those who are teaching in a face-to-face capacity. (See the message below from the SUNY Chancellor.) 

Because we are continuing our remote instruction plan for winter term and the upcoming spring 2021 semester, that means that at this point there will be very few employees on the Phase 1b list for vaccination at this time. However, we are inquiring about other essential employee categories that may be included and will continue to track the roll out and bring you up-to-date information that affects our community as we receive it.

Thank you and stay safe and healthy.

Dear Colleagues,

Over the weekend, I have been in discussions with state officials and college labor leaders about the vaccination schedule and its impact on our faculty and staff. I just received an update that the State has agreed to include in-person college instructors in the 1B category as we have requested. They were not originally included in this category. For more information please see: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

Please note, as the state has indicated, that there currently is not enough vaccine supply to meet demand. Without increased supply from the federal government, it could take up to 14 weeks to vaccinate the Phase 1A and 1B groups. However, individuals may begin scheduling their appointments. 

Of course, our front-line health care workers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine under category 1A of the state plan and SUNY police are eligible under category 1B. I want to applaud our medical centers for the incredible work they have done to inoculate our healthcare heroes at SUNY as well as in their communities. I’m also proud of our various campuses for stepping up to become vaccine distribution sites.

We will continue to work with stakeholders throughout this process in order to expand those student-facing and in-person staff to the list. We will also continue our aggressive campus testing program and nation-leading guidance which has allowed us to safely reopen our campuses.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and hard work as we combat this virus.

Sincerely,

Jim Malatras
Chancellor of the State University of New York

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