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FALL RETURN 2021:   Find details about FIT’s full return to campus for fall classes.

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Fall 2021 Updates (as of Aug. 4, 9:25 am):

  • Stitch wearing a maskFall 2021 classes, which begin on August 30, will take place in person. 
  • The FIT campus will officially reopen on August 2. Employees can read emails in the Communications Archive below for details about returning to work; you can use this checklist to prepare.  
  • All in-person fall 2021 study abroad programs have been canceled by SUNY due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccinations and Testing

  • COVID-19 testing is no longer available on campus, though weekly testing is still required for unvaccinated employees and students. Employees and students are required to obtain the test at an external facility outside of work/class hours and at their own expense. Find a testing center at get-tested-covid19.org
  • To be exempt from weekly testing, fully vaccinated employees must upload their vaccination record to the FIT Health Services portal. Those who fail to do so are required to begin weekly testing when they return to campus. Visit our Vaccinations page for details.
  • The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is available on campus to members of the FIT community. Log in to the Health Services Portal to schedule an appointment. Visit our Vaccinations page for details.

Campus Health and Safety Protocols

  • All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear masks while in FIT buildings, including 236 West 27th Street and 333 Seventh Avenue. Mask wearing will be enforced to protect the FIT community. The exception is when you are in an office alone (for employees) or residence hall (for students) or when you are eating and drinking. 
  • Social distancing requirements have been eliminated.
  • All entrances to FIT academic buildings are open and staffed with Public Safety officers. To gain access, employees and students must show an FIT ID with a spring 2020 sticker. Fall 2021 stickers will be distributed at the start of the semester. 
  • ID cards are being processed in the Feldman Center lobby every day from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • New students will receive their IDs and fall 2021 stickers when they first arrive on campus.
  • The #CampusClear app is no longer in use. 
  • FIT meets and exceeds all ventilation standards and is thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of New York, and SUNY. Read our FAQ. 

Campus Locations and Services


We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 



Communications Archive for Fall 2021 Return Information 

As FIT prepares to return to in-person operations, there are myriad considerations that must be factored into opening and managing the college’s public facilities, including the Haft Theater, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Reeves Great Hall, Dubinsky 8th floor, and the conference center seminar rooms. Understandably, the college community’s health and safety are paramount as we make these decisions.
 
Various discussions have taken place to make plans for the fall semester and President Brown has approved the following: 
 
College facilities will be unavailable for rental or use by external parties not connected to FIT until at least January 2022. We will continue to monitor this situation for potential spring rentals by external users throughout the fall.
 
In addition, there are more than 3,000 internal meetings, activities, and events produced annually in college facilities that are scheduled and managed through the Events Management and Facilities Rental Office. These include recreational activities, student programming activities, faculty and staff development events, open houses and other recruitment events, conferences, forums, and guest lectures, as examples. 
 
Among these space uses are:  
  • those attended and presented by the FIT community only, 
  • those attended by the FIT community but with external presenters, 
  • and those attended by internal and external participants with FIT and external presenters. 
In order to responsibly manage the number of in-person events and the use of space, and to monitor the attendees who participate in them, the following guidelines have been established, effective for the fall semester:
  • It is strongly recommended that internal meetings that are led by and include only FIT employees and are typically held in person—such as departmental/divisional, committee, planning, task force, governance, issues-based, student club and organization, and ad hoc meetings—be held remotely through the fall semester whenever possible.
  • In-person event and activity planning should include an evaluation of whether a virtual option is possible, with a preference for virtual being the choice.
  • In order to prioritize and reduce the number of in-person events during the fall semester, all requests for space reservations must be approved by the divisional vice president of the unit organizing the proposed event or activity prior to reserving a facility. 
  • Further, in order to prioritize and manage the number of potential virtual events during the fall semester, all requests for technical support must be approved by the divisional vice president before planning begins.
  • Any unit planning an in-person event that will include attendance and/or presentations by external parties is responsible for ensuring that attendees and/or presenters have proof of vaccination or a negative PCR diagnostic test result taken within 72 hours of the FIT event.
  • Any event or activity with a planned attendance over 25 people requires an RSVP process.
  • Masks will be required at all in-person gatherings located in FIT’s spaces.  
  • Social distancing is not required at any FIT events and activities.
  • Room occupancy limits will be enforced. 
  • The Reeves Great Hall will be offline for possible ongoing use by Health Services or other units, until further notice.
  • The use of FIT space by Residential Life staff and/or student residents for their own meetings, events, and activities will be permitted without qualification since that population is required to be vaccinated.  
Please consult with your respective divisional vice presidents/senior supervisor for further discussion and decision-making. 
 
If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.
 
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and patience as we plan for a fall 2021 semester on campus.
 
Mary S. Oleniczak
Executive Director of Events Management and Facilities Rental
 
Loretta Lawrence Keane
Vice President for Communications and External Relations

Dear FIT Student,

As a reminder, if you plan to attend classes at FIT this fall you must submit proof of your Covid-19 vaccination by August 15, 2021. If you do not submit proof of vaccination, you will be required to obtain and submit a weekly negative PCR Covid test in order to attend class. Covid testing will not be offered on campus and you will be responsible for the costs that are not covered by your health insurance. 

Last week a communication was sent to all FIT students regarding important vaccination information for a return to campus this fall. As a follow-up, please read these FAQs for more detailed information:

Am I required to be vaccinated if I am commuting and/or living off campus?

FIT strongly recommends that all students, including those who are commuting and/or living off campus, get vaccinated as soon as possible to help ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community. If you do not submit proof of vaccination, you will be required to obtain and submit a weekly negative PCR Covid test in order to attend class. As noted by New York State Governor Cuomo in the May 2021 press release, the vaccine will be required of all SUNY students upon full approval by the FDA.

Am I required to be vaccinated if I am living in the FIT residence halls?

All students living in campus-operated residence halls must be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the fall 2021 semester.There will be limited medical and religious exemptions. If you are planning to live in an FIT residence hall and are not fully vaccinated, you will be subject to quarantine and testing protocols upon your arrival to the residence halls and in accordance with SUNY’s mandate. Details on campus living, checking in, and room assignments are now available and have been sent to all residential students  by the FIT Residential Life department. Contact [email protected] for assistance should you have any questions.

What should I do if I have been vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated, please upload your vaccination card information to the FIT Health Services portalno later than August 15. If your vaccination records are not on file by August 15, you will have to undergo weekly mandatory PCR Covid-19 testing. Here are the ways that you can send proof of vaccination or Covid test results to Health Services:

  • Online via the Health Services portal:
    1. Log in to the FIT Health Services portal with your FIT username and password
    2. Click Document Upload
    3. Under Document Type, select COVID-19 Vaccine
    4. Click Browse to browse for your COVID-19 Vaccine file
    5. Click Save
  • Fax to (844) 941-1991 
  • Email to [email protected] 

What is required if I do not submit proof of vaccination by August 15 or are unvaccinated?

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to comply with mandated weekly PCR COVID-19 testing and must submit weekly proof of negative PCR Covid tests to Health Services in order to be cleared to attend class. Note that you will be unable to attend classes if you do not comply with this requirement.  

The first of these weekly PCR Covid test results must be submitted within 72 hours before your first week of arriving on campus in person and every following week through the end of the fall semester. You will be financially responsible for any testing costs that are not covered by your health insurance plan.

A list of COVID-19 testing facilities near FIT are listed below. Testing will not be offered on campus. You may also find alternative sites in your local neighborhood.

COVID-19 testing facilities near FIT:

For other locations, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with this SUNY-wide mandate will result in disciplinary action as outlined in FIT’s Code of Student Conduct and could result in deregistration from your fall classes. If you are receiving federal or state financial aid, your award may be impacted if you are not attending classes and not meeting attendance requirements.

If you are in between doses and not yet fully vaccinated, you will be able to attend classes provided that you adhere to required health and safety protocols set forth by the college and submit to weekly Covid testing. Please upload your proof of vaccination once you are fully vaccinated.

What should I do if I am enrolled in all online classes this fall and will not be coming to campus?

If you are enrolled in all online classes and will not be physically present on campus at any time during the fall semester, you are not required to submit weekly negative PCR Covid tests.  

Where can I obtain a Covid-19 vaccine?

If you do not have access to a Covid-19 vaccine or cannot complete your vaccine series before you arrive on campus, we will offer you the vaccine for free. FIT Health Services can administer the Moderna vaccine and details can be found here. You will be able to attend classes while you are in between doses and not yet fully vaccinated provided that you adhere to required health and safety protocols set forth by the college and submit to weekly Covid testing.

Can I submit a request for an exemption from taking the vaccine?

Requests for exemptions due to medical or religious reasons can be submitted to FIT Health Services. Contact them directly at [email protected] for additional information. Note that unvaccinated exempted students are required to obtain and submit weekly negative PCR Covid test results.

Again, we urge you to get vaccinated, for your health and safety and that of the whole FIT community. Please note that FIT will notify SUNY of verified vaccinations.

If you have any questions about the college’s reopening policies and protocols, please review FIT's updates about Fall Return 2021 or email [email protected]. Thank you for your continued efforts to help keep us all safe.

Sincerely, 

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

Anne Miller, NP, MS
Director, Health Services

To the FIT community,

Our fall 2021 return to campus is fast approaching and who better than FIT to produce “Exercise Shorts” to help us start moving!

Thanks to the Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Group, the UCE’s Health and Safety Committee, the HR Wellness Committee, Communications and External Relations, Media Services, and FIT alum Charlie Shelton, a series of one-minute videos is being introduced over the next three weeks to encourage movement at our desks after months of inactivity.

It’s all in fun, but it’s healthy fun!

Seated Jumping Jacks with Aubrey Brown
Yoga Release with Theresa Herron

Join Stitch and get fit to get back to campus!

Dear FIT Community,

I hope this email finds you well and that you have been able to enjoy some rest and relaxation with friends and family this summer.  

As, you know, we recently sent out several communications regarding our reopening for the fall semester as well as information about FIT's vaccinations/testing protocol. We have been working with the Faculty Senate and the UCE on issues that have been raised by members of our community and also responding to many additional inquiries over the past few weeks. However, there continue to be questions about returning to the FIT campus that may not be specifically covered in the communications or on the website.  

In order to respond to this, and to acknowledge several requests, we will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 28, from 11 am to 1 pm, to discuss the reopening of the campus and to answer questions from the community. The link below will allow you to RSVP to the event and submit questions/issues in advance that will be addressed during the town hall. 

https://forms.gle/qKRgLnPB9DzUb9aBA

Further, participants will be able to submit additional questions through a chat function during the last 45 minutes of the meeting. Cabinet members and other subject matter experts from the college will join me throughout the meeting and be available to field these additional questions at the end.

Please join us and submit questions that will ensure we have a thorough and productive discussion. This event will be recorded and placed on the website for later viewing and the questions and answers will become part of our FAQ.

Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you virtually next week.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology 

Dear FIT employee,

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus and have been busy planning a safe and healthy reopening experience for our community. As you know, a communication was sent by President Brown on May 21 that described the Fall 2021 Return to Campus plan. The following describes access to campus protocols for all employees.

Vaccinated Employees: You must upload your vaccination record to the FIT Health Services portal, or otherwise provide your vaccination information to Health Services as detailed below, no later than Monday, July 26, in order to be excused from mandated weekly COVID-19 testing. If we do not receive your vaccination information by July 26, you will be required to provide weekly negative test results (starting August 2) as described below.  

Non-Vaccinated Employees: Employees who are not vaccinated will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to FIT Health Services weekly.

Unfortunately, due to the potential volume of requests, testing will no longer be available on campus as of August 2. This means that unvaccinated individuals will be required to obtain the weekly PCR test outside of work hours. Please note that depending on where the test is obtained, there may be a fee or copay that will have to be submitted to insurance for reimbursement, if available.

If weekly test results are not provided, unvaccinated individuals will not be permitted access to campus and will not be permitted to work remotely (unless granted an accommodation under the ADA). You would need to charge paid time off leave banks if you are not permitted access to campus. The requirement of weekly testing for unvaccinated employees is a SUNY-wide mandate with which we must demonstrate compliance.  

COVID-19 testing facilities near FIT:

Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care in Chelsea

CityMD West 29th Urgent Care

Mount Sinai Doctors West 23rd Street

For other locations, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

Here are the ways you can send proof of vaccination or test results to Health Services: 

  • Online via the Health Services portal:
      1. Log in to the FIT Health Services portal (note this portal is for both employees and students) with your FIT username and password
      2. Click Document Upload
      3. Under Document Type, select COVID-19 Vaccine
      4. Click Browse to browse for your COVID-19 Vaccine file
      5. Click Save
  • Fax to (844) 941-1991
  • Email to [email protected]
  • Deliver a copy to Health Services located in the Dubinsky Student Center, Room D402, or in the red drop boxes located in the Feldman and Pomerantz lobbies, which will be checked weekly.

How to Get Vaccinated: While you can seek the vaccination on your own, FIT Health Services administers the Moderna vaccine. Make a vaccination appointment online on the Health Services portal, or call (212) 217-4190. If you opt to be vaccinated at FIT, you will be able to work on campus while you are in between doses and not yet fully vaccinated, provided that you adhere to required health and safety protocols set forth by the college and that you continue to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Please remember that New York State’s mandate that all SUNY students be vaccinated is still subject to full FDA approval. However, FIT is requiring all residence hall students to be vaccinated.

If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, please contact Health Services via the FIT Health Services portal, or email [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you on campus on August 2.

Be well,

The HR Team

To the FIT community,

As we prepare to fully reopen the FIT campus on Monday, August 2, for in-person operations, I write to provide updated information about access and maintenance protocols that will be in place to ensure the community’s health and safety upon return. These procedures are being adopted in response to the lifting of state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions as of June 15. In addition, these procedures incorporate SUNY’s Revised Final Guidelines, issued by Chancellor Malatras on July 8, which state:

“As a matter of course, we are returning to pre-pandemic campus activity. The SUNY community has done an extraordinary job over the course of the pandemic, but now, given the low positivity rates and increasing vaccination rates, it is incumbent upon us that we strive to provide a more robust academic and residential experience for our students.”

It is in the spirit of this guidance, that we provide the information in this email. A number of matters are addressed in greater detail in the attached document, which will be posted on the FIT website. Here, however, are summary highlights:

  • Masks Required: All students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear masks while in all spaces in FIT buildings, including 236 West 27th Street and 333 Seventh Avenue. The single exception is when you are in an office alone or when you are eating and drinking. Mask-wearing will continue until further notice in order to protect those who are unvaccinated and to ensure extra protection for everyone. If you arrive on campus without a mask, you will be given one by a Public Safety officer.
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing requirements have been eliminated. Mask-wearing will be enforced to protect the unvaccinated. All classroom and work spaces will be set for standard capacity levels.
  • Access to Academic Buildings, 236 West 27th Street, and Floors 13–16 at 333 Seventh Avenue: Access protocols from spring 2021 will continue through the summer. (See Campus Access and FIT IDs.)  Effective August 2, 2021, all entrances to FIT academic buildings will be open and staffed with Public Safety officers. To gain access, employees and students must show an FIT ID with a spring 2020 sticker. With the beginning of the fall semester, Fall 2021 stickers will be distributed. The #CampusClear app will no longer be in use.
  • Ventilation: FIT meets and exceeds all ventilation standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of New York, and SUNY. Details about the ventilation system and its operations are included in the attached document.
  • Cleaning: All FIT spaces are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis in accordance with CDC, State of New York, and SUNY guidelines.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19-related conditions as they evolve and will update protocols like testing requirements and vaccination status as needed in separate communications. We look forward to returning to an active, vibrant campus and a familiar, welcoming academic and work experience for everyone.
 
Thank you for your continuing cooperation. I look forward to seeing you in August.
 

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


FAQ About Health and Safety in FIT Facilities.docx 

Dear FIT Student,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to campus and have been busy planning a safe and healthy reopening experience for our FIT community. As you know, President Brown sent a communication on May 21 (see below) indicating that while the State University of New York (SUNY) will require students to be fully vaccinated before they return to campus for the fall 2021 semester, enforcement of this mandate would go into effect once the FDA formally approves the COVID-19 vaccine.

As we await the FDA’s actions on this matter, we strongly recommend that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will help to better ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community and will significantly improve our ability to return to normal campus operations. 

In addition, please note that FIT is requiring all students living in campus-operated residence halls to be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the fall 2021 term, with limited medical and religious exemptions, regardless of the FDA approval of the vaccine for non-emergency status. If you are planning on living on campus this fall and have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to do so to ensure that you are fully vaccinated at the time of move-in.

Get Vaccinated: Once you are fully vaccinated, you must upload your vaccination card information to the FIT Health Services Portal no later than Friday, July 30, so that your medical records are updated. If your vaccination records are not on file by July 30, you will have to undergo weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing. For your reference, here are the ways that you can send proof of vaccination or test results to Health Services:  

  • Online via the Health Services portal:
      1. Log in to the FIT Health Services Portal with your FIT username and password
      2. Click Document Upload
      3. Under Document Type, select COVID-19 Vaccine
      4. Click Browse to browse for your COVID-19 Vaccine file
      5. Click Save

Mandated Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Students: If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. This means that you will need to submit weekly proof of negative COVID tests to Health Services in order to be cleared to attend classes. Failure to comply with this SUNY-wide mandate will result in disciplinary action outlined in FIT’s Code of Student Conduct. A list of COVID-19 testing facilities near FIT are noted below.

COVID-19 testing facilities near FIT:

Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care in Chelsea

CityMD West 29th Urgent Care

Mount Sinai Doctors West 23rd Street

For other locations, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

While you can choose to be vaccinated at any number of locations across the U.S., FIT Health Services can administer the Moderna vaccine and details can be found here. You will be able to attend classes while you are in between doses and not yet fully vaccinated provided that you adhere to required health and safety protocols set forth by the college and submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Residential Students: As noted previously, FIT is requiring all students living in campus-operated residence halls to be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the fall 2021 term. There will be limited medical and religious exemptions. If you have plans to live in an FIT residence hall and are fully vaccinated, you will be able to move into your room at your assigned move-in day and time, which will be sent to you by Residential Life. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will be subject to quarantine and testing protocol upon arrival to the residence halls and in accordance with SUNY recommendations. Additional details about the move-in process as well as housing safety guidelines and procedures and medical and religious exemption information will be sent to all residential students by Residential Life in the coming days.   

International Students: FIT has been approved by SUNY to accept vaccinations received from outside the United States as long as they are COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). A vaccine is approved if "Finalized" appears in the column titled "Status of Assessment.”

If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in your country of residence, you will be permitted to enter the U.S., provided that you follow U.S. travel advisory guidelines in effect at the time of travel. Upon your arrival, FIT expects that you will obtain a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines that have emergency use authorization in the U.S. from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). You may receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at FIT or you may receive any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine at vaccine sites throughout the U.S. International students will be required to participate in routine testing until their vaccination course is completed.

Questions related to your International Student status, including queries about F-1 student visas and travel to the United States, should be directed to the Office of International Student Services at [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, please contact Health Services via the FIT Health Services Portal, or email fithea[email protected] For Health Services hours, please visit their hours page.

We will share additional information regarding arrival on campus, residence hall move-in, and on-campus health and safety precautions (e.g., masks) in separate communication in the days to come.

For any other inquiries or assistance, please email [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you in the fall! 


Sincerely,

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

As announced in the June 21 email from the Office of the President, non-classroom faculty and staff will begin returning to campus spaces for work on July 12 with a full reopening planned for August 2. 

Over the last 16 months, many of us have worked from home and in other off-site locations. We adjusted admirably to the new demands of the remote work environment, and we recognize it may take time to reacclimate to our on-campus routines. To assist with the return to campus, we have a few tech tips below: 

Before your return to the office: 

Move your files/documents to Google Drive 

If you have any files saved locally on a personal computer at home, be sure to move them to Google Drive to access the files from work computers. 

Forget FITAIR on your computer and phones

Most devices cache your password to automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks you have marked as trusted, like FITAIR. However, the password saved on many of your devices is likely your old password, which will result in the device trying to connect with an invalid password once you are in range of FITAIR, causing your account to be locked or temporarily suspended. Follow our instructions to “forget” FITAIR on all your devices before your return, and rejoin with your current password when you get to campus. 

Your first day in the office: 

Reboot your computer and allow time for updates

We regularly deploy updates and system patches to fix security vulnerabilities and improve overall computer performance; for these upgrades to take effect, your computer needs to be on and restarted regularly. If your computer was turned off, it will take time to reboot and apply all the updates/patches from the past year. If your computer has been turned on, reboot the computer. It may take several reboots before all the updates are applied: If this is true in your case, the computer will direct you to reboot when it needs to.  

Update out-of-office messages 

Revise your email and voicemail out-of-office messages. For additional assistance with your FIT desk phone, view our telephone service page, including tips on checking your FIT voicemail and quickly deleting voicemail messages

Be prepared for two-factor authentication (2FA)

As a reminder, 2FA was required to access the FIT Google Workspace for all non-faculty employee accounts on April 22. To ensure you will be able to access your account, be sure to bring your phone, backup codes, or other secondary authentication methods you used when enabling 2FA. Review 2FA instructions

For more information from the Division of Information Technology, visit our website at it.fitnyc.edu. Visit fitnyc.edu/campus-return for the most recent developments regarding fall 2021.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to prepare for the fall 2021 return to campus. 

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

Dear FIT Employees,

Attached you will find a memo detailing our Fall 2021 Return to Campus planning with upcoming dates and information about access, accommodations and resources for any questions you may have about the upcoming semester.  

I look forward to seeing everyone back on 27th Street in August but for now, enjoy the rest of your summer.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology


Fall 2021 Return to Campus—Work

To the FIT Community,

We write to inform you of new guidance from SUNY about testing vaccinated employees. 

FULLY VACCINATED EMPLOYEES (including auxiliary workers and vendors with a regular on-campus presence) are EXEMPT from mandatory weekly testing upon the submission of documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series.

Mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination. 

You can submit your record of vaccination (a photo or scanned image of your immunization card) online via the Health Portal:

  1. Log in to the FIT Health Portal with your FIT username and password. (PLEASE NOTE: THIS PORTAL IS SECURE AND IS USED FOR BOTH FIT STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES.)
  2. Click on "Document Upload."
  3. Under Document Type, select "COVID-19 Vaccine" from the drop-down list.
  4. Click on "Browse," which will allow you to search your computer for the photo or scanned image of your record.
  5. Click on the document name
  6. Click Save.

For immediate questions or other options for providing your information, please contact Health Services at (212) 217-4190.

Dear FIT Students,

I write to follow up on the previous messages you have received regarding our return to in-person operations in the fall, and to describe some of the preparations we have made in this regard. Our primary goal is to ensure that conditions are in place to bring the community back safely and enable us to resume more normal campus activity. At the same time, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and adhere to the public health guidelines from the city, state, and SUNY, just as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.  

I know that you have heard similar messages confirming a return to in-person activities in the fall from the Enrollment Management and Student Success Office and the leadership of the Student Government Association (SGA), among others. But I am aware that many questions remain and your plans will depend upon how we proceed. So let me provide some information about those plans:   

• First, we are working on dates for students to return when the campus will officially reopen and we will be back on campus. This will be inclusive of new-student orientation, the first day of classes, and other start-up events and activities that are typical of the fall semester. In the next few weeks we will begin to send those dates as we finalize them. Also, please note that the Fall 2021–22 housing application is open for current and new students

 • Second, in collaboration with a working group that includes the Faculty Senate, the United College Employees of FIT (UCE), and SGA leadership, we have discussed and identified best practices and procedures for a return to our classrooms and studios with a fully in-person schedule.

We recognize that there will be those students who will seek approval for accommodations (e.g., medical, religious) due to conditions that preclude their return to campus. Consequently, we are considering appropriate measures for instructional and other services that would permit a combination of in-person and limited synchronous remote instruction for those with approved  accommodations.

• Third, we are addressing our ability to monitor health protocols directly related to continuing COVID-19 testing and tracing on campus into the fall. This includes social distancing and mask-wearing requirements. In addition, we will continue to administer the vaccine on campus to both students and employees.  

As you may know, Governor Cuomo announced that SUNY will require students to be vaccinated before they return to campus for the fall 2021 semester—see the official press release here. In order for SUNY to officially adopt and enforce this mandate, there are a number of actions that must be taken first, including the FDA lifting the current emergency status of the vaccine. We will keep you informed as those actions are undertaken. For those students with special requirements related to vaccinations, we encourage you to contact the Enrollment Management and Student Success Office as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.

Also, you may have seen the announcement from the CDC regarding decreased regulations on social distancing and mask-wearing for vaccinated people. Please note that although Governor Cuomo adopted those changes in requirements for New York State, this guidance is still being looked at in terms of public higher education and we will wait to hear from SUNY on specific details for campuses. Therefore, all FIT protocols remain in place and at this time the community is required to wear masks and maintain social distancing on campus now and in the fall.  

In addition, all FIT classrooms have been analyzed for socially distanced configurations and plans have been put in place so that 100% of our courses—apart from those that are categorized as online/asynchronous and blended—can have in-person learning.

• Fourth, as we have from the earliest days of the pandemic, we continue to prioritize efforts to provide a safe learning environment on campus. This means ensuring that all of our facilities' ventilation systems and air quality are maintained at the highest levels, that cleaning and sanitizing protocols for every campus building are comprehensive and extensive, and that everyone is interacting at a safe distance and in a safe space. Specific information on these issues has been provided and can be accessed on our website here. This information will be updated on a regular schedule throughout the summer. 

Each of these areas noted above require focused attention to many details that must be addressed before we open our doors. I fully understand that we all need those details—and want to assure you that we will share them over the next few weeks in order to provide you adequate time to plan for your return to campus for the fall 2021 semester. 

I thank you for your patience and cooperation during this very long and difficult period of disruption and I look forward to greeting you on campus.

Thank you.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology

Dear FIT Community,

I write to follow up on the previous messages you have received regarding our return to in-person operations in the fall, and to describe some of the preparations we have made in this regard. Our primary goal is to bring the community back safely and enable us to resume more normal campus activity. At the same time, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and adhere to the public health guidelines from the city, state, and SUNY, just as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.  

I know that you have heard similar messages confirming a return to in-person activities for the fall from the leadership of your constituent groups—the Faculty Senate, the United College Employees of FIT (UCE), and the Student Government Association (SGA), among others.  But I am aware that many questions remain and your plans will depend upon how we proceed. So let me provide some information about those plans:   

• First, we are working on dates for employees—faculty and staff—as well as for students as to when the campus will officially reopen and we will be back on campus. This will be inclusive of new-student orientation, convocation, and other start-up events and activities that are typical of a fall semester. In the next few weeks we will begin to send those dates to each group as we finalize them.

• Second, in collaboration with a working group that includes the Faculty Senate, UCE, and SGA leadership, we have discussed and identified best practices and procedures for a return to our classrooms and studios with a fully in-person schedule.

We recognize that there will be a limited number of individuals—both employees and students—who will seek approval for accommodations (e.g., medical, religious) due to certified conditions that preclude their return to campus. Consequently, we are considering appropriate measures for instructional and other services that would permit remote work as well as a combination of in-person and limited synchronous remote instruction for those with approved accommodations. For those community members with special situations related to returning to campus, we encourage you to contact HR as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.

• Third, we will monitor health protocols directly related to continuing COVID-19 testing and tracing on campus into the fall. This includes social distancing, mask-wearing, and possibly altered work schedules. In addition, we will continue to administer the vaccine on campus to both students and employees.  

As you may know, Governor Cuomo announced that SUNY will require students to be vaccinated before they return to campus for the fall 2021 semester—find the official press release here. In order for SUNY to officially adopt and enforce this mandate, there are a number of actions that must be taken first, including the FDA lifting the current emergency status of the vaccine. We will keep you informed as we hear about those actions moving forward. For those community members with special requirements related to vaccination, we encourage you to contact HR as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.

Also, you may have seen the announcement from the CDC regarding decreased regulations on social distancing and mask-wearing for vaccinated people. Please note that although Governor Cuomo adopted those changes in requirements for New York State, this guidance is still being looked at in terms of public higher education and we will wait to hear from SUNY on specific details for campuses. Therefore, all FIT protocols remain in place and at this time the community is still required to wear masks and maintain social distancing on campus now and in the fall.  

In addition, all FIT classrooms have been analyzed for socially distanced configurations and plans have been put in place so that 100% of our courses—apart from those that are categorized as online/asynchronous and blended—can have in-person learning.  

Ensuring the workspaces and offices in all departments are able to have appropriate social distancing is now underway and will be put in place over the summer before a return to campus.

• Fourth, as we have from the earliest days of the pandemic, we continue to prioritize efforts to provide a safe learning and work environment on campus. This means ensuring that all of our facilities’ ventilation systems and air quality are maintained at the highest levels, that cleaning and sanitizing protocols for every campus building are comprehensive and extensive, and that employees and students are interacting at a safe distance and in a safe space. Specific information on these issues has been provided and can be accessed on our website here. This information will be updated on a regular schedule throughout the summer.

Each of these areas noted above require focused attention to many details that must be addressed before we open our doors. I fully understand that we all need those details—and want to assure you that we will share them over the next few weeks in order to provide you adequate time to plan for your return to campus for the fall 2021 semester. 

I thank you for your patience and cooperation during this very long and difficult period of disruption and I look forward to greeting you on campus. 

Thank you.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President
Fashion Institute of Technology

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

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

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