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

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 17, 2020 at 12 pm

Information is rapidly developing; we are monitoring the situation and updating this page regularly. 


CURRENT STATUS

With the health and safety of our community in mind, FIT continues to follow the situation caused by the coronavirus.

There are no identified cases of coronavirus in the FIT community at this time.

CLASS INFORMATION

  • All classes are cancelled through March 22, including current online classes. 
  • The college will move to online classes beginning March 23.
  • All Precollege and Senior Learners classes are cancelled for the remainder of the semester.

RESIDENCE HALL INFORMATION

  • Students are to move out of residence halls as soon as possible, but no later than March 31.
  • Residential Life staff are in contact with residents directly with information about next steps.

STUDENT INFORMATION

  • The dining hall and bookstore remain open with hours of operation being reevaluated as campus residents and activities decrease. See Hours of Service link at the left.
  • Academic support units, including the Gladys Marcus Library, the Writing and Speaking Studio, the Academic Advisement Center, and Internship Studies will move to remote operations after March 23.

EMPLOYEE INFORMATION 

  • Employee work is moving to online and remote environments through remainder of semester.
  • Essential college personnel will be notified directly and will report as required.

FACILITIES AND CAMPUS INFORMATION 

  • Open labs and studios will close on March 19.
  • The Gladys Marcus Library will close at the end of the day on March 20, but will continue to provide support for students and faculty online.
  • The Museum at FIT is closed and all programming cancelled until further notice.
  • All on-campus FIT-sponsored events and facilities rentals will be suspended for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • All on-campus recruitment activity will continue to be suspended until further notice.
  • Building and Grounds staff will implement a campus-wide cleaning and sanitizing initiative during the week of March 16–22, following New York Department of Health protocols.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • All official FIT-sponsored travel, both international and domestic, is suspended for spring and summer 2020 semesters for students, faculty, and staff.

Please consult the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your state and city health departments, and your trusted media outlets for information relevant to national, state, and local developments. 


What You Need to Know

For Students

Click the submit button below to:

  • Report issues or concern related to the coronavirus. A Student Success representative will reach out to you to discuss your questions and/or concerns as soon as possible.
  • Register personal travel outside the NY tri-state area in the next two (2) months (including spring break). You must use the contact form if you have returned from any travel abroad within the last 14 days.
  • Raise academic concerns related to the coronavirus. 

Submit a Question, Concern, or Personal Travel 

For Employees

HR's Employee Checklist includes: FIT directory, resources, remote work expectations, official voicemail message

Employee Checklist for Working Remotely

FIT IT's Toolkit includes: Training Resources, IT Services Available Remotely, Collaboration Tools, Phone Tips

FIT Toolkit: Working Remotely 

Click the submit button below to:

  • Raise employment concerns related to the coronavirus. A Human Resources representative will reach out to you to discuss your questions and/or concerns related to work attendance, exposure, quarantine, payroll, benefits, etc. as soon as possible.
  • Register personal travel outside the New York tri-state area in the next two (2) months (including spring break). You must let us know if you have returned from any travel abroad within the last 14 days. 

Submit a Question, Concern, or Personal Travel

Travel Information

  • International students are advised to avoid traveling abroad; if they must travel, they should check with their departments to confirm they can complete their terms online if they plan to depart the U.S. International students should contact International Student Services if they have additional questions.
  • FIT has cancelled all summer 2020 study abroad programs. 
  • SUNY has cancelled all remaining spring study abroad programs. Read communication below
  • Students should contact FIT Health Services and employees should contact Human Resources upon return from travel abroad. 

Health, Safety, and Prevention

  • FIT Health Services is in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, New York City Department of Health, and the State University of New York System Administration to receive the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak.
  • UG2 personnel (FIT’s Buildings and Grounds contractor) have met with the FIT Health Services team and is using the company’s established protocols for cleaning areas that may be exposed to infectious agents.
  • Find details on how to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) on the New York City Department of Health's website.
  • People wear masks for many reasons, including those who choose them as fashion accessories as well as those with compromised immune systems and other health concerns. Members of the FIT community may wear masks on campus.
  • The community is encouraged to be familiar with current guidance to exposure from the CDC.

College Communications 

 FIT's COVID-19 Communications

 

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