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The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the variants are changing frequently.  The answers below are based on current information. These will be updated regularly and as conditions change. 

  • What can I put in my syllabus regarding COVID?

    Below is some language that you can add to your syllabus along with the link to the FAQs page for students.

    As cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant continue to increase in our community, we must unite and take necessary steps to prevent further spread.

    1. Daily and before arriving to campus, complete the P3 app. If you are not given the green check mark to enter campus, then return home, and contact me by email.
    2. Please check your FIU email account and your Canvas course at least once a day. Email and Canvas are the best ways for the university, and your professors, to contact you.
    3. If you do not feel well, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 while not yet being fully vaccinated, please do not come to class, immediately complete the P3 app to notify the COVID Response Team or call them at 305-348-1919, and contact me by email as soon as you can. In order to receive an excused absence for P3 failure/COVID-19, you must contact the COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919. If you are directed to isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19, your absences will be considered excused. The make-up policies are outlined in this syllabus. [FACULTY INSERT YOUR MAKE-UP POLICY, IF APPLICABLE.]
    4. Per recent CDC guidelines, a vaccinated, asymptomatic individual exposed to a COVID-19 positive person does not need to isolate or quarantine. Nevertheless, it is strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask. Furthermore, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after a known exposure. However, if at any time you become symptomatic, you need to test immediately. If the test returns positive, you will need to follow the COVID-19 positive protocol at that time.
      1. “Asymptomatic” means (of a condition or a person) producing or showing no symptoms.
      2. “Symptomatic” means exhibiting or involving symptoms.
      3. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
        • Fever or chills
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Fatigue
        • Muscle or body aches
        • Headache
        • New loss of taste or smell
        • Sore throat
        • Congestion or runny nose
        • Nausea or vomiting
        • Diarrhea
    5. Please take every precaution to keep yourself and others healthy. Per CDC guidelines, you are encouraged to get vaccinated and strongly advised to wear a mask indoors and in public including all FIU facilities.
    6. Missing excessive days may lead to failing a class or a grade of incomplete.
    7. For me to assist you in achieving your goals, it is important for you to contact me as soon as you experience any events that might disrupt your course participation. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please see the repopulation.fiu.edu FAQs.
    8. Please be advised that class content may be subject to streaming or course capture for future access by students in this course. Your attendance/participation in this course constitutes consent to such recording.
  • What if a student cannot attend my in-person course due to a disability. Am I required to provide an accommodation that permits participation in my in-person course remotely for the entire semester?

    Any student alleging to have a disability should be directed to the Disability Resource Center.  There are no remote course options available at FIU if the course is an in-person or hybrid course, even for those students with qualified disabilities. All approved reasonable accommodations will be communicated to the students via the  Disability Resource Center procedure.  The student is responsible for ensuring that the DRC notification of accommodations is provided to their faculty member. Although the student has a documented disability, by converting an in-person course into an online class, the delivery of the course material and content would be significantly and fundamentally altered. This type of modification goes beyond the scope of the ADA and what academic adjustment and reasonable accommodation allow. 

    The DRC’s information can be found at drc.fiu.edu.

  • If a student fails the P3 app or is directed by the COVID Response Team to isolate or quarantine and is unable to attend my in-person, on-campus class, what accommodations may I use?

    Consistent with past practice, faculty may employ supplemental methods such as recordings, course capture, streaming, case studies, class notes, and/or other alternatives for the duration of the excused absence.

  • I teach a mandatory attendance course. If a student fails the P3 app, what accommodations may I offer the student?

    In-person, on-campus classes should be offered as listed, however faculty may choose to employ methods such as recordings, course capture, streaming, case studies, and/or other alternatives. Faculty teaching in-person, on-campus classes may choose to offer office hours and/or supplemental help to students using technology such as Zoom. Furthermore, faculty may record their class lectures and post them on Canvas for students who are unable to attend in person.

  • Why is FIU not mandating masks?

    We are strongly advising CDC protocols that include vaccination and mask-wearing and, as a state institution, we are complying with state mandates.

  • May I ask students to wear masks during class meetings?

    Yes, you may say that you expect everyone in your class to wear a mask.

    While you may not require students to wear a mask, we strongly advise that you encourage your students to wear a mask.

    Here are some suggestions on how you might request students to wear masks in the classroom:

    1. As variants continue to impact our community, I expect everyone in class to wear a mask.
    2. Just a reminder to keep ourselves and those we love safe. Please wear a mask while in class.
  • Am I required to wear a mask in class?

    We expect you to wear a mask and this is an opportunity to model the behavior that you would like to see in your classroom. 

  • What if I am vaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID positive person, do I need to quarantine?

    Per recent CDC guidelines, a vaccinated, asymptomatic individual exposed to a COVID-19 positive person does not need to isolate or quarantine. Nevertheless, it is strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask. Furthermore, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after a known exposure. However, if at any time you become symptomatic, you need to test immediately. If the test returns positive, you will need to follow the COVID-19 positive protocol at that time.

    1. “Asymptomatic” means (of a condition or a person) producing or showing no symptoms.
    2. “Symptomatic” means exhibiting or involving symptoms.
    3. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • If a student tells me that they have failed the P3 app, are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, have received a positive COVID-19 test, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, what should I do?

    Please ask the student to contact the COVID Response Team (CRT). They may do so by completing the P3 app or by calling 305-348-1919. Faculty may not report this information themselves as the CRT cannot act on second-hand information. Also, please let the student know that by contacting the CRT they can request a letter to excuse their absence from class. The student is responsible for providing that letter to faculty.

  • If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in my course, what procedure should I follow?

    First, contact the COVID Response Team (CRT) at 305-348-1919 with your concerns. 

    1. Consistent with past practice, faculty may employ supplemental methods such as recordings, course capture, streaming, case studies, and/or other alternatives to deliver class content if CRT directs faculty to not have class in person.
    2. In the event that many students are absent at the same time, have clear guidelines in your syllabus for making up assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. (This could include rescheduling major assignments and exams.)
    3. In the event that a few students are absent multiple times, make sure that your policy on making up multiple major assignments is clearly outlined in your syllabus. (For example, you may have a policy that a final exam may make up one mid-term exam but not two, etc.)
  • What if the COVID Response Team (CRT) tells me that my entire class needs to isolate or quarantine?

    You will be asked to cancel class, provide alternative work, or teach that class remotely for a limited period. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities. Please see streaming in the classroom training video.

  • If I have auto immune or other health issues, will I be granted ADA accommodations for this year?  

    The University Office of Civil Rights, Compliance and Accessibility (CRCA) and the ADA Coordinator will move through the iterative ADA accommodation process to determine whether an individual qualifies for an accommodation. A medical diagnosis alone does not equate to an ADA accommodation.

    • What does that mean for my assignment? Faculty should follow the approved ADA accommodation. Contact the University Office of Civil Rights, Compliance and Accessibility (CRCA)for more information. After receiving guidance from CRCA, communicate with your Chair.
    • How long does it take to get approval from ADA? This depends on the number of requests that are being processed as well as the time that it takes to work with your doctor to complete the required paperwork.
    • What if someone with whom I live has auto immune or other health issues? Am I eligible for ADA accommodations for this reason? ADA accommodations do not extend to household members. Faculty members should work with their Chairs to make appropriate arrangements. This may include FMLA, flexible work arrangement, leave of absence, and/or change of assignment, etc.
  • Will my class(es) be canceled for low enrollment?

    Except in exceptional cases, no. The University is encouraging students to take advantage of in-person classes and is offering more in-person classes than before COVID-19.

  • Can I require physical distancing in my classroom(s)?

    No. You may tell your students to sit where they are comfortable, space allowing.

  • As faculty, if I fail the P3 app, what do I do?

    If you fail the P3 app, notify your chair and follow the guidance of the COVID Response Team. Consistent with past practice, faculty may use alternative means for content delivery if they are instructed to isolate or quarantine. Except for in exceptional cases, please note that if the faculty member cannot be in the classroom, another university designee must be present. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities. Please see streaming in the classroom training video.

  • How does a P3 app failure absence differ from any other absence?

    Student absences due to a P3 app failure should be considered excused absences. You should follow your excused absence policies as they are outlined in your syllabus. At the student’s request, the COVID Response Team will provide the student with a letter of excused absence that the student can submit to each of their professors. This letter will serve as the official notice of excused absence from class. Please remind your students that to excuse any absences for P3 failure/COVID-19, they must contact the COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919.  As always, students are responsible for providing you with information about their absence and work within your late submission policies for any work missed during an excused absence.  Inform your students that missing excessive days due to excused absences may lead to failure of the course or an incomplete grade.

  • Do faculty have a way to know if a student has completed the P3 app and is cleared to be on campus? 

    No. Faculty do not have access to and may not ask to see student P3 app results. Students who miss class for P3 app failure are responsible for informing the faculty of their absence. At the student’s request, the COVID Response Team will provide the student with a letter of excused absence that the student can submit to each of their professors. This letter will serve as the official notice of excused absence from class. Please remind your students that to excuse any absences for P3 failure/COVID-19, they must contact the COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919.

  • Students may be absent multiple times by “failing” the P3 app and therefore may miss a considerable amount of work. What to do then? 

    Ensure that your expectations for make-up work are clearly outlined in your syllabus for all graded elements of your course. If there are elements that cannot be made-up such as class participation or group quizzes, be sure to make note of that. Including an explanation at the start of the semester may help students understand why missing class frivolously jeopardizes their grade. Some faculty allow the final exam or project grade to replace a missing grade on a major assignment. If doing so, it is important to outline the policy for students missing more than one major assignment. It is important to indicate in the syllabus the proportion of work that a student must complete to be eligible to receive an incomplete.

  • I’m getting questions from students who are concerned about returning to campus with the number of cases on the rise in Miami-Dade County. They are asking if remote attendance is possible.

    See answer to question 2. Faculty can accommodate students who miss class due to isolation/quarantine. However, students enrolled in in-person, on-campus classes are expected to follow attendance policies as outlined in the syllabus for each class. Streaming technologies are not intended to be used as an alternative for the regular class attendance.

  • I am an older faculty member and vaccinated, but uncertain that there are enough protections in place to address the number of cases in Miami-Dade County.
    • Will classrooms be cleaned after use? The cleaning of classroom spaces will follow maintenance protocols that were in place prior to COVID-19. 
    • Is social distancing required? No
    • What do I do about students who are trying to scare or intimidate other students in class with respect to choices about wearing/not wearing a mask? If a student is engaging in misbehavior or a lack of professionalism, the faculty should follow the processes for disruptive classroom behavior. Calmly letting the student know that they are disrupting class should be the first step. If a student does not respond to your request to stop the behavior, please submit an incident report at Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Please note that the lack of mask wearing, or social distancing is not considered misbehavior or a lack of professionalism and is therefore not a reportable offense. However, aggressive/biased behavior towards you or other students is and should be reported. If a student behaves in an aggressive manner toward you or another student, please call FIU Police at 305-348-2626.
  • How do I address course continuance if I become infected with COVID? 

    If you fail the P3 app, notify your chair and follow the guidance of the COVID Response Team. Consistent with past practice, faculty may use alternative means for content delivery if they are instructed to isolate or quarantine. Except for in exceptional cases, please note that if the faculty member cannot be in the classroom, another university designee must be present. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities. Please see streaming in the classroom training video.

  • How will the faculty be informed of COVID policies and the regulations that apply to the classroom? 

    As circumstances change, we will keep faculty apprised. Please keep checking this website.

  • What is HB233 and how could it affect my class(es)?

    Students may, without prior notice to the faculty member or guest lecturer, record video or audio of a class lecture in a class in which the student is enrolled. “Class lecture” includes ordinary back and forth discussions on the topic of the lecture. It does not include lab sessions, student presentations, clinical presentations, etc. Note that the student may not publish the recording in any venue without permission of the class lecturer. Link to Bill Summary.

    Additional Guidance Regarding New Florida Legislation Relating to HB233

  • Beyond the email from President Rosenberg, will there be any additional guidance from the university on how to address any or all these questions? 

    Yes, as circumstances change, we will keep you apprised. Please keep checking this website.