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Current status

The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority. The majority of FIU’s fall schedule – literally thousands of classes – is being offered either remotely or online. Many of the on-campus classes also have online or remote sections.

In early October, professional staff began transitioning back to our campuses. The campus continues to remain closed except to visitors who have an appointment. On-campus and off-campus in-person events are canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future.

Anyone permitted on campus – faculty, staff, students, vendors – must wear a face covering at all times, observe physical distancing and wash their hands frequently. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff who come to campus must complete the P3 app questionnaire every time they come to campus. These measures are crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Failure of vendors permitted on campus to wear a facial covering or practice physical distancing will result in their being asked to leave. Faculty, staff and students who do not adhere to these requirements will be subject to appropriate discipline.

Read more details for Health & Safety.

What's open

  • Graham Center & Wolfe University Center

    Graham Center

    Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm
    Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 8pm

    Wolfe University Center

    Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
    Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

  • Gyms and Aquatic Center

    Gym Hours of Operation:

    MMC
    Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    BBC
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Initially, there will be restricted access to our facility at MMC, which will allow the university to better control those areas that are accessible to visitors. Our facility at BBC is opening the main floor but restricting access to the fitness room. Cardio areas and equipment are not available at this point in time.

    To visit the gyms, you’ll need to sign up for a two-hour time slot at wrc.fiu.edu. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to show that you completed the P3 app that day and show a screenshot of your submission. Face coverings are mandatory. No guest passes will be issued so that you and other current members and students get priority access to the facility.

    We’re asking for your help in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Disinfectant wipes will be provided, and we’re asking that you wipe down the equipment before and after you use it. Hand sanitizer is also available for your use. 

    Physical distancing (6 ft apart or more) exists between the equipment and is marked off with tape on stationary workout locations. If physical distancing is not feasible, the equipment is not available for use.

    In keeping with Miami-Dade guidelines, disinfecting, restocking and realigning of equipment spacing occurs after each two-hour block has ended. An electrostatic sprayer and approved CDC chemicals will be used to disinfect all areas. Staff will continue to clean and disinfect equipment throughout the day in an added attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. High-touch areas like doors, ledges and railings will be disinfected a minimum of once each hour. Bathrooms will be disinfected after each two-hour block and touched up throughout the day. 

    Fitness and sport programming will continue virtually for now.

    Aquatic Center at BBC: The pool is currently under renovation and will not be open as of August 24th. Once renovations are complete, the pool will be limited to lap swimming only. Patrons may reserve one lane, for a maximum of one hour of swimming. Reservations can be made at wrc.fiu.edu.

    When the pool reopens, the hours will be:

    Monday – Friday, noon – 4 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • FIU Libraries

    FIU Libraries: Libraries at both MMC and BBC will be open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fall 2020 semester by appointment only. Students can reserve a study space or desktop computer workstation in two-hour time blocks: 10 a.m.-noon; 1-3 p.m.; or 4-6 p.m. Visit reservations.fiu.edu to make your reservation. Study space reservations that remain unclaimed for 15 minutes will be canceled and the space will be released to another student.

    The Disability Resource Center will be making reservations for the Adaptive Technology Rooms on behalf of the students they serve.

    Students, faculty and staff can request contactless delivery of books and other physical items by clicking on the “Request” link in the Libraries’ online catalog.

    Visit Library Remote Services for the latest updates.

  • Study Spaces

    Reservations to use the libraries and other study spaces throughout the campuses can be made through the central space reservation system. Here’s a how-to guide for study space reservations. 

    Study space reservations that remain unclaimed for 15 minutes will be cancelled and the space will be released to another student. 

    Please vacate your study space promptly at the end of your reservation so that it can be cleaned for the following student. Always wear your face covering while on campus and carry your FIU One Card to access your space reservation.

  • Dining options

    Fall 2020

    Take-out options are available this semester.

    Face masks are required of all associates (those cooking and serving as well as administrative personnel and managers). All Panther Dining associates and vendors delivering food products are health screened prior to each shift by a designated safety manager.

    Hours of operations for all dining options are listed on shopFIU along with the FIU Mobile App. In addition, ShopFIU has a dedicated webpage regarding the new normal in on-campus dining.

  • Retail options

    Fall 2020 

    Visit the ShopFIU webpage to find out which retail and services are open both in person and remotely this fall.

  • Barnes and Noble

    Barnes and Noble: Now open at MMC only, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., first floor only. La Ventanita is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for takeout only.

    Beginning Nov. 2, Barnes and Noble will no longer offer free shipping on all orders. Web orders of $49 or more will receive free ground service. Orders less than $49 that need to be shipped will incur a ground rate shipping fee of $6.99.

    Barnes and Noble at MMC is now offering curbside pickup for all online orders. Select “Pickup Curbside” at checkout and follow the instructions provided.

    For more information, please visit Shop FIU.       

  • FIU One Card

    FIU One Card: Having a valid One Card is key to having access to campus this fall, as some buildings are locked and only accessible by swiping the One Card.

    If you are a new student and have not yet uploaded your photo for your FIU One Card, please visit your MyFIU page and use the link provided in your tasks (To Do’s) list. Once you successfully upload your picture, you may pick up your FIU One Card during office hours at BBC or MMC.
     
    If you need a replacement FIU One Card, please visit the One Card office. Please note replacement cards require a $15 fee. Consult the One Card website or ShopFIU for hours of operation.

  • FIU museums

    The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is open. Visitors are being asked to make an appointment to visit 48 hours in advance. The museum is limiting the number of people per hour and enhancing its cleaning protocol in order to provide a safe environment for all. Visitors are being asked to review visitor guidelines prior to arrival.

    The Frost is not scheduling in-person tours, though you may request a virtual tour. In addition, the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery and Vicky Café are currently closed.

    If you have any questions, please contact museum personnel at artinfo@fiu.edu or 305-348-2890.

    The Wolfsonian and The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU are currently closed but working on reopening strategies in close consultation with leadership. In the meantime, all three museums continue to release digital and virtual programs on a regular basis via their websites and social media.

  • Student Health Clinics, pharmacy, and other medical services

    Student Health Clinics and pharmacy: Student Health Clinics and the pharmacy are operating on a modified schedule until further notice – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No walk-ins will be accepted at this time. Please call 305-348-8385 to schedule an appointment.

    Counseling & Psychological Services/Victim Empowerment Program:  CAPS/VEP is currently operating remotely. Scheduled appointments are held over the phone or by videoconference (through a HIPAA-compliant platform). If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 305-348-2277 and leave a message for a call back.

    If you are in need of immediate services, please call our 24-Hour hotline 305-348-2277 (CAPS) to speak with a licensed clinician.

    Campus Chiropractor: By appointment only. Call 305-348-8069.

    College Optical: Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (305) 348 -8439. No walk-ins. For additional questions or concerns, please send an email to collegeoptical@fiu.edu.

  • Children’s Creative Learning Center

    Children’s Creative Learning Center: The center is closed until further notice but will reopen in the fall after implementing the necessary program changes to ensure a safe educational early childhood program for currently enrolled families. 

    The center is making modifications to its operational hours and implementing the following protocols:

    • reduced class sizes
    • daily health checks
    • modified drop-off and pick-up routines
    • limiting adults and visitors in the building
    • adapting activities to maintain social distancing
    • increasing outside playtime
    • cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and toys frequently

    Due to the current restriction on class size, the center is not enrolling new children to begin in the fall semester at this time. However, you are welcome to submit a Request for Admission Form via email to cclc@fiu.edu to place your child on the waiting list. If an opportunity for enrollment becomes available throughout the school year, the center will notify families as quickly as possible. To check your child’s status on the waiting list, please call 305-348-2143 or send an email to cclc@fiu.edu.

    For more information about the center’s program, please visit children.fiu.edu.

    To find more information about currently open child care centers, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program is available to provide assistance to parents about child care centers that are currently open. To reach a CCR&R specialist, please call 305-646-7220. For more information, please visit the ELC CCR&R website.

    For information regarding open child care centers in Broward County, please visit the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County Child Care Resource & Referral website or call them at 954-377-2188.

  • Student food pantries

    The FIU student food pantries are open. Please review the information below for hours and operations for each pantry. 

    Modesto A. Maidique Campus Pantry
    GC 319

    Monday – Thursday, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Phone: 305-348-6995 or 305-348-3204

    Biscayne Bay Campus Pantry
    WUC Panther Square - Information desk
    Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Phone: 305-348-6995

  • Transportation services

    Services for Panther Mover, Panther Express and CATS shuttle services will be running in the fall. Schedules will remain the same with departures every 30 minutes from each campus beginning at 6 a.m. and running through 10 p.m. with a last departure at 11 p.m.

    Due to decreased occupancy in each vehicle in order for the university to comply with physical distancing requirements, additional buses will be added if demand warrants it.

    The following safety protocols will be implemented to ensure cleanliness and physical distancing:

    • All transportation services will operate at a maximum of 50 percent passenger capacity.
    • Barriers will be installed between the drivers and the passengers.
    • Face coverings will be required at all times for both passengers and driver.
    • Hand sanitizing lotion will be available on all shuttles and installed in all bus stops.
    • A swiper will be mounted on every dashboard to avoid One Card exchange.
    • Sanitation wipes will be provided for the disinfection of personal seating areas.
    • Indicators will be placed on available seats noted in green so riders know where they can sit.
    • All buses/shuttles will be thoroughly cleaned daily with a disinfectant mist.
    • Drivers will receive COVID-19 best practices training.


    For additional information, please visit Parking & Transportation.

  • Bird Scooters

    Bird Scooters will be on campus, but they can only be used on university sidewalks and while crossing the street at crosswalks. Additionally, they must be operated at reasonable speed and users must show due regard to traffic, pedestrians, property of others and the surface of the sidewalk or pavement, among other conditions.

Events

All university events – on and off campus – are suspended until further notice. Exceptions may be made for events that are tied to student success or research and cannot be done remotely. To request an exemption, please complete the event form. You may also reach out to fiuevents@fiu.edu for guidance.

Travel

  • Student, Faculty & Staff Travel

    FIU’s Travel Committee (TC) continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and is cognizant of faculty, staff and students wanting to resume traveling for academic and business purposes. Taking into consideration information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization and FIU’s own experts, the following restrictions are in place: 

    Outbound Travel

    Domestic and international travel by faculty, staff and students on behalf of the university remains suspended until further notice. This suspension remains in place even though the U.S. Department of State lifted the “Level 4: Do Not Travel Global Health Advisory” on August 6, 2020. The  current guidance is to refer to country-specific advisories as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries differently. 

    Recognizing that some trips are critical to our research preeminence and student success goals, the university will maintain the current protocol of accepting petitions for all outbound travel that is deemed essential to our achieving those goals. Please note that petitions for domestic research/field trips follow a separate review process routed directly to the Office of Research & Economic Development.

    Petitions submitted by students must be supported by a member of the faculty. Also, vicinity travel (50 miles or less) and personal trips are excluded from this requirement.  

    Travel petitions must be submitted online and will be routed for review as follows. The ultimate decision to restrict travel rests with the Provost.   

    Domestic Research/Field Trips (Students & Employees)All Other Trips
    (Students & Employees)

    Petition

    Petition

    Routed to ORED

    For questions, please contact Dr. Luis Salas ( salasl@fiu.edu)

    Routed to the TC

    For questions, please contact Ms. Gitta Montoto ( gmontoto@fiu.edu)

    If a travel exception is granted, travelers will be advised that they must:

    • Submit a travel authorization request (TAR) via the regular process in Panthersoft. Attach the approval of the travel petition to the expense report as supporting documentation.


    Applicable to international trips only: 

    • Follow the requirements and recommendations stipulated in FIU’s  International Travel Policy and the  TAR travel advisory
    • Register the trip with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS)  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) and forward enrollment confirmation (auto-email) to  intltravel@fiu.edu
    • Students must register with the Office of Education Abroad (OEA), complete a pre-departure briefing with the OEA, and enroll in FIU’s international insurance program for students at their own cost. 
    • For international trips, check in with FIU Global (contact  intltravel@fiu.edu) for a pre-departure briefing on destination-specific risks, arrival (abroad and returning home) requirements such as mandatory quarantine, insurance coverage in- and exclusions etc.  


    Inbound Travel

    All members of the FIU community, including but not limited to students, employees, vendors, and visitors, are required to follow FIU policies and guidelines outlined in this website when accessing any physical university premises regardless of where they travel from (across the street, local, national, international). FIU will only require a period of quarantine if it is required by local, state or federal health authorities. We encourage our constituents to frequently check this website for the latest updates pertaining to travel guidelines.  

    International students and visiting scholars are invited to FIU in the Fall 2020 semester to complete their studies or teaching and research assignments. They are advised to inform themselves about changes to our academic enterprise in response to the COVID-19 pandemic prior to their departure to the U.S. and regularly visit this website. They should also contact our Office of International Student & Scholar Services for additional guidance.     

    The TC will re-evaluate these restrictions throughout the Fall 2020 semester. The TC will also provide guidance for Education Abroad program faculty directors to establish under which conditions such programs may be planned for Spring/Summer 2021 taking all risks into consideration. As a reminder, Education Abroad programs have been suspended until the end of Fall semester.     

    For questions concerning the current travel protocol, please contact TC Interim Chair Gitta Montoto at  gmontoto@fiu.edu.

  • Study abroad

    FIU has suspended all Study Abroad programs (including faculty-led, third-party, inbound and outbound exchanges, service learning, alternative breaks and internships) until December 1, 2020. Additionally, all educational programs on cruise ships are suspended until the university deems it safe to resume such programs. A decision concerning Education Abroad programs after December 1, 2020, will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester.

    For additional questions regarding student travel and/or study abroad programs, please contact Executive Director of FIU Global Mobility Alejandra Parra at Alejandra.parra@fiu.edu.

Athletics

Most of our fall sports athletic programs have been suspended temporarily in accordance with NCAA rules, but FIU football is back! See this year’s schedule. We are hopeful that other intercollegiate athletic competitions will resume later this fall as soon as conditions allow.

As FIU continues its efforts to help control the spread of COVID-19, we ask our university community to follow the Panthers Protecting Panthers protocols, which include completing the P3 app questionnaire before every campus visit, wearing face coverings while on campus, practicing physical distancing and washing hands or using hand sanitizer often.