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COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines

In accordance with the "Return to Learn: Florida Tech Safe" plan, and with the health and safety of the Florida Tech community in mind, the university will monitor and enforce campuswide compliance with the following COVID-19 policies and guidelines.

As new policies are finalized, they will be added to this page. If you are unsure about a policy or guidline, or have another question about Florida Tech's COVID-19 plans, please submit a question for our FAQ.

Face Coverings/Masks

Face coverings must be worn by all employees working on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

One face covering per employee will be provided by Florida Tech. You may also wear your own cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace. Cloth face coverings should only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

A cloth face covering or disposable mask is required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained). Must be replaced daily. While likely necessary for ingress and egress, not required when working alone in an office.

Cloth Face Covering

Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

Disposable Mask

Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

 

Medical-grade surgical masks and N95 respirators are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety.

Medical-grade Surgical Mask

FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contains wearer’s respiratory emissions

 

N95 Respirator

Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

 

For additional details regarding cloth face coverings, including how to create, wear and care for home-made face coverings, visit the CDC website.

Putting on Your Face Covering

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face-covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.

Due to COVID-19, Florida Tech's guest and visitor campus access policy has changed. Residential students and employees, please be aware of, and have your guests follow, the guidelines below starting August 14, 2020.

Exposure to COVID-19 or Exhibiting Symptoms

Guests are required to self-screen before coming to campus. Anyone who has had known exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the 14 days precedeing their visit, or who is exhibiting symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19, is forbidden from visiting campus as a guest.

When Visting Campus (Non-Admissions Purposes)

All Florida Tech visitors coming to campus for reasons other than an admissions-related purpose must report to Security, located on the first floor of Shaw Hall (Building 114), to receive a temporary visitor ID, which which must be worn at all times while on campus. Guests who bring a vehicle to campus will require a temporary parking pass, also available by visiting the Security office. During the day, parking is free for guests and visitors. However, they will receive a placard that must be displayed on their windshields. Overnight guests are not permitted. Therefore, overnight vehicle permits will not be issued. All visitors are expected to observe Florida Tech’s parking regulations.

Expectations of Guests

Guests and visitors must be prepared for the following before arriving to campus:

  • Temperature screenings prior to entry. All guests will be temperature screened. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be rescreened. Those with confirmed temperatures of 100.4 F or above will not be allowed to visit campus.
  • Face coverings required for guests ages 2 and up. All visitors are expected to wear a face mask/covering while on campus. This includes all times inside any building on campus and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
    Social distancing. Guests should observe social distancing and remain 6 feet apart whenever possible while visiting campus.
  • An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation. Guests are highly encouraged to use hand sanitizing stations and to wash their hands frequently while visiting campus.

Pickups

Guests coming to visit or pick up students need to have prior authorization when the campus is closed. Otherwise, the security officer will not allow them to enter campus until a university community member has been contacted.

Food Delivery & Ride Services

Students will be allowed to use food delivery services (e.g., pizza, groceries, etc.). However, the delivery service personnel will not be allowed in residence halls. Therefore, students must meet them outside. It is recommended that students prepay, so the items can be left outside to limit physical interaction.

Ride-hailing services, such as Lyft, Uber and taxis will be allowed on campus. It is recommended that students follow CDC guidelines.

All services listed above will need to register with the university’s department of security prior to their arrival. They can be registered via our online form or by calling 321-674-8112. All visitors will be required to show Florida Tech or government-issued identification to enter campus.

 

It is the goal of Florida Tech to protect the health and safety of our campus by minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 within our community. All students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within our campus community by knowingly violating the Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn Guidelines. Specifically:

Exposure Policy

Attending class or visiting other campus locations after being notified of a positive COVID-19 test and/or of having close contact with person(s) who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be considered as an act of willful exposure of COVID-19 to our campus community and is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may subject a student to emergency removal from the campus community.

Isolation Policy

If an on campus resident returns a positive test for COVID-19 they will per Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn Guidelines be temporarily removed from their assigned housing and relocated to the university’s designated Isolation Housing where they will remain per instructions from the Dean of Students and per CDC guidelines. Any violation of this mandated isolation will be considered an act of willful exposure of COVID-19 to our campus community and is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may subject a student to emergency removal from the campus community.

Quarantine Policy

If student(s) is directed by the Dean of Students to maintain quarantine per CDC guidelines due to exposure through close contact* with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and subsequently violates the terms of the quarantine, it will be considered an act of willful exposure of COVID-19 to our campus community and is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may subject a student to emergency removal from the campus community.

*As defined by CDC guidelines