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/Mask Policy
As of July 30, 2021, face coverings are required indoors. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. The following face coverings are approved while on-campus.
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 safe 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
Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions
The following face shield is approved in place of a mask for faculty only when lecturing. Faculty must wear an approved face covering (any mentioned above) when meeting with stduents directly. This face shield is only approved when lecturing at the front of the classroom.
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
Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosolized particulates; 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.
This guide to restarting face-to-face human subject research has been developed to assist researchers needing to resume or start in-person human subject research at Florida Tech beginning August 10, 2020. IRB approval is contingent upon there being no remote alternative and with appropriate safety precautions in place. If there is a possibility for the study to be conducted remotely, IRB strongly urges these studies NOT be opened up for face-to-face interactions. The primary concern of IRB is to ensure safety of research participants and investigators. Maintaining the scientific integrity of research protocols is a secondary concern.
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 at the Security Welcome Center, building 544, 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.
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:
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.
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 or COVID-19 Case Manager 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.
If student(s) is directed by the Dean of Students or COVID-19 Case Manager 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
Florida Institute of Technology has implemented a vaccination policy effective Monday, March 8, 2021 recommending COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and students. In accordance with Florida Tech’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our faculty and staff and their families, our students and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. In making this decision, the executive leadership team reviewed recommendations from the Pandemic Response Team as well as information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
All employees and students are recommended to receive the vaccination. Vaccine distribution and eligibility are determined by the Florida Department of Health. Florida Tech does not have the ability to accelerate the vaccination of our faculty, staff or students. Vaccination is advised regardless of a history of COVID illness.
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to people living in the United States. However, your vaccination provider may bill your insurance company, Medicaid, or Medicare for an administration fee.
If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. After exposure, people can be infected with or “carry” the virus that causes COVID-19 but not feel sick or have any symptoms. All faculty, staff and students are asked to continue to follow the Florida Tech Safe Plan, including wearing a face mask correctly and consistently, avoiding large gatherings, practicing social distancing and frequent hand disinfection.
Vaccine distribution and eligibility are determined by the Florida Department of Health. For the latest vaccine information, visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/. Visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ for vaccine locations nearby.