Q&A for Faculty and Staff

Florida Tech is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. We hope you find this FAQ helpful as we "Return to Learn" together. If you cannot find the information you need below, please submit your question so that we may answer it for you.

Health and Safety

For information about staying healthy while on campus.

Florida Tech requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors wear an appropriate face covering while indoors. Face coverings are not required outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

All faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work.  The CampusClear app is available for the daily healthcare screening. 

In the spirit of the University’s commitment to the health and safety of Florida Tech, Effective August 23rd, employees are required to submit negative COVID-19 test results every 10 days unless fully vaccinated.  Employees are required to upload weekly negative test results or one-time proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure site here:  COVID-19 Documentation Upload.  A negative test result for those unvaccinated must be submitted every 10 days to accommodate possible result delays on required weekly tests. 

Faculty and staff should seek tests through their primary care physician or urgent care (if symptomatic), retail pharamcies, or through Florida Department of Health testing facilities. 

If you are at home and feeling sick, please stay at home and notify your manager/supervisor and Human Resources. For further healthcare, please contact your primary care physician.

If you start to feel sick on campus, you should notify your manager/supervisor and Human Resources and then leave campus immediately. For further healthcare, please contact your primary care physician.

Employees will be required to notify the Office of Human Resources of a positive result. All test results reporting will be conducted in compliance with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

When any member of the Florida Tech community tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the university will follow the direction and guidance from the Florida Department of Public Health (FDPH). For employees, notify Human Resources, who will:

  • Ensure the employee is briefed on their responsibility to isolate themselves.
  • Ensure the employee’s department leadership is aware.

Florida Tech will support contact tracing efforts led by FDPH and be prepared to assist FDPH by collecting initial information from patients. We also will be available to engage in further tracing of potential on-campus exposures, as directed by FDPH.

We will determine where a person with a positive test result or diagnosis of COVID-19 has spent significant time and deploy a specially trained team to clean and disinfect those specific areas.

Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 may not return to campus or leave isolation until all three of the following criteria are met:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  2. At least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine and
  3. Symptoms have improved.

When a student tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Holzer Health Center, COVID-19 Case Manager, and Dean of Students will follow guidance from the Florida Department of Public Health (FDPH). For students, Holzer Health Center will ensure the student is briefed on their responsibility to isolate themselves. The COVID-19 Case Manager will conduct contact tracing and inform any students who qualify as close contacts. Any faculty/staff member identified as a close contact will be passed onto Human Resources and Human Resources will contact the faculty/staff member.

The COVID-19 Case Manager and Dean of Students will help the student arrange appropriate academic accommodations with their instructors and coordinate with Housing and Residence Life to initiate isolation protocols for campus residents.

Florida Tech will centrally manage the acquisition and distribution of PPE to ensure usage is consistent based on job function, risk of exposure and other factors, and we will maintain adequate supplies of only approved PPE. Coordinating across campus also will help make more cost-effective purchases.

Building managers or department heads can request PPE supplies for their building through the Office of Environmental Health & Safety.

The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit other vaccinated people indoors with masks 
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household with masks , if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease.
  • Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days

However, people who are fully vaccinated still need to take precautions in many scenarios. The guidelines say fully vaccinated people must:

  • Wear a mask and keep good physical distance around the unvaccinated who are at increased risk for severe Covid-19, or if the unvaccinated person has a household member who is at higher risk
  • Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.

In addition, fully vaccinated people should continue basic safety precautions, including: wearing a mask that fits well and keeping physical distance in public; avoiding medium- and large-sized crowds; avoiding poorly ventilated public spaces; washing hands frequently; and getting tested for Covid-19 if they feel sick.

Florida Tech will host vaccine drives throughout the semester with our partner, the Brevard County Department of Health. Information regarding vaccine drives will be communicated via Engage.

Students needing vaccines outside of the vaccines drives should visit a location found through the links below.

https://www.fit.edu/coronavirus/vaccine-policy/  OR https://www.vacinefinder.org 

Questions can be directed to covid19@fit.edu

Academics

For information about learning during COVID-19.

Florida Tech will resume a full schedule of in-person instruction in the fall. There will not be a remote option for courses scheduled to meet in person except for those who receive a special exemption from their College Dean. Courses will continue to be recorded and made available throughout the semester and will be deleted once the course is completed.

Yes. The first day of the fall term is August 23, 2021. The academic calendar will reflect traditional fall and Thanksgiving breaks.

Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have prepared to move seamlessly from one modality of instruction and operations to another as public health guidance and conditions dictate.

Dining

For information about dining services for faculty and staff.

The plan for fall is to resume normal dining operations for students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university. A to-go option will remain in place.