Q&A for Students and Families

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 recommendations are based upon the recommendations provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Quarantine is defined as someone who has been in close-contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. We recommend testing for individuals showing symptoms as soon as possible.

You are not required to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated unless you are showing symptoms.

If you are asymptomatic, you will continue to quarantine and monitor symptoms until your quarantine period is over. The length of quarantine 7-10 days keeping the following guidelines in mind:

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a negative test is obtained and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The test must be completed within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than 7 days.
  • In both cases, continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14 must be met.

Isolation is defined as isolating from others entirely (i.e. no face-to-face classes, interactions with people, exposing the public community, etc.) for 10 days from start of symptoms or 10 days from test date if asymptomatic.

Florida Tech is obligated to observe privacy and confidentiality concerning the health of our students. Should you have questions related to our policies and procedures, you may contact the Dean of Students.

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.

Florida Tech will provide face coverings to any student, faculty, staff, or visitor who required one. Please visit the Student Life office for your free face covering.

If you’re at home and start feeling sick, or if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the COVID-19 Campus Clear App before coming to campus, stay home. Notify the COVID-19 Case Manager and contact the Holzer Health Center for guidance on medical evaluation.

If you start to feel sick while on campus, contact the Holzer Health Center for guidance on medical evaluation.

If a student tests positive at the Holzer Health Center, the COVID-19 Case Manager will be notified to arrange the appropriate accommodations. The Holzer Health Center will ensure the student is briefed on their responsibility to isolate themselves. If a student receives a positive test from an outside facility, they should contact the COVID-19 Case Manager for accommodations.

The Dean of Students office 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.

Additionally, when any student of the Florida Tech community tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Holzer Health Center 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.

Rapid testing will be available through the Holzer Health Center for all students via appointment.  Students can also visit a primary care physician and/or Florida Department of Health testing facilities.

Holzer Health Center: In-person appointments will be available to students.

We will provide a separate treatment and waiting space for patients having symptoms associated with COVID-19. Appointment schedules will be adjusted to limit the number of people in waiting areas, and all front-facing service areas will have Plexiglas installed to promote social distancing.

Student Counseling Center: 

In an effort to keep the health of our entire campus community a top priority at this time, we are providing support through in-person and teletherapy services.  

Please call the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the Student Counseling Center  website for additional information including:

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

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.

Per CDC guidelines, most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

 

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After the COVID-19 vaccination, you may experience some side effects, which may feel like the flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Yes. It’s important to note that, while these vaccines are highly effective, there is still the chance that if you are exposed to the virus you could contract COVID-19 after having received the vaccination. On a campus of 5000 +/- people, 95% efficacy still translates to 250 individuals being vulnerable to the disease. For these reasons, all Panthers will continue to follow the Florida Tech Safe Plan.

Yes, fully vaccinated individuals can, but are not required to, upload an image of their vaccine verification card to the Holzer Health Center via https://www.fit.edu/health/immunization-requirements/. This will give students access to an electronic record of any vaccine records they wish to upload.

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The university will continue to require isolation and quarantine protocols to be followed by all students. Florida Tech has assigned isolation space on campus but reserves the right to ask any positive students to isolate at home or off-campus at their own expense. 

If you do not adhere to the isolation protocols and procedures, you may be referred to the Dean of Students and/or removed from campus. Contact tracing will continue, and students will be required to follow quarantine protocols if identified as a close contact unless fully vaccinated.

  • Students in on-campus housing will quarantine or self-isolate in designated space in campus facilities. Isolation suites will be limited to students housed in double-occupancy housing. Students with their own room will isolate in place with restrictions. A dedicated staff member will serve as liaison to students in these spaces, coordinating move-in and move-out as well as access to food, and assisting with health and wellness needs that arise.
  • Students who do not live in campus housing will be required to self-isolate or quarantine in their off-campus housing or another location. The University will not provide housing or dining for those purposes.

Dining

For information about dining services.

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.

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 or the Dean of Students. 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.

Student Life

For information related to student organizations and activities.

Yes! Student organizations will be able to host events in the fall after receiving approval from the Office of Student Life. Students are encouraged to check out the COVID-19 Event Planning Resources page in Engage.

Intramural, club sports, and recreation will return to normal in the fall. Please visit https://www.fit.edu/clemente-center/intramural-sports/

Residence Life

For information about campus living and housing.

We will reinstate traditional housing accommodations, and our two-year live-on housing requirement will remain in place. All full-time students are required to live on campus for two years.  For Fall 2021, this includes students who entered Florida Tech during the following semesters: Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.

Select residence halls will accommodate limited single occupancy at a premium cost. For additional details, visit https://www.fit.edu/housing/about-campus-housing/.

Yes. Upon notification of a positive case within a residence hall, the COVID-19-positive resident(s) will be moved to dedicated locations for isolation. Students needing to quarantine will remain in their residence hall.

Florida Tech will ensure that students who isolate or quarantine on campus receive accommodations from their instructors, any health services they need and individually boxed meals delivered to their isolation/quarantine location.

For the safety of our campus community, public access to the campus will remain restricted, and Florida Tech will continue to require university guests to check in at the Welcome Center or at the Office of Enrollment Management (for campus tours). For safety and security, visitors will be required to display their university-provided visitor pass. Faculty and staff will continue to display will continue to display their campus-issued ID at all times when on campus. Students are also highly encouraged to display their campus-issued ID when moving around campus.

International Students

For information about coming to Florida Tech from countries outside the U.S.

All international students are expected to follow CDC guidelines before they return to campus. We strongly recommend all students get vaccinated prior to returning to campus.

The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued guidance for international students. In summary:

  • SEVIS-Pending I-20’s (these include brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): if inside the US, or able to gain entrance into the US, all students must be registered as full-load students, BUT cannot be registered for ONLY online courses; they must have at least one (1) face-to-face course.
  • SEVIS-Pending I-20’s (these include brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): if outside the US, the student can keep their fall admission and register for coursework online. The student’s immigration document I-20 will need to be re-issued for spring for entry into the US. If a SEVIS-Pending student decides not to register for fall, their admission and immigration document will need to be updated for the appropriate semester of deferral.
  • Students in SEVIS-Pending status cannot enter the US more than 30 days after the current “report by date” on their immigration document I-20. It is important to note that all entry into the US, at any time, is at the discretion of the port of entry officials.
  • SEVIS-Active students: international students who are currently outside the US, and are unable to return to the US, are able to keep their ACTIVE immigration status as long as they are registered appropriately to comply with immigration regulations (12 credits undergraduate students; 9 credits graduate students) in online coursework. Those students unable to comply with immigration regulations will have their immigration status terminated. It remains to be seen if a “continuing” student would be allowed to enter the US during the middle of a semester.
  • SEVIS-Active students: international students who are currently in the US, OR are able to gain entrance into the US, are able to keep their ACTIVE immigration status as long as they are registered appropriately to comply with immigration regulations (12 credits undergraduate students; 9 credits graduate students); these classes can be all face-to-face, online, or a combination of both.

Students who study from their home country will have their documents reissued with the new dates to reflect when they will be starting or returning to campus. New students should contact Admissions and returning students should contact ISSS