The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the variants are changing frequently. The answers below are based on current information. These FAQ responses will be updated regularly and as conditions change.

Per the latest communication from the Board of Governors, “the best way to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our campus and our community is to protect yourself, your family, and your friends every day by following the recommended precautions, including wearing masks, testing when necessary, and getting fully vaccinated including a booster, if you are able to do so.”

Given that the first several weeks of a semester may be the most disruptive, please consider student learning outcomes as you finalize your syllabi.

  • 1. What can I put in my syllabus regarding COVID-19?

    Below is some language that you can add to your syllabus along with the link to the FAQs page for students. 

    As cases continue to increase in our community, we must unite and take necessary steps to prevent further spread. 


    1. Please check your FIU email account and your Canvas course at least once a day. Email and Canvas are the official ways for the university, and your professors, to contact you.
    2. If you are experiencing symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to class, immediately complete the P3 app to notify the COVID Response Team and contact me by email by forwarding your P3 app email notification as soon as you can. In order to receive an excused absence for COVID-19, you must complete the P3 app and forward the email notification. If directed to stay home by the P3 app, that email notification will serve as your excused absence when you forward it to me. The make-up policies are outlined in this syllabus. [FACULTY INSERT YOUR MAKE-UP POLICY, IF APPLICABLE.]
    3. FIU is following current CDC Guidance. Please refer to the link where you can access their most current information.
    4. Please take every precaution to keep yourself and others healthy. Per CDC guidelines, you are encouraged to get vaccinated and strongly advised to wear a mask indoors and in public including all FIU facilities.
    5. Missing excessive days may lead to failing a class or a grade of incomplete.
    6. For me to assist you in achieving your goals, it is important for you to contact me as soon as you experience any events that might disrupt your course participation. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please see the fiu.edu FAQs.
    7. Please be advised that classes may be audio and visually recorded and/or subject to course capture for future access by students in this course. Your attendance/participation in this course constitutes consent to such recordings, which will only be used for educational purposes by students in the course and securely stored in University systems. If there is a concern regarding the recording and use of such recording, please contact FERPA@fiu.edu.
  • 2. If a student in your class tests positive for COVID:
    1. What are the guidelines for how long the student should quarantine? FIU is following current CDC Guidance. Please refer to the link where you can access their most current information.
    2. What happens if they show up in class? We recommend a standard message at the beginning of every class such as: “If you have received a red, orange, or yellow on the P3 app or if you have symptoms or a COVID-positive test, please go home. Your absence will be excused when you complete the P3 app and forward the P3 app email notification. This way you keep yourself and your colleagues safe.”
    3. Is the class permitted, or is it necessary, to go remote temporarily as a response? Please include in your syllabus the process for excused absences and what students positive for COVID-19 should do to obtain an excused absence. Students should complete the P3 app and forward the P3 app email notification to you.
    4. If we can expect many students to contract COVID-19, how do we ensure (1) that students are not incentivized to break the quarantine guidelines, and (2) ensure that student outcomes are not adversely affected? If faculty are clear about makeups in their syllabi and students are not penalized for excused absences, then students should stay home if they get a red, organge or yellow on the P3 app.
  • 3. What is the latest state guidance on providing students with flexible alternatives?

    Faculty who are teaching in the classroom may provide alternatives for certain students. While this is consistent with past practice, including pre-COVID, we recognize your commitment to returning to the classroom and want to be clear that teachers teaching in the classroom should still be able to assist students who want to stay current. Students who are directed to isolate or quarantine, should work with faculty members individually to identify alternative methods for completing course requirements during their period of isolation. Alternatives may include any means and tools normally utilized to provide options to students during periods of absence from class.

  • 4. If a student receives a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app or is directed by the COVID Response Team to isolate or quarantine and is unable to attend my in-person, on-campus class, what accommodations may I use?

    Consistent with past practice, faculty may employ supplemental methods such as recordings and course capture, streaming, case studies, class notes, and/or other alternatives for the duration of the excused absence. If the faculty chooses to use recordings, course capture, or streaming, he/she must include the consent language in his/her syllabus listed above on 1(h). 

  • 5. I teach a mandatory attendance course. If a student gets a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app, what flexibility may I offer the student?

    In-person, on-campus classes should be offered as listed, however faculty may choose to employ methods such as recordings and course capture (with appropriate language in the syllabus), streaming, case studies, and/or other alternatives. Faculty teaching in-person, on-campus classes may choose to offer office hours and/or supplemental help to students using technology such as Zoom. Furthermore, faculty may record their class lectures in compliance with university processes.

  • 6. Why is FIU not mandating masks?

    We are following and recommending CDC protocols that include vaccination and mask-wearing and, as a state institution, we are complying with state mandates. Consistent with Chancellor Criser’s message, the best way to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our campus and our community is to protect yourself, your family, and your friends every day by following the recommended precautions.

    At FIU, we continue to recommend the use of face coverings.

    The CDC relaxed its indoor face covering recommendations, indicating that in areas of low to medium COVID-19 risk, people may choose not to use a face covering indoors. However, if you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are immunocompromised, face coverings should be worn.

    In addition, Gov. DeSantis has issued a new policy advising against the use of face coverings in businesses and community settings and suggesting a five-day isolation period for adults and children who test positive for COVID-19. In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Levine Cava announced that face coverings are no longer required indoors at county facilities, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates.

  • 7. Can I require students to wear masks during class meetings?

    At FIU, we continue to recommend the use of face coverings. Faculty may recommend the use of masks in the classroom in a way that is supportive of students. However, faculty may not require face masks in the classroom nor is it a violation of the Student Conduct and Honor Code if the student chooses not to wear a mask. Faculty also may not segregate or otherwise treat masked and unmasked students differently. Further, there should be no expectation from faculty to force students to sit with an unmasked student. To the extent possible, the faculty should still facilitate group work and in no case penalize unmasked or masked students.

     

  • 8. Is FIU providing masks to faculty?

    We are ordering a supply of high-quality masks that will be delivered to each academic department to be distributed to all primary and secondary instructors assigned to in-person and hybrid classes. In addition, we have a supply on hand of cloth masks and those can be ordered anytime by contacting Facilities at 305-348-4600.

  • 9. Am I required to wear a mask in class?

    No. At FIU, we continue to recommend the use of face coverings. 

    The CDC relaxed its indoor face covering recommendations, indicating that in areas of low to medium COVID-19 risk, people may choose not to use a face covering indoors. However, if you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are immunocompromised, face coverings should be worn.

    In addition, Gov. DeSantis has issued a new policy advising against the use of face coverings in businesses and community settings and suggesting a five-day isolation period for adults and children who test positive for COVID-19. In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Levine Cava announced that face coverings are no longer required indoors at county facilities, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates.

  • 10. What if I am vaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, do I need to isolate or quarantine?

    FIU is following current CDC Guidance. Please refer to the link where you can access their most current information.

  • 11. If a student tells me that they have received a red, orange or yellow result on the P3 app, are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, and/or have received a positive COVID-19 test, what should I do?

    Direct the student to follow the procedure outlined in Question 2 above. 

  • 12. If there are many students receiving a red, orange or yellow result on the P3 app at the same time, what procedure should I follow?

    Consistent with past practice, faculty may employ supplemental methods such as recordings, course capture, streaming, case studies, and/or other alternatives to deliver class content if the COVID Response Team (CRT) directs faculty to not have class in person.

    1. In the event that many students are absent at the same time, have clear guidelines in your syllabus for making up assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. (This could include rescheduling major assignments and exams.)
    2. In the event that a few students are absent multiple times, make sure that your policy on making up multiple major assignments is clearly outlined in your syllabus. (For example, you may have a policy that a final exam may make up one mid-term exam but not two, etc.)
  • 13. What if the COVID Response Team (CRT) tells me that my entire class needs to isolate or quarantine?

    You will be asked to cancel class, provide alternative work, or teach that class remotely for a limited period. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities.  

    Watch the streaming in classroom training video

  • 14. If I have autoimmune or other health issues, will I be granted ADA accommodations for this year?

    The University Office of Civil Rights, Compliance and Accessibility (CRCA) and the ADA Coordinator will move through the iterative ADA accommodation process to determine whether an individual qualifies for an accommodation. A medical diagnosis alone does not equate to an ADA accommodation.

    1. What does that mean for my assignment? Faculty should follow the CRCA approved ADA accommodation. Contact the University Office of Civil Rights, Compliance and Accessibility (CRCA)for more information. After receiving guidance from CRCA, communicate with your Chair.
    2. How long does it take to get approval from ADA? This depends on the number of requests that are being processed as well as the time that it takes to work with your doctor to complete the required paperwork.
    3. What if someone with whom I live has autoimmune or other health issues? Am I eligible for ADA accommodations for this reason? ADA accommodations do not extend to household members. Faculty members should work with their Chairs to make appropriate arrangements. This may include FMLA, flexible work arrangement, leave of absence, and/or change of assignment, etc.
  • 15. Will my class(es) be cancelled for low enrollment?

    Colleges are being asked to maintain low-enrolled in-person classes that may be required for graduation.

  • 16. Can I require physical distancing in my classroom(s)?

    No, but you may tell your students to sit where they are comfortable, space allowing.

  • 17. As faculty, if I receive a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app, what do I do?

    If you receive a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app, notify your chair and follow the guidance of the COVID Response Team. Consistent with past practice, faculty may use alternative means for content delivery if they are instructed to isolate or quarantine. Except for in exceptional cases, please note that if the faculty member cannot be in the classroom, another university designee must be present. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities.

    Watch the streaming in classroom training video

  • 18. What if I need to temporarily isolate or quarantine on short notice?

    To mitigate the impact, please:

    1. Update your Canvas courses and syllabi with expectations for missed assignments and include updated language regarding COVID that can be found in the Faculty FAQs at fiu.edu
    2. Prepare ahead of time for a potential absence (i.e. a relevant case study, a YouTube video about content in the course, create their own videos using fiu.edu or VoiceThread)
    3. If you have an LA or TA, keep them up-to-date with course materials
    4. Contact your chair as soon as you can once you are told to isolate/quarantine
    5. Use Canvas communication and collaboration tools: we encourage you to create a Course Announcement to communicate with your students on the course status. Learn How to Create an Announcement in Canvas.
  • 19. How does an absence due to receiving a red, yellow or orange on the P3 app differ from any other absence?

    Student absences due to receiving a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app should be considered excused absences. You should follow your excused absence policies as they are outlined in your syllabus. Please remind your students that to be excused from any absences related to P3, they must forward the P3 app email notification.  As always, students are responsible for providing you with information about their absence and work within your late submission policies for any work missed during an excused absence. Inform your students that missing excessive days due to excused absences may lead to failure of the course or an incomplete grade.

  • 20. Do faculty have a way to know if a student has completed the P3 app?

    No. Faculty do not have access to and may not ask to see student P3 app results. Students who miss class when they get a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app are responsible for informing the faculty of their absence by forwarding the P3 email notification.

  • 21. Students may be absent multiple times due to receiving a red, orange or yellow result on the P3 app and, therefore, may miss a considerable amount of work. What to do then?

    Ensure that your expectations for make-up work are clearly outlined in your syllabus for all graded elements of your course. If there are elements that cannot be made-up such as class participation or group quizzes, be sure to make note of that. Including an explanation at the start of the semester may help students understand why missing class frivolously jeopardizes their grade. Some faculty allow the final exam or project grade to replace a missing grade on a major assignment. If doing so, it is important to outline the policy for students missing more than one major assignment. It is important to indicate in the syllabus the proportion of work that a student must complete to be eligible to receive an incomplete.

  • 22. I’m getting questions from students who are concerned about returning to campus with the number of cases on the rise in Miami-Dade County. They are asking if remote attendance is possible.

    See answer to question 3. Faculty can provide flexibility to students who miss class due to getting a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app. However, students enrolled in an in-person, on-campus classes are expected to follow attendance policies as outlined in the syllabus for each class. Streaming technologies are not intended to be used as an alternative for the regular class attendance.

  • 23. I am an older faculty member and vaccinated, but uncertain that there are enough protections in place to address the number of cases in Miami-Dade County. Will classrooms be cleaned after use?
    1. All our pandemic-related enhanced cleaning efforts remain in place.
    2. These include, for example, frequent daily cleaning of all classrooms at night after classes have finished, High Touch Disinfection in open areas, lobbies, staircases, elevators of frequently touched points, daily multiple cleaning and disinfection of restrooms.
    3. In addition, we still have disinfecting wipes available in all classrooms and over 400 hand sanitizing stations at building entrances and first floor elevator banks (all elevator banks in the Libraries).
    4. Also, we continue to ensure all our restrooms are stocked with the Purell Healthy Soap.
    5. In addition to our daily enhanced cleaning/disinfection efforts, we continue to work closely with the CRT daily (7 days per week) to conduct targeted disinfection in spaces known to have been occupied or visited by confirmed cases.
  • 24. Is social distancing required?

    No. 

  • 25. What do I do about students who are trying to scare or intimidate other students in class with respect to choices about wearing/not wearing a mask?

    If a student is engaging in misbehavior or a lack of professionalism, the faculty should follow the processes for disruptive classroom behavior. Calmly letting the student know that they are disrupting class should be the first step. If a student does not respond to your request to stop the behavior, please submit an incident report to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Please note that the lack of mask wearing or social distancing is not considered misbehavior or a lack of professionalism and is therefore not a reportable offense. However, aggressive/biased behavior towards you or other students is and should be reported. If a student behaves in an aggressive manner toward you or another student, please call FIU Police at 305-348-2626. 

  • 26. How do I address course continuance if I become infected with COVID-19?

    If you get a red, orange or yellow on the P3 app, notify your chair and follow the guidance of the COVID Response Team. Consistent with past practice, faculty may use alternative means for content delivery if they are instructed to isolate or quarantine. Except for in exceptional cases, please note that if the faculty member cannot be in the classroom, another university designee must be present. Teaching via streaming technologies is a temporary, emergency measure, and is not intended to be a long-term solution or a change in modality. Once isolation/quarantine is completed, in-person, on-campus classes should resume. All general-purpose classrooms have Zoom-enabled capabilities. 

    Watch the streaming in classroom training video

  • 27. How will the faculty be informed of COVID-19 policies and the regulations that apply to the classroom?

    As circumstances change, we will keep faculty apprised with updates posted on the FIU COVID-19 webpage: repopulation.fiu.edu.Also, please stay abreast of CDC Guidelines.

  • 28. What are some of the resources available to me for teaching in the classroom?
    1. How to request and use a microphone for large classrooms with integrated sound. Here is a list of those classes.
    2. How to acquire/use a personal voice amplification system for classrooms without integrated sound.
    3. How to zoom into a classroom for temporary faculty absences.
  • 29. What if I am notified of a DRC student enrolled in my course?
    1. Please review the DRC’s Notification of Academic Adjustment which is delivered to your FIU email address.
    2. Take note of the listed ADA accommodations that are listed and must be provided consistently throughout the semester.
    3. Contact the DRC even if you have had DRC students in the past. Student needs may be amplified in times where class structure is disrupted - even temporarily.
    4. Specifically, if there is a student who is deaf or hard of hearing enrolled in your course, you will receive additional DRC outreach and guidance from a DRC Access Consultant about the implementation of the accommodations in the course.
    5. If faculty need to use recordings or videos, the accommodation delivery considerations (such as American Sign Language interpreters, captioning services, and microphone or amplification systems) already deployed may need to be changed. It is important that you notify the DRC via email (drc@fiu.edu) or phone (305-348-0541) if the course delivery temporarily changes.
  • 30. What is HB233 [now Florida Statutes Section 1004.097(3)(g)] and how could it affect my class(es)?

    Students may, without prior notice to the faculty member or guest lecturer, record video or audio of a class lecture in a class in which the student is enrolled. “Class lecture” includes ordinary back-and-forth discussions on the topic of the lecture. It does not include lab sessions, student presentations, clinical presentations, etc. Note that the student may not publish the recording in any venue without permission of the class lecturer. Link to Bill Summary.

    Additional Guidance Regarding New Florida Legislation Relating to FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 1004.097(3)(g)

  • 31. Beyond the emails from leadership, will there be any additional guidance from the university on how to address any or all of these questions?

    Yes, as circumstances change, we will keep faculty apprised with updates posted on the FIU COVID-19 webpage: panthersprotectingpanthers.fiu.edu. Also, please stay abreast of CDC Guidance. There will continue to be periodic town hall meetings as needed.