March 27, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
FAU is committed to the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors in our community. In keeping with the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FAU is imposing mandatory self-quarantine restrictions on any member of the FAU community with known or potential exposure to the outbreak under the following criteria:
- Recent International Travel/Cruise (does not include U.S. territories) – Any member of the FAU community returning from travel to a foreign country or cruise must self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days before requesting clearance to return to the FAU general population.
- All persons whose point of departure originates from outside Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York tri-state area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) and entering Florida through airports must self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days before requesting clearance to return to the FAU general population.
- Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 – Any member of the FAU community who has had close contact (six feet or less) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days must self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days before requesting clearance to return to the FAU general population.
Self-quarantine means you should stay in your place of residence and avoid contact with others until the quarantine period of 14 days is over. The CDC recommends that you take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day during the quarantine period. Should your temperature rise during your quarantine, please consult your doctor. The CDC further recommends that you do not show up at an urgent care facility, hospital emergency room or doctor’s office unannounced; instead, be sure to call first and let the office know you have been in quarantine.
Per the State of Florida’s Office of the Governor’s executive order 20-80, any person who violates any isolation or quarantine directed by the Department of Health commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both .
Per the State of Florida’s Office of the Governor’s executive order 20-83, persons over the age of 65 and those of any age with serious underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are urged to stay home.
Any student who meets any of the above criteria must self-quarantine even if no symptoms of illness are present. At the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period, students who are free of symptoms and have followed quarantine procedures must call their doctor or FAU Student Health Services to obtain medical clearance before returning to any campus and/or the FAU general population. Students should call ahead to let their medical provider’s office know they have been in quarantine before visiting the office.
A medical clearance form or note must be filled out by the student’s medical provider and submitted by the student to the Dean of Students Office at email@example.com no more than three days prior to the student’s requested return to campus.
Students can direct questions per the below information:
- Student Health Services
- Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)
- Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)
Any employee who meets any of the above criteria should follow these steps:
- Employees returning from a foreign country, cruise or point of departure originating from outside Florida in an area with substantial community spread and entering Florida through airports must self-quarantine for 14 days even if no symptoms of illness are present. Those individuals must contact the Department of Human Resources at 561-297-3072 to ensure proper designation of leave and receive important information about work arrangements. Please also notify your supervisor.
- Employees who traveled internationally (excluding U.S. territories) or domestically and returned from outside Florida in an area with substantial community spreads and entered Florida through an airport for official university business will be placed on paid administrative leave during the 14-day self-quarantine period.
- Employees who traveled internationally, on a cruise, or outside of Florida and returned from a point of departure originating from outside Florida in an area with substantial community spread and entering Florida through an airport for personal reasons, or who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, must use sick or annual leave during the 14-day self-quarantine period.
- If a healthcare provider determines an employee has contracted COVID-19, the employee may become eligible for FMLA leave and any accrued leave may be used concurrently with the FMLA leave. Any employee should notify Human Resources so that leave time is properly designated.
At the end of the 14-day quarantine, faculty and staff who remained asymptomatic and have followed quarantine procedures should communicate with their supervisors regarding return to the general FAU community.
Employees who tested positive for COVID-19 must notify Human Resources (in addition to their supervisors) and provide paperwork from their healthcare provider before returning to FAU campuses. Please send your return to work documentation via fax (561-297-4220) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to Human Resources for review and determination of when you can return to the general FAU community.
Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to FAU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety:
Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)
Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)