Campus guidance

August 27, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.

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Academic Instruction

FAU is planning a full on-campus, in-person instruction and campus experience beginning with the Fall 2021 semester.

Faculty members are encouraged to continue to avail themselves of the resources on the Keep Teaching website, while students should visit the Keep Learning website to familiarize themselves with remote learning resources.

Testing

Students are encouraged to check the Testing Center’s website for updates.

Advising

Students can schedule virtual advising through the Success Network button found on MyFAU or by visiting fau.edu/successnetwork. Contact information can be found at fau.edu/advising.

Tutoring

Services are available through the University Center for Excellence in Writing , Math Learning Center , CLASS , and the Science Learning Center. Links to full tutoring schedules and additional information is available at fau.edu/ctl and each center's website.


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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation facilities are open. Lockers and restroom facilities are available, although showers are closed. Water fountains and bottle filling stations are also closed. Advanced registration is no longer required. Members may check the facility occupancy and availability via Owlrec.fau.edu. Upon entry, members must swipe Owl Card or scan key tag. Visit the Campus Recreation website for additional information.


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Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the process used to identify those who encounter people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contact tracing is a core disease control measure employed as a key strategy for preventing further spread.

Contact tracing includes two distinct processes: 1) to notify individuals who test positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and need to self-isolate; and 2) to notify individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and may need to self-quarantine.

FAU has collaborated with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and local county health departments, to establish processes and to assist in tracing contacts internal to the FAU community. SHS oversees contact tracing for FAU-related cases. FAU’s clinical staff or contact tracing staff performs all contact tracing for students, faculty and staff in collaboration with the FDOH, which performs the contact tracing for those outside the FAU community.

Students and employees may be contacted by phone by Student Health Services (SHS). The calls may come from unrecognized phone numbers. It is important to answer calls to your cell phone and follow the instructions contact tracers provide. FAU’s contact tracing program will not extend beyond the university community. Only FAU students and employees will be contacted. The process is as follows:

  1. Student Health Services is notified of a positive test or positive COVID-19 symptoms through various sources.
  2. The SHS staff contacts the FAU student or employee who tested positive or is positive for COVID-19 symptoms and makes sure they are receiving the appropriate care and, most importantly, are following healthcare directions.
  3. The SHS staff interviews the student or employee to determine with whom on campus they may have come into close contact, and what campus spaces may have been exposed*.
  4. Based on this information, the SHS staff will contact potentially exposed FAU students and/or employees to notify and instruct them on next steps as appropriate. Additionally, SHS will arrange for cleaning of exposed spaces.

*In this context, “close contact” is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection).

Specific protocols for testing and contact tracing are available on the SHS website.

For employees, the Department of Human Resources has established a dedicated webpage for COVID-19 information specific to faculty and staff. Included on this page is information pertaining to the Talent Share Program, the Leave Donation Plan, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and leave/emergency paid sick leave details.

If employees need to self-isolate or quarantine they should also inform their supervisor.

For students, FAU has developed an on-campus quarantine and isolation plan and has the capability to isolate and quarantine residential students in both Boca Raton and Jupiter.


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COVID-19 Testing

Student Health Services (SHS) on the Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses offers COVID-19 viral testing for all students, faculty and staff for those exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and for asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected COVID-19 exposure.

COVID-19 testing is also available to students, faculty and staff through campus testing sites for walk-ups, randomly selected participants, and any targeted testing, as needed.

For detailed information, visit the COVID-19 Testing page .


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Dining Services

Dining Services hours are available here. FAU dining facilities undergo stringent cleaning and sanitation procedures in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit the Dining Services website for additional information.


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Face Coverings

It is on each of us to take the personal precautions necessary to protect our campus community. For the health and safety of all, it is expected everyone wear face coverings when inside buildings, including in classrooms. It is also expected that face coverings be worn when outside in large groups.


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FAU Cares

This application is used to consider students for multiple funding sources all of which can assist with financial hardship. Students must be enrolled and degree seeking for the current semester to be considered for funding. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA with FAU’s school code (001481) before completing this application, so that we can determine eligibility for all possible sources of support. The FAU Cares Fund is a scholarship for currently enrolled degree seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship due to an emergency. The fund can be used for educationally related expenses such as room, board, tuition, and personal expenses. A 2020-2021 FAFSA is not required but is strongly encouraged for this fund. Click here to apply.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for additional information.


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Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid via phone, email or live chat. Documents may be securely uploaded at owlfiles.fau.edu. Contact Information, additional updates, resources, and live chat are available at fau.edu/finaid.


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Human Resources

Leave Donation Plan

The Leave Donation Plan allows employees to donate accrued leave (annual leave or sick leave) into a FAU-sponsored leave pool for use by other employees who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency and have exhausted all their accrued leave. An employee is adversely affected if the emergency has caused severe hardship to the employee or to their immediate family members. Examples of hardship include personal medical emergencies, quarantine mandates, or the inability to work or work remotely. 

Visit the Department of Human Resources COVID-19 website to access other detailed information.


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Libraries

Visit the Lib2Go guide to access the remote services and resources available to assist with schoolwork and research. Faculty information is also available.


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Research

The Division of Research supports university faculty in their pursuit to answer novel research questions, creative endeavors and scholarly work. As conditions change during the COVID-19 pandemic, the division continues to monitor the situation and make recommendations. Research activity can resume if conditions outlined in FAU’s COVID-19 Spring 2021 and Health and Safety plans are met.

Visit the Division of Research website for detailed information.


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Transportation Services

Visit the Parking and Transportation website for FAU-operated shuttle bus and other detailed information and schedules.


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Travel

Effective July 28, 2021, FAU is returning to pre-pandemic procedures for employees and students engaging in university-sponsored domestic and international travel. We will continue to monitor and follow travel guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Department of State also offers advisories and resources for travelers.

All travel abroad is required to comply with the new Global Travel Safety and Security policy. The policy applies to those traveling abroad for university activities or engaged in personal travel while in possession of university assets.

For additional information on FAU’s travel policies and procedures, employees are encouraged to visit the various pages within the Controller’s Office website.


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On-Campus Impact
Fall 2021 Semester


*Case data updated every 30 minutes.

 

Fall 2021 Semester Plans


 

Contacts


Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to a Member of the COVID-19 Team at FAUCOVID19@fau.edu.

Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)

Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)