Fall 2021 Protecting The Pride Plan FAQ

Protecting the Pride Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 02.22.21
(Information subject to change per CDC and Health Department guidelines)


Key Dates

When do faculty and staff return?
Monday, January 4, 2021

When can students come to campus to finish registration and the clearance process?
Monday, January 11, 2021

When do Resident Assistants move in?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

When are the New Student Orientations?
Virtual Session: January 13, 2021, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
In-Person Session: January 16, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

When can International Students come to campus for COVID-19 testing?
If you cannot get tested in your home country, you may come to campus on Friday, January 15, 2021 between 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:00-5:00 p.m.

When do the Residence Halls open?
Registered students who have cleared the business office may check in to the Residence Halls on Saturday, January 16, 2021 or Sunday, January 17, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Check-in will continue January 19-22 between 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

When do classes begin?
Undergraduate and Graduate classes begin Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

When do student-athletes return?
The Track and Field and Baseball teams return Wednesday, January 6, 2021 between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Beach Volleyball and Flag Football teams return Wednesday, January 13, 2021. All other athletic teams are returning at their currently scheduled times.

When is Spring Break?
FMU will not be participating in Spring Break in 2021. Classes will be in session Monday, March 1-Friday, March 5.


When do I need to test for COVID-19 before returning to campus?
No more than 72 hours in advance of your return to campus after the break.

Who needs a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus?
Anyone who is going to enter the campus, including students, faculty, staff, parents, guests, and select vendors.

Where should I send my test results?
Students: send your results to studenthealthservices@fmuniv.edu
Faculty/Staff: send your results to hr@fmuniv.edu

What if I am not able to get tested before my arrival to campus?
While we strongly urge you to get tested in advance to avoid long wait times, we will have limited testing windows available. Please see page 4 of the Protecting the Pride plan for a schedule.

Where should I go once I have provided my negative test results?
Proceed to the Northwest (back) gate by the baseball field.

What if I test positive?
You will need to leave campus immediately in accordance with CDC and Health Department guidelines. After the designated isolation period, you will be given a date to return to campus with proof of negative test results. The same protocol applies to guests.

How often will I need to test once I am admitted to campus?
All students, faculty, and staff still need to have a weekly COVID-19 test, even if you have been vaccinated Testing takes place in the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on the following days:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last group tested at 11:45 a.m.)
    1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (last group tested at 4:15 p.m.)
  • Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last group tested at 11:45 a.m.)
    1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (last group tested at 4:15 p.m.)
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last group tested at 11:45 a.m.)
    1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (last group tested at 4:15 p.m.)
  • Thursday NO TESTING
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last group tested at 11:45 a.m.)
    1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (last group tested at 4:15 p.m.)

Do guests on campus need a COVID-19 test?
All guests visiting campus for longer than four (4) hours will need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Guests arriving on campus through the main gate for less than four (4) hours will have their temperature taken and be given a gold wristband by a Campus Safety officer. If the temperature is 100.4 or above, the guest(s) will be asked to leave campus.

If I’m positive, how do I notify FMU of the individuals I’ve had contact with?
In the event you test positive, we urge you to be as forthcoming and accurate as possible when questioned about individuals with whom you have had contact. This is a critical component of our efforts to limit the virus’ spread. Inaccurate reporting of contact tracing is a health and safety risk. For students, this may result in your removal from campus for the remainder of the semester. For faculty and staff, this may result in disciplinary action including a warning, probation, or suspension or separation from the University.

Campus Clear App

What is the Campus Clear app?
Campus Clear is an app featuring a daily survey that, in conjunction with test results, will determine whether you have clearance to be on campus.

When do I need to download the Campus Clear app?
Prior to your arrival on campus after the break.

When do I use the Campus Clear app?
You are required to complete the app’s survey every day you are on campus and receive a “green light” from the app in order to have clearance to be on campus.

What happens when I present my “green light” on the app along with my negative test results?
You will be given a wristband to wear every day until your next COVID-19 test.

Why do I need to wear a wristband?
Wristbands show you are cleared to be on campus, and are required to access any public areas, including residence halls, classrooms, labs, offices, dining halls, and any other common areas.

What happens if I receive a “red light” in the Campus Clear app?
You will need to leave campus until you can be cleared.

Campus/Classroom Protocols

What protocols are being followed on campus to keep us safe?
Several, including enhanced cleaning and sanitization, social distancing, requiring masks or facial coverings, directional signage, weekly testing paired with using the Campus Clear app, temperature checks, and isolation/quarantine and contact tracing. All measures either meet or exceed CDC and Health Department guidelines.

When do I need to wear a mask on campus?
Masks or facial coverings must be worn at all times while in any public area on campus. All students, faculty, staff, and guests must put their mask on prior to approaching the Main Gate entrance on 42nd Avenue Northwest. In the event the Main Gate is closed to traffic, masks must be worn when using all other entrance points.

How often will classrooms and labs be sanitized?
Classrooms will be sanitized multiple times daily between classes, with an intense sanitization each night. Labs will be sprayed down hourly.

How can I help keep my workspace sanitized?
Sanitizing wipes will be available in each classroom, and we ask all students, faculty, and staff to wipe down their workspaces after each use.

What if someone in my class tests positive?
That classroom will be shut down for sanitization for 24 hours. If the class has not adhered to CDC and Health department guidelines, including social distancing and wearing protective masks, everyone in the class will need to be tested.

Residence Life

Is my residence hall frequently sanitized?
Yes, all areas of the residence halls are cleaned and sanitized daily, feature directional signage, and are stocked with PPE.

Will all areas of my residence hall be open?
Lounges and weight rooms will be closed in January and February; this is subject to change as the semester progresses. Laundry rooms and computer labs will be open and sanitized regularly.

What happens if I test positive, or have been in close proximity to someone who has?
We have designated rooms in four of our residence halls for isolation and quarantine. Students assigned to these rooms will be provided meal delivery, campus health provider contact information, and be in communication with housing staff.

What if the isolation/quarantine rooms are full?
You may isolate off-campus with family or friends or book a hotel room through a partnership with Miami-Dade County that provides hotel rooms for students (pending availability of this program). Meals and WiFi will be provided, with an on-site nurse visiting each day. FMU can provide transportation if the student does not have a car.

Can anyone come with me to help me move into my residence hall?
A maximum of two guests are allowed to accompany each student on campus, and they must adhere to all campus and testing guidelines.

Instructional Plan

How will my classroom be socially distanced?
In order to maintain as much physical distance in the classrooms as possible, we have expanded our online and hybrid course offerings, will use auditorium spaces for instruction, and will split high enrollment courses between Subterm A and Subterm B. Social distancing within these spaces, as well as the mask requirement, will be strictly enforced. Please see page 22 of the Protecting the Pride Plan for more information.

Student Engagement Experience

Will there be activities on campus in the Spring?
Yes, as long as any activities are held safely and in compliance with FMU’s guidelines on how meetings and events should be managed, and what types of programs can be hosted. Please see page 27 of the Protecting the Pride Plan for these guidelines.


Our updated athletics guidelines, effective February 20, 2021, maximize the safety and well-being of all attendees, including student-athletes, officials, staff, and spectators. The policy affects FMU home athletic events in the Wellness Center, Harry T. Moore Field, and Beach Volleyball Courts. These guidelines will be reviewed throughout the year as circumstances warrant.

Will student-athletes visiting the FMU campus to compete be tested for COVID-19?
Yes, we will perform rapid testing on visiting teams for all sports. Visiting teams will continue to follow FMU and Sun Conference screening policies and procedures.

Are the athletics programs being run in compliance with all health guidelines and recommendations?
Yes, athletics is operating under an elevated standard of caution. Student-athletes are required to test weekly, which exceeds the criteria of both the Sun Conference and the NAIA.

How often are athletics facilities being sanitized?
The Wellness Center will be cleaned and sanitized twice daily, with special emphasis on high-touch surfaces.

Are fans allowed to attend games?
We are limiting capacity at home athletic competitions to FMU students, faculty, and staff. No outside guests are permitted at home games on campus, until further notice. Participating FMU student-athletes and coaches will be allotted four guest passes for their family members to attend.

Are there any health protocols spectators must follow?
All spectators will have their temperature taken upon entering the facility and must follow FMU protocols for entering campus. Spectators are to sit on designated markings on bleachers and practice social distancing at all times while attending FMU home games. No outside food or drinks are permitted. Following the contest, all spectators will be asked to immediately vacate the venue through designated exit doors to avoid congregating with team members and other spectators.

What are the health protocols for game-day personnel?
Sports officials will continue to follow Sun Conference screening policies and procedures. In addition to those mandates, officials will be given temperature checks upon arrival at the venue. Any personnel seated at the scorer’s table(s) must complete a symptom and temperature check upon arrival at the venue and wear a face covering at all times.

Can I watch home games online?
All home games will be lived streamed free of charge. Please visit www.fmuathletics.com for livestream details.

COVID-19 Website & Dashboard

Where can I find all of FMU’s current information and updates on COVID-19?
Visit our COVID-19 website at www.fmuniv.edu/coronavirus for our full Protecting the Pride Plan, important messages to students and faculty/staff, the most recent travel advisories, Frequently Asked Questions, and much more. The website is updated regularly to bring our community the latest news.

Where can I find a record of COVID-19 cases on campus?
Visit our COVID-19 Dashboard at www.fmuniv.edu/dashboard for the latest campus testing results, updated weekly.

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