Dear members of the university community,
We continue to make progress toward resuming normal operations on Monday. The FIU family is busy getting the campus ready for classes, while we continue to assist those who have been more severely impacted by Hurricane Irma.
On Saturday, the Green Library at MMC will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only FIU students, faculty and staff can enter, with a valid university identification. The Green Library and the Hubert Library at BBC will resume normal hours on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. For the full weekly schedule, please visit the libraries website.
The disruption caused by Hurricane Irma resulted in more than a week of class cancellations. In collaboration with the Faculty Senate, United Faculty of Florida-FIU and the Student Government Association, we have added a week to the end of the semester to help make up for lost classroom time. We recommend that faculty members update their syllabi so that this coming week is a makeup week. New official academic calendars will be published next week.
Finals week will begin on Dec. 11 and commencement ceremonies will now take place starting on Friday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 17. The university is making every effort to be responsive to the needs of students, faculty and staff.
The university and Bayview Management are working around the clock with external contractors to restore the building for move-in as quickly as possible. This work will continue all day Saturday and Sunday morning, Sept. 16-17. We will be able to get almost all of our students back into their rooms beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Once we have completed our final inspection on Sunday morning, any student who has a room still under restoration will be notified and provided accommodations at either the Biscayne Bay Campus or Bayview study lounges.
Students who are temporarily displaced will still have limited access to their rooms for showers and to retrieve personal items, and it is anticipated that these temporary accommodations will only be necessary for one or two days. FIU and Bayview Management will communicate an update to all residents again on Saturday.
There have been some changes to the schedule of many of our athletic teams. Please check the Athletics website for details.
FIU employees please be on the lookout for separate communications on how to navigate through the purchase and procurement process related to the hurricane as well as guidance from Human Resources on how to report time.
The call center is now closed. Today the volunteers fielded more than 350 phone calls about hurricane recovery and campus operations. You can continue to call 305-348-HELP (4357) for pre-recorded updates.
Many of you are eager to donate and volunteer your time to help our neighbors who have been severely impacted by the hurricane. Please note that FIU is not a drop-off site for donations. Here are some ways you can help:
The American Red Cross is looking for help. Please sign up here http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-irma-volunteer-application.
Please remember that cash donations are always best. Financial help is critically needed and provides assistance to the most people in the fastest and most efficient manner.
Goodwill Industries is partnering with the Red Cross to accept, manage, sort and make goods available where needed. Here are some drop off points:
9760 SW 8 St, Miami, FL 33174
10201 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196
2050 71 St., Miami Beach, FL 33141
Please remember that official information about FIU is being communicated through email, FIU’s official social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter), on the university’s news site and through local media. You may also call 305-348-HELP (4357) for updates.
This is the last post-Irma update. Thank you for your attention to these messages. See you back on campus on Monday! Together we rise. #FIUStrong