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School Closing/Emergency Information

Long Island Railroad Strike Contingency Plans

In the event of a Long Island Railroad transit strike, the college will remain open and classes will be held as scheduled. Although we know it may be difficult for some to commute, students, faculty, and staff are expected to make every effort to report to campus as scheduled. In anticipation of a strike, the following contingency plans have been made:

FIT Communications

Official FIT information regarding the strike will be communicated via FIT email, this website, and MyFIT.

Employee Time Bank Guidelines

Full-time staff, non-classroom faculty, and classroom assistants who are unable to report to work may use their vacation leave, personal days, or, if available, compensatory time.

Employees should allot additional time for travel to the college. Supervisors should be reasonable in excusing employees for lateness caused by the absence of transportation. Supervisors should exercise discretion for employees who find it necessary to leave work prior to the end of their regular work period. Part-time staff, part-time non-classroom faculty, and part-time classroom assistants should be permitted to make up time missed.

Classes and Final Exams

Faculty should make every effort to hold final exams and presentations during the scheduled period from July 20-22. Otherwise, they are encouraged, if possible, to use ANGEL to administer exams and projects, and should permit students to scan final work and submit it by email. In situations of extreme hardship, faculty members should contact their dean, who will work with the appropriate chairperson to make proctoring arrangements for final exams.

Students must consult with their faculty this week if they believe that they may have difficulty with commuting should a strike occur.

Make-up Exams

In situations of extreme hardship, make-up exams and presentations are to be scheduled with instructors. Make-up exams and presentations need to be held prior to August 22. If a faculty member needs assistance identifying space on campus to hold an exam, contact the Registrar’s Office at 212 217.3820.

Grades

Faculty who have administered exams and collected all required work prior to the strike must still submit their grades through the online system by July 28. For the few students who need additional time to complete agreed upon work (make-up exams or presentations), instructors should assign a grade of Incomplete (“I”) when submitting grades. Change of grades can be submitted through the first week of class for any work delayed due to a strike.

Financial Aid

Students should be aware that financial aid for the 2014 fall semester is based on the successful completion of the 2014 spring and summer semester courses. As a result, financial aid disbursements for the fall semester may be delayed if exams or projects are postponed because of the transit strike.

Food Service and Barnes & Noble at FIT

The summer schedule for both food service and bookstore operations will be maintained.

Library

The Gladys Marcus Library will operate on its regular schedule with anticipated full desk services. Skeletal staffing may delay certain services.

Museum

The Museum at FIT will be open normal hours. However, hours may be readjusted contingent on security staffing availability.

Computing Facilities

All academic computing classrooms and labs will be open as regularly scheduled. The Help Desk will be available from 9 am to 9 pm, although users reporting issues may experience delays in a response.

Security

Full security coverage of campus will be maintained. However, in the event that personnel shortages occur, and in order to ensure proper coverage for the residence halls and other priority posts, lobby closings may be required. Signs will be posted directing employees, students, and visitors to the Feldman Center entrance.

In addition, it may be necessary to leave the gate on Seventh Avenue open during the day in order to accommodate personnel shortages and to partially mitigate traffic congestion. Employees and students are encouraged to take extra special care when crossing West 27 Street.

Everyone is encouraged to wear identification cards at all times to help enhance safety.

We understand that a strike may be a significant inconvenience for some members of our community and appreciate your efforts to help keep the college operational.

Questions

Employees should direct questions to Fred DeJohn, acting vice president for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, at Fred_DeJohn@fitnyc.edu.

Students should direct questions to the Dean of Students Office at 212 217.3800.

USEFUL NUMBERS

Security 212 217.7777
College Closings 212 217.7792
Student Affairs 212 217.3800
Health Service 212 217.4190
External Relations 212 217.4700
Employee Assistance Program 212 217.5600
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