Classification Structure

Compensation Philosophy

FIU’s compensation program is designed to support, reinforce, and align the university’s values, business strategy, operational, and financial needs with our goals of growth and stability.

FIU’s total compensation program (inclusive of base pay, incentives, rewards, and benefits) is designed to attract and recruit a talented and diverse workforce as well as reward and retain faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the university. The program is grounded in the following guiding principles:

Mission Driven: FIU’s total compensation program aligns with its overall mission, strategies, and plans. Compensation policies and procedures will support the university’s long-term direction.

Fair/Objective: FIU’s total compensation program recognizes the dignity of each person. Related policies and procedures will employ equity when recognizing the relative value of each function and reward individual performance.

Sustainable: FIU designs and administers compensation in a manner that is financially responsible and sustainable to ensure FIU’s goal of good stewardship over entrusted funds.

Competitive: FIU’s compensation policies and procedures are continuously reviewed for competitiveness with institutions of similar size, scope, and complexity within higher education and appropriate external markets.

Compliant: FIU complies with all applicable laws including equal pay laws, equal employment opportunity laws, benefits regulations, and the U.S. Department of Labor legislation including, but not limited, to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Adherence to this philosophy ensures that FIU faculty and staff are appropriately compensated in alignment with our mission as a public research university. Ultimately these principles are designed to recruit, retain, and reward a workforce that will guide our Worlds Ahead vision.

Compensation Structure

FIU is committed to being an organization that can compete more effectively today and in the future. Our classification structure and a pay framework moves us toward achieving this. Working at FIU brings more than just a paycheck. There are many rewards to working at FIU including a comprehensive benefits package, career advancement, professional and personal development, and being part of a vibrant, positive, and enriching work environment.

This structure organizes all the non-faculty jobs at the university outlining career paths that support career development. Further, the job specifications explain what qualifications and skills each job requires. Exploring these resources will provide a way to plan and prepare for ‘next steps’ in FIU careers.

Compensation Structure chart

Career Ladders & Subfamilies

Job families are grouped jobs which involve work of the same very broad nature or purpose. Sub families are groups of jobs within a job family that perform similar work, requiring varying levels of skill and responsibility. These different skill levels establish the progressive levels of jobs known as career ladders.

Career Level Guide

Collective Bargaining Agreements

Bargaining Sessions

PBA Bargaining Session 4 – November 8, 2018 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM GC 1235
PBA Bargaining Session 5 – November 15, 2018 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM GC 1235

Staff Employees:

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

University Police Officers (Rank & File excluding Lieutenants):

Dade County Police Benevolent Association – Law Enforcement Bargaining Unit (PBA)

University Police Officers (Lieutenants only):

Dade County Police Benevolent Association – Law Enforcement Bargaining Unit (PBA)

Nurses:

Florida Nurses Association (FNA)

Faculty:

United Faculty of Florida (UFF)

Conflict of Interest

Outside Activity/Conflict of Interest (OA/COI) disclosures are required by state and federal law and ensure conflicts of interests are appropriately addressed by the university. By reporting your outside activity, you help to ensure that our academic, research, and administrative affairs are conducted with utmost integrity and in compliance with all legal requirements.

Therefore, the reporting requirement must be completed by all FIU faculty and staff members on an annual basis, regardless of whether or not you have an activity to report.

To facilitate the reporting of your activity, you can access the Employee Portal. In order to access the online OA/COI Form, you will need to provide your Panther ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have been designated an approver, you can access the portal through the Approver Portal and also provide your Panther ID and last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you are not a benefits eligible employee and have a position as an adjunct faculty, temporary staff, or student employee please review the Guidelines for Completing Outside Activity and Conflict of Interest.

The OA/COI Frequently Asked Questions are designed to assist you.  If you have questions related to the reporting requirement, please contact Employee & Labor Relations for assistance at elr@fiu.edu. If you have questions related to the on-line OA/COI form, please email them to hris@fiu.edu.

Nepotism Disclosure

Overview and Definition

Image of FIU Employee PortalFIU is a vibrant, student-centered public research university with a  diverse faculty and staff. We strive to hire top notch employees to serve  and support our students, which means on occasion, a family member or any other related individual may be considered for a position at the university.

Relationship to another employee of the university shall not constitute a bar to hiring or internal movement (promotions, demotions, laterals, reclassifications) as long as an employee will not be under the direct or indirect supervision of a related individual.

A new hire must disclose any relationship(s) during the application and interview process.  The already existing employee should also disclose the relationship to their supervisor upon learning that their family member or any other individual is going to be hired by the university regardless as to whether or not the hire is in the same department or elsewhere.

The intent of reviewing hiring decisions is to ensure that no preferential treatment will be afforded to individuals based on relationships that may place undue or inappropriate influence on terms and conditions of employment as a result of the hire.  It is important to note that FIU has an expanded definition of a relationship as outlined in the Nepotism Disclosure Policy which is as follows:

“Relationship” is defined as individuals related by blood, marriage, adoption [e.g., father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister, Florida Statute Section 112.3135(1)(d)]; a person a public employee intends to marry, or with whom the public employee intends to form a household, or any other natural person having the same legal residence as the public employee, Florida Statute Section 112.312, Code of Ethics; domestic partnership, dating, or other personal relationship in which objectivity might be impaired.

Individuals should not be employed in a department or unit which will result in a subordinate-supervisor relationship between such individuals and any related individual as defined above through any “line of authority.”  “Line of authority” is defined as authority extending vertically through one or more organizational levels of supervision or management.

The university retains the right to refuse to appoint a person to a position in the same department, division, or facility, whereby their relationship to another employee can create an adverse impact on supervision, safety, security, morale, or involves a potential conflict of interest.

Procedures and Guidelines

Related individuals, as defined by this policy, may not be supervised or work in the same division, department, or unit without prior approval from the Vice President of  the Division of Human Resources or designee.

Recruitment of new hire – If a candidate has disclosed on the employment application that he/she has a relationship based on the definition outlined above, a Nepotism Disclosure Form must be completed and submitted to Talent Acquisition and  Management in PC-234 or by email to the Recruiter for review and approval prior to the hire.

  • If no supervisor relationship has been identified (whether direct or indirect) – the hire will be approved.
  • If a supervisor relationship has been identified (whether direct or indirect) – the hiring department will be required to review the original applicant pool and select another applicant or begin a new search for a viable candidate.

Current University Employees – If an employee develops a relationship with another university employee, both employees are required to disclose the relationship by completing the Nepotism Disclosure Form and submitting the completed form to Human Resources in PC-224 at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus for Employee & Labor Relations’ (ELR) review and final approval.

*Forms located under Self Service > Employee Resources > Employee Forms > Employee Labor relations Forms

Once forms are reviewed and a decision has been made, the decision is communicated to the employee and supervisor and the executed form becomes part of the respective employees’ file.

Employee Self-Service

The Employee Self Service feature within PantherSoft HR empowers employees by enabling them to execute common HR tasks. It facilitates the submission of online transactions such as tuition waiver requests, system access requests, view paychecks, or consent to receive electronic W-2s.


ADA Accommodation

FIU is committed to ensuring equal access to educational and employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other applicable state and local laws and university policy. Under the ADA, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations and/or equal access to programs and services.

FIU has a long standing policy of employing qualified persons with disabilities in a broad range of positions across the institution. On occasion, the nature of an individual’s disability may require them to receive a work-site accommodation. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity serves as a resource for employees who have documented a qualified disability and need reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions.

Employees should direct their requests for accommodations to EOPD. Employees who wish to request accommodations for a disability must submit the following forms along with supporting documentation to EOPD:

  1. Accommodations Request
  2. Release of Information
  3. Physician’s Verification Form
  4. Physician Letter (Please give this letter to your physician/practitioner along with the Physician’s Verification Form.)

Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are based on the documentation provided. The university’s ADA Coordinator will meet individually with the employee who is seeking accommodations to discuss needs and options. Once all required documentation has been submitted, verified, and reviewed, EOPD will coordinate efforts with the appropriate parties to ensure the approved accommodation is provided to the employee.

If you are seeking accommodations for a university program offered to the public both on and/or off campus, please complete Public Event Accommodation Request form .

All forms and documentation must be submitted via email to eopd@fiu.edu, via fax to (305)348-3459, in person, or by mail to:

Florida International University
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity
11200 SW 8th Street
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC-321
Miami, Florida 33199

Foreign Nationals

ASL – Political Asylum and Refugees

Asylum may be granted to people who are already in the United States and are unable to return to their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Asylum applicants cannot apply for permission to work (employment authorization) in the United States at the same time they apply for asylum. If granted asylum, the applicant may work immediately. Some asylees choose to obtain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for convenience or identification purposes, but an EAD is not necessary to work if you are an asylee.

I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • I-94 Form or I-94A with a stamp or notation indicating asylee status (considered List C)
  • List B Identity document
  • Employment Authorization Document or I766 Form – not all asylum’s have an EAD

Other documents required for employment eligibility with a Political Asylum:

  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

C1 – Conditional Permanent Resident

A conditional permanent resident receives a green card valid for two years. In order to remain a permanent resident, a petition must be filed to remove the conditional status during the 90 days before the card expires. The conditional card cannot be renewed. If the conditions are not removed the employee will lose the permanent resident status.

I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • A lawful permanent resident who presented a Form I-551, and/or Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Receipt card for Section 2 including conditional residents, do not need to be re-verified

E3 – Temporary Worker (National of Australia)

The E3 visa applies to foreign nationals of Australia that are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation.

I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval

Other documents required for employment eligibility with an E3:

  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

EA – Employment Authorization

The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) can be granted to individuals who are temporarily in the United States and eligible to work without restrictions in the United States. In most cases they are granted for a one year period.

EA: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original document:

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Other documents required for employment eligibility with an EAD:

  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Visa
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

F1 – F1 Student

The F1 visa allows an individual to enter the United States as a full time student at an accredited college, university, seminary or other academic institution, or in a language training program. Students establishing eligibility for employment as an F1 student must currently maintain FIU’s F1 status. The student is eligible to work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year and a maximum of 30 hours per week during annual vacations (i.e. when classes are not in session).

I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The student satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date

Other documents required for F1 student employment eligibility:

  • F1 Visa
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
  • On-Campus Employment Form
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Unexpired Foreign Passport
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • F1 visa
  • I-94 Form
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

CPT – Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) must be “an integral part of an established curriculum.” CPT can be defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or workshop which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” A student may engage in CPT employment only after they have received the I-20 with CPT authorization from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). This work authorization is valid only for the specific employer, location, and time period and on a part-time or full-time basis as approved and recorded by an ISSS advisor as evidenced on your I-20 issued for CPT. During the school year while classes are in session, students can engage in CPT on a part-time basis limited to no more than 20 hours per week. A student can engage in full-time CPT during official university breaks and vacation.

CPT: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – An F1 visa holder with an approved CPT satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU, with CPT authorization identified on Page 3

Other documents required for an F1 student with approved CPT employment eligibility:

  • F1 visa
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU, with CPT authorization identified on Page 3
  • F1 visa
  • I-94 Form
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

OPT – Optional Practical Training

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment that is associated with an F1 student’s major area of study. It is intended to provide hands-on work experience corresponding to the academic program. An F1 student with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is eligible for full or part-time employment and is normally eligible for a maximum of 12 months.

OPT: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – An F1 visa holder with an approved OPT satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Other documents required for F1 student with approved OPT employment eligibility:

  • F1 Visa
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • I-94 Form
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

OPT STEM-OPT (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) Extension

The OPT STEM-OPT Extension is for international students who received a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The student may apply for a one-time, 17-month extension of his or her OPT while in a valid period of post-completion OPT.

OPT STEM: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – A student on an F1 OPT STEM satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or I-766 Form
  • Expired EAD because the STEM extension application is still pending:
    • Must be presented with Form I-20 endorsed by FIU recommending the STEM extension.
    • Acceptable for 180 days from the expiration date on the card.
    • Must be re-verified after 180 days.

Other documents required for F1 student with approved OPT STEM employment eligibility:

  • F1 visa
  • I-94 Form
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • I-20 Form issued by FIU with a future graduation date
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

H-1B – Distinguished Temporary Worker

Employees on H-1B’s must be sponsored by FIU in order to work for the university. An individual with an H-1B from another institution is eligible for employment at FIU only if FIU has petitioned for an H-1B visa on the individual’s behalf. A receipt (with tracking number), showing that the request was received by the appropriate agency is required in order for the individual to begin employment.

H-1B: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – the employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval

Other documents required for an individual with an approved H-1B employment eligibility:

  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

240-Day Rule: For an H-1B employee to continue working at FIU beyond the expiration of their current H-1B status, which is indicated by their I-94/I-94A, a request for an extension of stay must be filed before their H-1B status expires. Once the submission of the timely filed petition has been submitted to USCIS, the employee is authorized to continue working while the petition is being processed for a period not to exceed 240 days or until USCIS denies the petition, whichever comes first.

Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • I-797 Notice of Approval
  • I-94 Form
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

H3 – Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visitor

The H-3 nonimmigrant visa category allows foreign nationals coming temporarily to the United Stated as either a trainee of a Special Education Exchange Visitor that is not offered in their country.

H-3: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – the employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired Foreign Passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval

Other documents required for an individual with an approved H-1B employment eligibility at FIU:

  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed).
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • I-797 Notice of Approval
  • I-94 Form

J-1 – Exchange Visitors

The J-1 visa provides authorization to those intended to partake in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, lecturing, observing, consulting, conducting research, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or receiving graduate medical education or training. The Department of State designates public and private organizations to act as exchange sponsors to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills, in the field of education, arts, and science. J-1 exchange visitors cannot participate in any clinical work. Their activities must consist of research only and not with patients.

J-1: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • DS-2019 Form

Other documents required for an individual with an approved J-1 employment eligibility:

  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • DS-2019 Form
  • On-Campus Employment Form if employed as a student
  • J-1 visa
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

J-2 – Spouse/Child of J-1

The J-2 holders are entitled to work authorization and would need to apply for work permits.

I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • I-766 Form

Other documents required for employment eligibility with a J2:

  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Form
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Visa
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

Permanent Resident

Permanent residence grants authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. A permanent resident can receive Form I-551/Permanent Resident Card/Green Card that is valid for two years (with conditions), or with an expiration of 10 years or with no expiration date. A lawful permanent resident can choose to present a valid Form I-551/Permanent Resident Card for the I-9, but they are not required to do so. They can choose to present valid documents for the List B and List C combination. Permanent Resident Cards presented with either an expiration date or no expiration date are List A documents that should not be re-verified.

O-1 – Workers of Extraordinary Skill

The O-1 visa is for the individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or who has a demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.

O1: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 card stamped O-1 and D/S (Duration of Status) and
  • I-797 Notice of Approval

Other documents required for an individual with an approved O-1 employment eligibility:

  • Visa
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
  • Instructions for completing form W-4 and certification
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice Approval
  • O-1 visa
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

TN – NAFTA Professionals

The TN visa permits eligible Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek admission into the United States as a TN nonimmigrant. The period of stay is up to three years unless an extension is requested. The visas are classified below to distinguish the country.

  • TN1 – Canadian (do not get visa stamp)
  • TN2 – Mexican

TN: I-9 Eligibility Requirements – The employee satisfies I-9 requirements by providing the following original documents:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 card with TN notation and D/S (Duration of Status) and
  • I-797 Notice of Approval (not required for Canadian citizens)

Other documents required for an individual with an approved TN employment eligibility:

  • Visa
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)
Reverification - The following documents satisfy the I-9 reverification
  • I-94 Form
  • I-797 Notice of Approval
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Foreign National Information Form (Section 11 must be completed)

Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus

FIU and its leaders value the personal health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community. As such, in January 2011, FIU proudly became a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Under this initiative, smoking and the use of tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes) have been prohibited in all areas of FIU’s campuses. This initiative was welcomed with an overwhelming positive response from our faculty, staff, and students. Below are some frequently asked questions along with a link to Regulation 113-2010-11-17 for further information.

Why did FIU go smoke-free and tobacco-free? It was about creating healthier campus environments for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is intended to foster greater respect for one another and improve the health of the FIU family. Additionally, adopting smoke-free and tobacco-free aligns with FIU’s growing commitment to environmental sustainability.

What areas of campus does the smoke-free and tobacco-free regulation cover? Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on all university-owned properties, including the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, parking lots, and garages.

Can I smoke in my car? Tobacco use in vehicles that are on FIU-owned properties is prohibited.

Does FIU offer resources for students, faculty, and staff who want to quit using tobacco? Yes. FIU is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff manage or overcome their tobacco use. Nicotine replacement therapies are available on our campuses. The following resources are available to students, faculty, and staff:

  • Individual free counseling sessions are available through FIU Student Health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call BBC at (305) 919-5620 ext. 4, or MMC at (305) 348-2401 ext. 5. Low-cost nicotine replacement therapy and pharmacotherapy also are available for order and purchase at the MMC Student Health Pharmacy.
  • The Florida Department of Health offers a toll-free quit line, 1-888-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), with free resources in English and Spanish. Counselors are available 24 hours a day.
  • The National Cancer Institute offers a toll-free phone line, 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848), with access to English and Spanish speaking counselors.
  • The American Cancer Society offers a toll-free phone line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • The Miami Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offers free tobacco-cessation classes. Call (305) 597-3640 for more information.
  • Visit Smokefree.gov for additional resources.
  • For individuals who want to quit “cold turkey” without medical treatment of their nicotine addiction, go to www.whyquit.com.

Why doesn’t FIU provide designated smoking areas on campus? Providing a place to smoke does not support the university’s goal of creating a healthier environment. In an effort to support all members of the university community, Student Health Services has expanded its tobacco cessation programs as well as its nicotine withdrawal support (NWS) programs for tobacco users who are not ready to quit and wish to use nicotine replacement therapies while at work.

Does the tobacco-free and smoke-free regulation extend to vendors, contracted workers, etc.? Yes. All visitors, including vendors, contract workers, etc., will be required to refrain from using tobacco products on our campuses.

What happens if I violate the regulation and use tobacco on campus? First time offenders will receive a warning. The Notice of Violation will provide you with information on resources available to help you manage your tobacco use and/or resources if you are to quit.

What happens if I violate the regulation after I have been issued a warning? Students, faculty, and staff who violate the regulation a second time will be required to attend two smoking/tobacco management/dependence consultations with Student Health. These classes are intended to help you manage your tobacco use. You may sign up for these classes with Student Health by calling their office at BBC at (305) 919-5620 ext. 4, or MMC at (305) 348-2401, ext. 5. You must register for these classes within 14 days of receiving this notice and complete all classes within 45 calendar days of the notice. Failure to comply will result in this automatically becoming a third violation.

What happens if I violate the regulation a third time? Faculty and staff will be referred to the appropriate area to begin the progressive disciplinary process. Students will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution for appropriate discipline.

What should I do if I see someone smoking and/or using tobacco products?
You can provide them with education. As you approach the user, you can inform them that we are proud to be a Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Campus and to please put out the tobacco product. If they refuse to cease smoking and/or the tobacco use, just walk away; do not get into a confrontational situation. The enforcement will be conducted by members of the University Police Department.