FIU And FAU Announce Plans To Reopen In The Fall

Jun 24, 2020
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College students all over the world move to South Florida not only for the beaches but for diverse schools like Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. But when COVID-19 arrived in the Sunshine State, schools were forced to close their doors, sending thousands of students back home to complete the remaining months of their spring semester remotely.

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FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment hosted a webinar titled “Black Humanity Matters: A Teach-In On The Crisis Of Race In America” Thursday via Zoom. 

The event featured lectures from scholars, experts, and artists in fields including media, linguistics, culture, literature, sports, and African and African Diaspora studies.

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TALLAHASSEE --- Alleging “inferior” online classes after campuses closed this spring because of the coronavirus, a Florida International University student has filed what is at least the third potential class-action lawsuit seeking refunds for students in the state university system.

Attorneys for Sarah Fagundez, an FIU graduate student from Miami, filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in Leon County circuit court against the university system’s Board of Governors. It came a day after a similar lawsuit was filed in federal court against the University of Florida Board of Trustees and a little more than a week after another case was filed against the Board of Governors in circuit court.

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Students hoping to attend South Florida universities are earning scholarship money by volunteering in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic — even while staying at home to stop the spread of the disease.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in South Florida, some wonder whether there is enough medical equipment, such as ventilators, in local hospitals. Being at full capacity could eventually lead to health care rationing. 


After months of litigation, the families of the six people killed and the 10-plus people injured when a bridge collapsed at Florida International University will receive their share of nearly $103 million.

On Thursday, A. Jay Cristol, senior bankruptcy judge, confirmed a plan of reorganization filed last month by Munilla Construction Management (MCM), the project’s general contractor. The $102.7 million settlement should be divvied up by mid-January if no one appeals the plan by Dec. 28.

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There weren’t just ducks swimming in the lake at Florida International University's main campus this week. 

FIU just held its 30th annual ‘Walk On Water’ Competition, where architecture students from FIU and Palm Beach State College design and construct so-called “shoes” to help them float to the finish line and cross a 175-foot lake. 

‘Screaming Something Was Wrong’: Feds Fault FIU, State And Contractors For Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 23, 2019

During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly Florida International University pedestrian footbridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a flawed design with “significant errors.”

Minority women believe it’s their time to be role models in the male-dominated STEM field and a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation is providing five universities with the resources to help them do it.

Top State Engineer Blames FIU And Contractor For Road Staying Open Before Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 9, 2019

The busy highway under Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, which crumbled in March 2018 and killed six people, should have been closed while crews were trying to repair cracks in a critical support strut, a top engineer with Florida’s Department of Transportation told federal investigators.

In a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board released on Tuesday, Will Watts, the chief engineer for FDOT, wrote that FIU and its contractor were responsible for asking the state to close Tamiami Trail — but never did.

"If you're a full time student, about $2,400 a year."

"Roughly, $3,400 a semester."

"All in, it's about $50,000."

That’s just the range of tuition across three schools in South Florida — Broward College, Florida International University and the University of Miami — as described by their leaders.


Worker Tried To Warn Others FIU Bridge Was Unsafe. The Collapse Left Him In A Coma

Mar 15, 2019
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When Kevin Hanson noticed that the thin cracks veining a crucial connection in the Florida International University bridge had opened into gaping fissures, he pulled out his phone and snapped a few photographs.

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FIU Captain and Public Information Officer Delrish Moss is back in Miami after spending two years as the police chief in Ferguson, Missouri. Moss spent decades as both a spokesperson and eventually a captain in Miami’s police department.

Trump To Talk About Venezuela On Monday At Florida International University

Feb 18, 2019
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President Donald Trump is headed to Miami on Monday to speak about the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela, a move that could embolden interim president Juan Guaidó and put further pressure on Nicolás Maduro to flee the country.


Florida counts just 44 certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or "SANE nurses," tasked with properly securing evidence from survivors of sexual assault.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Research shows response time is crucial when a sexual assault occurs, but in much of rural Florida, SANE nurses are hard to come by.