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Date: October 16, 2020 To: University Community From: Dr. Jaffus Hardrick President Re: University Update Greetings FMU family: I am writing to share updated information regarding classes and activities for the remainder of the Fall semester. The health and well-being of our entire community is our priority, and it is with you in mind that these decisions were made. Academics Beginning Monday, October 19, we will transition to remote learning. Students who reside on campus have the option to leave any time between now and November 13, prior to the Thanksgiving break. All students must officially check out of the residence halls by 5:00 PM on

Date: October 11, 2020 To: University Community From: President Jaffus Hardrick Re: Critical Update: FMU COVID-19 Greetings FMU family: Over the past few days, Florida Memorial University (FMU) has been the subject of negative press and social media posts. These communications imply that the University has not been forthcoming about the status of COVID-19 on campus. It is not and never has been our intention to hide critical information from our University community. Please know that negative and inaccurate messaging is damaging to the University and hinders our ability to garner much-needed resources for our students. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff has been

Date: October 1, 2020 To: University Community From: President Jaffus Hardrick Re: COVID-19 Update 15 I want to extend my appreciation to the campus community who have demonstrated tremendous commitment to the University during this difficult time. Please be assured that the health and safety of all our employees, customers, and vendors are always our priority. Earlier today, we were notified that an increased number of students and staff members who were tested this week received a positive result for COVID-19. Upon learning this information, we immediately followed the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols. Contact tracing has been initiated and

Date: September 16, 2020 To: University Community From: Office of Human Resources Re: COVID-19 Update 14 Yesterday, we were notified that a staff member who had been tested last week, received a positive result for COVID-19. Upon learning this information, we immediately followed the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols. We asked the staff member who he/she came in contact with on campus (i.e., worked within 6 feet of an infected person for a prolonged period of time, or at least 15 minutes). Thereafter, we alerted the identified individuals on campus who may have been in contact with the employee

FMU taps sports marketing pioneer Dr. Marc Williams to lead newly created STEM esports program Florida Memorial University (FMU), the only historically Black university in South Florida, recently appointed sports marketing pioneer Dr. Marc Williams as the Global Scholar-Practitioner to lead the first comprehensive STEM esports program at a historically Black university. A leading esports and Sport Marketing educator and thought leader, Williams will be responsible for creating an innovative STEM program that focuses on coding, technology, production, communications, esports, marketing and entrepreneurship, among other areas. FMU’s movement into esports is a component of FMU President Jaffus Hardrick’s ambitious plan to

Date: June 27, 2020 To: University Community From: President Jaffus Hardrick Re: COVID-19 Update IX The safety and security of Florida Memorial University remains our top priority. This memorandum is to apprise the University community of two separate COVID-19-related incidents. Yesterday, we were notified that an on-campus employee--who had been self-isolating for the past ten days--has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon learning this information, we immediately followed the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols and alerted everyone who may have encountered the individual, required them to get tested, and directed them to exercise self-isolation until they received medical clearance. Additionally, the

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