COVID-19 Update VI
Date: March 20, 2020
To: University Community
From: President Jaffus Hardrick
Re: COVID-19 Update VI
Despite the unanticipated disruption in our way of life this academic year, we owe a debt of gratitude to our faculty and staff who have done an outstanding job in ensuring the academic success of our students. I extend gratitude and thanks for your dedication and commitment to academic excellence and our University. We are blessed and grateful that there are no reported cases of the coronavirus on campus. Everyone is asked to adhere to the advice of all health organizations to continue to practice safe hygiene, including but not limited to, appropriately covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and washing hands often. Students, please listen to the recommendations of the medical advisors and avoid large crowds by practicing social distancing.
Miami-Dade County Restrictions
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued an emergency order restricting business activity. Private colleges, such as Florida Memorial University, may remain open to facilitate online or distance learning.
To protect the health and safety of the FMU community, we encourage students to limit their time off-campus to the following: attending to your personal needs, e.g., grocery shopping, food pick up, etc., and reporting to off-campus employment.
In accordance with the latest advisories and recommendations, FMU is extending virtual learning through the end of the spring semester. This decision allows students to focus on the completion of their coursework.
Campus Facilities and Operations
University business operations will continue in order to facilitate and support virtual learning. The residence halls remain open. Thompson Catering’s revised schedule is as follows: brunch from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM and dinner from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. All meals are limited to take out. Students are reminded to discard food waste in designated garbage receptacles.
Staff and Faculty
The University remains open to continue business operations in support of teaching and learning. Everyone is asked to continue to practice social distancing. Meetings involving more than eight (8) persons should be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams or telephone conference).
Thank you for being agile as we face this rapidly changing global pandemic. Whether you are still on campus or engaged remotely, we stand together. We will continue to communicate with the Lion Family as this situation unfolds.