COVID-19 Update VII
Date: March 25, 2020
To: University Community
From: President Jaffus Hardrick
Re: COVID-19 Update VII
We have completed a full week of remote instruction and I am deeply appreciative of the Florida Memorial University (FMU) community for how we have all worked together so seamlessly during this transition. Many have dedicated countless hours to ensure that our academic programs could continue. I am so proud of our Lion Family.
We continue to be blessed that there are no confirmed 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. If you are sick, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider.
The University will continue business operations in support of teaching and learning and to support our students. In an abundance of caution and to safeguard the health and well-being of our entire community, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, FMU will move to remote operations through the end of the semester. Designated personnel will be required to remain on campus. Additional guidance will be provided by the Office of Human Resources. This memo serves as a reminder that all internal and external activities are suspended. In order to provide additional protection for the University community, no visitors are allowed on campus at this time and students are reminded to limit their time off-campus. Use of Florida Memorial University facilities is only for current registered students and faculty and staff.
The Commencement ceremony is an important milestone that marks a significant achievement for graduates. It is our desire to ensure that students and their families are able to have an authentic commencement experience. Therefore, we are postponing Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony until December 2020, this date change will include participation from spring, summer, and fall graduates. Based on the analysis of healthcare organizations, it appears that the current pandemic crisis will remain problematic through the summer months. As a result, we did not want to put anyone in harm’s way by trying to hold commencement during that time.
We continue to stand together during this unprecedented time. Once we come through this crisis situation, we will evolve stronger and better. We will keep the Lion Family abreast of new developments.