COVID-19 Update VIII
Date: April 23, 2020
To: FMU Students
From: President Jaffus Hardrick
Re: COVID-19 Update VIII
We are well into both virtual instruction and remote working environments, and I remain deeply appreciative of the Florida Memorial University (FMU) community for how we have all successfully transitioned to virtual operations. Many have dedicated countless hours to ensure that our academic programs and business operations continue to support students. Our Lion Family has demonstrated remarkable strength and resilience through this difficult time.
We continue to be blessed that there are no cases of the novel coronavirus on campus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing cloth face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The purpose of this advice is to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html).
In light of the analysis of healthcare organizations and the dynamic nature of the global pandemic, FMU has elected to extend virtual instruction through Summer A (May 13th – June 19th). According to healthcare officials, colleges and universities should be safe to resume classes in the fall. That being the case, we are working toward resuming face-to-face classes for the fall semester. We will also continue to offer online classes. You are encouraged to register for the fall and monitor the university’s web site for all updates.
To learn about the pass/fail option available for currently enrolled students, please access the following link: https://www.fmuniv.edu/registrars-office/faqs/
Advising and Registration
Advising and registration for summer and fall semesters are currently underway. Academic advisors in our Center for Academic Support and Retention (CARS) are prepared to assist all first-year students, while faculty advisors are available to advise all upperclassmen based on their departments and majors.
Students are encouraged to respond to emails and/or to reach out to their advisors to ensure they are on track for graduation and to avoid taking unnecessary classes. Students should also confer with their academic advisors when making decisions about opting into the pass/unsatisfactory grade options for the Spring 2020 semester, as the choice may impact academic and/or financial aid status. Early registration will secure students’ desired classes and their preferred schedules. For a complete list of departments and degree programs, visit https://www.fmuniv.edu/undergraduate-degree-programs/.
The 2020 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2020, with participation from graduates from summer 2019 through fall 2020. Continue to watch the Commencement page at https://commencement.fmuniv.edu/ for updates and important information.
Virtual Town Hall: Beyond the Mask
Florida Memorial University is hosting a Virtual Town Hall Series, Beyond the Mask: Surviving COVID-19, to explore solutions presented by the novel coronavirus to South Florida’s Black community. Part I of the series is scheduled for this evening, Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Find more information and join the meeting at https:/facebook.com/FLMemorialUniv. We anticipate an impactful discussion that will share resources and explore solutions to the challenges.
We continue to stand together during this unprecedented time. Once we come through this crisis, we will evolve stronger and better. We will continue to keep the Lion Family abreast of new developments.