Academic Update

Classroom Instruction

Florida Memorial University intends to resume face-to-face instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. However, in responding to the ever-changing dynamics of COVID-19, the University has developed a plan to allow flexibility for faculty and students. Faculty will deliver instruction by blending asynchronous (online) and synchronous (real-time) learning, to allow for social distancing. Additionally, students enrolled in face-to-face courses for Fall 2020 will have the option of receiving instruction in person or virtually in all classes.

Remote Instruction After Thanksgiving Break

Classes begin on August 24, 2020 and the last in-person class date of the semester will be November 25, 2020. All classes will be fully remote after the Thanksgiving break through the end of the fall semester.

Options for Instruction

Students have the option of receiving instruction remotely, regardless of the modality indicated in the course schedule. This means that any course in the schedule will be delivered remotely for those students, and they will not need to come on campus to receive instruction at any time during the course of the semester. Please note, however, that courses that are not listed as online courses in the schedule will have at least one session per week at the scheduled time. It is important that students check the courses in Blackboard and contact their instructor (via Blackboard) to confirm the synchronous (real-time) schedule. Continue to monitor your FMU email for updates and communication.

Safety Precautions for Face-to-Face Instruction

The University has implemented the following specific strategies for face-to-face classroom instruction:

  •  Testing is required for all students, faculty, and staff on campus. Testing of everyone on campus will continue throughout the semester
  • Students are required to wear a mask in class
  • Faculty will be equipped with face shields to allow for engaged teaching with facial protection
  • In-person class size is limited and classroom seating is socially distanced
  • In larger classes, not all enrolled students will be in the classroom on the same day; in person attendance will be staggered
  • Classrooms will be disinfected after each use
  • All classes not listed as online will have at least one scheduled real-time meeting per week (not necessarily in-person)
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