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.
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 November 13, unless they have obtained prior approval from Dr. Kelley Kimple, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Check your FMU email for additional instructions from the Division of Student Affairs. Please note, we will continue with our aggressive safety protocols around campus and our facilities.
With the exception of voting initiatives, the campus will be closed to all activities and campus-wide events, including Commencement. Spring and Fall 2020 graduates will be invited to join our Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony.
Effective immediately, the following athletic programs have been cancelled for the remainder of the season: Women’s volleyball and soccer and Men’s football and soccer. Currently enrolled student-athletes will retain their scholarships through the completion of the academic year if they choose to remain at FMU. We regret having to suspend these valuable programs.
Yesterday, we launched our COVID-19 Dashboard, updated weekly with the most recent results of our community-wide COVID-19 testing (students, faculty, and staff). This is your best resource for the most accurate, up-to-date information. We were notified of two new reported cases of COVID-19 this week. Upon learning this information, we immediately followed the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, including contact tracing and self-quarantining for the affected individuals. We look forward to welcoming them back to campus once they have cleared the medically specified isolation period.
Show Pride, Compliance & Cooperation
Each of us plays a role in maintaining the safety of our university community. Therefore, you are reminded to adhere to all safety protocols. Now that we have rapid tests available and can obtain results within 15 minutes, staff and students must be tested every two weeks.
Staff members who are non-compliant will be subject to appropriate corrective action, including possible separation of employment. Students who are not following safety protocols will be removed from campus to complete the semester from home.
I would like to thank you, our FMU family, for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe environment. Let’s SPREAD Lion Pride and Stop COVID-19!