Florida A&M University is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The University remains open for business even as we carefully observe federal and state safety and health protocols.
April 4, 2020 Update
In these times of uncertainty, one thing is certain: We Are Rattlers.
April 3, 2020 Update
FAMU is Open for Business
In light of Governor Ron DeSantis’ April 1, 2020, “Safer At Home” Executive Order 20-91, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has issued an advisory on the conduct of University operations. FAMU remains open for business. What has changed is the mode of delivery for our essential academic and operational services. We will continue to work remotely until further notice.
For more details on the latest guidance, click here.
President Robinson Shares Tips to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
April 1, 2020 Update
Governor Ron DeSantis issues statewide Stay-At-Home Executive OrderRead More
March 30, 2020 Update
FAMU Extends Telecommuting For Most Employees Through April 30 and Summer A,B,C Online
Florida A&M University has extended telecommuting rules through April 30, on the heels of the White House announcement to stem the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) this weekend.
Remote instruction has been extended to the end of the spring semester. Sessions A, B and C will also be conducted remotely or online.Read More
March 27, 2020 Update
Announcement on Housing and Meal Plan Refunds and Moving Out Procedures
FAMU’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community. As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, and in accordance with guidance from local, state and federal officials, we have important and timely new instructions to share with our on-campus residents. We deeply appreciate your continued patience, cooperation and understanding as we work together to protect our campus and the surrounding community.
We have developed the following plan to credit housing and meal plan charges and complete a safe and orderly move out for those students who are able to do so. As always, we will work with any residential student who does not have another suitable option for housing so that the resident can remain in campus housing.
The refunds will initially appear as credits on your iRattler account. If you have an outstanding balance, it will offset amounts owed to the University and any remaining credits will generate a refund.
In order for the plan to work smoothly, we divided residential students into two categories: (1) those who are physically present on campus at this time and (2) those who are not physically present on campus at this time. Please see the category below that describes your situation for specific instructions.
March 27, 2020 Advisory
Starting 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020, the FAMU Office of Instructional Technology will be providing 24/7 live help desk support for students, faculty and staff.
By calling 850-599-3460, members of the University community can receive technology help on password changes, connecting with an instructor or figuring out Zoom and Blackboard. The help desk professionals work for a vendor retained by the University and have been trained to deal with FAMU-specific issues.
For the last few weeks, OIT have been providing help desk services for students, faculty and staff from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Working with Library Services and the Department of Academic Affairs, OIT has provided laptops to loan to students to enable them to participate in online and remote instruction.
“The OIT is the frontline from a support and training standpoint for all faculty, students and staff,” said Robert Seniors, OIT associate director.
March 25, 2020 Update
FAMU COVID-19 Grading Policy Modification for Spring Semester Courses
The Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/U) Policy described in this document only applies to courses offered during the Spring 2020 semester. This grading policy does not apply to the College of Law.
S/U Course Grading: The University has modified the Grading Policy to allow students the option of receiving either a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) or letter grade (A/B/C/D/F) in courses that are approved to offer the S/U grade. Students will be required to request the S/U option for eligible courses. The particulars are listed below.
• Each undergraduate, graduate, and professional course (excluding the College of Law) will be designated S/U eligible (by default) or S/U ineligible.
• Deans, in consultation with faculty, may request that a course be designated S/U ineligible by April 1, 2020. All sections of a course must be either S/U eligible or S/U ineligible. Final decisions on requests to make courses S/U ineligible will be made by the Provost based upon justification that must accompany the request.
• A student’s request to be graded with S/U will be automatically granted in S/U eligible courses, provided they submit the request between April 15 and May 6, 2020.
• Note: Courses offered by the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will follow the FSU S/U Grading Policy (FAMU students enrolled in these courses should consult with the Office of the Dean).
• Note: Restrictions accompanying the current S/U grading policy will be lifted for the Spring 2020 semester.
• Students who choose S/U grades will receive a statement such as:
“In certain circumstances, and for various reasons, faculty, advisors and other university officials may recommend that students NOT select the S/U option. Students on academic probation are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor before making any decisions about the S/U option. Departmental policies, graduate/professional program admission requirements, and rules regarding external accreditations, among other factors, may influence the advice all students receive about this policy. However, the choice to select the S/U course grading option is the responsibility of the individual student.”
• Faculty will be notified of the policy that students have the option for S/U (for S/U eligible courses) or letter grading.
• For Undergraduate Courses: "S" grades will be given for “A”, “B”, and “C” grades and “U” will be given for “D” and “F” grades. In limited cases, an academic program may determine that assigning an “S” grade for an earned grade of “D” is acceptable for certain courses.
• For Graduate and Professional Courses: “S” grades will be given for “A” and “B” grades and “U” grades will be given for “C“, “D” and “F” grades. In limited cases, an academic program may determine that assigning an “S” grade for an earned grade of “C” is acceptable for certain courses.
• Note: Some students may need to retake a course if their program requires a particular letter grade they have not earned (e.g., “S” grades may not be acceptable).
• Students may not change the grade to S/U or back to letter grading after May 6, 2020.
• S/U grades will not affect the GPA.
• A note will be added to all students' transcripts for Spring 2020 denoting “Extraordinary Circumstances (COVID-19)“ or a similar statement.
Incomplete (I) Grades: The "I" makeup period will be extended through the end of Spring 2021 for Spring 2020 courses only. For students with Fall 2019 “I” grades, the period has been extended through the Fall 2020 semester.
Course Withdrawal (W): The date to request a "W" for the Spring 2020 semester has been extended to April 24, 2020. Any "W" grade received during Spring 2020 will not count towards the maximum number of course withdrawals of five (5) permitted during matriculation at FAMU.
Additional guidance and information for students will be placed on the Registrar’s website on March 27, 2020.
The University remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. This page will be updated regularly with the latest advisories and alerts from the University.
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updated: 04/1/2020 | 10:30 a.m. EST