Reopening Plan

Students and Parents


Message from President Robinson

In an effort to safeguard the health of our campus community, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will expand the period of remote learning to start the Spring 2021 semester.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 as originally planned; however, all  instruction will be delivered remotely through Friday, January 15, 2021. This means all spring semester face-to-face, hybrid, and Hyflex classes will meet remotely between January 6, 2021, and January 15, 2021.  

FAMU will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. In-person instruction will begin on Tuesday, January 19 for all spring semester face-to-face, hybrid and Hyflex classes.

This additional week of remote classes is designed to give the University more time to test members of the campus community for COVID-19 and help us reduce the potential for community spread of the virus.   

The spring semester will end Friday, April 23, 2021, a week earlier than originally planned. Spring break has been cancelled. Commencement is scheduled for the weekend of April 23 and will be conducted in accordance with CDC protocols at that time. A virtual Commencement remains an option.

Students will be able to access essential services, such as financial aid, student accounts and the registrar’s office during this time.

FAMU College of Law
The FAMU College of Law, which was primarily virtual for the fall semester, will begin the Spring 2021 semester virtually for the first two weeks, from January 4 through January 15, while assessing the impact of the holiday season.
The College of Law will keep Spring Break, March 15-19. Following Spring Break, the Orlando campus will go completely virtual for the remainder of the semester. The final day of instruction for the spring semester will be Monday, April 12.

Stay Tuned
There may be additional follow-up communications with specific instructions for students residing in University Housing or select academic programs.   
We look forward to a successful spring semester and thank the FAMU community for working together to provide a safe and healthy environment. Remember “Protect the FAMUly.”


FAMU Spring 2021 Restart Guidance

To view the full plan, click here.

Important Updates on Housing for the Spring 2021 Semester

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Office of University Housing continues to plan for your return to campus for the spring semester and is finalizing our preparations for additional safety measures to help us all contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
These are challenging and uncertain times, and we respect how important it is for your family to make the best decisions about your education and living plans for the coming year.
We are excited to welcome you back from Winter Break and are eager to continue your academic journey as we live out our core values. As such, we want to maintain transparency and responsibility in bringing relevant policies and arrangements to your attention this winter so that you can make the best choices.

Click here for the Spring 2021 Housing Agreement Addendum, including information regarding modifications to your residential experience this academic semester. Please review this document carefully, sign it, and email it to This must be received by Monday, January 4, 2021, at 8 am. 
If you disagree with the terms and agreement of the Addendum, you may choose to opt-out of living on campus for the remainder of the 2020-2021 year by submitting a request for cancellation in writing to University Housing by Tuesday, January 5, 2021at 11:59 pm and such cancellation will incur a $500 penalty. If no cancellation request is received by the deadline noted above, the student agrees to the terms and conditions and the 2020-2021 Housing Contract.

Spring 2021 Check-In

  • All spring 2021 returning and new spring 2021 residents must schedule a time to sign in and check-in. Links to schedule your spring 2021 Check-In time will be sent via FAMU Email on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Time frames are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students must use their FAMU Login Credentials to complete the form. 
  • Students may check-in for the Spring 2021 Semester beginning January 4-January 10 from 9 A.M until 8 P.M. 
  • On the form, all students are required to upload their COVID-19 test results. The test date must not be more than four (4) days before the student's scheduled check-in date. For example, if a student is checking in on January 10, the test should not be taken before January 6. 
  • The uploaded test result must include the resident's name, date of the test, location of the test/provider, and the test results.
  • Should a student need to schedule a time outside of the given time frame, they must contact the Resident Director of the given facility in writing via email.
  • If a student returns, who has not been cleared by Student Health Services, the student will be required to stay in a designated alternative on-campus location until they can get tested at FAMU or another Tallahassee site. Students in this category should have a bag packed with three days' worth of clothes, toiletries, medication, and necessities. 
  • Any student who has not been cleared and enters a residential facility will be in violation of the Code of Conduct and be reported to the Office of Students Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
  • A "CLEARED" student will be a student who has submitted the required test results as instructed via the form. The date of the test must not be more than 4 days before the student's scheduled check-in.
Click here for the Spring 2021 Move-In Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are residents taking one test to be able to move into the residence hall and the second test prior to in-person classes starting on January 19? Yes. Students must take a second test prior to the start of classes.
  2. If I am a resident, but all my classes are virtual, do I have to take a second test before the January 19th in person class start date? The University would like for all students to take another test prior to the start of classes, but our focus will be on students that are in face-to-face classes.
  3. What are the dates for taking the test to meet the January 19th in-person class date? Students can test between January 11th and 16th for the start of classes on January 19. The second test should be at least 4 days after the students' first test.
  4. Who is clearing the students for class? Student Health Services will serve as the repository for the documentation and will work with the Campus IT Department and Academic Affairs to see how they want to clear students for in-person classes.
  5. If a student enters the facility without being cleared, what happens? The Res-Life team will approach the resident and tell them to go to their designated alternative area.
  6. Is there a limit to the number of helpers a student can bring to check-in for returning and new residents? (Some students took everything with them when they left for thanksgiving but are planning to return for the spring.) Do the helpers need to test negative 4 days prior also? The number of helpers should not exceed two individuals. These individuals should test prior to coming to campus. 
If you have more questions about the Spring 2021 Check-In Process, give us a call at (850) 599-3651 or email

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