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FAMU to move classes online for rest of spring semester

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 13:57:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University is moving its classes online for the rest of the 2020 spring semester.

Residence halls and dining accommodations will be open for those students who have no other options and need to remain on campus.

FAMU's spokesperson said that made the decision "per the board of governor's decision." The university is also encouraging most personnel to work remotely, effective Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Essential personnel are expected to report to campus, unless otherwise authorized by their supervisor and vice president. Employees who are unsure about their status as essential personnel must seek guidance from their supervisor.

“We encourage staff, where possible, to work from home or remotely to maintain central operations of the University,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson. “This is an unprecedented time, and we are counting on faculty and staff to do all they can to maintain the academic and fiscal integrity of our operations during this difficult period. Our students and their parents are counting on us.”

The latest changes will not disrupt central and normal business operations for the University.

The announcement comes after Gov. DeSantis’ recommended that all of Florida's universities transition to deliver all academic courses online for the remainder of the spring semester.

On Tuesday, DeSantis announced that four University of Florida students tested positive for COVID-19. DeSantis also announced that all bars and nightclubs in the state will stop operating for 30 days, starting 5 p.m. on Tuesday.