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FAMU urges teachers to prepare to teach online courses, all upcoming on-campus events canceled

FAMU Campus
Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 17:25:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University is urging all faculty to have online class materials prepared by Sunday, March 22.

President Larry Robinson sent a message to students, faculty and staff on Tuesday urging students and faculty to get prepared in case there is a need to transition to online classes.

"As a precaution, all faculty must be prepared to conduct online or non-face-to-face instruction, wherever possible. Online course materials should be prepared by Sunday, March 22, 2020," the news release read.

All on-campus gatherings and events that involve community participation have been canceled.

Affected events include Spring Preview, Sound the Alarm, Be Out Day, and STEM Day. The Orange & Green Game will proceed without fans in attendance, while other athletic events will be held as scheduled.

All other events are under review.

Effective immediately, all university-related domestic travel is prohibited unless approved by the divisional vice president or President Robinson.
FAMU is also suspending all university-related international travel for the foreseeable future, effective immediately.

Students, staff and faculty involved in Study Abroad programs should contact the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) at 850-599-3295 immediately for more information.

So far, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the FAMU campus, in Leon County or in Tallahassee.

FAMU has also taken additional steps to protect its campus:

  • Installation of additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus, to be placed at strategic locations such as building entryways and high-traffic locations;
  • Increased disinfection of high touch areas: doorknobs, handrails, light switches, bathrooms, water fountains, etc.
  • Areas are being disinfected with products recommended by the EPA and the Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC).
  • A location has been identified for use in the event students who live on campus need to self-isolate.

FAMU officials are also asking students, faculty and staff to be vigilant in observing the following health protocols to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our community:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.