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FAMU virtual town hall updates COVID-19 impacts on-campus activities

Posted at 11:28 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 23:29:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTLX) — Florida A&M University says they'll offer both remote and in-person courses in the Spring semester.

University leaders shared that information along with other plans for the future during a virtual town hall Thursday evening.

Classes will go all virtual after Thanksgiving break during this fall semester.

Dr. Larry Robinson says he's proud of the university for following COVID-19 safety guidelines and keeping infection rates low.

The student body president, Xavier McClinton urged his classmates to ask for help during this time of need.

"Please don't suffer in silence," said McClinton. "Feel free to reach out to myself or anyone in the Student Government Association who is here to work for you. That's the one thing you elected us to do."

Most final exams will be administered remotely this fall and FAMU says fall commencement will be held virtually on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

They also confirmed the spring semester will start on Jan. 6, 2021, the first three days held remotely.

Spring break has been canceled, ending the semester on April 23.

They have not made any decisions on what the spring commencement will look like yet.

The Vice-President and Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha also took questions and made an announcement about Rattler basketball.

"Right now, we are slated to schedule both basketball seasons on time Nov. 25," said Gosha. "There will be more details coming to Rattler nation about how they can catch all the action starting Nov. 25."

He went on to say for athletic events this fall they will more than likely not have fans in attendance in an effort to keep a contained environment for student-athletes and the rest of the campus population.

President's Virtual Town Hall Meeting For Students on October 15 from 6 - 7 p.m.

HAPPENING NOW: President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.'s Town Hall with students. #FAMUtownhall

Posted by Florida A&M University on Thursday, October 15, 2020