Updates from President Kelly

June 23, 2020

I am pleased to report that earlier today the State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) approved FAU’s Re-Opening Plan for the Fall 2020 Semester. It is important to note this plan was formalized with the health and safety of students, faculty and staff as our highest priority. All decisions were governed by the latest health recommendations from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As you might expect, the report is long and detailed as it covers the many aspects of day-to-day life at FAU. It is a fluid document that can be adapted as the world around us shifts.

An exact timeline of when the university will begin its return to on-campus operations is still to be determined. Nevertheless, we soon will arrange town hall-type discussions so particular aspects of the plan can be addressed in detail by individual divisions and departments. It’s likely you will be contacted by someone in your area with more details.

Many aspects of the traditional campus experience will be markedly different this fall. However, it is FAU’s goal to resume face-to-face courses, student activities, and campus events in a manner appropriate to the current situation and at the appropriate times.

I will touch on a few highlights of our strategies in this message, but I ask all members of the university community to please review the re-opening plan, along with the Health and Safety and Cleaning and Disinfecting plans. You will not only see the scope of our efforts to ensure the safest environment possible, but also better understand what to expect as we move toward the start of the semester.

As you review these documents, we welcome your thoughts and questions via email to FAUCOVID19@fau.edu. All feedback will be shared with applicable departments across our campuses to ensure we make adjustments as necessary.

Remember, the dedicated COVID-19 website remains the best source of FAU-specific information. The Campus Safety page of the site has detailed information about current policies and protocols, health and prevention practices, self-quarantine procedures, university travel, and more. The Guidance and Services page features an “A-Z” listing of items from around the university. New information is added to the pages as we confirm changes in our operations.

Now, let’s get into some of the key aspects of the plan. 

Health and Safety  

Protect Your Owl Family is the theme of our health and safety efforts. I can’t emphasize this next point enough. Individual actions, such as effective physical distancing, and our testing and contact tracing protocols, will go a long way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.  

Please wear face coverings in public areas on our campuses. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms, elevators and classrooms, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or tee-shirt. 

Sanitizing wipes will be available in various venues to wipe down surfaces, such as classroom desks, work areas, and in food service locations. As part of our cleaning and sanitizing protocols, it is necessary to wipe down high touch surfaces often, and before each use. 

All students, faculty and staff must complete a required online training course to become familiar with our health and safety guidelines. Information about this training will be forthcoming. 

Academic Instruction  

We all had to quickly adjust to remote learning in March. For the fall semester, our academic instruction is planned as a combination of remote learning and on-campus classes. FAU will continue to provide a high-quality learning environment for our students, with all needed resources available virtually, and eventually in person if physical distancing can be maintained. 

Class schedules will be finalized in early July. Much of the instruction will be fully remote, including any classes with more than 50 students and all graduate-level coursework, unless specially approved. Most on-campus instruction will also rely on classrooms that are equipped to stream or record content for students who cannot attend class meetings in person. Classrooms will operate at no more than 25% capacity. Faculty members and students will follow strict physical distancing protocols in all classrooms and labs, with face coverings required. 

All classes will transition to 100% remote instruction following the Thanksgiving break. Our faculty have already been asked to adjust syllabi and class meeting schedules accordingly. 

Faculty members are encouraged to avail themselves of the resources on the Keep Teaching website, while students should visit the Keep Learning website if they are struggling with remote learning challenges. 

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

FAU’s Student Health Services will conduct voluntary and targeted testing, by appointment, for COVID-19 for employees and students. Student Health Services has tested students since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and employee testing will be available later this summer.

Individuals testing positive or with COVID-19 symptoms, along with anyone in close contact with those individuals, will be subject to all isolation and quarantine practices contained in our health and safety plan, and in accordance with current guidelines from the CDC.

All positive cases of COVID-19, even if diagnosed by an outside healthcare provider, must be reported to Student Health Services. Those with symptoms, or those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, can be tested at Student Health Services.

Individuals will be required to quarantine or isolate at their place of residence and must be medically cleared by Student Health Services prior to returning to campus activities. Housing and Residential Education will work with resident students directly on quarantine and isolation protocols.

Student Health Services can be reached at 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). Employees should also notify their supervisors if they test positive.

Student/Campus Life

Campus life and residential housing are vital components to the university experience for all students. We will continue to honor housing contracts for the fall and expect our residence halls to be at or near capacity. The Housing and Residential Education office is working on establishing the protocols for on-campus living. 

Student Organization events will be limited in attendance and to certain locations that can accommodate groups and physical distancing requirements. The Campus Recreation teams are working toward limited capacities and a reduction in classes while continuing to offer virtual sessions. In addition, Student Government has continued to conduct its business throughout the past few months.

Faculty/Staff  

Much like our approach to academic instruction, the return to campus work for faculty and staff will be a hybrid model. FAU’s Department of Human Resources’ Return-to-Campus Plan is being finalized and will be shared when ready. There are a few highlights of that plan I wanted to detail in today’s message.

Employees will need to complete a health screening in Workday, along with the online training about our guidelines, prior to returning to campus. Accommodations can be made for employees that are in the “vulnerable population” or live with someone in that category.

Of course, just one of our many challenges is a phased return of staff in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate physical distancing. We initially will expand staff based on mission-critical operations, the ability to control and manage specific work environments, and the necessity to access on-site resources. Those decisions will be approved and communicated through the appropriate channels.

Physical distancing will continue into the foreseeable future. Units or individuals that can effectively work remotely will likely do so until restrictions are eased for larger gatherings. When employees are instructed to return to on-campus work there are several options that can be considered to reduce population density. These include, remote work, alternating days, and staggered reporting, lunch and departure times.

Whenever possible, employees should continue to avoid in-person meetings, to not gather in conference rooms or kitchen areas, and to remain flexible in adjusting schedules as required to perform university functions.

There is still a hold on non-essential travel unless approved by the president, or appropriate vice president or college dean.

Human Resources recently launched a Talent Share Program that is designed to connect eligible FAU employees affected by a reduction in work with FAU colleges and units that have temporary projects or assignments. Human Resources can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu

Summer Commencement and University Events

We are developing virtual commencement plans and will communicate more information when it is available. It remains my long-term goal to invite all our spring and summer graduates to return for an in-person ceremony when health and safety guidelines permit.

Finally, a quick note on general campus events. For any event, organizers should plan for physical distancing of at least six feet between people whenever possible and to limit gatherings to 50 or fewer. Events where physical distancing is not possible are prohibited. We hope these restrictions can be eased in the coming weeks and months. 

All of the plans I’ve mentioned above are the result of work by the university’s Emergency Operations Team (EOT), which consists of nearly 70 FAU employees representing numerous areas of the university. Several working groups and task forces stemming from the EOT are continuing to meet regularly to adjust our plans and to determine how we will increase operations. 

I will continue to share important information and updates throughout the summer. Please monitor your email and the FAU coronavirus website. In the meantime, I wish you all good health.

 

May 27, 2020

I’m sure many of you are aware that the State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) recently announced that universities are preparing for the fall semester. Guidelines from the BOG and individual university plans will be established as we move into June.

As everyone embraces the “new normal” resulting from COVID-19, it remains FAU’s goal to resume face-to-face courses, student activities, and campus events in a manner appropriate to the current situation, and at the appropriate time. The health and safety of FAU’s students, faculty and staff remains the top priority of this university, and all decisions will be governed by the latest health recommendations from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I know there are many questions about what our fall semester will look like and what modifications and precautions will be in place to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment. We will make announcements in the coming weeks, but for now, I wanted to update you on how the university has addressed the many issues associated with the current environment.

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, the university’s Emergency Operations Team (EOT), which consists of nearly 70 FAU employees representing numerous areas of the university, was activated and has formulated options regarding a phased approach to re-opening our campuses.

Several working groups and task forces stemming from the EOT meet regularly to develop plans and to determine how we will increase operations. Focus areas include health and safety, academic continuity, facilities, residential housing, campus recreation, student activities, and athletics.

Next week, we expect to present our fall plans to the FAU Board of Trustees and we’ll do the same with the BOG June 23. Of course, this situation is constantly changing and everyone should expect modifications and adjustments to any initial guidelines. We’re constantly monitoring local, state and federal guidelines, and I encourage you to do the same.

In the meantime, full remote learning will continue through the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

Our dedicated COVID-19 website remains the best source of FAU-specific information. The Campus Safety page of the site has detailed information about current policies and protocols, health and coronavirus prevention practices, self-quarantine procedures, university travel, and more. The Guidance and Services page features an “A-Z” listing of items from around the university. New information is added to the pages as we confirm changes in our operations and services.

For our professional staff, the Department of Human Resources recently launched a Talent Share Program that is designed to assist the FAU community in connecting eligible and available FAU employees affected by a reduction in work with FAU colleges and units that have temporary projects or assignments. Faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of the resources on the Keep Teaching website, while students should visit the Keep Learning website if they are struggling with remote learning challenges.

For those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

I look forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses as soon as possible.

May 21, 2020

As you may have seen in the news, Palm Beach County, in cooperation with its partner American Medical Response (AMR) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, has opened a community-based testing site in Boca Ratonon the FAU campus.

The testing site is located at FAU Tech Runway on the north end of our Boca Raton campus. The physical address is 901 NW 35th St. Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. Click here for a PDF map of the location.

Please note that appointments ARE required in advance for testing. However, a doctor’s referral is NOT required.

To make an appointment , call 1-800-209-7919 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Testing is available to anyone over age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Proper identification will be required with name, date of birth, and photo.

Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Please remember to wear a face covering. Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing in Palm Beach County.

So many people came together to make this testing site possible. I’d like to thank Jared Moskowitz, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management , Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, FAU’s Vice President for Administrative Affairs Stacy Volnick, and all the officials with Palm Beach County and AMR. Great teamwork!

As a reminder, FAU’s operations have not changed since the university began this period of remote learning and remote working. Remote instruction will continue through at least the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

Our re-opening will be a phased return and follow all appropriate guidance and health recommendations. This information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Until then, those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

Finally, regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates. Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is changing often.

May 13, 2020

As I’m sure you are all aware, most counties in Florida have begun to lift restrictions and have entered into a Phase I recovery. However, FAU’s operations have not changed since the university began this period of remote learning and remote working. Remote instruction will continue through at least the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

While we monitor state and local conditions, many members of the FAU community are formulating our return-to-work and in-person instruction plans. Our re-opening will be a phased return, and follow all appropriate guidance and health recommendations. This information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Until then, the university has implemented a few safety measures to help protect the FAU community while on our campuses.

For those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Physical distancing remains the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Remain at least six feet away from others and continue to use electronic forms of communications in lieu of in-person meetings whenever possible. Keep your hands clean with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Also, everyone is responsible for keeping their own office space sanitized. High touch points should be cleaned every two hours.

I greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of this virus.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

Finally, regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates. Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is changing often.

April 29, 2020

Today's message is focused on one topic: Our May Commencement ceremonies that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I consider commencement a fundamental component of the educational experience at FAU. I want to assure our May graduates that every effort will be made to provide the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony when it's safe again to gather in large numbers.

Guided by a dedicated faculty, our students worked hard and achieved much during their time at FAU, and I am determined to give as many as possible the complete commencement experience.

While we won’t be able to gather next week, it is important we celebrate the accomplishments of FAU’s newest class of graduates, even in these exceptional circumstances. To that end, we will begin Celebrating the Spring Class of 2020 on Wednesday, May 6. A special website will include a listing of all graduates by college, feature student and faculty videos, include a social media feed, and more. Other highlights will be shared during a week-long social media campaign.

I don’t want to spoil the surprises, so stay tuned and I will provide more information next week.

I encourage all our graduates, along with their friends and families, to post graduation photos and favorite FAU memories by using #FAUgrad so we can celebrate virtually.

Congratulations, Class of 2020. We are very proud of you.

April 20, 2020

As the university continues to adjust its operations in response to COVID-19, the health and safety of everyone associated with FAU remains the top priority. To that end, complete remote learning will continue until at least the end of the Summer III session. All classes will be taught through remote delivery.

Summer III begins June 27 and ends Aug. 7. Operations related to our fall semester will be communicated as information becomes available.

In addition, University Housing will not be available for the Summer III term for most new FAU students or those who left campus earlier this spring. Student applications for fall will remain active. Those students who require housing due to extenuating circumstances, as well as those students who have an active Summer III contract but did not submit a contract to live on campus for fall, should contact the Department of Housing & Residential Education at 561-297-2880 or housing@fau.edu.

While these decisions may be disappointing to some people, the university is taking these steps to help prevent further spread of this coronavirus within our communities.

As we continue with remote learning, our Office of Information Technology recently introduced a Keep Learning tool designed to help students make the shift to remote learning. This useful resource will help our students navigate this period.

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately.

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

And, please practice social distancing and regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates.

April 10, 2020

For those celebrating this weekend, Happy Easter and Happy Passover. I hope everyone is able to stay healthy during this time, and that you can stay connected with those dear to you.

Today, I am happy to announce that Florida Atlantic University has established a COVID-19 Leave Donation Plan. The plan allows qualified employees to donate accrued leave (annual leave or sick leave) into a pool for use by leave-earning employees adversely affected by this public health emergency.

Examples of hardship include personal medical emergencies, quarantine mandates, or the inability to work or work remotely. Generally, employees who are most likely to benefit from an initiative like this are our lower salaried staff. I hope those of you who are able to donate hours will consider doing so.

All the information about donating leave and requesting donated leave can be found here .

For general assistance with policies, procedures and COVID-19 inquiries, please contact FAU’s Human Resources department at askhr@fau.edu or 561-297-3057.

You may remember from a previous message that our Office of Information Technology recently introduced a Keep Learning tool designed to help students make the shift to remote learning.

We now have a companion Keep Teaching tool designed for faculty who are making the transition to an open-ended period of remote course delivery. I hope you find the resources available here useful.

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately.

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

And, please practice social distancing and regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates.

April 1, 2020

I hope everyone is working through the challenges we all face during this difficult time. Today there is an important update.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act were signed into law. Both laws go into effect today. For more information about these COVID-19-related employment laws, including eligibility requirements and a benefits summary that relate to Florida Atlantic University employees click here. Please contact FAU’s Human Resources department at 561-297-3072 or via email at gzaidman@fau.edu if you have any questions.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that our professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services stand ready to provide confidential help to any student who needs assistance. Therapists are available 24 hours a day. The number for these services is 561-297-3540. Faculty and staff may seek help through the  Employee Assistance Program . This number is 1-800-865-3200.

On a lighter note, with many of you taking classes or conducting meetings via video, we have produced some FAU-related backgrounds for you to use. Visit this link to download them.

Again, please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately.

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

And, please practice social distancing and regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates.

March 27, 2020

I want to give you an update regarding remote instruction and remote working. When we transitioned to these formats earlier this month it was for an initial two-week period, with all students, faculty and staff scheduled to return to on-campus operations this coming Monday.

However, with continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote instruction and remote working will continue until further notice.

For university employees, this applies to all except those designated by their supervisor as operating necessary services. These roles will remain operational until further notice.

I strongly encourage every employee who can work remotely to do so. Certain employees will be required to be on campus to support academics, research, student services, public safety, university facilities, and other areas, and I am extremely grateful to these people for their dedication and commitment to FAU.

All staff who are or will be working remotely, whether exclusively or partially, must complete a COVID-19 Alternative Work Arrangement form in consultation with their supervisor. The form is found in Workday. More information about remote work and answers to some of your questions are available here .

For students, I appreciate that 100 percent remote instruction may present challenges. Please know that our faculty are doing all they can to ensure you continue to receive the best quality education possible.

To further assist you, please take a moment to look at our new Keep Learning tool developed by FAU’s Office of Information Technology . Here, you will find tips and resources to help you make the shift to remote learning.

While we are learning and working away from campus, it’s important we all stay in touch. Today, you should have received via email news about some of the amazing work that continues at FAU despite these unprecedented times. The work our students, faculty and staff are capable of truly is incredible. I sincerely thank you all.

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately.

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

Lastly, please practice social distancing, and regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates.

March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I want to draw your attention to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-83, which was issued yesterday. The university strongly encourages all applicable students and employees to take note of this order.

The order, in part, urges persons over age 65 and those of any age with serious underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to stay home. Should you fall into one or both of these categories and are not already working from home, please inform your supervisor immediately so alternative working arrangements can be made.

Supervisors should work with any such employees in their areas to immediately complete and implement an Alternative Work Arrangement. If the employee’s duties cannot be performed remotely, supervisors should contact FAU Human Resources immediately. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076.

You can review the governor’s executive orders as they are posted online by clicking here.

I also would like to mention that our Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance (EIC) remains open and operational remotely. Maintaining our programs and activities free from unlawful discrimination remains a priority for the university. Information on the university’s discrimination regulation and sexual misconduct policies and procedures can be found here. Our online reporting form can be accessed here.

As we move through our second week of remote learning and our first full week of remote working, I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts everyone is making to help university operations continue during this unprecedented time in our history. Your dedication, adaptability, and creativity exemplify the spirit of FAU.

We will stay in touch regularly because “We are in this together.” To see how we are coming together as a university virtually, please watch our newest video.

If you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

Lastly, please practice social distancing, and regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates.

March 20, 2020

Based on the feedback I've received so far, the FAU community is coming together to maintain normal operations as much as possible during this unprecedented time of remote learning and remote working. Such positive reactions are exactly what I would expect from our dedicated faculty, students and staff. 

Regarding working from home, all staff who are or will be working remotely, whether exclusively or partially, must complete a COVID-19 Alternative Work Arrangement form in consultation with their supervisor. This form is required for the university to properly document each position that temporarily will be performed from an alternative site because of the COVID-19 emergency. 

The form is found in Workday. In your search bar type create request. In the next search box type COVID to locate the form titled COVID-19 Alternate Work Arrangement — Self Report. Please confirm the arrangements with your supervisor and complete and submit the form as soon as possible.

More information about remote work and answers to some of your questions are available here: fau.edu/coronavirus/faq.

As another reminder, when you come to campus, the practice of social distancing is a vital component in the overall efforts to help prevent community spread of COVID-19. Please review our dedicated COVID-19 website for more information. 

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Anyone who tests positive must follow the requirements of self-quarantine

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified. 

Thank you for your commitment and cooperation during this challenging time.

March 18, 2020

As the university transitions to a period of remote working, for those of you who still need to come to our campuses, either periodically or regularly, I can't stress strongly enough the importance of social distancing

This practice is a vital component of the overall efforts to help prevent community spread of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published guidelines of what social distancing means. Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 website to stay up to date. This website also includes a host of other resources.

I also would like to remind everyone that students, faculty and staff returning from international travel must self-quarantine . This includes cruises. It is everyone's responsibility to help prevent the spread of this coronavirus, so please review these requirements.

As I mentioned in yesterday's update, the State University System of Florida Board of Governors has directed state universities to cancel the traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies scheduled to be held in May. Instead, each university will develop alternate schedules or methods of delivery for these commencement ceremonies.

I want to reiterate that all students and their families who were scheduled to graduate in May will be given the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony when it is safe to do so. This is very important to me, and while we must make adjustments during this time, I do not want anyone to be denied this opportunity.

In other updates, the university's libraries have changed their operating hours. All libraries are now closed except for certain computer and study labs.

On the Boca Raton campus, the Hillel Center computer lab all-night study area (room LY 3A) remains open. This lab is adjacent to the library and is accessible to all students with card swipe.

In Jupiter, the study space (room LIB 105A) adjacent to the John D. MacArthur Campus Library is available 24 hours a day via card swipe. Twenty-six computers are available.

On our Davie campus, the Student Union computer lab (room SD 101F) is open as follows: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday; noon - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In Fort Lauderdale, the student lounge (room HE 610) in the FAU/BC Higher Education Complex, is open as follows: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Noon - 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Broward County main library is open 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

At FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, the study space in Link 108G is available from 6 a.m. - midnight seven days a week via card access only.

Also, our dining halls have adjusted operations. To promote social distancing, the dining halls will only serve take-out meals. In-dining seating is no longer available until further notice. Dining Hall hours on the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses are as follows: Monday to Friday — 7:30 to 10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch; 4 to 8 p.m. for dinner. Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch and 3 to 8 p.m. for dinner.

Some food-service venues in the Food Court remain open. Starbucks and Outtakes are open 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday. Wendy's and Pollo Tropical are open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday. Subway, adjacent to FAU Stadium, is open 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. All these venues are closed during weekends. Like the dining halls, these venues are open only for take-out. No in-dining seating is available.

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Anyone who tests positive must follow the requirements of self-quarantine .

If you receive a positive test result, all students must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

March 17, 2020

Today's message includes important updates regarding remote instruction, commencement ceremonies, and an FAU-related coronavirus positive test.

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) today directed state universities to extend temporary remote instruction until the end of the Spring semester. The BOG also stated that all students who can return home should return home.

Further, the BOG directed state universities to cancel the traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies scheduled to be held in May. Instead, each university will develop alternate schedules or methods of delivery for these commencement ceremonies.

FAU considers commencement a fundamental component of the educational experience. I want to assure all students who were scheduled to graduate in May that every effort will be made to ensure you and your families are given the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony.

These steps by the BOG were taken, in part, as positive cases of the coronavirus are reported on university campuses in Florida.

We learned today that a non-residential FAU student tested positive for COVID-19. I understand this may sound alarming. However, Student Health Services received confirmation from the Florida Department of Health that this student did not interact with other FAU students, faculty or staff.

I sincerely wish this student, and all those affected, a full and rapid recovery. This is the first time the university has been informed that anyone associated with FAU has tested positive for this coronavirus.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can. Anyone who tests positive must follow the requirements of self-quarantine .

Any students who receive a positive test result must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3).

All faculty and staff who receive a positive test result must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by emailing gzaidman@fau.edu . Your supervisor also should be notified.

These are challenging times. Our professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services stand ready to provide confidential help to any student who needs assistance. Therapists are available 24 hours a day. The number for these services is 561-297-3540. Faculty and staff may seek help through the  Employee Assistance Program . The number is 1-800-865-3200.

As a reminder, the university will transition to temporary remote work for most personnel no later than the close of regular business hours Wednesday. Preparations for this transition are already underway. Where possible, implementation may begin before Wednesday. Yesterday's message contained details about this transition.

The university is implementing these steps, in part, to promote social distancing. Please take the time to learn more about this practice. The CDC and other experts believe social distancing is vital to prevent the spread of virus.

This message and all our other communication specific to this coronavirus and social distancing, as well as a host of other resources, are available on the university's dedicated COVID-19 website.

March 16, 2020

Due to the continuation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, Florida Atlantic University will transition to temporary remote work for most personnel no later than the close of regular business hours Wednesday, March 18. Units should begin making preparations for this transition immediately, and where possible may begin implementation before Wednesday.

This applies to all university employees, except those designated by their supervisor as performing necessary services that will remain operational until further notice. 

The University is and will remain open during this time. While we encourage every employee who can to work from home, certain employees will be required to be on campus to support academics, research, student services, public safety, university facilities, and other areas. The definitions of the positions that may work remotely are subject to change as more information becomes available. 

A remote working environment is anticipated to continue until at least Monday, March 30, however, personnel may be recalled prior. Expect further updates regarding how long we will operate in this status. 

During this time, and where possible, supervisors will work with their teams to structure remote work environments so university operations can continue as efficiently as possible. For supervisors, this means providing guidance and setting expectations for remote work, which will include, but is not necessarily limited to, assignments, the fulfillment of duties, and work hours. All employees who access university technology systems remotely must remain connected to secured systems and follow all university policies related to access, data security, and data confidentiality. 

If employees are in roles that do not traditionally accommodate remote work, supervisors will assign other work, projects or professional development that can be performed remotely to the maximum extent possible. Supervisors may contact the university's Human Resources Department for assistance. 

Employees who are not able to do their work remotely because the work requires their physical presence on campus are asked to work with their colleagues and supervisors to devise suitable solutions that support social distancing. Supervisors may consider rotating shifts and modified hours to enable employees to work at different times or to otherwise provide arrangements that will increase social distancing. Flexibility and creativity are encouraged. 

During this time of remote working, all staff must be available to report for work at short notice unless they have taken approved accrued leave. An employee who is unable to satisfy this requirement or work remotely because of a family care or other issue may use accrued leave or leave without pay, to account for time away from work, with his/her supervisor's approval. Supervisors should remain flexible and sensitive to the extraordinary personal challenges that everyone is facing now in approving all leave requests. 

It is important to note that the university has not been informed of any positive cases of the virus that directly involve FAU students, faculty or staff. However, the university is implementing these steps to promote social distancing, which the CDC and other experts believe is vital to prevent the spread of the virus. For more information about social distancing, and for up-to-date information about the constantly changing situation related to the coronavirus pandemic and university operations, please visit the FAU's dedicated COVID-19 website. 

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can. 

I am confident you will do everything possible to help FAU remain operational and continue to serve our students during this period of change.

March 15, 2020

Spring Break is almost over, and the remainder of this semester will be like no other in the history of this university.

As of this update, the university will remain open, and all faculty and staff should report for work as normal.

For our students, however, the situation is very different. Beginning Monday, all students will take classes via remote instruction for an initial two weeks. Please know that many people across the university are working tirelessly to deliver the best possible level of instruction, tutoring, advising and guidance during this challenging time.

Many of our facilities and programs are closed, suspended or operating reduced hours — but many continue, such as our libraries, dining halls, student unions, and other facilities and services.

And, of course, the safety of the entire FAU community is always our top priority. You can rest assured the FAU Police Department and other public safety staff will continue to provide the exemplary level of service we are used to across all our campuses.

I am proud of all the efforts the students, faculty and staff are making to keep the university running during this uncertain time.

Please remember to regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website that contains a wide array of information and resources to help you stay informed. And, most important of all, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can.

For anyone with questions, or if you are uncertain of the operating status of the university, please ask. Professors, staff, advisors, supervisors, and others are all available to help.

March 14, 2020

Today's update is lengthy, but contains a lot of important information.

Advising: Offices will remain open with normal hours of operation. However, students are strongly encouraged to have virtual meetings with their advisors in lieu of visiting the office. Students can schedule virtual advising appointments through the Success Network button found on MyFAUor by visiting fau.edu/successnetwork. For those still on campus, or those wishing a face-to-face appointment, contact your advising office to schedule an appointment. Contact information can be found at fau.edu/advising.

Tutoring: The University Center for Excellence in Writing, Math Learning Center, CLASS, and the Science Learning Center remain open. Most services will shift to online delivery and students are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of online support, although limited face-to-face tutoring also will be available. For students who choose face-to-face tutoring, social distancing norms will be observed. Links to full tutoring schedules and scheduling information is available at fau.edu/ctl and on each center's website.

Testing: The Testing Center remains open. Students are encouraged to check the center's website at fau.edu/testing for updates and operating hours before visiting the center.

Student Health Services is operating regular hours, but please call ahead to confirm. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). Counseling and Psychological Services are operating regular hours, also. Again, please call ahead. The number for these services is 561-297-3540 (24 hours daily).

Student Union operating hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday on the Boca Raton campus. The Union is closed on weekends. The Davie campus Student Union and computer lab hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays. Saturday and Sunday hours are noon - 6 p.m. On the Jupiter campus, the Burrow will remain closed.

Dining Hall hours on the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses are as follows:

Monday to Friday — 7:30 - 10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for lunch; 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. for dinner. Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for brunch and 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. for dinner.

On the Boca Raton campus, the Wimberly Library will open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturdays; noon - 8 p.m. Sundays. There also is a 24/7 study space with computer lab adjacent to the library accessible to all students with card swipe.

In Jupiter, the John D. MacArthur Campus Library will open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. There also is a 24/7 computer lab adjacent to the library in Jupiter accessible to all students with card swipe.

The HBOI library will operate its regular hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Library availability for students on the Broward County campuses can be found at broward.org/library.

Additional library services may be accessed at library.fau.edu/lib2go.

Many of our services will continue for as long as we are permitted to stay open. However, some facilities and programs have temporarily closed or suspended operations.

All our campus recreation locations are now closed until at least March 27. And, all summer study abroad programs are cancelled.

The on-campus Boca Raton shuttle bus that services various campus parking lots is suspended until March 30. However, the FAU-operated shuttle bus between our Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses is operating its normal schedule.

The Schmidt Center Gallery, the Ritter Gallery, and the Avron B. Fogelman Sports History Museum are closed until further notice. Staff associated with these facilities should report for work as normal.

Also, all on-campus student events on all campuses are cancelled through March 27.

At FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, all public events are postponed, cancelled, suspended or closed. They include the ocean science lecture series, the marine science Friday lecture series, the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, all public tours, and the speakers bureau. Visit FAU.edu/hboi for more information.

The 2020 President's Gala, which was scheduled for April 4 in FAU Stadium, also is cancelled. I would like to thank everyone who supports this event, from our generous sponsors, people who buy individual tickets, and our vendors, who all make this such a wonderful event, for their continued support. I look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Gala on April 10.

Conference USA has cancelled the basketball championships, and all spring sports competitions are suspended until further notice. In addition, the NCAA has cancelled all spring athletic championships.

Please remember to regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website that contains a wide array of information and resources to help you stay informed. And, most important of all, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can.

Please take care of yourselves and those around you.

March 13, 2020

Today's update covers two very important areas: School district closings, and new travel and self-quarantine protocols.

This afternoon, the Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida directed that all public schools close for an initial two-week period beginning Monday.

Consistent with this decision, our Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development will be closed, and our A.D. Henderson University School, both located on our Boca Raton campus, will move to online delivery only, for the period March 16 - 30. The second week of this period coincides with Spring Break at Henderson.

At Henderson, each grade level has a digital plan. Teachers will be in contact with students and parents/guardians to provide details about virtual instruction, which will include lessons, assignments and support. Classes for our students enrolled in FAU High School are included in the university's remote instruction plan.

It is very important that all supervisors and those of you with dependents review FAU's Children in the Workplace policy (Policy 4.1.3).

As the policy, in part, states, “supervisors and managers should be flexible in granting accrued leave to employees who need to make emergency child care arrangements.” The announcement that school will be closed next week could create an emergency need for some employees to make child care arrangements.

You can access the complete policy online here . As it discusses, our work areas simply are not designed to provide appropriate accommodations for children. For these reasons, and for the similar public health reasons that prompted the State University System of Florida Board of Governors to require all state universities temporarily revert to remote instruction, the university must enforce this policy.

In an update to the university's travel protocols, all individuals — which includes all students, faculty and staff — who return to the U.S. from any country or return from a cruise must self-quarantine for 14 days. This means if you returned from an overseas trip, for example, 10 days ago, you should now self-quarantine for four days. If you return after today, you must self-quarantine for the full 14 days.

This directive applies to personal overseas travel, such as vacations, as well as any university-related travel. However, it does not apply to U.S. territories.

Please bear in mind, self-quarantine should include working remotely as much as possible. If these self-quarantine restrictions apply to you, please work with your supervisor to arrange remote working.

These travel protocols will remain in place until further notice.

As a reminder, beginning Monday for an initial two weeks, all FAU students will take classes via remote instruction. If you are a student, please pay close attention to messages from faculty and staff regarding your classes.

Also, we have requested students not return to campus from spring break during the period of remote instruction. Residential students at home for spring break are encouraged to remain off campus, if possible. However, students who need to remain on or return to campus should contact the Housing and Residential Education office at 561-297-2880 or housing@fau.edu.

If it feels like the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and how it affects university operations is in constant change — it is. However, I will do my best to keep you informed with all the pertinent information. As of this update, the university will remain open, and all faculty and staff should report for work as normal on Monday.

Please remember to regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website that contains a wide array of information and resources to help you stay informed. And, most important of all, if you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can.

I sincerely hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and thank you for your on-going support and understanding.

John Kelly

President

 

March 12, 2020

Yesterday, following a directive from the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, FAU announced in-person classes would move to remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16, for a period of two weeks. At the time of writing, we expect in-person classes to resume March 30.

If you are a student, please pay close attention to messages from faculty and staff regarding your classes. Many people across the university are working hard to minimize the disruption to your schedules during this challenging period. Students with general questions should contact the Dean of Students office at 561-297-3542 or deanofstudents@fau.edu.

Also, in accordance with the Board of Governors' directive, we requested students not return to campus from spring break during the period of remote instruction. Residential students at home for spring break are encouraged to remain off campus if possible. However, students who need to remain on or return to campus should contact the Housing and Residential Education office at 561-297-2880 or housing@fau.edu.

Students currently on campus should inform their area desk or office. Until further notice, guests are not permitted in the residence halls. Essential services will still be provided, such as dining, counseling, health services, library services, etc., potentially on a limited basis or remotely. Residential students should monitor their FAU email or visit their area desk or office for specific information on Housing and Residential Education.

Despite these changes, the university will remain open, and all faculty and staff should report for work as normal.

I realize these are uncertain times for everyone associated with the university. FAU has a dedicated website that contains a wide array of information and resources to help you stay informed about the COVID-19 virus, more commonly called coronavirus. Also, our Emergency Management team meets regularly to assess the situation and is in close and contact with the appropriate local, state and federal agencies.

So far, the areas around FAU's campuses have experienced comparatively few confirmed cases. Further, no cases of the virus have been reported involving a person affiliated with the university.

However, it is important we all stay mindful of the health concerns this outbreak presents. If you are feeling unwell, and especially if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention as soon as you can.

In other updates, our Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and A.D. Henderson University School will continue normal operations at this time. Rest assured that staff at both locations are continually monitoring their statuses.

However, all operations associated with our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute locations are suspended from Friday, March 13, until further notice.

Colleges now have the discretion to cancel events that involve guests outside of the FAU community, but cancelling is not mandatory at this time. For events that do proceed, extra cleaning measures must be taken, and social distancing is strongly recommended.

Decisions on university-based events as a whole will be made if circumstances change, and this will be communicated to everyone.

In athletics, Conference USA today announced that the basketball championships are canceled and that all spring sports competitions are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of FAU's students, faculty and staff remains the top priority of this university. Should the circumstances locally related to the spread of the coronavirus drastically change, the university will not hesitate to make the necessary changes to its operations.

In the meantime, I am extremely grateful for your ongoing patience and understanding, and I will continue to keep you updated.

 

 

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