Campus guidance and services
October 22, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
The Spring 2021 academic calendar has been adjusted and Spring Break has been canceled in order to limit possible COVID-19 spread related to extensive travel. The spring semester will end one week earlier than previously scheduled. The last day of regular classes will be April 19 and final exams will take place April 22-28. Commencement dates are April 29 and 30. The full academic calendar is available on the Office of the Registrar website.
Students are encouraged to check the Testing Center’s website at fau.edu/testing for updates.
A.D. Henderson University School
The A.D. Henderson University School began the school year on August 17, 2020, with virtual instruction. Additional information is available on the school’s website.
All facilities are closed until further notice.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is holding campus tours for potential applicants for the 2021 application cycle. All tours will require advanced registration and compliance with the wearing of face coverings and physical distancing guidelines.
A deep cleaning project and schedule began on all campuses when FAU transitioned to online instruction and remote work. This includes detail cleaning of all office and classroom spaces, disinfectant of all flat surface/floors and commonly touched areas (such as door handles), and dusting of all surfaces. Classrooms are being locked after cleaning. Restrooms are being deep cleaned and restocked as required. More information is available in the Cleaning and Disinfecting plan.
Virtual Summer Commencement ceremonies are available on the Celebrating Class of 2020 website.
The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, recently directed all state universities to develop alternate plans for the traditional on-campus Fall Commencement ceremonies scheduled to take place in December. FAU will again Celebrate the Class of 2020 on Thursday, Dec. 17, with pre-recorded, on-demand virtual ceremonies for each college.
Links for information on testing in various counties can be found on the Campus Safety page of this website.
Dining services hours are available here. All retail locations are take-out only. The Atlantic Dining Hall has limited seating.
Face coverings are required. Do not overcrowd.
Events are limited to no more than 10 people. Larger gatherings are prohibited.
Face coverings are required on campuses at all times, indoors and out. The only exceptions are when alone in a personal vehicle or when alone and behind closed doors inside a private office or dorm room. Handmade face coverings, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, should fit tightly over the nose and mouth. Face shields or face coverings with exhalation ports or vents are not permitted as they do not provide effective protection from droplets. Keep face coverings with you at all times. Students who need special accommodations regarding face covering should contact Student Accessibility Services. Employees should contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance. Additional information regarding face coverings is available in FAU’s Health and Safety Plan (pages 1, 10-11).
The "FAU Cares Emergency Fund" is for currently registered, degree-seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Federal CARES Act
Federal CARES Act emergency relief funds are now available to eligible FAU students who apply. Cash grants will be disbursed for as long as funds are available, assuming documented financial impact due to COVID-19.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid department via phone, email or live chat. Documents may be securely uploaded at owlfiles.fau.edu. Contact Information, additional updates, resources, and live chat are available at fau.edu/finaid.
All are closed until further notice.
FAU has placed 100 additional hand sanitizer dispensers on campuses. Another 500 dispensers and two pallets of replacement cartridges have been ordered to support increased use by employees and students.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your health care provider immediately. More information is available on the Campus Safety section of this website.
Visit FAU’s Campus Safety page for detailed information.
Leave Donation Plan
The Leave Donation 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.
University Libraries re-opened on Aug. 20. Visit the website for detailed information.
In-person meetings are discouraged. Continue to use phone or teleconferencing applications whenever possible.
Offices and Labs
All offices and labs should operate at reduced personnel levels while maintaining day-to-day or limited services as required. Personnel in office spaces are responsible for disinfecting their own spaces and common areas. It is encouraged to disinfect high-touch areas (such as printers or common work stations) every two hours. Consult with your leadership for policies governing respective office suites.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If necessary, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow and then wash your hands.
Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others whenever possible. Employees working on campus should not visit other offices, labs or spend time in common areas (such as conference rooms) unless absolutely necessary.
Visit the Division of Research’s FAQ webpage for detailed information.
Face coverings are required. Do not overcrowd.
The FAU-operated shuttle bus between the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses will resume operations on Aug. 24. Face coverings are required on FAU transportation. Visit the Parking and Transportation website for additional information.
Slattery Educational Research Center
The Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development has been closed for the foreseeable future. As a of the mandated closure due to the COVID-19 virus, and subsequent operating constraints, the center can no longer safely, financially or operationally open. The center will continue to monitor the situation to determine if there is an opportunity to safely and viably operate at some point; however, the timeframe for the closure is uncertain.
Student Health Services
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. Again, please call ahead. The number for these services is 561-297-3540 (24 hours daily).
Visit the Student Union website for information on hours and other events.
All summer study abroad programs are canceled.
Talent Share Program
The Department of Human Resources has launched a Talent Share Program that is designed to assist the FAU community in connecting eligible and available FAU talent affected by the reduction in work, with FAU colleges and units that have temporary projects or assignments.
All non-essential FAU travel is prohibited. Essential domestic travel requires pre-approval by the appropriate vice president or dean. Additional information is available on the Travel Guidance webpage. It is encouraged for employees to share personal travel details with their supervisors. Individuals traveling outside Florida might be subject to self-quarantine upon return based upon state, local and national guidelines.
All services through the University Center for Excellence in Writing, Math Learning Center, CLASS, and the Science Learning Center have shifted to online delivery and students are strongly encouraged to seek online support. Links to full tutoring schedules and scheduling information is available at fau.edu/ctl and each center’s website.
All vulnerable individuals (those 60 years and older or suffering from underlying health conditions) should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments, they expose themselves, and those with whom they live, to COVID-19. Visit the Human Resources’ COVID-19 website for information on the Vulnerable Population program.
Fall 2020 Semester
*Case data updated every 30 minutes.
Fall 2020 Semester Plans
Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to a Member of the COVID-19 Team at FAUCOVID19@fau.edu.
Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)
Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)