Good Afternoon FAMUly:
I hope you are finding some enjoyment and rest during this unusual Spring Break. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve, I Just wanted to update you on a few items.
As of this afternoon, the University has mandated that classes remain online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Your professors are working diligently to ensure that your course content is not sacrificed during remote instruction and will provide you guidance in that regard. We plan to have discussions regarding final exams and any potential issues related thereto and will advise you of any decisions made with your best interests in mind.
In the interim, please determine any equipment needs you may have in order to fully participate in classes remotely beginning next week Monday (please ensure you have a camera that will allow video participation on platforms such as Zoom or Skype). If you need assistance with same, please contact I.T. this week.
Please note that the COL remains open and functional. We will however be transitioning to remote work for many employees. You will still be able to contact staff working remotely via e-mail, phone calls, and scheduled Zoom/Skype meetings. However, please note that in this new reality, it is possible that there may be instances of delayed processing and response times. I recommend that you call or e-mail offices before coming to the law school. I also encourage everyone to be patient with each other as we go through this transition period.
As a result of large group restrictions, the annual Barrister’s Ball is being cancelled. SBA and the Office of Development are working with the University to effectuate refunds to all who purchased tickets for the event. More details regarding same will be forthcoming if you purchased a ticket.
A few students have inquired regarding postponement or cancellation of the Hooding Ceremony. As of today’s date, no decisions have been made in that regard. I will keep you updated if anything changes.
A final note: this current community crisis can create a number of additional stressors in your already stressful law school career. Many of you may be sharing close quarters with roommates or family members; caring for children or older individuals; and may be dealing with illness or other domestic issues (hopefully not). In that light, I encourage everyone to be flexible and patient with each other; and be sure to take a few minutes each day to just be still and BREATHE. (Maybe take a “Mindful Minute” :-)). It is certainly an unprecedented time and none of us have all the answers. Be assured that the COL will remain proactive as we go through this season to ensure that you receive the quality education and support you need, knowing that, as Representative Val Demings said, “We will get through this together!”
It is very possible that by the time you read this, things could change as this situation continues to rapidly evolve. Please continue to be attentive to information sent via e-mail and check the “Coronavirus Alert” link on the webpage regularly for current updates.
Please stay safe and take care of yourself!