FIU, Other Universities Ordered To Prepare For Remote Learning

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Gerard Albert III/Editor in Chief

Updated March 11, 9:50 p.m.

The State University System ordered all 12 Florida public universities, including FIU to make plans to transition to remote instruction as soon as possible, effective immediately.

In a press release Wednesday the SUS told universities with students currently on campus they should “implement a process to transition to remote instruction immediately and encourage students to return home for at least 2 weeks.”

All face to face classes will go online effective tomorrow, March 12 and students should not expect to return to classes for at least two weeks according to the Office of the Provost.

President Mark B. Rosenberg released this video statement to students detailing some the Universities planning.

FIU will remain open and fully operational but face to face classes will be held remotely until at least April 4. That means campus employees will come in until further notice.

According to an email from Rosenberg to all students FIU will remain operational during this time.

“Faculty and staff, including academic advisors, are expected to report to work, as scheduled. Student employees should check with their supervisors,” the email stated.

All scheduled FIU events have been postponed through April 4th. Commencement ceremonies are still scheduled until further notice.

The MMC recreation center will maintain normal hours until Sunday, March 15 and have closed the turf fields. They have also cancelled all intermural sports, classes and workshops until April 4.

All other sporting events will continue as scheduled, but fans may not be able to attend NCAA basketball tournament games.

Students are encouraged to stay off campus according to the FIU. But dorms and dining will be operational until further notice.

“On-campus residents who are able to go home are encouraged to do so immediately. Students who need to remain on campus will be allowed to stay during this period,” said an email sent to students from Rosenberg.

FIU has suspended all international travel and study abroad programs.

An FIU twitter thread is answering some frequently asked questions for students.

“All upcoming international university travel by FIU students for Spring and Summer 2020, including but not limited to faculty-led and third-party study abroad programs, exchange programs, conferences, and field work, is suspended,” said an email from Provost Kenneth G. Furton this week.

The University launched a website to keep students updated. This is a breaking story and will be updated. FIU events scheduled through April 4 are canceled. This applies to on and off campus events.

On campus dual enrollment students will transition to remote learning. MAST@FIU will follow the guidance of Miami-Dade Public Schools.

Students with concerns may contact FIU Student Health Services at 305-348-2401. Faculty, staff and other members of the community may contact FIU Health at 305-348-3627(DOCS).

The FIU Call Center will be open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions, please call 305-348-3481 during those hours.

Additional reporting by Joshua Ceballos.

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