Update for students on move to remove classes – March 16, 2020

Dear Students,

As you are aware, the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve quickly in the U.S. and abroad, with new information and new cases confirmed daily. Below are several important updates on substantial learning changes being made to protect our community.

All Remote Classes
Following the guidance issued Sunday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Framingham State University is joining the rest of the State University System in moving entirely to remote methods of instruction starting on Monday, March 30th, and continuing through the end of finals on Friday, May 15th.

Our faculty have been preparing diligently and collaboratively for this eventuality. During the extra week off from March 23-27, faculty will be working with Academic Affairs, our College Deans, Academic Department Chairs, and the Educational Technology Office (ETO) to implement this transition. They will be communicating regularly with students in their courses. Remember that even though you may be using a computer in order to engage in some aspect of remote learning at an off-campus location, you are not alone. If you need help, contact Information Technology Services at Framingham State University by calling 508 215-5906, sending an E-mail to it@framingham.edu or visit https://myit.framingham.edu. You can also refer to the University’s “IT Guide for Students” for making technology related preparations for your remote studies.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your ability to move to remote learning, the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) and the IT Department are available to assist you. CASA will continue to offer tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic coaching to help students with this transition; Disability/Access Services will ensure that academic accommodations continue to be available.

Housing & Move-Out Plans
As part of this change, Framingham State will be closing the residence halls. Students in emergency circumstances, such as international students, and students with housing insecurity, should fill out this petition to request to receive University housing. Student employees deemed essential to the operation of the University, may also petition to remain on campus.
Residence Life is currently working on a plan for students to be able to make appointments to return to the residence halls to collect their belongings. This process will be organized in a way that avoids having crowds of people back on campus at one time. Please be on the lookout for an e-mail from Residence Life by Tuesday afternoon with more information and a link for making your appointment.

We are working with the state and federal government to ensure that your financial aid is not impacted by this transition. We are also working with state officials on an adjustment to housing and dining accounts. Details will be made available in the coming weeks.

For those who have not already heard, the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) has cancelled the remainder of the spring athletic season. The University’s two gymnasiums and workout room have been closed until further notice.

The Henry Whitemore Library is closing to foot traffic as a health and safety precaution. The library will offer video tutorials for student instruction. Materials that can be scanned (articles etc.) will be sent to faculty and students electronically.

These are unprecedented times and I can’t imagine how hard this news must be for so many of you, particularly our seniors who were enjoying their final semester on our beautiful campus. But the safety of our community is paramount, and these steps have been deemed necessary.
Please continue to check the University’s COVID19 webpage for updates and information.

F. Javier Cevallos, Ph.D.