Coronavirus Update

Date: March 10, 2020

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is committed to the health and safety of the campus community and to providing accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the FSU community. FSU has 0 confirmed case(s) of COVID‐19. Neither FSU nor public health authorities will identify any individuals who have tested positive for the virus, nor will information be provided that may compromise confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for students and the North Carolina State Personnel Act for employees.

To ensure your well-being, and the well-being of others, please comply with health‐authority‐recommended practices. Obtain additional information regarding COVID-19 from health care providers, state health authorities, and the Center for Disease Control.

Know the Three Ws:

Know the 3 Ws: Wear-Wait-Wash

Update as of July 20: NC Department of Health and Human Services' Interim Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education

Governor Cooper has implemented a phased approach to slowly lift restrictions while combatting COVID-19, protecting North Carolinians and working together to recover the economy.

Read the guidance in this document (PDF)

Important Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Campus Community:

The University Administration is in the process of preparing guidelines and procedures for campus operations this fall. This detailed information will be available within the coming weeks. Until then, we want to share with you some important dates and information that will assist you in your planning for the upcoming fall semester. More information about each item listed will be forthcoming.

  • Residence Halls open for freshmen on August 1, 2020.
  • Fall athletes return to campus on August 1, 2020.
  • Faculty return to campus on August 3, 2020.
  • Classes will begin August 5, 2020.
  • Fall Break will be eliminated so classes can conclude before Thanksgiving.
  • The last day of classes for the fall semester will be November 14, 2020.
  • Final exams will be November 16 – 20, 2020.
  • Final grades will be due November 25, 2020.
  • The Spring Semester will begin February 1, 2021.

July 7: FSU Cares provides free COVID-19 testing

Update as of July 7: FSU Cares provides free COVID-19 testing

Dear FSU Family:

Through grant funding received from the partnership of UNC Board of Governors HSMI Committee and the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill, FSU Cares (Covid19 Assessment, Research & Emerging Science) was established on campus One of the four prongs of the program is the provision of free COVID-19 testing to the community and FSU.

Testing is free and available for any individual over the age of 13. Those aged 13 to 17 years will need parental/guardian consent. The parent/guardian must also be present for testing.

Testing does not require appointments. The testing will be accommodated through walk-up services.

To protect the health and safety of staff and others being tested, public restrooms will not be available on site.

To ensure State Health Department reporting requirements, proper identification is required.

Test collection sites are held outdoors and dependent upon the weather. In case of weather events (rain, strong winds, cold weather, etc.), check the Cumberland County COVID-19 website and social media pages for information about cancellations.

An FSU CARES representative may be reached at 910-672-2545. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Here is the current COVID-19 testing schedule until mid-September, 2020.

July 24 Fri, 3-7 Simon Temple 5760 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC
July 28 Tues, 3-7 Kingdom Impact Church 2503 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC
Aug 4th Tues, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Aug 5 Wed, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Aug 7 Fri, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Aug 14 Fri, 3-7 Mission Field Ministries 3429 Black and Decker Road, Hope Mills, NC, 28348
Aug 21 Fri, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Aug 28 Fri, 3-7 Refuge Community Church 2314 La Dunham Rd, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Sept 4 Fri, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
Sept 11 Fri, 3-7 FSU FSU Campus School of Nursing
1361 Gracie Black Circle, Fayetteville, NC, 28312
July 3: Housing and Dining Refunds

Update as of July 3: Housing and Dining Refunds

Dear Parents and Students:

Below is a statement from the University of North Carolina System regarding Housing and Dining Refunds. We will provide further information as it becomes available.

“Given the ever-changing challenges COVID-19 presents, we understand there are uncertainties as we continue forward with our plan to resume in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year. The UNC System issued guidance to all its institutions about the possibility that housing and dining refunds would not be available, particularly without state or federal financial relief, if COVID-19 further impacts students and forces them to leave campuses and return to online learning.

Some have interpreted this guidance as a definitive decision not to issue refunds under any circumstances, but that is not accurate. If the UNC System institutions are able to offer financial relief to students—in the form of refunds or other measures—we would certainly like to do so. Regrettably, the current uncertain economic environment and health outlook precludes us from making any definitive decisions or commitments now on future refunds. We will provide further information and guidance as we know more.”

June 16: A Message from FSU Interim Chancellor Valentine, Reflections on Social Justice

Update as of June 16, 2020

Dear Professional Staff,

I am personally reaching out to you in expression of my appreciation for your service to Fayetteville State University during these unusual times. COVID 19 has created new ways of working for all of us, and the social unrest has given us pause and resonates the question as sang by Marvin Gaye, “What’s going on?” These times also cause a deep reflection on the role of Fayetteville State University and what we can do as a community of higher learning.

We must embrace the upcoming year with conversations that address social justice, health disparities and other topics that divide us as a nation. I also recognize the need for us to have critical conversations internally on building a stronger university community. You are part of that community and your voice matters. I invite your participation in these important dialogues.

This evening’s “Chat with the Chancellor Webinar”, will feature our very own Patricia Flanigan, President of the Staff Senate and many others who will initiate a conversation on social justice in North Carolina and in Fayetteville. I am hopeful that more of you can participate in these webinars in the future.

In closing, I look forward to seeing you on campus very soon as we begin the new academic year. This too will be different for all of us, but we will get through it gracefully. Stay well and commit to letting your voice be heard.

Peggy Valentine
Interim Chancellor

Update as of May 12: Important Information for Summer School 2020

Update as of May 12, 2020

Below are some important dates and information related to Summer School 2020.
Summer Session I – June 1 through June 26, 2020
Summer Session II – July 6 through July 31, 2020

  • Both sessions of Summer School are completely online.
  • Summer School is following the academic calendar already published.
  • Financial Aid is fully operational (working remotely).
    Phone: (910) 672-1325
    Fax: (910) 672-1423
    Toll Free: 1-800-368-4210
  • Registrar’s Office is fully operational (working remotely).
    Phone: 910-672-2850
    Fax: 910-672-1599
  • Student Accounts is fully operational (working remotely).
    Phone: 910-672-1155
    Fax: 910-672-1486
  • Admissions is fully operational (working remotely).
    Toll Free: 800-222-2594
    Phone: 910-672-1371
    Fax: 910-672-2600

Information for picking up books for summer sessions will be forthcoming.

Update as of May 7: A Message from FSU Interim Chancellor Valentine, Success During Challenging Times

Update as of May 7, 2020

Success During Challenging Times

Dear Students, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

This academic year at Fayetteville State University was one that we won’t soon forget. In the video below, Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine talks about COVID-19 and how it has tested the resilience, character, and spirit of the Bronco family and this nation.

Update as of April 29: UNC System Interim President Bill Roper Issues Statement for Fall 2020 Semester

Update as of April 29, 2020

Chapel Hill, NC – UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has issued the following statement regarding the plans for the Fall 2020 semester:

“Recent data in North Carolina are showing positive trends that suggest our collective efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 are paying off.

Our institutions have done a remarkable job serving their students during this time of crisis. Our speedy adaptation to remote teaching and learning was a necessary and invaluable step to preserve the continuity of our students’ academic pursuits while protecting health and safety. But for many in the UNC System, digital learning technologies simply cannot be a long-term substitute for the facilities and community that our campuses provide. The majority of our faculty and students need access to our libraries, labs, classrooms, and medical and agriculture facilities to fully engage with their research, teaching, learning, and service work.

We are optimistically seeing indications of improvement and hopeful that this will continue. But these trends will continue only if we stay focused and diligent, which we must and will do. North Carolina will likely have improved capacity for tracking student exposure and greater access to the tools, materials, and supplies that can help minimize the virus’s threat.

I expect to reopen our campuses for the Fall 2020 Semester and look forward to welcoming our faculty and students back to their classrooms and labs this fall. To do so, we are working closely with our chancellors to chart a course forward.

Each and every step the UNC System takes will continue to prioritize health and safety. Until a vaccine is developed, many members of our community may not be able to risk teaching or attending in-person classes. The UNC System recognizes the needs of our faculty and staff; our older, non-traditional students; or the members of our community with underlying health concerns.

We must and we will consider steps to protect these vulnerable populations.

Our chancellors will have flexibility to determine what local steps they need to take to protect all students, faculty and staff, especially high-risk populations, both on campus and off. They will have the ability to put unique precautions in place.

As examples, some institutions might consider staggered or shortened academic calendars, while others may take action to reduce student density in campus housing and classrooms. Our plans will ensure that students and parents have the tools they need to stay fully engaged with their home institution, safely and with confidence.

I anticipate that operations at each institution will not be the “normal” we were all used to prior to COVID-19. But, working together, we will all eventually see our 17 campuses once again operating at full capacity, serving as North Carolina’s most vital hubs for teaching, research, and service. I am confident that they will be more vibrant and more critical to our state than ever before.

Above all, our steps forward will be contingent on what we discover through ongoing monitoring of infection rates and North Carolina’s testing and treatment capacity. We will continue to follow the advice of the nation’s infectious disease experts and our own experts at UNC Health. We will remain in frequent contact with Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NC Department of Health and Human Services. And we will continue to coordinate our operations with Governor Cooper’s executive orders.

Our efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s threat have been successful because our actions in March were swift and comprehensive. The continued success of our effort now depends on approaching our next moves forward with caution, optimism, and precision.”

Update as of April 27: A Message from FSU Interim Chancellor Valentine, Adjusting to Change

Update as of April 27, 2020

Dear Broncos:

We have almost reached the end of the spring semester and the 2019-2020 academic year, and what a year it has been. Despite the challenges experienced by COVID- 19, we have endured uncertainty, adjusted to new realities, and demonstrated flexibility in meeting our goals. You are commended for a job well done.

I thank our faculty for making quick adjustments to teach online. For many of you, it was your first experience in teaching virtually. I was impressed with the innovation and creativity displayed in helping our students complete their courses. Students were also supported by members of the professional staff who advised them, performed supportive duties, protected the institution, and maintained the facilities.

I also thank our students for being perseverant and for “handling your business.” Even when the going got tough, you stayed enrolled, completed your assignments, and stayed focused on your academic goals. Despite challenges associated with online enrollment, you made the necessary adjustments and succeeded.

A special acknowledgement is extended to our alumni and donors who supported the university during these unprecedented times. Your contributions kept our students sustained, enrolled and have enabled us to offer a “world class” learning experience.

We do not know what tomorrow holds; however, I have every reason to believe that better days are forthcoming. In comparison to last year, the projections for summer and fall enrollment are up, even for students who have requested on-campus housing. We are receiving many calls from prospective students who want to enroll at FSU and pursue their academic dreams. Additionally, there are adults who want to enroll and pursue a more stable career for their future. This inspiration and more give us hope.

When it is safe to do so, we will celebrate this academic year. Mr. Womble and his team are investigating the feasibility of having a virtual graduation during the month of May. This is not intended to replace “Graduation Live” later this year. We will keep you posted.

Until then, let us push harder for a better future for our students. We can do it, for we are Fayetteville State University.

Peggy Valentine
Interim Chancellor

Update as of April 23: Governor Roy Cooper Extends Stay-at-Home Order

Update as of April 23, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper extends stay-at-home order

Thursday, April 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper extended the stay-at-home order for North Carolina through Friday, May 8, in an ongoing effort to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are no additional measures necessary by the University to comply with this extension. As previously directed, only employees who have been designated as mandatory employees and directed to be on campus should come to campus. Other employees should continue to work from home until further notice.

Update as of April 22: Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Update as of April 22, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for many of us. The purpose of the EEMRSE Virtual Town Hall is to hear the concerns of current students, answer questions, and provide educational support as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Topic: EEMRSE Town Hall

Thursday, April 30 at 2:00 pm

ZOOM Meeting ID: 784 257 9773


Contact Dr. Nicole Anthony for more information,, (910) 672-1272

Update as of March 31: FSU residential students to receive pro-rated reimbursement for housing and dining

Update as of March 31, 2020


Fayetteville State University (FSU) residential students will receive pro-rated reimbursements of housing and dining that have been unused as a result of the University of North Carolina System’s rapid response to COVID-19. UNC System Interim Bill Roper made the announcement during a special meeting of the UNC Board of Governors, held on March 30, 2020

The chief financial officers at each institution are all working together with the UNC System Office to ensure uniformity of processes and calculations for determining refund amounts.

“It is our commitment to all UNC System students to get this done as quickly as possible. It is our obligation to North Carolina taxpayers to get this done right,” explained Dr. Roper. We hope to be able to announce specifics for processing and issuing refunds in the upcoming weeks,” concluded Roper.

FSU Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine said this should be welcome news for students and parents who struggle to meet the financial challenges of attending college.

“I am certain that our students will be thrilled to hear this.” Valentine said. “This pandemic crisis has affected many of us in so many adverse ways, but none have had their lives disrupted more than our students. Maybe this good news will brighten a bleak and serious situation."

FSU announced March 17, 2020 the UNC System’s directive to reduce campus housing as a result of CONVID-19. FSU students were on spring break when the system office made the decision that the break would be extended by a week. Students had to either remain at home or not remain in campus housing, unless an exception is granted. Those granted exceptions had to clearly establish that no other practical housing is available. Campus dining operations were reduced to takeout.

Update as of March 23: UNC System Interim President Bill Roper Issues New Update Highlighting Coronavirus Response

Update as of March 23, 2020

VIDEO: UNC System Interim President Bill Roper Issues New Update Highlighting Coronavirus Response

CHAPEL HILL, NC – UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has released a third video updating the System’s continuing response to the coronavirus:

Full Transcript of the Video:

“Hello. I’m Bill Roper, interim president of the UNC System.

To our students and their families, I want to thank you all for your contributions to our ongoing efforts to confront our national health crisis. I am here today to give you an update of where the UNC System is in its response to this national emergency.

Everyone should, by now, be aware that the CDC and health experts have issued urgent warnings that, if Americans don’t act quickly, the COVID-19 infection will spread rapidly, and our health care systems will be overwhelmed.

Students and young people are not immune to COVID-19. The public health advice to practice 1) social distancing, and 2) frequent and careful hand-washing with soap is meant to help decrease the spread of this virus. You may not get seriously ill, but you may transmit the virus to others who may be more susceptible to illness.

With your help, the UNC System has responded quickly to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff … and to support our State and national effort to “flatten the curve” of infection.

To mobilize nearly 240,000 students across the UNC System, the System and each of our institutions have had to apply strict guidance in little time. But each institution has put into place processes for granting exceptions for students facing extenuating circumstances and needs.

If you are a student with unique challenges that make it difficult for you to find food and shelter off-campus, or to get access to online course materials, please reach out to representatives at your institution. We want every student in need to have a viable option for remaining in campus housing, with access to food and the internet.

Many of you have questions and concerns during this unprecedented period of upheaval. There are many, many moving parts to this situation … and they are moving very quickly. We don’t yet have answers to all the questions, but we are working diligently to find them, as quickly as we can.

We are addressing the most critical issues first: health and safety, the transition to online learning, and the well-being of our students in need. I know matters related to fees, room and board, and grades are important … but they aren’t as urgent as these other issues are…right now.

We expect to be in a position to start to answer these questions thoughtfully, carefully, in consultation with the federal and state government, and accreditors, in the weeks ahead.

Unfortunately, the projected time frame for the virus reaches into our spring commencement season. Simply put, we have had to face the reality that spring graduation ceremonies will be disrupted.

I know and understand that this will disappoint our students and their families, who have worked toward this goal for so many years. But the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff must be our top priority. Rest assured, your institution will celebrate your academic achievement in due course.

COVID-19 presents the UNC System with one of the most significant challenges it has faced in its long history. But witnessing our faculty, students, families, and leaders at every level of the UNC System, rallying together, has filled me with great optimism.

We will not get everything right as we adjust to a rapidly evolving situation, but I can assure we will make corrections as we move forward.

These are challenging times, and the UNC System is rising to this challenge, quickly and thoroughly. Thank you all for your contributions to this vitally important effort.”

Update as of March 20: Commencement

Update as of March 20, 2020

Dear FSU Family,

As you know, recent occurrences have caused the disruption of many Fayetteville State University (FSU) events. It’s something that none of us expected.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread across the nation and has forced FSU to make some difficult decisions regarding university operations and programs. With that, we have decided to postpone both graduate and undergraduate commencements scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2020, respectively.

We know that commencement is an important milestone in the lives of many college students and their families, and it is something they have looked forward to. We want to make certain that you have this memory for the rest of your lives. The Provost and I will be working with student leaders and members of the Class of 2020 to reschedule and plan a memorable celebration.

I can’t begin to thank you enough for your resilience, patience, and cooperation during this difficult time. We regret that we had to make this decision, but the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remain our focus.

Please continue to monitor the coronavirus website for information and updates.


Dr. Peggy Valentine
Interim Chancellor

Update as of March 19: An Update from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper

Update as of March 19, 2020

A Message UNC System President William Roper

As of this morning, the United States has more than 9400 cases of coronavirus, with 93 cases in North Carolina. This time last week, those numbers were only a fraction of what they are now; by this time next week, we can expect that these numbers will be multiples of what they are now.   

• We are in the midst of a global pandemic that is not only affecting us, but every person, family, business, and institution across our state and in our country.

In a crisis like we are in now, we must apply the principles of triage.  The most critical and urgent issues are being dealt with first, including:  

• Health safety of our students, faculty and staff

• Continuing our academic mission by transitioning to online learning. More than 95% of our classes are now online.

• Ensuring our students have a place to live with access to online studies and access to nutrition

We will get through this, but it will not be easy. We do not know when it will be over, but we are prepared for the long haul.

We have been navigating this crisis working with our chancellors and their teams on the front lines, our accreditors, and with our state and county health officials.  I have spoken multiple times this week to the Governor, Speaker Moore, Senate President Pro Tem Berger, NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, and our Board Leaders.  We are talking to Washington.    

We have accomplished much in a short amount of time but there are many issues yet for us to address. Among those issues:  

• What financial issues do we face?

• What refunds will students be due for things such as housing and dining?

We expect to be in position to start to answer those questions in the next week.  

We are in a serious global pandemic and proceeding with the expectation that this will get worse before it gets better. I can also tell you that we will not get everything right, but we will make corrections as we move forward.

I greatly appreciate the way we are all pulling together, especially the Chancellors, to support our institutions, students, faculty, and staff. Thank you again for everything you are doing to rise to this unprecedented challenge.



Interim President The University of North Carolina System
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Update as of March 19: Work Assignments and Special Leave Provisions

Update as of March 19, 2020

Dear FSU Family,

Please note the following regarding employee work assignments and special leave provisions.

Mandatory Employees
Effective March 23, 2020 and until further notice, only mandatory employees will be required to work on-campus. Division Heads are responsible for designating employees as mandatory and informing them of that designation.  

Employees, not designated as mandatory, including SHRA, EHRA, temporary and student (work-study and non work-study) employees, will continue to be assigned work and will be expected to telework, if feasible.  The ability to telework will depend on the nature of the employee's duties.  Supervisors are responsible for assigning and tracking their employees' remote work.  Employees who telework are expected to be available during their normal work hours.  

Paid Administrative Leave
UNC System Interim President William L. Roper has authorized paid administrative leave for employees through March 31, 2020, including temporary and student employees, for certain COVID-19-related absences.   Specifically, paid administrative leave will apply to the following:

•Mandatory or non-mandatory employees who cannot work because of childcare or eldercare facility closings due to the COVID 19;

•Non-mandatory employees who cannot telework because their duties cannot be performed remotely and reasonable alternate remote work is not possible; and

•Mandatory and non-mandatory employees who are unable to work due to cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms or are caring for someone with symptoms from these illnesses.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Kay Faircloth at

Please see more information online at or

Update as of March 18: An Update from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper

Update as of March 18, 2020

UPDATED VIDEO: UNC System Interim President Bill Roper Releases New Message on Coronavirus Response

  CHAPEL HILL, NC - UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has released a new video addressing the System's continuing response to the coronavirus:

Full Transcript of the Video:

“Hi everyone, I’m Bill Roper interim President of the UNC System.

As you all know, we are in the midst of a very serious health crisis. COVID-19 presents the UNC System and North Carolina with some unprecedented challenges.

In the face of trying circumstances, we have all joined together in a team effort to help those we serve . The past three weeks have been among the most challenging in our University System’s history, and we have responded with a System-wide sense of purpose and a remarkable, unified team effort. I am proud of all that has been accomplished. And if you are a UNC System student, employee, faculty member, university leader, or volunteer - you should be too.

Faculty and staff have all adapted quickly to a rapidly changing environment. Together, we are facing COVID-19 with ingenuity and an inspiring spirit of collaboration. Your efforts are indispensable to the UNC System’s focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the delivery of our core academic mission.

Special thanks to everyone who continues to work on site to assist those students who can’t return home due to extenuating circumstances. You are indispensable to our commitment to serving those students who depend on campus facilities for food, shelter, and access to online materials. If you are one of our students with special circumstances, I urge you to reach out and complete any exemption forms that will ensure you have what you need to continue your education.

This week offered a vivid reminder of why our University System is so critical to North Carolina and the value of our shared commitment in all that we do.

On Wednesday, UNC Medical Center and UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill announced that they have developed a diagnostic test for COVID-19. This new test will be used at UNC Health hospitals and select clinics across our state, allowing for more testing capacity at the state health department and LabCorp in North Carolina.

This effort exemplifies how the UNC System’s work isn’t just good for our students. … it benefits all North Carolinians.

Witnessing our faculty, students, families and leaders at every level of the UNC System community rallying together has filled me with great optimism. These are challenging times, and the UNC System is rising to the challenge.

Thank you … and be well.”

Update as of March 17: FSU Campus News

Update as of March 17, 2020

Dear FSU Family,

As you are aware, North Carolina is implementing certain actions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Governor Roy Cooper’s State of Emergency in North Carolina and his Executive Orders have made it necessary for the University of North Carolina System to implement the following actions. These actions will be implemented at Fayetteville State University:

• FSU will reduce campus housing. Students must either remain at home or not remain in campus housing, unless an exception is granted. Those granted exceptions must clearly establish that no other practical housing is available. These students must also complete a health screening. Students, please find additional information on the Housing and Residence Life page.

• Campus dining operations will be reduced to takeout or similar options for a small number of approved students remaining on campus.

• Any discussion of refunds for housing, dining, or parking will be postponed until April and/or until the university is beyond the immediate issues being faced with reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

• Should the need arise, plans will be made, with assistance from the Director of Student Health Services and other campus officials, to work with local public health officials and others to make provisions for the quarantine/isolation of the small number of students who remain in campus housing.

• The University will ensure that plans are in place to protect labs, research, etc., as we move to reduced/minimal activity for a period of four to eight weeks.

• FSU will designate mandatory employees in the context of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and will have the discretion to provide administrative leave to employees whose jobs do not allow for remote work or who cannot work due to family/caregiving responsibilities.

• The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will work with the UNC System Office and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), our regional accreditor, to find solutions for grading and awarding of course credit should that become necessary.

• FSU will clarify work guidelines to supervisors and make it clear that the University can and should be shifting employees to telework now where possible, consistent with current operations.

This situation continues to remain a challenge for all of us, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your patience and cooperation. Your well-being and that of our students remain our number one priority.

Update as of March 16: Meals on Campus

Update as of March 16, 2020

As of March 17, all meals will be served in the Bronco Grill. For your safety, all meals will be packaged “to go”. Dine-in will not be available at this time. Stay connected for updates, Instagram: @fsu_dining. Bronco Grill Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch 9:30am – 6:30pm.

Update as of March 12: State of Emergency in NC

Update as of March 12, 2020

Dear Bronco Family and Friends,

FSU is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency in North Carolina. This type of declaration is typically issued before an emergency occurs to free state resources, alter state regulations and change authorities within state government to allow for a quicker response. It does not mean there is imminent danger to the university community.

Here are some updates and important information:

• FSU is currently open and fully operational.

• Spring break is extended until March 20, 2020. Faculty are expected to return to work March 16, 2020.

• Classes are not canceled. They will be delivered online or in an alternate learning format starting March 23, 2020 until further notice. This includes 8-week classes, which will begin on March 23, 2020. Some classes such as labs may meet face-to-face. The instructors of those classes will inform students of the learning method.

FSU strongly encourages residential students to remain off-campus or to move off campus if they are currently in a residence hall. This will lower the on-campus population and reduce the opportunity for coronavirus transmission that may be found in concentrated groups. However, residential students who need access to certain services may remain on campus. More detailed information will be sent to residential students via email.

FSU is prohibiting all University-related international travel, all University-related travel outside of the State of North Carolina, or within the State to gatherings of 100 or more people, unless approved by the Chancellor or Provost.

All students, faculty and staff who traveled internationally or to a location currently under a state of emergency (excluding North Carolina) over spring break are strongly encouraged to inform the University where you have traveled. Please send this information via email to (employees) or (students).

Campus events of more than 100 attendees, unless approved by the Chancellor or Provost, are canceled immediately. A list of canceled events can be found here. If you have an event that needs to be added to the list, please email

We understand that this has been a challenge for many of you, but we appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please know that your well-being and that of the entire FSU family is our number one concern.

Peggy Valentine, Ed.D
Interim Chancellor

Update as of March 12: An Update from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper

Update as of March 12, 2020

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has released the following video addressing the system’s response to the coronavirus.

Full Transcript

Update as of March 11: Preparedness Efforts Memo

Update as of March 11, 2020

Dear FSU Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Friends of FSU:

Per The University of North Carolina System President William L. Roper’s March 11th Preparedness Efforts Memo, FSU’s Spring Break is being extended for STUDENTS ONLY for one week in order to begin transitioning to online courses on March 23, 2020. The second 8-week courses will start on Monday, March 23, 2020. Faculty are expected to return to work on March 16, 2020.

We are also canceling FSU’s Spring Open House scheduled for March 21st. The UNC System has determined all events of 100 or more people will be canceled in order to limit the potential impact of the virus on our community.

We remain committed to sharing important information and understand this raises many questions. Our first concern is always the safety of our FSU family and visitors to campus. Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of all Broncos and friends.

Peggy Valentine, Ed.D
Interim Chancellor

Update as of March 10: Reminders from Human Resources

Update as of March 10, 2020

FSU Faculty and Staff:

With the recent coronvirus (COVID-19) concerns worldwide, the FSU Office of Human Resources would like to remind you of the following resources:

• If you are a member of the State Health Plan, you have access to Health Line Blue. Nurses are available 24/7 to provide guidance on addressing health-related matters. Please follow the link below for more information on this benefit and how to contact Health Line Blue.

ComPsych GuidanceResources, FSU's Employee Assistance Program provider, provides 24/7 access to a Guidance Consultant via their toll-free number. Please see the attached document for information on the support, resources and information available through ComPsych as well as information needed to access these resources. Discussions with ComPsych Consultants are confidential. Employees and members of their households are eligible for up to three visits (by phone or in-person) per issue / topic at no cost. Ask the ComPsych representative for local providers that accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (State Health Plan) insurance or other health insurance you may have in case you need support beyond the initial three visits.

Kay Faircloth
Associate Director, Human Resources
Fayetteville State University

Update as of March 5: Spring Break Planning

Update as of March 5, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

With spring break approaching, we are reminding members of the University community of travel restrictions caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19 virus.

Fayetteville State University is currently prohibiting university funded/sponsored travel to a country which the CDC has determine to be a Level 2 or Level 3 risk and within the United States to a location where a state of emergency has been declared. As of March 5, 2020, this list includes the countries of China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan. A state of emergency has been declared in California and Washington. Please note that this information is subject to change so please stay up to date on the latest information on advisories and states of emergencies.

Federal restrictions on travel are also in place. Details on those restrictions can be found at the Centers for Disease Control website.

We are asking employees who engage in personal travel outside of the United States to provide information on their travel. The information should include the country to which they are traveling and the dates of travel. The information should be sent via email to We are asking students who engage in personal travel outside of the United States to provide information to include the country to which they are traveling and the dates of travel. This information should be provided to the Director of the Student Health Services at

Per CDC guidelines, any employee or student who travels to a Level 2 or Level 3 country will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus upon their return. Supervisors should work with employees who are self-quarantined to determine if there are available working options. If no such options are available, employees may use sick leave. Faculty are requested to work with students on making up any missed assignments during this period.

We will communicate information on the COVID-19 virus to the campus community through the this page. Please check here for the most up-to-date campus information.

Thank you for your assistance in assisting us in maintaining a healthy campus.

Pamela Jackson
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Update as of March 3: Coronavirus Planning

Update as of March 3, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of FSU: 

The University has been monitoring closely the spread of the coronavirus and is making necessary preparations to keep the campus safe. The university has a plan in place to handle emergencies. A pandemic team has been working for the past week to respond to student needs should an issue arise. 

There are no confirmed cases on the Fayetteville State University campus. If it becomes necessary to close the campus, we are committed to continuing the educational process. Plans are in place to teach classes online so that our students can continue progress toward degree completion. 

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the same precautions as you do to prevent influenza and colds. Wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your sleeve (not hand), and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. Avoid people who are sick. Get a flu shot if you haven't already. We also are encouraging students to visit Student Health Services if they experience any changes in their health such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath. 

Please know the safety and welfare of our entire University community is our foremost concern. Student Health Services will be available to answer any questions you might have. Please contact them at (910) 672-1259. 

We will keep our University website updated with pertinent information and will post it as it becomes available. 

Peggy Valentine, Ed.D.
Interim Chancellor