Coronavirus Update

Date: March 10, 2020

Fayetteville State University(FSU) has 0 confirmed case(s) of COVID‐19. As the welfare and safety of our campus community is our primary concern, FSU is providing this Emergency Notification. 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.

Campus leadership advises your immediate attention to and compliance with the health‐authority‐recommended practices, not only to ensure your own well‐being, but the well‐being of others:

Health Authority Recommended Practices

  • Avoid contact with persons who are sick
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet
  • Wear a simple cloth face covering or other mask over the nose and mouth when out in public
  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol‐based sanitizer
  • Cover your cough and sneezes (into your flexed elbow or tissue) and wash your hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C)


Update as of March 31, 2020

FSU RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE PRO-RATED REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOUSING AND DINING

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, 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, 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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peggy Valentine
Interim Chancellor


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.

Bill

WILLIAM L. ROPER, MD, MPH

Interim President The University of North Carolina System
o: (919) 962-4622
www.northcarolina.edu


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.  

Teleworking
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 jfaircl6@uncfsu.edu.

Please see more information online at https://www.northcarolina.edu/coronavirus or https://www.uncfsu.edu/coronavirus-update.


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, 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, 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, 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 hrinfo@uncfsu.edu (employees) or Healthservices2@uncfsu.edu (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 knewcom1@uncfsu.edu.

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.

Sincerely,
Peggy Valentine, Ed.D
Interim Chancellor


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, 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.

Sincerely,
Peggy Valentine, Ed.D
Interim Chancellor


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.

bluecrossnc.com/health-line-blue-care-option#search=Health%20Line%20Blue

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
910-672-2461


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 hrinfo@uncfsu.edu. 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 Healthservices2@uncfsu.edu.

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.

Sincerely,
Pamela Jackson
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


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. 

Sincerely,
Peggy Valentine, Ed.D.
Interim Chancellor


For more information, contact:
Vinette Gordon, Director of Student Health Services
910-672-1259 │ vgordon@uncfsu.edu


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Cancellations

  • Student Events on Campus: All until further notice
  • Athletic-Related Events: All until further notice
  • VITA Tax Assistance Sessions: All
  • Angelina Ballerina: 3/14
  • CIAA Bowling Event (FSU will not participate): 3/13-3/15
  • CIAA Softball Roundup (FSU will not participate): 3/13-3/15
  • Chancellor Search Forums: 3/18, 3/19, and 3/25
  • Special Education Meet and Greet: 3/19
  • Raheem DeVaughn: 3/20
  • Spring Campus Consortium Meeting: 3/20
  • Planetarium Shows: 3/21 (All school visits are cancelled)
  • Spring Open House: 3/21
  • FSU Major Fair: 3/24
  • The Vagina Monologues: 3/25-3/27
  • K-12 Education Center Fair: 3/27
  • 2020 Excellence in Teaching Conference: 3/27-3/28
  • Car Show and Health Fair: 3/28
  • Spring 2020 Career Fair: 4/1
  • Founders Day: 4/7
  • 2nd Annual Student Research Symposium: 4/3
  • FSU Jazz Weekend: 4/4
  • Omega Psi School of Nursing Honors Society Induction Ceremony: 4/24
  • FSU Piano Day: 4/25
  • Commencement: 5/7 and 5/8 (Postponed)