More than 8,000 tuned in to see Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and members of the Leadership Team hold their first ever virtual townhall on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Members of the FAMU community viewed the event on Zoom and Facebook.
During the hour-long online event, Provost Maurice Eddington, Ph.D., Vice President of Finance and Administration Alan Robertson, Ed.D, and others answered submitted questions about the grading rules for the spring semester and housing and meal plan refunds and other issues.
Among the highlights:
The Office of Instructional Technology has trained about 450 faculty members to conduct remote instruction. The University has distributed about 400 computers for faculty to work remotely.
Refunds: Meal plan and housing refunds will be distributed beginning April 20. Those who have not moved out of residence halls, can do so from May 1 to May 16. Those who are unable to get to Tallahassee to collect their belongings will not be penalized.
Spring Commencement: The Virtual Commencement will be held May 9 at 10 a.m. Closed captioning will be provided. More than 1,000 students have applied for graduation. April 24 is the deadline to apply for graduation. The campus bookstore will make arrangements to get regalia to the graduates who still want them. Regalia and honor chords will be mailed after the graduation ceremony
FAMU Cares: Individuals and organizations have donated more than $60,000 to assist students with laptops and travel home. Organized through the FAMU Foundation, the fund financed the purchase of 61 laptops for students and covered travel costs for about a dozen students.
Grading: All courses are eligible for satisfactory and unsatisfactory grades except at the FAMU College of Law, and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering graduate courses. Students have until May 6 to select either an S/U or letter grade.