A Message from the President – COVID-19 Update #17

I’m sure many of you are aware that the State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) recently announced that universities are preparing for the fall semester. Guidelines from the BOG and individual university plans will be established as we move into June.

As everyone embraces the “new normal” resulting from COVID-19, it remains FAU’s goal to resume face-to-face courses, student activities, and campus events in a manner appropriate to the current situation, and at the appropriate time. The health and safety of FAU’s students, faculty and staff remains the top priority of this university, and all decisions will be governed by the latest health recommendations from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I know there are many questions about what our fall semester will look like and what modifications and precautions will be in place to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment. We will make announcements in the coming weeks, but for now, I wanted to update you on how the university has addressed the many issues associated with the current environment.

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, the university’s Emergency Operations Team (EOT), which consists of nearly 70 FAU employees representing numerous areas of the university, was activated and has formulated options regarding a phased approach to re-opening our campuses.

Several working groups and task forces stemming from the EOT meet regularly to develop plans and to determine how we will increase operations. Focus areas include health and safety, academic continuity, facilities, residential housing, campus recreation, student activities, and athletics.

Next week, we expect to present our fall plans to the FAU Board of Trustees and we’ll do the same with the BOG June 23. Of course, this situation is constantly changing and everyone should expect modifications and adjustments to any initial guidelines. We’re constantly monitoring local, state and federal guidelines, and I encourage you to do the same.

In the meantime, full remote learning will continue through the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

Our dedicated COVID-19 website remains the best source of FAU-specific information. The Campus Safety page of the site has detailed information about current policies and protocols, health and coronavirus prevention practices, self-quarantine procedures, university travel, and more. The Guidance and Services page features an “A-Z” listing of items from around the university. New information is added to the pages as we confirm changes in our operations and services.

For our professional staff, the Department of Human Resources recently launched a Talent Share Program that is designed to assist the FAU community in connecting eligible and available FAU employees affected by a reduction in work with FAU colleges and units that have temporary projects or assignments. Faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of the resources on the Keep Teaching website, while students should visit the Keep Learning website if they are struggling with remote learning challenges.

For those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu. Your supervisor also should be notified.

I look forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses as soon as possible.

Best,

John Kelly

President

 

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Conversations With Dean Hixson

Faculty and staff from around FAU are invited to connect online with Dean Carol Hixson to get updates and important information from the FAU Libraries. Join us for this virtual conversation on June 2 at 2:30 p.m. Click here to join.

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Virtual Research in Action: The Internet of Things: Past, Present and Future

On June 4, from 1 to 2 p.m., join us on Zoom call by pre-registering here.

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A Message from the President – COVID-19 Update #16

As you may have seen in the news, Palm Beach County, in cooperation with its partner American Medical Response (AMR) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, has opened a community-based testing site in Boca Raton on the FAU campus.

The testing site is located at FAU Tech Runway on the north end of our Boca Raton campus. The physical address is 901 NW 35th St. Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. Click here for a PDF map of the location.

Please note that appointments ARE required in advance for testing. However, a doctor’s referral is NOT required.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-209-7919 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Testing is available to anyone over age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Proper identification will be required with name, date of birth, and photo.

Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Please remember to wear a face covering. Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing in Palm Beach County.

So many people came together to make this testing site possible. I’d like to thank Jared Moskowitz, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, FAU’s Vice President for Administrative Affairs Stacy Volnick, and all the officials with Palm Beach County and AMR. Great teamwork!

As a reminder, FAU’s operations have not changed since the university began this period of remote learning and remote working. Remote instruction will continue through at least the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

Our re-opening will be a phased return and follow all appropriate guidance and health recommendations. This information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Until then, those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu. Your supervisor also should be notified.

Finally, regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates. Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is changing often.

 

Best,

John Kelly

President

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Covid-19 Leave Donation Plan

Florida Atlantic University has established a COVID-19 Leave Donation Plan. The plan allows qualified employees to donate accrued leave (annual leave or sick leave) into a pool for use by leave-earning employees adversely affected by this public health emergency.

Examples of hardship include personal medical emergencies, quarantine mandates, or the inability to work or work remotely. Generally, employees who are most likely to benefit from an initiative like this are our lower salaried staff. Therefore, we encourage those of you who are able to donate hours to please contribute to this worthy cause. There is no minimum amount, all donated hours are appreciated and valued.

All the information about donating leave and requesting to receive donated leave can be found here.

For general assistance with policies, procedures and COVID-19 inquiries, please contact FAU’s Human Resources department at askhr@fau.edu or 561-297-3057.

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Department of Education Announces New Title IX Regulations

On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education released new regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 related to sexual discrimination in education. FAU’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance and the Dean of Students’ Office are in the process of carefully reviewing our policies and regulations to ensure consistency with the new regulations before the August 14, 2020 effective date.

FAU will continue to comply with applicable federal, state and local discrimination/harassment laws to provide an educational, employment and business environment free of all forms of discrimination or harassment. The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance will continue to work with the Dean of Students’ Office and our campus partners to offer services and educational programs designed to prevent and respond to prohibited sexual conduct and other forms of unlawful discrimination.

If you have any questions about Title IX or have been a victim of sexual misconduct, please contact FAU’s Title IX Coordinator, Donald Kamm at (561) 297-3004 or visit FAU’s Title IX website for information and resources.

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Talent Share Program

The Department of Human Resources has launched a Talent Share Program that is designed to assist the FAU community in connecting eligible and available FAU talent affected by a reduction in work associated with COVID-19, with departments that have temporary projects or assignments. This is an opportunity to refer AMP and SP staff who do not have sufficient work, to be temporarily utilized by other departments in need of assistance but are unable to hire new talent. to learn more, click here.

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Report Outside Employment/Professional Activity in Workday

The report of Outside Employment/Professional Activity or Specified Interest has moved to Workday. To complete the request, please follow the Job Aid titled “Outside Employment Activity in Workday – how to report activity in Workday” in the FAU Job Aids Worklet on your dashboard. For more information on Outside Employment/Professional Activity requirements, visit www.fau.edu/hr.

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Victim Services Available to All Community Members

During this time, incidents such as harassment, domestic violence, stalking and theft may increase and it may be difficult to know where to turn. FAU Victim Services is open and provides support, information and resources to faculty, staff, and students. The office can be contacted via email at victimservices@fau.edu, or via phone at 561-297-4841 (M-F; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 561-297-0500 (after hours, ask to speak to the Victim Advocate).

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A Message from the President – COVID-19 Update #15

As I’m sure you are all aware, most counties in Florida have begun to lift restrictions and have entered into a Phase I recovery. However, FAU’s operations have not changed since the university began this period of remote learning and remote working. Remote instruction will continue through at least the Summer III session, which runs from June 27 through Aug. 7. Remote working continues until further notice.

While we monitor state and local conditions, many members of the FAU community are formulating our return-to-work and in-person instruction plans. Our re-opening will be a phased return, and follow all appropriate guidance and health recommendations. This information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Until then, the university has implemented a few safety measures to help protect the FAU community while on our campuses.

For those who need to visit our campuses, either regularly or periodically, please wear face coverings in public areas when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others, in restrooms and elevators, and when using FAU transportation. Do not overcrowd any of these spaces. Face coverings, which should be kept with you at all times, can be handmade, such as those fashioned from a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, or tee-shirt.

Physical distancing remains the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Remain at least six feet away from others and continue to use electronic forms of communications in lieu of in-person meetings whenever possible. Keep your hands clean with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Also, everyone is responsible for keeping their own office space sanitized. High touch points should be cleaned every two hours.

I greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of this virus.

Remember, if you are feeling unwell, stay home! And if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

Students receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 must notify Student Health Services as soon as possible. The number is 561-297-3512 (after hours, please select option 3). All faculty and staff must notify Human Resources. The department can be reached by calling 561-297-3076 or by email at gzaidman@fau.edu. Your supervisor also should be notified.

Finally, regularly check our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates. Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is changing often.

 

Best,

John Kelly

President

 

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