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President Robinson Declares FAMU State of Emergency

Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., signed a declaration of FAMU State of Emergency to address the threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Saturday, March 14.

The declaration empowers various administrators and gives them the flexibility and the ability to respond to the evolving threat of the coronavirus.

As part of the declaration, President Robinson directs:

Section 1: that the FAMU Emergency Management Team and Incident Management Team take any actions necessary toprotect the public health, welfare, and safety. I further direct these teams to cooperate with federal, state, county, and municipal agencies on activities pertaining to this emergency and associated responses.

Section 2: All actions taken by the FAMU Emergency Management Team and Incident Management Team with respect to this emergency before the issuance of this declaration are ratified.

Section 3: that all essential employees make themselves available either in person or remotely to perform the duties necessary to respond to this emergency. Unless directed otherwise, individuals who are able to work are expected to report to work. If directed not to report to the workplace, employees should follow procedures outlined by their division, department or unit for maintaining communication and direction about assignments.

Section 4: that all University Employees follow all University policies and procedures unless guidance has been provided by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO to alter, amend, or waive any such policies. Employees are further directed to follow all fiscal guidance in incurring, tracking and reporting costs associated with the response to this emergency.

Section 5: that the chief of staff for Finance and Administration – associate vice president for Human Resources establish guidelines or procedures and other human resources related activities as deemed necessary.

FAMU will conduct classes by online and other non-face-to-face instructional methods for at least two weeks following Spring Break, which runs March 16 – 20.

From Monday, March 23 through Saturday, April 4, classes will be taught using online or other alternative instructional methods. Students will receive further notification from their instructors.

Meanwhile, the University remains open for normal business operations. The library, the Black Archives, and the recreation center are open to faculty, students and staff but not the public.

FAMU Shifts To Remote Instruction For Two Weeks On March 23; Campus Remains Open For Business


In-Person Classes Expected To Resume April 6

In accordance with guidance provided by the State University System (SUS) on the coronavirus (COVID-19), President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., provides the following message to students, faculty and staff.


Florida A&M University will conduct classes by online and other non-face-to-face instructional methods for at least two weeks following Spring Break.

Spring Break is March 16 – 20, 2020.From Monday, March 23 through Saturday, April 4 classes will be taught using online or other alternative instructional methods. Students will receive further notification from their instructors.Students who depart campus during Spring Break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus before Saturday, April 4, 2020. However, the residence halls and food service will be available March 16 to April 3 for students who need to remain on campus.   Students departing for Spring Break should take their books, computers, and other materials they will need to continue their coursework remotely. The University will reevaluate online and alternative instructional methods in the context of public health recommendations and circumstances on a daily basis. Students should continuously monitor FAMU.edu for advisories and updates.


During this period, the University will remain operational and open for business. The University anticipates a return to regular classroom instruction on Monday, April 6, 2020.