Students' Frequently Asked Questions 

I am concerned I will not be able to enroll in online courses due to the limited registration window.

Registration for Spring 2021 began on Monday, October 26, 2020, for all students. Appointments were not created for the Spring to allow each department time to complete the scheduling process.

What is HyFlex modality?

Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) modality is a course design in which students meet in-person and attend remotely on specific days. Courses are delivered both in-person and online at the same time by the same instructor. To adhere to social distancing requirements, a limited number of students may be in-person and other students will attend classes remotely.

How are you going to accomplish and enforce social distancing of at least six feet in the classroom?

Seating in the classroom spaces is limited, in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines. Students will continue to be instructed to remain at least six feet apart through visual aids and vocal reminders from instructors. Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action as governed by the Student Code of Conduct.

Will online classes be offered to students who reside outside of Tallahassee?

Yes, students will have the option of enrolling in remote/online courses for the Spring.

Will students with medical issues be required to return to FAMU in the Spring?

In most cases, students will be able to enroll in remote/online courses for the spring and will not be required to be on campus to receive instruction.

Is returning to campus in the Spring mandatory?

In most cases, students will be able to enroll in remote/online courses for the spring and will not be required to be on campus to receive instruction.

Will masks be required for students who return in the Spring?

Yes, masks are required while on campus.

Will a COVID-19 test be mandatory for all students?

COVID-19 testing is not mandatory for students, but it is highly encouraged.

Are students continuing classes after Thanksgiving?

Yes, classes will continue after Thanksgiving as detailed in our Fall calendar. The mode of instruction will be remote for all classes after Thanksgiving.

Is campus only open to FAMU students at this time?

We have implemented a campus restriction for visitors. Faculty, staff and approved vendors are allowed on campus provided they follow our safety measures and instructions.

Are there other alternatives for students whose parents do wish they return to campus?

A combination of remote/online and in-person classes will be offered.

Faculty and Staff Frequently Asked Questions

Will faculty be surveyed about Canvas? Is there a chance to go back to Blackboard or ensure we have all the capabilities of Canvas?

The University has adopted Canvas as its new Learning Management System (LMS). Materials and information are currently accessible via Blackboard, but Blackboard will not be used as the main LMS.

Who will introduce or explain HyFlex modality to the students, and will the definition be posted on the FAMU webpage, and communicated via FAMUINFO and Istrike?

Faculty may consult the work of Brian Beatty, Ph.D., for more information about this teaching modality. The Division of Academic Affairs will host discussions and workshops focused on the HyFlex modality and incorporate tactics to assist faculty with appropriate adoption and application.

Are we able to hire undergraduate and/or graduate students to work in the lab?

Graduate and undergraduate students are permitted to work in the labs if the principle investigator (PI) has an approved social distancing plan that addresses working with students.

How may faculty directly participate in finding solutions to instruction issues stemming from the pandemic?

Please contact Genyne Boston, Ph.D., for information.

Given there will be more face-to-face classes for Spring 2021, will all employees be returning to campus?

Each campus unit will assess staffing needs needed as we transition to the Spring semester.

What is the status of the University’s efforts to upgrade the air circulation systems? Is there a list of buildings with updated air circulation systems?

UVC lighting systems are being installed in all buildings that use multi-zoned air circulation systems. We anticipate this to be completed by mid-November. POM has provided a list of buildings receiving these upgrades and you may contact the POM office for additional information.

How can I become involved in the conversations to plan for acquiring the ability to broadcast synchronously with good audio quality?

Please contact Genyne Boston, Ph.D., to express your interest in providing assistance

Is EOP the office to contact for faculty and staff with underlying health conditions who need to limit their presence on campus in the Spring?

Yes. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 850-599-3076 or contact our ADA Coordinator Sylvia Barge.

Is completing two forms each semester required if someone has a permanent health condition? If so, is a doctor's note also required?

Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 850-599-3076 or contact our ADA Coordinator Sylvia Barge.

The HR accommodations form requests information regarding the health issues of family residing in our households. Is providing this paperwork required? Is this a HIPAA violation?

Please contact Joyce Ingram or Carrie Gavin directly for information regarding these issues.

Will faculty be penalized for requesting reasonable accommodations for the COVID-19 high-risk status even if physician documentation is provided?

No. Any concerns about this may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) office or to Genyne Boston, Ph.D.

Is conference-related travel allowed for Spring 2021?

All University-sponsored travel continues to be restricted to “essential travel only” until further notice, unless approved by the divisional vice president or President Robinson, Ph.D.

May faculty attend conferences virtually?

Yes, pending approval by chairs, directors and/or deans and the availability of funding.

What days are recognized for Thanksgiving break?

FAMU will be closed from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

HYFLEX Frequently Asked Questions

Do HYFLEX classes require in-person attendance? 

You may participate in the class remotely. You will not be required to attend in-person class sessions.

How will the modifications impact my Spring 2021 course schedule?

Please login to iRattler to view your schedule. Although changes to the modalities are not anticipated, the physical location may change for in-person or HYFLEX classes if the class size changes. For example, a class may be relocated to a larger classroom if more students are enrolled than originally anticipated.

What should I do if I am not currently registered for any courses for the Spring?

You may register for the Spring semester at any time; however, students are advised to register as early as possible.

What should I do if all of my courses are offered in the remote format?

If you prefer all remote instruction classes, you do not need to do anything further. If you would like in-person classes, you may change your schedule to any available open sections.

What should I do if all of my courses are offered in the in-person format?

If you prefer all the in-person classes, you do not need to do anything further. If you would like remote instruction classes, you may change your schedule to any available open sections of remote-instructed courses. Please note: some classes may be offered as HYFLEX, which will allow you to attend either in-person or remotely.

What should I do if I have a combination of remote and in-person classes?

You may change your schedule to any available open sections of remote and/or in-person courses.


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