COVID-19 Updates and Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Last updated on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 • 8:15 a.m.

Frostburg State University is dedicated to the well-being of our students, employees and community. As the status of COVID-19 is rapidly changing, please monitor this page as information changes or becomes available. If you need medical assistance or have questions, please call Brady Health at 301-687-4310.

Please email your questions to the appropriate offices as employees may be working from remote locations at this time.

 

FSU Status

The Frostburg State University campus remains in operation. All instruction is now offered online through the end of the semester.

Latest Updates:

  • Letters are being sent this week that will indicate the pro-rated credit adjustments that students should expect to see in their accounts. These include mandatory fees, excluding technology and course fees, on-campus room charges and meal plans. The letters will provide contact information for any questions.
  • Residence hall move-out was suspended in March. For students unable to retrieve their items or with questions, email RLO@frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4121.
  • Registration for summer and fall is ongoing.
  • The FSU Foundation has established the Student Affairs Emergency Crisis Fund for students who need assistance for non-tuition related expenses up to $1,000. Click to apply. If you are able to donate, please consider a gift
  • May commencement to be rescheduled – watch for more information.
  • EMPLOYEES: Evaluation deadline has been extended to the end of May; there are currently no plans for a hiring freeze or furloughs; new position requests are being evaluated closely.; we are in contact with the University System of Maryland regarding any financial help we may get from the system, state or federal governments.


REMINDERS

  • Counseling and psychological services will continue to provide individual counseling services to students via a telehealth model at 301-687-4234.
  • For undergraduate students, new guidance and information is available about changing grading options for classes this semester.
  • Gira 133 is open for those who have no other computer access. Hours may be limited. Computers have been spaced to provide proper social distancing.
  • EMPLOYEES: Faculty and non-essential staff should work from home. Essential staff have been notified by their supervisors of their status. Employees should reach out to their supervisor if they have questions. Academic buildings and classrooms have been locked for safety.
  • Out-of-region travelers are expected to self-quarantine in accordance with the governor’s recommendation.

Students should ensure they are signed up for BURG Alerts and check their emails daily.

  • Residence Halls

    Frostburg State University residence hall move-out has been suspended. If you do not have a safe alternative place to stay, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

    Please do not attempt to move out of residence halls at this time. Facilities are only accessible to those with prior consent. 

    Residence Life sent an email to all resident hall residents about retrieving their personal items. Questions? Email RLO@frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4121.

    At this time, FSU’s University and Student Billing Office is working to determine the amount of the refund due to each student based on which residential campus housing and meal plan was purchased. Also, FSU is refunding a pro-rated portion of mandatory fees. This process will take some time to determine if funds should be returned to the student directly or to a third party. We are not refunding course fees and technology fees since courses are continuing online. We are working with the State Treasurer’s Office to complete these transactions. Please watch your emails for continuing information.

  • Campus Services
    Food
    • Chesapeake Dining Hall is providing grab-and-go food for on-campus students with a meal plan, and delivery and grab-and-go for faculty and staff who are still on campus. Instructions for each have been emailed.
    • Food will continue to be provided by Chartwells, an independent national company that has protocols for following federal and state guidelines, even as they change. How food will be provided will be determined by those guidelines.
    • PAWS Pantry on Braddock Road will remain open and available to any student who needs food assistance. To sign up for more information, email pawspantry@frostburg.edu.

    Gyms

    The Cordts PE Center recreational and fitness spaces as well as the fitness room in Lane University Center are closed until further notice.

    Computer Labs

    Computers are still available in the lab at Gira 133. The machines in that lab have been spaced to enforce social distancing. Computer labs will be available with restricted hours; information available here.
    Computer Lab Hours

    Ort Library (closed to physical vistors)

    Visit https://libguides.frostburg.edu/covid19 for updates and available services.

    All information assistance and research services are available online, and librarians are still available to provide remote research help.
    Research and Instruction Support for Students, Faculty and Staff
    For details on how to access these services, visit https://libguides.frostburg.edu/covid19
    • Databases and e-books are available for off-campus access and can be linked or embedded in Canvas.
    • Librarians are available for virtual research help via Skype for Business.
    • Librarians can provide instruction, either live or recorded.
    • Contact them at libref@frostburg.edu

    Lane University Center (closed to physical visitors)
    • Student & Community Involvement is working on ways for students to participate opportunities such as in extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and leadership development despite groups not being able to meet in person.
    • The Manicur Assembly Hall (ARMAH) is available with prior arrangements for meetings of fewer than 10 people. The room is set up for social distancing and ready to accommodate a blended virtual and in-person meetings.
    • Questions about Lane Center reservations, scheduling or building operations should be directed to Allen Flanagan at raflanagan@frostburg.edu.

     

    Bookstore
    • Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the University Store will offer virtual services only until further notice.

    • Web Orders may be placed at http://bookstore.frostburg.edu and shipping fees will be waived.

      Orders placed for course materials will be fulfilled and shipped Wednesday of every week unless special requests for other arrangements are made to the University Store staff. Orders for non-essential general merchandise will be processed and shipped upon normal operation of the store. However, general merchandise ordered from the affiliate store, http://bobcatfanshop.com will have normal ship time. These procedures will remain in place until the State of Emergency is lifted, unless circumstances necessitate otherwise.

    • The due date for rented textbooks from the University Store will be extended to a date that will be determined once campus activities have been restored. Students can mail their rented textbooks back to the University Store at any time prior to this date. Please mail to:
      The University Store
      ATTN: RETURNS
      101 Braddock Rd
      Frostburg, MD 21532

      Please include your student ID # inside the package to ensure the rental book gets properly removed from your account.

    • Any questions or concerns should be directed to the University Store via email at bookstore@frostubrg.edu or by calling at 301-687-4342.

  • Health Services

    Any concerned individuals should CALL AHEAD to your health care provider or the Brady Health Center at (301-697-4310) to discuss your symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a healthcare provider has provided an evaluation.

  • Academics
    • After spring break, ALL CLASSES will shift to online instruction -- no face-to-face classes -- through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
    • Course advising and scheduling for summer and fall semesters will be online.
    • The academic leadership team and faculty are developing processes and procedures to assist with the extended online learning protocol. They are also developing policies with regard to courses that cannot be completed online.
    • The Provost has strongly advised faculty to adjust their syllabi for this period in response to this extreme situation and to share those revisions with students by March 20.
    • The University is committed to supporting our students and their academic progress as well as we can. Guidelines and alternative options are being developed now, and we will provide that information as quickly as possible.
    • Guidelines for students doing coursework/fieldwork off campus, such as in internships or clinical rotations, was shared via email on Thursday, March 12.
      COVID-19 and off-campus placements
    • In light of Frostburg State University’s decision to transition to a distance education model, the Provost, in consultation with the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and the Academic Standards Subcommittee, has determined that undergraduate students should have access to a Pass Credit/No Credit grading option for the spring 2020 semester and that the deadline for withdrawing from courses should be extended.
      Changes in UG Course Grading

     

    Student Resources for Online Learning

    Learning will occur through Canvas — the University's Learning Management System (LMS) — and email (and other tools as identified by your professors).

    Helpful Tips for Online Learners     Using Canvas

  • Campus Events
    • Gatherings of more than 10 people are being postponed/canceled per CDC and White House guidelines. Notifications will be sent in the coming days. Check our Event Calendar for cancellations.
    • Commencement will be postponed. Students approved for graduation will be contacted by email for their input about alternatives.
  • Student Athletes and Athletic Events

    The Mountain East Conference has suspended all NCAA athletic events and practices until a later dat.

    In compliance with Gov. Hogan's executive order, the Cordts PE Center recreational and fitness spaces are closed until further notice as well as the fitness center in Lane University Center.

  • Travel/Study Abroad/International Student Information
    • Work-related travel to any country for which the CDC lists a COVID-19 travel advisory is prohibited. We also strongly advise against any other international travel.
    • All non-essential University-paid travel by faculty or staff for this period is canceled. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by your respective vice president.
    • Study abroad trips have been canceled.
    • The University cannot control where students, faculty or staff travel over spring break or at other times using personal funds, but international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • Faculty and Staff Information

    In order to comply with the governor’s request to reduce the population density on campus and based on our own Pandemic Response Plan and USM guidance, we have taken the following actions:

    • Employees who can telework have been encouraged to do so.
    • Reducing in-person meetings or making use of social distancing is encouraged.
    • Staff are expected to continue to follow their work schedule either on campus or through telework and should consult with their supervisors and/or vice-president if they have questions. Faculty and staff will continue to have physical access to buildings and offices.
    • Faculty should identify and potential issues regarding their scholarship or research and reach out to their deans.
    • The Work Remote webpage contains links to resources, available tools, instructions for accessing voicemail and your office desktop, and more for working remotely. OIT will continue to add information to the site.

      Work Remote Resources
  • Coronavirus/Health Information

    Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

    Symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

    While the exact incubation period for this coronavirus has not yet been determined, it is believed that most infected people will develop symptoms 2-14 days after exposure*.

    More Information about symptoms

    Transmission

    COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

    More Information about transmission

    Prevention/Treatment

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care. There is no specific antiviral treatment for this illness.

    More Information about prevention

    If You Suspect You May Have COVID-19

    Any concerned individuals should CALL AHEAD to your health care provider or the Brady Health Center (301-697-4310) and discuss your symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a healthcare provider has provided an evaluation.

 

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Stay Home

Even if you're feeling healthy, social distancing will help us stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Stay Safe

Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home even if you feel healthy.

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Stay Aware

Reputable sources include Maryland state agencies and the Centers for Disease Control.

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Stay Calm

No need to panic, hoard, or listen to rumors. We will all get through this together.