COVID-19 Updates and Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Last updated on Friday, May 29, 2020 • 12:58 p.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.

No decision has been made by FSU or the University System of Maryland as to plans for the fall. Any announcements will be made on this page.

Update from President Nowaczyk: Fall semester information to be announced June 15 | May 29, 2020

Do You Need to Appeal Your Financial Aid Package? 

The events surrounding COVID-19 have created many financial hardships for students nationwide. To help lessen this burden, FSU encourages you to fill out the Financial Aid appeal form.

This form UPDATES the information you submitted to FSU through the FAFSA. Because this information is used to determine your financial aid package for next year, it is very important to update your financial information based on what has happened during the pandemic.

You MUST fill out the form provided by FSU. Third party forms will not be accepted.

Summer Registration
  • Registration for summer and fall is ongoing.
Refunds
  • Letters were sent indicating 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 letter provided contact information for any questions.

  • Survey Results

    Based on responses to a survey sent to campus in early April, FSU offers the following information for those experiencing continued difficulty:

    For students:

    • Students who are uncertain about the options of Pass for Credit/No Credit, Withdrawal, or requesting an Incomplete should contact their academic advisors (for PC/NC or Withdraw) or faculty member (for Incomplete). Financial Aid recipients should verify with Financial Aid (fsufinaid@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4301) and those who receive Veterans benefits check with Veterans Services (vets@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4509) to ensure that these decisions do not impact your eligibility.
    • Students who are struggling with issues of anxiety, stress, depression or feeling overwhelmed are urged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 301-687-4234. Counselors are connecting via telepsychology – via phone or video.
    • Students who are having difficulty with issues of motivation or focus, dealing with lack of structure, are looking for tutoring, or have other issues with managing the transition from on-campus studies should contact Mark Smith, director of the Tutoring Center, at msmith@frostburg.edu. Additional information and instructions about online tutoring are available here.
    • Students who are not receiving communication from their faculty members should contact the chairs of their departments. Click on your department name and then the “Faculty and Staff” link in the left navigation.
    • Students with emergency financial needs should apply to the Student Affairs Crisis Emergency Fund at this link. Students with concerns about paying next year’s expenses are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at fsufinaid@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4301.

    For faculty and staff:

    • Those are having concerns about their students – i.e. non-responsiveness, a dramatic drop in class participation or success – should utilize BEACON to help connect students with resources.
    • Faculty and staff who need assistance with transitioning online should review the resources at this link. The Helpdesk is also available at 301-687-7777, helpdesk@frostburg.edu or online.
    • The Staff Senate is providing an online communication link at https://forms.frostburg.edu/172 for staff members wishing to share concerns, issues and opinions.
  • Campus Services
    Food
    • 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.

    Gyms

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


    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
    • 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.

  • 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

 

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