Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Questions & Answers

Updated April 23, 2020 • 5 p.m. 

What is open at FSU?
While the majority of faculty and staff will continue to work from home, the campus is in operation with very limited access and staffing. Social distancing is required in all instances. Walk, sit and study at least 6 feet away from others. For students needing to access campus resources:

How will Ort Library’s services change?
Ort Library is closed to physical visitorsVisit 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.

I’m a student. What can I do if I am worried about my grades or coursework for the remainder of the semester?
The Provost’s office and academic leadership has changed the grading policy for this semester, offering students the option of keeping letter grades or choosing a Pass for Credit/No Credit option. Read more here.

Other academic questions are in the process of being answered. Information will be forthcoming from the Provost's Office. 

What about social distancing and social gathering?
Everyone is expected to follow the CDC and Governor’s guidelines to maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others. No social gathering of more than 10 individuals on campus will be permitted at any time. Social distancing must be followed in those instances in which people gather.

We strongly recommend using technology for any student, staff or faculty meetings that may be required. Violations of these guidelines can lead to a student judicial violation or employee sanctions regarding safety.

Student groups are encouraged to explore virtual gatherings as a way to stay connected.

What about Commencement and other Honors/Awards ceremonies normally held in the spring semester?
May Commencement has been postponed. Graduates will be asked via survey this week (March 23-27) about possible alternatives, including rescheduling at a later date or a virtual ceremony. Graduates who meet the requirements for graduation WILL receive their diplomas in the mail as usual in June. For other awards ceremonies, we are asking student leadership (e.g., SGA, Honors, & SAAC) to work with their administrators/advisers to identify ways to have award celebrations this spring in a virtual format. We will confer awards this semester.

How will the University continue to accommodate students with disabilities?
FSU remains committed to equal access to all University facilities, programs and activities for students with disabilities. Students can reach out to the Disabilities Support Services website, call 301-687-4483 — persons with disabilities may request accommodation through the ADA Compliance Office: 301-687-4102 (VRC 1-800-735-2258) — or email lbennett@frostburg.edu. Employees can visit the ADA compliance office website, call 301-687-3035 or email btbrauer@frostburg.edu.

Will food services be available on campus?
Chesapeake Dining Hall will deliver orders to students to comply with the Governor's order to stay at home. All other dining locations on campus are closedSTUDENTS with meal plans who have been approved to be on campus will receive daily emails from Dining Services with menus and delivery. Call at 301-687-4035. Deliveries will go out between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Only credit/debit cards are accepted.

Will the campus remain open?
The University of Maryland System is committed to remaining in operation while following the guidelines of the federal and state government along with advice from health care experts. While we are open, in-person staffing is very limited. Most services are being handled online. While we hope to keep campus open, we will close the physical campus if directed by the Governor, Chancellor, or local health officials. Online class instruction will continue if the campuses closes.

Will advising and course registration continue as planned?
Summer registration for continuing undergraduates will begin Monday, March 30. Any continuing student can register beginning at that time. 

For Fall 2020, students will be assigned an appointment for online registration, which will begin soon. All advising will be virtual — email, phone, Microsoft Teams, Canvas or other option. Your adviser will be contacting you with details. You should make sure you:

  • have an updated plan in PAWS
  • add the list of classes you plan to take in the scheduling assistant
  • determined any additional questions you may have about your academic or professional future to discuss with your adviser
  • take care of any holds you may have sooner rather than later.
If you need to update your program or adviser, contact the department via phone or email.

Feel free to contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) at 301-687-3404 or caar@frostburg.edu.

Will there be refunds for on-campus residential halls, food plans, and other fees?
Yes, we are developing a pro-rated refund plan for students who do not return to campus. This will apply to our residence halls (Edgewood Commons will be contacting their residents in collaboration with FSU) and meal plans with Chartwells. We will also be refunding a portion of some of the mandatory student fees. This plan is being developed in collaboration with other USM schools and the Board of Regents. 

We are looking at the possibilities of providing a credit for next year or a check refund. We anticipate that these refunds will not be immediate given that those checks are distributed by the state of Maryland, which is also working on a limited staffing schedule. We will release the refund plan to students and their families as soon as the plan is finalized and approved by the University System of Maryland.

What about public transportation —county bus lines — and the shuttles?
Allegany Transit has restrictions in place for their buses, but service will continue. The last FSU shuttle will leave Walmart at 8:10 p.m., arriving at FSU at approximately 8:30 p.m. Check the information on the BayRunner and Amtrak websites for the latest information.

Is there a move-out plan for residence halls?
Due to Governor Hogan's stay at home order, all move out appointments have been cancelled until further notice. When the Governor opens up this possibility, we will work with the remaining students to move out belongings in an orderly and safe manner.

I live off-campus? What do I do?
Students who live off-campus have arrangements with private entities and landlords. We ask and expect students who live off campus to be considerate of others and be good citizens of the area. The Governor has asked that local law enforcement enforce the social gathering rule of no more than 10 people. Given that some of our students may live among residents who are at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure, we expect students to follow these guidelines. Please be sensitive to the gravity of the current situation and that your positive behavior and actions can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Can faculty access their office?
Yes, as long as the physical campus remains open. We expect individuals to follow the social distance guidelines. While we recognize that faculty may need to use resources on campus to maintain their online instruction, we ask that you use your time on campus wisely and limit time on campus whenever possible.

What is the future for staff on campus?
We encourage supervisors to have staff telework or work from home. We thank the staff and faculty for their efforts so far to reduce time on campus. As long as the physical campus is open, we will continue to offer as many services as possible while following government guidelines.

What about rented textbooks and textbooks/school supplies?
The due date for rented textbooks from the University Store will be extended until campus activities have been restored. Find more information about books and items, visit the University Store.

What happens if I decide I want to withdraw from classes?
Students considering withdrawing should consider the Pass for Credit/No Credit option recently developed by the Provost’s Office. Read more at this link.

What if I need food assistance during this time?
If you are a student in need of food assistance contact the PAWS Pantry at PAWSPantry@frostburg.edu or call 301-687-7598 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. They can offer a pre-packed bag-style options during this time to students in need. Please contact them ahead of time to arrange.

Is construction continuing on the new residence hall and the Education & Health Sciences (EHS) building?
As of now, construction is continuing for both buildings. Restrictions issued by the state may change this. Construction on the new residence hall is on schedule. The plan for the upcoming months is to complete both the interior and exterior of the building and furnish the building for fall occupancy. Additional construction funding has been awarded for the EHS building and construction bids, etc., will be requested over the next several months. Again, that process is on schedule with the caveat that changes may occur in the future. The EHS building is scheduled for a fall 2022 occupancy.