Spring 2021 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Fall 2020 Recap

Frostburg State University continues to navigate through the uncharted waters of pandemic response. We know this has been and will continue to be a stressful time for students. Through this process, the University has endeavored to base decisions on a wide variety of factors. Weighing those factors on a continuing basis, our goal is to provide the most robust educational experience we can for our students while keeping our campus and community as safe as possible.

Here's a rundown of lessons learned from input and reviews of the procedures from Fall 2020 and some new developments, guidance and links moving forward.

Fall 2020 In Review (and looking forward)

  • COMPLIANCE
    • We heard from numerous students, faculty, and staff who are approved to be on campus that they wanted to know more about our health and safety requirements. We also provided more information on safe on-campus behavior and our current surveillance testing strategy.
    • All students and employees must agree to a revised Social Compact that includes some important added emphasis on expectations.
    • A number of reports and hearings occurred based on COVID-related reports and violations of the student code of conduct. Employee violations were addressed through supervisors. If students know of a specific issue/concern, they can e-mail spring2021@frostburg.edu or report an incident.
  • COMMUNICATIONS
    • To encourage dialogue and to address concerns, President Nowaczyk held a total of 21 Virtual Coffee with the President forums with student forums hosted with the FSU SGA. These forums will continue on a bi-weekly basis during Spring 2021.
    • Having 68,166 pageviews since being published June 14, 2020, the Fall 2020 website provided COVID-19 resources ranging from health and wellness to academic and human resources. The website also functioned to provide campus communications regarding testing events and results. Visit the Spring 2021 version for updated information for this semester.
    • The campus community was updated through a weekly email from the President sent to more than 5,000 student and employee email addresses regarding COVID-19-related resources and updates pertinent to each week.
  • ACADEMICS
    • Of the more than 4,000 students who enrolled in classes for Fall 2020, nearly 870 were in completely online programs and more chose to take online courses. The option to arrange for completely online classwork is available for Spring 2021. To do so, students MUST HAVE enrolled in classes listed as "ONLINE" in PAWS or worked through the USM inter-institutional enrollment to choose all online courses from the University of Maryland Global Campus by Jan. 25. Contact an academic advisor or department chair for assistance.
    • Our undergraduate student body's academic performance slightly exceeded their performance compared to Fall 2019.

      • The distribution of final grades earned in Fall 2020 was comparable to the distribution in Fall 2019. The proportion of A's earned in Fall 2020 was up 3% compared to Fall 2019.
      • For Fall 2020, 1158 undergraduates (about 33% of full-time students) were named to the Dean's List compared to 1130 students (about 29% of full-time students) were named to the list.
      • At this time last year, 301 students were on academic probation; currently, 202 students are on probation.

      Despite the challenges of navigating a different learning environment and the stresses associated with the pandemic and social unrest, the academic performance of FSU students, as a group, was not negatively affected this fall unlike many reports of student experiences nationally. (See, for example, Survey: Pandemic Negatively Affected Grades This Fall.)

  • FINANCES
    • For both Spring 2020 and Fall 2020, emails regarding tuition, fees, housing and dining costs were high on everyone's list of priorities.
    • FSU’s tuition and fees were frozen at 2019-20 (no increase).
    • Additionally, students were able to apply for CARES Act monies for pandemic related needs. In fall 2020, all eligible students on campus and off campus could apply for and receive $375 to help address housing costs.
    • For Spring 2021, all students who received the housing finds will automatically receive them after the drop-add date. If a student did not receive a housing award in the fall but believe is eligible for one in the spring, they should complete this application form. You must qualify for federal financial aid to be eligible.
    • Additional details about pandemic-related funds available for students for the spring 2021 semester will be shared later this semester.
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY
    • Students, faculty, staff, and parents, have been in regular contact with us about COVID-19 health and safety requirements. The questions included specific queries about a safety related issue such as “How do I let someone know that the sanitizer needs refilling?” to more general concerns.   
    • FSU continued to refine weekly communications and web pages related to COVID-19 testing, training, and symptom monitoring.
    • We launched our testing dashboard. View this semester’s dashboard.
    • Campus activities and event were adjusted to virtual in many cases. Socially distanced drive-in movies, among other unique options, were available for fall and will again be available for spring as conditions allow.