The university administration is heavily monitoring the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on and the situation in our community. We commit to communicating with our entire learning community as frequently as possible about any new developments.
This page is offered as a resource to students, staff, faculty, and our surrounding community, and will be used for continuing updates on the situation.
LAST UPDATE: March 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm.
FXUA’s CURRENT STATUS: The FXUA classes will resume in an online, synchronous format on March 30,2020. The campus will remain closed except for essential personnel. University staff and faculty are available via email.
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Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, all FXUA courses will shift to an online, synchronous method starting Monday, March 30th, 2020. Classes will be held online during their regularly scheduled day and time.
On March 23rd, the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, issued a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (For more information on Virginia response, please visit their page here:https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/). In the order, beginning March 24th at 11:59pm, no gatherings can take place of more than 10 individuals. This Executive Order, 53 (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Regarding-EO-53.pdf), applied until April 23rd at 11:59pm.
FXUA has been monitoring the national COVID-19 situation and out of an abundance of caution FXUA has decided to close the campus starting Monday, March 16 and will reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020. These measures were made to ensure the safety of our entire campus community. The university is continuing to monitor the situation and will be communicating with all students, staff, and faculty regularly about next steps. No classes will take place during the closure period (i.e., until the university re-opens).
Most of the university’s staff and faculty are available via email only, as the campus closure includes everyone within our learning community. Therefore, please be patient when needing a response from individuals.
Following the University President’s message, we encourage you to deploy preventative measures in the face of this virus.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
The following is a message from the University President:
Since the beginning of the year, FXUA has been monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and actively providing updates based on guidance from public health experts.
Our primary goals are to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty and staff; maintain university operations and standards; and take part in the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As such, leadership has decided to implement a two-week Spring Break beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday March 27, 2020. The university will re-open Monday, March 30, 2020. In conjunction with this, please note the following:
- Essential personnel may be required to come in during this time. Your supervisor will notify you if you are in this category.
- University travel and events will be suspended.
The Global Bistro will be closed.
To be clear, FXUA is not aware of any cases or immediate issues at this time.
Leadership will continue to meet daily to evaluate the circumstances and keep you updated as new information becomes available.
As our learning community and learning communities around the world go through this difficult time, let’s remain vigilant, understanding, and supportive.
PREVENTATIVE PERSONAL MEASURES
Good hygiene and common sense practices will help us to keep our entire community safe. The following are some suggestions for all of us to help keep safe and healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/13/2020/03/Hand-Washing-VDH.pdf).
- If you are not able to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer.
- Clean common spaces regularly.
- Maintain space between others (even in class!). Maintain at least six (6) feet between you and others.
- If you wish to wear a mask for preventative measures, we encourage you to let your classmates and teachers know that you are not sick, but are being cautious.
- If you are sick, please stay home. Be sure to communicate with your teachers /supervisor as soon as you feel sick. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html)
- Consider alternate forms of greetings (instead of a handshake or kiss on the cheek). Although many of our cultures have customs like shaking hands or kissing each other on the cheek, please do not engage in these practices for now. We respect everyone’s customs and practices as we are a multi-cultural learning community, so please understand that this is not to discriminate against anyone. This is just precautionary.
- Do not attend events that have large crowds.
Keeping our community safe starts with each of us!
Some useful information:
- The U.S. Center for Disease Control provides information on the virus here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- The Virginia Department of Health has information about the virus in our area, and steps that the Commonwealth is doing to keep everyone safe: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
- The World Health Organization also includes information on the virus: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Sometimes, people take advantage of others when they are vulnerable or afraid. There are some scams (people trying to steal from you or take your information), so please be careful about anyone trying to sell you something or take your information: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/02/1058381. Unless they are a federal official, law enforcement officer, or health professional, be careful.