Florida universities switch to all online classes due to Coronavirus concerns

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Staff reports

The Florida State University System has mandated all universities transition to remote instruction, effective immediately. This does NOT impact Pensacola State College but does impacts the University of West Florida.
Pensacola State College President Ed Meadows on Wednesday issued the following statement: “Pensacola State College will continue normal operations and follow directives from the Florida Department of Health should circumstances change. At this time, we are not offering all classes online. It’s business as normal at PSC.”
Meanwhile UWF  doesn’t plan to resume face-to-face instruction until March 30.
UWF’s press release on Wednesday stated there have been no identified COVID-19 cases at UWF.
While students are encouraged to remain off campus during this time period, Housing and Residence Life remains open to residents. Dining Services will also be available to on-campus residents. Additionally, UWF plans to continue providing essential services, such as counseling, library services, etc.
Faculty are required to transition courses from face-to-face delivery to remote instruction by March 16, 2020. The Center for Global Online Learning and Development is available to assist faculty in this transition. Resources and training are available at uwf.edu/gold
Instructors are responsible for communicating regularly with students regarding expectations surrounding assignments, exams, etc. 
The University will make every effort to be considerate of instructor and student concerns during this unprecedented situation. Instructors are expected to be similarly considerate of student concerns. Students should contact their instructors with any course-related questions or concerns.
All university employees, including student employees, are expected to report to work as usual at this time. 
We understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice will have broad impacts and will be challenging for many of you, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. 
Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions are available at uwf.edu/coronavirus. The University will continue providing updates as soon as information is available.