President’s Update: FDU Spring Semester off to a Remote Start

By John Mineses

News Editor

Christopher A. Capuano broke the news that FDU will begin classes remotely on Monday, Jan. 24, with some possible exceptions such as lab courses. 

In-person courses are scheduled to begin on Jan. 31, one week after a virtual start to the semester.

FDU students, staff and faculty received the update today from President Capuano regarding the upcoming spring semester via email.

“The one week of remote learning will help us gradually bring the community back to campus, beginning with the return of resident students. The residence halls will open as scheduled,” Capuano said.

Resident students are set to move-in on campus beginning Sunday, Jan. 23 and are expected to be tested on campus upon arrival. The first virtual week will allow students to move-in, and the opportunity for members of the community to receive their booster shots. 

Capuano again emphasizes the importance of keeping up the effectiveness of initial vaccinations with boosters, especially in this time of high case numbers around the country.

Capuano also asks students to refrain from large gatherings during the first week of remote learning. In-person events, with the exception of previously scheduled athletic contests, are delayed along with in-person classes until Jan. 31. Normal events with precautions are planned to resume depending on the circumstance and guidelines at the time.

“In the fall, we were very successful in working together and looking out for one another. While I wish the pandemic was behind us, the reality is that we continue to face significant challenges. To keep each other safe and to enjoy a rich educational experience, we once again will need your cooperation and commitment this semester,” Capuano said.

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FDU’s first week of the Spring semester to be remote

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