College of Business Fall 2020 FAQs

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UPDATED: 1:00 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020

 

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General Questions

Will the college’s classes be offered face-to-face or remote in the fall? How did the university and College of Business make this decision?

Most courses in the College of Business will be offered remotely or online this fall (See definition of remote and online classes in the Course Delivery section). As we are a very large college, our shift to remote instruction was based on reducing population density for the entire campus. We are also concerned about many of our faculty, staff and students who are potentially susceptible to COVID-19. Many of FSU's other colleges face similar issues and will also be offering many, if not most, courses remotely or online.

FSU’s fall plan was designed in close coordination with the state university system, the Florida Department of Health and local officials, among others. You can see the plan online.

The shift to remote instruction for everyone after Thanksgiving was done out of a concern for public health. It would not be wise to have everyone disperse for Thanksgiving and then return to campus, especially during cold and flu season.

I don’t want remote courses. How can you ensure students receive quality instruction during the fall?

While most students and faculty members prefer face-to-face instruction, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a situation where public health must take priority. The College of Business has a long history of providing exceptional online education in addition to our face-to-face offerings. In fact, we have been doing it successfully for more than 16 years.

The college will provide additional assistance with respect to tutoring, support from teaching assistants and continuing opportunities for student engagement, as well as connections with alumni and corporate recruiters. In short, we are committed to ensuring that all students receive a quality business education.

Are there changes to the normal academic calendar for fall?

All College of Business courses will follow the university’s academic calendar and course schedule during fall 2020. However, some courses may move to an asynchronous format (See definition of asynchronous and synchronous format in the Course Delivery section) during the fall.

All of FSU will move to remote instruction and exams after Thanksgiving. Once you go home for Thanksgiving, you are not expected to return to campus, and you will complete all courses remotely (remote courses will maintain the synchronous or asynchronous delivery format they had prior to Thanksgiving).

Courses in other colleges may follow a different calendar or course schedule. Please check with those colleges for further information.


Course Delivery

What is the difference between online and remote courses?

An online course is one that was originally designed and scheduled for online delivery. These courses follow specific university standards to ensure quality and are often supported with teaching assistants (mentors) and specialized technology. These courses typically charge additional distance learning fees to offset the increased costs associated with designing and delivering the course. Additional costs include those associated with instructional designers, specialized training, media production services, lab software and teaching assistants.

A remote course is one that was designed and scheduled for on-campus, face-to-face delivery, but was switched to remote instruction due to an emergency (such as the COVID-19 pandemic or a hurricane). While the university and college incur additional expenses to offer remote courses, these courses do not have additional distance learning fees. The university and college absorb these costs to prevent students from paying additional, unexpected fees for remote courses during the emergency situation.

If I must take an online course because the courses I need have limited seats available, will I be required to pay distance learning fees?

Students enrolled in online courses will be required to pay the associated distance learning fees. Online courses have increased costs associated with their design and delivery (see above). You can learn more about FSU’s distance learning policies at this FAQ page.

If courses originally scheduled to be offered face-to-face are switched to being offered remotely, will students be charged an extra distance learning fee for the course?

While the university and college incur additional expenses to offer remote courses, these courses will not have added distance learning fees. The university and college absorb these costs to prevent students from paying additional, unexpected fees for remote courses during the emergency situation.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous courses?

Synchronous courses (either wholly or in part) are designed to take place at specific dates and times. Synchronous learning refers to a learning event where students engage in learning at the same time. Instructors provide materials, lectures, assignments, quizzes or exams that are accessed at specific dates and times.

Asynchronous courses (either wholly or in part) are designed so that course requirements can be completed at any date or time. Asynchronous learning refers to a learning event where students engage in learning at different dates and times. Instructors provide materials, lectures, assignments, quizzes or exams that can be accessed at any date or time. Students may be given a specific timeframe to complete learning events, but students do not necessarily complete them at the same date or time.

How will the College of Business help students who do not have access to a quiet space for classes/exams?

Most instructors will provide recordings for students so they can watch lectures at times that work best for their schedules and environments. For proctored exams, depending on the window of availability, students can access Honorlock anytime throughout the day (24/7) to provide better accommodations in terms of schedule and environment. If students have specific circumstances, they should reach out to their instructors to discuss specific options that are available including possible alternative testing times.

Keep in mind that the instructor has the ultimate decision on what constitutes an appropriate testing environment within Honorlock. While it is preferred that you ask those in the household to be quiet while you take an exam, we understand that with small children this might be difficult. Please alert your instructor before the exam if you think this will be a problem. They are likely to work with you or at least be aware that there may be an Honorlock flag they will need to review.

With most courses being remote or online, will faculty members hold in-person office hours?

Faculty members will hold office hours remotely. Please check with your instructor or look in the course syllabus for guidelines.

With most courses being remote or online, will the College of Business computer labs be open for use?

Computer labs in the College of Business will not be open for face-to-face usage this fall. However, they will be available remotely. We have worked with faculty who use these labs to ensure students have access to the specialized software and resources they need. If you are a student in one of those courses, please work with your instructor to access these resources.

If you have technology needs such as a computer for class or homework, please reach out to Case Management Services for assistance at (850) 644-9555 or casemanagement@fsu.edu

I don't have consistent access to a computer at home. Is the university or College of Business offering materials for students in this position?

Please review the university’s Guide to Online Learning that provides a lot of useful information. If you are experiencing a financial hardship related to acquiring the appropriate technology, please contact Case Management Services at casemanagement@fsu.edu.

Will FSU be using Honorlock again for testing?

Yes, Honorlock will continue to be the official tool for proctored testing until the campus fully reopens. If you will be on campus this fall, please be advised that the Testing Center will be open but with extremely limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines. In general, remote classes will not be able to have their students tested in the Testing Center.

What if I lose my internet connection during a quiz or exam?

You should attempt to reconnect to the quiz or exam session as soon as the internet connection is re-established. If the quiz or exam timer has not run out, you should be able to resume where you left off. If the quiz or exam timer has run out, you should refer to the syllabus for makeup policies and reach out to your instructor as soon as possible with detailed information about the issue you experienced.


Internships

Will I be able to complete a face-to-face internship for credit this fall?

To ensure the safety of our students, we will only provide academic credit for a verified virtual/remote internship during the fall semester.

The college will provide an alternate course (GEB 4941: Learning Experientially in Business) for students who are unable to secure a virtual/remote internship experience and need the course to graduate in the fall.

Professional Sales majors can take the alternate course to replace the required internship. For other options, Professional Sales majors should consult with the Department of Marketing.

How can the college help students who lost their internships this summer?

An alternate course (GEB 4941: Learning Experientially in Business) is available for students who either lost their summer internship or are unable to secure a virtual/remote experience and need the course for graduation.


Undergraduate Academic Advising

I have difficulty with online learning and my GPA has dropped below what is needed to get into the College of Business. Is there flexibility or an appeals process?

Students who feel they have extenuating circumstances are always welcome to appeal admission to the college. These students should provide a detailed letter explaining their issues to the College of Business advising office that will be shared with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs. You may submit these requests to admissions@business.fsu.edu.

Will mapping and academic standing requirements be enforced in the College of Business for the fall semester?

Yes, normal academic mapping and academic standing requirements will be enforced during fall 2020. The college will work with potential exceptions on a case-by-case basis. You may submit these requests to admissions@business.fsu.edu..

Will the university offer S/U grading options again for the fall?

The College of Business does not expect to offer an S/U option this fall. The S/U option was offered in the spring because classes switched to remote mid-semester.

Some colleges and programs at the university may offer S/U options this fall. Please check with those colleges and programs for further information. All prerequisites for admission to the College of Business must be taken on a letter grade basis in the fall, even if the department is offering an S/U option.


Student Organizations

Can I still participate in student organizations if I am taking only remote or online classes and am not physically in Tallahassee?

Yes, we encourage you to continue participating with organizations you are currently involved with or seek out those you are interested in joining. Meetings will primarily be held remotely this fall, so you will still be able to participate even if you are not in Tallahassee.

How will student organization and club meetings work during the fall semester? Will these be remote or face-to-face meetings?

Most, if not all, College of Business student organization and club meetings will be held remotely. Limited in-person meetings may be possible as conditions permit, but must comply with university guidelines. Meetings must be planned with the organization/club advisor to ensure compliance with university policies.

Will student organizations and clubs be allowed to hold in-person events? If so, what guidelines will our organization have to follow in order to hold events like networking opportunities and/or career fairs?

Registered student organizations (RSOs) may plan limited in-person events, which may be possible outdoors with social distancing and possibly indoors, if adequate space is available. However, allowable events will be based on the type of event and the number of members in the organization. All members present at in-person events will be required to follow university policies, such as wearing face masks. Please keep in mind that these restrictions may evolve during the semester due to changes in the level of COVID-19 cases. Be sure to watch for announcements to the campus community.

Large events, such as networking opportunities and/or career fairs, will be offered remotely. The College of Business will host Back to Business and Business Career Week remotely to allow students to network with prospective employers. We encourage all College of Business affiliated organizations to participate in these activities. 

Regardless of the type of event, all events must be discussed and planned with the organization’s advisor to ensure compliance with university policies, and then scheduled through the proper Student Activities channels for room booking. The Rovetta Building (RBA and RBB) will not be available for student organization meetings or events during the fall semester.

Can student organizations reserve rooms in Rovetta for meetings and events this fall?

The Rovetta Building (RBA and RBB) will not be available for student organization meetings or events during the fall semester. Many of the classrooms and spaces in Rovetta will be used to establish necessary social distancing for face-to-face classes. Student organizations planning in-person events in accordance with university policy will need to schedule available space on campus through Student Activities and the proper RSO scheduling procedures.

If student organizations are unable to hold meetings or events on campus, can they schedule them at off-campus venues?

We do not endorse or encourage scheduling face-to-face meetings or events off-campus. 

If student organizations choose to hold meetings or events off campus, they must abide by all university policies and procedures, including social distancing and maximum participant guidelines. 

Meetings and events will need to be discussed with your organization’s advisor and other appropriate university personnel before scheduling to ensure compliance with policies. 

College of Business funds are not available to use to secure offsite facilities for meetings or events.

If student organizations hold face-to-face meetings or events, will they have to refrain from serving refreshments during the fall semester due to health concerns?

Per university policy at this time, no open food or beverage sources, like buffets, are permitted. If refreshments are served, they must be single servings and prepackaged.

Will guest speakers be able to speak at student organization meetings and events? Will these speakers be required to meet with us remotely or can they come to speak in-person?

We encourage you to continue inviting our alumni, employers and other guests to speak at your meetings. However, speakers will need to join remotely for the fall semester as the university will strictly limit guests on campus this fall. 

Keep in mind that at this time many employers have travel restrictions in place, so your invited guests may not be able to visit Tallahassee or campus this fall.

As a client-based student organization, will we be able to meet with our clients during the fall semester or will we have to interact with them remotely?

All meetings with clients will need to be completed remotely. The university is currently under a no-travel policy for employees and students, and that is expected to be extended into the fall semester. As travel to a client’s office would be considered official university business, it is not permitted. Additionally, many businesses currently have policies in effect to limit the number of persons in their facilities. Therefore, please plan to meet with your clients remotely this fall to protect the health and safety of all.


Building Access & Engagement / Event Opportunities

Since most classes are remote this fall, will we be able to go into the College of Business building for meetings, to study, etc.?

The College of Business will not be able to provide meeting/study space during the fall semester. We encourage students to look to the library or other areas on campus that have the space and resources to allow socially distanced studying and group meetings. Registered student organizations are encouraged to use Zoom or contact the Student Union for on-campus space needs.

When will the university be open for tours and visitors?

At this time, visitors to campus will be strictly limited this fall. 

The FSU Visitor Services has campus virtual tours available to view. To register, go to Visitor Services.

What will events look like this fall? Will we be allowed to have on-campus meetings or activities?

Almost all events sponsored by the College of Business will be held remotely this fall. This includes Back to Business, Business Career Week, the International Collegiate Sales Competition, the Real Estate Trends Conference, among others. Some events, like the Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, have been postponed until spring. Please visit the college’s online calendar for further information about events. 

The Jim Moran Institute will hold some small business events in a face-to-face format. Please visit the Institute’s website for more information. 

Student organization meetings and events should be held remotely. Activities and events consisting of 50 or more people are not permitted. Please keep in mind that these restrictions may evolve during the semester due to changes in the level of COVID-19 cases. Be sure to watch for announcements to the campus community. 

Smaller gatherings must be done safely and in accordance with university protocols and social distancing measures. 

College of Business spaces in RBA and RBB will not be available for meetings or events this fall.

How will recruitment events, such as Back to Business and Business Career Week, work during the fall semester?

The College of Business Back to Business, Business Career Week, Insurance Days, AIS Meet the Firms, Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firms and Seminole Sales Showcase will all be held remotely. Students will have access to the same departments, employers and resources as if these events were held on campus. Registration for all events will be sent to the appropriate College of Business students via email.

How will job/internship seeking events, such as Seminole Futures, be held so students continue to have one-on-one interactions with employers prior to interviewing?

All fall recruiting events will be held remotely. Students will be able to interact with employers in universitywide, college-level and departmental events. Remember, employers are experiencing the same kinds of challenges as students at this time and will be very understanding of the unique challenges that come with remote events.


Safety

How do we greet people without shaking hands in the world of business?

It is perfectly acceptable to acknowledge people verbally without making physical contact.

Are students required to disclose their COVID-19 status or wear a mask on campus? If a student thinks they have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 or they think they might have COVID-19 themselves, who should they contact?

All students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks on campus, especially in buildings. 

Students should report they have tested positive for COVID-19 using the university’s official process or contact University Health Services. This will allow the university to better track the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community and to enable telehealth monitoring and case management services as needed. 

Severely ill students in the Tallahassee area should call 911 or a hospital emergency department directly: 

  • Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: (850) 431-0911 
  • Capital Regional Medical Center: (850) 325-5000 

Students not in the Tallahassee area should call 911 or a local hospital emergency department directly. 

Students who do not require hospital admission should remain in isolation in their off-campus residence. On-campus students who test positive will be moved to Rogers Hall.

Per current CDC guidance, clearance to return to campus or a residence hall will be determined by being free of symptoms for 14 days and a negative COVID-19 test.


Graduate Programs

My graduate courses are being taught remotely this fall. How will that affect my assistantship?

Based on current HR guidelines, we will honor assistantship offers for fall 2020 subject to immigration constraints. We anticipate the same will be true for spring 2021. We are awaiting HR guidance related to continued remote work, since graduate assistants are considered employees of the university.

What is the policy related to group work in graduate courses?

Group work is an important part of graduate education and experience working in teams is a requirement of virtually all employers. Our faculty have tremendous experience in online and remote education and have found effective ways to facilitate this process for over 16 years. Whether your program is online, in person or remote, we will give you the tools you need to successfully work with your peers in this environment.

What is the guidance related to social gatherings of graduate students?

At this time, graduate students will not be allowed to use space in the College of Business for student gatherings and meetings. In accordance with university policy, we suggest meeting and events be held remotely on Zoom or Microsoft Teams when at all possible.

Will the GMAT/GRE exam waiver continue beyond the fall semester?

The university-wide waiver of graduate entrance exams currently applies only to the fall 2020 term. If you are applying for spring 2021 or beyond, you may still qualify for an exam waiver if you meet our criteria.

When and where is graduate orientation?

You will receive information about remote orientations for The Graduate School, the College of Business (mandatory) and, if applicable, the FSU Center for Global Engagement’s orientation for international students. If you are a graduate assistant, you will also receive information regarding the Program for Instructional Excellence’s mandatory TA training, which will be held online.


Other Questions

I live abroad and cannot travel to the United States, but one or more of my courses are being taught in-person. Can I receive accommodations to keep my fall courses and take them remotely? Will international students be allowed to enroll in online or remote courses?

Most College of Business courses will be taught remotely in the fall; however, this is a rapidly changing situation. International students will be placed in available face-to-face business courses as required. Please contact your academic advisor for more information. The FSU Center for Global Engagement’s, through their virtual connection tool, can also provide up-to-date information. Their immigration experts can advise you on your specific situation.

Can I enroll in classes at another institution while taking remote classes at FSU this fall?

Due to specific graduation requirements, College of Business students must receive permission to take upper-division courses at another institution. Other types of courses could be taken at other institutions. Please speak with one of our academic advisors for more information.

Will FSU make students pay for parking if classes are remote and we only need to come to campus occasionally?

Campus remains open and operational, so parking lots are being monitored and parking rules are being enforced.

As stated by FSU Parking & Transportation Services: “Unlike other university services which pay for same-semester access to things such as on-campus lodging and dining, university fees at Florida State and other public universities contribute to long-term operating and infrastructure costs rather than to provide immediate or short-term access to goods and services. These long-term costs include the construction of campus facilities, including parking garages and lots, and the acquisition and maintenance of assets like bus systems and bicycle programs. Many of the long-term costs associated with FSU Parking & Transportation Services are fixed, such as the debt service for our garages around campus. As a result, we are unable to issue refunds or suspend payroll deductions for parking permits during this period of social distancing and remote instruction.”

Will Leach be open and other FSU facilities?

Refer to the Leach website for details.

Will the libraries be open?

Refer to the FSU Libraries website for details.

What if I cannot get my immunization records to the university? Will they be needed if classes are remote

The university is aware of the challenges students may be experiencing in obtaining immunizations during the pandemic. University Health Services will provide temporary deferments to allow for class registration. Deferments are approved on a case-by-case basis. If you are unable to meet your immunization requirement, please contact the UHS health compliance staff to see if you qualify for a deferment (healthcompliance@fsu.edu).

Do all State of Florida public universities have to follow the same schedule or set of rules?

Each university’s plan was developed in concert with the reopening blueprint developed by the SUS Board of Governors (BOG). That blueprint expressly recognizes that each of the 12 state universities is unique and that each will require a different plan: 

“Each university has a dedicated mission with unique strengths and characteristics, and it is important to recognize that each campus community has an extraordinary environment that includes students from all regions of the state, nation, and world. The distinctiveness of each university community makes it critical that every university plan prioritizes the health and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers, and visitors, particularly as all institutions continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

All universities in the state system submitted fall reopening plans to the SUS Board of Governors on June 23. You can read FSU’s plan online.

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