"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Here's a special message to our Freed-Hardeman family from President David Shannon.
Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as the university continues to respond to COVID-19. As faculty and staff prepare to return following spring break on Monday, March 30, and some students plan to return on Monday, April 6, we want to keep your safety at the forefront.
It is important for you to alert the university if you are exposed to COVID-19 or experience any of the related symptoms.
If at any time you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, please notify the university immediately.
Faculty and staff should email Jay Satterfield (email@example.com) or Arika Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Human Resources.
Students should email Dr. Wayne Scott (email@example.com) or Lona Bolton (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Student Services.
Have you recently traveled to or had contact with anyone from an area with active COVID-19 cases?
Have you knowingly been exposed to COVID-19?
Have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past 14 days?
In conjunction with a fever of 100.4 or higher, have you experienced a sore throat, cough or shortness of breath in the past 14 days?
Have you been to see a physician to be cleared of COVID-19?
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)
It is refreshing that as the world around us is in crisis, the Freed-Hardeman community continues to rely on the Rock of Ages. We have witnessed many examples of individuals being salt and light. Thank you!
As a university, we continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the recommendations from The White House, CDC, the Governor of Tennessee, and local authorities. Here is today’s update based on that information.
CLASSES CANCELED: The COVID-19 recommendations continue to be dynamic and escalating. In accordance with the latest guidelines from The White House and the CDC, all face-to-face classes will be canceled beginning Wednesday, March 18. This includes undergraduate and graduate classes at Dickson, Henderson, and Memphis. This does not include courses already being delivered online or in web-conferencing formats.
Education majors who are student teaching are not required to return to their placements after Tuesday, March 17. Please consult with the director of the field experience for further instructions.
Social work majors who are completing practicums are not required to return to their placements after Tuesday, March 17. Please consult with faculty and advisors for further instructions.
Junior- and senior-level nursing courses will now be offered in an online or web-conferencing format beginning Monday, April 6. In addition, all in-facility, clinical experiences have been canceled and will be delivered in a distance learning format. Nursing majors will not return to campus on Sunday, March 29. Please consult with faculty and advisors for further instructions.
CAMPUS EVENTS: All campus events are canceled beginning Wednesday, March 18.
MAKIN MUSIC: The live stream of Makin Music will continue as scheduled at 7:00pm Tuesday, March 17. Absolutely no guests will be allowed inside the auditorium. Also, students will only be allowed in the auditorium during their performance.
RESIDENCE HALLS INSTRUCTIONS: There is no change to residence halls instructions, but to reiterate we provide the information again. Residence halls will close Saturday, March 21, 2020, at noon. Our hope is that we can re-open campus sometime this semester. We recommend that students take home books and essentials should we not be able to return to campus. If we are not able to re-open campus this semester, residence halls will re-open May 15-17, 2020 so that students can retrieve their personal items. For your convenience, if students would rather remove all personal items this week, family members will be allowed on campus to help.
WALLACE-GANO CAFETERIA: Wallace-Gano Cafeteria will remain open until Friday, March 20, at 1:30pm.
CAMPUS BUILDINGS: Campus buildings including the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center (ARC) will maintain normal operating hours through Friday, March 20.
FACULTY & STAFF: The university will remain open until Friday, March 20, at 5:00pm. Watch for more information from HR on specific guidelines for faculty and staff regarding returning to work following spring break. If you have pressing questions contact your supervisor or divisional vice president.
WE URGE YOU TO DO YOUR PART: Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people
Avoid eating or drinking at restaurants and food courts
Avoid discretionary travel
Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities
Practice good hygiene
If you are sick, stay home
For more detailed information, please follow the guidelines from The White House and CDC.
The White House
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Our world, nation, and local communities are all making adjustments as we deal with COVID-19. It is literally changing hour by hour. As Freed-Hardeman University continues to adapt, we appreciate your accepting spirits. The president and cabinet are meeting at least twice daily to discuss updates. Our goal is for your safety as well as smooth transitions for any changes that have to be made. Here is today’s update.
CAMPUS VISITORS: All Freed-Hardeman University campuses are closed to visitors from March 16-20, 2020. The only exception is for parents to help their student move out of the residence hall.
FHU is happy to welcome prospective students for campus visits beginning April 13, 2020.
Prospective students who wish to schedule a campus visit may use this link to do so: fhu.edu/visit.
Please note that visit itineraries may be adjusted due to faculty availability.
CAMPUS EVENTS: On-campus events March 16-20, 2020 may continue, but are for students only and faculty and staff as needed.
MAKIN MUSIC: Makin Music 2020: "Sing Me Back Home” has been cancelled. There will be a rough, no-professional-lighting-and-sound performance Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00pm. Following the CDC recommendations about crowds, no audience will be allowed. The FHU family will be able to watch the performance via a free live stream at FHU.edu/makinmusic. We encourage you to tune in to support each student involved.
STUDENT TRAVEL: We strongly recommend that students not travel outside of Chester County this week if at all possible.
ROOM & BOARD CREDITS: Our hope is that we can re-open campus sometime this semester; therefore, no credits will be issued at this time. If the campus closes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, we will evaluate at that time.
RESIDENCE HALLS INSTRUCTIONS: Residence halls will close Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Noon. Our hope is that we can re-open campus sometime this semester. We recommend that students take home books and essentials should we not be able to return to campus. If we are not able to re-open campus this semester, residence halls will re-open May 15-17, 2020 so that students can retrieve their personal items. For your convenience, if students would rather remove all personal items this week, family will be allowed on campus to help.
ATHLETICS: The American Midwest Conference canceled all remaining intercollegiate activities including conference championships for the 2020 spring season.
In addressing latest developments regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019, Freed-Hardeman University President David Shannon shared the following announcement Friday morning, March 13, 2020:
“While we know of no COVID-19 cases among our students, faculty or staff, we realize our immense responsibility to the Freed-Hardeman family and the communities we call home. We are grateful for the work of a campus-wide response team, along with the cabinet, and the dedication of FHU faculty and staff to help students achieve their educational goals with as little interruption as possible. FHU will take a two-week spring break from March 21 through April 5 and will begin serving students primarily online April 6. As we pray for everyone’s health and peace, we look forward to welcoming students back to campus when it is prudent.”
FHU is taking the following steps to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and local healthcare professionals.
CHAPEL: Chapel will be canceled for the week of March 16-20.
FHU DINING SERVICES: Dining services will be modified to limit exposure through self-serve stations and crowd size the week of March 16-20. Beginning March 30, limited dining services will be available to those students allowed to return to campus.
DISINFECTING MEASURES: Extensive disinfecting measures are being taken in public campus spaces.
SPRING BREAK: Students will have an extended break from March 21 through April 5. Faculty and staff will return to campus March 30 to resume routine operations.
COURSEWORK: By the close of business Friday, April 3, faculty will have notified students via campus email regarding how coursework will be delivered beginning April 6.
ATHLETICS: While FHU awaits information from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics regarding spring sports, the university has received word that all NAIA winter championships have been canceled.
UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND TRAVEL: University-sponsored events and student travel, including Makin’ Music and spring break mission trips, are suspended until further notice.
FHU ABROAD trips scheduled to depart during spring break have been suspended. FHU Abroad trips planned for May or later and the current FHU Abroad program are continuing to be evaluated.
CAMPUS HOUSING: The University’s residence halls will be closed on March 20 at 5:00pm and will remain closed until further notice. The following categories of students will be able to return to the residence halls at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 29: junior- and senior-level nursing majors, those who are student teaching, and students who are completing social work practicums. International students may also request permission from Dr. Wayne Scott to live in the residence halls for a limited period of time.
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