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Fairmont State to complete semester through digital modalities

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and recommendations by the CDC, White House, the governor and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Fairmont State University will complete the remainder of the semester, including final exams, through digital modalities.

The culminating achievements of graduating students will be celebrated through a virtual commencement ceremony on May 9. In addition to the virtual celebration, traditional commencement rites and rituals will be observed later this fall. A tentative date of Aug. 8 has been set. Graduates will be provided more information regarding both events in the weeks ahead.

Students residing or who have belongings in the residence halls will receive communication through StarRez about when they may retrieve their items. This process will depend on when the campus is reopened per West Virginia’s stay-at-home mandate.

In response to the devastating effects the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having on the nation, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday. Included in the package were resources to assist higher education institutions and their students. Once further guidance is received from the Department of Education on how those dollars can be used to credit students, the university anticipates being able to announce a plan.

Also, be advised that no students will be placed on academic suspension due to their spring 2020 grades. For this semester only, students who do not meet the minimum academic standards will be placed on a special probation. While on special probation, students will be able to schedule for summer and fall courses but will be required to engage in additional communication and oversight from their academic advisors.

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